The developers of OPNsense have made available version 18.1 – Groovy Gecko. This version includes FreeBSD 11.1 base operating system, PHP 7.1 and jQuery 3 updates, more driver support, OpenVPN multi-remote support for clients, plugin-capable firewall NAT rules, and much more. See the link below for the full list of changes. Download the IMG file here.
LinuxAndUbuntu gives us an in-depth review of TrueOS, a FreeBSD based operating system. They walk us through from installation, control panel, applications, to developer tools. See the link below for the detailed report.
Trust me, the name TrueOS takes me back to 1990s when Tru64 UNIX operating system made its presence. TrueOS is PC-BSD’s new unified brand built upon FreeBSD-CURRENT code base. Note that TrueOS is not a Linux distro but is BSD Unix.?FreeBSD is known for its cutting-edge features, security, scalability, and ability to work both as a server and desktop operating system. TrueOS aims at having user-friendliness with the power of FreeBSD OS. Let us start with going into details of different aspects of the TrueOS.
Jesse Smith of DistroWatch gives us an in depth review of the latest GhostBSD version 11.1, from installing, to package management, to applications. Check out the link below for the detailed report.
Most of my time with GhostBSD, I was impressed and happy with the operating system. GhostBSD builds on a solid, stable FreeBSD core. We benefit from FreeBSD’s performance and its large collection of open source software packages. The MATE desktop was very responsive in my trial and the system is relatively light on memory, even when run on ZFS which has a reputation for taking up more memory than other file systems.
There were a couple of weak links in GhostBSD’s chain, the big one being hardware compatibility. While the operating system worked very well in VirtualBox, I could not get it to boot on my desktop hardware, a problem I typically have with FreeBSD-based projects. I can often work around little issues when trying a new operating system, but only if it will boot. The second concern I had was with the package manager. OctoPkg works, but it is very minimal and it doesn’t make it particularly easy for new users to find the software they want. I’m hoping to see a more modern looking software centre in future versions of GhostBSD.
Original post: https://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20180108#ghostbsd
The developers of TrueOS have made available version 17.12. This version features improvements in OpenRC, boot speed, removable-device management, Lumina, SysAdm API integrations, and more. Head on over to the link below for more details. Download here.
We have also been working quite a bit on the server offering of TrueOS, and are pleased to provide new text-based server images with support for Virtualization systems such as bhyve! This allows for simple server deployments which also take advantage of the TrueOS improvements to FreeBSD such as:
- Sane service management and status reporting with OpenRC
- Reliable, non-interactive system update mechanism with fail-safe boot environment support.
- Graphical management of remote TrueOS servers through SysAdm (also provides a reliable API for administrating systems remotely).
- LibreSSL for all base SSL support.
- Base system managed via packages (allows for additional fine-tuning).
- Base system is smaller due to the removal of the old GCC version in base. Any compiler and/or version may be installed and used via packages as desired.
- Support for newer graphics drivers and chipsets (graphics, networking, wifi, and more)
We are also pleased to announce the availability of TrueOS Sponsorships! If you would like to help contribute to the project financially we now have the ability to accept both one-time donations as well as recurring monthly donations which will help us advocate for TrueOS around the world.
Thank you all for using and supporting TrueOS!
~ The TrueOS Core Team
Original announcement: https://www.trueos.org/blog/trueos-17-12-release/
The developers of FreeNAS have made available version 11.1-RELEASE! The changes in this one are FreeBSD 11.1 base, OpenZFS improvements, resilvering, new GUI themes, Intel Skylake, Kaby Lake, and AMD Ryzen compatibility, and cloud sync options. See the link(s) below for a full list of changes. Download here.
FreeNAS 11.1 Provides Greater Performance and Cloud Integration
The FreeNAS Development Team is excited and proud to present FreeNAS 11.1! FreeNAS 11.1 adds cloud integration, OpenZFS performance improvements, including the ability to prioritize resilvering operations, and preliminary Docker support to the world’s most popular software-defined storage operating system. This release includes an updated preview of the beta version of the new administrator graphical user interface, including the ability to select display themes. This post provides a brief overview of the new features.
The base operating system has been updated to the STABLE version of FreeBSD 11.1, which adds new features, updated drivers, and the latest security fixes. Support for Intel® Xeon® Scalable Family processors, AMD Ryzen processors, and HBA 9400-91 has been added.
FreeNAS 11.1 adds a cloud sync (data import/export to the cloud) feature. This new feature lets you sync (similar to backup), move (erase from source), or copy (only changed data) data to and from public cloud providers that include Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Services), Backblaze B2 Cloud, Google Cloud, and Microsoft Azure.
