FreeNAS 8: interview and review

Techworld Australia caught up with Josh Paetzel, director of IT at iXsystems and project manager for FreeNAS 8, to talk about the current state of the OS, what lies ahead for it, and the relationship to FreeNAS 0.7.

Check out the article for the full conversation. One interesting piece of information is the fact that a multimedia plugin (PBI) is in the making that will bring back former home functionalities that are currently missing in FreeNAS 8.

Open source identity: FreeNAS 8′s Josh Paetzel

 

LinuxUser has a short review of FreeNAS 8: FreeNAS 8 Review

Pros: FreeNAS is an advanced NAS operating system with an easy-to-use web interface, especially if you love to use ZFS as your filesystem.
Cons:
Due to the complete rewrite, FreeNAS 8 has lost some interesting functionality for home users, and upgrades from a previous FreeNAS release are not possible.

LinuxUser gives FreeNAS a 4/5 verdict and concludes:

iXsystems has turned FreeNAS 8 into a modern, modular and future-proof NAS operating system. The new web interface is really easy-to-use without hiding the advanced features. Unfortunately some features didn’t make it through the re-write, but they are promised to reappear in FreeNAS 8.1. All in all, this makes FreeNAS currently the most advanced NAS operating system for home networks.

FreeNAS 8.0 Review (linuxuser.co.uk)

Miscelaneous news updates (arab-bsd, pf, cyphertite, PC-BSD)

Below a number of links to interesting FreeBSD (related) projects and resources.

ArabBSD

ArabBSD is a new FreeBSD related project, working to create an Arabian FreeBSD operating system:

ArabBSD is a project which aims to provide infrastructure for the most reliable and secure operating system FreeBSD. We aim to have our own Arab Operating System developers soon starting from the analysis of FreeBSD infrastructure,  block diagram formulation and call for research groups within each field.  Anyone who is interesting in operating systems and their news can join us. They will keep up with OS. OS is about everything in life containing all the types of programming. You can develop in the kernel and you can use this Operating System as a virtual environment for your project.

10 years of pf presentation

Henning Brauer has made his presentation from BSDCan 2011 available. Weighing in at 82 pages, he gives a detailed overview of what happened to the packet filter firewall (pf) in the last 10 years.

Interview with Kris Moore (PC-BSD)

PC Perspective‘s John Davis interviewed Kris Moore recently. They talk about PC-BSD’s hardware support, performance, games and the future. The full interview can be read here: Interview with Kris Moore, Founder and Lead Developer at PC-BSD.

There’s also an interview on Distrowatch by Jesse Smith on OS design elements. Jesse interviews Jenny Rosenberg and James Nixon (iXsystems). Read the full interview here:  In the eye of the beholder.

cyphertite

cyphertite is a high-security scalable solution for online backups that can be installed on FreeBSD. The project is looking for testers and feedback. cyphertite features include:

  • client-based system
  • IPv6 support
  • compresses and encrypts all data before transmission
  • deduplicates using fixed-size pieces of data called “chunks”
  • all network traffic is encrypted using openssl certificates and keys
  • realm deduplication i.e. only backs up a file once if it is on N computers that share the same user account
  • incremental backups for shorter backup window and smaller metadata files
  • local cache database of chunks already sent to server avoids unnecessary encryption and network traffic
  • pay according to storage space used, not per client machine
  • demonstrable privacy of client data with open source client

cyphertite.comInstall cyphertiteConfigure cyphertite

The Unix Method of Development Management

This is a mp3 recording of William Baxter’s NYCBUG presentation on The Unix Method of Development Management

Spanish video on PC-BSD

Sergio Ligregnio’s presentation on PC-BSD (in Spanish).


NanoBSD and ALIX (BSD Magazine 2011-06)

A new month, a new BSD Magazine issue. The latest issue is titled NanoBSD and ALIX (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Introduction to OpenSSL: Command-line Tool

The article describes the command-line utility of openssl. It is a tool that supports encryption and decryption, message digests, key generation and exchange and ssl channel manipulations.

Introducing FreeNASTM 8.0

On May 2, 2011 the much anticipated redesign of FreeNAS was released. This article introduces FreeNAS 8.0, describing the reasons for its redesign, the current and upcoming features, the graphical administrative interface, and where you can find additional information.

A Puffy In The Corporate Aquarium – Success story: OpenBSD as an Enterprise Desktop

While OpenBSD 2 is well known for its use in infrastructure services (MTA, DNS, firewall…) or appliances, this article will focus on a less known application: the use of OpenBSD as a Joe User Desktop.

Installing FreeBSD with PC-SYSINSTALL

Several months ago, the PC-SYSINSTALL system (The installer for PC-BSD 8.0 and higher) was merged into FreeBSD CURRENT, in preparation for FreeBSD 9.0.

An introduction to GIS on FreeBSD

Geographic information systems (GIS) are rapidly gaining popularity both commercially and on the Internet, and used with location aware devices such as mobile phones can be a powerful tool for aiding productivity.

Exploring The Powers Of The Cloud – Deploying Eyeos On BSD

Ever thought of running things in the cloud? How about doing that from your own server, without any extra effort or cost? We take a look at eyeOS, a cloud OS, and as usual, we do so on BSD.

NanoBSD and ALIX

In the previous issue of BSD Magazine, Bill Harris described how to do a basic installation of FreeBSD on a PC-Engines ALIX board with a Compact Flash card. This is a great way to get started, but there are some risks to this approach.

Mutt On OS X – Part III

When we last left our heroes (in April, 2011 issue of BSD Magazine), I had briefly discussed searching our Mac’s address book as well as begin the process of setting up a complex, multi-account Mutt setup. In this article, I’ll go a bit deeper into setting up Mutt to make the most of Gmail’s features, as well as a way to handle attachments on your Mac.

OpenBSD Networking

OpenBSD has an often mistaken image across the world that it stands for cryptography and crypto alone. Only for security applications OpenBSD is a good choice. This is what I used to think till I started looking at its IPsec stack in 2003.

OMAP3 Full Support is Coming Soon in FreeBSD

The trend in the FreeBSD development is bringing FreeBSD for new sets of hardware. The OMAP™ 3 family of multimedia applications processors from TI introduces a new level of performance that enables laptop-like productivity and advanced entertainment in multimedia-enabled mobile devices.

What It Takes – Starting and Running an Open Source Certification Program, Part I

So you’re all excited about your new software and its amazing capabilities to change the world. You truly believe that if only more people knew about it and were competent at using it, the world (or at least the information technology world) would be revolutionized.

Interview with Rafa? Jaworowski

Rafal Jaworowski is a co-founder of Semihalf, where he is leading the operating systems department. With over 12 years of experience in the embedded systems field he has ported FreeBSD to various ARM and PowerPC systems, designed and developed device drivers and kernel infrastructure components, which are embedded in commercial products and installations. He contributes to the FreeBSD Project as a src committer. He has earned a M.Sc. degree in Mathematics.

FreeBSD VPS Hosting with RootBSD – Exclusive Offer

If you are looking for an affordable and robust virtual server solution you can’t go wrong with RootBSD. RootBSD offers virtual private servers based on one of the most solid systems available.

VPS hosting is an interesting option to those who’d like to be in full control of their server (root access), but do not want to manage their own hardware or lease a dedicated server.
RootBSD offers advanced VPS hosting at affordable prices, using optimal hardware solutions. With their VPS hosting pachages you get outstanding customer support, combined with the stability and performance of the FreeBSD operating system.

RootBSD’s packages start at $19/month, and if you sign up through this link before 1 June and add FBSDNEWS as coupon code, you’ll get $10 off for the first month.

If you’ve ever wanted to try a FreeBSD VPS, why not try it now? I have close connections with RootBSD and can whole heartedly recommend their services. If you have any questions, drop me an email.

