The first BETA build of the 9.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. Since this will be the first release on a brand new branch I’ll cross-post the announcements on both -current and -stable. But just so you know most of the developers active in head pay more attention to the -current mailing list. If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or on the -current mailing list.
The 9.0-RELEASE cycle will be tracked here: http://wiki.freebsd.org/Releng/9.0TODO
According to the FreeBSD release page, BETA1 was scheduled for 20 July, so a delay of just over a week is a great result. Hopefully the final release hits the streets in sometime in September.
Some of the news features that can be found in FreeBSD 9 are:
- SSD TRIM support
- 802.11n high throughput support
- ATA/CAM improvements
- PCI hot-plug support
- S4 hibernation support
- Xen Dom0 support
- Linux 64-bit binary support in FreeBSD/amd64
- Better EFI booting support
- Better support for LLVM (the Low-Level Virtual Machine)
- user-land D-Trace support,
- Improved Oracle VM VirtualBox support
- faster reboot
You can download the ISO images from the links below.
Please note, since there’s no official announcement, these images may contain show stoppers and/or may be removed without any notice.
“Quality first”. That’s what the guys at iXsystems must thought when releasing FreeNAS. Beta number 3 was going to be the last test for both FreeNAS 8 and FreeNAS 8.0.1, but for both versions a BETA4 came out.
This is the last BETA planned for the 8.0.1 release cycle. This line was present in the BETA3 release notes as well. BETA3 contained several fairly significant bugs, and a patch release was planned to address them, unfortunately due to a myriad of issues that patch release was delayed enough that doing another beta made more sense than any sort of patch.
Changes since 8.0.1-BETA3 are:
- ACLs and UNIX file system permissions work properly on both UFS and ZFS volumes. Because the ACLs needed by windows and UNIX are mutually exclusive the GUI now prompts for which system you will be using and sets permissions appropriately.
- Changes to link aggregations which resulted in a regression in functionality have been reverted.
- BETA3 completed the change from hard wiring device names in the database to using identifiers. iSCSI device extents were not changed properly. This BETA addresses that issue.
- A method was accidentally deleted from the middleware that prevented smartd from running. This has been resolved.
- ZFS snapshots are now exported to CIFS shares and are visible in windows as shadow copies. How you access these varies between windows version.
- Many improvements have been made to replication that increase it’s speed and robustness.
- The CD upgrade now preserves all of /data instead of select files.
- Fix a bug in the graph generation script which would allow the graphs of deleted volumes to persist.
- Fix a bug in UFS volume creation, where newly created UFS volumes would only show after a reboot.
- Add tmux to the system. Just like GNU screen in functionality only BSD licensed and actively maintained.
- Add dmidecode to the system. This can provide very useful hardware diagnostic information.
- Updated the version of Intel NIC drivers to handle Intel’s latest round of hardware.
- Add support for Marvell MX2 SATA controllers, sold with some WD 3TB drives.
- Make netatalk (AFP) compatible with OS X 10.7
FreeNAS 8.0.1 BETA4 can be downloaded from the FreeNAS SourceForge page.
Those who have decided not to upgrade to FreeNAS 8 (yet), will be pleased to know that FreeNAS 0.7 developers have not totally abandoned the 0.7 branch after FreeNAS development was taken over by iXsystems.
They have announced the availability of FreeNAS 0.7.2 Sabanda, the final release of FreeNAS 0.7.2 which has a number of new functionalities and improvements in stability and translations.
FreeNAS 0.7.2 can be downloaded from the FreeNAS 0.7 SourceForge page.
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The following are some interesting FreeBSD related news bits from this week:
I. Testing the (new) FBFS scheduler
The FBFS Scheduler (Google Summer of Code 2011) project aims to bring an experimental light-weight scheduler to FreeBSD and has now come to a state it can be tested: FreeBSD FBFS live DVD image is available now. There are many differences between Linux which is the original scheduler’s initial implementation platform and FreeBSD, so the port will be more like an reimplementation of some of the ideas. This project (FAQ) is brings a new perspective to the problem of scheduling – namely how would a simplified scheduler (without expensive tracking of process performance) behave for modern workloads (via).
