GhostBSD 3.0 released

ghostbsd_logoEric Turgeon, lead developer of the GhostBSD project, has announced the release of GhostBSD 3.0. The latest version includes a lot of enhancements and new features, such as an improved system installer, Openbox window manager, and more.

Some of the highlights of GhostBSD 3.0 are:

  • Openbox window manager is now fully supported;
  • Improvements for the auto configuration wireless networking script have been implemented;
  • Auto configuration of Xorg is now possible;
  • Nvidia drivers have been added by default;
  • 3D acceleration is now supported on some Intel graphics cards;
  • Numerous bug-fixes have been added to the GhostBSD related utilities;
  • Openbox and Lxde AMD64 ISO only fit on DVD;
  • New Intel GPU driver with GEM/KMS support has been made available;
  • ZFS improvements from the illumos project have been implemented;
  • Kernel support has been added for the AVX FPU extension.

GhostBSD is a FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop with support for the GNOME2, LXDE and Openbox desktop environments.

MaheshaBSD-2.0 Server Released

Juraj Sipos has announced the release of MaheshaBSD Server 2.0. This version comes with WordPress running on a USB memory stick.

This is the only distro in the World with WordPress running immediately without any installation process. Many poor people will have a quick FTP server with WordPress and they may open it also to the world.

Some brief notes on this release:

  • With phpMyAdmin installed in MaheshaBSD Server many tasks with MySQL will be easy as a breeze.
  • phpMyAdmin runs also remotely via TightVNC.
  • The USB image is writable.
  • MaheshaBSD Server has an educational purpose, too. It is also a social project. Many people in the Third World need money for education and many institutions fail to provide the valuable infrastructure (software, paying for development of software, etc.).
  • The SERVER was tested over the Internet;
  • tightvnc worked,
  • WordPress worked.

The Mahesha Project is hosted by RootBSD. You may download the documentation (pdf) or download the MaheshaBSD Server 2.0 (rar).

MaheshaBSD Server can be downloaded and used for free by individuals; companies are expected to donate to the project:

The price is 200/150/100/50/25, but only for institutions; it is free for personal use. Institutions may choose any price, thus the software will be valuable also for institutions in very poor countries. Anybody can write and use it for free.

Thanks Juraj for the heads up. I will be testing this release over the next few days and will give you feedback.

New FreeBSD Foundation Funded Project: FreeBSD/ARM Architecture Superpages Support

FreeBSD foundation logoFollowing the successful 2012 Year-End Fundraising Campaign the FreeBSD Foundation has announced that Semihalf, an embedded solutions company, has been awarded a grant to develop transparent superpages support for the FreeBSD/ARM architecture. Semihalf is co-sponsoring the project with the Foundation.

The ARM architecture is already common in the mobile and embedded markets, and is becoming more prevalent in the server market. Among the more interesting industry trends emerging recently is the 64-bit ARMv8 architecture, which is an “ARM server” concept. Many top tier companies have started developing systems or are announcing products with this architecture.

One of the features needed for FreeBSD to be successful in this area is transparent super pages.  This provides improved performance and scalability by allowing TLB translations to dynamically cover large physical memory regions.

As you will remember, Semihalf has been involved in FreeBSD Foundation funded projects before. They worked on the flattened device tree (2009) and NAND flash support (2012).

The project is expected to complete in mid July 2013.

Introducing fbsdmon (fbsdmon.org)

There are some websites that keep track of new FreeBSD ports, such as the FreeBSD ports page or Freshports, and some that track (Free)BSD installations, such as bsdstats.

I was not aware, but there’s also fbsdmon that measures ports popularity and lets you submit statistics of your system (if you have installed the fbsdmon port). The website, maintained by FreeBSD developer Grzegorz Blach,  also shows links to the FreeBSD RSS feeds.

Does anybody use fbsdmon.org? If you have any feedback, feel free to contact Grzegorz.

Thanks Grzegorz for contacting me and making me aware. If you have a FreeBSD related product, service or website that you want featuring, let me know.

 

FreeNAS 8.3.1-RC1 now available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS development team has announced FreeNAS 8.3.1-RC1 which will be the first and only release candidate planned for the final version of FreeNAS 8.3.1-RELEASE.

FreeNAS 8.3.1 is based on FreeBSD 8.3 with version 28 of the ZFS filesystem, and features volume based encryption for ZFS volumes.

There have been no major changes between 8.3.1-BETA3 and RC1, mostly
bugfixes and minor usability improvements to the GUI.  See the release notes for a complete list.

Images and plugins can be downloaded from the project’s SourceForge webpage.

PC-BSD 9.1 Rolling Release

PC-BSD LogoKris, lead developer of the PC-BSD project, mentioned a couple of weeks ago (http://goo.gl/Atzu5) that he was planning a rolling release for PC-BSD. Generally this was well received within the PC-BSD community.

Kris has now uploaded a first ISO to test the rolling release with feedback from those interested to try this. In his announcement he mentions that PC-BSD is now kept up-to-date with PKGNG and that it is now also possible to convert a FreeBSD server to PC-BSD or TrueOS:

“As a few of you have already noticed, we have some new ISOs now up on the mirrors:

http://mirrors.isc.org/pub/pcbsd/9.1-RELEASE/

These are the first images built of PC-BSD Rolling Release, based upon FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE, which use PKGNG as the backend for keeping your desktop and base-system packages up to date. You are welcome to download and give them a spin if you want to help us beta-test them.

They include updated packages from about 2 weeks ago, which includes KDE 4.9.5 among others. Our build server is still finishing up building the entire package repository and I hope to have all ~20k pkgng packages online in another week or so, with weekly updates after that. The weekly updates will include all the latest PC-BSD / TrueOS utilities, so you can expect to see much more frequent bug fixes & enhancements.

For users running on the original PC-BSD / TrueOS 9.1 release, I also have an online system update in the works. This update will convert your existing install to PKGNG and allow you to start tracking the rolling release, the same as if you installed a fresh copy from our new ISOs. Once I’ve finished a bit more testing & bugfixing with it, I will post back with details on how to try it out. I’m hopeful it will be sometime next week.

Lastly, I also wanted to let you know that with this change, it will be possible convert an existing “FreeBSD” 9.1-Release into a PC-BSD or TrueOS system. I’ve started writing instructions on the PC-BSD wiki page with details:

http://wiki.pcbsd.org/index.php/Turn_FreeBSD_into_PC-BSD%C2%AE

Last but not least, we have some new hardware coming in soon which I will quickly get working on building a PC-BSD -STABLE release, and then -CURRENT. More details as they arrive :)

Happy testing, and please post your feedback to the list so we can get to work quashing bugs.”

Great job, Kris. Will need to give this a whirl.