With EasyPBI 2.0 now available in the FreeBSD ports tree and as a PBI in the PC-BSD AppCafe, Ken, the creator of EasyPBI, has highlighted some of the new features in EasyPBI 2.0, and why you should want to start using it now.
The FreeNAS development team has announce the availability of FreeNAS 8.3.1-BETA3. This is the last planned public beta of 8.3.1 as it moves towards the final.
FreeNAS 8.3.1 adds ZFS volume encryption to the features available in FreeNAS 8.3.0. BETA3 has a number of bug fixes and feature requests based on community feedback and testing of the first two beta releases, as well as feedback and bug fixes from FreeNAS 8.3.0-RELEASE-p1.
There are no further betas planned as +FreeNAS 8.3.1 marches towards the final release. At this point there will be no additional features added to 8.3.1.
Virtio drivers have been added to the image. For this BETA they default to off, which makes them a bit difficult to use.
BSDroid was a project that ported the Android framework to FreeBSD, and the main goal of project was to provide native binaries for tools and make it possible to develop Android applications on FreeBSD powered system without Android SDK for Linux.
Unfortunately, it has gone all quiet. Does anybody know what’s happening with BSDroid?
This video has been made from the slides and an audio recording of a NYCBUG talk by Eitan Adler in Jan of 2013 and gives an over view on the newest features in FreeBSD since 9.0. This talk covered some recent enhancements to FreeBSD as well some of the experimental upcoming changes. By the end of the talk you should have heard about one FreeBSD technology you hadn’t heard of before.
clang + llvm
New Hardware Support
Filesystems: growfs, ZFS TRIM, FUSE, SU+J
CVS moving to svn
For more information on the future of FreeBSD source retrieval please see:
Kris Moore has laid out his plans for the future of PC-BSD, especially around PC-BSD moving to rolling releases.
First of all, I want to let you know, that I’ve personally not been satisfied with the frequency of PC-BSD releases and updates. With us tracking the upstream FreeBSD releases, it has really tied our hands getting new releases out to the public. The past couple of releases had a delay of almost a year between them, which is WAY too long in my opinion. To further compound the problem, our build system wasn’t designed to do frequent updates of packages and our utilities, which made getting updates out to the community a long and tedious process. This is all going to change. What we are looking at going to now is more of a “Rolling-Release” model, first for our utilities & system packages, and eventually for the FreeBSD base itself.
This is an interesting piece on mandatory access-control by the well-known computer researcher and FreeBSD Foundation member Robert Watson:
To discuss operating system security is to marvel at the diversity of deployed access-control models: Unix and Windows NT multiuser security; Type Enforcement in SELinux; anti-malware products; app sandboxing in Apple OS X, Apple iOS, and Google Android; and application-facing systems such as Capsicum in FreeBSD. This diversity is the result of a stunning transition from the narrow 1990s Unix and NT status quo to security localization—the adaptation of operating-system security models to site-local or product-specific requirements.
Distrowatch has favourable review of recently released PC-BSD 9.1:
…”Nothing is perfect and PC-BSD does have an Achilles’ heel, specifically hardware compatibility. As much as I enjoyed the polish and the features and the wonderful ease of use, I suspect hardware support will be the make or break issue for most people. On my desktop machine I could get PC-BSD working, but only with reduced resolution and video performance. On my laptop things basically worked well, but it took a little tinkering to get my wireless card up and running. When running the operating system in a virtual machine I installed the VirtualBox guest additions, but couldn’t get PC-BSD to display its desktop at full resolution. Luckily hardware support with PC-BSD is not a trial and error process, the hardware compatibility tool takes the surprises out of testing the distribution, even when running from the plain installation media.
I definitely recommend trying PC-BSD. This new release has really taken a step forward in usability and features compared to where the project was even a year ago. I would say 9.1 brings to the table a level of ease of use and trouble-free administration only found in a few of the top ranking Linux distributions. It is well worth the time to test drive this latest release.”
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