FreeBSD miscellaneous links (nginx, freebsd snapshots, HAST, virtio)

These are a couple of random FreeBSD related links you may find interesting:

How to Install Nginx on FreeBSD 9.x

nginx (pronounced “engine x”) is an open-source web server and a reverse proxy server for HTTP, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP protocols, with a strong focus on high concurrency, performance and low memory usage. [Read More - unixmen.com]

New FreeBSD snapshots and virtual machine disk images

New FreeBSD development branch installation ISOs and virtual machine
disk images have been uploaded to the FTP mirrors.

Read More - lists.freebsd.org]

Install HAST on FreeNAS

FreeNAS is awesome, but until recently it lacked HAST (Highly Available STorage). Fortunately now TrueNAS allows for this function to work. HAST is integrated into the FreeBSD base system, in turn HAST can be added into FreeNAS manually.

[Read More - hub.org]

Speed up FreeBSD KVM guests using Virtio

The virtio framework allows guest operating systems running under the Linux KVM hypervisor to take advantage of near-native I/O performance. It works by providing kernel drivers for the guest OS which only work from within a KVM host, exposing I/O functionality through a much thinner layer of code than the traditional full-on emulation of physical hardware. The less code there is between a virtualized guest OS and the host’s physical hardware, the faster things will go.

[Read More - area536.com]

Generating custom FreeBSD installation media

Generating a custom -current memstick image without all the debug feature enabled.

[Read More - blog.cochard.me]

Creating and starting VirtualBox machine with PowerShell

BSD Router Project provided a VBScript for starting MS Windows based virtualbox lab. But because this vbs script works only on XP, I had to found a more powerful solution: Why not discovering PowerShell and using the VirtualBox COM API ?

[Read More - blog.cochard.me]

 

BSD Magazine (June 2013): FreeBSD on Rails

June’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: FreeBSD on Rails (free PDF download).

FreeBSD Mag June 2013You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • A backup server with FreeBSD for mixed networks in SOHO environment
  • Keep OpenBSD customers satisfied
  • FreeBSD in Xen Cloud Platform (XCP)
  • FreeBSD on Rails
  • Manage your Ruby Versions Under FreeBSD
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Creating PBI’s with EasyPBI
  • Sofin, the Software Installer

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TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance now Citrix Certified

ixsystems logoiXsystems, the all-around FreeBSD company that builds FreeBSD certified servers and storage solutions, has announced that their TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance has been now been certified as Citrix Ready.

“The Citrix Ready program helps customers identify third party solutions that are recommended to enhance virtualization, networking, and cloud computing solutions from Citrix. TrueNAS completed a rigorous verification process to ensure compatibility with Citrix XenServer®, providing confidence in joint solution compatibility.

The Citrix Ready program makes it easy for customers to identify complementary products and solutions that can enhance Citrix environments. Customers can be confident that TrueNAS™ has successfully passed a series of tests established by Citrix, and can be trusted to work effectively with XenServer to keep virtual machines available and business running smoothly.

TrueNAS has been verified for use with XenServer through both NFS and iSCSI. TrueNAS includes a wide variety of protocols and services to support both file-based and block-based usage. Completion of Citrix Ready verification is a step forward, confirming TrueNAS’s ability to integrate into virtualized environments. Many iXsystems clients already back their XenServer infrastructure with TrueNAS, enjoying easy management and reliable performance.

As a member of the Citrix Ready program, we are able to offer our clients intelligent solutions that combine TrueNAS unified storage with Citrix XenServer,” said Peter Allen, Applied Engineering Specialist. “The offering demonstrates our plans to work with trusted partners, through the Citrix Ready partner ecosystem, in order to provide the highest quality experience for our clients.”

The TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliance is Trusted to Enhance Citrix Virtualization Solutions

The move from Linux to FreeBSD

Another happy, new FreeBSD user:

I found a major difference between Linux and FreeBSD: performance and memory usage. The performance was nearly same as Linux, but slightly better. Memory usage change, was drastic. FreeBSD is just too good at managing memory.

 

After the trial VPS, I started moving my stuff from the Gentoo VPS to the new one. Ran it for testing few days, and it continued to amaze me. FreeBSD’s official slogan is “The Power to Serve”. So much true is that! And that ended up as migrating other VPSes to FreeBSD as well.

Read the whole post here: The move from Linux to FreeBSD

BSDCan 2013 FreeBSD Presentation Videos

BSDCan 2013 sounds to have been a great success again this year, thanks to the organisers, speakers and attendees (e.g. Rick Miller, Warren Block, Renato Botelho and Ivan Voras).

If you were able to attend, it would be nice to hear in the comments below what you enjoyed most and which presentation you particularly enjoyed interested in.

If you were not able to attend, you can now watch the recorded presentations thanks to Scale Engine. (The video descriptions have been taken from the BSDCan 2013 Schedules).

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Debian GNU/kFreeBSD vs Debian 7.0 GNU/Linux

debian_logoWith the new Debian 7.0 Wheezy released, it was time for Phoronix to update some benchmarks comparing Debian GNU/kFreeBSD vs Debian 7.0: Debian GNU/kFreeBSD vs Debian 7.0 GNU/Linux. The outcomes have not changed much since last December’s test: Debian is overall slightly faster.

This is just for info only, let’s not get into Debian vs FreeBSD discussion.

I just wonder why the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is used as project name. Well, I understand why, but it’s such a mouthful. Why not rename the project to DebianBSD or DebBSD?

About Debian GNU/kFreeBSD: Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is an operating system released by the Debian project, which uses the FreeBSD kernel, instead of the Linux kernel. “kFreeBSD” stands for “”kernel of FreeBSD” and “GNU/kFreeBSD” means “GNU with kernel of FreeBSD”. By combining a FreeBSD kernel with GNU based userland, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD supports PF, ZFS, Jails, NDIS drivers and is potentially less vulnerable to legal challenges.

FreeBSD 8.4 Released

freebsd_logo_textFourteen months since the release of FreeBSD 8.3, the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has announced the availability of FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE. This is the fifth release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.3 whilst also introducing some new features.

Some of the highlights found in the 8.4 release are:

  • Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.10.1
  • Feature flags 5000 version of the ZFS filesystem; Asynchronous destruction of ZFS datasets; LZ4 compression and ZIO NOP-write optimisation.
  • Support for all shipping LSI storage controllers
  •  Bug fixes and updates to key components such as OpenSSL, OpenSSH, named, NFS, AWK, tcsh, and BZIP2, etc.

For a complete list of new features and known problems, check out the Release Notes
(detailed version) and Release Errata list.

More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.