“Announcing the end of I.T.Servertude. Liberate yourself.”
This post describes an example of how one can manually convert a FreeBSD installation into a PC-BSD one using the install disk. There are more elegant ways of doing it, such as pulling things from PC-BSDs SVN and compiling only PC-BSD specific components.
Since BSDnews.com was hacked a lot of traffic has come to my site. Looking at the logs many people googling for “FreeBSD news” or “BSD news” ended up on my site.
After all these months BSDnews.com is still not back up. I’ve therefore created a new domain: www.freebsdnews.net , which is easier to remember than freebsdos.com/news. I was hoping to buy freebsdnews.com, but the owner of that domain has been ignoring my emails so far.
If you’re using Feedburner for your RSS feeds, there’s no need to change anything; I’ll point feedburner to freebsdnews.net now. However, if you’re RSS reader is subscribed to http://www.freebsdos.com/news/feed/ you will need to update this/resubscribe to http://www.freebsdnews.net/feed/
If you made use of bsdnews.com in the past to release news about (your) FreeBSD products (hardward & software), you’re welcome to email them to me now and I’ll put them on my site.
Apologies for not posting frequently but I’ve been working behind the scenes ;-)
The FreeNAS team has made a AMD64 build of FreeNAS 0.7 available, which can be downloaded from the nightly build section.
I’ve collected for you some links to presentations, recordings and pictures of recent BSD conferences.
MeetBSD 2007 – MeetBSD 2007
- Matt Olander – PC-BSD: FreeBSD on the Desktop – AVI
- Christian Brüffer – Protecting your Privacy with FreeBSD and Tor – AVI
- Pawel Solyga – Meet BSD projects from Google Summer of Code 2007 – AVI | MOV | PDF
- Philip Paeps – Detangling and debugging: friends in unexpected places – AVI
- Brooks Davis – Reflections on Building a High-Performance Computing Cluster Using FreeBSD – AVI | PDF
- Kris Kennaway - New features and improvements in FreeBSD 7 – AVI | PDF
FOSDEM 2008 - FOSDEM
Robert Watson – How a large scale opensource project works (OGG)
The FreeBSD Project is one of the oldest and most successful open source operating system projects, seeing wide deployment across the IT industry. From the root name servers, to top tier ISPs, to core router operating systems, to firewalls, to embedded appliances, you can’t use a networked computer for ten minutes without using FreeBSD dozens of times.
Part of FreeBSD’s reputation for quality and reliability comes from the nature of its development organization — driven by a hundreds of highly skilled volunteers, from high school students to university professors. And unlike most open source projects, the FreeBSD Project has developers who have been working on the samesource base for over twenty years.
But how does this organization work? Who pays the bandwidth bills, runs the web servers, writes the documentation, writes the code, and calls the shots? And how can developers in a dozen time zones reach agreement on the time of day, let alone a kernel architecture?
This presentation will attempt to provide, in 45minutes, a brief if entertaining snapshot into what makes FreeBSD run.
BSDCan 2008 pictures – BSDCan 2008
I recently decided to give the new 7.0 release of FreeBSD ago and was fairly impressed. I did use BSD along time ago on a home server for a few months but pretty much forgot everything about it from back then.
Firstly FreeBSD refers to both a kernel and userspace tools making it a whole operating system (userspace tools being the basic programs like shells and copy/move commands), this is different to Linux which is just a kernel and distros are technically called GNU/Linux to show that it is using the GNU userspace tools.
There’s a new interview on BSDTalk . This one is with a few of the FreeBSD Core Team members: Warner Losh, George V. Neville-Neil, Murray Stokely, Hiroki Sato, Robert Watson, Brooks Davis, and Philip Paeps. The interview was recorded at BSDCan2008 in Ottawa, Cananda.
As a sidenote: it’s again time (after 2 years) for the FreeBSD Core Team elections . The FreeBSD Project has relied on democratic elections of the 9 member core team since 2000.
Candidates have 2 weeks in which to declare their candidacy and voting commences on June 19. Active FreeBSD committers are eligible to vote until July 16 and the results will be announced shortly thereafter. Watch this space.