New FreeNAS beta snapshot released (r5648)

Warner Losh has announced a new beta snapshot for FreeNAS 8.0

Here’s a highlight of the issues that have been fixed since the last beta (r5606):

  • Upgrades from prior FreeNAS 8 beta releases are now supported.
  • zfs creation failures have been fixed. The gui would indicate it succeeded, but you couldn’t share it.
  • ufs creation failures have been fixed.
  • booting off USB or SCSI cdrom is now supported.
  • Many disk initialization errors that showed up as odd failures have been corrected.
  • lagg has been introduced.
  • Errors in the network screen have been corrected.
  • The storage wizard no longer says ‘of X’ when creating the storage unit. This eliminates the confusing 1 of 3 -> 2 of 2 dialog heading.
  • Improved compatibility with IE and Safari.
  • The installer has been streamlined.

The latest beta can be downloaded here, and the release notes can be viewed here.

Happy downloading and testing ;-)

FreeNAS is an embedded open source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD, supporting the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target) and UPnP.
It supports Software RAID (0,1,5), ZFS, disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T/email monitoring with a WEB configuration interface

FreeBSD Events (Athens Digital Week, NLLGG)

NLLGG BSD Day (Utrecht, 11 Dec 2010)

The NLLGG (Netherlands Linux Users Group) has organised a BSD Day in Utrecht, the Netherlands, for 11 December. This is the 3rd year running that the Group has organised a BSD Day. More information can be found here (Dutch).

Video Presentation of the FreeBSD Project at Athens Digital Week 2010

Elias Chrisocherias has uploaded 2 videos of his presentation at the Athens Digital Week 2010. As both videos are in Greek, I can’t understand what is being said, though some of the slides give an idea. The interesting thing you’ll notice is the number of attendants, including a number of females!



BSD Events 2011 – call for speakers (FOSDEM, BSDCAN)

Marius Nünnerich has called for speakers for FOSDEM 2011  (5 and 6 Feb 2011)

FOSDEM 2011 will take place February 5-6, 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.
We want to continue the great success of the last years and again we have a booth and a devroom.

Please submit your proposal to me asap. We have a devroom on
saturday this time. Talks will be 45 minutes including discussion (feel free to ask if you want to have a longer/shorter slot).

Every talk is welcome, from internal hacker discussion to real-world examples and presentations about new and shiny features. The talk committee consists of Daniel Seuffert and me.

Please submit your proposals to:

marius [at] nuenneri [dot] ch

and include the following information:

* Your name
* The title of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be
listed with ~250 from other projects)
* A short abstract of one to two paragraphs
* A short biography introducing yourself
* Links to related websites/blogs etc.

The deadline for submissions is 20th December 2010. The proposals will be considered by committee. If your proposal has been accepted, you will be informed by email within one week of the submission deadline. [...]

BSD Can 2011 – Call for papers – 11-14 May 2010

BSDCan 2011 will be held 13-14 May, 2011 in Ottawa at the University of Ottawa. It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on 11-12 May.

NOTE: This will be Fri/Sat with tutorials on Wed/Thu.

We are now accepting proposals for talks.

The talks should be designed with a very strong technical content bias. Proposals of a business development or marketing nature are not appropriate for this venue.

If you are doing something interesting with a BSD operating system, please submit a proposal. Whether you are developing a very complex system using BSD as the foundation, or helping others and have a story to tell about how BSD played a role, we want to hear about your experience. People using BSD as a platform for research are also encouraged to submit a proposal. Possible topics include:

  • How we manage a giant installation with respect to handling spam.
  • and/or sysadmin.
  • and/or networking.

From the BSDCan website, the Archives section will allow you to review the wide variety of past BSDCan presentations as further examples.

Both users and developers are encouraged to share their experiences.

The schedule is:

1 Dec 2010 Proposal acceptance begins
19 Jan 2011 Proposal acceptance ends
19 Feb 2011 Confirmation of accepted proposals

Current and future FreeBSD events can be found on my FreeBSD conferences and events calendar (gcal). If you come across any that are missing, let me know.

Media for BSD-Day 2010 (Budapest, Hungary)

Last Saturday I linked to some pictures ((Free)BSD Events (November) taken at BSD-Day 2010 (Budapest). Dru has now posted a link to the audio and video files recorded at the conference: http://wiki.freebsd.org/BSDDay_2010

5 new TCP Congestion Control Algorithms Project (FreeBSD Foundation)

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced it is funding the 5 new TCP Congestion Control Algorithms Project:

“The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Swinburne University’s Technology’s Centre for Advanced Internet Architectures has been awarded a grant to implement five new TCP congestion control algorithms in FreeBSD.

