Update on FreeBSD Jail Based Virtualization Project

Bjoern Zeeb has provided a summary regarding the completion of the funded portion of the FreeBSD Jail Based Virtualization Project:

“I am happy to report that the funded parts of the FreeBSD Jail Based Virtualization project are completed. Some of the results have been shipping with 8.1-RELEASE while others are ready to be merged to HEAD.

Jails have been the well known operating system level virtualization technique in FreeBSD for over a decade. The import of Marko Zec’s network stack virtualization has introduced a new way for abstracting subsystems. As part of this project, the abstraction framework has been generalized. Together with Jamie Gritton’s flexible jail configuration syscalls, this will provide the infrastructure for, and will ease the virtualization of, further subsystems without much code duplication. The next subsystems to be virtualized will likely be SYSV/Posix IPC to help, for example, PostgreSQL users. This will probably be followed by the process namespace.”

The full post can be read on the FreeBSD Foundation’s blog: Update on FreeBSD Jail Based Virtualization Project

BSD Show – more BSD interviews

Most readers here will be aware of BSDTalk, a blog filled with audio interviews about the BSD family of free operating systems.

There is now another BSD related show over at webbaverse.com:  The BSD Show

So fare there are the following FreeBSD related interviews:

Bordeaux 2.0.8 for FreeBSD and PC-BSD released

The Bordeaux Technology Group released Bordeaux 2.0.8 for FreeBSD and PC-BSD today. Bordeaux 2.0.8 is a maintenance release that fixes a number of small bugs. With this release firefox and winetricks have been updated

Bordeaux 2.0.8 was built on FreeBSD 8, PC-BSD 8 and PC-BSD 7.1  A .sh installer is provided for FreeBSD and a .pbi installer for PC-BSD

Depending on sales, Bordeaux Software plans to add Pulse Audio to the next major BSD release. So if you would like to have Pulse Audio in Wine on FreeBSD and PC-BSD make a purchase. Help spread the word!

Full post: Bordeaux 2.0.8 for FreeBSD and PC-BSD Released

Purchase Bordeaux and help support Wineconf 2010 and FreeBSD

By purchasing Bordeaux you support further development of Bordeaux, but this month you will also indirectly support the FreeBSD Foundation as part of the revenues are shared: Purchase Bordeaux and help FreeBSD

FreeBSD Mall now shipping FreeBSD 8.1

Four-Disc CD Set, Dual-Sided DVD now available for purchase

The FreeBSD Mall is now shipping FreeBSD® Version 8.1, the second release of the FreeBSD 8-STABLE branch in AMD64 and i386 architectures.

FreeBSD Version 8.1 is the first update to FreeBSD Version 8.0, which added Virtual Access Points (VAP) support to 802.11 wireless networking, and allowed virtual machine administrators to create their own nested jails. The 8.1 release includes new features and improves upon the features that were introduced in FreeBSD Version 8.0.

The 8.1 release implements a ZFS Loader, allowing users to boot directly to ZFS. The ZFS pool has been updated to version 14. Also, NFSv4 support is improved, providing a more secure network filesystem for server based file serving.

In addition FreeBSD 8.1 updates sendmail to version 8.14.4, OpenSSH to version 5.4p1, ISC BIND to version 9.6.2-P2, and OpenSSL to version 0.9.8n. Desktop updates include KDE 4.4.5 and GNOME 2.30.1.

In this latest release, core developers focused their efforts on perfecting the functionality of the operating system to provide users with enhanced performance.

“FreeBSD 8.1 is the product of users deploying 8.0 in the field, and submitting reports of its strengths and weaknesses,. We, the developers, used those reports from the users to refine and improve the system across the board.”

said Warner Losh, Director of FreeBSD Development at iXsystems and FreeBSD Core Team Member.

Other notable features of FreeBSD 8.1 include:

  • SMP support in PowerPC G5 systems
  • UltraSPARC IV/IV+, SPARC64 V CPU support
  • The HAST (Highly Available STorage) framework has been added
  • Support for SCTP has been improved

FreeBSD Mall is a division of iXsystems, Inc.® and provides high quality FreeBSD software, documentation, support, and services to the open source community.

Source: FreeBSD Mall Now Shipping FreeBSD Version 8 (prweb.com)

PC-BSD 8.1 review by linuxbsdos

linuxbsdos has a fairly positive review of PC-BSD 8.1, though there is still room for improvement:

“PC-BSD 8.1 was released on July 20, 2010, roughly five months after version 8.0 was released. Some of the suggestions made in the review of PC-BSD 8.0 have been carried out in this latest release. In fact, the changes were made within one month of that review being published. It is an encouraging example of how some distro developers respond to suggestions (or critical reviews).

