FreeBSD Events Update (vendor summit, KyivBSD, SFD, netmap video)

I have linked to a couple of past and upcoming FreeBSD events that are worth sharing.

 

1. FreeBSD vendor summit (3-4 November)

I wasn’t aware of any FreeBSD vendor event, but there’s one from 3-4 November 2011 in Sunnyvale, California.

This is an opportunity for developers and vendors to share project direction and goals, collaborate on various projects.

If you’re a vendor using FreeBSD, or you’re a vendor thinking about using FreeBSD in a project (wireless or otherwise) this mini-conference is just for you.

(via Adrian Chadd’s blog)

2. KyivBSD 2011 (24 September)

KyivBSD will be held on 24 September 2001 at the University of Taras Shevchenko, Kiev, Ukraine. Registration for the free KyivBSD event is now open.

3. Participate in Software Freedom Day (17 September)

FreeBSD is taking part in the Software Freedom Day (SFD), as announced on the FreeBSD Foundation Blog:

“Software Freedom Day (SFD) is an annual global event that encourages open source software users to reach out to their local community to educate others about the benefits of using open source.

Frederic Muller, President of SFI, the non-profit organization behind Software Freedom Day, has been very helpful in encouraging FreeBSD users to participate in SFD. FreeBSD is listed as a partner on the SFD website. In addition, the FreeBSD logo is included on the cover letter and a copy of PC-BSD was included with the 210 packages that were shipped to the pre-registered teams. He also added the FreeBSD news RSS feed to planet SFD so that other SFD participants will get FreeBSD updates.” Continues

4. Presentation by Luigi Rizzo on Netmap on Google Tech Talks Channel

Luigi Rizza, a FreeBSD developer, presented on Google Tech Talks.

“Software packet processing at line rate is problematic both in userspace and within the kernel, due to the cost of managing in-kernel metadata, and system calls/and data copy overhead.”

Video: Netmap: A Novel Framework for High Speed Packet I/O

Check out the Youtube BSD Conferences channel for more FreeBSD related videos.

5. Two interviews with the FreeBSD Core Team members (Russian).

Igor Savchuk has conducted some interviews with Andrei Chernov and Konstantin Belousov:

The conversation is in Russian, but with Google Translate you’ll get the gist of the conversation.

Howto: Keeping FreeBSD up-to-date

Vermaden has posted two very useful step-by-step tutorials on the FreeBSD Forums showing how you can keep your base system and applications up-to-date (the vermaden way):

As always, the FreeBSD Handbook also has an excellent chapter on this topic: Updating FreeBSD.

RootBSD has posted a howto showing how you can update FreeBSD with Webmin if you run a VPS or dedicated server:

Since I began using FreeBSD 4.x, I quickly learned of Webmin, a web-based server administration tool, which allows administrators to manage everything from: Mysql, Apache, Sendmail, system processes, networking and much more. One of the coolest features of Webmin is it’s modular structure. Modules can easily be downloaded and installed to fit your specific server needs. In this quick tutorial you will learn how to install and use Webmin.

With RootBSD you get ease of mind and full control with all of the advantages from a dedicated server: full root access, customizable environment, and guaranteed hardware resources.

FreeBSD Installer 9.0 (BSDInstall) screenshots

If you haven’t  had a chance to try out the new FreeBSD Installer and you’re keen to see what it looks like, Phoronix has a couple of screenshots.

The new system installer is described as a modern installer for FreeBSD that’s able to take advantage of its more modern features. The pc-sysinstall installer, which is a complete replacement to its earlier installer, is written 100% in shell.

The Installer is referred to as pc-sysinstall, but that should be BSDInstall, I think. pc-sysinstall is PC-BSD’s installer, though it should be possible to make it a FreeBSD installer. Most of you will know that FreeBSD can be installed from the PC-BSD installation DVD.

HighPoint ships FreeBSD compliant four-port SAS-6Gb/s controller

HighPoint Technologies, a storage solutions manufacturer, said Thursday that it had begun shipments of its cost-efficient SAS-6Gb/s HBA, the RocketRAID 2711. The device is the first-in-the-industry controller with support up to four serial attached SCSI (SAS) hard drives that costs $179.

The HighPoint RockerRAID 2711 controller is an external 4-port, SAS 6Gb/s PCI Express 2.0 x8 RAID controller that directly supports up to 4 SAS/SATA devices in a variety of storage configurations. The device is specifically designed for workstations and entry-level servers. The controller fully supports external mini-SAS port (SFF-8088), which simplifies installation procedures of external hard disk drives.