Original announcement: http://www.freenas.org/blog/freenas-11-1-release/
New Features in 11.1: https://doc.freenas.org/11/intro.html#new-features-in-release
Forbes.com has published an article by iXsystems CEO Michael Lauth about how he and co-founder Matt Olander chose to bootstrap the company rather than seek funding.
“Looking back, I don’t think I’d change a thing. We need to be in Silicon Valley for the prime customers, vendors and talent, and it’s a point of pride that our customers recognize how different we are from the norm.”
Lumina Desktop Environment has shipped out version 1.4, which comes with a new theme engine as well as ZFS integrations. Other additions are the PDF viewer, packaging changes, themes repository, and more. Lumina is known for being the default Desktop Environment of TrueOS, which is based on FreeBSD. See the full list of changes at the link below.
I am pleased to announce the immediate availability of version 1.4.0 of the Lumina Desktop Environment! This release contains a few major changes, plus a whole host of runtime optimizations, feature expansions, ZFS integrations, and more.
The Lumina Theme Engine (and associated configuration utility)
The Lumina theme engine is a new component of the “core” desktop, and provides enhanced theming capabilities for the desktop as well as all Qt5 applications. While it started out life as a fork of the “qt5ct” utility, it quickly grew all sorts of new features and functionality such as system-defined color profiles, modular theme components, and built-in editors/creators for all components. The backend of this engine is a standardized theme plugin for the Qt5 toolkit, so that all Qt5 applications will now present a unified appearance (if the application does not enforce a specific appearance/theme of it’s own). Users of the Lumina desktop will automatically have this plugin enabled: no special action is required.
Debuts with New Theme Engine and ZFS Integrations…
Original announcement: https://lumina-desktop.org/version-1-4-0-released/
This blog by user Nahraf details his journey of moving from FreeNAS to FreeBSD to better accommodate his use cases. Check out the blog to see his detailed instructions for the zpool transitioning.
I love FreeNAS. Its awesome, well built, well-supported. But as my needs increased, I wanted to use my FreeNAS box for more than the basics. In particular, I was moving towards a single host to run as a:
- Family NAS server
- Development server
- IRC client
- VM server
- Web server
- Email Server
- Git Server
- Home Firewall
- Home IPv6 gateway
- IPv6 VPN and Jump box
FreeNAS could easily do all of this. But I found myself using the device for everything but a NAS server. Also, as my experience on FreeBSD reaching proficient-status, I wanted to jump in the deep end and manually configure a production system from scratch. So I thanked FreeNAS for their contribution, yanked out the USB disks and installed FreeBSD 11.1 on a separate USB disk.
The developers of GhostBSD have made available version 11.1 RELEASE. This version is packed with MATE and XFCE desktop environments, and 32-bit support has been dropped to allow for focus on the 64-bit architecture. The official GhostBSD software repository is now available, as well as VMware Workstation Guest features, various UFS features, ZFS, and several bug fixes. See the link below for the full release notes. You can download the ISO/image files here.
After a year of development, testing, debugging and working on our software package repository, we are pleased to announce the release of GhostBSD 11.1 is now available on 64-bit(amb64) architecture with MATE and XFCE Desktop on direct and torrent download. With 11.1 we drop 32-bit i386 supports, and we currently maintain our software packages repository for more stability.
What’s new on GhostBSD 11.1
- GhostBSD software repository
- Support VMware Workstation Guest Features
- New UFS full disk mirroring option on the installer
- New UFS full disk MBR and GPT option on the installer
- New UFS full disk swap size option on the installer
- Whisker Menu as default Application menu on XFCE
- All software developed by GhostBSD is now getting updated
- ZFS configuration for disk
What has been fixed on 11.1?
- Fix XFCE sound plugin
- Installer ZFS configuration file setting
- Installer ZFS setup appears to be incomplete
- The installer was not listing ZFS disk correctly.
- The installer The partition list was not deleted when pressing back
- XFCE and MATE shutdown/suspend/hibernate randomly missing
- Clicking ‘GhostBSD Bugs’ item in the Main menu -> ‘System Tools’ brings up ‘Server not found’ page
- XFCE installation – incorrect keyboard layout
- Locale setting not filling correctly
- Update Station tray icon
Where to download?
The image checksum’s, hybrid ISO(DVD, USB) images are available at http://www.ghostbsd.org/download.
Original announcement: http://ghostbsd.org/11.1_release_announcement