Mixed FreeBSD News: FreeNAS 8.0.2, GhostBSD 2.5, WhatsApp

FreeNAS 8.0.2

iXsystems has released a new update for FreeNAS, FreeNAS 8.0.2, fixing the email subsystem. More release updates here.

GhostBSD 2.5

GhostBSD 2.5 BETA-2 is now available for testing. GhostBSD 2.5 comes in a lite and a DVD version which are based on FreeBSD 9 Beta. GhostBSD is a FreeBSD based desktop operating systems with Gnome

WhatsAPP uses FreeBSD

What kind of operating system does one need for 1 million concurrent TCP/IP sessions? FreeBSD is one of the choices. WhatsApp uses FreeBSD in combination with Erlang to achieve this: One Million.

WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messenger that replaces SMS and works through the existing internet data plan of your device. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia Symbian60 phones. Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.

A new kind of Cache

It’s called Bullet Cache, created by Ivan Voras.

“Think of Bullet Cache as  ”Memcached, only better” :) It offers some unique data query options and is blazingly fast!”

Introduction - Installation & testing.

KDE SC 4.7.2 is available in ports.

BSDRP 1.0 (BSD Router Project)

Olivier Cochard-Labbé has made version 1.0 available of the BSD Router Project (BSDRP). Before the FreeNAS project was taken over by iXsystems, Olivier was the founder and project leader of FreeNAS.

BSD Router Project (BSDRP) is an open source router distribution based on FreeBSD, supporting all majors routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PIM, etc..) and fits on a 256Mb Compact Flash/USB.

For more information, check out the Release Notes or visit the BSDRP website.

FreeNAS 8.0 videos (toosmartguys)

TooSmartGuys have uploaded 4 more FreeNAS releated videos. This time they’re using FreeNAS 8.0, explaining the hardware needed, how to build the machine and how to configure it.

Building A FreeNAS 8 Box – Part 1 – Hardware

FreeNAS 8 – Part 2 – Build And Install

FreeNAS 8 – Part 3 – Configuration

FreeNAS 8 – Part 4 – FTP Server Setup

(via nasstorageserver.com)

PC-BSD 9.0-BETA3 available

Following the release of FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 earlier this week, Kris Moore has release PC-BSD 9.0-BETA3 now. This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.

Notable changes in this release:

  • Fix issue enabling flash plugin after installation
  • Fix bug with handbook not launching in LXDE
  • Fix issue performing updates on ZFS systems with separate /boot UFS partition.
  • Add lxmenu-data port, which provides nicer LXDE menu framework
  • Fix enabling ibus from GDM
  • Include “mga” driver in base
  • Add option to install only “openbox” as a window-manager
  • Fix bug doing PBI patching and checking the FreeBSD version
  • Improve PBI manager allowing ~/bin entries to point to wrapper scripts
  • Fix bug upgrading and installing the nvidia driver
  • Fix bugs installing from LIVE mode

When updating to BETA3 from BETA2, please apply the “System Updater Bugfixes” patch first, in order to ensure that your update process goes smoothly.

Should you come across any show stoppers or issues, please share them on the PC-BSD Testing Mailing List.

Links

Taking PC-BSD 9.0-BETA2 for a spin

Rares Aioanei tested BETA2 and wrote up his experience on linuxcareer.com (taking pc-bsd 9.0-BETA2 for a spin) and he concludes with:

Everything seems to fall into place pretty neat, and we sure like the ride so far. You might wanna ask : “why would I want to switch from my Linux desktop?” Well, if you’re happy with your Linux desktop, just continue using it. However, I think BSD might offer the same or a little more: the system is one big entity (kernel plus userland), as opposed to Linux, which is a kernel having userland tools “glued” on top, ZFS, DTrace, live upgrades, good documentation and a fantastic community, among others. We recommend you at least try PC-BSD and see if it’s your cup of tea.

iXsystems releases FreeNAS 8.0.1

iXsystems has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.0.1, the latest stable version of this FreeBSD-based network attached operating system.

Features added to FreeNAS 8.0.1 include S.M.A.R.T. and UPS services, USB 3.0 support, and OSX Lion AFP and Time Machine compatibility. In addition, cronjob support and rsync have been added to the GUI, and replication has been improved for increased data integrity.

The most significant changes since FreeNAS 8.0 are:

  • Divorced the volume members in the database from the FreeBSD devices. This resolves an issue where FreeBSD can change devices names and the GUI doesn’t pick up the updates due to the devices names being hard-wired in the database.
  • Support exporting ZFS zvols (virtual devices) as device extents via iSCSI.  8.0 was only able to export physical device nodes or file based extents.
  • The GUI now has an event notification system.
  • The email backend has been refactored.
  • Many many changes in the GUI to help it validate and sanitize inputs that are passed to the backend daemons.
  • Added UPS functionality.
  • Added rsync client and server functionality.
  • Added the ability to schedule cron jobs in the GUI.
  • Vastly improved and reworked snapshot replication.

Since FreeNAS is now following the release schedule of the underlying FreeBSD operating systems, this version is labelled 8.0.1 (update 1, based on FreeBSD 8.0), though 8.1 or 8.5 would have been more appropriate looking at the host of changes and improvements this latest version has received. The next planned version, FreeNAS 8.1 will add a plugin system, based on PC-BSD’s PBI technology,  so the base system can be easily expanded with things like bittorrent, uPNP etc). Hopefully 8.1 will be the best free NAS operating system for both home users and enterprises.

FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 available

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has released BETA3 of the upcoming FreeBSD 9.0. The developments has been slightly delayed as this version was scheduled for 17 Aug. Everybody is encouraged to test out this version, especially the new installer.

ISO images for the architectures amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

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