FreeBSD Status Report (2013-Q3)

The FreeBSD Project has released its quarterly status report: July-September, 2013 Status Report with 30 entries.

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Who said FreeBSD is dying…?

From the table of contents:

FreeBSD Team Reports

Projects

Kernel

Architectures

Userland Programs

Ports

Documentation

Google Summer of Code

Miscellaneous

FreeBSD 10.0-BETA1 available

The first BETA build for the FreeBSD-10.0 release cycle is now available.

Some of the changes between -ALPHA5 and -BETA1 include:

  • Introduce freebsd-version(1), which is intended to be used as an auditing tool, to determine the userland patch level when it differs from what ‘uname -r’ reports.
  • Improve ZFS lzjb decompress performance.
  • Add two new MIPS CPU families – mips24k and mips74k.
  • The “jail_<jname>_*” rc.conf(5) variables for per-jail configuration are automatically converted to /var/run/jail.<jname>.conf before the jail(8) utility is invoked, so the new jail.conf(5) syntax is used. o Remove most of the ATF tools and the _atf user.
  • Updates to random(4).
  • Updates to bsdinstall(8).

Check the announcement for the full release notes, download and installation instructions

OpenZFS Office Hours with Matt Ahrens (video)

open-zfs freebsdRecently some open source projects utilisingZFS started working together in order to make the code (more) consistent and inter-exchangeable between the projects and start working toward one code repository. The Open-ZFS project was created to this end.

Matt Ahrens who was one of the two original authors of ZFS did a live Q&A session on Google Plus Hangouts, and the recorded version is now on Youtube. Watch to find out more about ZFS, the current and future developments.

Other people taking part in the discussions are, amongst others, George Wilson, ZFS developer at Delphix and Luke Marsden from HybridCluster.

Jump to 00:03:00 to skip past the setting up.

bsdnow.tv Episode 5: Stacks of Cache

bsd_now_logoKris Moore and Allan Jude 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.

Episode 5: Stacks of Cache contains the following discussions:

  • FreeBSD 9.2 released
  • Four new NetBSD releases
  • BIND being replaced by unbound in FreeBSD
  • DragonflyBSD future plans
  • FreeBSD ports get Stack Protector support
  • EuroBSDCon 2013 wrap-up chat
  • Interview – Marshall Kirk McKusick
  • Faster recompiles with ccache and tmpfs
  • News Roundup

Episode 005: Stacks of Cache

FreeBSD 10.0-ALPHA5 Available

FreeBSD developers have created a 5th alpha version for testing purposes of the upcoming FreeBSD 10 version.

Changes between -ALPHA4 and -ALPHA5 include:

  • Removal of BIND from the base system; replacements may be found within the Ports Collection.
  • Bug fix introduced with the latest infiniband update.
  • The GNU ar(1) and ranlib(1) have been removed from the base system.
  • Bug fixes and updates to the base llvm.
  • Various bhyve enhancements.
  • Various XEN enhancements.

As always, alpha, beta and release candidate versions should never be used in production environments.

PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE now available

PC-BSD LogoThe PC-BSD development team have announced the availability of PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE

Some of te 9.2-RELEASE Highlights are

  • Based on FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE.
  • Bootable ZFS Boot Environments: using GRUB2, any new ZFS boot-environments created via the “beadm” command will be added to the boot-loader and available at boot-time.
  • Re-written Life-Preserver utility: allows you to instantly create ZFS snapshots, restore files, and replicate data to a remote system or mirror to an additional local disk drive.
  • Updated installer allows restoring the entire system from a replicated ZFS backup.
  • New Boot Manager GUI: allows managing ZFS boot-environments and GRUB menus in a single location.
  • PNGNG support: in addition to PBIs and the AppCafe, system admins and power users will now have access to a full PKGNG repository with frequent updates.
  • New version of AppCafe with new streamlining and PBI management functionality.
  • Warden updates
  • Graphical Package Manager: GUI supports basic or advanced mode, which allows full package management / upgrades.
  • Home directory encryption: PEFS based encryption allows users to encrypt their home-directory contents with their login password, which is only unencrypted while logged in.
  • Boot times improved substantially
  • Binary “freebsd-update” server implemented allowing updates to different PC-BSD branches without re-compiling.

Check the Release Announcement for more details and upgrade/installation instructions.

FreeBSD Family Code Commits – Week 40

freebsd_codeThis is a weekly post linking to interesting updates, additions or changes in the FreeBSD code or in the code of the following FreeBSD-based flavours: PC-BSD, FreeNAS, GhostBSD, m0n0wall or pfSense.

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

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Will pfSense rebrand? (link)

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  • Work on the 9.2.0.1 branch has started (link)
  • On the 9.1.0.1 branch php was updated to 5.5.4, zoneinfo to 2013g, Samba to 3.6.19 and lighttpd to 1.4.33.

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FreeBSD 20 Year Anniversary Party Invitation

It was announced last month that iXsystems will be hosting the 20 year FreeBSD Anniversary Celebrations, but now we have more details.

20 years ago, Nate Williams, Rod Grimes, and Jordan Hubbard came together to turn their 386BSD patchkit into something greater. David Greenman gave their combined efforts a name.

Today, FreeBSD is the stable, powerful operating system they dreamed of and people all around the world come together to make it better every day.

In honour of its users, administrators, developers, and advocates, iXsystems invites you to FreeBSD’s 20th Anniversary Celebration being held Saturday, November 2, 2013 at the DNA Lounge in San Francisco! Festivities will begin at 6 pm, during which time we’ll have exclusive access to the upstairs area of the club. At 9 pm doors will be opened to the public, who will join us as we celebrate into the wee hours of the morning.

There will be drinks, music, and great company. Sponsors of the event include iXsystems, Netflix, Google, NetApp, and the FreeBSD Foundation. There will also be a raffle with giveaways from O’Reilly Media and No Starch Press, among others.

We hope you’ll join us for an evening of revelry and merriment on November 2nd! Please RSVP at http://www.freebsdparty.com by Friday, October 18th if you plan to attend this historic event.

When: Saturday, November 2nd, 2013, 6PM-2AM PST
Where: DNA Lounge, San Francisco, CA, USA
Cost: Nothing

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