BHyVe: A New Hypervisor Coming to FreeBSD 10.0

Phoronix has an article on the new FreeBSD hypervisor, BHyve.

BHyVe is a legacy-free hypervisor being developed by FreeBSD developers that was recently merged into mainline to be part of the FreeBSD 10.0 release. The BHyVe virtualization hypervisor relies upon Intel VT-x and already has several interesting features as it aims to be truly legacy-free, high-performance, while being contained within a very small footprint.

BHyVe: A New Hypervisor Coming to FreeBSD 10.0

FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3 is now available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS development team has announce the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3.  This is the last planned public beta of 8.3.1 as it moves towards the final.

FreeNAS 8.3.1 adds ZFS volume encryption to the features available in FreeNAS 8.3.0.  BETA3 has a number of bug fixes and feature requests based on community feedback and testing of the first two beta releases, as well as feedback and bug fixes from FreeNAS 8.3.0-RELEASE-p1.

There are no further betas planned as +FreeNAS 8.3.1 marches towards the final release.  At this point there will be no additional features added to 8.3.1.

Virtio drivers have been added to the image.  For this BETA they default to off, which makes them a bit difficult to use.

FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3 can be downloaded from the following location:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.3.1/BETA3/

Android on FreeBSD

gferenc88 wrote up a guide showing how to get Android running in Oracle VM VirtualBox on FreeBSD.

Maybe it is not a big thing, but I have managed to run the Android OS with OpenGL support on FreeBSD.

Before we start, you must have enabled the Linuxulator and install the Linux base distribution from ports (emulators/linux_base-f10).

Here is how he did it: Android on FreeBSD

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bsdroid google android

BSDroid was a project that ported the Android framework to FreeBSD, and the main goal of project was to provide native binaries for tools and make it possible to develop Android applications on FreeBSD powered system without Android SDK for Linux.

Unfortunately, it has gone all quiet. Does anybody know what’s happening with BSDroid?

What’s new in FreeBSD

This video has been made from the slides and an audio recording of a NYCBUG talk by Eitan Adler in Jan of 2013 and gives an over view on the newest features in FreeBSD since 9.0. This talk covered some recent enhancements to FreeBSD as well some of the experimental upcoming changes. By the end of the talk you should have heard about one FreeBSD technology you hadn’t heard of before.

It covers:

  • bsdinstall
  • bsdconfig
  • Netmap
  • SMP PF
  • pkgng
  • Poudriere
  • clang + llvm
  • Capsicum
  • Auditdistd
  • New Hardware Support
  • Atheros Wireless
  • Virtualization
  • Filesystems: growfs, ZFS TRIM, FUSE, SU+J
  • CVS moving to svn

For more information on the future of FreeBSD source retrieval please see:

PC-BSD Status Update and Future Plans

PC-BSD LogoKris Moore has laid out his plans for the future of PC-BSD, especially around PC-BSD moving to rolling releases.

First of all, I want to let you know, that I’ve personally not been satisfied with the frequency of PC-BSD releases and updates. With us tracking the upstream FreeBSD releases, it has really tied our hands getting new releases out to the public. The past couple of releases had a delay of almost a year between them, which is WAY too long in my opinion. To further compound the problem, our build system wasn’t designed to do frequent updates of packages and our utilities, which made getting updates out to the community a long and tedious process. This is all going to change. What we are looking at going to now is more of a “Rolling-Release” model, first for our utilities & system packages, and eventually for the FreeBSD base itself.

Read the whole post: Status update and future plans

A decade of OS Access-control Extensibility (MAC)

This is an interesting piece on mandatory access-control by the well-known computer researcher and FreeBSD Foundation member Robert Watson:

To discuss operating system security is to marvel at the diversity of deployed access-control models: Unix and Windows NT multiuser security; Type Enforcement in SELinux; anti-malware products; app sandboxing in Apple OS X, Apple iOS, and Google Android; and application-facing systems such as Capsicum in FreeBSD. This diversity is the result of a stunning transition from the narrow 1990s Unix and NT status quo to security localization—the adaptation of operating-system security models to site-local or product-specific requirements.

A Decade of OS Access-control Extensibility