While I still think that PC-BSD is not yet ready for the masses, it is coming along very well. This review will offer another detailed look at some of the good and bad sides of this FreeBSD-based distribution, with the attendant recommendations and suggestions for improvement.

Let me begin by looking at the bright side of this distribution…. ”

Read more: PC-BSD 8.1 review

MeetBSD 2010 videos available in HD on YouTube

The presentations from the recent MeetBSD 2010 (Cracow, Poland) conference are now available on the BSD Conferences Youtube Chanel. The following videos are all in HD quality and most are in English, though a few are in Polish.

  • Dru Lavigne – Update on BSD Certification
  • Hans Peter Selasky – The new USB stack in FreeBSD
  • Jakub Klama – FreeBSD on DaVinci DMSoC (polish)
  • Jan Srzednicki – What ideas can FreeBSD borrow from AIX?
  • Attilio Rao – The VFS/vnode interface in the FreeBSD kernel
  • Marko Zec – Network emulation using the virtualized network stack in FreeBSD
  • Pawe? Jakub Dawidek – HAST — Highly Available storage for FreeBSD (polish)
  • Pawe? Jakub Dawidek – HAST — Highly Available storage for FreeBSD (questions, polish)
  • Nikolay Aleksandrov – FreeBSD-based solution for Internet traffic management (S?awek ?ak – NoSQL)
  • Ramon Tancinco – meetBSD 2010 Welcome Intro
  • Martin Matuska – mfsBSD
  • Dmitri Epshtein – Advances in Embedded ARM processors, for performance driven applications
  • Warner Losh – Using FreeBSD in a Commercial Setting
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    Chromium 7.0 FreeBSD builds available (1 week only)

    Ruben from the FreeBSD Chromium porting team emailed me to say that for this week only the latest Chromium 7.0 for FreeBSD subscriber builds will be available for free (excluding HTML 5 video).

    The subscriber builds are largely open source and funded by a hybrid model. If you like what you see, you may consider subscribing to the weekly builds and fund further development on this port.

    Download Chromium 7 for FreeBSD 8 (i386amd64) or FreeBSD 9 (amd64)

    Chromium is an open-source browser project that aims to build a safer, faster, and more stable way for all users to experience the web. This site contains design documents, architecture overviews, testing information, and more to help you learn to build and work with the Chromium source code.

    Miscelaneous FreeBSD news and links (week 32)

    1. FreeBSD East Coast Mirror

    Yesterday we posted the FreeBSD Foundation’s turns to NYI press release, Steven Kreuzer who was directly involved in the project has put more details on his website:

    Pretty much since the time that The NYC BSD Users Group was formed, The NY Internet Company have donated a full cabinet and a 10 Mb internet connection to NYCBUG. We used that space to host our website and mailing lists, hardware for developers and mirrors for all the major BSD projects.

    In October of 2009, I received an email inviting me to a grand opening party at NYI’s new state of the art data center located in Bridgewater, NJ. I asked some folks on core@ if they thought it would be worthwhile to approach NYI to see if they would be willing to donate a few cabinets so we could build out a FreeBSD mirror on the east coast. gnnjhb and I had a very informal meeting with Phil from NYI and after asking him if they would be willing to provide us with a few cabinets, some power and bandwidth, without thought or hesitation he said yes. The possibility of putting a mirror of FreeBSD.org on the east coast quickly became possible.

    Continues: East Coast FreeBSD Mirror

    2. FreeBSD VirtualBox Image for Port Maintainers

    This website provides 64bit VirtualBox Images for FreeBSD Port Maintainers with some common used software pre-installed.

    3. 10 Differences between Linux and BSD

    • Licenses
    • Control
    • Kernel vs operating system
    • UNIX/like
    • Base systems
    • More from source
    • Upgrades
    • Bleeding edge
    • Hardware support
    • User base

    Full post: 10 differences between Linux and BSD (techrepublic.com)

    4. Open Source projects that changed the world

    FreeBSD is one of them: Open source projects that changed the world (ostatic.com)

    5. BSDCan through the years

    Kirk Russell has posted a summary of BSDCan through the years on the Google Open Source Blog.

    I’m Kirk Russell, a Google Site Reliability Engineer who moves files around the cloud at a massive scale. I use BSD software on a daily basis — in my Android phone, my home NAS and my MacBook. My newest toy is a small ARM board that runs FreeBSD.

    Earlier this year I attended BSDCan, a software conference for BSD based operating systemprojects. I attended this conference to learn about new BSD technology that will someday become part of my daily life and to meet people with similar interests — there is time to chat in-between the scheduled talks and in the pub. BSDCan is a conference where I learn about new development that I can put to use both at work and at home. Learning these things from the original developers makes it that much more interesting.

    Here is a quick reflection on some highlights of past conferences:

    BSDCan through the years