iXsystems releases FreeNAS 8.0.1

iXsystems has announced the availability of FreeNAS 8.0.1, the latest stable version of this FreeBSD-based network attached operating system.

Features added to FreeNAS 8.0.1 include S.M.A.R.T. and UPS services, USB 3.0 support, and OSX Lion AFP and Time Machine compatibility. In addition, cronjob support and rsync have been added to the GUI, and replication has been improved for increased data integrity.

The most significant changes since FreeNAS 8.0 are:

  • Divorced the volume members in the database from the FreeBSD devices. This resolves an issue where FreeBSD can change devices names and the GUI doesn’t pick up the updates due to the devices names being hard-wired in the database.
  • Support exporting ZFS zvols (virtual devices) as device extents via iSCSI.  8.0 was only able to export physical device nodes or file based extents.
  • The GUI now has an event notification system.
  • The email backend has been refactored.
  • Many many changes in the GUI to help it validate and sanitize inputs that are passed to the backend daemons.
  • Added UPS functionality.
  • Added rsync client and server functionality.
  • Added the ability to schedule cron jobs in the GUI.
  • Vastly improved and reworked snapshot replication.

Since FreeNAS is now following the release schedule of the underlying FreeBSD operating systems, this version is labelled 8.0.1 (update 1, based on FreeBSD 8.0), though 8.1 or 8.5 would have been more appropriate looking at the host of changes and improvements this latest version has received. The next planned version, FreeNAS 8.1 will add a plugin system, based on PC-BSD’s PBI technology,  so the base system can be easily expanded with things like bittorrent, uPNP etc). Hopefully 8.1 will be the best free NAS operating system for both home users and enterprises.

FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 available

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has released BETA3 of the upcoming FreeBSD 9.0. The developments has been slightly delayed as this version was scheduled for 17 Aug. Everybody is encouraged to test out this version, especially the new installer.

ISO images for the architectures amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

Release Announcement

Released: pfSense 2.0

Chris Buechler has announced pfSense 2.0: 2.0 Release available

I’m proud to announce the release of version 2.0. This brings the past three years of new feature additions, with significant enhancements to almost every portion of the system. The changes and new features are summarized here. This is by far the most widely deployed release we’ve put out, thanks to the efforts of thousands of members of the community

Read the release post for update instructions, training sessions, credit, documentation etc

Links: pfSense website | Features and changes | Downloads

FreeNAS 8.0.1-RC2 available

iXsystems has made the second FreeNAS 8.0.1 release candidate available for testers. If there aren’t any showstoppers, this should be the last RC before the final release.

To give this RC a test-drive you can download it from:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/FreeNAS-8.0.1/

Some of the changes since RC1 are:

  • The mail subsystem has been rewritten due to major interop issues with the previous implementation of the mail subsystem and various mail server setups (including gmail).  This was done by removing msmtp and replacing it’s functionality with python code.
  • The iSCSI target daemon (istgt) has been updated to address interoperability issues with VMWare ESXi 5.0
  • Fix a bug where a failed upgrade after a config was uploaded was resulting in the system “reverting” to using the uploaded config instead of the previous running config.
  • Save config now uses a hostname/date combo in the file name.
  • Fix a bug with replacing devices in place.
  • Add a confirmation password field for dyndns.
  • If the webgui can’t bind to the address specified in the GUI bind to the wildcard.  Set an alert if this is done.
  • Add a save debug button in the system -> advanced GUI to ease collecting diagnostic information when shell access isn’t configured.
  • Allow an interface to accept tagged and untagged packets.
  • Improvements to ataidle.
  • Reverse the list for ipv4 netmask.
  • Fix openldap authenticating against servers that require SSL/STARTTLS
  • Build python with a larger stack size.  This should solve intermittent
  • django stability issue
  • Move the USB 3 driver to a module so it can be disabled for hardware that has issues booting with the module enabled.
  • Allow the iSCSI extent file browser to show files.
  • Allow iSCSI extents to be used by one target->extent mapping.
  • Restrict the iSCSI target name to values allowed by the target and the RFC covering iqns.
  • Restart collectd properly when volumes are created or destroyed.
  • Make timezone changes take effect immediately in django.
  • Use the file browser for editing iSCSI file extents.
  • Ensure that the selection for an iSCSI file extent is a file and not a directory.
  • Allow auto-importer to work when there are zpools that contain subsets of
  • each other’s names.  eg: tank and tank2
  • Update django to 1.3.1 to address multiple security vulnerabilities.
  • Fix a bug where the system would attempt to change permissions from an unknown user to root:wheel.
  • Disable building the weekly locate database.

FreeNAS website | Announcement

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Apr – Jun 2011)

This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between April and June 2011. It is the second of the four reports planned for 2011: FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Apr – Jun 2011)

Since this quarter, the work is being focused on the next major version of FreeBSD, 9.0, which is to be released in September.

I’m happy to see the progress that’s been made with Chromium and Clang.

Keep up the good work, devs!

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