BSDMag – HardenedBSD

BSD_10_2014-1

Let’s take a look at what you will read in this issue of BSD. First, our experts will instruct you on how to install and configure a dedicated web server. Afterwards, we will head to our series of 100+ Unix Commands and Find out About System Configuration. Last but not least, we will learn all about the proactive project for boosting FreeBSD security, HardenedBSD, and much more. Check out this issue for more articles and tutorials.

Head on over to the following link to download this edition of BSDMag: http://bsdmag.org/download/new-hardenedbsd-bsd-2014/

BSDFan, a simple fan control utility for ThinkPads

FreeBSD user clod89 created a utility to control your ThinkPad’s fan:

If you’ve ever used FreeBSD (or any other BSD for that matter) on a ThinkPad you might have noticed the loud and erratic behavior of the fan. I’ve written a small utility as per title to manage the fan and improve silence, coolness and battery life. If anyone finds it useful I’ll make a port for it.

Be careful when playing with fan levels and temperatures.

Have fun.

https://github.com/darklightclod/bsdfan

Check out the original post here: https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/bsdfan-a-simple-fan-control-utility-for-thinkpads.48836/

AsiaBSDCon 2015

AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in 12-15 March, 2015. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin and MacOS X. AsiaBSDCon is a technical conference and aims to collect the best technical papers and presentations available to ensure that the latest developments in our open source community are shared with the widest possible audience.

For more information head on over to their website: http://2015.asiabsdcon.org/

FreeBSD 10.1-RC4 now available

freebsdlogoThe fourth RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

This is anticipated to be the final RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE cycle.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the “releng/10.1″ branch.

A list of changes since 10.0-RELEASE are available here:

https://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.1R/relnotes.html

Check out the official announcement here: https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-November/080872.html

PC-BSD 10.1-RC2 released

pcbsdThe PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC2 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 10.1 release. This RC includes many minor bug-fixes from RC2, along with new UEFI support for boot / install.

PC-BSD 10.1 notable Changes

* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.0
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.0-beta
* Pkg 1.3.8_3
* New AppCafe HTML5 web/remote interface, for both desktop / server usage
* New CD-sized text-installer ISO files for TrueOS / server deployments
* New Centos 6.5 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* Misc bug fixes and other stability improvements
* NEW! — UEFI support for boot and installation

Download the ISO/image here: http://www.pcbsd.org/en/download.html

Check out the official announcement here: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/11/pc-bsd-10-1-rc2-released/

FreeBSD turns 21

freebsd-birthday-20-yearsOn November 1, 1993, the first official production version of FreeBSD was released, 1.0. FreeBSD is now officially 21 years old. Cheers!

From: jkh@whisker.lotus.ie (Jordan K. Hubbard)
Newsgroups: comp.os.386bsd.announce
Subject: FreeBSD 1.0 RELEASE now available
Date: 1 Nov 1993 16:12:20 -0800

The first “official” release of FreeBSD 1.0 is now available, no more greek letters – this is the “production” release.

While a fair number of bugs were also whacked between EPSILON and RELEASE, the following additional features deserve special mention:

  • A dynamic buffer cache mechanism that automagically grows and shrinks as you use the memory for other things. This should speed up disk operations significantly.
  • The Linux sound driver for Gravis UltraSound, SoundBlaster, etc. cards.
  • Mitsumi CDROM interface and drive.
  • Updated install floppies.
  • More fail-safe probing of devices on the ISA bus. This makes it much harder for devices to conflict with each other.
  • Advance syscons support for XFree86 2.0.

Check out the original announcement here: https://www.freebsd.org/releases/1.0/announce.html

Installing Drupal on FreeBSD

logo-drupalThis tutorial by Enrico Crisostomo shows us how to install Drupal on FreeBSD.

Drupal ports have been available on FreeBSD since quite a long time, and binary packages can be installed very quickly. However, manual setup is required to connect Drupal to the database and have Apache serve the Drupal website. In this post I’ll describe the setup procedure of Drupal 7 on FreeBSD 10.0. The process will not be very different if different versions of Drupal or FreeBSD are used.

Check out the full tutorial here: http://www.javacodegeeks.com/2014/10/installing-drupal-on-freebsd.html