FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC is now available

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The FreeNAS team has announced FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC for testing purposes. As the name implies, this is the next-to-final image of 9.2.0. If nothing significantly wrong is discovered with this image, it will become the official release!

“We did go through a bit of a rough patch after 9.2.0-BETA went out as we we reorganized a few things and took on some last-minute performance improvements we felt to be worth the risk, but we feel this is all ironed out now. Please please test this release as extensively as you can so that any remaining issues can be worked out before 9.2.0-RELEASE is rolled (hopefully in just 2 weeks, depending on how this testing goes). This is literally our last chance to find and fix anything serious before 9.2.0 goes “production status” for the general public!”

FreeNAS 9.2.0-RC announcement

BSD Now Episode 14: Zettabytes for Days (video)

bsd_now_logoA new BSD Now TV episode (Zettabytes for Days – Episode 14) has been uploaded, featuring an interview with George Wilson on OpenZFS.

Other topics discussed are:

  • pkgng 1.2 released
  • ChaCha20 and Poly1305 in OpenSSH
  • Is it time to dump Linux and move to BSD
  • OpenZFS devsummit videos
  • Interview – George Wilson
  • A crash course on ZFS
  • ruBSD 2013 information
  • DragonFly roadmap, post 3.6
  • BSDCan 2014 CFP
  • casperd added to -CURRENT
  • ZFS corruption bug fixed in -CURRENT
  • Feedback/Questions

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iXsystems’ new website.

ixsystems logoiXsystems has launched their new and updated website. I don’t think the old one (mezz.ixsystems.com) was that bad, but the new version looks definitely nice and slightly more modern.

All contents are transferred over, but there is now a lot more focus on the TrueNAS systems. The FreeBSD and PC-BSD workstations seem to have been dropped.

Most readers of this website and FreeBSD users will have come across iXsystems in the past, but if you haven’t, iXsystems builds (custom-built) FreeBSD/Linux enterprise-class servers and storage solutions.

iX products are assembled, tested, and shipped from their company headquarters in Silicon Valley and technical support is provided in-house by the same engineers that built the systems.

iXsystems champions the cause of open source technology by dedicating extensive resources to several FreeBSD community projects: FreeNAS, PC-BSD, FreeBSD, TrueNAS and TrueOS, as well as using open source products within the company.

Have a look at the site and let us know what you think: ixsystems.com

Disclosure: iXsystems is a freebsdnews.net partner.

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AsiaBSDCon 2013 FreeBSD videos

Sato-san (bsdconferences) has created a playlist of 15 videos from AsiaBSDCon 2013.

Some of the FreeBSD related videos are:

John Hixson: FreeNAS Plugins everything you ever wanted to know

 

Kris Moore: Automating the deployment of FreeBSD & PC BSD systems

 

Michael Dexter: Hands on bhyve, the BSD Hypervisor

 

Takuya ASADA: Implements BIOS emulation support for BHyVe: A BSD Hypervisor

 

Davide Italiano: Calloutng: a new infrastructure for timer facilities in the FreeBSD kernel

 

FreeBSD (based) releases and events – November 2013

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

Releases

Events

Magazine and videos

New Committers

  • New committer: Julio Merino (src)
  • New committer: Alexey Degtyarev (ports)
  • New committer: Roger Pau Monné (src)

FreeBSD 10.0-BETA4 available for testing purposes

freebsd_logo_textGlen Barber announced FreeBSD 10.0 Beta 4 on the FreeBSD Stable mailinglist earlier today

The fourth BETA build for the FreeBSD-10.0 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

FreeBSD 10.0 Beta 4 is available for amd64, i386, ia64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, and SPARC64 architectures and can be downloaded here for testing purposes.

FreeBSD 10.0 is running behind the original schedule which was already very optimistic. However, the wait will be worth it as version 10 comes packed with new features. Releasing a properly tested version is far more important than rushing out a half-baked product in order to stick to a release schedule. Three Release Candidates are expected to see the light in December with a 10.0-Release planned for the turn of the year.

 

Changes between -BETA3 and -BETA4 include:

  • Add preliminary support for RTL8106E, RTL8168G, RTL8168GU, RTL8411B, and RTL8168EP.
  • Enable fingerprint checking in pkg(8) for FreeBSD-provided binary packages.
  • Remove the WITH_LIBICONV_COMPAT build option.
  • Update nvi to 2.1.2.
  • Various iconv(3) fixes.
  • Fix mergemaster -U by forcing FreeBSD 9 compatiblity in mtree when mtree is nmtree.
  • Fix to freebsd-update(8) in generating the list of old files/directories versus new files/directories (FreeBSD-EN-13:05.freebsd-update).