Welcome to the FreeBSD quick links post for week 31. In this post we have a mix of news snippets, howtos and links that I came across this week and saved up for you. Previous Friday roundups can be found here.

News ‘n updates

  1. FreeBSD in VirtualBox
    Ivan Voras reports that FreeBSD 7 (as guest) runs a lot faster in VirtualBox (on WinXP) than before, and a lot more responsive than in VMWare.


  • PC-BSD 7 – Alpha 08-02-2008
    Another week, another alpha of PC-BSD 7.0. This week’s Alpha release is now online: Uploaded are: CDs 1-3, along with a DVD and USB boot-only image for testing. This build does have network installation enabled (though no packages available for this as yet).

    This release includes the latest KDE 4.1-release, which does correct quite a few bugs, and switches to the xine backend for sound. If you run into any new KDE on FreeBSD porting issues, please be sure to let the KDE on FreeBSD team know about it.

  • Askozia pb14
    AskoziaPBX released this week pb14, containing a lot of new features and improvements. The release notes and dowload links can be found here.

New committers
The following people have been awarded with update rights (source & ports) this week:

Guides ‘n howtos

  • Howto install FreeBSD under ZFS (including root) ( Daniel de Oliveira)
    Daniel explains the background of ZFS, the advantages and how it works.This is my first post talking about BSD systems, so, I will talk about my first (bleeding edge) experience making tests on freebsd (FreeBSD 8.0-CURRENT)
    Part 1 and Part 2
  • FreeBSD : Inexpensive and simple swap encryption
    “Here a short note on swap space encryption with FreeBSD geom geli(8). This feature was there for quite sometimes. Enabling swapspace encryption with geli.
  • FreeBSD single sign on with Active Directory and Access Control
    This document describes how to join a FreeBSD box to a Windows domain controller and to control access to the FreeBSD box.  We will be using Samba’s WinBind and Kerberos for authentication.

Ports ‘n Packages
The following interesting and useful program(s) are now available as ports or packages or have been updated recently:

  • Launchy
    Launchy, Launchy is a free utility designed to help you forget about your start menu,
    the icons on your desktop, and even your file manager. Launchy indexes the programs in your start menu and can launch your documents, project files, folders, and bookmarks with just a few keystrokes!
    Port: /deskutils/launchy/
  • Smile
    Smile Slideshow maker
    Port: /multimedia/smile/
  • GAEO 45
    Google App Engine Oil (GAEO) Google App Engine Oil (GAEO) is an open-source web framework
    running on Google App Engine.  Google App Engine Oil (GAEO) enables the web development on
    Google AppEngine quick and less configurations. GAEO enhances Google AppEngine SDK with new features such as: well-formed URL Routing, enhanced Request Handler (Controller), enhanced Object-Relation Mapping (ORM)
    Port: /www/gaeo