Frenzy (Dec 2005 – Dec 2008)

Sergei Mozhaisky has announced the release of Frenzy 1.1, a FreeBSD-based toolkit for system and network administrators. It is sad, but this version will be the project’s last release:

At last, Frenzy 1.1 is released. This is a final release of Frenzy, I decided to discontinue the development of this project.” What’s new? “Added Unionfs support; introduced FEM (Frenzy Extension Modules) system, which allows to plug-in additional software without rebuilding ISO image; Frenzy can now be booted from ISO image on hard drive; added options to boot with DMA disabled on ATAPI or ATA devices; added parameters to loader menu – ‘mode’ to choose resolution in console mode, ‘sound’ for sound card auto-detection, ‘nofem’ to disable FEM modules search and loading; added feature to use FAT partition as boot partition; bug fixes.

Read the detailed release notes for a complete list of changes and new features.

I’ve always liked Frenzy, and it was nice to have a BSD variant of nUbuntu (though not exactly the same). Frenzy is open source and hopefully someone else will take over and carry on with the project.

Quad-Core Storage Appliance with FreeNAS

iXsystems, the corporate sponsor behind PC-BSD and many BSD related Conferences, has released a NAS server wth FreeNAS: Titan FreeNAS Storage Appliance.

The Titan FreeNAS storage appliance provides security, scalability, and flexibility at a low total cost of ownership. Attach the Titan FreeNAS to your database, e-mail or web server for immediate access to additional storage and never run out of storage space again.

Titan 2120 NAS Storage Appliance Features

  • 2U form factor
  • 12 hot swap drive bays
  • Up to 12 terabytes of data storage capacity
  • Browser-Based UI for simple management
  • Advanced Journaling File System
  • Integrated RAID Support
  • Monitoring Utility
Full details for the Titan FreeNAS Storage Appliance can be found here.

New Channel on YouTube for BSD Technical Content

Murray Stokely, from the FreeBSD Core Team, has setup a new channel for technical BSD content on Youtube for high quality, full hour-long videos of talks and tutorials from BSD Conferences

http://uk.youtube.com/bsdconferences

Thanks to help from the Open Source Program Office at Google I was able to setup a new channel for technical BSD content without the 10 minute limit for uploaded videos. This allows us to upload high quality full hour-long videos of talks and tutorials from BSD Conferences. I’ve added the first four videos that Julian Elisher taped from the MeetBSD 2008 conference we recently held in Mountain View.

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FreeNAS 0.69 RC2 release (Kralizec)

FreeNAS LogoVolker Theile has announced the availability of the second release candidate for FreeNAS 0.69, a FreeBSD-based operating system providing free Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services:

This will hopefully be the last release candidate before a stable release can be published. So please test this version and report any problems.

Changes:

  • upgrade to FreeBSD 6.4-RELEASE;
  • add system firewall, please note that this is only for the local system and not for the network (this will also never be implemented, use pfSense or m0n0wall instead);
  • upgrade Transmission to 1.40;
  • introduce new WebGUI look (also fixes some MSIE rendering bugs);
  • add UPS service WebGUI option to define shut-down mode;
  • add option ‘Use sendfile’ to ‘Services CIFS/SMB Settings’;
  • check if configured port is already used (e.g. UPnP, BitTorrent, DAAP);
  • fix web server security hole….

Full Release Announcement | Changelog

FreeBSD 6.4 Released

FreeBSD 6.4, a new stable version of the project’s legacy 6.x branch, has been released:

The FreeBSD Release Engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.4-RELEASE. At this time 6.4-RELEASE is expected to be the last of the 6-STABLE releases.

Some of the highlights:

  • new and much-improved NFS Lock Manager (NLM) client;
  • support for the Camellia cipher;
  • boot loader changes allow, among other things, booting from USB devices and booting from GPT-labeled devices with GPT-enabled BIOSes;
  • DVD install ISO images for amd64 and i386;
  • KDE updated to 3.5.10,
  • GNOME updated to 2.22.3;
  • updates for BIND, Sendmail, OpenPAM, and other packages.

LinksRelease announcement | Release notes | Download | FreeBSD.org

Learning FreeNAS – Local User Management

Learning FreeNAS“, by Gary Sims, is a useful book for anybody new to FreeNAS and also handy for the advanced user to check something every now and then.

This book will show you how to work with FreeNAS and set it up for your needs. You will learn how to configure and administer a FreeNAS server in a variety of networking scenarios. You will also learn how to plan and implement RAID on the server as well as how to use Storage Area Network technologies like iSCSI. The standard FreeNAS documentation walks you through the basic configuration, but this book will tell you exactly what you should do to plan, work, and deploy FreeNAS. This book has a comprehensive troubleshooting section that will point you in the right direction whenever you need help.

Packt Publishing, the publisher, have a free chapter on their website, describing how Local User management is done in FreeNAS.

Read the free chapter.

BSDTalk interview with John Todd (Asterisk)

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 23 minutes interview with John Todd, Open Source community director at Asterisk

BSDTalk 166 – Listen to the podcast: MP3 | OGG

For those interested in Asterisk on FreeBSD with a lot of preconfiguring already done and a lot of extras, try AskoziaPBX.

Askozia®PBX aims to make the power of Asterisk® available to the average user in a slimmed down, embedded PC friendly form. AskoziaPBX is more than another GUI for Asterisk. It is an embedded PBX solution which eases system upgrades, backups and provisioning.

TrueBSD 2.0-RC2

The TrueBSD project have released RC2 of the upcoming 2.0 version.

TrueBSD is a LiveDVD operating system based on FreeBSD with many useful applications. All open programs will keep working even when you eject LiveDVD (using command cdcontrol eject) in order to get some data from your own CDs.

The following have been added/updated:

  • Updated the system environment and the kernel to FreeBSD 7.1-PRERELEASE;
  • Fixed errors in system installer (/sysutils/trueinstall) which were caused by wrong detection storage drives;
  • Created an official subversion repository (http://truebsd.org/wiki/doku.php?id=subversion);
  • Created a non-official port of x11-wm/ion-3;
  • Created an overlay of the ports tree;
  • Changed a file system hierarchy;
  • Created skel files which are used for each new user;
  • Created a ports tree with patched versions of the software;
  • Created a kernel module snd_hda_hack.ko for additional Intel audio cards support;
  • Script /sysutils/apachemanager for managing the Apache web-server;
  • Script /sysutils/hwdetect for new hardware automatic detection;
  • Script /sysutils/snddetect for new audio cards detection
  • Script /sysutils/ifdetect for net cards detection;
  • Script /sysutils/flashpluginctl for switching on/off the Adobe (R) Macromedia (R) Flash technology;
  • Script /sysutils/getoperalang for Opera translational files installation;
  • Script /sysutils/kblayout for choosing keyboard layout and switching method;
  • New Prompt for the zsh shell;
  • Rewrote the prelogin system utility with using the cdialog. Added new items in menu;
  • Rewrote newtconf script for net configuration with using the sysinstall functionality;
  • Removed function for creating core files for programs which was stopped with segmentation fault;
  • Removed createbzip, extractbzip, formatfloppy, termfont system utilities;
  • Removed all net- and audio cards drivers from the kernel and putted to separate kernel modules;
  • Created a nice highlighting for the system console and kernel messages;
  • Updated all software;