pkgng: First look at FreeBSD’s new package manager

Most of you will be aware that a group of developers have released the first beta of FreeBSD’s new package management: pkgng.

Jake Smith has been playing around with the new package manager and has summarised the main pkgng commands: pkgng: First look at FreeBSD’s new package manager.

Here is a quick overview of pkgng, how to use it and some of the new features that will be available. The tests on this page are based on pkgng version 1.0 beta5 running on FreeBSD 9.0 RELEASE amd64.

More info on pkgng can be found on the FreeBSD pkgng wiki page.

BSD Magazine (Feb 2012): BSD Certification: How? When? Why?

February’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: BSD Certification: How? When? Why? (free PDF download).

About 2 years ago the future of BSD Mag was uncertain, but we’re hoping we’re going to see another 12 issues this year. Well done to the editors and contributors!

Inside that latest issue you’ll find the following subjects:

  • Why Should I Become BSDA Certified?
  • Customizing Your PC-BSD 9.0 Desktop
  • The MidnightBSD Package Management Tools
  • What Can’t You Do On The command-line?
  • PostgreSQL: From Installation to PITR
  • OpenBSD with SUN JAVA & Netbeans
  • Load Balancers. Enterprise Load & Service Availability
  • Anatomy of FreeBSD Compromise Part 3
  • Data Classification Policy
  • Counting Our Losses

Read and download the magazine here: BSD Certification: How? When? Why

 

PC-BSD 9.0 Review

If you’d like to use FreeBSD as a desktop system, you’ll have to invest a lot of time in setting up the operating system and installing all the right packages. Obviously, this is a serious barrier for a lot of Linux users who are interested in trying out FreeBSD. PC-BSD fills in this gap by offering a completely usable and user-friendly FreeBSD desktop install with all kinds of stuff pre-configured. In a way, PC-BSD is to FreeBSD what Ubuntu is to Debian.

FreeNAS 8.0.4-BETA1 Release

Some brief highlights from the Release Notes:

The image size increased in 8.0.1-BETA3. The new size requires a 2 GB storage device. The GUI upgrade can be used to upgrade a system from BETA3, BETA4, or RC1 but upgrades from earlier releases can only be done from the CD. The other option is to save the config, reinstall the new version, then restore the config.

Changes since 8.0.3-RELEASE-p1:
Enhancements
Build

Add .img suffix to simplify mounting full disk image for Windows and OSX users (FN # 1236).

OS/Third party

Update firefly to 1696_6 to for iTunes 10.5.2+ compatibility.
Add in sane caps for minimum ZFS requirements for lower spec’ed home user machines.

AD/CIFS

Automatically create AD/LDAP user home directories (FN # 1203).
Add ‘allow trusted domains’ knob in the CIFS global configuration (FN # 998).

Changes since 8.0.3-RELEASE:
Enhancements
OS/Third party

Update ataidle from 2.6 to 2.72 based on maintainer’s (brucec@FreeBSD) recommendation due to interoperabilities with 2.6 and certain chipsets.
Fix the inadyn port so that it works on i386.

CD images for installation are available in x86 32-bit and x64 64-bit

SSH Mastery: An Addition to Any Unix User’s Bookshelf

The first paragraph of this book’s afterword reads:

“You now know more about SSH, OpenSSH and Putty than the vast majority of IT professionals! Congratulations”.

That claim will be true for any reader of SSH Mastery who has read the book up to that point and has incorporated at least some of the elements of the configurations it describes into their own environments.

“But why a book dedicated to a single command?”, you might ask. Almost all Unixes and Unix-likes have incorporated OpenSSH, the free SSH that is developed as part of the OpenBSD project, and OpenSSH comes with excellent documentation in the form of several extensive man pages.

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GhostBSD 2.5 Released

Although a few weeks late, still worth a mention anyways.

John Combs has announced the release of GhostBSD 2.5, a FreeBSD-based desktop operating system and live media with a choice of GNOME or LXDE desktops: “After months of work, the official, final release of GhostBSD 2.5 is finally here! Many bugs have been fixed, many parts of the system updated, tweaked and fine-tuned.

We now have two main branches of the system – one is based on GNOME desktop, the other on LXDE. Both fit perfectly on their respective mediums, are available in amd64 and i386 versions and can be downloaded in form of CD/DVD or USB images.

FreeBSD News leftovers (pkgng, FreeNAS, perfect db server)

These are some interesting links I came across over the last few days:

pkgng beta 1

The pkgng developers have released the first beta of FreeBSD’s new package management.

FreeNAS on FLOSS Weekly

There’s an interview on FLOSS Weekly (episode 198) with James Nixon from the FreeNAS Project .

FreeNAS 8.0.3-p1

A few updates for FreeNAS 8.0.3, a network attached server operating system. Checkout the notes and download here. Thanks Ralf

The Perfect Database Server: Firebird 2.5.1 And FreeBSD 9

Here is a guide on installing Firebird 2.5.1 from FreeBSD 9 Ports and creating your first test database.

VirtualBSD 9.0

VirtualBSD 9.0 is now ready. This is a desktop-ready FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE built around the XFCE Desktop Environment for good aesthetics and usability, and is distributed as a VMware appliance.