FreeBSD and PC-BSD are known to be quite particular with regards to hardware support, but now you can check or buy via the PC-BSD store hardware that is known to be working on PC-BSD, and therefore also on FreeBSD. Obviously you can always check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes that come out with each release, e.g. FreeBSD 10 Current, 9.0, 9.1 or 8.3.
The FreeBSD Project has announced that all binary package building services are restored and live again.
This service was put on hold following a security incident in November 2012. Consequently, the security throughout the FreeBSD Project’s infrastructure has been reviewed and the package-building system (including redports.org and ports QAT) has been re-engineered to support greater compartmentalisation and resilience.
FreeBSD binary packages are available again for the 8.x, 9.x branches on i386 and amd64 architectures at the usual locations.
Muhammadreza Haghiri emailed me about the release of the JabirBSD 1.0.
JabirBSD is a rebranded FreeBSD version for Iranian and Farsi speaking users “with rsync, sudo, nano and a lot of command-line based software”.
This first release is a re-branded version of FreeBSD, with the intention to fork from FreeBSD at a later point. The reason for this forking is, allegedly, due to kernel related changes.
I think it’s great to see developers wanting to take FreeBSD to the next level, but, it could be just me, I’m a bit weary of these new projects. Most of them fall by the wayside due to loss of interest, too small teams or lack of spare time (SecurityBSD TrueBSD, Evoke etc). Unless the project is backed by a company (although that’s not a 100% guarantee – remember Tomahawk Desktop?) or a large team, most of the time the project fizzles out and ceases to exist.
I wish the developers had started off by contributing to FreeBSD (PC-BSD, TrueOS) before deciding to set up their own project, and potentially fork. At the moment JabirBSD 1.0 is the same as FreeBSD and it is not clear how JabirBSD is going to be different from FreeBSD.
Unless developers that already contribute to FreeBSD (or any other project) want to move the project in an incompatible or opposite direction, forking maybe the way forward, but taking that decision should always be a last resort. IMO
unixmen has put together a howto showing how to migrate your databases from MySQL to MariaDB.
As most of you will be aware, since Oracle took over MySQL and took control of the project, a lot changed. Oracle doesn’t like open source and hence MySQL is dying a slow death. MySQL’s founder, Michael Widenius (+Michael Widenius), left the project and set up the competing MariaDB (+mariadb) database project.
If you’re not sure where MySQL is heading and want some security had use some new, cool features, have a look at and/or migrate to MariaDB.
MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system, the impetus being the community maintenance of its free status under the GNU GPL. As a fork of a leading open source software system, it is notable for being led by its original developers and triggered by concerns over direction by an acquiring commercial company Oracle.
Migrate From MySQL To MariaDB In FreeBSD (unixmen)
You’ll find the following subjects inside:
- SpiderFoot 2.0: The Open Source Footprinting Tool
- FreeBSD Jails Firewall with PF
- Improvements to Jail Management via the Warden
- msearch: MidnightBSD Search
- Useful Utilities for PF
- FreeBSD Programming Primer: Write HTML, CSS, PHP, and SQL Code
- DTrace: A Deeper Approach
As you will be aware, the BSDCan 2013 Dev Summit has happened and the Conference taking place this weekend.
BSDCan is an annual conference for users and developers of the 4.4 BSD family of operating system, hosted each spring at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.
It has been possible to view (some of) the presentation on the Youtube BSDConferences Channel, but this year you will be able to watch live streams thanks to ScaleEngine, the Technical CDN and Silver Sponson
ScaleEngine is the Technical CDN, and so it is fitting that we are associated with the Technical BSD Conference. It’s pretty well known that we are a FreeBSD shop.
View the schedule for a list of the talks or watch via these channels:
This BSDCan 2013 Dev Summit group picture was posted on Flickr by Will Backman, who runs bsdtalk.
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Glen Barber announced last week the availability of RC3 for FreeBSD 8.4, the upcoming new stable version of the Project’s legacy branch. ISO images for the amd64, i386 and pc98 architectures are available on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites.
The FreeBSD 8.4 Release Schedule can be viewed here. The final release should not be far away now.
Previous interviews with Kris Moore can be found here: