Jordan Hubbard, CTO of iXsystems, Co-Founder of FreeBSD, and FreeNAS Project Manager, has released his 4th state of the union address outlining the progress made in FreeNAS 10-BETA.
Check out these articles from Michael Larabel, of Phoronix, giving his input on TrueOS, DragonFlyBSD, GhostBSD, and various BSD operating systems. He provides thoughts on the ease of use, what needs work, and his top choices.
While I’ve been running PC-BSD on some systems for years I hadn’t tried out any of its rolling-release FreeBSD 11.0-based spins under the new TrueOS brand nor had I tried out the project’s Qt-based Lumina Desktop Environment since it reached 1.0. That changed today with trying out the latest weekly spin of TrueOS x64.
TrueOS is PC-BSD’s new unified brand and in addition to the changeover happening for the FreeBSD 11.0 milestone, some other changes TrueOS is carrying on top of FreeBSD 11 includes using LibreSSL, making use of Linux 4.7 DRM driver support, and more.
Following the seven-way Linux distribution benchmark comparison published earlier this week, on the same system I set out to test a variety of BSD distributions on the same system and ultimately benchmark their out-of-the-box performance too. Those performance benchmark results will be published later this week while today were a few remarks I wanted to share when trying out TrueOS, DragonFlyBSD, GhostBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, MidnightBSD, and PacBSD (Arch BSD) on this modern Intel Xeon system.
As announced earlier this week, PC-BSD has changed its name to TrueOS. The developers made another announcement indicating that TrueOS is a rolling release based on FreeBSD-CURRENT. Download the new ISO/image here.
TrueOS combines the convenience of a rolling release distribution with the failsafe technology of boot environments, resulting in a system that is both current and reliable. TrueOS now tracks FreeBSD’s “Current” branch and merges features from select FreeBSD developer branches to enhance support for newer hardware and technologies. Weekly automatic updates keep your system always up-to-date, and all updates are performed safely within system snapshots called boot environments. The TrueOS desktop uses the modular yet feature-rich Lumina desktop environment alongside the new SysAdm administration suite to provide a reliable desktop experience. SysAdm provides local and remote management of TrueOS and FreeBSD systems using a cross-platform graphical client compatible with Windows, Mac, and many Linux distributions. TrueOS is preconfigured for desktop and server installations using an intuitive graphical installer, taking the guesswork out of setting up a new system.
Where to find TrueOS:
- New Website! https://www.trueos.org/
- Try it out! https://www.trueos.org/downloads/
- Talk about it! https://www.reddit.com/r/TrueOS/
- Chat with the developers and other users: https://gitter.im/trueos/Lobby
- Read the new Handbook! https://www.trueos.org/handbook/trueos.html
- Report a Bug: https://www.trueos.org/handbook/help.html#report-a-bug
The developers of GhostBSD have made available the final RELEASE of 10.3, dubbed “Enoch”. The most notable changes in this version are ZFS support, better VirtualBox support, and many network fixes. See the link below for the full release notes and download the ISO/image here.
After a year of development, testing and debugging we are pleased to announce the release of GhostBSD 10.3 MATE & XFCE which is available on SourceForge and torrents for the amd64 and i386 architectures.
What’s new in GhostBSD 10.3
- ZFS support
- UEFI support
- Installer custom partition creation subjection
- VirtualBox support get setup at boot time if needed.
- 4k partition alignment by default
- GhostBSD Software will be updated Quarterly which will bring more stability to GhostBSD still user will be able to change it to latest to have the latest software update.
What changed in GhostBSD 10.3
- The installer partition editor UI and partitioning have been improved
- VirtualBox additions would be uninstall after installer if it is not runnig in a VirtualBox
- Slim is replacing GDM.
- Networkmgr display the full SSID
- Replaced the HTML/CSS installation slide with a GTK/CSS the slide.
Official announcement: http://ghostbsd.org/10.3_enoch
The long awaited FreeNAS 10-BETA is now available for download. This new version features a drastically improved graphic user interface, middleware, UI for virtual machine hosting, Docker, ReST API, and a plethora of other features. Please note that the BETA should not be used in production and for testing purposes only. See the link below for the full release notes and download the ISO/image here.
The FreeNAS Development Team is very proud to announce this general-availability BETA release of its totally redesigned, ground-up rewrite of FreeNAS, a release containing dozens of new features, additional polish, and hundreds of bug fixes to the previously released ALPHA2 of FreeNAS 10.
While still not considered “production ready” by any means, we hope that the new features, redesigned middleware, advanced CLI interface, and radically improved User Experience of FreeNAS 10 overall will attract users who are interested in a preview of what is to come with FreeNAS 10 RELEASE.
We also hope that software developers who are keen to understand the internals of this new design, and the ways in which it is facilitating the evolution of entirely new class of features and capabilities, will join us in making their own contributions to what has become the world’s most popular open source storage operating system!
Official announcement: http://www.freenas.org/blog/freenas-10-beta-now-available/
The developers of PC-BSD have decided to change the prominent FreeBSD based desktop operating system’s name to TrueOS. The decision was made by lead developer Kris Moore, who founded the project back in 2006. TrueOS will continue to be bundled with Lumina, a lightweight desktop environment designed by Ken Moore.
What Happened to PC-BSD®?
Many are very familiar with the name PC-BSD® and may be wondering why we changed the name. Although it’s a household name for so many, the developers realized this was a time for a new name that would better convey our message. Lead developer Kris Moore had this to say: “We’ve already been using TrueOS® for the server side of PC-BSD®, and it made sense to unify the names. PC-BSD® doesn’t reflect server or embedded well. TrueOS® Desktop/Server/Embedded can be real products, avoids some of the alphabet soup, and gives us a more catchy name.” One important lesson learned from going to conferences is that people can have a hard time remembering the acronym that makes up our name, which is not a good place to start with marketing a product. We’re confident the TrueOS® name will allow people to quickly identify the project. Subsequently, we will be able to convey our brand message in a better and more unified way.
In this article, user Jack Wallen installs UbuntuBSD for the first time and documents his thoughts and offers solutions on the hybrid distribution.
Considering that BSD is far closer to UNIX than is Linux, why would anyone go out of their way to merge it with Ubuntu? Two reasons. First, if you’re a long-time fan of Ubuntu and a long-time hater of systemd, UbuntuBSD might be the “systemd-less Ubuntu” you’ve been looking for. The second reason? Because one of the biggest complaints about BSD is that it’s more complex than it’s Linux relatives. That leads to one simple conclusion: far less usage. Even though BSD is an ideal platform for servers, it winds up little more than a wallflower at prom, watching all the cool Linux kids dancing the night away.
The developers of GhostBSD have made available the first release candidate for version 10.3. ZFS filesystem disk encryption was pushed back to GhostBSD 11.0. Download the ISO/update files here.
This first RC release is ready for testing new feature in GhostBSD 10.3, MATE and XFCE is available on SourceForge for the i386, amd64, and amd64-uefi architectures.
What has been fixed
- Installer ZFS Mirror and zraid setup
- Installer custom partition problem
- Installer UEFI partition
- Installer /boot problem
- 4k partition alignment
- Network Manager long SSID name
- Network Manager slowness to open the men
- Network Manager icon tray crash
Original announcement: http://ghostbsd.org/10.3_RC1
The developers of pfSense have announced the official RELEASE of version 2.3.2. Notable changes, as noted by Softpedia, are per-user configuration options in the Dashboard, strongSwan VPN update, IPv6 various configuration support, and more. Download the new ISO or update here.
We are happy to announce the release of pfSense® software version 2.3.2!
This is a maintenance release in the 2.3.x series, bringing a number of bug fixes. The full list of changes is on the 2.3.2 New Features and Changes page.
This release includes fixes for 60 bugs, 8 features and 2 todo items completed.
If you haven’t yet caught up on the changes in 2.3.x, check out the Features and Highlights video. Past blog posts have covered some of the changes, such as the performance improvements from tryforward, and the webGUI update.
Official announcement: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=2108
ZFS developer Adam H. Leventhal writes an in-depth comparison between ZFS–a prominent filesystem in BSD systems, and APFS–a new filesystem developed for Apple’s macOS and replacing its aging HFS+. The author discusses its snapshot and backup, management, performance, efficiency, and data integrity features.
APFS, the Apple File System, was itself started in 2014 with Giampaolo as its lead engineer. It’s a stand-alone, from-scratch implementation (an earlier version of this post noted a dependency on Core Storage, but Giampaolo set me straight in this comment). I asked him about looking for inspiration in other modern file systems such as BSD’s HAMMER, Linux’s btrfs, or OpenZFS (Solaris, illumos, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, Ubuntu Linux, etc.), all of which have features similar to what APFS intends to deliver. (And note that Apple built a fairly complete port of ZFS, though Giampaolo was not apparently part of the group advocating for it.) Giampaolo explained that he was aware of them as a self-described file system guy (he built the file system in BeOS, unfairly relegated to obscurity when Apple opted to purchase NeXTSTEP instead), but didn’t delve too deeply for fear, he said, of tainting himself.
Discussion thread on /r/programming: https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/4pziho/a_zfs_developers_analysis_of_apples_new_apfs_file/t1_d4pw7vc