FreeBSD (based) releases and events – December 2013

This is a quick recap of what happened in the world of FreeBSD in December 2013.

Releases

 

Events and Conferences

 

Magazine and videos

 

Projects

 

Faces, people and new committers

Faces of FreeBSD - 

New committers

  • Ganbold Tsagaankhuu (doc, src)
  • Jonathan Chu (ports)
  • Bryan Drewery (ports, src)

Ports Managers

PC-BSD 10.0-RC3 now available

Kris has announced RC3 version of the upcoming PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE.

PC-BSD Logo

Notable features and changes from RC2 are:

  • Includes FreeBSD 10.0-RC3 from 12/26/2013
  • Updated KMS / AMD driver support
  • ISO file is a hybrid USB file, and can be “dd”ed to a USB media.
  • New text-based installer
  • New UEFI loader on installation media
  • Able to select between GRUB/BSD loaders during installation
  • New desktops! Gnome 3, Mate (Replaces Gnome2) and Cinnamon
  • And much more

Use the ISO with caution (not on production systems) and let the PC-BSD dev team know of any issues you may come across.

Announcement

FreeBSD Capsicum, MEGACORE, pfSense Store, Faces and more

Freebsd newsIn this post we have a mix of news snippets, links to howtos, projects, resources and software/package updates collated over the last two weeks. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous FreeBSD related links you may find interesting.

 

Jailing FreeBSD 4 on FreeBSD 10
michaelwlucas.com  - 02 Jan 2014

NYCBSDCon 2014  interview with Brian Callahan and Ike Levy
BSD Talk Interview with Brian Callahan and Ike Levy about the upcoming NYCBSDCon.
BSD Talk – 21 December 2013

FreeBSD Foundation Announces Capsicum Integration Project Completion
The Google Open Source Programs Office and the FreeBSD Foundation jointly sponsored Pawe? Jakub Dawidek for this project.
FreeBSD Foundation Blog – 17 December 2013

Faces of FreeBSD
Shteryana ShopovaIsabell Long | Brooks Davis | Kevin Martin |
FreeBSD Foundation Blog

Shop at the pfSense store
Now open

MEGACORE: iXsystems’ monster
ixsystems.com – 27 December 2013

Massively upgraded FreeBSD 10 to be released next week
Infoworld – 03 January 2014

McKusick denies FreeBSD lagging on security
itwire.com – 06 January 2014

ArchBSD new ISO available
archbsd.net – 25 December 2013

BSD Now Episode 18: Eclipsing Binaries (video)

The BSD Now TV Team has uploaded a new episode, Eclipsing Binaries – Episode 18, featuring an interview with Baptiste Daroussin. In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

  • Faces of FreeBSD continues
  • OpenPF?
  • Year of BSD on the server
  • Getting to know your portmgr
  • Interview with Baptiste Daroussin
  • Binary upgrades in OpenBSD
  • pfSense december hang out
  • BSDMag December issue is out
  • OpenBSD gets tmpfs
  • PCBSD weekly digests

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FreeBSD 10.0-RC4 available

Glen Barber has announced the fourth, and possibly last, RC of the upcoming FreeBSD 10:

“The fourth RC build of the 10.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. This is expected to be the final RC build of the 10.0-RELEASE cycle.

Changes between -RC4 and -RC4 include:

  • tighten default restrictions for ntpd(8) server;
  • fix kernel crash discovered with recent Java port update.”

The final release of FreeBSD 10 is expected within two weeks, on 14 January 2014.

BSD Magazine (December 2013) – CARP on FreeBSD

BSD_12_2013December’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: CARP on FreeBSD (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

Configuring a Highly Available Service on FreeBSD – part 2: CARP and devd

In the first part of this series, we learned how to make high availability (HA) storage on FreeBSD using HAST. We learned how to control HAST and how to recover from failures. However, all those actions were still manual actions. In this second part of the series, Jeroen will teach how two basic building blocks, CARP and devd, work and how we can use them in the final part of our series to automate the failover of our NFS server.

FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 11

In the penultimate part of our series on programming, Rob will look at using the Netbeans Integrated Development Environment to debug and edit our CMS.

Unix Basics – for Security Professionals

Unix is the widely known multi-user and multitasking operating system that exists in many variants (e.g. Solaris, Linux, UX, AIX …etc), and for serves mission critical server environments around the world. Ramkumar provides the basics of Unix Operating systems while discussing how UNIX addresses the above security challenges.

