FreeNAS 0.69 beta1 available

Folker Theile has announced the release of FreeNAS 0.69 beta 1, a tiny FreeBSD-based operating system for NAS services. From the changelog

  • Upgrade to FreeBSD 6.3;
  • add ‘lagg’ link aggregation and link failover interface support (kernel);
  • switch back to SCHED_4BSD scheduler; add generic web server service;
  • complete review and typo fixes in source code;
  • upgrade rsync to 3.0.2, smartmontools to 5.38, lighttpd to 1.4.19, e2fsprogs to 1.40.10, PHP to 5.2.6;
  • use SAJAX to update miscellaneous WebGUI pages every 5 seconds to display current states;
  • refactor complete S.M.A.R.T. WebGUI and ActiveDirectory WebGUI;
  • add ability to web server WebGUI to configure URLs requiring authentication;
  • replace Adaptec SCSI RAID administration tool aaccli with arcconf;
  • upgrade Adaptec AACRAID 32- and 64-bit driver to version 5.2.0 Build 15727;
  • replace UPnP media player MediaTomb with Fuppes

Download (MD5): i386 version (47.6MB) | amd64 version (51.7MB).

Firefox 3 with FreeBSD technologies

firefox logoFirefox 3 is released and got off to a fantastic start: more than 8 million downloads within 24 hours, peaking at 17.000 downloads a minute.

Everybody browsing the internet uses (unconsciously) FreeBSD technology, such as TCP/IP, and a few only know that Firefox 3 comes integrated with some exciting FreeBSD technologies.

Murray Stokely has summarised:

The most widely publicized is probably the addition of Jason Evan’s memory allocator, jemalloc (link 1, link 2) written for FreeBSD 7.0 which has been included into Firefox to reduce memory fragmentation.

Another FreeBSD technology widely adopted by other products utilizing binary updates is Colin Percival’s bspatch client-side binary patching code. Kris Kennaway also notes that the ISC is hosting its FireFox mirrors on FreeBSD 7.0 machines to handle the unprecedented download demand as the Mozilla Foundation attempts to break a world record for downloads in a day.

FreeBSD press release and congratulations of Mozilla:

One of the FreeBSD technologies used by Firefox 3 is the new memory allocator, “jemalloc”, hich was written by FreeBSD developer Jason Evans for the FreeBSD 7 operating system. jemalloc is a fast, efficient memory allocator with excellent performance on multiprocessor machines. Though already a part of the FreeBSD 7 operating system, the Mozilla project has chosen to also incorporate it directly inside the Firefox 3 browser to improve memory performance and reduce memory use on other operating systems with legacy memory allocators. According to the blog of Firefox developer Stuart Parmenter, “Our automated tests on Windows Vista showed a 22% drop in memory usage when we turned jemalloc on.” Commenting on the Linux version of the browser, he wrote, “We saw a good performance increase and a drop in memory.”

BSDFund – supporting BSD related projects

BSDFund LogoThe FreeBSD Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the FreeBSD Project. This reasonably well-known foundation in the BSD world supports projects which further the development of the FreeBSD operating system (conferences, grants, hardware etc).

Also NetBSD and OpenBSD have their own foundation. These foundations tend to support bigger projects (although they do give travel grants), but there’s also a smaller, lesser known, US non-profit organisation whose mission is to assist and fund BSD-related open source projects, events and travel: BSD Fund.

To be honest I had never heard of this fund until I read about it on Oliver H’s blog. The man behind the BSD Fund is Michael Dexter who’s also one of the guys behind BSD Talk.

Despite the excellent work of the FreeBSD and NetBSD Foundations, there are still individuals and cross-BSD projects that do not have the legal infrastructure to receive tax-deductible donations.

The BSD Fund is negotiating to fund a variety of broad and specific projects but is beginning with conference and travel grants. The Fund raises money through direct donations, grant applications and reward credit cards.

The BSD Fund’s partner organization has given over half a million dollars to open source projects, events and travel over the past seven years. The BSD Fund gives new focus and drive to this effort to help the next thirty years of BSD software development be as successful as the first.

BSD Fund website

BSDTalk Interview with Michael W. Lucas

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 12 minute interview with Michael W. Lucas. Mr Lucas is writer of the Big Scary Daemons column at OnLAMP and has written a number of BSD books, of which “Absolute BSD: The Ultimate Guide to FreeBSD” is maybe one of the best known.

In this interview he talks about some of his books and strategies for writing technical publications.

Listen to the podcast as MP3 or OGG.

Redirection problem

The automatic redirection of all posts on freebsdos.com/news to the new domain freebsdnews.net is not working perfectly yet.

I’ve installed the “redirection” WordPress plugin and added some rules, but it’s not working as it should.

Anybody worked before with WordPress and 301 permanent redirections? If you have any ideas/suggestions or if you think you can help me, this would be greatly appreciated.

Please drop me a line on gvanessen @at gmail .dot com