*BSD Event in Naples (April 2013)

Watch out, another BSD-Day is rising: next April in Naples where BSD people of Italy and Central Europe meet up! This event is an excellent opportunity for BSD developers and enthusiasts to present their work to larger audiences, share their thoughts with their fellows and reach out for their potential partners.

Traditionally, the event tries to avoid formalities as it does not require the speakers to submit papers or the attendees to register or pay an entry fee. However, the invited folks are encouraged to a give a brief talk on their favourite BSD topic. The goal is to motivate everybody, especially university students to see the benefits of our approach and take a chance on working with BSD systems.

For more info, visit http://bsdday.eu/2013

Thanks Giovanni for the heads up. If you have anything FreeBSD related to announce, let me know.

2012: a BSD year in retrospective

FreeBSD is by far the most active BSD when it comes to sheer numbers, having the largest user and developer base (roughly 80% of the whole BSD community). In 2012, a new minor version of FreeBSD 8 (8.3-RELEASE in April) was released, as well as a new major version (9.0-RELEASE in January) and its first minor release (9.1-RELEASE in December).

With 9.0-RELEASE, there came a long list of changes.

Read the whole post here on the many exciting changes that found their way into FreeBSD 9.1: 2012: a BSD year in retrospective (osnews.com)

Defile of Eden – Kickstarter project (a game for FreeBSD)

Inspired by the theoretical offspring between Tank Jr and a ten year olds colouring book, Defile of Eden 2 is a game of fast paced 2D action where teams protect their bases whilst devising offenses to their opponents defences. A light hearted and humorous team death-match game, requiring skill and team play to achieve certain game objectives, within a hand drawn world.

Check the Kickstarter page and the announcement on the FreeBSD forums.

BHyVe: A New Hypervisor Coming to FreeBSD 10.0

Phoronix has an article on the new FreeBSD hypervisor, BHyve.

BHyVe is a legacy-free hypervisor being developed by FreeBSD developers that was recently merged into mainline to be part of the FreeBSD 10.0 release. The BHyVe virtualization hypervisor relies upon Intel VT-x and already has several interesting features as it aims to be truly legacy-free, high-performance, while being contained within a very small footprint.

BHyVe: A New Hypervisor Coming to FreeBSD 10.0

FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3 is now available

freenas-ixsystems-new-logoThe FreeNAS development team has announce the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3.  This is the last planned public beta of 8.3.1 as it moves towards the final.

FreeNAS 8.3.1 adds ZFS volume encryption to the features available in FreeNAS 8.3.0.  BETA3 has a number of bug fixes and feature requests based on community feedback and testing of the first two beta releases, as well as feedback and bug fixes from FreeNAS 8.3.0-RELEASE-p1.

There are no further betas planned as +FreeNAS 8.3.1 marches towards the final release.  At this point there will be no additional features added to 8.3.1.

Virtio drivers have been added to the image.  For this BETA they default to off, which makes them a bit difficult to use.

FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3 can be downloaded from the following location:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.3.1/BETA3/