FreeBSD Foundation Announces 2013 Fundraising Results

FreeBSD foundation logoThe FreeBSD Foundation has announced the fundraising results for 2013. In total, $768,562 was raised from 1659 donors, slightly under 2012′s achievement of $771,193 from 1855 donors.

The Foundation’s 2013 financial report and the 2014 budget are expected to be available soon. I’m sure we’ll also find out soon which new project(s) will be funded in 2014.

To support the Foundation funding different FreeBSD related conferences and projects, you can donate here – and you don’t have to wait until December. (I am not affiliated with the FreeBSD Foundation).

Read the announcement here (includes a picture of some of the Foundation’s members):
FreeBSD Foundation Announces 2013 Fundraising Results

iXsystems announces PC-BSD 10: Propelling the BSD Desktop

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Following the announcement of PC-BSD 10.0 on the PC-BSD blog, iXsystems has released a press release to announce the new achievement: PC-BSD 10: Propelling the BSD Desktop Experience to New Heights

From the PR release:

iXsystems, Inc. is delighted to announce the release of PC-BSD 10: Joule Edition! This major new version of the PC-BSD desktop operating system brings in a wide variety of improvements to both its own tools and software from the wider open source community. Most users will notice the replacement of GNOME 2 with MATE, as well as the revamped Life Preserver backup utility that makes use of ZFS replication. The underlying operating system has been updated to FreeBSD 10, which brings in many performance and driver improvements, including updated AMD video drivers.

The largest change since PC-BSD 9 is the replacement of GNOME 2 with its successor desktop, MATE. MATE is a fork of GNOME 2 that seeks to preserve the traditional desktop metaphor. GNOME 3 and Cinnamon are also available as unsupported desktops – GNOME 3 is the latest desktop from the GNOME project, and Cinnamon provides a variant on the GNOME desktop experience from Linux Mint. With these additions and the latest versions of XFCE, LXDE, and KDE, PC-BSD offers a complete array of modern desktop environments for users to choose from.

PC-BSD provides an incredible array of custom tools and utilities, and most of them have been improved with this release. The biggest change is to the PC-BSD Life Preserver, which now operates via ZFS snapshots and offers the ability to quickly retrieve files from previous versions of the filesystem. Your entire disk of data can also be automatically replicated to a remote system using the same ZFS revision, such as FreeBSD 10 or FreeNAS 9.2. Should your existing disk drive crash, it is possible to recover directly from the remote replication using the PC-BSD DVD/USB installer. A new disk management tool for managing ZFS volumes after installation has also been added in this release as well as a new Qt based graphical login manager (PCDM), replacing the legacy GDM login manager.

The PC-BSD installation process has been improved as well. There is now a single file to download, which can be used for either a USB or DVD installation. The installer now offers a choice of graphical or text mode, making it just as easy to use for server installation as for desktops. The installer now offers GRUB as the recommended bootloader, with support for ZFS boot environments. This allows users to backup the entire boot environment of PC-BSD before attempting upgrades or hazardous operations, and boot back into them later if something goes wrong.

Joe Maloney, an Assistant Network Administrator with Sumner Communications who runs pkgdemon.com and recently joined the PC-BSD project as a volunteer developer, told iXsystems about his experience using PC-BSD at his day job.

“Currently four out of five of us in our Internet Technical Support Department use PC-BSD. Recently I’ve implemented EasyPBI to create installers for our work applications. I run PC-BSD 10; I’d say each release keeps getting better and better. My favorite PC-BSD features are Ports Jail, the Warden, and ZFS support for RAID-Z, snapshots, and rollbacks.””

PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE (Joule) released

pc-bsd_logoClosely tracking the release cycle of FreeBSD, Kris Moore has now announced the availability of PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE.

Some of the most notable features in this release are:

  • Includes FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd“ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate (Replaces Gnome2) and Cinnamon

A more complete list can be found on the PC-BSD wiki: What’s New in 10.0.

Links: PC-BSD site | Announcement | Download | Forums

About PC-BSD: PC-BSD is a Unix-like, user-friendly desktop operating system built upon the most recent releases of FreeBSD. The PC-BSD project is sponsored by iXsystems, and aims to be easy-to-install by using a graphical installation program, and easy-to-use by providing a number of open source desktop environments. PC-BSD also comes with its custom-tailored Push Button Installer (PBI) application installer.

FreeNAS 9.2.1-RC available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoJordan Hubbard has announced the availability of FreeNAS 9.2.1-RC. It is expected that this will be the only Release Candidate to be made available, unless show stopper are found.

The most interesting changes from the BETA releases are an upgraded version of Samba (to version 4.1.4), a new driver for the LSI 12G SAS card, a fixed Netatalk bug, mDNSresponder replacing Avahi and some changes to the graphs on the reports screen.

