Interview with Adrian Chadd on 802.11n in FreeBSD

Adrian Chadd is the current FreeBSD net80211/ath driver maintainer and developer. He’s been working with a few others to get usable 802.11n support into FreeBSD.

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 2.0.1, load balancing and pfSense Cookbook

 

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.

How To Use pfSense To Load Balance Your Web Server

pfSense Cookbook

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

FreeBSD quick news and links (GhostBSD, Centreon, FreeBSD Dev, iXsystems)

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.

GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0


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. ..

Centreon 2.3.3 on FreeBSD 9


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.

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Ready For FreeBSD 9.0


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.

bsdtalk210 – James Nixon from iXsystems


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

Interview with Andrew Tanenbaum


FreeBSD Security Advisories

PAMPAM_sshtelnetdchroot, and bind.

GhostBSD 2.5 RC2 available for testing

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

FreeBSD Foundation Newsletter – December 2011

The FreeBSD Foundation has published its semi-annual newsletter.

The half yearly updated contains updates on this year’s projects and fundraising campaign, testimonials from TaxiMagic and the Apache Software Foundation, and the Q1-Q3 balance sheet.

In this Edition:

You can read the newsletter here.

PC-BSD 9.0-RC3 available

Following the release of FreeBSD 9.0-RC3, PC-BSD 9.0-RC3, a Unix-like, desktop-oriented operating system based on FreeBSD, is ready for testing.

This release contains numerous bug fixes and enhancements, and can also be downloaded as VMware and VirtualBox images.

Some of the changes and improvements are:

  • Fixed the default KDE wallpaper / desktop theme
  • Add option to skip performing system upgrades at bootup, in case the user doesn’t have the time to wait.
  • Fix bug starting the port jail from rc.d
  • Make sure we clear any KDE cache during upgrade
  • Fixed bugs installing some PBIs from AppCafe causing seg faults
  • Load ext2fs automatically
  • Default LXDE clock to AM/PM time
  • Add default openbox wallpaper / menus
  • Load the “iir” raid driver on install media
  • Add extra meta-pkg for VMware guest support
  • Reduce CPU usage while checking for system updates on the tray
  • Add new graphical boot loader enabled by default
  • Updated the handbook for 9.0
  • Speed up the download process of system upgrades
  • Add patch for GDM which corrects issues with auto-login

Via: PC-BSD 9.0-RC3 now available (PC-BSD blog)

FreeBSD Foundation End-of-Year Fundraising Campaign

The FreeBSD Foundation has started its annual end-of-year fundraising campaign. The FBSD Foundation sponsors events and conferences, helps developers pay for travel costs and provides legal assistance with regards to intellectual property.

If you want to see more projects being funded and want to see the FreeBSD operation further grow, you can show your appreciation for the Foundation’s work so far: http://freebsdfoundation.org/donate/

We are deeply grateful for all the support we receive from so many individuals and organizations who value FreeBSD. We currently are at the half way point towards our goal of raising $400,000 this year. We are hoping that you, the FreeBSD community, will help us meet our goal by making a donation this month. By donating to the foundation, you are donating to the FreeBSD Project and community as a whole.

We have had the privilege of meeting many FreeBSD enthusiasts in person, through email, and on the phone. We are always impressed with the passion that these people have for FreeBSD. Most volunteer their precious time after work and some are more fortunate where they actually get paid by their companies to work with FreeBSD. When there is a BSD related conference we usually get quite a few travel grant applications requesting help with developers’ travel expenses. Thanks to your support, we have been able to sponsor the travel expenses of developers from Mexico, Lithuania, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Denmark, and many other countries.

With your donations, the Foundation can continue to support FreeBSD activities such as:

  • development projects to support emerging technologies such as IPv6 support in FreeBSD, GEM, KMS, and DRI support for Intel drivers, Five New TCP Congestion Control Algorithms, and much more.
  • BSD conferences around the globe, including Europe, Japan, Canada, US, and Ukraine.
  • giving students and contributors the opportunity to attend conferences and developer summits.
  • maintaining the infrastructure of computers and equipment that support our community.
  • growing the FreeBSD community through marketing and outreach to users and businesses.
  • protecting the FreeBSD trademarks and providing the project with access to legal counsel.
  • helping FreeBSD continue to serve as the foundation for research and enterprise.

You can read Deb Goodkin’s 2011 Fundraising Letter on behalf of the Foundation Board.

Disclosure: I am not affiliated with the FreeBSD Foundation and have not been asked to post anything relating to their annual fundraising campaign. If you like my website (www.freebsdnews.net) and decide to donate towards my hosting fees and new projects, then I’ll forward 20% of your donations to the FreeBSD Foundation.

2011 FreeBSD Foundation Fund Raising Letter