GhostBSD – Gnome based FreeBSD liveCD

PC-BSD is currently the best well-knows FreeBSD based OS for desktop use, but it’s  KDE  based. Though there’s a Gnome PBI available, those interested in Gnome as desktop interface may want to have a look at GhostBSD, the Gnome based FreeBSD system for desktop use.

GhostBSD 1.0 has the following new features: Procfs, kernel sound support. Exaile, more Gstreamer plugins, Swfdec plugin, Xchat, cpu run coller.

The website is not finished yet  (can do with some enhancing) and doesn’t have much of background info, but version 1.0 is available for download.

www.ghostbsd.org for details.

FreeBroid

Edmondas emailed me about a new project: FreeBroid

FreeBSD is one of the best operating systems and Android is developing into something awesome, so why not combine the two?

is porting Android to FreeBSD. It, now, enables FreeBSD users to develop Android without installation of Linux. The target of the project to run Android on FreeBSD; a.k.a. with BSD kernel.

PC-BSD and pfSense books

Authored by pfSense co-founder Chris Buechler and pfSense developer Jim PingleThe Definitive Guide to pfSense covers installation and basic configuration through advanced networking and firewalling of the popular open source firewall and router distribution.

This book is designed to be a friendly step-by-step guide to common networking and security tasks, plus a thorough reference of pfSense’s capabilities. The Definitive Guide to pfSense covers the following topics:

  • An introduction to pfSense and its features.
  • Hardware and system planning.
  • Installing and upgrading pfSense.
  • Using the web-based configuration interface.
  • Backup and restoration.
  • Firewalling fundamentals and defining and troubleshooting rules.
  • Port forwarding and Network Address Translation.
  • General networking and routing configuration.
  • Bridging, Virtual LANs (VLANs), and Multi-WAN.
  • Virtual Private Networks using IPsec, PPTP, and OpenVPN.
  • Traffic shaping and load balancing.
  • Wireless networking and captive portal setups.
  • Redundant firewalls and High Availability.
  • Various network related services.
  • System monitoring, logging, traffic analysis, sniffing, packet capturing, and troubleshooting.
  • Software package and third-party software installations and upgrades.

The first review of the book is out now.

Congratulations to pfSense for their 5 year anniversary.

pc-bsd logo 100x100Dru Lavigne is currently working on a book on PC-BSD: Definitive Guide to PC-BSD

I’m about 2/3 of the way through book #3 on BSD, tentatively titled “The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD”. This book will be through Apress, and I’m excited that it will include a live DVD of PC-BSD 8.0 so you can follow along as you read it. The book is designed for users new to BSD up to existing PC-BSD/FreeBSD power users. Think of it as the type of book new users can grow into while existing users can still find nuggets of “I didn’t know that”. I’ve also concentrated on the importance of community–a concept new users aren’t used to and most tech books never mention.

Here is the Table of Contents:

Released: FreeNAS 0.7 (Khasadar)

freenas logo 100x100FreeNAS 0.7  (Khasadar) has been released. Volker announced:

Today i’m proud to announce the release of FreeNAS 0.7. I want to say thanks to all contributors for their help. Please see below the changes done in this version.

You can download the ISO and image files here:
https://sourceforge.net/projects/freenas/files/stable/0.7

Majors changes:

  • ability to configure the login shell for a user.
  • Upgrade Samba to 3.0.37.
  • Upgrade transmission to 1.72.
  • Local users must join the group ‘ftp’ to be able to login via FTP if ‘Local users only’ in ‘Services|FTP’ is enabled.
  • Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.23.
  • Add a user portal. This allows a local user to login and change it’s password. The user must have access permissions to login to the user portal. This can be configured in the user configuration WebGUI. Please note that the administrator needs to apply changes done by the local users because there have to be restarted several services (which is not allowed to be done by a user).
  • Upgrade ProFTPD to 1.3.2a.
  • Upgrade iSCSI initiator to 2.2.3.
  • Upgrade fusefs-ntfs/ntfs-3g to 2009.4.4.
  • Announce AFP shares using Bonjour/ZeroConf (FR 2839592).
  • Add AFP FP_SYNCFORK command support (FR 2836955).
  • Upgrade e2fsprogs to 1.41.8.
  • Add Adaptec AACRAID 32/64-bit driver to v5.2.0 Build 17517.
  • Upgrade inadyn-mt to 02.14.10.
  • Upgrade fuppes to SVN-0.640.

Changelog | Download | FreeNAS website

Evoke 0.2 Project Update

Dylan Cochran posted  an update as  to where he is with the developement of Evoke and what we can expect to come:

I’ve been working on portions of what will become 0.2. We’ve replaced init with nexusd (a hybrid of init, watchdogd, and eventually powerd and devd). This means that now evoke has a ‘single user mode’, to bypass systart. You will probably never need to do this, however, now if you accidentally select it, the system won’t panic, it will just drop you into a shell.

I’ve also added 8.0 to the image, and added a ‘kernel only’ option, so 0.2 will be released with 8.0 and 7.2 as kernels, but will share the 7.2 userland. There are also some cluster related additions in the works, but they will probably not be usable for this release.

Autologin commands, which finally allow evoke to be used outside the ‘administrator’s toolkit’, are now supported. in your user directory, just add an ‘autologin’ file, chmod +x it, and sysconfig commit current /mem/sysconfig a few times (yes, I’ll fix that before release). Right now evoke can be used as an evoke bootserver, if you set up the autologin file by hand. Before 0.2 release, we will make this part ‘automagic’ (within reason).

