FreeBSD needs fresh blood

How long have you been using FreeBSD. Months? Years? Decades? And you love using it because of whatever reason but at the same time you’re feeling a bit guilty to use it all for free without giving anything back? Well now you’ll have the chance to change that. We at FreeBSD are always in need of new people who are willing to spare some of their time and effort into FreeBSD development.

Original post (freebsd needs fresh blood) plus a raging discussion

PC-BSD 9-CURRENT testing snapshot

If you have some free time this week and wanting to check out some of the new features of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0, you can download and test drive the latest snapshot of PC-BSD 9.0.

One of the most interesting features are support of multiple window managers (gnome, kde, fluxbox etc) and the new PBI format.

If you come across any issues or if you have any suggestions, you may report them to the testing mailing list.

Download the PC-BSD 9-CURRENT testing snapshot

FreeBSD Events update (NYCBSDCon, AsiaBSDCon, BSDCan)

Below you can find a number of links to upcoming and past conferences (via).

NYBSDCon 2010

The following videos were made from the slides and audio recording of the NYCBSDCon 2010 meeting.

BSD Professional Certification Update: The Lab Exam (Jim Brown)

This talk provides an update on the BSD Professional Lab Exam including a recap of rapid developments on the lab exam during 2010. The format, content, and delivery of the exam are all discussed as well as our current experience with developing a hands-on lab using completely open source tools and methods. A preview of the lab exam format will be shown during the talk, and there will be an opportunity for conference attendees to participate in a usability review.

BSD Firewalling with pfSense (Chris Buechler)

pfSense is a FreeBSD-based firewall and router distribution. In this talk, one of the founders of the project discusses the latest developments with the project. How and why people are deploying it, recent developments, and plans for the future.

BSD Needs Books (Michael Lucas)

If you wander into any bookstore, brick or virtual, you’ll see books on Linux, Solaris, Macintosh, and even non-Unix-like operating systems. The BSD books are far between. We as a community need to address this if we’re to expand our reach. This talk covers designing, selling, writing, and promoting your own technical book, with a special emphasis on BSD books.

BSDCan 2011

Dan Langille has announced the BSDCan 2011 schedule/list of events. BSDCan will be held on 13-14 May 2011 at University of Ottawa, and will be preceded by two days of Tutorials on 11-12 May 2011.

AsiaBSDCon 2011

AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in 17-20 March, 2011. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD.

PC-BSD will be represented by Kris Moore who will be giving a presentation on the new 9.0 PBI format. He will be giving away some PC-BSD DVDs during the conference.

A schedule, timetable and summary of the presentations can be found on the AsiaBSDCon timetable page.

Dru Lavigne: Confessions of a community manager

Dru is PC-BSD‘s Community Manager. At last weekend’s Scale 9x expo she talked about being a community manager and how to decide whether an open source project is ready to have one.

She talked about:

  • What is a community manager?
  • Is your project ready for a community manager?
  • Why have a community manager?

Read the article: Dru Lavigne: Confessions of a community manager (opensource.com)

Introduction to Bordeaux 2011.03 for FreeBSD / PC BSD

bordeaux wine windows softwareTom Wickline has written an introduction on the upcoming Bordeaux 3.0:

“The upcoming Bordeaux for Linux and BSD 2011.03 release will see a major shift in how the program is written and the new features that will be available to current and future Bordeaux customers. This is a brief introduction to explain some of the many planned features that will be available in the upcoming Bordeaux 2011.03 release.

The first major change is the Bordeaux 2011.03 GUI has been rewritten from scratch in Gambas, and requires the Gambas 2.15.2 runtime libraries or higher to be installed to function correctly. You can easily install Gambas in Linux from Synaptic or Yum or by going to the Gambas site and downloading a binary or the source code. Gambas for FreeBSD and PC-BSD can be installed through a ports install. If you have PC-BSD you will need to install ports if you haven’t already done so.

Here is a quick overview of the upcoming changes :

  • We now have 45 Games and Benchmarks that can be easily installed via Bordeaux.
  • Cellars e.g wineprefixes can now be easily made from a GUI Cellar maker.
  • Winetricks has been split up into categories, so its easier to find what you want quickly.
  • You can now explore a Cellar with the built in Explorer. In the future we will add the ability to run a application or game directly from the explorer.
  • We now have a built in update manager, updates will be simple and easy.
  • You can now delete, backup, import and export Cellars to different machines with ease. Or just backup and restore on your stand alone computer.
  • Unsupported applications can be easily installed and configured.

This introduction is just an overview of the many options”

Tom writes that there’s a 50% discount offer on at the moment. If you buy now, you’re still entitled to free upgrades for the next 6 months.

Bordeaux for PC-BSD and FreeBSD

pfSense: Build an UTM, and 2.0-RC1 available

smallnetbuilder.com has an article (Build your own UTM with pfSense) showing what you can do with pfSense as Unified Threat Management appliance, esp. with regards to
Intrusion Detection and Prevention, Anti-Virus, Content Filtering, Anti-Spam and Traffic Control.

The concept of Unified Threat Management is straightforward: on the outer reaches of your network perimeter, you install an appliance that stops all possible threats to your network, an über firewall, as it were. The fact of the matter is that UTM hardware is expected to completely overtake separate network protection hardware.

[...]

pfSense can perform all these functions to some extent. To judge how well pfSense meets these UTM requirements, I’ve given a subjective grade to each set of UTM function groups. Once we’ve defined how these functions thwart threats, and how pfSense meets those challenges, we’ll upgrade Cerberus, and see how it performs as a UTM. more

The article concludes with:

With pfSense, this content is largely free – making pfSense, with all of its patchwork flaws, very compelling. The value proposition of pfSense is significant. It is free, open, and no expensive subscriptions are needed to protect your network. Free something is better than nothing.

Chris Buechler has also announced the availability of pfSense 2.0-RC1 (pfSense 2.0-RC1 now available):

Years and many thousands of hours in the making, pfSense 2.0 Release Candidate 1 is now available!

Check it out, test it, and leave feedback on the pfSense forums

Making a software RAID1 under FreeNAS (video)

These two videos show how to set up a software RAID1 under FreeNAS.

If you’re wondering what RAID1 means, RAID1 uses mirroring to write data to for instance two drives. This means that when you write a file or save a video, the file is written to two disks. If one of the disks fails, you simply replace it and rebuild the mirror, i.e. one disk is an exact copy of they other. The tradeoff with this setup is cost. With RAID1, you purchase double the amount of storage space that your data requires.

Video 1


Video 2


Available: FreeNAS 8.0 RC2

iXsystems has announced FreeNAS RC2. Josh Paetzel writes:

I uploaded RC2 to Sourceforge Friday and am just getting around to an announcement now, some health issues prevented me from gettin as much computer time as I would’ve liked this weekend.

That being said, RC2 is now available! Please check out the release notes when you download, we introduced an upgrade via the GUI feature in RC1, so with this release that can be taken advantage of.

This version contains fixes for issues that were encountered in RC1. It does not contain the list of new functionality that was scheduled for RC2, but it contains enough fixes that it was a significant improvement over RC1.

FreeNAS 8 should be installed to a USB stick or Compact Flash device. It requires a device of at least 1 GB in size. In a departure from FreeNAS 0.7 releases, the OS drive can not be used as a component for a volume, nor can it be partitioned for sharing.

New in this RC:

GUI Firmware upgrades are supported, but do to a bug in the interaction between FreeBSD, lighttpd, and python they work intermittantly. There is a work-around which wasn’t implemented in time for RC2. The procedure involves running commands from the CLI shell. etc etc

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