The FreeNAS development team is proud to announce the first Release Candidate image of FreeNAS 9.2.1! Barring the finding of any significant problems, this is essentially 9.2.1 RELEASE. We will, of course, fix any “release blocker” problems that people find over the next 10 days (we would like to release 9.2.1 on February 7th, all else permitting) so please test this as heavily as you can. We are also running it in production on our own servers, so we take “release candidate” pretty seriously!

I guess FreeNAS 9.2.1-RELEASE won’t be far off now.

Links: FreeNAS website | Announcement | Download | FreeNAS Forums

About FreeNAS: FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based (nanobsd) and BSD licensed open source Network Attached Storage (NAS) Platform developed by iXsystems, that has been optimised to support file storage and files sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.

The BIG FreeBSD 10 Installation/Upgrade POLL

freebsd project logo 100x100FreeBSD-10.0-RELEASE became available just over a week ago and we thought it would be interesting to do a poll on FreeBSD 10-RELEASE installations and upgrades. This to find out how many people want to use the latest and the greatest, and how many of you are happy with what they’re already running etc.

If you want to take part, please tick one (or maximum three) of the options below that applies to you and your main server/desktop.

Note, the tickbox is located above the question, not under.

FreeBSD 10 Poll

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Many thanks for taking part.

FreeBSD Status Report – 2013-Q4

freebsd project logo 100x100The FreeBSD Project has released its fourth status report for 2013 (October to December 2013). It comes with 37 entries and gives a nice insight on what developers have been working on.

“The last quarter of 2013 was very active for the FreeBSD community, much like the preceding quarters. Many advances were made in getting FreeBSD to run on ARM-based System-on-Chip boards like Cubieboard, Rockchip, Snapdragon, S4, Freescale i.MX6, and Vybrid VF6xx. FreeBSD is also becoming a better platform for Xen and the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. There are plans for FreeBSD to become a fully supported compute host for OpenStack. The I/O stack has again received some performance boosts on multi-processor systems through work touching the CAM and GEOM subsystems, and through better adaptation of UMA caches to system memory constraints for ZFS. The FreeBSD Foundation did an excellent job in this quarter, and many of their sponsored projects like VT-d and UEFI support, iSCSI stack, Capsicum, and auditdistd are about to complete. At the same time, new projects like Automounter and Intel GPU updates have just been launched. The Newcons project has been merged into -CURRENT, which will make it possible to finally move to the latest version of X.Org in the Ports Collection. Efforts are also under way to improve testing with Jenkins and Kyua. It is an exciting time for users and developers of FreeBSD!”

From the table of contents:

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FreeBSD 10.0 in the news

After some delays, FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE was released earlier this week. This release has been reported about on some of the major open source websites, and seems to have been well received.

Some reports can be read here.

If you’re aware of any other ones, please share in the comments.

The Daemon and the Penguin, FreeNAS labels, pfSense, PC-BSD updates

Freebsd newsWelcome to the latest (Free)BSD news round-up in which we have a mix of news snippets and links. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous (Free)BSD related links that are news worthy and which you may find hopefully interesting, but are yet too small to package as individual posts.

Some of the links below have already appeared in our Google Plus +FreeBSD Central and Twitter feeds.

PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 Now Available
This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so.
PC-BSD Blog – 23 Jan 2014

New pfSense website
The pfSense project has a new website

pfSense 2.1.1-PRERELEASE Snapshots available
For those who are inclined to try such things, 2.1.1-PRERELEASE snapshots are up for testing at snapshots.pfsense.org. New features and changes.

Amazon supporting FreeBSD Foundation
When you shop at Amazon through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1545163, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the FreeBSD Foundation.

FOSDEM 2014 BSD program
The program for the BSD devroom at #FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels is now available.

FreeBSD Programming Primer
BSD Mag has an issue with 12 tutorials on how to develop a Content Management System (CMS) which will run under an AMP stack on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Linux. In this series Rob Somerville looks at the tools, processes and methods involved in writing a CMS.
BSD Mag – 14 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over.
PC-BSD Blog – 24 Jan 2014

The Daemon, the GNU & the Penguin
Peter Salus’s book, the Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, was a regular Groklaw feature in 2005 and 2006. It is now in book form (paperback) and available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s been expanded, and the subtitle now is “How Free and Open Software is Changing the World”.

iXsystems’ new FreeNAS device needs your label vote
Here’s your chance to influence the design of an upcoming FreeNAS product from iXsystems! Help us pick which label you’d like to see by leaving a comment on this post.
Vote via +iXsystems, Facebook or the FreeNAS forums

FreeBSD 11 has been added to the BSD Family Tree

OpenBSD rescued from unpowered oblivion by $20K bitcoin donation