Linux vs FreeBSD – a comprehensive comparison

bsdnixIn this article by the Brio Team, Linux and FreeBSD are compared in terms of its developers, security, licensing, and compatibility with hardware and software. The author also explains which one may be a better fit for a specific user. In addition, it discusses the UNIX element of each kernel.

For most users, the difference between Linux and FreeBSD is not something significant, as the two operating systems frequently share even the same applications. Both of these Operating Systems are UNIX like, in their form and function; while they are developed mainly for non-commercial interests. However, on taking a closer look one can uncover more differences between the two.

Check out the full article here: http://brioteam.com/linux-versus-freebsd-comprehensive-comparison

BSDNow.TV Episode 40: AirPorts & Packages

This BSDNow.TV episode discusses OpenBSD’s ports and package system. Karl Lehenbauer is also interviewed and talks about the use of FreeBSD at FlightAware. Press play below to watch:

The following BSDNow.TV roundup brings you even more talks from BSDCan 2014. The list contains the talks hosted on YouTube:

This video on how to set up CARP Fail-over and High Availability on FreeBSD was also included:

Check out the official page here: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_06_04-airports_and_packages

GhostBSD 4.0 BETA 1 now available

ghostbsd_1The developers of GhostBSD have just released 4.0 BETA 1. The following lists changes and issues present in the latest BETA:

Changes and problems fixed between 4.0-ALPHA3 and 4.0-BETA1 include:

  • Switch from cpio to rsync for copying file on the installation.
  • The kernel is now writable on the live DVD which solves graphic card kernel loading for Intel and ATI.
  • Updated FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE to FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE-p3.

Known issues:

  • Network with “Live Image” does not work in Virtualbox or VMware Workstation / Player – workaround is to install the OS.
  • GBI allow users to summit partition without root(/) partition.

Issues fixed that need testing:

  • Installer failed to copy files on virtual machine.
  • Xorg failed to load MATE.

For the official announcement and download link, head on over to the following: http://ghostbsd.org/4.0-beta1

Running FreeBSD in Azure

azure-illThis article by Stephen Zarkos shows you how to set up FreeBSD in Microsoft’s cloud computing platform Azure.

As many readers of this blog may know, for many years Microsoft has worked with the Linux community and contributed a number of device drivers to the Linux kernel, known as the Linux Integration Services. These drivers allow the Linux system to run well under Hyper-V and in Microsoft Azure.

More recently, Microsoft has worked with the FreeBSD community to contribute equivalent drivers to FreeBSD 10. These are known as the BSD Integration Services (BIS) for FreeBSD. This article will provide instructions on how to prepare and upload a FreeBSD 10 image to run in Microsoft Azure.

Check out the full article with graphics here: http://azure.microsoft.com/blog/2014/05/22/running-freebsd-in-azure/?WT.mc_id=RI_twitter_FreeBSDblog_53014#wa

Turn old PC hardware into a home server with FreeNAS

freenas primaryThis article by PCWorld walks you through a quick FreeNAS setup. For those who have some spare hardware lying around and need a file server, this might be for you.

PC lovers tend to collect a lot of hardware as the years roll by. Instead of leaving it to collect dust, why not repurpose it as a file-slinging server?

Several free and open-source operating systems run extremely well on a wide array of older hardware. One in particular, FreeNAS, is extremely stable, easy to set up, and laser-focused on storing and sharing files across your home network. All you need is a working system with a reliable hard drive (or three) and a little time to configure everything.

Check out the full article with graphics here: http://www.pcworld.com/article/2243748/turn-old-pc-hardware-into-a-killer-home-server-with-freenas.html

Expand FreeNAS with plugins

Plugins_100x95This article by Wazi explains the use of plugins in FreeNAS. The author walks us through various plugins and explains the process behind how they work.

FreeNAS is a powerful open source implementation of a network-attached storage (NAS) server – file-level computer data storage connected to your network. FreeNAS is easy to manage, and because it’s free it can serve files for small- to mid-sized companies without straining their software budgets or act as a media and storage server for a home network – a great way to make use of any aging Windows XP boxes lying around.

FreeNAS supports a powerful plugin architecture that lets you expand its default feature set to better meet your demands. You’ll find plugins for Firefly media server, CouchPotato movie server, and more. The plugins are in 32-bit or 64-bit PBI (push button installer) files on the FreeNAS project’s website. PBI provides a native FreeNAS graphical installation wrapper for software ported to FreeBSD, allowing you to automate installation.

Check out the full article here: http://www.openlogic.com/wazi/bid/345617/Expand-FreeNAS-with-plugins