The RocketRAID 2711 can support SAS and SATA devices in a multitude of configurations, including non-RAID JBOD’s, single disks, and RAID arrays including 0, 1, 5, 10 and 50, and includes Highpoint’s Unified Web-Based Management interface, which allows both novices and experts to quickly configure, manage and monitor storage configurations.

According to HighPoint, the RocketRAID 2711 delivers enterprise management and connectivity features at entry level costs.

The RocketRAID 2711 is fully backwards compatible with SAS/SATA 3Gb/s devices, PCI-Express 1.0 motherboards, and can be easily integrated into existing storage infrastructure, the manufacturer said.

The RocketRAID 2711 is compliant with all major operating systems including Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.

A serial version of the SCSI interface, which has been parallel since its inception in 1986. Ratified by ANSI in 2003 as the next-generation SCSI technology, SAS is a point-to-point architecture that uses a disk controller (host bus adapter) with four or more channels that operate simultaneously. Each full-duplex channel, known as a SAS port, transfers data at 3 or 6 Gbps in each direction. SAS also supports Serial ATA (SATA) drives, which can be mixed with SAS drives in a variety of configurations. (pc-mag)

FreeNAS releases: FreeNAS 8.0-RC1 and FreeNAS 0.7.2.7529

FreeNAS 8.0-RC1

Josh Paetzel has announced the availability of the first release candidate (RC1) for FreeNAS 8.0.1.

I’m pleased to announce that FreeNAS 8.0.1 Release Candidate 1 is available for download. This is the first release candidate for FreeNAS 8.0.1. At this point, we are no longer including new features or functionality into 8.0.1. From here on out, only bug fixes and regressions will be addressed.

Major changes  are:

  • There is no longer a default password
  • Netatalk 2.2 is included, which provides support for Time Machine backups to OS X Lion clients
  • Deleting ZFS volumes is now really an export operation
  • The system now supports disabling the creation of a swap partition on every device in a volume
  • UFS volumes support setting arbitrary mount points

It is now also possible to download and test nightly snapshots of  FreeNAS 8.0 (announcement)

FreeNAS 0.7.2.7529

Development of FreeNAS 8 is in full swing, but the disadvantage of version 8 is that “home features” such as torrent downloading, itunes/DLNA broadcasting are not supported yet.

It is therefore great to see that developers keep updating the old 0.7.2 branch. The latest update has been versioned .7529 and some of the new features are:

  • Samba 3.5.6.
  • AIO setting from WebGUI.
  • AMD CPU on-die digital thermal sensor.
  • Advanced Format 4KB sector (UFS/GPT data partition). (data partition in the boot disk is always aligned to 32KB)
  • ZFS cache/log device and 4KB device in the pool.
  • Logical Block Length of iSCSI disk.
  • Virtual machine guest support (VMware and VirtualBox).
  • iSCSI boot/install (experimental).

Full details of changes and additions can be found in the FreeNAS 0.7.2.7529 release document

Links: FreeNAS website | FreeNAS downloads

FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2 available for testing, esp BSDInstall

Ken Smith has announced today the availability of FreeBSD 9.0-BETA2, which is little over a month past the initially planned date of 3 August. The FreeBSD 9.0 release schedule is expected to be updated with new BETA and RC dates.

The second BETA build for the FreeBSD-9.0 release cycle is now available. [...] ISO images for the architectures amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites. [...] One of the many new features in 9.0 we would like to be tested is the new installer, so we encourage our users to do fresh installation on test systems.

Many new features found their way into FreeBSD (what’s cooking for FreeBSD 9), but the thing that needs most testing at this stage is the new installer (BSDInstall). Testers are encouraged to do fresh installations on test systems.

If you’re interested in learning more about the features of FreeBSD 9.0, check out the FreeBSD-CURRENT release notes.

For download locations and MD5′s, head over to the announcement email.

Protecting dynamic websites in FreeBSD (BSD Magazine 2011-09)

A new, free to download, issue of the BSD Magazine (September 201) is now available: Protecting dynamic websites in FreeBSD (pdf).

From the table of contents:

  • DNSSEC resolution and IPv6 Unbound on FreeBSD 8.2
  • Keeping up to date in PC-BSD 9
  • Using Life Preserver to Backup a PC-BSD 9.0 System to FreeNAS™ 8.0.1
  • Recovering data with hammer
  • Apache2, php5, mysql5, modsecurity2.5 installation and confguration in order to protect dynamic websites from various attacks, in Freebsd 8.2
  • MySQL Unleashed!
  • Terminal Descriptions for OpenBSD AMD/Intel consoles
  • (Ab)using VideoLAN: Learn what you can do with your video and audio using powerful VideoLAN command line interface
  • NetBSD Intrusion Detection Server. How can we describe the functions of such a server?