Tentative milestone dates for FreeBSD 7.1 and 6.4

The FreeBSD Project is about to start the release cycle for FreeBSD-7.1 and FreeBSD-6.4. The proposed schedule for the “major events” of the cycle is:

  • Freeze August 29
  • BETA September 1
  • Branch September 6
  • 6.4-RC1 September 8
  • 7.1-RC1 September 15
  • 6.4-RC2 September 22
  • 7.1-RC2 September 29
  • 6.4-REL October 6
  • 7.1-REL October 13

Check out the FreeBSD Calendar for other events.

Thanks to Gonzalo Nemmi for submitting this.

Setting up Squid on FreeBSD (howto)

Squid is a caching proxy and conserving badwidth application for the Web supporting HTTP, HTTPS, FTP, and more. It reduces bandwidth and improves response times by caching and reusing frequently-requested web pages. Squid has extensive access controls and makes a great server accelerator. With Squid, you can reduce the network/internet traffic by 30% or more from normal usage (without squid) and enhance respone time.

Step-by-step instructions on how to install Squid on FreeBSD can be found here.

FreeBSD flash player

According to Alex Bustin, an engineer of Flash development at Sony, there’s a 32-bit Flash player for FreeBSD.

I know that iXsystems, the corporate sponsor behind the PC-BSD project, is talking to/collaborating with Adobe on a FreeBSD version of Flash, but it would be great if this report is true. That would be at least be one less barrier for the adoption of FreeBSD as desktop operating system (including PC-BSD and DesktopBSD) ;-)

beta release: AskoziaPBX pb14.3

The project team behind AskoziaPBX, a FreeBSD based Asterisk server system, is getting ready for the 1.0 release. Today version pb14.3 was released, with the following changes and updates:

  • new outgoing Caller ID options for ISDN and Analog Providers
  • new Portuguese language audio prompts
  • updated webGUI localizations (Greek, German, Italian and Dutch)
  • annoying “Remote UNIX connection” messages no longer generated
  • systems with Cyrix 5530 ATA controllers now working
  • ACPI issues fixed, Intel D201GL* boards now working
  • scriptaculous updated to 1.8.1 and misc. Javascript cleanups

Website and dowloads

FreeBSD :: Basic commands – Linux Identity

Computer Magazine Linux Identity has put together a PDF with basic FreeBSD commands.

A newcomer to FreeBSD will probably find himself served well by a desktop environment (as KDE or GNOME). But there is also another world: a world of CLI – command line interface. Instead of clicking icons and menus, users memorize and type commands, exchanging all communication with the system through a rectangle of plain text.

The June 2008 issue was about FreeBSD 7.

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (2008 Q2)

This 2008 Q2 FreeBSD Status Report covers FreeBSD related projects between April and June 2008. During this period The FreeBSD Foundation has released their July Newsletter.

Table of contents:

Google Summer of Code

  • Layer2 filtering
  • Porting BSD-licensed text-processing tools from OpenBSD

Projects

  • Build cluster
  • finstall
  • FreeBSD Bugbusting Team
  • Graphics support for the boot loader
  • USB

FreeBSD Architecture

  • ARM/Marvell port

The Ports Collection

  • Ports Collection
  • Qt/KDE4 Status Report

Documentation

  • FreeBSD FAQ Renovation
  • The FreeBSD Dutch Documentation Project
  • The FreeBSD Hungarian Documentation Project
  • The FreeBSD Spanish Documentation Project

Whole report here

Reset admin/root password in FreeBSD (howto)

  1. Turn the system off.
  2. Hit ESC when the OS boots up
  3. Choose to boot into Single User Mode (option 4)
  4. Select the default shell (/bin/sh)
  5. When the machine is booted up and you see the prompt, enter:
    • mount -u /
    • mount -a
  6. Type passwd to reset the password
  7. Enter the new password and confirm it
  8. Type reboot to reboot the machine (or press the shutdown button to reboot)