BSD Magazine (November 2013): Hast on FreeBSD

BSD_11_2013November’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Hast on FreeBSD – How to make storage highly availble by using HAST  (free PDF download).

Did you know the BSD Magazine increased its readership base from 21,459 to 49,890 readers througout 2013?

From the table of contents:

  • Configuring a Highly Available Service on FreeBSD – Part 1: HAST
  • IT Inventory & Asset Management Automation
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 10
  • PfSense + Snort: Fast approach
  • How Secure Can Secure Shell (SSH) Be?
  • Column
  • Maximising Website Runtime on Host Servers Running FreeBSD
  • PGDay.IT 2013

Download and read the magazine: Hast on FreeBSD – How to make storage highly availble by using HAST (pfd)

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EuroBSDCon 2013 DevSummit video recordings

The annual EuroBSDCon and BSDCan conferences are usually preceded by developer summits (DevSummit) that are open to, well, FreeBSD developers and those who are invited and sponsored. So for most of us, we miss out on interesting discussions and presentations.

However, the presentations at the latest EuroBSDCon DevSummit in Malta (September 2013) have been recorded and are now available on youtube.

 

Superpages for ARMv7: Introduction and Status [Youtube Link]
Brief introduction to the superpages mechanism in FreeBSD in context of the modern ARMv6/v7 architectures. Current status of the project is presented including preliminary benchmarks and tests results.

SDIO Stack for FreeBSD: Status Update [youtube link]
The current status of SDIO stack will be presented, with live demonstration, including some experience report in writing FreeBSD device drivers from a newbie.

Porting GlusterFS to FreeBSD [youtube link]
An effort to make GlusterFS work on FreeBSD via FUSE in -CURRENT. Current status of the porting work, including setting up, benchmark testing, and known issues. (Google Summer of Code 2013)

Unattended Encrypted Kernel Crash Dumps [youtube link]
Kernel crash dumps may include physical memory which should not be available to an unauthorized person. This presentation describes the current implementation of encrypted crash dumps and explains how PEFS was used in order to access dumps. (Google Summer of Code 2013)

Porting Compression Services to Capsicum [youtube link]
This presentation is about the work involved when porting some popular compression services, such as bzip2(1), xz(1), and zlib(3) to use features of the Capsicum security framework, including all the lessons learnt along the way. (Google Summer of Code 2013)

Download Management Service for the Ports Collection [youtube link]
Design and implementation of Download Manager Service for the Ports collection, general experience with the FreeBSD code from the aspect of a Summer of Code student. (Google Summer of Code 2013)

The LLDB Debugger in FreeBSD [youtube link]
LLDB, part of the LLVM family of projects, is a modern, high-performance source-level debugger. This talk will present a brief history of LLDB, an update on the current status of the port to FreeBSD, and directions for future work.

Improving FreeBSD Packet Forwarding [youtube link]
An effort to summarize some of FreeBSD packet forwarding problems and propose some changes to eliminate them.

Multipath TCP for FreeBSD: Status Update [youtube link]
Multipath TCP (MPTCP) transparently retrofits multi-pathing capabilities to regular TCP and is a work in progress within the IETF. An implementation for FreeBSD has been progressing at Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures. This talk will provide a summary of the protocol, implementation architecture and update on the project’s progress.

FreeBSD-based Network Simulation Environment on NS-3 and NSC [youtube link]
As part of Lawrence’s PhD work, he ported the FreeBSD 9-STABLE and 10-CURRENT network stacks to run in user space as part of the Network Simulation Cradle (NSC) environment. When coupled with a discrete event network simulator like Network Simulator 3 (NS3), arbitrary network topologies can be created with nodes running real FreeBSD network stack code, and experiments can be run at faster than real-time. This talk will provide an overview of the architecture, recently released VM simulation environment and some possible uses.

Mirage/kFreeBSD [youtube link]
Status update on the completion of the FreeBSD kernel port of the Mirage unikernel. As it is implemented in OCaml, a contemporary functional programming language, this presentation also gives an experience report on how languages other than C can be employed within the kernel.

FreeBSD Foundation’s 2013 year-end fundraising campaign

FreeBSD foundation logoDeb Goodkin has announced on behalf of the FreeBSD Foundation the annual end-of-year fundraising. The Foundation uses monetary donations to pay for staff, conferences and to fund development projects, amongst others.

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with the FreeBSD Foundation and have not been asked to publish Deb’s letter here. I only want to bring this letter to the attention of people who want to see FreeBSD to become even better in 2014.

