BSDnow TV episodes 3 & 4

Kris Moore and Allan Jude have uploaded 2 more weekly videos onto bsdnow.tv.

Episode 3: MX with TTX

  • pfSense 2.1-RELEASE
  • New kernel based iSCSI stack comes to FreeBSD
  • MTier creates openup utility for OpenBSD
  • OpenSSH in FreeBSD -CURRENT supports DNSSEC
  • Interview – Gilles Chehade & Eric Faurot
  • Using pkgng for binary package management
  • New progress with Newcons
  • relayd gets PFS support
  • OpenZFS Launches
  • FreeBSD 10-CURRENT becomes 10.0-ALPHA
  • September issue of BSD Mag
  • The FreeBSD IRC channel is official
  • OpenSSH 6.3 released
  • Feedback/Questions

 

Episode 4: Interview – Devin Teske - Teskeing the Possibilities

bsdconfig, bsdinstall, sysrc and fdpv

pfSense 2.1, pfSense Gold Subscription and ESF

pfsense-logoChris Buechler has announced pfSense 2.1, a free, powerful, open source firewall and security solution.

Don’t be deceived by the .1 version number as it comes with a whole slew of new features. pfSense 2.1 is based on FreeBSD 8.3, comes with support for PC-BSD’s PBI package management, includes new hardware drivers and security updates, and many IPv6 updates.

A list with all the changes and additions can be found here.

It was also announced that there is now a $99 pfSense Gold Subscription.

pfSense Gold Subscription is our $99 per year premium membership subscription program, designed to provide special benefits to our members while supporting ongoing development of the Open Source pfSense project.  We hope this dual benefit will make Gold a program worth subscribing to.

The company behind pfSense has changed its name from BSD Perimeter to ESF. You will never guess what ESF stands for….. Electric Sheep Fencing.

The BSD family – FreeBSD 9.1 (part 1)

David Hutchinson has written an instructive overview on osnews.com about FreeBSD 9.1, its features and FreeBSD in general. He also explains why he prefers it over Linux.

FreeBSD is a complete and well-engineered system. While much of what they do involves less fanfare than Linux, they have a strong and active development and user community. They have kept pace with technology and still maintain a powerful system with modern features, and have done so mostly without anything feeling tacked on. The consistency of the system is why I prefer it over Linux – significant changes can rarely, if ever, be described as disruptive. But, changes still are made.

[...]

Very important from a technological standpoint as well as a philosophical standpoint is removal of GPL from the base system. There are some environments where the GPL is not appreciated or allowed (such as certain embedded scenarios), and these changes allow FreeBSD to fit into those environments. It is also important for the FreeBSD project, as it helps to strengthen the identity of the project and the license. [...]

There is still plenty of development going on the BSD world, and as I alluded to at the top, this is meant to be the first of several articles on BSD that I’ll be writing in the coming weeks, time allowing. [...]

The BSD family, pt. 1: FreeBSD 9.1

FreeBSD 10.0-ALPHA4 available for testing purposes

freebsd_logo-100x100The fourth ALPHA build for the FreeBSD-10.0 release cycle is now available for testing purposes.

The fourth ALPHA build of the 10.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and
sparc64 architectures.
Note: Due to build issues within the head/ branch, ALPHA3 ISO builds were skipped.
The 10.0-ALPHA4 builds correlate to svn revision r255933 of the head/branch.

Check out the dates for the upcoming BETA and RC releases on the FreeBSD 10 Release page.

The announcement and download locations can be found in this email to the FreeBSD current list: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-current/2013-September/044951.html

FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE launches

freebsd_logo_textThanks to all the hard work of the FreeBSD Foundation, FreeBSD developers and the contribution of a some private companies, FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE has been announced by the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team and is now available.

This is the second release from the stable/9 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 9.1 and introduces some new features.

Some of the highlights in this version are:

  • The ZFS filesystem now supports TRIM when used on solid state drives.
  • The virtio(4) drivers have been added to the GENERIC kernel configuration for amd64 and i386 architectures.
  • The ZFS filesystem now supports lz4 compression.
  • OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8y.
  • DTrace hooks have been enabled by default in the GENERIC kernel.
  • DTrace has been updated to version 1.9.0.
  • Sendmail has been updated to version 8.14.7.
  • OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.2p2.
  • Import unmapped I/O support from head.

