Available: FreeBSD News website (freebsdnews.net)

As some of my regular readers will have noticed, over the past few months I have not updated this website as often as previously. It’s not that I’m not committed any more, or that I’ve lost interest, but other things have take priority.

I have taken a difficult decision and decided to “hand-over”. If you’re interested in carrying on running this website, please let me know so we can discuss (gvanessen at gmail dot com)

FreeNAS 8 – Audio interview and Magazine Article

There’s an audio interview (bsdtalk 206- FreeNAS 8 with Josh Paetzel) on BSD Talk with Josh Paetzel, IT Director at iXsystems. Will Backman and Josh discuss FreeNAS 8 in a 17 minute interview. (MP3OGG)

The June 2011 issue of BSD Magazine (NanoBSD and ALIX) has an article “Introducing FreeNAS 8.0“. The issue can be downloaded for free from here.

 

Google discontinues BSD Search (google.com/bsd)

Long before even Google Image Search, Google News or Blog Search existed, there was the handy Google BSD Search @ www.google.com/bsd

Today Google announced it is discontinuing some specialised search services:

We are no longer offering specialized search services at google.com/linux, google.com/microsoft, google.com/bsd, google.com/mac, google.com/about and google.com/unclesam. These services were established many years ago to offer search across a limited index of the web, which in the past was a better way to find this information. For example, google.com/linux was designed to help people find information from message boards and blogs about the Linux operating system. Today, search quality has advanced tremendously, and based on our analysis we’ve found that in most cases you’re better off looking for this kind of specialized information using the regular Google search box, for example by typing [linux fedora upgrade]. We understand that some users were surprised by this change, so we apologize for not communicating more clearly in advance of redirecting these services to google.com

I’m not sure how many readers would have used the BSD search functionality, but I tend to include the operating system in the search string when looking for a solution.

FreeNAS 8: interview and review

Techworld Australia caught up with Josh Paetzel, director of IT at iXsystems and project manager for FreeNAS 8, to talk about the current state of the OS, what lies ahead for it, and the relationship to FreeNAS 0.7.

Check out the article for the full conversation. One interesting piece of information is the fact that a multimedia plugin (PBI) is in the making that will bring back former home functionalities that are currently missing in FreeNAS 8.

Open source identity: FreeNAS 8′s Josh Paetzel

 

LinuxUser has a short review of FreeNAS 8: FreeNAS 8 Review

Pros: FreeNAS is an advanced NAS operating system with an easy-to-use web interface, especially if you love to use ZFS as your filesystem.
Cons:
Due to the complete rewrite, FreeNAS 8 has lost some interesting functionality for home users, and upgrades from a previous FreeNAS release are not possible.

LinuxUser gives FreeNAS a 4/5 verdict and concludes:

iXsystems has turned FreeNAS 8 into a modern, modular and future-proof NAS operating system. The new web interface is really easy-to-use without hiding the advanced features. Unfortunately some features didn’t make it through the re-write, but they are promised to reappear in FreeNAS 8.1. All in all, this makes FreeNAS currently the most advanced NAS operating system for home networks.

FreeNAS 8.0 Review (linuxuser.co.uk)

Miscelaneous news updates (arab-bsd, pf, cyphertite, PC-BSD)

Below a number of links to interesting FreeBSD (related) projects and resources.

ArabBSD

ArabBSD is a new FreeBSD related project, working to create an Arabian FreeBSD operating system:

ArabBSD is a project which aims to provide infrastructure for the most reliable and secure operating system FreeBSD. We aim to have our own Arab Operating System developers soon starting from the analysis of FreeBSD infrastructure,  block diagram formulation and call for research groups within each field.  Anyone who is interesting in operating systems and their news can join us. They will keep up with OS. OS is about everything in life containing all the types of programming. You can develop in the kernel and you can use this Operating System as a virtual environment for your project.

10 years of pf presentation

Henning Brauer has made his presentation from BSDCan 2011 available. Weighing in at 82 pages, he gives a detailed overview of what happened to the packet filter firewall (pf) in the last 10 years.

Interview with Kris Moore (PC-BSD)

PC Perspective‘s John Davis interviewed Kris Moore recently. They talk about PC-BSD’s hardware support, performance, games and the future. The full interview can be read here: Interview with Kris Moore, Founder and Lead Developer at PC-BSD.

