FreeBSD Kernel Internals Lecture Posted

The first lecture from Kirk McKusick’s full length FreeBSD Kernel Internals course has been posted to the BSD Conferences channel on YouTube.

The following video is the first hour of Marshall Kirk McKusick’s course on FreeBSD kernel internals based on his book, The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System. This course has been given at BSD Conferences and technology companies around the world.


Murray Stockely has some interesting details and stats on how the BSD Conferences Youtube channel is doing.

Coyote Point builds on FreeBSD to accelerate

This article explains how FreeBSD is utilised at the core of Coyote Point’s appliance. Coyote is a networking vendor and provider of load balancing technologies.

While Coyote Point includes its share of proprietary development and features into its Equalizer GX platform, the core platform sits on top of an open source FreeBSD operating system.

We are using a modification of FreeBSD version 6 which provides for us the basic scaffold we need to build the appliance. FreeBSD gives us the file system, an I/O subsystem and device drivers, Web server for our management interface and it gives us all sort of great open source tools and we use them to the fullest.

Bill Kish, CEO and CTO of Coyote Point, told InternetNews.com

Kish added that Coyote also has contributed back to the FreeBSD project, specifically in the device driver area.

Though FreeBSD is at the core of the Coyote acceleration appliance, Coyote Point adds its own secret sauce to the mix as well.

When a packet actually comes into the device and it is destined for application acceleration or load balancing at that point it is picked up entirely into our code.

So we didn’t have to put effort into developing the other bits and pieces we rely on the FreeBSD community to do that for us. When the actual traffic management is involved, we optimize that and that’s where our core intellectual property is in understanding the application flows and how the protocols work.

Full article can be read on InternetNews.com (13 January 2008)

Gnome 2.24.2 available for FreeBSD

The FreeBSD GNOME team has announced the release of GNOME 2.24.2 for FreeBSD. The official release notes can be found at http://library.gnome.org/misc/release-notes/2.24/ . On the FreeBSD front, this release introduces Fuse support in HAL, adds multi-CPU support to libgtop, WebKit updates, and fixes some long-standing seahorse and gnome-keyring bugs.

This version is not available in the ports yet.

Available: OpenBSM 1.1 (alpha 5)

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Robert Watson has announced a test snapshot of OpenBSM 1.1 (alpha 5)  The following are the change notes from the OpenBSM NEWS file included with this release:

  • Stub libauditd(3) man page added.
  • All BSM error number constants with BSM_ERRNO_.
  • Interfaces to convert between local and BSM socket types and protocol  families have been added: au_bsm_to_domain(3), au_bsm_to_socket_type(3),  au_domain_to_bsm(3), and au_socket_type_to_bsm(3), along with definitions of constants in audit_domain.h and audit_socket_type.h.  This improves interoperability by converting local constant spaces, which vary by OS, to  and from Solaris constants (where available) or OpenBSM constants for  protocol domains not present in Solaris (a fair number).  These routines should be used when generating and interpreting extended socket tokens.
  • Fix build warnings with full gcc warnings enabled on most supported platforms.
  • Don’t compile error strings into bsm_errno.c when building it in the kernel environment.
  • When started by launchd, use the label com.apple.auditd rather than org.trustedbsd.auditd.

This test release is known to build and run (to varying degrees) on FreeBSD 4.x, 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, Mac OS X Leopard, Mac OS X Snow Leopard, and OpenSuse Linux.

 

OpenBSM releases and snapshots can be downloaded from the OpenBSM website

Thanks Robert for emailing me.

Released: pfSense 1.2.2

pfSense logoChris Buechler has announced the availability of pfSense 1.2.2, a security and bug-fix release of the FreeBSD-based firewall system:

pfSense 1.2.2 released! Only five changes from 1.2.1, but we did want to get these issues fixed and an updated version out there:

  • setup wizard fix – removing BigPond from the WAN page on the setup wizard caused problems; 
  • SVG graphs fixed in Google Chrome; 
  • IPsec reload fix specific to large (100+ sites) deployments; 
  • bridge creation code changes – there have always been issues when attempting to bridge more than two interfaces; 
  • FreeBSD updates for two security advisories on January 7, 2009. 

Most users on 1.2.1 won’t have any need to upgrade to 1.2.2, but if any of the above applies to you, then upgrade to this version. 1.2.2 should be used for all new installs.

Links: Release Announcement | DownloadspfSense-1.2.2 LiveCD-Installer | Website

BSD Magazine – Issue 3 – January 2009

 bsdmagazine 3The third issue of the BSD Magazine (January 2009) is out now.

More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-to’s and extras. This is the table of contents:

What’s new

6 BSD news

 DVD contents

8 DVD contents description

 Get Started

10 NetBSD install (Patrick Pippen)
16 MirOS BSD: the peaceful operating system (Benny Siegert, Thorsten Glaser)
22 BSD Live CD’s – an entry level acquaintance? (Jan Stedehouder)
28 How it works? Opensolaris, FreeBSD, OpenSuSe (David Gurvich) 

How-to’s

32 Multi-User Conferencing (Eric Schnoebelen, Michelle Cranmer)
38 GDB and you – part 1 (Carlos Neira) 

Security Corner

42 Installing Prelude IDS (Henrik Lund Kramshoj)
46 If it moves! crypt it – hard drive encryption on BSD (Marko Melenovic) 

Advanced

50 Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 1 (Edd Barrett)

MMS

54 Play Music on your Slug with NetBSD (Donald T. Hayford) 

Interview

62 Interview iwth Simon Burge, Antti Kantee, and Greg Oster (Federico Biancuzzi)

Review

65 Dru Lavigne’s The Best of FreeBSD BAsics (Peter N.M. Hansteen)

For info and subscriptions visit bsdmag.org

Thank you FreeBSD Community!

freebsd foundation logoDeb Goodkin announced on behalf of the FreeBSD Foundation their gratitude for last year’s donations.

Dear FreeBSD Community,

The FreeBSD Foundation would like to thank everyone for your donations in 2008. We are extremely grateful to everyone who dug deep in their pockets, during these hard times, to help us get very close to our goal.

We raised $282,481 towards our goal of $300,000. With the downturn in the economy, we were very concerned about getting close to our goal. By the end of November, we had only raised $190,000. We sent out a plea for
donations and we received 173 donations in December!

This year we had 450 donors, compared to 374 last year. We were impressed with all the donations received from developers and other volunteers who already put in countless hours supporting the project.

We will be posting our 2009 budget soon, so you can see how we plan to spend the funds.

Sincerely,

The FreeBSD Foundation

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