Deciso Launches OPNsense, a New Open Source Firewall Initiative

Deciso has just launched their own fork of pfSense, an open source firewall, which is also based on FreeBSD.

http://opnsense.org/wp-content/themes/OPNsense/assets/img/opnsense.pngOPNsense 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.

Read the full announcement here: http://www.adnkronos.com/immediapress/pr-newswire/2015/01/02/deciso-launches-opnsense-new-open-source-firewall-initiative_Ta6bj627D7Uu6GGtUwSO7I.html?refresh_ce

Official OPNsense website: http://www.opnsense.org

HowTo: Use ps, kill, nice, and killall To Manage processes in FreeBSD and OS X Unix Operating System

This tutorial by nixCraft shows us how to use various commands to manage processes in FreeBSD and OS X.

Fig.02 ps command with flags

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
  1. A unique process identifier number (PID)
  2. A virtual address space
  3. A security context
  4. Open devices/handles, executable code
  5. 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/

You should be running a pfSense firewall

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.

pfsenseThose 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

Steam Gaming On PC-BSD

pcbsdThis 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.

Steps:

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!

FreeNAS 9.3-RELEASE is now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe 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

FreeNAS 9.3 - System Info

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

How to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1

This article by LinuxBSDOS shows us how to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1.

Disk partition of PC-BSD 10.1Full 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/

PC-BSD 10.1 is now available

pcbsdThe 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/

FreeNAS 9.2.1.9 now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThis should, knock on wood, be the very last release on the 9.2.1-BRANCH and also the last 32 bit version of FreeNAS, so if you’ve got some older hardware you just have to keep using, this is the release to run!

Please see https://bugs.freenas.org/projects/freenas/issues?query_id=104 for all bugs addressed in this release, though the list is very short:

  • Fix a bug preventing Directory Server mode from working.
  • Fix a memory leak in ZFS that is triggered by having a compressed dataset and an L2ARC device.
  • Preserve the Samba SID across reboots and upgrades.
  • Fix two problems in the config file generator for CTL:
    1. Unbreak device extents when using physical devices or multi path devices.
    2. Unbreak the case when target auth or discover auth is set to Auto.
  • Fix a priviledge escalation issue.
  • Save debug now includes the output of zpool history.

Download the ISO/image here: http://www.freenas.org/download/

Full announcement: https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-2-1-9-is-now-available.24899

FreeNAS 9.3 BETA is now available

FreeNAS_logo_lightThis FreeNAS update is a significant evolutionary step from previous FreeNAS releases.  It features a simplified and reorganized Web User Interface, support for Windows 2012 clustering, better integration with VMWare, a new and more secure update system with roll-back functionality, and hundreds of other technology enhancements. To encourage use of this BETA, we are also committed to making sure that every FreeNAS 9.3 BETA install will be able to upgrade to FreeNAS 9.3 RELEASE seamlessly!

A key feature of the FreeNAS 9.3 BETA release is its revamped user interface. It has been redesigned to place only the most common configuration options first in ‘Standard’ menus, moving the more esoteric options to ‘Advanced’ options, and this design pattern as has been used throughout the UI so everything is essentially more streamlined and less cluttered for novice users who essentially just want to use the defaults.

Read more from Jordan Hubbard here: https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/freenas-9-3-beta-has-been-released.24612/

Download the BETA here: http://www.freenas.org/download/

Watch FreeNAS State of the Union with Jordan Hubbard below:

PC-BSD 10.1-RC2 released

pcbsdThe PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC2 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 10.1 release. This RC includes many minor bug-fixes from RC2, along with new UEFI support for boot / install.

PC-BSD 10.1 notable Changes

* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.0
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.0-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 6.5 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* Misc bug fixes and other stability improvements
* NEW! — UEFI support for boot and installation

Download the ISO/image here: http://www.pcbsd.org/en/download.html

Check out the official announcement here: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/11/pc-bsd-10-1-rc2-released/