FreeBSD 7.0-RC1 released

FreeBSD 7.0-RC1 has been released:

“The ports team has gotten the release package sets built for most of the architectures (sparc64 is still a long way off) so we have begun including the pre-built packages on the ISOs. Even a very basic post-build test turned up one latent bug in sysinstall, and once that was fixed a more extensive test (load both kde and gnome) turned up two more latent bugs. The 7.0-RC1 builds have one of the three bugs fixed in them. The other two bugs aren’t fatal to installs on 7.0-RC1 (they were fatal to installs on 6.3-RC2) and we have more 7.0-RCs coming so I went ahead with making 7.0-RC1 available as-is.”

Read the whole release message here.

For those not too familiar with FreeBSD 7.0, have a look at these pages to see why we’re so excited about version 7.0:

http://ivoras.sharanet.org/freebsd/freebsd7.html
http://people.freebsd.org/~kris/scaling/7.0%20Preview.pdf

2007 – 2008

Last May I started

Last May I started this blog as a sort of experiment to see if there was a ’market’ for a FreeBSD related blog. Feedback, emails and visitor stats have been showing that there’s indeed a great interest in such a blog. Because WordPress doesn’t grant much flexibility (installing plugins, scripts etc) to WordPress.com hosted blogs, I’ve moved to Bluehost. IMHO the best webhoster out there.

Please let me know how you think I can make the blog even better and of greater interest (contact at freebsdos dot com) to you.

Many thanks for all your feedback, emails, donations and kind words that I’ve received over the last eight months.

Wishing you all a great 2008.

this blog as a sort of experiment to see if there

was a ’market’ for a FreeBSD related blog. Feedback, emails and visitor stats have been showing that there’s indeed a great interest in such a blog. Because

WordPress doesn’t grant much flexibility (installing plugins, scripts etc) to WordPress.com hosted blogs, I’ve moved to

href=”http://www.bluehost.com/track/gvanessen/”>Bluehost. IMHO the best webhoster out there.

Please let me know how you think I

can make the blog even better and of greater interest (contact at freebsdos dot com) to you.

Many thanks for all your feedback, emails, donations and

kind words that I’ve received over the last eight months.

Wishing you all a great 2008.

DS BSD, The pocket sized BSD

headerimage.jpgOn the first of December 2007 a very tiny FreeBSD-based flavour was launched: D*mn Small BSD (DSBSD). It’s weighing in only under 50mb and comes with a Fluxbox desktop.

There are many Linux distros like this, the most popular distro being D*mn Small Linux (DSL Linux). This must have been the inspiration for Damn Small BSD

Damn Small BSD is a small (50mb or less) FreeBSD live-CD desktop environment geared toward developers and system administrators, but we also include applications that the average user may find handy.

DSBSD comes with everything you need in a basic desktop environment. We include the fluxbox window manager, firefox, xmms, and many other applications. We also include tools to help you get work done, such as an ssh server, a mini httpd, xvncviewer, and more.

The goal of the DSBSD project is to provide a FreeBSD based disto that is able to run on both older hardware with little memory, as well as modern machines, while providing a responsive desktop. SMP and uniprocessor machines are supported and support for more architectures may be provided in the future.

Development is still in a very early initial stage, so there’s no official release yet.

UPDATE:
First pilot, 0.1P1, has been released. This is merely a test of concepts, rather than a real ‘preview’ of what D*mnSmall BSD is. This version doesn’t include any X system yet or any of the goals listed on the website.

Review of “The Book of PF”

Dru Lavigne has reviewedThe Book of PF – A No-Nonsense Guide to the OpenBSD Firewall“. Peter N.M. Hansteen, the writer, has written this book as an expanded follow-up to his very popular online PF tutorial. PF (Packet Filter) is a robust packet filter that originated in OpenBSD and that has been ported to FreeBSD.

Dru concludes here short review with:

All in all, this book is very readable and a must-have resource for anyone who deals with firewall configurations. If you’ve heard good things about PF and have been thinking of giving it a go, this book is definitely for you. Start at the beginning and before you know it you’ll be through the book and quite the PF guru. Even if you’re already a PF guru, this is still a good book to keep on the shelf to refer to in thorny situations or to lend to colleagues.

Check the book details and other reviews here on Amazon. Recommended Buy.

Juniper Networks releases FreeBSD/MIPS port to public

Juniper Networks, Inc. has donated a reference FreeBSD port to the MIPS architecture to the FreeBSD Project. (Juniper’s embedded router operating system (JUNOS) is based on FreeBSD.)

The donated code will be used as one reference for creating an official project-supported FreeBSD/MIPS offering. There are no references to JNPR-specific hardware pieces but a lot of mature code for generic MIPS devices that mips2 tree lacks: VM/pmap, libc, FPU support.

Information about the code drop can be found here.

MySQL 6.0 installed on FreeBSD

The other day I came across some neat instructions on how to set up FreeBSD with MySQL 6.0. It’s pretty straight forward:

  • Download MySQL 6.0 here

  • Extract the files to /usr/local/mysql

  • Add MySQL group "groupadd mysql"

  • Add MySQL user "useradd -g mysql mysql"

  • Change the permissions with "chown mysql -R /usr/local/mysql" from /usr/local/mysql run "scripts/mysql_install_db --user=mysql"

  • Change the permissions again "chown -R root ." and "chown -R mysql data"

  • Now run the server "bin/mysqld_safe --user=mysql &"

Source: FreeBSD World