FreeBSD 10.0: release.sh mapped

Rick Miller has put together a useful and visually easy to understand map of FreeBSD 10 release.sh.

FreeBSD‘s release.sh is a shell script introduced in FreeBSD 9.x whose purpose is to automate FreeBSD release building from source.  This post maps the release.sh into a table of variables and a flowchart describing the program flow and is based on release.sh

Thanks Rick

BSD Now Episode 25: a sixth pfSense (video)

bsd_now_logoThis is an interview with Chris Buechler, from the pfSense project, to learn just how easy it can be to deploy a BSD firewall. There’s also a walk through the pfSense interface so you can get an idea of just how convenient and powerful it is.

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BSD Real-Time Operating System NuttX makes its 100th release: NuttX 6.33

nuttx_iconNuttX is a real-time operating system (RTOS) with an emphasis on standards compliance and small footprint. Scalable from 8-bit to 32-bit micro-controller environments, the primary governing standards in NuttX are POSIX and ANSI standards. Supported platforms include ARM, Atmel AVR, x86, Z80 and others.

Additional standard APIs from Unix and other common RTOS’s are adopted for functionality not available under these standards, or for functionality that is not appropriate for deeply-embedded environments.

NuttX was first released in 2007 by Gregory Nutt under the permissive BSD license, and today the 100th release was made: NuttX 6.33.

Newcons coming to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD

debian_logoFreeBSD vt(4) – commonly known as “Newcons”-, which is planned to replace Syscons as the default FreeBSD console, is now available on Debian GNU/kFreeBSD.

Newcons provides many interesting new features, such as KMS support, Unicode, double-width CJK characters, etc.

The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD team are now looking for volunteers: Newcons coming to Debian GNU/kFreeBSD (testers wanted!)

Build your own FreeBSD/EC2 images

Colin Percival has an interesting post (how to build FreeBSD/EC2 images) explaining how you can bake your own FreeBSD  images for Amazon EC2, and build them just the way you want them.

I have been building FreeBSD/EC2 images for the past three years, and based on the email I have been receiving, most people have been either using these images directly or modifying them to create images which suit their needs. However, there are some people who want to build their own images ab initio — most often, companies which have products built on “customized” versions of FreeBSD — and while I have helped a few people do this, it’s better if my help is not needed. To this end, earlier today I published my code for building FreeBSD AMIs. At its core, this process has two steps: First, building a disk image; and second, turning it into an AMI.

It would be now nice if somebody could make creating FreeBSD images for Google Cloud Engine real easy ;-)