FreeBSD or Linus? This question can evoke heated debates, but according to Brandon Wirtz (FreeBSD vs Linux) they’re both great, but if your hardware is supported by FreeBSD, go for the latter. I presume he is talking about servers.
These are some links to past and upcoming FreeBSD related events:
Central European BSD day 2011 (Slovakia)
Central Europen BSDDay 2011 is taking place in Bratislava, Slovakia, on 5 November.
The purpose of this one-day event is to gather Central European developers of today’s open-source BSD systems, popularize their work, and provide an interface for real-life communication. There are no formalities, no papers, and no registration or participation fee, however the invited developers are encouraged to give a talk on their favorite BSD-related topic, then have a beer with the other folks around. The language of this event is English, and the goal is to motivate potential future developers and users, especially undergraduate university students to work with BSD systems.
For more info and to see the schedule of lectures, visit the Central Europen BSDday 2011 page.
BSDday Argentina 2011
BSDday Argentina is taking place on 5 November 2011 too.
For more info (currently quite sparce) visit the BSDDay Argentina 2011 website.
Google Code-In 2011
DragonFlyBSD is taking part. Would be good to see all major BSD projects getting involved. Google Code-in 2011.
Clang on FreeBSD (mp3)
The mp3 of Adam David Alan Martin’s NYCBUG presentation (“Clang on FreeBSD”) is now available at http://www.fetissov.org/public/nycbug/nycbug-10-05-11.mp3
From the table of contents:
Configuring a FreeBSD Stealth Logging Server
The collection of log files provides security administrators with the ability to have an audit trail for the behavior of an information system. In the event that a system is compromised, remote logging provides a forensic trail to determine what occurred on the system.
DragonflyBSD News: Recovering Data With Hammer
It’s been a while since we had a straightforward news report for DragonFly; the time since then has been filled with reports on Hammer and bulk pkgsrc builds.
Using Openmaps Data With Geoserver
In this article in our GIS series, we will examine how to import Openmaps data. Open Street Map (openstreetmap.org) founded in July 2004 by Steve Coast, is a treasure trove of worldwide street maps available under the Creative Commons licence.
ONMP on OpenBSD 4.9
ONMP on OpenBSD 4.9OpenBSD is my BSD of choice. In fact, it is my OS of choice wherever possible. I always challenge those who disagree with me to name another OS with a similar track record for security.
OSSEC on OpenBSD (ONMP) 4.9
It is worth saying up front that these instructions assume that you’re running Nginx compiled from source vice Apache or Nginx from Ports or Packages.
Taking a Peek Under the Hood Without Compromising Security – LibGTop and OpenBSD
LibGTop allows developers to peek under the hood of the kernel and export lots of system data in a convenient and easy to use library.
Protecting Apache From Dos And Ddos Attacks
DOS or DDOS, it is an attack where multiple compromised systems (which are usually infected with a Trojan) are used to target a single system in attempt to make the system resources(cpu,memory,network) unavailable to its intended users and causing system to crash.
The Inevitability of IPv6, Part 1 & 2
Part 1: A switch from IPv4 to IPv6 is on your horizon. Are you ready for it?
Part 2: Configure IPv6 in your network – even if your routing infrastructure doesn’t yet support it.
BSD Mag (Oct 2011) – The Inevitability of IPv6
The first RC build for the FreeBSD-9.0 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the architectures amd64, i386, ia64, 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. Alternatively, users upgrading existing systems may now do so using the freebsd-update(8) utility.
Thanks, David (Rodgers), you were the first to notify me. If you come across anything FreeBSD related, let me know. It would be great to link to some useful posts and FreeBSD related products and/or companies.
WhatsAPP uses FreeBSD
What kind of operating system does one need for 1 million concurrent TCP/IP sessions? FreeBSD is one of the choices. WhatsApp uses FreeBSD in combination with Erlang to achieve this: One Million.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messenger that replaces SMS and works through the existing internet data plan of your device. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia Symbian60 phones. Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
A new kind of Cache
It’s called Bullet Cache, created by Ivan Voras.
“Think of Bullet Cache as “Memcached, only better” :) It offers some unique data query options and is blazingly fast!”
KDE SC 4.7.2 is available in ports.
BSD Router Project (BSDRP) is an open source router distribution based on FreeBSD, supporting all majors routing protocols (RIP, OSPF, BGP, PIM, etc..) and fits on a 256Mb Compact Flash/USB.
TooSmartGuys have uploaded 4 more FreeNAS releated videos. This time they’re using FreeNAS 8.0, explaining the hardware needed, how to build the machine and how to configure it.
Building A FreeNAS 8 Box – Part 1 – Hardware
FreeNAS 8 – Part 2 – Build And Install
FreeNAS 8 – Part 3 – Configuration
FreeNAS 8 – Part 4 – FTP Server Setup
Following the release of FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 earlier this week, Kris Moore has release PC-BSD 9.0-BETA3 now. This release includes the latest FreeBSD 9.0-BETA3 base, along with numerous bug fixes and enhancements.
Notable changes in this release:
- Fix issue enabling flash plugin after installation
- Fix bug with handbook not launching in LXDE
- Fix issue performing updates on ZFS systems with separate /boot UFS partition.
- Add lxmenu-data port, which provides nicer LXDE menu framework
- Fix enabling ibus from GDM
- Include “mga” driver in base
- Add option to install only “openbox” as a window-manager
- Fix bug doing PBI patching and checking the FreeBSD version
- Improve PBI manager allowing ~/bin entries to point to wrapper scripts
- Fix bug upgrading and installing the nvidia driver
- Fix bugs installing from LIVE mode
When updating to BETA3 from BETA2, please apply the “System Updater Bugfixes” patch first, in order to ensure that your update process goes smoothly.
Should you come across any show stoppers or issues, please share them on the PC-BSD Testing Mailing List.
Taking PC-BSD 9.0-BETA2 for a spin
Rares Aioanei tested BETA2 and wrote up his experience on linuxcareer.com (taking pc-bsd 9.0-BETA2 for a spin) and he concludes with:
Everything seems to fall into place pretty neat, and we sure like the ride so far. You might wanna ask : “why would I want to switch from my Linux desktop?” Well, if you’re happy with your Linux desktop, just continue using it. However, I think BSD might offer the same or a little more: the system is one big entity (kernel plus userland), as opposed to Linux, which is a kernel having userland tools “glued” on top, ZFS, DTrace, live upgrades, good documentation and a fantastic community, among others. We recommend you at least try PC-BSD and see if it’s your cup of tea.