InfoWorld’s award for FreeNAS

FreeNAS has been awarded with InfoWorld’s Bossie award for being the best free, open source storage server.

Even as the capacity of physical disks soars, storage vendors continue to charge a small fortune for network filers. An open source alternative on the lower end is FreeNAS, which has support for CIFS, NFS, rsync, SSH, iSCSI. and FTP, as well as software RAID. It can handle several authentication methods (including local, Active Directory, NIS, and RADIUS), and sports a Web GUI, all while taking less than 32MB after installation. This means you can use it on USB keys and portable hard drives.

InfoWorld’s annual Bossies awards recognize top free and open source software, and the second annual list of winners is out now. Unlike SourceForge’s Community Choice Awards, where winners are determined by votes from the community, the Bossies are awarded by InfoWorld’s editorial and test center staff.

Congratulations to the FreeNAS team. Well done

rc release: HeX LiveCD 2.0RC1

HeX LiveCD is a Network Security Monitoring (NSM) centric Live CD, built based on the principles of NSM, for analysts, by analysts. Besides containing most of the popular Open Source NSM tools and the Fluxbox window manager, the HeX Live CD also contains tools to perform network analysis.

After a long development on 2.x branch, HeX LiveCD 2.0-RC1 is now available. It’s FreeBSD 7.0 based and stuffed with lots of NSM apps. With unionfs, HeX 2.0-RC1 loads even faster than the previous version.

LINKS: Download | known issues | MD5 | Website

beta release: FreeNAS 0.69b2 (Stone Burner)

Volker Theile has announced the availability of the second beta release of FreeNAS 0.69, a tiny FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network Attached Storage (NAS) services.

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.0.
  • Upgrade fusefs-ntfs/ntfs-3g to 1.2531.
  • Upgrade Samba to 3.0.30.
  • Add ‘perms’ and ‘xattrs’ parameter to RSYNC client/local shares.
  • Allow user to add additional parameters to RSYNC client/local shares.
  • Modified WebGUI look & feel.
  • Add ctorrent client (No WebGUI, only console support).
  • Disable splashscreen because it causes reboots on some systems.
  • Keep time zone informations up to date (BR 2034132).
  • Upgrade rsync to 3.0.3.

Minors changes:

  • Enable WLAN interface setup via console.
  • Add ‘Loewe Connect’ UPnP support (FR 2003278).
  • Modify iSCSI-Target WebGUI. This will hopefully reduce ‘Extent’ configuration problems.
  • Disallow adding duplicate named CIFS/SMB and AFP shares.
  • Rename environment variable used by /etc/rc.d/rsync_client and rsync_local scripts to rsync_client_logfile and rsync_local_logfile.
  • If ‘Recycle bin’ has been enabled for a CIFS/SMB share the ‘.recycle’ directory will be created with 0777 permissions. A subdir will be created for each user with 0700 permissions.
  • Add ‘mount_smbfs’ command.

Download | MD5Full change log | Website

PC-BSD 7 status update

Kris Moore has put an update on the PC-BSD website about the PC-BSD 7

… preparing for the next major release of PC-BSD, also known as PC-BSD 7. This new version will be based on FreeBSD 7, and include KDE 4.1 as the primary desktop interface. We are currently releasing weekly Alpha ISO’s, that allow us to test out the new features, and fix bugs associated with the switch to a FreeBSD 7 and KDE 4.1 base.

He also notes there’s a new version of the PBI Builder software available.

Read the full status update

Setting up LAMP on FreeBSD (howto)

Referring to “LAMP” with regards to FreeBSD doesn’t make sense, but anyway, that’s how the author titled this howto “Setting up LAMP on FreeBSD“.

I’m not complaining, it’s always nice to see FreeBSD related article on Linux.com ;-)

Setting up a LAMP server is a common task for systems administrators, and FreeBSD is one of the most reliable and stable operating systems available. You can swap out the L in LAMP with F for FreeBSD to build a fast and reliable Web server.

In this article I assume FreeBSD is already installed. If not, make sure you download the latest stable production version of FreeBSD and run the installer. I recommend choosing the MINIMUM option at the installer screen to quickly install only the most basic and necessary things.

To install applications on FreeBSD, use the ports files. Ports are plain text files that know where to download source code, so that the software will be compiled on your computer. This way you can change settings (including or excluding specific modules) as you want, and the software will fit perfectly to the specifications of your computer. First, you have to make sure that the latest ports files are installed. If you’ve never installed the ports, issue portsnap fetch extract in the shell; otherwise, issue portsnap fetch update. This will download the latest ports files. After a bunch of messages that show you what files have been downloaded, you’re ready to go.

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Source: Linux.com (31/07/2008)