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
WhatsAPP uses FreeBSD
What kind of operating system does one need for 1 million concurrent TCP/IP sessions? FreeBSD is one of the choices. WhatsApp uses FreeBSD in combination with Erlang to achieve this: One Million.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile messenger that replaces SMS and works through the existing internet data plan of your device. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, BlackBerry, Android and Nokia Symbian60 phones. Because WhatsApp Messenger uses the same internet data plan that you use for email and web browsing, there is no cost to message and stay in touch with your friends.
A new kind of Cache
It’s called Bullet Cache, created by Ivan Voras.
“Think of Bullet Cache as “Memcached, only better” :) It offers some unique data query options and is blazingly fast!”
KDE SC 4.7.2 is available in ports.
The following are some interesting FreeBSD related news bits from this week:
I. Testing the (new) FBFS scheduler
The FBFS Scheduler (Google Summer of Code 2011) project aims to bring an experimental light-weight scheduler to FreeBSD and has now come to a state it can be tested: FreeBSD FBFS live DVD image is available now. There are many differences between Linux which is the original scheduler’s initial implementation platform and FreeBSD, so the port will be more like an reimplementation of some of the ideas. This project (FAQ) is brings a new perspective to the problem of scheduling – namely how would a simplified scheduler (without expensive tracking of process performance) behave for modern workloads (via).
II. BSD isn’t relevant anymore (Lennart Poettering)
This is a typical anti-BSD story that gets featured on Slashdot: BSD Isn’t Relevant Anymore. The author is clearly out of touch with reality. The BSD community may be small compared to Windows and Linux, but that doesn’t mean BSD operating systems are not relevant anymore.
Maybe I shouldn’t even mention and refer to this piece of rubbish here ;-)
“In an interview with LinuxFr.org, Lennart Poettering speaks freely about his creations, PulseAudio, Avahi and systemd among other things. Naturally, what has stirred up most of the discussions online is Lennarts opinions on BSD. Following the recent proposal to make Gnome a Linux exclusive desktop, Lennart explains that he thinks BSD support is holding back a lot of Free Software development. This while also taking a stab at Debian kFreeBSD: ‘Debian kFreeBSD is a toy OS, people really shouldn’t misunderstand that.'”
III. UNIX still data center darling
Unix systems may not be all the rage that they were two decades ago, but in nearly eight out of 10 data centers based on them, their use is either holding steady or increasing.
That’s the assessment of a recent survey of the HP, IBM, and Oracle Unix customer bases by Gabriel Consulting Group, which has just finished up its fifth annual slicing and dicing of Unix customer sentiments.
Unix systems have successfully colonized their neighborhoods in the data centers of the world, and are resisting the onslaught of Windows and Linux on those systems’ relatively inexpensive x64 iron. The Unix colonists are also resisting all of the marketing muscle and money that is dedicated to evicting them.
Full article: UNIX still data center darling
IV. GhostBSD – New installer
The GhostBSD developers are working on a graphical installer. Previously, installation was done through a Python script, but a GUI installer “sells better” these days and will probably result in more people trying this O/S.
V. BSD News in Russian
There are already a number of good Russian (Free)BSD related websites, but F-Andrey decided that this could be improved and launched http://bsdnir.blogspot.com. If you’re Russian or if Russian is a language you can read, have a look at bsdnir, or alternatively, you can use Google Translate.
BTW, if you’re interested in setting up a non-English FreeBSD related section on this website, please get in touch with me.
VI. New ports committer
Ryan Steinmetz has been accepted as a new FreeBSD ports committer (15 July)
Whilst serving and checking out a few links today, I came across the following sites that you may be interested in too:
In episode number 17, I go over a recent install of GhostBSD 2.0 which now has a home on my laptop. It happens to be one of the easiest installs so far. You end up with a fully configured FreeBSD running Gnome as the desktop. The GhostBSD team are doing a great job, so give it a try and you will be up and running in no time (Listen)
II howtobsd.com – Simple way to understanding FreeBSD
This site has been around since October 2009 but I only stumbled upon it today. As the name suggests, you can find there many useful commands and howtos, e.g:
- Create a SVN repository
- Monitoring FreeBSD servers with Munin
- Installing Ruby on Rails on FreeBSD
- freebsd geom mirror howto
- How to move FreeBSD system from one hdd to another
- Backup freebsd howto with fsbackup
Last week GhostBSD 2.0 was released
GhostBSD is a free operating system based on FreeBSD that can either be installed or run as Live-CD. Its default graphical environment is GNOME and GhostBSD 2.0 is based on FreeBSD 8.2.
