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).

Giving Tuesday – are you supporting the FreeBSD Foundation?

We had Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and today is “Giving Tuesday” (3 December). Many charities and open source projects receive most of their donations in December. These donations determine if they can continue to grow in 2014 or whether they have to scale back.

2013_freebsd_fund_raisingThere are many open source projects that deserve and would welcome financial contributions from happy users. One such project, yes you guessed it, is the FreeBSD Project. The FreeBSD Foundation‘s annual fund-raising efforts are essential to keep the development and the running of it going. As the Project grows, so do the costs. By donating to the foundation, you are helping it to start and sponsor new projects, sponsor FreeBSD events and provide travel grants to FreeBSD developers next year.

So far $470,000 has been donated, still a long way off the $1,000,000 target that the Foundation set itself – see the End of Year Fundraising Campaign letter.

If you like to see FreeBSD become even better in 2014, consider making a donation today.

Disclosure: freebsdnews is not affiliated with the FreeBSD Foundation and I have not been asked to post this.

Ghosts in the machine: GhostBSD 3.5

ghostbsd_logoJesse Smith has reviewed GhostBSD 3.5 in a feature story on Distrowatch and he likes what he has seen and used so far.

I was fairly happy with my experience with GhostBSD this week. In the past I have enjoyed GhostBSD because of the project’s ability to showcase what a FreeBSD-based operating system looks like running on a live disc with a functional desktop environment. There are not a lot of live discs available in the BSD communities and I was happy to see GhostBSD take on the challenge.

An interesting comment in the article (please don’t start a flamewar here ;-) is, that the more exciting developments these days seem to be happening in the BSD world. Think of ZFS, PKG-NG, Jails etc:

The second reason for my shift in focus is I feel the BSD communities, especially the FreeBSD-based projects, are where the interesting developments are happening these days. Over in FreeBSD land we have efficient PBI bundles, a mature advanced file system in the form of ZFS, new friendly and powerful system installers, a new package manager (PKG-NG), a powerful jail manager and there will soon be new virtualization technology coming with the release of FreeBSD 10.0. Meanwhile, over in the Linux camp, I feel as though things have reached a plateau. We are seeing small improvements and an increase in polish.