Opera has announced a new beta (v 10.53) of Opera for FreeBSD.
An interview with Arjan van Leeuwen with regards to this release can be found here.
Juraj Sipos, the founder of MaheshaBSD, has published an article listing the difference between Linux and BSD:
“This article is not about the history of Unix; however, Unix is such a complex issue that it deserves few words in this respect: BSD family of Unix systems is based upon the source code of real Unix developed in Bell Labs, which was later purchased by the University of California. Thus, the name of the family of Unix systems called BSD is derived from “Berkeley Software Distribution”. The contemporary BSD systems stand on the source code that was released in the beginning of 1990’s (Net/2 Lite and 386/BSD release).
No one person or any entity owns BSD. Enthusiastic developers create it and many of its components are open-sourced.
BSD is behind the philosophy of TCP/IP networking and the Internet thereof; it is a developed Unix system with advanced features. Except for proprietary BSD/OS, the development of which was discontinued, there are currently four BSD systems available: FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD and Mac OS X, which is derived from FreeBSD. There are also various forks of these, like PC-BSD – a FreeBSD clone, or MirOS, an OpenBSD clone. The intention of such forks is to include various characteristics missing in the above BSD systems, on which these (forks), no matter how well they are designed, only strongly depend. PC-BSD, for example, has more graphical features than FreeBSD, but there are no substantial differences between these two. PC-BSD cannot breathe without FreeBSD; FreeBSD or OpenBSD are independent of one another.”
Continues (linuxmagazines.com): Linux vs BSD with a little focus on OpenBSD
This is the Table of Contents:
MaheshaBSD: A Live CD Project From The Lake Mansarovar
MaheshaBSD is the name for a Live CD project. Why Mahesha? What does it mean? Mahesha is one of the 1008 names of Lord Shiva – Supreme God of the universe who stands above all gods. This name was chosen because Shiva’s weapon is the same as the FreeBSD’s one – the trident. There is yet another important correlation – supremacy of the BSD code, which (as many IT professionals believe) stands supreme above all operating systems. The connection of Lord Shiva and BSD is therefore logical.
OpenBSD as a Primary Domain Controller
Once a Windows-based network grows beyond around a dozen computers, setting up a Primary Domain Controller to simplify and centralize the management of users, computers and network resources becomes a must. But does the Domain Controller necessarily have to be a Windows machine, thus meaning the end of our project of a completly OpenBSD-based server network?
Of course not! Once again, OpenBSD comes to our rescue and, with the help of a few additional pieces of software, it will turn into a full-blown, secure and reliable Domain Controller.
FreeBSD MySQL Clustering How-to
The PHP, MySQL and Apache stack is a very popular implementation on standalone BSD servers but in demanding high availability [HA] environments the twin spectres of redundancy and fail-over rear their heads. In these scenarios, it is essential to eliminate the single point of failure which is the enemy of 100% uptime.
BSD FILE SHARING – Part 3. FTP
Last time I wrote on SAMBA on different BSD’s. This time I am going to dedicate the article of the series to FTP. Some people do not know that the FTP protocol is the true BSD heritage, as it originated in the 1970’s at Berkeley University, so it is the right thing to dedicate it some space in the BSDMag anyway.
One of DragonFly’s features is a new file system, called HAMMER. HAMMER has, to quote from the man page, instant crash recovery, large file systems spanning multiple volumes, data integrity checking, fine-grained history retention, mirroring capability, and pseudo file systems HAMMER is available by default on DragonFly BSD.
Unix-like operating systems aren’t picky at all. Despite the extreme physical conditions, they can take root on those old computers where most (proprietary) operating systems risk extinction and help them, after years of faithful service, to start new lives as firewalls, routers, proxies …
But sometimes this is not enough: servers must be reliable and old computers are (guess what?) … Old, and this increases their risk of disease. That’s why embedded systems are a great option: they are (relatively) inexpensive, silent, small , reliable … What else could you need? Ok, you have to learn to cohabit with very basic hardware, but the right OS, with the right configuration, will wallow in it!
