The title is a bit misleading. There’s a lot of mixed BSD news in there, and no main article that’s on Blender. Anyway, it’s good to see another free PDF issue.
From the table of contents:
She talked about:
Read the article: Dru Lavigne: Confessions of a community manager (opensource.com)
Table of contents:
ZFS and FreeBSD
The Zettabyte Filesystem (ZFS) is one of the most advanced open source filesystems available today. Its design implements several revolutionary ideas with focus on data consistency, performance and ease of use.
FreeNAS is a very interesting project with a history spanningapproximately 5 years. It’s a fusion of FreeBSD with a webgui andembedded device framework, which creates a NAS device basedon FreeBSD, fully manageable from a web-browser out of a PCwith an x86 or AMD64 architecture.
Network transparent rate limitation with ipfw
In this article I will explain how to setup a transparent bridge between your LAN and your Firewall/router. With “transparent” I mean that you won’t need to do any change on your network in order to use it.
Building an iSCSI storage with BSD
Highly loaded databases need a fast and reliable storage solution, something like a big server with many hard drives, probably with 4, 8, or 16 drives. Also, many 1U servers do not have the necessary storage capacity to offer services that need it.
How to setup a USB Memory stick for installing a pfSense SoHo Firewall/Router
This article covers the installation and initial configuration of a pfSense Firewall / Router on a small form factor PC.
Mutt On OS X
Whenever my boss walks by my desk, he can’t help but ask, „Why do you insist on using the command line for everything? Are you stuck in the 1970’s or something?”…
The Missing Links to Strategic Implementation
In regards to growth and strategy, the father of management and strategy, Peter Drucker was wont to say, “Everything must degenerate into work if anything is to happen.”
With the rise of the Internet, there has been a considerable increase in the number of web browsers available for BSD platforms.
Interview with Dan Langille
BSDCan 2011 – An interview with Dan Langille, who will give you a closer look at the upcoming conference.
PC-SYSINSTALL – A new system installer backend for PC-BSD & FreeBSD
A presentation from BSDCan 2010 is an example of what you can expect from this years Conference.
Download BSD Magazine 2011/02: FreeBSD & ZFS
Drupal on FreeBSD – part 3
Continuing the series on the Drupal Content Management System, we will look at creating a store front for our new website using CCK and Views.
Email MX server in FreeBSD – Confguring FreeBSD as a mail MX server with Postfx
This is a tutorial on how to setup a mail MX server using Postfix.
Installing NGINX and PHP 5.3.x on FreeBSD 8.1
Have been using Apache as my default web server on FreeBSD servers since departing from IIS 4.0 and NT systems in 1999. Apache has always performed great on my installations and give the Apache Foundation great praise.
Text Terminal magic with tmux
Once you get used to something you seldom like to go back to old ways. So much so that you get uncomfortable without it.
Writing ‘bots using XMPP
One of my favorite topics, using XMPP/Jabber for productive, real world applications!
How to quickly make a bootable USB stick with FreeBSD
This article covers the steps needed to make a bootable USB stick with FreeBSD – a quick howto that also applies to a USB drive.
FreeBSD and simple char device driver for real PCI-hardware
The FreeBSD operating system captivates the hearts and minds of it’s fans so much, that finds it’s way in very diversive industries such as hosting projects and backbone routers. It can run on small embedded devices, as well as on large, multi-core systems.
BSD’s and Solaris on the Desktop. Are they ready to serve?
As I am a great unix fan, I use BSD daily, but I mainly use the beast on the servers. In my company, we run Linux on Desktops and I would like to change that too. Therefore I underwent this venture in order to see whether Unix is ready to replace Linux on the desktop or not.
Games Geeks Play!
Sufyan ibn Uzayr
In this article, we explore the various gaming options available for the BSD users.
Why can’t offce employees get along with open source offce suites?
I have been working for 6 years now in an office setting. Since the organization I work for does not have that “big” funds for purchasing bleeding-edge software, we put our hands on some open source counterparts of the proprietary ones.
Download the latest BSD Mag issue here: BSD’s and Solaris
I. The Perfect Database Server: Firebird 2.5 And FreeBSD 8.1
Here is the guide on installing Firebird 2.5 from FreeBSD 8.1 Ports and creating your first test database; also we show you how to install Flamerobin GUI (administration tool) and the PHP driver for it: The perfect database server: Firebird 2.5 and FreeBSD 8.1
II. Can DragonFlyBSD’s HAMMER Compete With Btrfs, ZFS?
The most common Linux file-systems we talk about at Phoronix are of course Btrfs and EXT4 while the ZFS file-system, which is available on Linux as a FUSE (user-space) module or via a recent kernel module port, gets mentioned a fair amount too. When it comes to the FreeBSD and PC-BSD operating systems, ZFS is looked upon as the superior, next-generation option that is available to BSD users. However, with the DragonFlyBSD operating system there is another option: HAMMER. In this article we are seeing how the performance of this original creation within the DragonFlyBSD project competes with ZFS, UFS, EXT3, EXT4, and Btrfs.
