FreeBSD 8.4-BETA1 available for testing

The FreeBSD developers have announced the availability of the first BETA build for the FreeBSD-8.4 release . ISO images for the amd64, i386 and pc98 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

Since the stable/8 branch is relatively mature we hope there will only be one BETA build for this release cycle. If testing does not turn up any show-stopper caliber problems the next test build will be RC1.

New BSD Magazine (March 2013): Handling Kernel Panic

March’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Handling Kernel Panic (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • Reacting to Panic: How to Configure the System to handle Crash Dumps
  • MaheshaBSD Server: MySQL and WordPress in FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer: How to Embed CSS and Javascript in Pages
  • Hardening FreeBSD with TrustedBSD and MAC: configuration of mac_ifoff, mac_portacl, and MAC LOMAC modules

Handling Kernel Panic

FreeBSD Foundation announces new technical staff member

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced that Konstantin Belousov has been hired as its first full-time member of technical staff, a key milestone of the Foundation’s investment in staff for 2013.

Konstantin has been a FreeBSD committer since 2006, and he recently implemented support for current-generation Intel graphics controllers under contract to the FreeBSD Foundation.  This new position will allow him to spend his full working time on supporting and improving FreeBSD.

Konstantin’s first project brings support for unmapped I/O to FreeBSD. The unmapped I/O project improves performance by avoiding mapping buffers in the buffer cache, significantly reducing overhead on multi-processor systems.  The project builds on foundational work to unify machine-dependent parts of the busdma interface, recently contributed by Jeff Robertson at EMC’s Isilon Storage Division. EMC became a FreeBSD foundation donor in 2012.

Netflix, another new Foundation donor for 2012, is already making use of this project.

“Netflix partnered closely with Konstantin to provide design input and testing resources for the unmapped I/O project.  The work helped us realize an immediate 25% increase in system performance on production workloads.  It underscores the immense value of collaborating and investing in the open source community and FreeBSD in particular,”

said Scott Long, Senior Software Engineer at Netflix.

Konstantin has also been working with the release engineering team since 2008 and his new role with the Foundation will allow him to focus more time on the tools and process used to make FreeBSD releases. (via)

DesktopBSD brought back to live

desktopbsd logo 100x100The DesktopBSD project is in the process of being revived. EchoD has brought the website and the forums back to live.

DesktopBSD 1.7 was released back in 2009 and Peter Hofer announced that would be the last release baked up by himself. Some German deve;opers took over the project, but nothing came to fruition and the website went offline.

Let’s see  what the new developers have in stock and when DesktopBSD 2.0 will be out.

GhostBSD 3.0 released

ghostbsd_logoEric Turgeon, lead developer of the GhostBSD project, has announced the release of GhostBSD 3.0. The latest version includes a lot of enhancements and new features, such as an improved system installer, Openbox window manager, and more.

Some of the highlights of GhostBSD 3.0 are:

  • Openbox window manager is now fully supported;
  • Improvements for the auto configuration wireless networking script have been implemented;
  • Auto configuration of Xorg is now possible;
  • Nvidia drivers have been added by default;
  • 3D acceleration is now supported on some Intel graphics cards;
  • Numerous bug-fixes have been added to the GhostBSD related utilities;
  • Openbox and Lxde AMD64 ISO only fit on DVD;
  • New Intel GPU driver with GEM/KMS support has been made available;
  • ZFS improvements from the illumos project have been implemented;
  • Kernel support has been added for the AVX FPU extension.

GhostBSD is a FreeBSD-based operating system for the desktop with support for the GNOME2, LXDE and Openbox desktop environments.