A complete list of new features and known problems can be found of the 9.2 Release Notes page.

(Free)BSD Code Commits Catch Up – Week 39

C++ FreeBSD

This is a weekly post linking to interesting updates, additions or changes in the FreeBSD code or in the code of the following FreeBSD-based flavours: PC-BSD, FreeNAS or pfSense.

If I have missed out any updates that you’re excited about, please share with us all in the comments.

pc-bsd logo 100x100PC-BSD

  • New pc-thinclient WebUI (link)
  • Beginnings of a new Life Preserver main GUI (Link)
  • Life Preserver UI updates and new icons (link1, link2)
  • Replication functionality in the tray watcher finished (link)
  • Work on PBI10 format started (incl ability to run PBIs without installing them) (link)
  • PBI10 will use LZMA compression instead of uzip (link)
  • PC-BSD 10 PBI manager receiving pkgng updates (link)

FreeBSD LogoFreeBSD

  • Import a new libcxxrt (link)
  • LSI MegaRAID Invader cards now work (link)
  • UNBOUND has replaced Bind (link)
  • FreeBSD 9.2 RELEASE (link)

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoFreeNAS

  • HAST related updates (link1, link2)
  • Auditdisd updates (link)
  • Plugin updated brought back (link)

pfsense logo 100x100pfSense

Update to include GratisDNS dynDNS service (link)

OpenZFS – Communities co-operating on ZFS code and features

OpenZFS is a new community founded around open-source, cross-platform ZFS projects. 

open-zfs freebsdZFS is arguably the world’s most advanced file-system and has been in active development for over a decade. It is the popular and highly-advanced 128-bit file-system with enhanced error detection and correction capabilities designed for Solaris during the Sun Microsystems days.

Different projects have continued developing ZFS, such as illumos, FreeBSD and Oracle, but to avoid further fragmentation a number of companies and communities with an interest in ZFS have joined forces and set up OpenZFS.

Prior to the formation of OpenZFS there was little or no co-ordination [1] between the different ZFS related projects and the implementations on different operating system, but OpenZFS is to change that and to promote collaboration between cross-project developers and stakeholders.

The high-level goals of OpenZFS are:

  • to raise awareness of the quality, utility, and availability of open source implementations of ZFS
  • to encourage open communication about ongoing efforts to improve open source ZFS
  • to ensure consistent reliability, functionality, and performance of all distributions of ZFS.

OpenZFS has been founded by members of the Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and illumos communities, including Matt Ahrens, one of the two original authors of ZFS.

The OpenZFS community brings together over a hundred software developers and companies with the aim to improve and further develop ZFS. Some well known companies taking part are iXsystem, HybridCluster, Nexenta and PogoLinux.

The notion “open” in OpenZFS should to be stressed. Oracle has further developed ZFS (e.g. v35) but hasn’t made the code changes public, but the OpenZFS project will be open, share and encourage co-operation.

 “The goals of the project are to raise awareness, encourage open communication and to ensure consistent reliability, functionality and performance across multiple platforms.”

Ahrens said.

This is what Justin Gibbs, president of the FreeBSD Foundation, had to say:

freebsd_foundation 100.x100This is a cross-platform effort to ensure the continued evolution of the ZFS file system. For developers and users of FreeBSD, the formation of OpenZFS clarifies the future of ZFS support for our platform.  The FreeBSD project is now an equal partner in defining the course for ZFS. OpenZFS combines the man power of the FreeBSD, Illumos, Linux, and MacOS communities to provide a level of test coverage, feature development, documentation, and support that wasn’t possible with our separate efforts.  Most importantly, OpenZFS will improve platform interoperability and reduce fragmentation of ZFS implementations. Today is an exciting day for ZFS and the FreeBSD platform.  I encourage you to browse http://www.open-zfs.org and to get involved. You are officially invited to help make the future of OpenZFS!

Matt Ahrens will co-present with Martin Matuska a presentation on OpenZFS at the upcoming EuroBSDCon 2013: OpenZFS:  Upcoming Features and Performance Enhancements with Illumos and FreeBSD joining Forces.

All in all, this is a very welcome development in the future of ZFS.

Links:

[1] With the exception of the illumos – FreeBSD co-operation.