HAMMER is a file-system created by the DragonFlyBSD developers themselves and is the default choice when installing this BSD operating system, but UFS remains a choice too. The one sentence description about this file-system is that “[HAMMER] provides instant crash recovery, multi-volume file systems, integrity checking, fine grained history/undo, networked mirroring, and historical snapshots.” HAMMER uses no fsck, can be sized up to one Exabyte, supports up to 256 volumes of four petabytes in size, coarse-grained history provided by snapshots with up to sixty days history, live snapshot access, and data/meta-data is CRC-checked. Like Btrfs, HAMMER snapshots can be taken at any time, can be accessed live, and boasts a similar set of features. Other HAMMER file-system features include the ability to split it up into multiple pseudo file-systems, there is support for back-up pseudo file-systems, NFS-exportable snapshots, and there is support for slave-to-slave mirroring streams: Can DragonFlyBSD’s HAMMER Compete With Btrfs, ZFS?
Matt Dillon’s, DragonFlyBSD’s project founder, thoughts on the test: HAMMER Benchmark Fun
III. Get Linux and FreeBSD hardware info with guide to commands
Switching between open source OSs can sometimes be confusing, since they may have different ways of doing things. A common task that may confuse some users when switching systems is getting hardware information. In the case of Linux-based OSs and FreeBSD, the following cheat sheet for figuring out how to do the same things on two different systems can ease some of the pain: Linux vs FreeBSD cheat sheet.
IV. Cost Optimization Through Open Source Software (iXsystems)
The lead article in this month’s edition of the Open Source Business Resource was contributed by iXsystems. It describes some of the business reasons behind the company’s choice to use only FreeBSD and PC-BSD systems in its own infrastructure and provides a cost/savings comparison for both software and maintenance costs. It also contains some good references and percentages if you’re looking for something to show your manager (via)
V. Creating an LVM-backed FreeBSD DomU in a Linux Dom0
As the topic suggests we’re going to play with Xen and set up a FreeBSD DomU inside a Linux Dom0.
Some exciting and eyebrow raising news items:
FreeBSD on Amazon EC2
One of my largest complaints about Amazon EC2 ever since it launched has been my inability to run FreeBSD on it. Judging from the feedback I received to two earlier blog posts, I haven’t been alone. The problems keeping FreeBSD out of EC2 have always been more FreeBSD-related than Amazon-related, however, and over the past month I’ve been hacking away at FreeBSD’s Xen code, to the point where I can say something I’ve been waiting to say for a long time: FreeBSD now runs on Amazon EC2.
There are some caveats to this. First, at the moment only FreeBSD 9.0-CURRENT can run under EC2; I haven’t merged bug fixes back to the stable branches. Second, at the moment FreeBSD only runs on t1.micro instances, for reasons I can’t discuss (NDA) but hope will be resolved soon. Third, this code hasn’t received very much testing and is almost certain to have more serious bugs, so it should be approached as an experimental, not-ready-for-production-use system for now. Full post
OpenBSD & the FBI
Theo de Raadt, project leader of the OpenBSD project, has made an email public that reveals that the FBI built a backdoor into OpenBSD’s ipsec about a decade ago.
As of yet it’s not known if any of the revelations/allegations are true and if any other operating systems are affected. We will have to wait until developers have reviewed the code. What do you think about all this? Please drop a comment at the bottom.
This subject has been picked up by many websites and blogs. Here’s a selection:
Below some links, photos and videos for some BSD related events in the last few weeks:
BSD Day 2010
For the slide, check out the wiki page.
Soren Jacobsen has announced the release of NetBSD 5.1: “The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce that version 5.1 of the NetBSD operating system is now available. NetBSD 5.1 is the first feature update of the NetBSD 5.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed critical for security or stability reasons, as well as new features and enhancements. Please note that all fixes in security/critical updates are cumulative, so the latest update contains all such fixes since the corresponding minor release. Some highlights include:
Zafer Aydogan announced Jibbed 5.1, a NetBSD-based live CD featuring automatic hardware detection and the Xfce desktop.
On November 30th, FreeBSD 6.4 and FreeBSD 8.0 will have reached their End of Life and will no longer be supported by the FreeBSD Security Team. Since FreeBSD 6.4 is the last remaining supported release from the FreeBSD 6.x stable branch, support for the FreeBSD 6.x stable branch will also cease at the same point. Users of either of these FreeBSD releases are strongly encouraged to upgrade to either FreeBSD 7.3 or FreeBSD 8.1 before that date.