II. BSD isn’t relevant anymore (Lennart Poettering)
This is a typical anti-BSD story that gets featured on Slashdot: BSD Isn’t Relevant Anymore. The author is clearly out of touch with reality. The BSD community may be small compared to Windows and Linux, but that doesn’t mean BSD operating systems are not relevant anymore.
Maybe I shouldn’t even mention and refer to this piece of rubbish here ;-)
“In an interview with LinuxFr.org, Lennart Poettering speaks freely about his creations, PulseAudio, Avahi and systemd among other things. Naturally, what has stirred up most of the discussions online is Lennarts opinions on BSD. Following the recent proposal to make Gnome a Linux exclusive desktop, Lennart explains that he thinks BSD support is holding back a lot of Free Software development. This while also taking a stab at Debian kFreeBSD: ‘Debian kFreeBSD is a toy OS, people really shouldn’t misunderstand that.’”
III. UNIX still data center darling
Unix systems may not be all the rage that they were two decades ago, but in nearly eight out of 10 data centers based on them, their use is either holding steady or increasing.
That’s the assessment of a recent survey of the HP, IBM, and Oracle Unix customer bases by Gabriel Consulting Group, which has just finished up its fifth annual slicing and dicing of Unix customer sentiments.
Unix systems have successfully colonized their neighborhoods in the data centers of the world, and are resisting the onslaught of Windows and Linux on those systems’ relatively inexpensive x64 iron. The Unix colonists are also resisting all of the marketing muscle and money that is dedicated to evicting them.
Full article: UNIX still data center darling
IV. GhostBSD – New installer
The GhostBSD developers are working on a graphical installer. Previously, installation was done through a Python script, but a GUI installer “sells better” these days and will probably result in more people trying this O/S.
V. BSD News in Russian
There are already a number of good Russian (Free)BSD related websites, but F-Andrey decided that this could be improved and launched http://bsdnir.blogspot.com. If you’re Russian or if Russian is a language you can read, have a look at bsdnir, or alternatively, you can use Google Translate.
BTW, if you’re interested in setting up a non-English FreeBSD related section on this website, please get in touch with me.
VI. New ports committer
Ryan Steinmetz has been accepted as a new FreeBSD ports committer (15 July)
Three noteworthy links today to FreeBSD related news:
I. FreeBSD on Amazon’s EC2
Colin Percifal mentioned on his blog that he managed to successfully run FreeBSD on Amazon’s EC2 via defenestration, tricking EC2 to think Windows is running.
How can we trick EC2? Take advantage of the fact that Elastic Block Store disks can be detached from EC2 instances and reattached to different instances, and replace the boot disk of a “Windows” instance with a disk containing FreeBSD. In other words, defenestrate the EC2 instance. (Note to pedants: While “defenestrate” usually means “to throw out of a window”, etymologically it could equally mean “to throw windows out” — and the Oxford English Dictionary does show a recorded use in this sense dating from 1927.)
II. Intel GPU FreeBSD Kernel Driver project update
The FreeBSD Foundation announced on 16 Feb that it had awarded Konstantin Belousov a grant to implement support of GEM, KMS, and DRI for Intel Drivers.
The project is to implement GEM, port KMS, and write new DRI drivers for Intel Graphics, including the latest Sandy Bridge generation of integrated graphic units. The work should allow the latest Intel open-source driver to run on FreeBSD, expanding the range of hardware where FreeBSD is suitable for the desktop.
Kostik has now uploaded (part of) his code for review, comments and feedback: Intel GPU Kernel Driver:
I created the first code drop for the ongoing GEM/KMS project. Please note that this is not an end-user release, and even _not_ a call for testing. The project is not finished yet, and I expect quite more efforts from me even after the scheduled project end, and from ports/x11 people, before the driver and usermode infrastructure will be ready for the general public consumption.