Making Sense of Data Management on Intelligent Devices
The demand for embedded devices is growing rapidly, and there is a clear need for development of advanced software to deliver new features on limited hardware. Data management is a critical component in these new software systems. Embedded databases are used by portable media players to store information about music and video, GPS vehicle tracking systems to store map data, and monitoring systems to log information. These and other leading-edge industries have learned the importance of managing data reliably with a relational embedded data management system.
BSD in the Industry
After several years of slavery with windows based programs, many programs related with Industry or Engineering are opening the doors to the new trends of UNIX like OS. This is a natural evolution because as the Economy crisis strikes on whole World, the IT infrastructures are also under pressure to decrease at maximum the overall cost.
Welcome to the (Free)BSD leftovers for week 6. In this post we have a mix of news snippets, quick links, howto’s, links ’n software/package updates. Just a round up of those little things I saved up this week. Previous weeks’ roundups can be found here.
FreeBSD 9 developments (via):
Websites / Social Media
Guides & Howto’s
New FreeBSD Committers
Over the last few weeks a few more people have been given commit rights. It’s always good to see more people join the FreeBSD project.
BSD / Unix Family News
The BSD Magazine editors have come out with a new issue of this free PDF magazine: Hosting BSD
The Table of Contents is as follows:
Modern FreeBSD Install
X11 without dbus/hald and with three kings
FreeBSD Handbook suggests (check section 5.4.2 Configuring X11), that running sysutils/hal (hald) and devel/dbus daemons is mandatory to have working x11/xorg … nothing further from the truth.
Converting a FreeBSD Port Using PBI Builder
This is an excerpt from the “Becoming a Developer” chapter of the recently released book, The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD.
BSD File Sharing – Part 2. SAMBA
Last time I wrote about NFS on different BSD’s. This time I am going to dedicate this article of the series to SAMBA.
Running VirtualBox OSE with VNC under FreeBSD 8.0
VirtualBox is a type 2 hypervisor that sits directly on top of the host-server OS and is suitable for server, desktop and embedded applications. It will run most OS’s as guest with few exceptions, and like Vmware * there are many pre-built VM’s available.
FreeBSD Firewall with Transparent Proxy Server, DHCP Server and Name Server
If you need Internet-sharing to be available to share allow your network to access the web using only one public IP Address, you need to setup a gateway.
The Squid and the Blowfish
We have grown so much accustomed to Internet access on our work computers, that we can hardly imagine what people ever did all day long on their workplace before!
Hosting Environment Network and Firewall Redundancy with the BSDs
With many large websites and hosting providers relying on BSD operating systems to power their businesses, it only makes sense that many smaller providers take the same path.
Comparison of FreeBSD And OpenBSD: Not One Cake But The Two Ones
The purpose of this article is to highlight some differences between the two BSD operating systems – FreeBSD and OpenBSD.
Introducing Beastie to Strangers
When PC-BSD 8 first came out back in February, I installed the operating system on two of my machines and was very impressed with the new release.
Previous issues can be downloaded from BSD Magazine: PDF articles
1. Quick Poll – which pages would you like to see printed from Dru’s latest book in the upcoming BSD Magazine issue?
2. How does PC-BSD 8.0 compare with Kubuntu 9.10? This is probably comparing apples with pears, but for those liking comparison reviews, check PC-BSD 8.0 vs. Kubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks
In a majority of the tests, Kubuntu 9.10 performed better than PC-BSD 8.0, but the tests we used in this article are just a subset of what is available to run on both platforms via the Phoronix Test Suite so for those deciding between running PC-BSD / FreeBSD it is important to run the tests relevant to you and also consider the other features at hand for both free software operating systems.
3. PC-BSD’s graphical firewall manager
PC-BSD is a desktop-oriented, FreeBSD-based distribution with KDE as the default desktop environment. The version due to be released shortly is PC-BSD 8. Because it the only BSD-based desktop distribution that’s in a position to compete with the best Linux desktop distributions, I’ll be publishing a number of articles over the next few weeks to introduce those not yet familiar with it to some of its management tools. This post takes a look at the graphical firewall manager.
