FreeNAS 8.2 Released

After four beta releases and one release candidate (RC), iXsystems has announced the release of FreeNAS 8.2.0, a FreeBSD-based operating systems for Network Attached Storage (NAS) systems.

This new release is the first 8.x branch release support plugins or extensions. These were available in the 0.7.x brach, prior to the project was taken over by iXsystems, but were temporarily left out of  FreeNAS 8.0 so the developers could focus on making the new base (based on FreeBSD 8) sound and solid before adding advanced features.

Plugins and other extensions are now available as optional PBI (Push Button Installer) packages that run in a FreeBSD jail. This means that plugins are running separate from the FreeNAS and sandboxed for security, but can be controlled via the FreeNAS web-based user interface. If you have used PC-BSD, you will realise the potential and the usability of these PBIs. Plugins are currently available for Roku and iTunes (Firefly) streaming, and DLNA (MiniDLNA), as well as BitTorrent (Transmission).

The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE.

FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE is the first release on new branch of code that incorporates tighter integration between the ZFS command line and the FreeNAS GUI. This release also features the ability to run arbitrary services and interact with them through the FreeNAS GUI in a FreeBSD jail. This jail allows a wide range of third party software to be run on top of FreeNAS, using the PBI format from PC-BSD or FreeBSD packages or ports, as well as official FreeNAS plugins.

Apart from PBI plugin support there are many other new features:

  • Support for iSCSI target reload.
  • GUI support for SAS and FC multipath hardware.
  • Webshell accessible from the FreeNAS web interface.
  • ZFS scrubs are configurable from the GUI.
  • A newer web toolkit is used in the GUI, enabling use of mobile browsers.
  • An autotuning script tunes ZFS for the hardware it’s running on.

Read the press release, the release notesannouncement or download FreeNAS 8.2.0

News FreeBSD Core Team Elected (2012)

The FreeBSD Core Team acts as the project’s “board of directors” and is responsible for approving new src committers, resolving disputes between developers, appointing members for sub-teams (security officer, release engineering, port managers, webmaster, etc …). The Core Team has been elected by FreeBSD developers every two years since 2000.

The FreeBSD Project is run by FreeBSD committers, or developers who have SVN/CVS commit access.

The bi-annual election period is now over and the new members (re-)elected:

  • Thomas Abthorpe
  • Gavin Atkinson
  • John Baldwin
  • Konstantin Belousov
  • David Chisnall
  • Attilio Rao
  • Hiroki Sato
  • Peter Wemm
  • Martin Wilke

Congratulations to all.

You can read more about the FreeBSD Core Team on wikipedia.

If you are aware of any other resources, please leave a comment.

Unixmen Interview: BSD For Human Beings?

Continuing his BSD summer interviews, Bill Toulas conducted an interview with Kris Moore, the founder and current leader of development of the desktop user-friendly PC-BSD project.

The questions asked and answered are:

  • As the founder of PC-BSD, what can you tell us about your decision to start this project? How did you get involved with BSD systems, and what drove you into creating one?
  • What is your current role in PC-BSD?
  • Why did you choose Free-BSD as the basis for your system?
  • What goodies from Free-BSD can be found on PC-BSD? Are all the innovative security tools of Free-BSD available on PC-BSD too?
  • I found the installer and the AppCafe very user-friendly. What else is there making user’s life easier, while also confirming PC-BSD’s desktop aiming?
  • Ubuntu is considered to be the most user-friendly and most well-supported free operating system out there. Why would one choose PC-BSD instead of Ubuntu?
  • For a desktop OS, apart from user-friendliness and user-support, it is also important to offer as better hardware and software compatibility as possible. How are you doing on this sector?
  • Although using PC-BSD was generally a relaxed and nice experience for me, I was kind of disappointed by the use of GNOME 2 in your latest version. Is this a decision of yours for usability purposes, or are you planning to port GNOME 3 on the next release?
  • When are we going to see the next release, and what will be the highlights of it?

BSD For Human Beings? | Interview

U-Boot for Raspberry Pi

U-Boot for Raspberry Pi is now working. This is a “fairly stable, flexible u-boot distribution suitable to be used as an environment for OS bring-up”.

So, current state of affairs is:

  • USB support
  • SD card support (FAT filesystem)
  • Support for built-in USB ethernet
  • Autoimport environment from uEnv.txt
  • Autorun of boot script (boot.scr)

Next stage is to get FreeBSD working on Raspberry Pi.