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.

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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

Interview with Kris Moore, PC-BSD (Distrowatch)

PC-BSD LogoDistrwatch interviewed Kris Moore, founder and lead developer of PC-BSD, a user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD.

They talk about the history of and reasons for creating PC-BSD, PBI package management, the upcoming PC-BSD 7, KDE4.1:

The so-called “distribution for the average Joe” market has been expanding at a rapid pace in recent years. While the vast majority of these projects is invariably based on Linux, we have also witnessed a few attempts to create a user-friendly “distribution” based on operating systems that traditionally belonged to the hacker’s domain, notably FreeBSD and OpenSolaris. One of them is PC-BSD, a project launched in 2005. Its main goal? To hide the complexity of FreeBSD and to deliver an alternative to Linux on the desktop. Its main claim to fame? The web-based software installation infrastructure called PBI. Its community? Over 8,000 registered forum members and a growing network of world-wide community sites. All this thanks to the original vision and undying conviction of Kris Moore, the founder and lead developer of PC-BSD.

Kris was kind enough to answer a few questions about his beginnings with FreeBSD and the forthcoming release of PC-BSD 7.0.

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meetBSD California – FreeBSD 15 year anniversary

It was 15 years ago that Internet history was forever changed when FreeBSD 1.0 was released. iXsystemswill be hosting the 15 Year Anniversary Party at the meetBSD California conference in Mountain View, California.

meetBSD California, based on the popular meetBSD conference in Poland, is a 2 day event on Saturday and Sunday, November 15th and 16th, 2008 [check the calendar for other events].

Besides the intimate BSD conference with notable BSD speakers and great FreeBSD Anniversary/meetBSD schwag, we’ll be having the private FreeBSD Anniversary party at Buddha Lounge in Mountain View on
Saturday night. Anybody attending the FreeBSD 10 Year Anniversary Party can attest to the fact that this is not to be missed!

Of course, there will be a commemorative anniversary t-shirt for attendees as well as other exciting prize.

Source: FreeBSD Announce Mailinglist

Archive: Ten Years of FreeBSD: Anniversary Party a Success