There’s also an interview on Distrowatch by Jesse Smith on OS design elements. Jesse interviews Jenny Rosenberg and James Nixon (iXsystems). Read the full interview here:  In the eye of the beholder.

cyphertite

cyphertite is a high-security scalable solution for online backups that can be installed on FreeBSD. The project is looking for testers and feedback. cyphertite features include:

  • client-based system
  • IPv6 support
  • compresses and encrypts all data before transmission
  • deduplicates using fixed-size pieces of data called “chunks”
  • all network traffic is encrypted using openssl certificates and keys
  • realm deduplication i.e. only backs up a file once if it is on N computers that share the same user account
  • incremental backups for shorter backup window and smaller metadata files
  • local cache database of chunks already sent to server avoids unnecessary encryption and network traffic
  • pay according to storage space used, not per client machine
  • demonstrable privacy of client data with open source client

cyphertite.comInstall cyphertiteConfigure cyphertite

The Unix Method of Development Management

This is a mp3 recording of William Baxter’s NYCBUG presentation on The Unix Method of Development Management

Spanish video on PC-BSD

Sergio Ligregnio’s presentation on PC-BSD (in Spanish).


NanoBSD and ALIX (BSD Magazine 2011-06)

A new month, a new BSD Magazine issue. The latest issue is titled NanoBSD and ALIX (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Introduction to OpenSSL: Command-line Tool

The article describes the command-line utility of openssl. It is a tool that supports encryption and decryption, message digests, key generation and exchange and ssl channel manipulations.

Introducing FreeNASTM 8.0

On May 2, 2011 the much anticipated redesign of FreeNAS was released. This article introduces FreeNAS 8.0, describing the reasons for its redesign, the current and upcoming features, the graphical administrative interface, and where you can find additional information.

A Puffy In The Corporate Aquarium – Success story: OpenBSD as an Enterprise Desktop

While OpenBSD 2 is well known for its use in infrastructure services (MTA, DNS, firewall…) or appliances, this article will focus on a less known application: the use of OpenBSD as a Joe User Desktop.

Installing FreeBSD with PC-SYSINSTALL

Several months ago, the PC-SYSINSTALL system (The installer for PC-BSD 8.0 and higher) was merged into FreeBSD CURRENT, in preparation for FreeBSD 9.0.

An introduction to GIS on FreeBSD

Geographic information systems (GIS) are rapidly gaining popularity both commercially and on the Internet, and used with location aware devices such as mobile phones can be a powerful tool for aiding productivity.

Exploring The Powers Of The Cloud – Deploying Eyeos On BSD

Ever thought of running things in the cloud? How about doing that from your own server, without any extra effort or cost? We take a look at eyeOS, a cloud OS, and as usual, we do so on BSD.

NanoBSD and ALIX

In the previous issue of BSD Magazine, Bill Harris described how to do a basic installation of FreeBSD on a PC-Engines ALIX board with a Compact Flash card. This is a great way to get started, but there are some risks to this approach.

Mutt On OS X – Part III

When we last left our heroes (in April, 2011 issue of BSD Magazine), I had briefly discussed searching our Mac’s address book as well as begin the process of setting up a complex, multi-account Mutt setup. In this article, I’ll go a bit deeper into setting up Mutt to make the most of Gmail’s features, as well as a way to handle attachments on your Mac.

OpenBSD Networking

OpenBSD has an often mistaken image across the world that it stands for cryptography and crypto alone. Only for security applications OpenBSD is a good choice. This is what I used to think till I started looking at its IPsec stack in 2003.

OMAP3 Full Support is Coming Soon in FreeBSD

The trend in the FreeBSD development is bringing FreeBSD for new sets of hardware. The OMAP™ 3 family of multimedia applications processors from TI introduces a new level of performance that enables laptop-like productivity and advanced entertainment in multimedia-enabled mobile devices.

What It Takes – Starting and Running an Open Source Certification Program, Part I

So you’re all excited about your new software and its amazing capabilities to change the world. You truly believe that if only more people knew about it and were competent at using it, the world (or at least the information technology world) would be revolutionized.

Interview with Rafa? Jaworowski

Rafal Jaworowski is a co-founder of Semihalf, where he is leading the operating systems department. With over 12 years of experience in the embedded systems field he has ported FreeBSD to various ARM and PowerPC systems, designed and developed device drivers and kernel infrastructure components, which are embedded in commercial products and installations. He contributes to the FreeBSD Project as a src committer. He has earned a M.Sc. degree in Mathematics.

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