BSD Now Episode 21: Tendresse for Ten (video)

bsd_now_logoThe BSDNow.tv Team has uploaded a new episode: Tendresse for Ten 20, featuring an interview with Colin Percival.In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

  • FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE is out
  • OpenSSH 6.5 CFT
  • DIY NAS story, FreeNAS 9.2.1-BETA
  • OpenBSD needed funding for electricity.. and they got it
  • Interview – Colin Percival
  • Tutorial: Bandwidth monitoring and testing
  • pfSense talk at Tokyo FreeBSD Benkyoukai
  • m0n0wall 1.8.1 released
  • Ansible and PF, plus NTP
  • ruBSD videos online
  • PCBSD weekly digest

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FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE Announcement

freebsd-logo-largeWell, after a long wait and an unexpected RC5, FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE is here, the 10th version of this venerable operating system.

FreeBSD 10 comes with a lot more and better support for virtualisation (Hyper-V, virtio, BHyVe), Clang is the default compiler (replacing GCC), better WiFi support, better DNS tools (Unbound and LNDS) and support for ZFS TRIM and LZ4 compression. Other gems are support for the Raspberry Pi, Amazon AWS EC2 cloud, and a framework called netmap for fast and safe access to network devices for fast packet I/O.

FreeBSD may have a relatively small percentage of the global server market, but it is very promising that the FreeBSD technology is being implemented (or should I say, embedded) and utilised now by some well known companies, such as Sony, NetApp, CloudSigma and Netflix.

Read the announcement for more information, download links, MD5s and acknowledgements.

A quick upgrade refresher:

  • freebsd-update upgrade -r 10.0-RELEASE
  • freebsd-update install
  • reboot freebsd-update install
  • pkg upgrade -f
  • reboot freebsd-update install

Happy downloading / upgrading.

BSD Now Episode 20: BHyve Mind (video)

bsd_now_logoThe BSD Now TV Team has uploaded a new episode, BHyve Mind (Episode 20), featuring an interview with the developers of BHyve and a tutorial on how to set it up and to use it.

Bhyve, the “BSD hypervisor”, is a legacy-free hypervisor/virtual machine manager developed on FreeBSD and relies on modern CPU features such as Extended Page Tables (EPT) and VirtIO network and storage drivers.

In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

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m0n0wall 1.8.1 released

m0n0wall logo 100x100Manuel Kasper has announced the release of m0n0wall 1.8.1. This version is based on FreeBSD 8.4 and will thus give better support for newer hardware than m0n0wall 1.34.

Some of the change highlights are

  • add scheduler (“Croen”) service with many different job types (enable/disable interface or shaper rule, Wake on LAN, reboot, reconnect WAN, execute command etc.)
  • improved IPv6 support, including IPsec, DHCPv6-PD, RDNSS and DNSSL, and NDP info on the ARP diagnostic page
  • major overhaul of wireless LAN support. On some cards, it is now also possible to create multiple APs at the same time. To reflect this change, the wireless settings have moved to the Interfaces: assign page, where WLAN subinterfaces can be created much like for VLANs.
  • DNS forwarder: add option to log DNS queries, add aliases (CNAMEs) and MXs
  • Add AES-256, SHA-256/384/512 and additional DH group options to IPsec
  • Make rule moving and deletion on shaper rules page work like for firewall rules.
  • Initial support for USB modems
  • enable CPU hardware crypto support
  • automatically reassign available physical network interfaces if none of the assigned interfaces in the configuration can be found on the system (i.e. for a new installation, or when moving an existing config to new hardware)
  • the “embedded” image is gone; generic-pc-serial should now be used for PC Engines and Soekris boards
  • console speed for serial images is fixed to 9600 baud (no longer tries to use BIOS preset value)
  • introduction of an automated build system that allows one to build m0n0wall from scratch with almost no manual intervention on a standard FreeBSD 8.4 system
  • countless bug fixes and improvements in UI and system configuration code

Links: Website | Downloads | Change Log | Upgrade Instructions

About M0n0wall: M0n0wall is an embedded firewall distribution based on FreeBSD, and provides a small image which can be put on and run from CF cards, CD-Roms and hard disks. It also runs on a number of embedded platforms and virtual PCs.

