DTrace support in FreeBSD Current

John Birrell has announced that Sun’s DTrace support is being committed to FreeBSD Current.

I plan to start committing stuff bit-by-bit starting a week from now, subject to review of the bits.

As part of this work I will be moving the CDDL sources that ZFS uses into a separate CDDL-specific tree according to core@ instructions (resulting from their license review).

Announced on the FreeBSD Current mailinglist (16/03/2008)

Open USENIX archives

USENIX has made the records of all its proceedings public

The USENIX Association, a leading forum for presenting cutting edge developments in computing, announced today that open access to its conference proceedings will now be available free of charge to the general public. In doing so, USENIX continues to fulfill its mission to support and disseminate research in advanced computing.

Since 1975, the USENIX Association has brought together the community of engineers, system administrators, scientists, and technicians working on the latest advances in the computing world. USENIX has delivered innumerable industry “firsts” at past conferences, including ONYX, the first attempt at UNIX hardware; the launch of the first UNIX product by Digital Equipment Corporation; the first paper on Sendmail by Eric Allman; the first Perl presentation by Tom Christiansen; and the first report on Oak, which later became Java.

The USENIX conference proceedings are highly coveted documents that contain tomorrow’s innovations,” said Ellie Young, Executive Director, USENIX. “By making the papers immediately available to all, USENIX removes all barriers to accessing information about the latest computing advances.

gotbsd.net for BSD torrents

There’s a great BSD torrent website that I want to bring to your attention. It’s gotbsd.net where you can download FreeBSD 7.0, PC-BSD 1.5 and FreeSBIE 2.0.1 CD images via the Bittorrent protocol.

This site was originally started in 2007 shortly after the FreeBSD Project took their official server off-line. We originally ran on a dedicated server which ran its own tracker and a seeder. The Project recently started up a new official torrent server. So, we now run on a web host and link to official torrents (FreeBSD and others).

Consistent with our original goals, we’ll still put up torrents for FreeBSD-based OS’s that need it by using a third-party tracker. PC-BSD and FreeSBIE are both in this category now. Seeders for those torrents are greatly needed! If you’re able to contribute to the community by seeding, it will be even better if you are able to have an open, listening port for your torrent client.

Check it out and help seeding: gotbsd.net

FreeBSD Projects for Google SoC 2008

The FreeBSD Project was again accepted as a mentoring organisation into the Google Summer of Code. The Project is now looking for potential students, mentors and projects. If you have an idea for a potential FreeBSD related summer of code project that isn’t already listed here then please contact Murray Stokely (murray at freebsd dot org). Likewise, if you are interested in mentoring a student this year then please get in touch. Students can find all the details about applying for FreeBSD related Summer of Code projects on the FreeBSD Summer of Code web pages.

FreeBSD 7.0 VMWare image available

FreeBSD LogoGreg Larkin has put together a FreeBSD 7.0 VMware image. The zipped image can be found on the SourceHosting.net BitTorrent tracker. Some notes about the image:

  • The VM has been configured with 768Mb of memory.
  • The root password is “password”
  • ZFS is enabled by default
  • The /usr/ports filesystem is located in a ZFS pool
  • The Ethernet interface is bridged to the host and uses DHCP

So, if you’ve been wanting to play with or try out FreeBSD 7.0 or ZFS “safely”, download it and give it a whirl.

FreeNAS 0.7 progress

FreeNAS LogoThe FreeNAS maintenance release 0.686.3 was released last week. This will be probably the last stable release based on FreeBSD 6.2.The following changes have been made:

Some of the changes:

  • Remove consolehm sensor support because it doesn’t work/recognize up-to-date hardware.
  • WebGUI uses NiftyCubes for rounded corners with CSS and Javascript.
  • Validate minutes/hours/days/months/week days configuration on misc WebGUI pages

The more exciting news is that work on FreeNAS 0.7 which will be based on FreeBSD 7.0 has started. According to Volker it’s going smoothly and the migration to FreeBSD 7.0 is going easier than expected. This is the current state:

  • Migrate to FreeBSD 7.0: 80% done
  • Migrate the internal disk/geom management and config file: 40% done (lot’s of internals function to change)
  • Review all the disk/mount point management WebGUI: 0%
  • Adding gjournal, ZFS and gvistor: 0%

FreeNAS also announced that Vault Networks has offered a server for FreeNAS development. This server hosts a FreeNAS Virtual Machine for online demonstration. If you’re interested in trying out FreeNAS, but don’t have any hardware available yet, have a play with the online demo. Really cool.

The arrival of FreeBSD 7.0 has set set FreeBSD based projects on fire: FreeNAS 0.7 , PC-BSD 1.6 and pfSense 1.3 are all planning to have a new version based on FreeBSD 7.0 available soon. I’d expect DesktopBSD 1.7 (or will it be 2.0?) to be based on 7.0 too.

pfSense 1.3 – what’s coming?

pfSense logoThe pfSense Team have outlined their development plans for version 1.3 which will be base on FBSD 7.0. It’s the plan to release the next version within the next month.

This release already contains some significant new features. Among them are:

  • Traffic shaper completely rewritten – now supports any number of internal interfaces and multiple WAN interfaces. This work is 99% finished and is working exceptionally well in our testing.
  • User manager – multiple administrative users can be created, with varying levels of access. Access groups can be defined to easily grant identical access rights to multiple users. Rights can be defined individually for each page in the web interface.
  • LDAP authentication – LDAP is integrated into the user manager so pfSense can authenticate from any LDAP server. Microsoft Active Directory and Novell eDir have been thoroughly tested, though any LDAP server should work. You can even define groups in your directory and assign rights in pfSense to those groups.
  • Significant OpenVPN improvements
  • Routing improvements

Keep up the good work, Chris (and the other team members). Looking forward to trying out 1.3.