David Chisnall looks at Capsicum, a new capability-oriented security model in FreeBSD 9, and how it can be used to implement reduced and separated privilege with small modifications to existing applications.
Most of you will have read, or maybe even used, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD, which is an operating system consisting of FreeBSD kernel with a GNU userland, but there’s also Gentoo FreeBSD.
So what is Gentoo FreeBSD? According to the Gentoo FreeBSD project page, Gentoo/FreeBSD (or Gentoo/FBSD, or G/FBSD) is an effort to create a complete FreeBSD-based Gentoo system, sharing the complete administration facilities of Gentoo with the reliability of the FreeBSD kernel and userland. An experimental, yet incomplete release have been done, and it’s possible to install Gentoo/FreeBSD following the install guide.
I don’t think I’ve referred to Gentoo FreeBSD before.
This screencast demonstrates the use of a pfSense device for traffic shaping on a typical home network, with the goals of minimizing latency and maximizing throughput. In particular, we use a three-tier queue configuration where a parent speedboost queue on each interface contains leaf queues that catch all the traffic. The speedboost queues use HFSC’s non-linear service curve to match the behavior of the comcast speedboost. The leaf queues are configured to partition the available bandwidth, and automatically allow ‘borrowing’ when there is no contention.
Bill Toulas from unixmen.com conducted an interview with Dru Lavigne on FreeBSD. They talk about how she started with FreeBSD, how the FreeBSD Project is run, what she thinks the advantages of using FreeBSD are etc.
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