As for X.org, well, with recent changes to Xorg (and some changes, which are not in ports, but will also be a massive shakeup), it is difficult to build X into the image without overflowing the boot time size limit for memory disks. Unfortunately, Linux based systems have the luxory of KDrive/TinyX, which on FreeBSD, does not work too well. Unless someone wants to assist with finding a solution to either problem (getting kdrive Xvesa working, or fixing the memory disk overflow), I don’t see X being on 0.2. One of our biggest strengths come from using a memory disk in all environments for the base system. While we could cheat and mount the cd for X support, it’s something I’d rather not do. We would lose a lot, just to get a GUI environment. This is considering that in all cases, we would be running unaccelerated, it’s just not worth it.

Read the whole  post here: The leaves are falling

Released: PBI Builder 2.4

pc-bsd logo 100x100A small update to the PBI Builder software, version 2.4, has been released.

This version adds a few new variables to the module creation process, which allows developers to pick “target” ports they wish to have autopopulated and added to the resulting PBI file.

Programs under PC-BSD are completely self-contained and self-installing, in a graphical format. A PBI file also ships with all the files and libraries necessary for the installed program to function, eliminating much of the hardship of dealing with broken dependencies and system incompatibilities. PBI files also provide developers and packagers with advanced scripting and user interaction in an entirely graphical format, making the entire install procedure similar to what a user would expect from other popular graphical operating systems.

For full details, please take a look at the changelog, and the wiki page.

Main websites:

Released: m0n0wall 1.236

m0n0wall logo 100x100M0nowall version 1.236 was released last week in order to address a security issue in the ISC DHCP client. If you don’t use the DHCP client on WAN or if you trust the DHCP server(s), there’s no need to upgrade.

1.236 also includes a few captive portal fixes imported from the 1.3b branch, so if you use the captive portal, that would be another reason to upgrade.

Links:

WebsiteDownloads | Changelog

PC-BSD 8.0 – Alpha2

pc-bsd logo 100x100The alpha version number 2 of PC-BSD 8.0 is now ready for testing.

Notable changes in this release:

  • FreeBSD 8.0-RC1
  • Improvements to base system
  • Using /usr/local LOCALBASE, allows users to easily modify their base desktop in the usual FreeBSD-ish way
  • Port-Console tool, provides users a way to build / run ports in a jailed environment, without fear of destroying their working desktop setup
  • Many bugfixes to the install / live image, fixed lots of hal/dbus issues with xorg and fixed many bugs running in LIVE mode from DVD.
  • NVIDIA drivers for 32bit now included (Nvidia is working on the 64bit drivers, and we’ll include those when they are released)
  • Misc other bugfixes, etc

Both the 32 and 64bit can be download ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/alpha-iso/

Please note, this is an ALPHA version; expect BUGS bugs and problems. We are still working on the new installer, and hope to have that impelemented in one of the next alphas.

PBIs are not yet being built for 8.0, but we are getting ready to do so, now that the release of FreeBSD 8.0 is getting closer.

If you come across any problems please drop us a note on the testing mailinglist

DesktopBSD 1.7 – last and final version

desktopbsd logo 100x100Peter Hofer, founder of DesktopBSD,  has announced on the mailinglist DesktopBSD 1.7. This new release comes with FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE-p3 as base system and KDE 3.5.10 as desktop environment and includes a large number of pre-installed applications. The easy-to-use graphical installer and utilities allow for a simple installation and configuration process.

Notable changes include:

  • FreeBSD 7.2 as stable and secure base system
  • KDE 3.5.10 as mature and easy-to-use desktop environment
  • OpenOffice.org 3.1.1 as feature-rich office suite
  • Pre-installed Java SE 6 environment
  • X.Org release 7.4 with extensive graphics hardware support
  • Large number of enhancements and fixes

Release notes are available and ISO images of the installation media can be downloaded using FTP, HTTP or BitTorrent from the download page.

Please note that DesktopBSD will not be maintained any more by Peter:

This is the last and final release of the DesktopBSD project I find myself having less and less time to spare lately and no longer desire to keep developing and maintaining this project. However, because DesktopBSD is based entirely on FreeBSD, further support for the operating system and availability of up-to-date software is ensured.

Living The PC-BSD Lifestyle

pc-bsd logo 100x100James Nixon has a post about the PC-BSD lifestyle:

Sitting next to my 47” Westinghouse LCD TV is the iXsystems Apollo Workstation. This workstation is powered by the 5500 series of the Intel® Xeon® processor, an Asus GeForce 9800 GT video card, and 4 gigs of RAM. It came with PC-BSD Galileo Edition (7.1) pre-installed and a handful of applications that immediately increased my quality of life tenfold.

Using free software instead of spending hundreds, or even thousands of dollars on commercial software is great, especially because I enjoy dabbling in Photoshop, FL Studio, Sony Music Studio, as well as playing games such as Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2, and Eve Online.

The points he’s trying to get across are:

  • PC-BSD is for Gamers
  • PC-BSD is for Music Lovers
  • PC-BSD is for Movie Buffs
  • PC-BSD is for Everyone!

Read James’ Living The PC-BSD Lifestyle post