In the last couple of days some interviews have been published with different people who are involved in the development of FreeBSD:
Enjoy, and let’s all spread the FreeBSD’s fame.
New FreeBSD snapshots and virtual machine disk images
Sony’s new PlayStation 4 and open-source FreeBSD
the PlayStation 4 – on sale today in the US – uses a modified version of the open-source FreeBSD operating system.
pkgng goes official in FreeBSD
Update on the BSD Professional Lab Exam
bsdtalk234 – Henning Brauer at vBSDCon
An interview from vBSDCon with Henning Brauer. We talk about his recent work with the pf firewall and the queuing system
FreeBSD Ports Management interview - Antoine Brodin
Who is Antoine Brodin?
Why FreeBSD Is Liking LLDB For Debugging
The State Of FreeBSD’s Bhyve Virtualization
Anyone crunching numbers for EINSTEIN@HOME?
Automatic panic reports
Colin Percival has announced a new port called sysutils/panicmail which users can use to automatically submit panic reports.
FreeBSD-Foundation sponsored Newcons project update
Alekandr Rybalko continues to make good progress on the FreeBSD-Foundation sponsored Newcons project. This project will provide a replacement for the legacy syscons system console. Newcons provides a number of improvements, including better integration with graphics modes, and broader character set support.
[FreeBSD Foundation blog]
Bhyve script has been updated
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.
Using PKGNG on FreeBSD with Puppet
This is how I installed the new package manager on FreeBSD : pkgng and how to use it with Puppet.
FreeBSD Now!: Happy 20th Birthday FreeBSD
In honor of the 20th birthday of FreeBSD, some instructions to reconstitute FreeBSD 1.0 on Qemu.
FreeBSD Vendor Summit 2013
The (annual) FreeBSD Vendor summit took place again in November on Yahoo’s compus. This is a short write up.
OpenZFS Developer Summit: 17-19 Nov
Delphix is hosting a developer-focused event for OpenZFS. The goal of the event is to foster cross-platform community discussions of OpenZFS work, and to make progress on some of the projects proposed for this community.
iXsystems and conferences
iXsystems has been busy running booths promoting FreeBSD at some recent FreeBSD conferences and Linux/Open Source trade shows. You can read the summaries and see some photos on the iX blog: LISA ’13, FreeBSD 20year party, vBSDCon 2013, All Things Open 2013, SeaGL 2013, EuroBSDCon 2013, KyivBSD 2013 and LinuxCon 2013. (Disclosure: iXsystems is a partner of FreeBSD News)
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 011: The Gateway Drug - table of contents
November’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:
Download and read the magazine: Hast on FreeBSD – How to make storage highly availble by using HAST (pfd)
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.
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.
Deb 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:
In 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-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.
Some device controller detection updates
Many of the changes and updates are around user creation, 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.
Themes and wallpapers updated for 10.0, which will be called Joule
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.
Some of the new features are included in the last stable version are:
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.