FreeBSD quick news, links ‘n howtos (week 30)

Welcome to the FreeBSD leftovers for week 30. In this post we have a mix of news snippets, howtos and links. Just a round up of those little things I saved up this week. Previous Friday roundups can be found here.


  1. pfSense
    Ermal Luçi has added to a number of great interface and dynamic DNS related improvements to pfSense 1.3.
  2. OpenSSH
    OpenSSH 5.1, developed by the OpenBSD project,  was released on 22 July. OpenSSH is used by advanced (BSD) users for encrypting internet/network traffic (including passwords) to effectively eliminate eavesdropping, connection hijacking, and other attacks.
  3. KDE 4.1 RC1 (FreeBSD) status report
    Martin Wilke blogged about the progress of porting KDE4 to FreeBSD (with some screenshots)


  • PC-BSD 7.0 Alpha 5
    PC-BSD 7.0 Alpha 5 was released today. This version comes with ZFS File System Support and an USB Install Image . The latest alpha version can be found here. If you come across any bugs, problems or freezes, please let us know via the testing mailing list.

New committers
The following people have been awarded  with update rights this week:

  • Greg Larkin (ports)
  • Philip M. Gollucci (ports)
  • New committer: Yvan Vanhullebus (source)
  • Robert Noland (ports)

Guides ‘n howtos

  • Quick Guide to FreeBSD hostap for FreeBSD 8 (Warner Losh)
    How to setup an access point. Many of the discussions on the web include all kinds of extra goodies that one normally sets up with the access point. But I just needed an access point: no dhcp, bridging, etc. Here’s how I did it.

Ports ‘n Packages
The following interesting and useful programs are now availble as ports or packages:

  • Java JDK and JRE 6.1 binaries for FreeBSD 6.x and FreeBSD 7.x.
    The FreeBSD Foundation has a license with Sun Microsystems to distribute FreeBSD binaries for the Java Runtime Environment (JRE) and Java Development Kit (JDK). These implementations have been made possible through the hard work of the FreeBSD Java team as well as through donations to the FreeBSD Foundation that supported hardware, developer costs, and legal fees.
    The binaries can be downloaded from the FreeBSD Foundation Java downloads website
  • ratproxy
    Ratproxy, which was recently open sourced by Google, is a semi-automated, largely passive web application security audit tool. It is meant to complement active crawlers and manual proxies more commonly used for this task, and is optimized specifically for an accurate and sensitive detection, and automatic annotation, of potential problems and security-relevant design patterns based on the observation of existing, user-initiated traffic in complex web 2.0 environments.
    Port: /security/ratproxy/
  • hamsterdb
    hamsterdb is a lightweight embedded database engine. It has ben in development for more than three years and concentrates on ease of use, high performance, stability and portability.
    The hamsterdb API is simple and self-documenting. The interface is similar to other widely-used database engines. Fast algorithms and data structures guarantee high performance for all scenarios. Hamsterdb has hundreds of unittests with a test coverage of over 90%. Each release is tested with thousands of acceptance tests in many different configurations, tested on up to six different hardware architectures and operating systems.Written in plain ANSI-C, hamsterdb runs on many architectures: Intel-compatible (x86, x64), PowerPC, SPARC, ARM, RISC and others. Tested operating systems include Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Windows CE, Linux, SunOS and other Unices.
    Port: /databases/hamsterdb

Link(s) of the week
From next week I’d like to include a “link of the week” here. If you know of a FreeBSD related website that you think should be shared with readers here, let me know.