The History of FreeNAS & TrueNAS

Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of FreeBSD, talks about FreeNAS’s beginnings and its transformation to a new product — TrueNAS.

Original post: http://www.ixsystems.com/whats-new/the-history-of-freenas-truenas/

The FreeNAS project got its start way back in 2005, when Olivier Cochard-Labbé wanted to turn his old PC into a home server. There wasn’t an open source project that fit all of his needs, so he did what any self-respecting software developer would do: he sat down and wrote his own. Just like that, the software that would eventually become the world’s most popular open source software defined storage was born.

Development continued until 2009, when one of the project developers proposed moving FreeNAS to a Debian Linux based system. This move would have meant losing access to the FreeBSD community and the overall quality of its software, and FreeNAS would also lose its native ZFS support, since the ZFS On Linux project didn’t even exist at that time. iXsystems had used FreeNAS for many years and sold servers specifically made for FreeNAS, so Matt Olander, one of the iXsystems founders, reached out to Olivier and offered to take over FreeNAS development on FreeBSD. Olivier gave his blessing, and iXsystems started immediately working on FreeNAS 8. In order to modernize FreeNAS, the development team at iXsystems rewrote almost all the code and replaced the m0n0wall PHP code with a full featured, easy-to-use webGUI.

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Lumina Desktop 0.8.3 Released!

The developers of PC-BSD have released Lumina Desktop version 0.8.3.

Original link: https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/lumina-desktop-0-8-3-released.51085/

The next version of the Lumina Desktop Environment has just been released!

This is mainly a bugfix release to correct an urgent issue with the system tray on FreeBSD 11, but there are a number of other slight improvements/updates included as well. The full list of changes is included at the bottom of this announcement, but the notable changes are as follows:

  • New Panel Plugin: “Application Launcher“
    • This allows the user to pin the shortcut for an application directly to a panel.
  • New Utility: “lumina-xconfig“
    • This utility allows the user to easily enable/disable additional monitors/screens within the desktop session.
  • Fix the issue with transparent system tray icons on FreeBSD 11
  • Add support for the XDG autostart specifications.

The FreeBSD port has already been updated and this version will be included in the next set of PC-BSD package updates (“Edge” packages being created now) as well as included in the next PC-BSD 11 image for April (coming soon).

Reminder: The Lumina desktop environment is still considered to be “beta-quality”, so if you find things that either don’t work or don’t work well, please report them on the PC-BSD bug tracker so that they can get fixed as soon as possible. Feel free to also post tickets for any feature requests or improvements that you think might be useful!

 

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GhostBSD 10.1 Alpha 2 now available

The developers of GhostBSD have released their second alpha for version 10.1.

 ghostbsd_2I am pleased to announce the availability the second ALPHA build of the 10.1-RELEASE Release cycle which is available on SourceForge for the amd64 and i386 architectures.

Changes and fix between 10.1-ALPHA1 and 10.1-ALPHA2 include:

  • The PCDM theme file as been fixed which was creating blinking black screen.
  • Macro windows decoration has been fixed.
  • The installer GPT partition problem has been found and fixed in pc-sysintall.
  • Some installer text error has been fix.
  • The user shell selection has been fix from the last change to have csh by default since fish have a bug from the ports.

Where to download:

The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:

http://www.ghostbsd.org/download-10.1

Important info

Please be aware that this release provides beta tester and developers with a system to test out new features for the upcoming release. This release may contain buggy code and features, so we encourage you to run it only on non-critical systems.

We encourage you to use our new issue system build with MantisBT http://issues.ghostbsd.org/main_page.php.

Note: Developers can’t fix problems that we are not aware and can’t reproduce; if you report a problem give us a detailed reports that we can reproduce the problem.

Thank you for using GhostBSD and have a lot of fun beta testing GhostBSD!

Eric Turgeon

Development’s News

Original link: http://ghostbsd.org/10.1-alpha2

pfSense 2.2.1 RELEASE Now Available

The developers of pfSense have made available version 2.2.1 RELEASE.

Original post: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1661

pfSensepfSense® software 2.2.1 release is now available, bringing a number of bug fixes and some security fixes.

Security Fixes

A note on the OpenSSL “FREAK” vulnerability:

  • Does not affect the web server configuration on the firewall as it does not have export ciphers enabled.
  • pfSense 2.2 already included OpenSSL 1.0.1k which addressed the client-side vulnerability.
  • If packages include a web server or similar component, such as a proxy, an improper user configuration may be affected. Consult the package documentation or forum for details.

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Installing a Unix-like Desktop Operating System ‘PC-BSD 10.1.1′

This tutorial by user Babin Lonston shows us how to install the latest PC-BSD 10.1.1.