Correctly functioning congestion control (CC) is crucial to the efficient operation of the Internet and IP networks in general. CC dynamically balances a flow’s throughput against the inferred impact on the network, lowering throughput to protect the network as required.

The FreeBSD operating system’s TCP stack currently utilizes the defacto standard NewReno loss-based CC algorithm, which has known problems coping with many aspects of modern data networks like lossy or large bandwidth/delay paths. There is significant and ongoing work both in the research community and industry to address CC related problems, with a particular focus on TCP because of its ubiquitous deployment and use.

Swinburne University of Technology’s ongoing work with FreeBSD’s TCP stack and congestion control implementation has progressively matured. This project aims to refine their prototypes and integrate them into FreeBSD.

The project will conclude in January 2011.” (source: freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com)

The five protocols are:

If you’d like to see the Foundation fund more of these sort of projects, why not considering making a (small) donation?

This month I will be donating any affiliate commission I receive from Bordeaux Software (run Windows software on FreeBSD / PC-BSD) to the Foundation. If you’d love to use FreeBSD and/or PC-BSD but need to use Windows software as well, incl Microsoft Office, why not buy a copy of Bordeau ($10)?

Colin Percival will be donating his profits from tarsnap.com this month.

Chromium for FreeBSD – change of port maintainer

Shortly after Google Chrome was released, I was  excited to find out that Ben Laurie was porting Google Chrome/Chromium to FreeBSD. This is in my opinion the best web browser available (I know, it’s subjective). It’s light-weight, secure and extendible.

The only thing that has cast a bit of a shadow on the Chromium porting project was thehybrid licensing model, where paying subscribers have access to the latest builds, and non-paying individuals can download an older/out-of-date version.

In itself there’s nothing wrong with this licensing model, but you’d expect that more with closed source and proprietary software. Chrome/Chromium is free and therefore any ported versions should be free too, IMO, as long as Google’s EULA is adhered to.

Due to some issues a new port (www/ports/chromium) maintainer has been appointed, i.e. Rene Ladan.

“However complete and obstinate disregard to the security vulnerabilities of the version in the ports tree, including refusal to even document them contradicts the idea of maintainership as the community understands it and as it is documented.” (source)

We wish Rene the best and we hope to see Chromium 8 that was released last week ported to FreeBSD (current version in ports is version 6).

(Free)BSD Events (November)

Below some links, photos and videos for some BSD related events in the last few weeks:

NYCBSDCon

NYCBSDCon took place on 14 Nov. Justin Sherill has summarised the 2 days: NYCBSDCon Notes. Will Backman, the man behind bsdtalk, has uploaded a short video showing off the facilities, food and talks:


BSD Day 2010

Some pictures of BSDDay 2010 (Budapest, Hungary, 20 Nov 2010) can be found here.

For the slide, check out the wiki page.

DragonFlyBSD

DragonFlyBSD is taking part in Google Code-In. Several Google Code-In tasks for DragonFlyBSD have already been claimed and finished.

There’s a 15 minutes interview on BSDTalk with Matthew Dillon about the recent 2.8 release of DragonFlyBSD. This interview was done at MeetBSD California 2010. Download/Listen: MP3OGG

NetBSD

Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 5.1: “The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.1 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. NetBSD 5.1 is the first feature update of the NetBSD 5.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons, as well as new features and enhancements. Please note that all fixes in security/critical updates are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. Some highlights include:

  • RAIDframe parity maps, which greatly improve parity rewrite times after unclean shutdown;
  • X.Org updates;
  • support for many more network devices;
  • Xen PAE dom0 support;
  • Xen PCI pass-through support.”

Zafer Aydogan announced Jibbed 5.1, a NetBSD-based live CD featuring automatic hardware detection and the Xfce desktop.

freebsdnews.com, thanks to Grove IT Consulting

Back in 2007 when I started this website about FreeBSD, Tom Grove wanted to set up something similar and registered freebsdnews.com. When I tried to register this domain, it was unfortunately already taken, but for different reasons Tom’s website never went live.

A couple of weeks ago I contacted Tom from Grove IT Consulting, asking if he was willing to part with the domain, and after a bit of emailing we agreed a price.

Being a happy FreeBSD user, he has decided to donate the proceeds to the FreeBSD Foundation’s to contribute to its end-of-year fund raise drive. Do you use FreeBSD and would you like to see more top notch technologies been added? Please consider making a (small) donation. (I am not affiliated with the FreeBSD Foundation).

Thanks to Tom Grove you can now access this website also by going to freebsdnews.com.