The installer is not a point-and-click GUI but a python script. However, for most people who have used BSD or Linux, the questions are self explanatory.
Some of the changes, additions and features are:
- support auto mount of USB Devices!
- new logo
- bug fixes
- new live file system
- improvements to GDM
- based upon FreeBSD 8.2
- package installation and management can be done with the new package manager, Bxpkg
Included software packages are:
- Gnome 2.32
- Rhythmbox 0.12.8_3
- Pidgin 2.7.7
- Firefox 3.6
- Thunderbird 3.0.11
Prashanth has written a review on Das U-Blog: Review: GhostBSD 2.0
I tried to install GhostBSD 2.0 in VirtualBox but some issue would not allow the installer finish installation.
The GhostBSD Team has also released a new website. Unfortunately, it’s still very bare and contains some bugs and spelling errors. Hopefully this will be dealt with soon.
Let’s see how GhostBSD and PC-BSD 9.0 (Gnome) will square up…
The GhostBSD developers have released a new version of GhostBSD: GhostBSD 2.0 beta:
This release is a Live CD with out an installer.The reason we do that is so we can offer out a working version to find bugs before the final release. Some great news for this release of GhostBSD 2.0 will now be support auto mount of USB Devices! […]
Some of the new changes to the release: was our logo(tell us if you like), bug fixes, New live file system, and more improvements to GDM(no more white screens during booting).GhostBSD is based upon FreeBSD 8.2 rc3. On the Ghostbsd 2.0 release you will find Gnome 2.32, Rhythmbox 0.12.8_3, Pidgin 2.7.7, Firefox 3.6 and Thunderbird 3.0.11.(source)
GhostBSD will be using the bxPKG package installed. Bxpkg is package manager developed by Kostas Petrikas that let’s you install uninstall and manage pkg packages.
Jared Barneck has written a quick review: GhostBSD 2.0 Beta 2 – A FreeBSD LiveCD.
GhostBSD is a live CD aimed at improving the FreeBSD users’ GNOME desktop experience. GhostBSD is relatively young: version 1.0 was released in March 2010, 1.5 in July, and 2.0 is now in active development; Beta 2 is now available:
We, the developing team of GhostBSD, would like to announce the release of GhostBSD 2.0 x86_64 beta. This version is only a live CD at the moment. There are great improvements on the look, feel and the speed of this release. Some of the things that were done to the new release was our new logo, bug fixes, new live CD file system, and improvements to GDM where there is no more white screens during booting. GhostBSD 2.0 is based on FreeBSD 8.2. On GhostBSD 2.0 you will see GNOME 2.32, Rhythmbox 0.12.8, Pidgin 2.7.9, Firefox 3.6.13 and Thunderbird 3.1.7.
GhostBSD is relatively new. This project started in 2010 and is being worked on by Eric Turgeon and Nahuel Sanchez. GhostBSD is a live CD for general use and is based on FreeBSD 8.1 featuring the Gnome window manager. This operating system can also be installed on your hard drive by using PC-BSD’s pc-sysinstall (link – video).
Nahuel Sanchez, public relations officer of the GhostBSD project, emailed the following update:
“I can tell you, GhostBSD will have the new version (2.0) in Q1 of 2011.
We are working hard for have the GUI Installer finished (the graphic installer) and if it’s possible, make an apps installer (with GUI) (a repository for easy install/un-install) like other operative systems have (but with that we have little problem, because we want not to compromise the security of the system, so we need to continue working hard in this part). We like to publish the repository, but we don’t like publish anything uncompleted or with severals bug. For this, maybe (the repository of application) can come in the next version (after 2.0).
Also, we start in Q2 (of this year) to make the first alfa of GhostBSD For Servers. In a first time we think this to start in the end of this yeas, but few more developers join us and we can start this version before, ahead of schedule.
Version 2.0 (for desktop) comes with
- application updates
- many bug corrections,
- improved system startup (it’s notably faster than 1.5)
- GUI for the installer of course
- new design of the desktop, and
- a new collection of default programs (the survey it’s available here). “
Many thanks for the update, Nahuel. PC-BSD will be releasing a Gnome version as well for PC-BSD 9.0. Let’s see then how they compare PC-BSD compares to GhostBSD. Competition is not a bad thing! Wishing you and Eric all the best and we’re looking forward to version 2.0.