pfSense – hardware/server request

Scott Ullrich from pfSense Project

is looking for anybody willing to donate a hardware or a fast server to speed up building and compiling of pfSense.

It seems more and more that I spend 90% of my time waiting for pfSense builds to validate code changes, kernel changes, etc
more…

Here’s a rundown of parts that would be ideal:

  • quad core cpu, or dualquad core if possible
  • 4g ram (not strictly necessary, but useful for cache)
  • 6 sata disks (western dig raptors would rock), and an areca or similar card with 256M-1G battery backed cache

Is there anybody able to help the pfSense project?

Read the whole blogpost and the comments here.

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (2008 Q1)

This 2008 Q1 Status Report covers FreeBSD related projects between January and March 2008. During this time FreeBSD 7.0 was released. BSDCan is upon us with the Developer Summit starting the 14th and the Conference starting the 16th.

These are the topics of the 2008 Q1 report:

Google Summer of Code

  • finstall – Graphical installer for FreeBSD
  • Summer of Code

Projects

  • ProPolice support for FreeBSD
  • Rewriting the TTY layer
  • USB

FreeBSD Team Reports

  • FreeBSD Bugbusting Team
  • The FreeBSD Foundation
  • The Ports Collection

Kernel

  • Multi-IPv4/v6/no-IP jails
  • UnionFS Improvements

Documentation

  • Ideas Web Application
  • The Hungarian Documentation Project
  • The Spanish Documentation Project

new BSD forum: daemonforums

One of our regular blog readers brought a new BSD related forum to my attention: daemonforums.org

It’s a new website without much activity yet, but what I’m curious about is, why create yet another BSD related forum? How is this one different from BSD Forums , BSD Support or BSD Nexus etc?

It would have been nice if the creator(s) explained why they’ve started yet another forum or what niche they’re aiming at.

Personally, I think we should co-operate more, recommend and improve what’s available already in the BSD world (be it operating systems, websites or forums – unless strong and valid reasons are there, obviously). United we’re stronger.

www.daemonforums.org

Thanks to kace – gotbsd.net for reporting this.

PC-BSD 7.0 Alpha – ready for testing

Yes, you’re reading the title right. PC-BSD 7.0 is coming and this version has been named 7.0 on purpose.

We will be changing our versioning scheme to correspond with FreeBSD, thus PC-BSD 7.0 will be based off of FreeBSD 7.0, PC-BSD 7.1 on FreeBSD 7.1, and so forth. This should help make it obvious as to what version of BSD we are running, and keep us more in line with FreeBSD itself. This should also make it clear that we’re tracking all FreeBSD releases and have no intention to fork or break away from this great operating system.

An early test release of PC-BSD 7.0, which is based on the FreeBSD 7.0 release, has been uploaded for test purposes.

Please note that this release is an ALPHA, which means it is NOT feature complete yet, and should only be used for early testing. Also: most PBI’s will NOT work on it, since all the legacy library support from FreeBSD 6 hasn’t been implemented yet.

If you are able to test this release, please let us have your feedback (gerard at@ pcbsd dot. org or core at@ lists dot. pcbsd dot. org). At this moment we’re most interested in feedback as to hardware support or installation problems, i.e. if there is something that works in FreeBSD 7.0, but does not appear to be working in PC-BSD, please let us know so we can get it fixed.

File Download: ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/alpha-isos/i386/PCBSD7-Alpha-x86-Thu.iso

MD5: e0d20b8ca06175a8d28a864da7b495d9

Many thanks for your help in testing!