BSD Administrators and Jobs

Dru Lavigne posted an interesting post about oDesk, a company that provides a platform for business and qualified technology contractors to connect.

oDesk is a global staffing marketplace enabling businesses to Hire, Manage, and Pay remote contractors as if they were in the local office. Our proprietary tools and guaranteed payment policies enable a secure and trusted marketplace for both buyers and providers. We’ve mined through mountains of data about BSD (including FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and DragonFlyBSD) jobs, providers, certifications tests and more in order to bring you this single resource page containing statistics, information, maps, resources, links, and rankings. All information about programming and development work is based on the oDesk network that has providers from United States, Russia, India, Ukraine, China, and 100 other countries.

FreeBSD jobs trend page

Beta release: PC-BSD 7.0 beta 1 (Fibonacci)

PC-BSD Beta1 is already available for download and according to a recent interview with Kris Moore ” … as long as no serious bugs are found, we plan on going gold early to mid-September.”

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD version 7-BETA1!

This release marks the first PC-BSD based on FreeBSD 7-STABLE and the KDE 4.1 desktop, and also provides many new ways to install, including DVD, USB and Network/Internet installation choices. Our PBI site has also been updated with a wide variety of software ready for PC-BSD 7, with more being added weekly.

Some of the goodies:

  • Updated to FreeBSD 7-STABLE for the base.
  • Updated to KDE 4.1.
  • New options to install from DVD, USB or Network/Internet.
  • New optional file-system selector during install.
  • New options for keyboard setup, including localized layout setup.
  • Support for ZFS, UFS2, UFS2+Softupdates, and UFS2+Journaling
  • ULE Scheduler improves system performance and responsiveness.
  • and more…

LINKS: Download | Change log | Release Notes | Announcement | Website

FreeNAS on Washington Post

FreeNAS, a FreeBSD based Network Attached Server (NAS), is mentioned on the Washington Post today:

Network-Attached Storage on the Cheap

Based on the FreeBSD operating system (a Unix derivative), FreeNAS is a server operating system that offers lots of features, a very small footprint, and a can’t-beat-it price (it’s free). Developed by an open-source community, it is constantly evolving (with even nightly builds).

FreeNAS is more complicated to install and use than Microsoft’s more feature-rich product, but people willing to navigate the sometimes confusing installation routine are rewarded with a robust network-attached storage device.

More…

TrustedBSD Project website updated

Robert Watson, who heads the TrustedBSD project, has updated the project’s website. The most striking change is that the different components / subprojects that are being worked are shown as tabs at the top.

For those unfamiliar with TrustedBSD, TrustedBSD is not a FreeBSD fork or anything like that, but it’s a set of trusted operating system extensions to FreeBSD. It was begun primarily by Robert Watson with the goal of implementing concepts from the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation and the Orange Book.

The TrustedBSD project is an open source project developing advanced security features for the open source FreeBSD operating system, including file system extended attributes and UFS2, Access Control Lists, OpenPAM, security event auditing with OpenBSM, mandatory access control and the TrustedBSD MAC Framework, and the GEOM storage framework. Many technologies from TrustedBSD may also be found in operating systems beyond FreeBSD, including Mac OS X, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux.

This project is ongoing and many of its extensions have been integrated into FreeBSD.

Thanks for letting me know, Robert!

Links: TrustedBSD Project | TrustedBSD (wikipedia)

screenshot of the old website.

pfSense vs Smoothwall

So heres my dilemna for a project I’m working on.
I need a rather broad solution covering DNS, proxying, firewalling, VPN (both site to site and LDAP integrated user access), DHCP, supporting multiple DMZ servers along with routing support. This will act as the centre point for a 40 person network. Clearly hardware wise this will have to be quite a strong system, with load balancing being a possibility, at minimum hardware failover

Pros and Cons here