This is Deb’s letter:

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FreeBSD Family Code Commits – Week 45

freebsd_codeIn this post I am linking to a some interesting updates, additions or changes that were made last week in the FreeBSD code or in the source code of the following FreeBSD-based flavours: PC-BSDFreeNASGhostBSDm0n0wall or pfSense.

If I have missed out any updates that you are excited about, please share with us all in the comments below.

NAS4Free

Some device controller detection updates

FreeNAS

Many of the changes and updates are around user creation, login and authentication

New user model implemented, with changes to login and authentication

No more automatic logins; password now required

Ask for new password on login screen for the first time

Add the ability to manage sudo users and groups from GUI

Reset root password for security reasons. root is the new login for the WebGUI (as opposed to admin) and will be reset in the first login.

Updates to kernel modules (jails)

 

PC-BSD

Themes and wallpapers updated for 10.0, which will be called Joule

800x600

9.x first-boot movie removed

Password changing bug fixed

Flash plugin enabled on first start (pc-bsd 10)

Export Jail bug fixed

 

Due to time constraints and the many bug fixes in the FreeBSD code, I’m leaving FreeBSD out.

GhostBSD 3.5 “Levi” released

Eric Turgeon has announced, on behalf of the GhostBSD team, GhostBSD 3.5 Levi. Levi is the third release of the 3.* branch which improves GhostBSD 3.1 and introduces some new features.

Some of the new features are included in the last stable version are:

  • OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8y.
  • DTrace hooks have been enabled by default in the GENERIC kernel.
  • DTrace has been updated to version 1.9.0.
  • OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.2p2.
  • Gnome 2.32 has been replace by Mate 1.6.
  • Xfce 4.10 is now part of desktop choice.
  • GhostBSD BSM theme with custom Faenza icon.
  • Mate, Xfce and LXDE contain a more uniform set of software.
  • Gimp is now install by default.
  • Shotwell is now install by default.
  • The installer GBI as been updated to 1.3.

The Coding Studio has a number of GhostBSD 3.5 screenshots, should you be interested to see how it looks without having to install it.

BSDNow TV Episode 009: Year of the BSD Desktop (video)

The BSDNow team, (Kris MooreAllan JudeTJ and Chris Fisher), have uploaded another weekly video onto bsdnow.tv.

The show is dedicated to spreading the word about the BSD family of operating systems, and keeping those who are already aware up to date with the latest news and developments.

  • OpenBSD 5.4 released
  • FreeBSD pkgng repos are official
  • DragonflyBSD 3.6 branched
  • FreeBSD portmgr lurkers
  • Interview – Michael W. Lucas
  • Configuring FreeBSD as a desktop system (tutorial)
  • Capsicum in DragonflyBSD
  • NYCBSDCon 2014
  • FreeBSD newcons progress update
  • Weekly PCBSD feature digest

Episode 010: Year of the BSD Desktop - table of contents

 

FreeBSD 10.0-BETA3 available for testing

freebsd_logo_textGlen Barber announced the third BETA build for the FreeBSD-10.0 release cycle.

The third BETA 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.

He notes the following changes between -BETA2 and -BETA3 include:

  • Several small fixes for the amd64 minidump code.
  • Add a ‘pkg bootstrap’ command which will bootstrap pkg(8) without forwarding any command to it after installation.
  • Fix make(1) warning output with ‘make delete-old’ and ‘make delete-old-libs’
  • Add kernel side support for large TLB on BERI/CHERI.
  • Fix compatibility function for old daily_status_security_${name}_enable variables.
  • Add loader.conf(5) entries to import bootpool after boot when using full-disk encryption and ZFS.
  • Switch the default mtree to nmtree our new NetBSD derived mtree.
  • Remove the (unused) isf(4) driver.
  • Separate WITHOUT_CLANG and WITHOUT_CLANG_IS_CC.
  • Add atse(4), a driver for the Altera Triple Speed Ethernet MegaCore.
  • Fix a deadlock when trying to power off a USB device.
  • Support checking signature for pkg bootstrap from remote and for ‘pkg add ./pkg.txz’
  • Fix long-standing issue with incorrect radix mask calculation.
  • Add support for using “pkg+http://” for the PACKAGESITE.
  • Add driver for POWER hypervisor interpartition ethernet.
  • Fix panic in the tap driver when a tap and vmnet interface were created after each other.
  • Update Emulex oce(4) driver to version 10.0.664.0.

Check the announcement for all the details, download links and the MD5s.