“It hurts to know that GhostBSD began to stop respecting the philosophy of the open source software.”
The new team has reorganised things and relaunched the website: www.ghostbsd.org
Below you will find some links to recent news articles and blog posts relating to FreeBSD, it’s development and future that I hadn’t linked to yet. If you’re anything else noteworthy, please let us know.
Google says ‘Go’ to new programming language
HowTo: nForce2 sound on FreeBSD
I finally got around to replace the northbridge fan of my ABIT AN-7 powered desktop and with it boot its old FreeBSD 7.4-STABLE install. Though I have a Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 4 I wanted to make sure I could go by with just the motherboard’s nForce2 integrated sound system, so I’ll explain how to enable the nForce2 sound on FreeBSD.
Installing NRPE on FreeBSD 9.0
NRPE is an addon that allows you to execute plugins on remote Linux/Unix hosts. This is useful if you need to monitor local resources/attributes like disk usage, CPU load, memory usage, etc. on a remote host.
With FreeBSD, there are at least two advantages to installing NRPE from the official FreeBSD ports.
First, the source code file in FreeBSD ports is already modified to work with FreeBSD. Second, FreeBSD ports contains many FreeBSD-specific plugins that can be used with the FreeBSD version of NRPE. More
FUSE For FreeBSD Nearing Completion
Porting FUSE to a FreeBSD kernel module has been a long-time coming. The FreeBSD FUSE kernel module port originally began as a Google Summer of Code project, but it wasn’t successful. In 2011, work on the port was restored via another year with Google Summer of Code, but at the end of the summer the FreeBSD FUSE implementation was still unstable and suffered data corruption issues. Now it seems that FreeBSD FUSE is finally getting hacked into shape and may be committed in the coming days. More
Cambridge’s Capsicum Framework Promises Efficient Security For UNIX/ChromeOS
“Communications of the ACM is carrying two articles promoting the Capsicum security model developed by Robert Watson (FreeBSD — Cambridge) and Ben Laurie (Apache/OpenSSL, ChromeOS — Google) for thin-client operating systems such as ChromeOS. They demonstrate how Chrome web browser sandboxing using Capsicum is not only stronger, but also requires only 100 lines of code, vs 22,000 lines of code on Windows! FreeBSD 9.0 shipped with experimental Capsicum support, OpenBSD has patches, and Google has developed a Linux prototype.”
While the ACM’s stories are both paywalled, the Capsicum project itself has quite a bit of information online in the form of various papers and a video, as well as links to (BSD-licensed) code and to various subprojects. (via)
Debian: kFreeBSD 9.0 Kernel Competing Against Linux 3.2
The Debian GNU/kFreeBSD project has been quite interesting as one of the official Debian operating system ports. Debian GNU/kFreeBSD pairs the FreeBSD kernel with the Debian GNU user-land so that users can enjoy their traditional Debian applications while taking advantage of the FreeBSD kernel. With the recently released FreeBSD 9.0 kernel having worked its way into Debian Wheezy, how is the FreeBSD 9.0 kernel performance compared to the Linux 3.2 kernel? This Phoronix article provides those benchmarks and this one on OpenBenchmarks.
GhostBSD 2.5 Review
GhostBSD is a desktop distribution based on FreeBSD. It comes as an installable Live DVD image and is developed by Eric Turgeon and Nahuel Sanchez. The latest edition, GhostBSD 2.5, based on FreeBSD 9, is the project’s fourth release, and was made available for public download on January 24 (2012).
This article provides the first review of this distribution on this website, and it is based on test installations of the 32-bit version.
This article provides the first review of this distribution on this website, and it is based on test installations of the 32-bit version. The boot menu is shown below.
March’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (free PDF download).
You’ll find the following subjects inside:
- MaheshaBSD-2.0: What’s New On The Lake Manasarovar?
- GhostBSD: A Brief Overview
- How Do I Study for the BSDA Certification?
- GDB and Truss for Debugging
- PostgreSQL: MVCC and Vacuum
- Beowulf Clusters with DragonflyBSD
- Npppd: EasyPPTP VPN with OpenBSD
- Anatomy of FreeBSD Compromise Part 4
Read and download Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (BSD Mag 12/03)
Although a few weeks late, still worth a mention anyways.
John Combs has announced the release of GhostBSD 2.5, a FreeBSD-based desktop operating system and live media with a choice of GNOME or LXDE desktops: “After months of work, the official, final release of GhostBSD 2.5 is finally here! Many bugs have been fixed, many parts of the system updated, tweaked and fine-tuned.
We now have two main branches of the system – one is based on GNOME desktop, the other on LXDE. Both fit perfectly on their respective mediums, are available in amd64 and i386 versions and can be downloaded in form of CD/DVD or USB images.
GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0
If you want to try out FreeBSD 9.0 this holiday but are not turned on by the actual FreeBSD 9.0 install and setup process, nor find the KDE desktop of PC-BSD 9.0 enjoyable, you may want to try out GhostBSD 2.5.
Centreon 2.3.3 on FreeBSD 9
This tutorial will guide the user to complete the installation of Centreon on FreeBSD. We will be using an installation on a FreeBSD 9.0-PRERELEASE kernel version, kernel version does not influence the tutorial.
What is the Centreon? Centreon is a powerful tool for monitoring hosts and services, it is a frontend that works on top of Nagios, adding many features for viewing and alert history, status, etc. ..
Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Ready For FreeBSD 9.0
It’s not only the FreeBSD and PC-BSD camps gearing up for the imminent release of FreeBSD 9.0, but Debian developers have already been gearing up for the major update of this leading BSD distribution as they prepare to pull in its new kernel.
Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs
PC-BSD’s installation setup is one of them: Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs.
FreeBSD Development over 13 Years
This video shows the visual development of FreeBSD with its committers.
iXsystems Haiku Contest
Do you have the creativity/humor/love for FreeBSD and PC-BSD? Then submit an original haiku poem.
Here at iXsystems we always love hearing what you have to say, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 release than indulging in some creative writing? We’ll gladly give away a PC-BSD shirt to the winner, and immortalize his/her haiku up on our Facebook and Google+ sites. (via)
bsdtalk210 – James Nixon from iXsystems
Interview with James Nixon from iXsystems at the LISA 2011 conference in Boston.
BSDs ‘lost’ just because of this phone number 1-800-ITS-UNIX
BSD ‘lost’ because of a phone number? Nonsense.
Four of the BSD guys had just formed a company to sell BSD commercially. They even had a nice phone number: 1-800-ITS-UNIX. That phone number did them and me in. AT&T sued them over the phone number and the lawsuit took 3 years to settle. That was precisely the period Linux was launched and BSD was frozen due to the lawsuit
5 FreeBSD Security Advisories
The second release candidate (RC) for the upcoming GhostBSD 2.5, which is based on FreeBSD 9.0-RC2, is now available for download.
Notable changes from RC1 include:
- added WiFi Network Manager for easier wireless connection configuration; additionally, the WiFi card is now being configured during live medium boot-up,
- added Florence virtual keyboard for future touch screen development,
- added e2fsprogs to support ext2, ext3 and ext4 filesystem.
GhostBSD lite (CD medium) will be a little late this time. We have decided to swap GNOME for LXDE desktop in that version.
More details regarding this release, known issues and bug reporting can be found in the announcement: GhostBSD 2.5 RC2 available for testing