The Daemon and the Penguin, FreeNAS labels, pfSense, PC-BSD updates

Freebsd newsWelcome to the latest (Free)BSD news round-up in which we have a mix of news snippets and links. Just a round-up of those miscellaneous (Free)BSD related links that are news worthy and which you may find hopefully interesting, but are yet too small to package as individual posts.

Some of the links below have already appeared in our Google Plus +FreeBSD Central and Twitter feeds.

PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 Now Available
This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so.
PC-BSD Blog – 23 Jan 2014

New pfSense website
The pfSense project has a new website

pfSense 2.1.1-PRERELEASE Snapshots available
For those who are inclined to try such things, 2.1.1-PRERELEASE snapshots are up for testing at snapshots.pfsense.org. New features and changes.

Amazon supporting FreeBSD Foundation
When you shop at Amazon through this link, https://smile.amazon.com/ch/84-1545163, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible Amazon Smile purchases to the FreeBSD Foundation.

FOSDEM 2014 BSD program
The program for the BSD devroom at #FOSDEM 2014 in Brussels is now available.

FreeBSD Programming Primer
BSD Mag has an issue with 12 tutorials on how to develop a Content Management System (CMS) which will run under an AMP stack on FreeBSD, OpenBSD and Linux. In this series Rob Somerville looks at the tools, processes and methods involved in writing a CMS.
BSD Mag – 14 Jan 2014

PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over.
PC-BSD Blog – 24 Jan 2014

The Daemon, the GNU & the Penguin
Peter Salus’s book, the Daemon, the Gnu, and the Penguin, was a regular Groklaw feature in 2005 and 2006. It is now in book form (paperback) and available from Barnes and Noble and Amazon. It’s been expanded, and the subtitle now is “How Free and Open Software is Changing the World”.

iXsystems’ new FreeNAS device needs your label vote
Here’s your chance to influence the design of an upcoming FreeNAS product from iXsystems! Help us pick which label you’d like to see by leaving a comment on this post.
Vote via +iXsystems, Facebook or the FreeNAS forums

FreeBSD 11 has been added to the BSD Family Tree

OpenBSD rescued from unpowered oblivion by $20K bitcoin donation

BSD Now Episode 21: Tendresse for Ten (video)

bsd_now_logoThe BSDNow.tv Team has uploaded a new episode: Tendresse for Ten 20, featuring an interview with Colin Percival.In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

  • FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE is out
  • OpenSSH 6.5 CFT
  • DIY NAS story, FreeNAS 9.2.1-BETA
  • OpenBSD needed funding for electricity.. and they got it
  • Interview – Colin Percival
  • Tutorial: Bandwidth monitoring and testing
  • pfSense talk at Tokyo FreeBSD Benkyoukai
  • m0n0wall 1.8.1 released
  • Ansible and PF, plus NTP
  • ruBSD videos online
  • PCBSD weekly digest

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FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE Announcement

freebsd-logo-largeWell, after a long wait and an unexpected RC5, FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE is here, the 10th version of this venerable operating system.

FreeBSD 10 comes with a lot more and better support for virtualisation (Hyper-V, virtio, BHyVe), Clang is the default compiler (replacing GCC), better WiFi support, better DNS tools (Unbound and LNDS) and support for ZFS TRIM and LZ4 compression. Other gems are support for the Raspberry Pi, Amazon AWS EC2 cloud, and a framework called netmap for fast and safe access to network devices for fast packet I/O.

FreeBSD may have a relatively small percentage of the global server market, but it is very promising that the FreeBSD technology is being implemented (or should I say, embedded) and utilised now by some well known companies, such as Sony, NetApp, CloudSigma and Netflix.

Read the announcement for more information, download links, MD5s and acknowledgements.

A quick upgrade refresher:

  • freebsd-update upgrade -r 10.0-RELEASE
  • freebsd-update install
  • reboot freebsd-update install
  • pkg upgrade -f
  • reboot freebsd-update install

Happy downloading / upgrading.