OpenSSH 5.4 released
Damien Miller (djm@) posted to announce@ with the announcement of OpenSSH 5.4. Some highlights of this release are the disabling of protocol 1 by default, certificate authentication, a new ‘netcat mode’, many changes on the sftp front (both client and server) and a collection of assorted bugfixes. The new release can already be found on a large number of mirrors and of course on www.openssh.com.
Please read on for the full release announcement
A new issue (free PDF) of BSD Magazine is available now.
Table of contents:
Experienced users or administrators responsible for several machines or environments, know the difficult demands and challenges of maintaining such an infrastructure. The article outlines the steps involved in creating an internal FreeBSD Update Server.
Using OpenBSD and PF as a Virtual Firewall for Windows
The Windows firewall, by default, has many open ports to the local network, like the file and print sharing service ports, which are the source of many security holes. How to protect a Windows host with a basic configuration of an OpenBSD virtual machine with PF as a NAT router and firewall?
Keeping FreeBSD Applications Up-To-Date
An important system administration task, and a principle of running a defensible network, is keeping operating systems and applications up-to-date. In this article you will find multiple ways how to complete this task.
Spam Control with a stock OpenBSD install
Ever since e-mails became ubiquitous unwanted e-mails or spam also known as UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail) or UBE (Unsolicited Bulk E-mail) also became popular. Any chance to control this? OpenBSD has an excellent method to fight spam and this article is about it.
Choosing and Installing a Window Manager with FreeBSD
Step by Step installing with comments and advice. One of the many attractive features of BSD is that the end-user is not tied to a particular desktop or windowing environment.
BSD Live Desktops
Last week Zafer Aydogan, founder of Jibbed, and Stefan Rinkes, founder of GNOBSD, agreed to talk with Jesse Smith about their projects (from which BSD community will surely benefit), themselves and BSD.
BSD goes to the Office: Can BSD compete in a real life consulting workplace?
A reminder on our last issue topic- an article about an experiment to determine a viability of BSD desktop in a real world high pressure consulting engagement. There are many articles that expound on the succes of Linux as desktop, and quite a few accounts of using a Linux desktop in this case or that case. But this one is written not from a perspective of a journalist or home user, but from a system administration and consulting perspective.
There is a new issue of the BSD Magazine available: BSD 02/2010 (8) – BSDs as Servers
This issue is the first electronic-only version and available as free PDF download.
Let your open source loving friends know about this great magazine.
“We are happy to announce that BSD Magazine is transforming into a free monthly online publication. The online version of BSD Magazine will stay in the same quality and form. It will look like the BSD magazine one is familiar and comfortable with. Please sign up to our newsletter atwww.bsdmag.org and get every issue straight to your inbox. Also, you can now download any of the previous issues from our website. The first online issue — 2/2010 — is coming out in February. Please spread the word about BSD Magazine.”
I’m glad to see BSD Mag go free. Hopefully, more people will read BSD Mag now and become interested the BSD branch of operating systems. However, on the other hand, if there’s little income (ads etc), how can this be maintained?
This reminds me of a Linux PDF magazine that I used to get back in 2005-06: Tux Magazine. This was very a popular online Linux magazine, but it died a sudden death due to no subscription income.
Many thanks to Lee J. Imner (www.imber.com – Secure | Reliable Networks) for notifying me.
The BSD Fund aspires to contribute to every major BSD event around the world as they play such a critical role in the community, but so far it’s been a chicken and egg problem: few cardholders because the card hadn’t supported anything yet. Things seem to be taking off.
About BSD Fund
BSD Fund is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to assist and fund BSD-related events, development and initiatives around the world. BSD Fund raises money through direct donations and the BSD Fund Visa that supports BSD with every purchase. BSD or Berkeley Software Distribution is a family of open source licenses and operating systems that emphasize permissive redistribution and high technical standards.
For clarity, the BSD Fund is supporting the BSD family of operating systems, whilest the FreeBSD Foundation only funds FreeBSD related activities and projects.
Thanks, Michael, for contacting me and asking to mention your achievement. If you, my readers, have anything FreeBSD related to announce, why not contact me? We BSD’ers don’t tend to be as vocal as our Penguin brothers…..