FreeNAS 8.0 is so far missing some of the media streaming capabilities that came with FreeNAS 0.7, and to make up for that gap, a FreeNAS 8.0.3-RELEASE_MULTIMEDIA version will be released soon. This version has support for Bittorrent, iTunes, and DLNA/uPNP, but is only recommended for anyone not afraid of modifying .conf files in order to get things to work. FreeNAS 8.2 should have full support (GUI) for multimedia streaming.
You’re probably aware of our Google+ Page. I prefer Google+ for social networking over Facebook as its privacy settings are better and it’s easier to share news and interact with others.
If you’re on Google+ you can +1 us and add us to your page or profile.
I’m going to link to FreeBSD related Google+ pages (services, companies, operating systems etc). If you’re aware of any not listed below, please leave a comment below or add a comment to the Google+ page. Your help is appreciated.
- FreeNAS Community
- bsdrp (BSD Router Project)
- iXsystems - Enterprise Servers, Storage and Solutions for Open Source
The FreeBSD Foundation announced on its Facebook page that it has raised $426,292, surpassing the $400,000 goal. This is even without the cheques they have received. Great result.
As you will know, the Foundation uses these donations to promote and protect FreeBSD, as well as funding FreeBSD related projects.
Two newly projects for 2012 announced on 31 December are:
- auditdistd project (Pawel Jakub Dawidek)
- IPv6 Performance Analysis project (Bjoern Zeeb)
I’m sure we’ll see more announcements this year about new projects.
Wishing you all a good and prosperous 2012.
Hopefully we’ll see FreeBSD 9 released soon and some exciting new projects announced to make FreeBSD and operating systems based on it, the best branch of operating systems available.
What would you like to see worked on or added to FreeBSD in 2012?
OSNews did an interview with Adrian and the following was discussed.
- What’s the state of 801.11n on FreeBSD?
- So this isn’t just about getting FreeBSD-base PCs communicating over 802.11n. You’re talking about embedded FreeBSD installs on wifi router hardware?
- Router hacking has a long and glorious history. What in particular are you trying to accomplish? What advanced features are you trying to enable?
- So this is OSNews, so you know we say this with love, but why do it? What does FreeBSD bring to this sphere that, say, Linux can’t?
- It looks like you’re drawing on work that the Linux community has done to produce drivers for chipsets and other hardware? How close does that work get you to where you want to be?
- Can you see other opportunities to benefit from other initiatives in the Linux community in the same way?
- If you had the chance to draw on some expertise from outside of your current group of collaborators, what kinds of skills or efforts do you need the most at this point?
You can read the whole interview here: Interview with Adrian Chadd on 802.11n in FreeBSD.
pfSense is a powerful, open source, free and FreeBSD based firewall and security solution. The follwoing are three links you may be interested in if you use or would like to use pfSense.
pfSense 2.0.1 announcement
Chris Buechler has announced the release of pfSense 2.0.1. This is a maintenance release with some bug and security fixes since 2.0 release. This is the recommended release for all installations.
How To Use pfSense to load balance your Web Servers
This howto shows you how to configure pfSense 2.0 as a load balancer for your web servers. It is assumed that you already have a pfSense box and at least 2 Apache servers installed and running on your network, and that you have some pfSense knowledge.
There’s a great pfSense reference book published earlier this year, pfSense 2 Cookbook. It’s great for network admins, but also the casuel pfSense user. It’s a preatical, example-driven guide to configure the simple and the most advanced features for pfSense.
The chapters in the book are:
- Initial Configuratino
- Essential Services
- General Configuration
- Virtual Private Networking
- Advance Configuration
- Redundancy, load balancing and fail over
- Services and maintenance
- Appendix 1 – Monitoring and logging
- Appendix 2 – Determining hardware requirements
The book is full with screenshots, explaining all the different settings.
You can “look inside” book: pfSense Cookbook
GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0
If you want to try out FreeBSD 9.0 this holiday but are not turned on by the actual FreeBSD 9.0 install and setup process, nor find the KDE desktop of PC-BSD 9.0 enjoyable, you may want to try out GhostBSD 2.5.
Centreon 2.3.3 on FreeBSD 9
This tutorial will guide the user to complete the installation of Centreon on FreeBSD. We will be using an installation on a FreeBSD 9.0-PRERELEASE kernel version, kernel version does not influence the tutorial.
What is the Centreon? Centreon is a powerful tool for monitoring hosts and services, it is a frontend that works on top of Nagios, adding many features for viewing and alert history, status, etc. ..
Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Ready For FreeBSD 9.0
It’s not only the FreeBSD and PC-BSD camps gearing up for the imminent release of FreeBSD 9.0, but Debian developers have already been gearing up for the major update of this leading BSD distribution as they prepare to pull in its new kernel.
Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs
PC-BSD’s installation setup is one of them: Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs.
FreeBSD Development over 13 Years
This video shows the visual development of FreeBSD with its committers.
iXsystems Haiku Contest
Do you have the creativity/humor/love for FreeBSD and PC-BSD? Then submit an original haiku poem.
Here at iXsystems we always love hearing what you have to say, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 release than indulging in some creative writing? We’ll gladly give away a PC-BSD shirt to the winner, and immortalize his/her haiku up on our Facebook and Google+ sites. (via)
bsdtalk210 – James Nixon from iXsystems
Interview with James Nixon from iXsystems at the LISA 2011 conference in Boston.
BSDs ‘lost’ just because of this phone number 1-800-ITS-UNIX
BSD ‘lost’ because of a phone number? Nonsense.
Four of the BSD guys had just formed a company to sell BSD commercially. They even had a nice phone number: 1-800-ITS-UNIX. That phone number did them and me in. AT&T sued them over the phone number and the lawsuit took 3 years to settle. That was precisely the period Linux was launched and BSD was frozen due to the lawsuit
5 FreeBSD Security Advisories
The second release candidate (RC) for the upcoming GhostBSD 2.5, which is based on FreeBSD 9.0-RC2, is now available for download.
Notable changes from RC1 include:
- added WiFi Network Manager for easier wireless connection configuration; additionally, the WiFi card is now being configured during live medium boot-up,
- added Florence virtual keyboard for future touch screen development,
- added e2fsprogs to support ext2, ext3 and ext4 filesystem.
GhostBSD lite (CD medium) will be a little late this time. We have decided to swap GNOME for LXDE desktop in that version.
More details regarding this release, known issues and bug reporting can be found in the announcement: GhostBSD 2.5 RC2 available for testing