BSD Now Episode 20: BHyve Mind (video)

bsd_now_logoThe BSD Now TV Team has uploaded a new episode, BHyve Mind (Episode 20), featuring an interview with the developers of BHyve and a tutorial on how to set it up and to use it.

Bhyve, the “BSD hypervisor”, is a legacy-free hypervisor/virtual machine manager developed on FreeBSD and relies on modern CPU features such as Extended Page Tables (EPT) and VirtIO network and storage drivers.

In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

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m0n0wall 1.8.1 released

m0n0wall logo 100x100Manuel Kasper has announced the release of m0n0wall 1.8.1. This version is based on FreeBSD 8.4 and will thus give better support for newer hardware than m0n0wall 1.34.

Some of the change highlights are

  • add scheduler (“Croen”) service with many different job types (enable/disable interface or shaper rule, Wake on LAN, reboot, reconnect WAN, execute command etc.)
  • improved IPv6 support, including IPsec, DHCPv6-PD, RDNSS and DNSSL, and NDP info on the ARP diagnostic page
  • major overhaul of wireless LAN support. On some cards, it is now also possible to create multiple APs at the same time. To reflect this change, the wireless settings have moved to the Interfaces: assign page, where WLAN subinterfaces can be created much like for VLANs.
  • DNS forwarder: add option to log DNS queries, add aliases (CNAMEs) and MXs
  • Add AES-256, SHA-256/384/512 and additional DH group options to IPsec
  • Make rule moving and deletion on shaper rules page work like for firewall rules.
  • Initial support for USB modems
  • enable CPU hardware crypto support
  • automatically reassign available physical network interfaces if none of the assigned interfaces in the configuration can be found on the system (i.e. for a new installation, or when moving an existing config to new hardware)
  • the “embedded” image is gone; generic-pc-serial should now be used for PC Engines and Soekris boards
  • console speed for serial images is fixed to 9600 baud (no longer tries to use BIOS preset value)
  • introduction of an automated build system that allows one to build m0n0wall from scratch with almost no manual intervention on a standard FreeBSD 8.4 system
  • countless bug fixes and improvements in UI and system configuration code

Links: Website | Downloads | Change Log | Upgrade Instructions

About M0n0wall: M0n0wall is an embedded firewall distribution based on FreeBSD, and provides a small image which can be put on and run from CF cards, CD-Roms and hard disks. It also runs on a number of embedded platforms and virtual PCs.

 

FreeBSD security advisories

FreeBSD Security AdvisortyThe FreeBSD Security Team notifies the Community of a handful of vulnerabilities that have been discovered. Please check the advisories and take the appropriate actions.

These issues either don’t affect the upcoming FreeBSD 10.0 (building was kicked off on 15 Jan) or have already been fixed.

BSD Now Episode 19: The InstallFest (video) – UPDATED

bsd_now_logoThe BSD Now TV Team has uploaded a new episode, The Installfest – Episode 19, featuring the much anticipated *BSD Installations comparison.In this episode you will find the following topics being discussed:

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Link updated – thanks Joao.

FreeBSD 10-RC5 released

freebsd_logo-100x100Glen Barber has announced, on behalf of the FreeBSD Release Engineering team, the 5th RC build for FreeBSD 10.

The waiting for 10.0 Release will soon be over, as this is (definitely, this time) be the last RC build.

Major changes between -RC4 and -RC5 include:

  • Fix an IPv4 multicast regression.
  • Fixes OpenSSL for CVE-2013-4353, CVE-2013-6449, CVE-2013-6450.
  • Revert a change to the kinfo_file structure to preserve ABI.
  • Fix a race condition which could prevent the file descriptor table from being properly updated.

The release build is expected to start on 15 January, so the release announcement will be soon to follow.

Check the release email for checksums and download locations.