FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE Available

Some of you guys already emailed me last week about the release of FreeBSD 9, but it wasn’t until today that it became official: The FreeBSD project has now officially announced the availability of FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE. ISO’s were already available for some days and torrents were seeding, but if you wanted to wait till FreeBSD 9 was official, go get it whilst the cake is hot.

If you couldn’t wait and downloaded a DVD image for amd64 and i386 last week, you’re advised to download it again, as there were some issues.

The FreeBSD Project dedicates the FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE to the memory of Dennis M. Ritchie, one of the founding fathers of the UNIX operating system. It is on the foundation laid by the work of visionaries like Dennis that software like the FreeBSD operating system came to be.

A few highlights in this latest release are:

  • A new installer, bsdinstall(8) has been added and is the installer used by the ISO images provided as part of this release
  • The Fast Filesystem now supports softupdates journaling
  • ZFS updated to version 28
  • Updated ATA/SATA drivers support AHCI, moved into updated CAM framework
  • Highly Available Storage (HAST) framework
  • Kernel support for Capsicum Capability Mode, an experimental set of features for sandboxing support
  • User-level DTrace
  • The TCP/IP stack now supports pluggable congestion control framework and five congestion control algorithm implementations available
  • NFS subsystem updated, new implementation supports NFSv4 in addition to NFSv3 and NFSv2
  • High Performance SSH (HPN-SSH)
  • Flattened device tree (FDT), simplifying FreeBSD configuration for embedded platforms
  • The powerpc architecture now supports Sony Playstation 3
  • The LLVM compiler infrastructure and Clang have been imported
  • Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.7.3

FreeBSD has excellent platform support. AMD64, i386, ia64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, or Sparc, they’re all recognised without any problems. Some of you may be pleased to hear that FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE is now also available for Amazon EC2.

Check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 9.0. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

Download FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE

BSD Magazine – January 2012 issue is out

January’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: FreeBSD: Get Up-To-Date (free PDF download). You’ll find the following subjects:

  • What’s New in FreeBSD 9.0 by Dru Lavigne
  • Puppet on FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD IPS With Snort Inline
  • malloc(9): The Kernel’s General Purpose Memory Allocator
  • Keeping FreeBSD’s Base System and Packages Up-To-Date
  • Anatomy of a FreeBSD Compromise (Part 2)
  • Home Brew Captive Portal With OpenBSD

Read or download this issue from: http://bsdmag.org/magazine/1784-freebsd-get-up-to-date.

 

FreeNAS 8.0.3 released

Garrett Cooper has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.0.3-RELEASE earlier today.

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.

Check out the full release notes for the enhancements, updates and bug fixes, or download the latest version, FreeNAS 8.0.3.

FreeBSD News on Google+

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.

FreeBSD Foundation 2011 fund-raising a success

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.

Happy New Year

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?

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