This week’s BSD Now episode welcomes Jos Schellevis about his new OPNsense project, forked from the open source firewall pfSense. We learn of how this project came about as well as discuss the future plans. Click play below to tune in:
User landonf wrote this patchset to allow baseline Mac OS X support.
Check out the patch from GitHub here: https://github.com/freebsd/pkg/pull/1113
Michael Larabel of Phoronix.com has published an article rounding up the most popular BSD stories in 2014. Grab a cup of coffee and reflect on one of BSD’s biggest years:
Over the past week or so I’ve shared many top ten / year-end lists of our most popular open-source content on Phoronix. Most of the focus has been on our majority Linux focus while in this article is a look at the top ten BSD articles on Phoronix from 2014.
In 2014 saw the forking of OpenSSL to LibreSSL, the release of FreeBSD 10.0 and 10.1, KMS/DRM graphics driver improvements for BSD, the continued progress of PC-BSD in being an easy FreeBSD desktop platform, and many other advancements. Here’s the ten most viewed BSD articles on Phoronix for 2014:
The 10 Best Features Of FreeBSD 10.0
With a bit of luck FreeBSD 10.0 will be released in the next few days so here’s a look at the arguably ten best features of this next major BSD operating system release.
My 10 Minute Experience With PC-BSD 10.0
With FreeBSD 10.0 having been released and the final release of the PC-BSD 10.0 coming this week, I decided to try out the PC-BSD 10.0-RC5 ahead of the final release. While I intended to run some benchmarks of FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.0 against its predecessor and compared to Linux distributions, this initial PC-BSD 10.0 encounter was cut short after about ten minutes.
PC-BSD Is Developing Its Own Desktop Environment
The PC-BSD project is developing its own desktop environment from scratch! The ultimate plan is for Lumina to become a full-featured, open-source desktop environment that may ultimately replace KDE as its default desktop environment.
OpenBSD Foundation At Risk Of Shutting Down
The OpenBSD Foundation is running into a situation of lack of funding to the point that they can’t even cover their electricity costs and may be forced to suspend or reduce their operations without additional help.
FreeBSD 10.0 Has Finally Been Released
It’s been delayed by many months but the official release of FreeBSD 10.0 has shipped today!
FreeBSD Receives A Million Dollar Donation
The FreeBSD has received their largest ever single donation: $1,000,000 USD.
KMS Drivers Break The Console In FreeBSD 10
While FreeBSD 10.0 is exciting for finally having an AMD Radeon DRM/KMS driver as one of the major features of the new OS, the quality isn’t yet on par with the open-source graphics support found on Linux from where the code was originally ported.
OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules
Interestingly the OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution’s next release.
Radeon Now Work Well On PC-BSD, But USB Mouse Support Is Iffy
Since last month’s release of FreeBSD 10.0 and PC-BSD 10.0 that followed, many Phoronix readers have been asking about benchmarks of this major BSD operating system update that’s home to many new features. Here’s an update on my FreeBSD/PC-BSD 10.0 testing thus far.
OpenSSL Forked By OpenBSD Into LibreSSL
Following the fallout from the OpenSSL Heartbleed bug, OpenBSD developers have decided to fork the OpenSSL code-base to create LibreSSL.
Original post: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=MTg3NzQ
Deciso has just launched their own fork of pfSense, an open source firewall, which is also based on FreeBSD.
OPNsense combines the best of open source and closed source firewalls. It brings the rich feature set of commercial offerings with the benefits of open and verifiable sources combined with a simple BSD license. This makes OPNsense the platform of choice for users, developers and commercial partners.
Companies that want to use OPNsense to create a branded version, extend its features, or even create a fork and build upon the same codebase are allowed to do so under the 2-clause BSD license.
The large feature set OPNsense includes several high-end features like load balancing, high availability and captive portal. The modern and easy-to-use Bootstrap based user interface makes configuring and managing the firewall a comfortable task for administrators. And maybe the best part; All sources and build tools are freely available without special clauses and without licensing costs.
Official OPNsense website: http://www.opnsense.org
This tutorial by nixCraft shows us how to use various commands to manage processes in FreeBSD and OS X.
I‘m a new Unix system user. How can I manage process on a FreeBSD operating systems?
