Putting Beastie back in the boot menu (howto)

If you’ve used FreeBSD in the past you’re likely familiar with the mascot, Beastie.  In the past Beastie was part of the boot menu, but recently he was replaced with a simple FREEBSD text image.  To put Beastie back in the menu you can add the following to your /boot/loader.conf:

loader_logo=”beastiebw”

Source: http://blog.zelut.org (21/10/2008)

Speed up installing from ports (howto)

There is a port under ports-mgmt called fastest_sites. This the MASTER_SITE definitions depending on the round-trip time for the tcp connections. The results are sorted by fastest response time and in a format suitable for Makefile.

# cd /usr/ports/ports-mgmt/fastest_sites

# make install

Now let’s generate the sorted list of master sites:

# fastest_sites > /usr/local/etc/ports_sites.conf &

This step may take some time as quite a number of sites have to be checked. In the meantime you can add the following line to /etc/make.conf:

.include "/usr/local/etc/ports_sites.conf"

From: arnolds.se. Originally published by the writer of this python script on semicomplete.com.

Encrypting your laptop with ELI and ZFS

Some time ago, I’ve given my laptop yet another FreeBSD reinstall – mostly beause I wanted to encrypt its contents (hey, you never know!). It turns out the best way to do this is to use GEOM_ELI. Of course, I can’t quite live without ZFS, so the idea was that I have a minimal /boot paritition and everything else lives on ZFS, which is encrypted using ELI.

Step-by-step instructions on rink.nu (14/11/2008)

Setting up a LAMP Server on FreeBSD

There are already many useful guides around showing how to set up and tune a FAMP server. Unlike some this guide gives also a bit more background details and explanation.

Setting up a LAMP server is a common task for systems administrators, and FreeBSD is one of the most reliable and stable operating systems available. You can swap out the L in LAMP with F for FreeBSD to build a fast and reliable Web server.

In this article I assume FreeBSD is already installed. If not, make sure you download the latest stable production version of FreeBSD and run the installer. I recommend choosing the MINIMUM option at the installer screen to quickly install only the most basic and necessary things.

Continued on cbhacker.com