EuroBSDCon – registration open

In less htan two weeks the 7th edition (18-19 October) of the European BSD Conference will take place in Strasbourg, France. Don’t miss it! The program is rich with over 20 speakers giving talks on a wide range of subjects. Tutorials will also be help in a very nice place in the center of the city. A BSD certification exam will take place on Saturday. And of course, you should not miss the local flammekueche speciality and good beer!

Check my FreeBSD Calendar for more events.

For more information and registering visit the EuroBSDCon website.

Thanks, Rodrigo (freebsdfr.net) for submitting.

PC-BSD 7 review (osnews.com)

OSNews.com has a positive review of PC-BSD 7 Fibonacci. It concludes with:

“I am thoroughly convinced that PC-BSD is the perfect choice for a newcomer to the unix world. It is very straight forward and it requires very little unix knowledge. Even though I mentioned a couple of caveats (eg. Bootloader, Primary partition), I doubt a new user who is installing on a fresh system will ever come across these issues. Even if someone does run into these issues, the solutions provided in this article should give them a starting point. The PC-BSD has a friendly and helpful community, they have an active forum where you can seek help from fellow PC-BSD users. The PC-BSD team has worked really hard on this release and the results are impressive. It is ready to challenge the main stream Operating Systems (Windows, OS X and Linux). I would encourage new users to try PC-BSD without any doubts. I would definitely recommend Linux gurus to give this distribution a chance and I promise, you won’t be disappointed.”

Read the whole article here.

FreeBSD Security Advisory (FreeBSD-SA-08:10.nd6)

Topic: IPv6 Neighbor Discovery Protocol routing vulnerability

Category: core
Module: sys_netinet6
Announced: 2008-10-01
Credits: David Miles
Affects: All supported versions of FreeBSD.
Corrected: 2008-10-01 00:32:59 UTC (RELENG_7, 7.1-PRERELEASE)
2008-10-01 00:32:59 UTC (RELENG_7_0, 7.0-RELEASE-p5)
2008-10-01 00:32:59 UTC (RELENG_6, 6.4-PRERELEASE)
2008-10-01 00:32:59 UTC (RELENG_6_3, 6.3-RELEASE-p5)
CVE Name: CVE-2008-2476

More information and a solution to fix this vulnerability, check to to the FreeBSD-SA-08:10.nd6.asc page

Win4BSD now free for non-commercial use

Virtual Bridges is has announced that Win4BSD for Desktops will be offered at no charge for non-commercial use.

Win4BSD is a PC emulator that runs Windows as a guest at nearly native speed under FreeBSD/PC-BSD. It is based on QEMU. However, Win4BSD offers many advantages, including improved speed, ease of use, more seamless integration with the host OS, and “grabless” mouse transition between the host and Windows
guest.

Win4BSD.com, where the Win4BSD package can be downloaded, will become a portal for FreeBSD and PC-BSD information.

Win4BSD was built by Virtual Bridges to detirmine the level of acceptance by the FreeBSD and PC-BSD community for high-grade commercial software. After two years, we have concluded desktop BSD-oriented applications are best accepted by the non-commercial community when offered at no charge and made freely available.

Source: Virtual Bridges Blog

Beta release: FreeNAS 0.69 b4

The FreeNAS guys are doing a great job: another beta release in the .69 series. The forth beta upgrades the underlying FreeBSD system to 6.4.

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade to FreeBSD 6.4.
  • Upgrade rsync to 3.0.4.
  • Upgrade PHPMailer to 2.2.1.
  • Upgrade Transmission to 1.34.

Minors changes:

  • * Add new attribute ‘Temporary directory’ to UPnP WebGUI to define a directory used to store temporary transcoded files.
  • Modify /etc/rc.d/samba script.
  • Add ‘Who’ combobox to RSYNC client/local jobs to select user which is used to execute this job.
  • Add ‘Enable’ checkbox to RSYNC client/local jobs to enable/disable them (FR 2123243).
  • Add hw.ata.to=15 to sysctrl to prevent ‘TIMEOUT – WRITE_DMA’ errors, e.g. when using APM for harddrives (FR 2101811).

Then there are still the usual bug fixes, restrictions and known bugs.

The latest beta can be downloaded here.