FreeBSD 7.0-RC3 released

The availability of the third release candidate for FreeBSD 7.0 has been announced today.

freebsdWe’re doing a ‘mini-RC3′ to encourage testing of the Highpoint driver (hptrr) backout. Testing of 7.0-RC2 showed there were problems with the driver update done between RC1 and RC2. Because it’s a ‘mini-RC’ targeted at testing of one particular thing we have not bothered with setting up FreeBSD Update. You can use the normal cvsup-and-build method of doing an update for machines that are already up and running (branch tag RELENG_7_0) or install from scratch using the ISOs available on the FTP sites. If those who experienced problems related to the hptrr driver update could let us know one way or another whether or not you are still having problems with it that would be appreciated.

Here is the brief release announcement.

DesktopBSD – Unix for the masses

Reptiler reports:

Currently I’m playing around with DesktopBSD. This actually is because I’m anyway playing with Xen, so I decided to use the time I spend on Xen to try out a few more systems. One of those is DesktopBSD, a version of FreeBSD customized for desktop-use. Thus it offers what we are used to from many Linux-distros today, ease of use and installation, automatic hardware-detection and -setup, KDE, a nice package-manager etc.
By the way, I’m not using the latest version, which is 1.6. The version I use is 1.6RC2, just because I had the image on DVD anyway. But I guess it’s recent enough for this.

As said, DesktopBSD is based on FreeBSD, which becomes quite obvious when updating packages, because those come directly from the FreeBSD-mirrors.

One thing I personally really like is the function to check the installed software for security-holes. This is simply done by comparing the list of installed software with one (or more, I don’t know the internals of those function yet) of those websites where they keep track of that kind of information. The gathered information then can be seen in the package-manager, which I think is a really nice function.

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Overall DesktopBSD leaves a good impression after the first few tests. For those who always wanted to try BSD this might be an option worth considering.

Read the whole article on Nuxified.org

Firefox 3 beta3 uses essential FreeBSD 7 technology

jemalloc, the new default memory allocator in FreeBSD and set to become the internal allocator in Firefox 3, was turned on by default for Linux today. That means by tonight Linux builds should go live on the aforementioned nightlies page with jemalloc enabled. The reason we are integrating our own allocator is that we’ve found jemalloc to be better than all the default allocators of our three main platforms (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux). Not only is it faster (and it shows in Javascript tests!) but it causes less fragmentation, so you should see a significant memory reduction after using Firefox for a lengthy period of time.

Source:  ventnorsblog

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Q1/2008)

The Q1/2008 FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report is now available. This report covers FreeBSD related projects between October and December 2007. AsiaBSDCon 2008 is approaching and will be held at the Tokyo University of Science in Tokyo, Japan on the 27th – 30th of March 2008. The FreeBSD Foundation has released a Newsletter detailing their activities over the past few months.

FreeBSD 7.0 is nearing release and the 2nd Release Candidate is ready for testing.

FreeBSD news – quick links (week 6)

1) Hex Live CD 1.0.3 released

HexLive is a live cd based on FreeBSD and build with the FreeSBIE toolkit. It is suited for network analysis. The idea behind this network analysis live cd builds up, according to the authors, on one of Richard Bejtlichs books. From the website:

We had found that there are many liveCDs out there. However, their target audience was more towards desktop users, penetration testers or system engineers. We did not find a liveCD that ran in line with our passion, network security analysis. After all, packet monkeys need a liveCD too! We also learned about and decided to use Freesbie2 toolkits to create the liveCD since both of us were already familiar with FreeBSD.

Hex Live CD project page

2) Dru’s links of the week – I’m not going to copy and paste them here; just have a look at her blog and the links.

The FreeBSD Foundation february update

The following is taken from the FreeBSD Foundation update for February 2008:

FreeBSD Foundation

Financial Update

Last year we had a fund raising goal of $250,000. We are extremely pleased that we exceeded our goal by raising over $400,000! We want to thank everyone who donated to the foundation. We received some very large contributions from companies who benefited from using FreeBSD and wanted to give back to the project. You can see a list of the donors here.

The board of directors has approved a budget of $250,000 for this year. You can see our new budget here.

With the additional funds we received last year, we have increased spending in areas of projects, travel grants, FreeBSD conferences and developer meetings, and equipment for the project. We are also going to invest $200,000 into higher yielding investments. We will stick to our conservative principals, by keeping our investments low risk.

2008 Fundraising Goal

Our 2008 fundraising goal is $300,000. We set the bar a little higher than last year’s goal to cover the budget and for steady growth expectations. We would be very happy to exceed our goal again, but have to be realistic on what we should expect. You can help by approaching your employer and asking them to donate to the foundation!

AsiaBSDCon Sponsor

The foundation is pleased to be a sponsor of AsiaBSDCon again. One way we support the project and community is by sponsoring FreeBSD related conferences. These conferences allow developers to meet with other developers to discuss and work on their projects. It also gives them a chance to see what other developers are doing.

We have increased our travel grant budget for 2008! Now we have the resources to help send more FreeBSD developers to conferences. We still ask you to look to your employers first for sponsorship or cost-splitting.

Java Update

The Foundation is pleased to announce we have a FreeBSD developer who has volunteered to add the Java 1.6 binary support for FreeBSD 6.3 and 7.0. We should have a schedule soon.

FreeBSD 7.0-RC2 available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of the second release candidate for FreeBSD 7.0:

The second Release Candidate for FreeBSD 7.0 is now available on most of the FTP mirror sites. Users of i386 or amd64 systems may wish to perform a binary upgrade to 7.0-RC2 using code recently added to the FreeBSD-update utility. On systems running 7.0-BETA4 or 7.0-RC1, the instructions for minor upgrades should be followed for this purpose; on systems running older releases or BETAs (including 7.0 BETAs prior to BETA4) the lengthier instructions for major upgrades should be followed. We sincerely hope this will be the last of the public tests for 7.0 and that the -RELEASE builds will start in about a week and a half. If bug(s) considered big enough to be show-stoppers are found we will of course reconsider but hopefully we’re in good enough shape now to proceed with the release.

Here is the full release announcement