 

FreeBSD security advisories

FreeBSD Security AdvisortyThe FreeBSD Security Team notifies the Community of a handful of vulnerabilities that have been discovered. Please check the advisories and take the appropriate actions.

These issues either don’t affect the upcoming FreeBSD 10.0 (building was kicked off on 15 Jan) or have already been fixed.

BSD Now Episode 19: The InstallFest (video) – UPDATED

bsd_now_logoThe BSD Now TV Team has uploaded a new episode, The Installfest – Episode 19, featuring the much anticipated *BSD Installations comparison.In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

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Link updated – thanks Joao.

FreeBSD 10-RC5 released

freebsd_logo-100x100Glen Barber has announced, on behalf of the FreeBSD Release Engineering team, the 5th RC build for FreeBSD 10.

The waiting for 10.0 Release will soon be over, as this is (definitely, this time) be the last RC build.

Major changes between -RC4 and -RC5 include:

  • Fix an IPv4 multicast regression.
  • Fixes OpenSSL for CVE-2013-4353, CVE-2013-6449, CVE-2013-6450.
  • Revert a change to the kinfo_file structure to preserve ABI.
  • Fix a race condition which could prevent the file descriptor table from being properly updated.

The release build is expected to start on 15 January, so the release announcement will be soon to follow.

Check the release email for checksums and download locations.

BSDTalk interview with George Neville-Neil on FreeBSD Journal

Podcast LogosWill Backman of BSDTalk (BSDTalk 237) has uploaded a 22 minutes interview with George Neville-Neil (MP3 or OGG) wherein they talk about the upcoming FreeBSD Journal.

Will and George chat about the following – these are just some notes:

There’s already a BSD Magazine, but not a magazine focusing on FreeBSD only

The Editorial Board consists of the following members

  • John Baldwin
  • Daichi Goto
  • Joseph Kong
  • Dru Lavign
  • Michael Lucas
  • Kirk McKusick
  • George Neville-Neil
  • Hiro Sato
  • Robert Watson

Task of the Board is to find interesting content and articles, by talking to those active in the FreeBSD community.

Target market of the Journal is the FreeBSD community (so users know what’s going on) and developers (as they’re not involved in all parts of the FreeBSD operating system).

There will be 6 issues per year and each issue will be around one specific theme:

  • FreeBSD 10 (end of Jan 2014)
  • Networking
  • Virtualisation
  • Development tools
  • New hardware features

The magazine will be distributed through online channels so it can be read on tablets, also offline.

The FreeBSD Journal app  will be available for free trough the Google Play Store, Amazon Kindle Store and Apple iTunes. Though the app is free, a subscription is required to download the magazines, or single issues can be purchased.

A 1 year subscription (6 issues) costs $19.99 or $6.99 per single issue.

The FreeBSD Journal will be different from other mags:

  • Only electronic, no paper issue, just production costs to be paid for
  • No wastage due to spare paper copies
  • Just FreeBSD related and FreeBSD specific topics (ZFS, hardware etc)
  • Writers are often developers who are also able to write well

App and first issue to be released at same time, at the end of Jan 2014.

FreeBSD Foundation has allocated funds to cover the1st year. Subscription in place to re-coup some of the costs, or all. From next year, any profits will be used for the development and promotion of FreeBSD.

On freebsdjournal.com visitors can:

  • Contact editorial board
  • Leave feedback
  • Advertisers can contact board

Electronic issues won’t be available for download on freebsdjournal.com due to difficulties around subscriptions desktop apps. Journal only to be sold through app stores, at least for the the first number of months.

It won’t be possible to print copies of the Journal. Limited print runs may be available at FreeBSD related conferences.

The 1st issue (Jan 2014) will be about FreeBSD 10. Other subjects are:

  • FreeBSD 10 features
  • LLVM/Clang
  • ZFS
  • Beaglebone Black
  • Kernel related article
  • How to run a large data center with FreeBSD (NYI)
  • Columns
  • Events calendar
  • This day in BSD

This looks all very interesting, and I’m looking forward to the first Issue.

From what you have heard in the interview or read above, will you consider buying the FreeBSD Journal subscription?