A process is nothing but an executing program on FreeBSD or Unix-like system. Each process on the system provides the resources needed to run a program such as vim or firefox. Each process has:
Tutorial details Difficulty Easy (rss) Root privileges Yes Requirements FreeBSD or Unix-like os Estimated completion time 10m
- A unique process identifier number (PID)
- A virtual address space
- A security context
- Open devices/handles, executable code
- Environment variables, priority and more.
In this quick tutorial, I will write about process management on a FreeBSD operating systems.
Full instructions here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-use-ps-kill-nice-killall-to-manage-processes-in-freebsd-unix/
Paul Venezia, InfoWorld.com, wrote this article about the “fast and feature rich, free and open source” firewall, pfSense, and why it may be the best one.
Those of us who work in the depths of high technology are not immune to the age-old adage of the shoemaker’s children having no shoes. We probably have the most technologically advanced homes of anyone we know, but we also tend to leave various items alone if they’re not causing problems. After all, that’s what we deal with at work. Who needs to saddle themselves with network upgrade projects at home when nothing’s broken?
That’s how your home winds up with a circa 2001 “small”-form-factor Dell GX110 as a firewall, running an oldish version of IPCop, booting from a CompactFlash card, dutifully whirring away for 12 years. I finally decided to put it out to pasture a few weeks ago.
Read the full article here: http://www.infoworld.com/article/2861574/network-security/you-should-be-running-pfsense-firewall.html
This is a how to video to show you how to get steam up and running on your PC-BSD based system. You must have a NVIDIA video card for this to work. Wine can still run steam with AMD / Intel graphics, but your game success rate will be terrible.
1: Download the latest Wine stable version in AppCafe
2: Run Wine Configuration from your DE’s search box
3: Apply the “dwrite” fix as shown in the video and apply it to global settings
4: Check /boot/loader.conf to see if the ZFS memory fix is in place
5: If you have to add the line to /boot/loader.conf you must run: sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
6: Apply the Nvidia / Wine patch: sudo sh /usr/local/share/wine/patch-nvidia.sh
7: Download and install the steam install for windows
8: Open steam and be sure to turn off the in game overlay in settings
9: Download your favorite game and have fun!
The developers of FreeNAS have made available the long awaited 9.3 RELEASE. This version features numerous updates ranging from security patches to new features. Some of the changes are listed:
- New simplified UI
- New update manager
- New configuration wizard
- Boot from ZFS device
- Support for WebDAV
- And much, much more…
Full release notes: http://download.freenas.org/9.3/RELEASE/ReleaseNotes
Download the ISO/image: http://www.freenas.org/download/
In addition, FreeNAS Team released these tutorials to get you started on installing and upgrading to FreeNAS 9.3.
For more helpful tutorials, check out their channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/FreeNASTeam
This article by LinuxBSDOS shows us how to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1.
Full disk encryption is supported in the graphical installer of PC-BSD 10.1, which was released on November 16 and which I just reviewed just three days ago (see PC-BSD 10.1 review).
In this article, you’ll read how to install a default PC-BSD 10.1 system on a single hard drive with full disk encryption configured. The installation image I used is the same one I used for the review, which I transferred to a USB stick by using the dd command. You may download an installation image of PC-BSD 10.1 from here.
For this tutorial, the test computer is a recent build using a motherboard with UEFI firmware, and the target hard drive is a 500 GB unit. If you wish to follow along, boot into the installer, then click through the first few steps until you get to the step shown in Figure 1. Full disk encryption is not part of the configuration in a default installation of PC-BSD 10.1, so you’ll have to click on the Customize button.
Full article with instructions: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2014/11/27/how-to-configure-full-disk-encryption-in-pc-bsd-10-1/
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of PC-BSD 10.1 release!
A very special thank you goes out to all the contributors for this release, your help and feedback were greatly appreciated!
PC-BSD 10.1 Highlights
* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.1
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.1-beta
* Pkg 1.3.8_3
* New AppCafe HTML5 web/remote interface, for both desktop / server usage
* New CD-sized text-installer ISO files for TrueOS / server deployments
* New Centos 6.6 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* UEFI support for boot and installation
* Automatic tuning of ZFS memory usage at install time
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition (Also on mirror/raidz setups!)
* New VirtualBox / VMware / RAW disk images of desktop / server installations
For a more complete list of changes, please check our wiki page.
Download the ISO/image here: http://www.pcbsd.org/en/download.html
Full announcement: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/11/pc-bsd-10-1-release-now-available/