I agree with Michael.
BSD Talk has uploaded an interview with Michael where they talk about his books.
This beta provides both users and developers a way to test out the new features in the upcoming PC-BSD 9.1 release.
PC-BSD 9.1 comes with some exciting new features that will make things a lot easier for home/office users and administrators. There’s better sound configuration, support for running Linux in jails, multiple boot environments etc.
Other highlight are:
Ragable shows step by step how to setup and enable plugins on FreeNAS 8.2 beta 4
This new release is the first 8.x branch release support plugins or extensions. These were available in the 0.7.x brach, prior to the project was taken over by iXsystems, but were temporarily left out of FreeNAS 8.0 so the developers could focus on making the new base (based on FreeBSD 8) sound and solid before adding advanced features.
Plugins and other extensions are now available as optional PBI (Push Button Installer) packages that run in a FreeBSD jail. This means that plugins are running separate from the FreeNAS and sandboxed for security, but can be controlled via the FreeNAS web-based user interface. If you have used PC-BSD, you will realise the potential and the usability of these PBIs. Plugins are currently available for Roku and iTunes (Firefly) streaming, and DLNA (MiniDLNA), as well as BitTorrent (Transmission).
The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE.
FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE is the first release on new branch of code that incorporates tighter integration between the ZFS command line and the FreeNAS GUI. This release also features the ability to run arbitrary services and interact with them through the FreeNAS GUI in a FreeBSD jail. This jail allows a wide range of third party software to be run on top of FreeNAS, using the PBI format from PC-BSD or FreeBSD packages or ports, as well as official FreeNAS plugins.
Apart from PBI plugin support there are many other new features:
The FreeBSD Core Team acts as the project’s “board of directors” and is responsible for approving new src committers, resolving disputes between developers, appointing members for sub-teams (security officer, release engineering, port managers, webmaster, etc …). The Core Team has been elected by FreeBSD developers every two years since 2000.
The FreeBSD Project is run by FreeBSD committers, or developers who have SVN/CVS commit access.
The bi-annual election period is now over and the new members (re-)elected:
Congratulations to all.
You can read more about the FreeBSD Core Team on wikipedia.
If you are aware of any other resources, please leave a comment.
The questions asked and answered are: