Released: GhostBSD 2.0

Last week GhostBSD 2.0 was released

GhostBSD is a free operating system based on FreeBSD that can either be installed or run as Live-CD. Its default graphical environment is GNOME and GhostBSD 2.0 is based on FreeBSD 8.2.

The installer is not a point-and-click GUI but a python script. However, for most people who have used BSD or Linux, the questions are self explanatory.

Some of the changes, additions and features are:

  • support auto mount of USB Devices!
  • new logo
  • bug fixes
  • new live file system
  • improvements to GDM
  • based upon FreeBSD 8.2
  • package installation and management can be done with the new package manager, Bxpkg

Included software packages are:

  • Gnome 2.32
  • Rhythmbox 0.12.8_3
  • Pidgin 2.7.7
  • Firefox 3.6
  • Thunderbird 3.0.11

Prashanth has written a review on Das U-Blog: Review: GhostBSD 2.0

I tried to install GhostBSD 2.0 in VirtualBox but some issue would not allow the installer finish installation.

The GhostBSD Team has also released a new website. Unfortunately, it’s still very bare and contains some bugs and spelling errors. Hopefully this will be dealt with soon.

Let’s see how GhostBSD and PC-BSD 9.0 (Gnome) will square up…

PBI 9.0 re-implemented for Free/PC-BSD

A few days ago I mentioned that Kris Moore would be attending AsiaBSDCon 2011. Due to the changed circumstances in Japan Kris won’t be able to make this presentation now.

However, from his slides on the new PBI 9.0 format you can pretty much figure out what he was going to present. These slides are available in PDF format: The PBI Format re-implemented for Free/PC-BSD.

PBI 9 will be part of the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 and Kris has written up an article in the lasted BSD Magazine on his progress and what new features we can expect: A quick look at the upcoming PC-BSD 9.

 

sysinstall is no longer FreeBSD’s default installer

Nathan Whitehorn has committed the last changes in order to replace FreeBSD’s sysinstall with bsdinstall.

I just committed (r219641) changes that make the release infrastructure (src/release/Makefile) use bsdinstall by default instead of sysinstall on install media. A big thank you is in order to everyone who provided advice, criticism, and testing for this project over the last few months!

Along with sysinstall, the original sysinstall build stuff has been preserved (now usr/src/release/Makefile.sysinstall) and will continue to be for the lifetime of the 9.x release series, although it will not be used by default. This change modifies the process of building releases somewhat, so I’ll outline changes that people who run snapshot buildbots will have to make below, and some next steps planned with the installer.

The merge between PC-BSD’s pc-sysinstall and bsdinstall(bsdinstall and pc-install to merge) is yet to be completed

Read the whole of Nathan’s head’s up: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-arch/2011-March/011170.html

Available: FreeNAS 8.0-RC3

Josh Paetzel has announced the third Release Candidate of FreeNAS. A number of bugs have been squashed, problems fixed, and, surprisingly for an RC3, new features added (volume importer in the storage application).

Highlights include

  • a volume importer
  • better AFP support (Apple Filing Protocol)
  • better SMB/CIFS configs based on user input
  • iSCSI support reworked and improved
  • support for 6gbps 3Ware controllers addes
  • HTTPS access for the GUI

More information and details can be found in the release notes.

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Ground Labs announces support for FreeBSD

Ground Labs, a global leader in the development of security and auditing software for the payment card industry, recently announced the introduction of native support for FreeBSD within its cardholder data discovery products for PCI compliance.

“Our goal is to provide support for all major operating systems that are used to store, transmit or process cardholder data. FreeBSD is used in mission-critical environments worldwide. It is therefore a perfect addition to our portfolio of supported platforms.”

said Stephen Cavey, director of corporate development for Ground Labs.

Many large organisations, including large web hosting providers rely on FreeBSD to achieve high levels of uptime.

“FreeBSD is known for being a reliable and robust operating system,”  “By offering native support for FreeBSD within our cardholder data discovery products we can enable more organisations to identify non-compliant instances of cardholder data storage and facilitate compliance with PCI DSS 2.0.”

said Peter Duthie, chief architect for Ground Labs.

Ground Labs’ flagship products, Card Recon and Enterprise Recon, previously supported 5 operating systems, including Windows, Linux, Solaris, AIX and HPUX. Card Recon can now be used on FreeBSD systems to perform accurate cardholder data discovery scans.

Enterprise Recon users will also benefit now that Enterprise Recon Node Agents can be deployed on remote FreeBSD systems within larger environments to achieve centralised monitoring and visibility of PCI compliant cardholder data storage practices.

“We’re very pleased to have Ground Labs offer FreeBSD support within its cardholder data discovery products. While FreeBSD is widely deployed throughout the industry, enterprise-grade commercially supported software tools are only just starting to appear. Given the growing importance of the PCI Compliance Standards, Ground Labs products add valuable tools for FreeBSD users, who will benefit from this new level of support.”

said Erwin Lansing, FreeBSD developer and member of the Ports Management team.

FreeBSD versions of Card Recon and Enterprise Recon Node Agents are available at no additional charge for download by existing and new customers.

About Ground Labs

Ground Labs is a global leader in the development of security and auditing software solutions for PCI compliance. Its flagship products, Card Recon and Enterprise Recon, identify and analyze cardholder data storage risks on thousands of computer systems worldwide. Merchants, acquirers and schemes use Ground Labs products to achieve and maintain PCI compliance, while QSAs use those same products to validate compliance and produce accurate reports.

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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