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

FreeNAS 0.686 (stable) released

FreeNASAfter more than 1 year FreeNAS 0.686 (a FreeBSD-based operating system which provides free Network-Attached Storage (NAS) services) has been released. A lot of hard work has been put into it, bugs have been fixed and new features have been implemented.

Volker, the project leader wants to thank those who have helped out on the forums, the translators, the webmaster and those who have contributed code to improve FreeNAS.

For the future multiple branches have to be mananged, a 0.686x to fix bugs in stable (no new features) and a 0.7 to upgrade FreeBSD to 7.0 + new features.

Majors changes:

  • Refactor port makefiles.
  • Upgrade netbsd-iscsi (iscsi-target) to 20071221, fusefs-ntfs to 1.1120.

Minors changes:

  • Disable firmware upgrade via WebGUI for ‘full’ installations. Use the ‘full’ upgrade mode from LiveCD instead.
  • Changed boot splashscreen and WebGUI logo images.
  • Try to fix AFP Time Machine problem.

Bug fixs:

  • Fix bug in ‘full’ upgrade/install routine (LiveCD).
  • Do not delete log files during boot process on ‘full’ installations.

Permanent restrictions:

  • It is not possible to format a SoftRAID disk with MSDOS FAT16/32.
  • It is not possible to encrypt a disk partition, only complete disks are supported.

Download here & or read the announcement.

PC-BSD added to Vietnam BSD/Linux Mirror

The Saigon Linux Group (SLG) added PC-BSD to the Vietnam BSD/Linux Mirror in it’s continuing effort to promote and support open source technology in Vietnam.

The Vietnam BSD/Linux Mirror is the only public mirror available in Vietnam and is currently managed by the Saigon Linux Group with the bandwidth and IP address donated by GHP Far East Co., Ltd.

Source: Saigon Linux (18/12/2007)