That said, the patch is only of use for you now if you want to review, debug or otherwise help the project. The driver is known to be unstable, some parts are missing, some (esp. VM changes) are under the discussion and propably will be changed.
III. FreeNAS 8 videos
iXsystems has done a great job rewriting FreeNAS and making a great enterprise ready NAS system, but it is also providing good documentation and videos showing stp-by-step how different FreeNAS features can be set up and used.
Install FreeNAS 8 in VMWare
Learn how to work through a basic installation of FreeNAS 8, with the added bonus of VMWare specific options.
System Configuration Overview
A brief look at how to configure the basic systems settings under FreeNAS 8, and a quick look at some of the more popular and helpful options to enable
After configuring your system, setting up your volumes is an important next step towards sharing files and using FreeNAS in any environment
Learn to set up shares on your FreeNAS installation in order to enable access for users on different systems and protocols.
Network Configuration Overview
A brief overview of FreeNAS 8′s Network Configuration options, and a look at what each of the options means.
Active Directory Overview
A very quick look at how to get started with active directory under FreeNAS 8, and an overview of the options
You can watch the videos over at http://www.freenas.org/community/resources/videos
Remember the days of DOS gaming, piles of floppy disks, messing around to get your 14.4k modem working?
No, this is not FreeBSD related, but I though you may be interested to hear that the FreeDOS is not dead. 5 years after the 1.0 release an update (1.1) has come out.
Did you know FreeDOS is still used by OEMs as optional installations?
FreeDOS is a free DOS-compatible operating system for IBM-PC compatible systems. FreeDOS is made of up many different, separate programs that act as “packages” to the overall FreeDOS Project.
From the table of contents:
I’ve often joked that it’s quite easy to manage one FreeBSD machine or one thousand, but if you have ten machines it can be quite a bit of work.
DragonflyBSD news: Testing Hammer Deduplication on Real-world Data
If you’ve been in the market for storage devices lately, you may have noticed a trend. Prices for various storage devices are generally determined by size, then speed, and then the whole price is increased by the features that come with that disk appliance.
PC-BSD’s New Control Panel
This article introduces the new Control Panel that will ship with PC-BSD 9.0. Readers are encouraged to try out the Control Panel prior to release by downloading a PC-BSD 9.0 testing snapshot or building the Control Panel on a PC-BSD 8.x system or a FreeBSD 8.x system that has Xorg configured.
Using POSTGIS tabular and geographic data with FreeBSD
In this article, we will look at extending our GIS server to use PostGIS.
Collectd – A look at the Systems Statistics Collection Daemon
Systems Administrators need a variety of tools to properly monitor and tune their systems to the various loads…
Using Memcached for High Scalability Web Services
Been creating web services/ applications for 6 years and until recently decided to try out memory caching technology instead of hitting up the ole SQL server for the same records over and over again.
LDAP Authentication and Authorization of Unix Users Under OpenBSD
Unlike most Unix-like operating systems, OpenBSD does not come with PAM nor nsswitch which made it tedious to authenticate local users against a remote database like LDAP. That was until ypldap(8) came along.
Building a complete intrusion detection system with Snorby on BSD
FreeBSD and OpenBSD are a popular choice for installing the open-source Snort intrusion detection. Documents have been written in the past for popular analysis tools such as BASE and Sguil, however nothing extensive has been created for Snorby.
Full Disk Encryption on FreeBSD
On systems (for instance laptop computers) that may be physicaly accessed or stolen by untrusted persons, encrypting sensitive pieces of data should be mandatory.
What It Takes: Starting and Running an Open Source Certification Program, Part II
Last month, in the first article in this series, we discussed the People aspect of running an Open Source certification program such as the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG). We discussed the types of people you’ll need in your program- SMEs, Writers, Translators, Technical Experts, Managers, the Advisory Group, and your Psychometrician.
Interview with Paul Shekenveld
Paul has participated in all nine EuroBSDcon editions so far and visited BSDcan and AsiaBSDcon several times. Today he is a member of EuroBSDcon 2011 comitee. In this months issue he will answer a few of our questions about the upcoming European BSD conference.