The FreeBSD Ports Management Team wishes to remind users that November 30 is also the end of support for the Ports Collection for both FreeBSD 6.4 RELEASE and the FreeBSD 6.x STABLE branch. Neither the infrastructure nor individual ports are guaranteed to work on these FreeBSD versions after that date. A CVS tag will be created for users who cannot upgrade for some reason, at which time these users are advised to stop tracking the latest ports CVS repository and use the RELEASE_6_EOL tag instead. (source)
As in previous years, Google held a “Mentor Summit” to bring together representatives from the open source organizations that participated in the Google Summer of Code to share experiences of what worked, what didn’t, and generally learn from each other about shepherding students through the program. The mentor summit is always run Unconference-style and it is a great opportunity to meet, learn, and socialize with the many other open source organization… continues (Murray’s FreeBSD Notes)
FreeBSD Will Pay for Some KMS, GEM Love
“The good news, however, is that the FreeBSD Foundation is willing to finance a developer to work on bringing kernel mode-setting and Graphics Execution Manager support over to the FreeBSD kernel.”
Source & full story: FreeBSD Will Pay for Some KMS, GEM Love (phoronix.com)
Why I Love Unix
I love Unix because of all the wonderful things that I can do on the command line. When I first used Unix in 1983, it was love on first sight. With a list of the most basic commands by my side, I quickly discovered how much I could accomplish with several command strings strung together. Unix was nothing like what I’d been using up to that point in my brief data processing career. It was clever, modular and logical. With tools like grep and languages like awk, it was quite a bit of fun to discover how easily I could make the system do my bid. My ability to capture sequences of commands easily into scripts made it possible for me to encapsulate my clever commands, even share them with coworkers. The Unix culture seemed innovative, inviting my participation in creating an environment that really worked for me.
Full blog post: Why I love UNIX (itworld.com)
Other BSD related news
Some of the articles are:
Commissioning FreeBSD with the Drupal Content Management Framework – Part 1
With nearly 6000 modules and PHP support Drupal offers a sophisticated web development platform as well as a thriving community. Drupal, originally conceived by Dries Buytaert, has a reputation of being an extremely capable DContent Management System (CMS) albeit with a steep learning curve. While many criticisms concerning the complexity of the interface will be addressed in the forthcoming Drupal 7 release (which is currently in the alpha stage), Drupal 6 excels in stability, flexibility and high quality code. The developers also subscribe to a transparent policy towards security issues, and have a dedicated security team which ensures that core modules remain high quality. Used as the basis of many high profile sites.
Building VPNs on OpenBSD
A VPN is a network made up of multiple private networks situated at different locations, linked together using secure tunnels over a public (insecure) network, typically the Internet. VPNs are becoming increasingly popular, as they allow companies to join the LANs of their branches or subsidiaries into a single private network (site-to-site VPNs) or to provide mobile employees, such as sales people, access to their corporate network from outside the premises (remote-access VPNs), thus making accessing and sharing internal information much easier.
Closed-source and unsupported drivers with FreeBSD
Sooner or later you come to a conclusion that you need to have an enhanced mobility throughout your home place. And you decide to purchase an Wi-Fi card and put it into a home gate-keeper. Do you know about troubles that could bring this simple transaction like WiFi network card purchase?Some might ask – is it necessary to buy a WiFi-card instead of a simple AccessPoint (AP)? At first glance you can figure out that there exist the fine models of ADSL-modems with wireless capabilities and that could work as AP. However, it should be noticed that: a) not all home connections to an Internet-provider go through a „copper” like phone- or cable-line; b) you simply need to add a WiFi-capability to an already working gate; c) a WiFi-card itself costs several times cheaper of AP.
Download issue: VPN and BSD
The BSD Mag September issue is about BSD and Linux
The following articles can be found in this issue:
Installing a Citrix Client on FreeBSD
As our computing needs change, so does our criteria for selecting an operating system. Today, my job and my family are in different cities.
Writing shellcode for Linux and *BSD
A shellcode is a sequence of machine language instructions which an already-running program can be forced to execute by altering its execution flow through software vulnerabilities (e.g. stack overflow, heap overflow or format strings).
How To Convert Text to Voice Using Festival and Lame in FreeBSD
In 2007 I built a web-based IM/ Chat Service which was later launched as an iPhone web app. Making a long story short I retired the service in 2008 and that was that.
FreeBSD Squid proxy with Parental Controls How-To
Traditionally, web pages were served via a webserver such as Apache and transmitted via the network on port 80 to a web-browser.
Network monitoring with Nagios and OpenBSD PART 2
So our OpenBSD-based network now includes redundant firewalls, domain name servers, a mail gateway and a web proxy cache .
The Difference Between FreeBSD and Ubuntu in a Not So Technical Way
As a system administrator, I have been using various distributions of Linux and FreeBSD. I am comfortable in a mixed environment of *nix operating systems to provide network services.
Download: BSD Magazine 2010-09 (Linux and BSD)