Where is pfSense 1.2?

The release of pfSense 1.2 has been delayed which has been caused by a number of minor issues. The developers want 1.2 to be the beste release ever, hence their concentrating on (potential) bugs.

1.2-RC4 can be expected some time in the next couple of weeks and then final tests for a week or so, followed with the final release. So if all goes well, 1.2 should be released around the 3rd week of January.

Source: pfSense blog (29/12/2007)

Bounty announced for Flash9 in Opera in FreeBSD

John Kozubik has announced that he will pay $200 to anyone who succeeds in can geting Adobe Flash9 to work on FreeBSD 6.x:

… I will pay $200 to whoever can compose a working and stable recipe for running Adobe Flash 9 inside of the FreeBSD native version of Opera 9 on FreeBSD 6.x. This shouldn’t be that hard – in fact, there is already a linux-flashplugin9 port. The trouble is, even if you do convince your browser to use the plugin, it crashes frequently and generally “doesn’t work”. I think a good proof of success would be the ability to play arbitrary content on YouTube without complication, or perhaps use all of google maps / google finance without crashing.

Interested? Read further here

Interested in a pfSense training course?

Chris and Scott, 2 pfSense developers, are considering putting together a 4 hour training course on pfSense, starting from an introduction and installation, and covering as much material as possibly can be done in 4 hours (4 hours is the max duration of a training slot at BSDCan 2008). The tutorial cost in previous years was something like $50. If the proposal is accepted, the course will take place in May 2008 in Ottawa, Canada.If you’re interesed in this course, just drop Chris an email.

New life for the Dutch FreeBSD Doc Project

Remco Lodder who is responsible for the Dutch Documentation Project has been updating the handbook

Since somewhat more than a week ago I decided to give a burst of energy back to the FreeBSD Dutch Documentation project again by making the current translations up to date and submitting them towards the main project. As you could have seen there were a lot of commits because of this lately, and I also setup a personal p4 workspace for this so that I can better maintain the documentation at hand…


Als u geïnteresseerd bent in het bijdragen aan de Nederlandse vertaling van het Handboek, dan kunt u hier meer informatie vinden. Veel hoofdstukken bestaan nog niet en op een aantal plaatsen moet de vertaling bijgewerkt worden.

Help a FreeBSD committer get away (and back)

One of FreeBSD’s most active ports committers, Martin Wilke, is in desperate need of a break; away from computers and  human beings. Alaska doesn’t sound too bad a place for it. If you appreciate his work, please consider giving a donation to recharge his mental batteries and to carry on with his FreeBSD commitments in the new year.

I’m ready for a holiday. I have no motivation at the moment and it’s hard to stand up in the morning to see the pain in Germany.

I want to do a 14 day trip to Alaska, away from human civilisation. The problem is that everyone whom I told this laughed at me and they are thinking I’m mad. I am not! Anywhere you go there is tourism.

I would do it alone without wife, children and computers. Just enjoying some free time without any stress *dream*. If someone would sponsor me 2000 euro I would be very happy. The flight is about 1500 Euro for 2 weeks with about 28 hours flight time and 8600 km away from everything.

Read Martin Wilke’s complete post here.

FreeBSD 6.3-RC2 released

Apart from FreeBSD 7.0 RC1, RC2 of version 6.3 has been released too.

Sorry for the delay with this phase of the 6.3 release. A few glitches were found during testing of the 6.3-RC2 ISOs that included pre-built packages. The 6.3-RC2 builds for amd64 and i386 should now be available on the majority of the FreeBSD mirror sites. I just finished loading the sparc64 build so that will take a little while to propagate to the mirrors. This is the last planned RC for 6.3. Unless a major show-stopper problem is found the release of 6.3 should happen in about two weeks.

Release message, installation and upgrade notes can be found here.

Sun ZFS filesystem on FreeBSD

ZFS – the breakthrough file system in FreeBSD 7 (ported from Sun’s Solaris 10 Operating System) delivers virtually unlimited capacity, provable data integrity, and near-zero administration. However, FreeBSD’s sysinstall(8) does not yet support installing the system onto anything more exotic than a commonly used UFS partition scheme.

Read how to implement the solution on coolrat.org.

Back in April Pawel Jakub Dawidek created a useful a step-by-step tutorial how to install ZFS on FreeBSD.

Want to see ZFS on FreeBSD in action? Have a look at these two videos:

Video 1: FreeBSD/ZFS – compression example


Video 2: FreeBSD/ZFS – self-healing example