Introduction to Unix Kernel

It is usually a source of wonderment to PC users that the whole of the Unix operating system is in one executable. Instead of a hodge-podge of DLL’s, drivers, and various occasionally-cooperating executables, everything is done by the Unix kernel. When Unix was first introduced, the operating system was described as having a ‘shell’, or user interface, which surrounded a ‘kernel’ which interpreted the commands passed to it from the shell.

OpenBSD 5.4 as a Transparent HTTP/HTTPS Proxy

Wesley in his article will teach you how to configure Relayd for URL Blocking with https inspection and how to use and understand Packet Filter.

GhostBSD: A User-friendly, Lightweight BSD Alternative

GhostBSD is an open source desktop operating system based on FreeBSD which aims for a secure, user-friendly experience out of the box. GhostBSD comes with most common software choices already configured, giving the user a solid BSD installation out of the box. Adrian will tell you why he chose FreeBSD OS.

How Secure Can Secure Shell (SSH) Be?

To begin, let’s concentrate on the One Time Password (OTP). We are going to achieve our already secure SSH in conjunction with OTP for remote system connections. At first, in algorithmic meaning, OTP is a character string which should never repeat. Arkadiusz, in his article, demonstrates configurations as well as tricks that make using the protocol more secure.

Column by Rob Somerville

OPINION: With the UK government in collusion with the major search engines to censor 100,000 search terms to prevent child abuse, is the UK joining the ranks of the technological fascists?

Read and download: CARP on FreeBSD

BSD Now Episode 16: Cryptocrystalline (video)

bsd_now_logoA new BSD Now TV episode (Cryptocrystalline – Episode 16) has been uploaded, featuring an interview with Damien Miller.

Other topics discussed are:

  • Secure communications with OpenBSD and OpenVPN
  • FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter
  • Use of NetBSD with Marvell Kirkwood Processors
  • Experimenting with zero-copy network IO
  • Interview – Damien Miller
  • OpenZFS office hours
  • License summaries in pkgng
  • The FreeBSD challenge continues
  • Ports gets a stable branch
  • Feedback/Questions

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iXsystems continues to advance open source storage with FreeNAS 9.2.0

Latest update includes many user-requested features and improvements, as well as a REST API for remote administration of FreeNAS.

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoiXsystems has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.2.0. This update incorporates all the improvements made in FreeBSD 9.2, as well as a vast collection of minor and major tweaks throughout the FreeNAS web user interface. This release is made possible through the efforts of an active and engaged FreeNAS community. Nearly every sub-system, including sharing services, plugin jails, storage management and user accounts, has been improved with community-submitted feedback in the form of bug reports, feature requests, forum discussions, and user-submitted patches.

The biggest new addition in FreeNAS 9.2.0 is a REST API, allowing FreeNAS to be controlled remotely and programmatically. This allows for the creation of third-party applications, potentially on mobile devices, that provide alternative interfaces to FreeNAS. The REST API can also be used to manage multiple FreeNAS appliances simultaneously, using custom scripting or applications which configure FreeNAS automatically for specialized roles.

Almost every existing FreeNAS feature has been improved as well. ZFS performance has been increased through the use of the kernel UMA allocator by default. Encryption performance on AES-NI capable hardware is now nearly indistinguishable from non-encrypted performance, thanks to improvements to the FreeBSD GELI subsystem being incorporated into FreeNAS. Netatalk was updated to version 3.1.0, bringing a number of improvements and somewhat simplifying the interface for the AFP service. The Active Directory and CIFS services were also simplified and now have defaults that make it easier to configure both services correctly.

Along with the core services, the FreeNAS plugin system continues to improve. There is now a jail template system which allows users to create templates based on existing jails and quickly deploy additional jails based on those templates. A number of new default jail templates are also available, including jails for a number of popular Linux distributions such as Debian 7.1.0 and Ubuntu 13.04. FreeNAS 9.2.0 also adds a shell button for jails, allowing quick and easy access to the command line interface for individual jails.

Several new plugins have also been made available in FreeNAS since 9.1.0 was released, including updated versions of SABnzbd and SickBeard and a brand-new BTSync plugin, all submitted by community members. For those who want to get the absolute most out of FreeNAS, this is the most flexible and customizable release yet.

About FreeNAS®
FreeNAS is a free and open source Network Attached Storage operating system based on FreeBSD®. The goal of the project is to design a lightweight, BSD-based software package that acts as a full featured NAS server, complete with a Django-based web user interface, full ZFS implementation, and the ability to interface with existing networks – regardless of operating system or protocol. FreeNAS also includes the first Free and Open Source ZFS encryption offering in the world. (via)