Sharing info and news on Google Plus

I have started to share news and information on the Google+ social network. I find the Google+ interface nicer and easier to update and follow than Facebook’s and Twitter’s. And, the privacy settings are more transparant and better than Facebook’s.

Anyway, if you’re on Google+ you can follow me at gplus.to/gvanessen. If you want to join G+ and want an invite, drop me a line.

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Due to popular demand, RootBSD has extended the VPS hosting offer until 5 August.

If you’re interested in running a FreeBSD based website or web services, you will be interested to know that freebsdnews.net has teamed up with RootBSD, giving regular readers a $10 discount when signing up before 6 Aug 2011.

For an affordable and robust virtual server solution you can’t go wrong with RootBSD: There’s no minimum contract and no multiple months upfront payments are required.

RootBSD’s packages start at $19/month, and if you sign up through this link before 1 July and add FBSDNEWS as coupon code, you’ll get $10 off your first month’s payment.

We don’t know if and when RootBSD makes this offer available again.

 

Quick news: BSD Magazine, FreeBSD 9 IPv6 only, fwbuilder, Ruby

 

 

  • Fwbuilder 5 (Firewall Builder) released, supporting import of pf configurations. Firewall Builder can now import PF configurations in pf.conf format. To import a pf.conf configuration go to File -> Import Firewall and follow the prompts.

 

  • Older versions of the Ruby programming language were released under GPLv2 and “Ruby’s” license.  Ruby 1.9.3  is released under 2-clause BSDL and “Ruby’s” license.

PC-BSD & FreeBSD 9.0 BETA1 ready for testing (confirmed)

The availability of FreeBSD 9.0 BETA1 has now been confirmed by Ken Smith: FreeBSD 9.0-BETA1 Available:

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

You can download the i386 image from here and the AMD64 is available here.

Since the PC-BSD project closely follows the FreeBSD release schedule, PC-BSD 9.0 BETA1 is available too: Release Announcement: PC-BSD 9.0-BETA1.

The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the first beta release in the new9.x series. 9.0-BETA1 is now available for download from the website or ftp server.

FreeBSD 9 BETA1 available for testing

There’s no official announcement, but just over 2 years after FreeBSD 8.0 BETA1 became available, the FreeBSD Project is uploading version 9 BETA1..

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

For more (technical) features check out Ivan Voras’ What’s cooking for FreeBSD 9 page or the FreeBSD 9 wiki.

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.

FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4 available (and 0.7.2)

“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.

FreeNAS 0.7.2

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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For an affordable and robust virtual server solution you can’t go wrong with RootBSD: There’s no minimum contract and no multiple months upfront payments are required.

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FreeBSD news leftovers: BSD isn’t relevant, UNIX data center darling (week 28)

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)