BSD Certification Study DVD and interview

The Winter/Spring 2012 Edition of the BSDA Study DVD is now available from the BSD Certification website, as announced here.

The DVD contains:

  • FreeBSD 8.2 and its ports collection
  • NetBSD 5.1 and the latest version of pkgsrc
  • OpenBSD 5.0 and its ports collection
  • DragonFly BSD 2.10.1
  • the qemu and aqemu virtual environments so you can install and network all 4 BSDs on one system
  • all of the Handbooks, Guides, and FAQs for each of the BSDs
  • all of the BSD Certification publications

There’s an interesting interview on BSDTalk with Jim Brown from bsdcertification.org. Jim and Will talk about the two available exams and the differences between them.

FreeBSD Events Updates (Scale, AsiaBSDCon, BSDCan)

A new year, a new series of FreeBSD Conferences. Mark them in your diaries if you’re planning to go.

SCALE 2012

iXsystem, FreeNAS, PC-BSD and the FreeBSD Foundation will be represented at SCALE Linux Expo 2012. The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) is an annual Linux, Open-Source, and Free Software conference held in Los Angeles. This event will be held in Los Angeles from 20-22 Jan.

AsiaBSDCon 2012

AsiaBSDCon 2012 is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo from 22-25 March. You can apply for a FreeBSD Foundation travel grant.

BSDCan 2012

BSDCan 2012 will be held 11-12 May, 2012 in Ottawa at the University of
Ottawa. It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on 9-10 May. There’s a call for papers.

New FreeBSD Foundation funded projects (IPv6, auditdistd)

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced it will be funding two new projects:

1. Performance analysis of FreeBSD’s IPv6 stack by Bjoern Zeeb

The project will carry out a detailed performance analysis starting with benchmarking IPv6 to IPv4 to get up-to-date numbers to better understand where we are. It will then continue to identify the origins of differences in performance, and where possible, directly address them or identify areas of future work. Having initial benchmark numbers will allow changes to be evaluated by re-running the measurements and quantifying the improvements.

2. Implementing auditdistd daemon by Pawel Jakub Dawidek

The goal of the auditdistd project is to securely and reliably distribute audit records over the TCP/IP network from a local auditdistd daemon to a remote auditdistd daemon. In case of source system compromise, the attacker’s activity can be analysed using data collected by the remote system, as only the remote system’s audit logs can still be trusted.

More details can be found on the FreeBSD Foundation’s blog: auditdistd project and IPv6 project.

CAM Target Layer committed to HEAD

Ken Merry committed CTL to HEAD for testing earlier this week.

From the commit message:

CTL is a disk and processor device emulation subsystem originally written for Copan Systems under Linux starting in 2003. It has been shipping in Copan (now SGI) products since 2005. It was ported to FreeBSD in 2008, and thanks to an agreement between SGI (who acquired Copan’s assets in 2010) and Spectra Logic in 2010, CTL is available under a BSD-style license. The intent behind the agreement was that Spectra would work to get CTL into the FreeBSD tree.

The FreeBSD Foundation spoke to Ken about the benefits of CTL and this is what he had to say.

FreeBSD 9.0 Release posts

The release of FreeBSD 9.0 has been picked up by quite a few (Linux related) websites. Some of them are copies of the release announcement, others have more to say.

Just sharing some I’ve come across:

If you know of any in-depth annoucement posts or reviews, let us know in the comments below or on our Google+ Page.

PC-BSD 9.0 (Isotope Edition) available

iXsystems has announced the availability of PC-BSD 9.0 (Isotope Edition)(via).

Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE, this is the first release of PC-BSD which offers users a variety of desktop environments to choose from, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!

Also available are pre-built VirtualBox and VMware images with integrated guest tools for rapid virtual system deployment, and native support for installing directly to OS X BootCamp partitions.

Some 9.0 highlights:

  • Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE.
  • Support for installing a variety of Window Managers, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!
  • Improved PBI system, allows library sharing, binary diff updating, custom repositories, digital signing and more!
  • Support for “freebsd-update” via the System Update GUI.
  • New Control Panel, providing consistent configuration options across various Window Managers.
  • Improved networking utilities, including wifi quick-connect.
  • Enhanced “Life-Preserver” utility for doing off-site rsync backups of user data.
  • New VirtualBox / VMware disk images, with integrated guest tools.
  • Support for UFS+Journaling out of box.
  • New graphical boot options page.
  • Support for installation to BootCamp partitions on OS X systems.
  • And much more!

Download | Changelog | Release Notes

Check out the press release: iXsystems Announces Release of PC-BSD 9.0 Isotope Edition

FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE Available

Some of you guys already emailed me last week about the release of FreeBSD 9, but it wasn’t until today that it became official: The FreeBSD project has now officially announced the availability of FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE. ISO’s were already available for some days and torrents were seeding, but if you wanted to wait till FreeBSD 9 was official, go get it whilst the cake is hot.

If you couldn’t wait and downloaded a DVD image for amd64 and i386 last week, you’re advised to download it again, as there were some issues.

The FreeBSD Project dedicates the FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE to the memory of Dennis M. Ritchie, one of the founding fathers of the UNIX operating system. It is on the foundation laid by the work of visionaries like Dennis that software like the FreeBSD operating system came to be.

A few highlights in this latest release are:

  • A new installer, bsdinstall(8) has been added and is the installer used by the ISO images provided as part of this release
  • The Fast Filesystem now supports softupdates journaling
  • ZFS updated to version 28
  • Updated ATA/SATA drivers support AHCI, moved into updated CAM framework
  • Highly Available Storage (HAST) framework
  • Kernel support for Capsicum Capability Mode, an experimental set of features for sandboxing support
  • User-level DTrace
  • The TCP/IP stack now supports pluggable congestion control framework and five congestion control algorithm implementations available
  • NFS subsystem updated, new implementation supports NFSv4 in addition to NFSv3 and NFSv2
  • High Performance SSH (HPN-SSH)
  • Flattened device tree (FDT), simplifying FreeBSD configuration for embedded platforms
  • The powerpc architecture now supports Sony Playstation 3
  • The LLVM compiler infrastructure and Clang have been imported
  • Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.7.3

FreeBSD has excellent platform support. AMD64, i386, ia64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, or Sparc, they’re all recognised without any problems. Some of you may be pleased to hear that FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE is now also available for Amazon EC2.

Check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 9.0. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

Download FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE