Available: GhostBSD 2.0 x86 beta

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.

“RAIDZilla”, a FreeNAS based, advanced featured NAS appliance

FreeNAS 8 is shaping up nicely (FreeNAS 8.0-BETA available) and developers at iXsystems are putting in a lot of time and work into it. Apart from working on the software side, iXsystems also offers a FreeNAS based appliance, the iX-2120.

I had a chat with Matt Olander, CTO of iXsystems, about a new FreeNAS appliance they’re working on, internally codenamed ‘RAIDZilla’. When launched, it will get a corporate name in line with some of their other products, probably something like iX-NAS XXXX.

“RAIDZilla” is a combination of specially developed hardware running FreeNAS. iXsystems is building an inexpensive, standardised and fast NAS appliance with easy to use management tools. RAIDZilla runs FreeNAS with some closed-source goodies such as like drive failure detection, notification, auto-replacement option and NFS head failover, along with array duplication so both head units can write to the same array.

By providing both the hardware platform and an optimised operating system, iXsystems is able to maximise the appliance’s reliability and speed, as well as to provide a good user experience. iXsystems plans to open-source the closed-coded features in the future.

The big thing about the new iX-NAS, especially enterprises will be interested in this, is that it’s going to be available in Europe as well. A main distributor is getting set up to finish FreeNAS builds in Belgium, and there will be opportunities for VARs (value added resellers) and integrators to sell units at retail price after a channel partner discount and earn additional income providing consultation, setup, and deployment services. If you’re interested, please contact Matt (matt at ixsystems dot com).

There’s a post on the iX blog with an interview between Corey Vixie and Doug White, Senior Test Engineer at iXsystems about RAIDZilla: Doug White on RAIDZilla.

  • What exactly is RAIDZilla?
  • What makes it different than FreeNAS?
  • What does the software platform look like?
  • What about the hardware?
  • Tell me about ‘Head Redundancy’?
  • Speaking of cool features, a little bird mentioned something about Fusion-IO cards being an option
  • So, just how fast is very fast?

I’m looking forward to the launch of this appliance and will let you know when it’s available.

Available: New FreeNAS 8 snapshot (r5788)

The guys from iXsystems have released a new beta snapshot for FreeNAS 8. This image based on r5788 of the SVN repo is very close to being Release Candidate status.

Some of the highlights and new additions are:

  • The TreeMenu GUI is now the default (the old GUI is still available)
  • There’s a far better GUI for managing ownership/group/permissions of volumes and datasets.
  • Dynamic DNS should work.
  • ZFS parameters per dataset have been added
  • A bug that was preventing the system from seeing all available disks has been fixed.
  • FTP is now working.

Be aware, there are still some known issues:

  • AFP generates bogus configs.
  • iSCSI configs don’t work in some environments.
  • Link Aggregation setup is still a bit twitchy, the GUI doesn’t reboot the system even though in some cases that is needed.  Have the console nearby to play with the networking configs.

The latest beta can be downloaded from FreeNAS page on sourceforge.

Should you come across any bugs or quirks, please mail them to the new FreeNAS Testing Mailinglist: https://lists.sourceforge.net/lists/listinfo/freenas-testing

Links: FreeNAS website | Download FreeNAS | Release Notes

FreeNAS is an embedded open source NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD, supporting the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target) and UPnP. It supports Software RAID (0,1,5), ZFS, disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T/email monitoring with a web browsers configuration interface.

Android FreeNAS App Updated

Walter of the TechWave Dev team has announced a new version of the Android based mFreeNAS 7. The application’s name was previously known as MobileFreeNAS.

This application allows you to control your FreeNAS Server within your local network.

Supported features are:

  • Wake On Lan
  • Reboot
  • Shutdown
  • System Info
  • HDDs Info

Check out the two new features (System Info & HDDs Info) and please provide feedback to Walter on any new additions or changes you would like to see implemented in future versions.

Available: m0n0wall 1.33b2 & m0n0wall in 2011

Manual Caspar has announced the availability of the second beta of m0n0wall 1.33:

Another beta is ready – there is now a new image type called “generic-pc-serial”, which differs from generic-pc by always using the serial console (on COM1 at whatever speed the BIOS set it to). This should be useful for those who run m0n0wall on “headless” hardware that still has keyboard/VGA that confuses the auto-detection.

Also, hopefully the Realtek NIC driver issue has been fixed once and for all this time…

Manual has also emailed his plans for 2011. From feedback he’s had, most users are happy with m0n0wall, so if it’s not broken, don’t fix it. However, some improvements in the IPv6 support are planned and maybe a port with a FreeBSD 8.0 base:

I’d love to be able to tell you of many great things that are going to happen to m0n0wall in 2011, but unfortunately I can’t. There isn’t much development manpower behind m0n0wall at this time, so I invest my available time primarily in bugfixes. m0n0wall has reached a mature state, and it seems like some of its most faithul users prefer it that way (rather than a new version every other week that has a host of new features and also breaks a lot of existing ones ;).

That said, it is likely that there will be further IPv6 improvements, and we may also see a port to FreeBSD 8.x for better hardware support. Not new killer features, but simply continuing in the tradition of providing a stable and (relatively) lightweight firewall software image.

Download the beta version or have a look at the updated m0n0wall website.

Available: PC-BSD 8.2-RC3

Following the release of FreeBSD 8.2-RC3, the third Release Candidate for PC-BSD 8.2 was announced today by Kris Moore, Lead Developer of PC-BSD.

This RC is expected to be the last RC version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 2-3 weeks.

In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:

  • FreeBSD 8.2RC3
  • KDE 4.5.5
  • Xorg 7.5
  • Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
  • Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
  • Nvidia Driver 96.43.16

PC-BSD 8.2-RC3 is available for download from our mirrors. Everyone is encouraged to test this beta and to report any bugs to the testing mailing list. Instructions for beta testers can be found in the PC-BSD Handbook.

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD development in 2011

Continuing with the “2011? series, let’s have a look today at the development planned for Debian GNU/kFreeBSD. Earlier posts can be found here: PC-BSDpfSenseHeX LiveMaheshaBSD, GhostBSD.

Robert Millan from the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD project emailed an update for his project.

Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is a port that consists of GNU userland using the GNU C library on top of FreeBSD’s kernel, coupled with the regular Debian package set.

Robert writes:

“First and foremost, 2011 will be the year of the first release of Debian GNU/kFreeBSD. It won’t be a stable release, but a “technology preview”. Nevertheless it is quite usable.

This is one of the most significant milestones the project has reached since its inception.”

Thanks for the update Robert. Wishing you and the other devs all the best for 2011.

Available: GhostBSD 2.0 – Beta2

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.

Links: WebsiteDownload GhostBSD | Release Announcement

Available: PC-BSD 8.2-RC2

The PC-BSD Team has announced (pc-bsd blog) the availability of the second Release Candidate for PC-BSD 8.2. This will be the last beta version prior to release which is expected some time in the next 2–3 weeks.

In addition to some fixes in response to previous 8.2 testing snapshots, RC2 contains the following software components:

  • FreeBSD 8.2RC2
  • KDE 4.5.4
  • Xorg 7.5
  • Nvidia Driver 260.19.29
  • Nvidia Driver 173.14.25
  • Nvidia Driver 96.43.16

Links

GhostBSD development in 2011

Continuing with the “2011” series, let’s have a look today at the development planned for GhostBSD. Earlier posts can be found here: PC-BSDpfSenseHeX Live, MaheshaBSD.

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 (linkvideo).

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.