In the latest edition of the semi annual FreeBSD Foundation newsletter you can read about:
Good to see how the Foundation spends received donations on some promising projects.
Read the full newsletter here: FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter – August 2011
Well, the school holidays are over now here in the UK and we’re back from two and a half weeks break over in Holland, so it’s time to update this website again.
I have stayed up to date with (Free)BSD related news, but not had a chance to sit down and start linking to them. I’ll do that over the next few days.
Anyway, for those interested, here’s a picture of our two eldest children that went back to school today.
These are some quick links to upcoming and related FreeBSD related events, conferences and interview.
1. BSDDay EU 2011
Central European BSD day: BSDDay EU 2011 (04-06-2011, Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technology).
2. EuroBSDCon 2011
Registration for EuroBSDCon 2011 is now open. Subjects and summaries of some of the talks and tutorials are available. Chris Buechler and Ermal Luci will provide a pfSense 2.0 training session
3. BSD Day Argentina 2011
There’s a call for papers for the BSD Day Argentina 2011 (4-5 Nov Buenos Aires City):
*BSD users in Argentina call to the community of free software, users, system administrators and developers of BSD systems for participation on the BSDday 2011. The subject of the event is BSD operating systems, BSD-licensed software, licensing issues, BSD philosophy and related topics.
4. BSDTalk 207 ArabBSD
BSDTalk has an interview (BSDTalk 207) with Mohammed Farrag about the ArabBSD project. Slides of the ArabBSD FreeBSD Summer course are available on slideshare.
5. FreeBSD on EC2
Colin Percival discusses FreeBSD on EC2 and tarsnap on FLOSS Weekly 172.
We chat with Colin Percival who has managed to put FreeBSD on EC2 and figured out a good way to have secure backups in the cloud.
There’s more he wanted to say in the interview: What I meant to say.
Due to popular demand, RootBSD has extended the VPS hosting offer until 5 August.
If you’re interested in running a FreeBSD based website or web services, you will be interested to know that freebsdnews.net has teamed up with RootBSD, giving regular readers a $10 discount when signing up before 6 Aug 2011.
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RootBSD’s packages start at $19/month, and if you sign up through this link before 1 July and add FBSDNEWS as coupon code, you’ll get $10 off your first month’s payment.
We don’t know if and when RootBSD makes this offer available again.
The availability of FreeBSD 9.0 BETA1 has now been confirmed by Ken Smith: FreeBSD 9.0-BETA1 Available:
The first BETA build of the 9.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Since this will be the first release on a brand new branch I’ll cross-post the announcements on both -current and -stable. But just so you know most of the developers active in head pay more attention to the -current mailing list. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the -current mailing list.
The 9.0-RELEASE cycle will be tracked here: http://wiki.freebsd.org/Releng/9.0TODO
You can download the i386 image from here and the AMD64 is available here.
Since the PC-BSD project closely follows the FreeBSD release schedule, PC-BSD 9.0 BETA1 is available too: Release Announcement: PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release in the new9.x series. 9.0-BETA1 is now available for download from the website or ftp server.
There’s no official announcement, but just over 2 years after FreeBSD 8.0 BETA1 became available, the FreeBSD Project is uploading version 9 BETA1..
According to the FreeBSD release page, BETA1 was scheduled for 20 July, so a delay of just over a week is a great result. Hopefully the final release hits the streets in sometime in September.
Some of the news features that can be found in FreeBSD 9 are:
- SSD TRIM support
- 802.11n high throughput support
- ATA/CAM improvements
- PCI hot-plug support
- S4 hibernation support
- Xen Dom0 support
- Linux 64-bit binary support in FreeBSD/amd64
- Better EFI booting support
- Better support for LLVM (the Low-Level Virtual Machine)
- user-land D-Trace support,
- Improved Oracle VM VirtualBox support
- faster reboot
For more (technical) features check out Ivan Voras’ What’s cooking for FreeBSD 9 page or the FreeBSD 9 wiki.
You can download the ISO images from the links below.
Please note, since there’s no official announcement, these images may contain show stoppers and/or may be removed without any notice.