The developers of pfSense have just released version 2.1.3. This version addresses security fixes seen in pfSense-SA-14_05.tcp and pfSense-SA-14_06.openssl. Other fixes include optimizations in the tools repository, and minor changes in OpenVPN, Correct Captive Portal, and DynDNS.
The pfSense® project is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD specifically tailored for use as a firewall and router that is entirely managed via web interface. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution.
To read the full release notes, head on over to the official pfSense digest page: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1272
The developers of GhostBSD have chosen to take a new direction with their desktop-oriented operating system. They have abandoned all desktop environments, including GNOME, to take on MATE. The desktop environment MATE is an offshoot of GNOME 2 featuring large improvements. You can try out MATE on GhostBSD 3.5. Version 4.0 is currently in the works and will feature MATE only.
Check out the full announcement at: http://ghostbsd.org/node/197
This article by Make Tech Easier discusses the pros and cons of both PC-BSD and Ubuntu as an open-source desktop operating system. The two operating systems are compared by the ease of use as a desktop, starting with the installation process, desktop environment, and ending with application support and installation.
To read the full article with graphics, check out the following link: http://www.maketecheasier.com/pc-bsd-vs-ubuntu/
This unboxing video features the new FreeNAS Mini from iXsystems. A big thanks to Gerard, the creator of FreeBSDNews.net, for filming this!
The FreeNAS engineering team has just released 18.104.22.168, after fixing several bugs that showed up in the previous version (22.214.171.124). The release came just a few days after 126.96.36.199 was released, which fixed bugs related to replication speed, CIFS, ZFS, and snapshots. The following list from Jordan Hubbard notes some of the changes in 188.8.131.52:
- Solarflare driver trips an assert. Fixed.
- Can’t list snapshots in GUI. Fixed.
- misspelling in info popup. Fixed.
- SMB panic. This one has been a royal PITA for us. We can’t reproduce it at all, though the latest tracebacks from “R K” look somewhat informative – I’ll look at that section of the code today. Anyone else seeing it in 184.108.40.206, please attach a core file to the ticket
Head on over to the following link to download FreeNAS 220.127.116.11: http://download.freenas.org/18.104.22.168/RELEASE/
Check out the official release announcement from Jordan Hubbard here: http://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/announcing-freenas-9-2-1-5-waking-up-edition.20422/
Kris Moore and the PC-BSD team have been working on several updates for PC-BSD. The most notable are fixes related to the recent Heartbleed/OpenSSL bug, as well as stability issues with the PBI system. The Update Center has also had some changes to improve usability on the PC-BSD operating system. In addition, preload, an adaptive readahead daemon, has been ported over. An alpha version of the Lumina desktop environment is also in development by Ken Moore.
FreeNAS is now offering professional training from ZFS Educator Linda Kateley.
The first run of courses will be an Intro to FreeNAS and ZFS. Learn how to use the FreeNAS GUI, how to do a basic setup for datasets and shares, and how to configure ZFS enterprise features.
For more information check out the following link: http://www.freenas.org/freenas-zfs-training/
pfSense has released version 2.1.2 which addresses the known Heartbleed OpenSSL bug, as well as some minor fixes.
Download the latest release here: https://www.pfsense.org/download/index.html
In other news, pfSense has released information regarding m3.medium and m3.large Amazon EC3 instances:
The Netgate pfSense® marketplace AMI can run on the new m3.medium and m3.large instance types with significantly lower AWS usage charges than on the previously available m3.xlarge instance type.
The first PC-BSD 10.0 quarterly update has come out, and 10.0.1 is now
This update includes a number of important bugfixes, as well as newer
packages and desktops, such as KDE 4.12.2, Cinnamon 2.0 and more. For
more details and updating instructions, refer to the PC-BSD 10.0.1 release notes.