Link: RootBSD FreeBSD VPS Hosting

pfSense FAQs

pfSense is an open source distribution of FreeBSD-based firewall which provides a platform for flexible and powerful routing and firewalling. The versatility of pfSense presents us with a wide array of configuration options.

Matt Williamson takes a look at some frequently asked questions on pfSense such as:

  • Q: What are the minimum hardware requirements for pfSense?
  • Q: How does pfSense identify and assign interfaces?
  • Q: How to enable the Secure Shell (SSH) service in pfSense?
  • Q: How does pfSense assign DNS servers to the DHCP clients?
  • Q: What happens if the Register DHCP Leases in DNS Forwarder is enabled?
  • Q: What is an alias? What are the different types of aliases in pfSense?
  • Q: How does the OpenVPN service work?
  • Q: What are Gateway Groups?
  • Q: How are bridged interfaces useful and how can one bridge together two interfaces in pfSense?
  • Q: What is OLSR and how is it enabled in pfSense?
  • Q: How to configure pfSense to automatically back up its configuration file?

For the answers, check out the pfSense FAQ page on the PacktPub website or the purchase the Matt’s pfSense 2 Cookbook for many more answers and guides.

libcxxrt C++ runtime available under BSD License

The FreeBSD Foundation and the NetBSD Foundation announced that they have acquired a non-exclusive copyright license to the libcxxrt C++ runtime software from PathScale, a leader in high performance Fortran, C and C++ compiler products for AMD64, Intel64 and MIPS.

Check out the press release for the details: libcxxrt C++ runtime available under BSD License

BSD Magazine 2011-05: Embedded BSD – FreeBSD and ALIX

A new issue of the free BSD Magazine is available: Embedded BSD – FreeBSD and ALIX (pdf).

From the table of contents:

Introduction to the Z Shell

In this modern age of computing, we are offered many choices with regard to how we might interact with our machines.

Supporting Multiple Desktops in PC-BSD 9.0

Beginning with version 9.0, PC-BSD will allow the selection of multiple desktops during installation. This article describes what changes were needed to allow for multiple desktop support and how you can help the PC-BSD project in this endeavour.

DragonFly News

Evolution of an OpenBSD Port

In this article I’ll talk about the evolution of the OpenBSD port of radicale (http://www.radicale.org/), a nice small, simple CALDAVbased calendar server written in Python by Guillaume Ayoub.

FreeBSD & Alix A pint sized install of an Enterprise OS

The embedded device or Single Board Computer (SBC) market has for the most part, been dominated by variety of Linux derivatives.

Mono (C# and the .NET Framework) on FreeBSD

The .NET Framework and the C# language have simplified the software development process in many ways.

Drupal on FreeBSD part 6

In this the last article in the series on the Drupal Content Management System, the author looks back at what has been covered in the previous 5 articles and shares his real world experience with Drupal.

Backups – Made Easy A fast solution to a real problem

When you have to do a major Operating System or Application upgrade, this script and server with big disks, will get the job done.

Fighting DDoS Attacks with PF

For a long time, Denial of Service attacks were disregarded, as they were considered to be the work of script kiddies.

The MacOS X Command Line

My wife thinks I bought my Mac laptop to use as a status symbol. But every hacker knows I bought it because I wanted a decent Unix laptop.

Implementing OpenSMTPD An Independent Reference Document

OpenSMTPD is one of the mail servers included with OpenBSD. Configuring OpenSMTPD is more readily understood and comparatively less complex than configuring Sendmail.

License Wars!

When I sat down to brainstorm on this month’s article, I decided to write about something out of the ordinary. Obviously, the topic had to be related to BSD, yet, I was determined to touch upon something that is a bit above than just being ‘geeky’. Why? Simply to make BSD fanatics proud, and at the same time show non-BSD fans how great the world of BSD is!

Allocating Dynamic Memory with Confidence

Embedded software applications face many challenges that are not present on desktop computers.