Original post: http://www.tecmint.com/pc-bsd-10-1-1-installation-guide/

pcbsd-logoPC-BSD is a open source Unix-like desktop operating system created upon the most recent release version of FreeBSD. PC-BSD purpose is to make the experience of FreeBSD easy and obtainable for the regular computer user by providing KDE, XFCE, LXDE and Mate as the graphical user interface. By default PC-BSD comes with KDE Plasma as its default desktop environment, but you can have the option to select your choice of desktop environment during installation.

PS-BSD comes with per-built support for Wine (running Windows software’s), nVidia and Inter drivers for hardware acceleration and also an optional 3D desktop interface via Kwin (KDE X Window Manager) and also it has it own package management model that enables users to install software packages offline or online from PC-BSD repository, which is different and unique for BSD operating systems.

Recently, PC-BSD project has announced the availability of PC-BSD 10.1.1. This new release comes with number of new improved features, better GPT support and number of desktop utilities have been ported to Qt 5.

This article describes the basic instructions on installing PC-BSD 10.1.1 using the graphical installer using DVD / USB method.

Installation of PC-BSD 10.1.1

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5 Fun Things to Do with FreeNAS

FreeNAS_Icon_263x254pxFreeNAS user Annie Zhang wrote about 5 fun things you can do with your FreeNAS device. From serving media to hosting your own personal cloud, the FreeBSD based storage software has a variety of uses.

Original post: http://www.freenas.org/whats-new/2015/03/5-fun-things-to-do-with-freenas.html/trackback

If I asked the average user how they use FreeNAS, they’d probably answer “back up and store files”. While that’s both practical and important, it’s also a bit boring. The software is designed for small and home offices but if you’ve got a system at home, you’re probably wondering what kind of fun you can have with it.

To that end, we’ve rounded up five of the more interesting ways you can use FreeNAS. Some of the tutorials I’ll link to make the assumption you’ve already built and set up your system. If you need some help with that, check out our official FreeNAS guide to hardware design and the FreeNAS YouTube channel.

Many of these projects make extensive use of the plugins system. An overview of plugins and a full list of the ones available can be found in the FreeNAS documentation. The guides range from a simple plugin installation to some command line hacking so make sure you’re comfortable with the difficulty level before attempting any tutorial.

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GhostBSD 10.1 Alpha 1 now available

The developers of GhostBSD have released the first Alpha for 10.1, based on FreeBSD.

GhostBSD 10.1 Alpha 1 now available

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I am pleased to announce the availability the fist ALPHA build of the 10.1-RELEASE Release cycle which is available on SourceForge for the amd64 and i386 architectures.

Changes and fix between 4.0-RELEASE and 10.1-ALPHA1 include:

  • GDM as been replaced by PCDM
  • Wifimgr is now fully replaced by Networkmgr
  • A beta version of Update Station is now in GhostBSD whish update FreeBSD base system and software
  • The installer partition editor got a lot of improment
  • The installer use the latest pc-sysinstall from PCBSD GitHup
  • GhostBSD is now following the same release number then FreeBSD and PCBSD

Where to download:

The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:

http://www.ghostbsd.org/download-10.1

Original post: http://ghostbsd.org/10.1-alpha1

A look at the upcoming features for 10.1.2

pcbsd-logoSeveral upcoming features have been announced for PC-BSD 10.1.2. They are Personacrypt, Tor , stealth mode, LibreSSL, and encrypted backups. Read ahead for a detailed explanation for each.

Original post: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2015/03/a-look-at-the-upcoming-features-for-10-1-2/

If you’ve been an EDGE user in the past few weeks, or following our Roadmap items for the upcoming 10.1.2 release, you may have noticed a number of new security and privacy related items. I wanted to take a moment to clarify what some of these new features are and what they will do.

– PersonaCrypt –

The first of the new features is a new CLI utility called personacrypt. This command will allow the creation and usage of a GELI backed encrypted external media for your users $HOME directory. We are using it internally to keep our user profiles on USB 3.0 — 256GB hybrid SSD / flash memory stick (Coarsair flash Voyager GTX specifically). This is tied into the PCDM login manager, and user manager, so when you create a new user account, you can opt to keep all your personal data on any external device. The device is formatted with GPT / GELI / ZFS, and is decrypted at login via the GUI, after entering your encryption key, along with the normal user password.

Additionally, the personacrypt command uses GELI’s ability to split the key into two parts. One being your passphrase, and the other being a key stored on disk. Without both of these parts, the media cannot be decrypted. This means if somebody steals the key and manages to get your password, it is still worthless without the system it was “paired” with. PersonaCrypt will also allow exporting / importing this key data, so you can “pair” the key with other systems.

– Tor Mode –

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