pfSense 2.2 enters BETA

pfsenseThe developers of pfSense have released the BETA version for 2.2.

The 2.2 release has now reached the beta milestone. This means the release is feature complete, a comprehensive list of new features and changes can be found here, and should stay relatively stable throughout the remainder of the development process. That’s not to say it’s production ready though, our developers are using it in production and have been for months, but unless you have a solid understanding of the underlying system and can manually verify the configuration, 2.2 is not yet for you (young padawan).

If you have a non-critical environment where you can try it out, you can find the latest build on the snapshot server. Please report your experiences on the 2.2 board on the forum. Note that snapshots have the risk of changes being made in the source very frequently, and you may get a snapshot from a point in time that caught part but not all of certain changes.

Check out the official announcement here: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1449

Download the BETA version here: http://snapshots.pfsense.org/

PC-BSD 10.0.3 update released

pcbsdThe PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of the next PC-BSD quarterly package update, version 10.0.3!

This update includes a number of important bug-fixes, as well as newer packages and desktops. Packages such as Chromium 37.0.2062.94, Cinnamon 2.2.14, Lumina 0.6.2 and more. This release also includes a CD-sized ISO of TrueOS, for users who want to install a server without X. For more details and updating instructions, refer to the notes below.

We are already hard at work on the next major release of PC-BSD, 10.1 later this fall, which will include FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE under the hood. Users interested in following along with development should sign up for our Testing mailing list.

Check out the official announcement with the list of changes here: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/09/pc-bsd-10-0-3-quarterly-package-update-released/

New Lumina source repro and FreeBSD port (PC-BSD)

pcbsdBy popular demand, the source tree for the Lumina project has just been moved to its own repository within the main PC-BSD project tree on GitHub.

In addition to this, an official FreeBSD port for Lumina was just committed to the FreeBSD ports tree which uses the new repo.

By the way, here is a quick usage summary for those that are interested in how “light” Lumina 0.6.2 is on PC-BSD 10.0.3:

System: Netbook with a single 1.6GHz atom processor and 2GB of memory (Fresh installation of PC-BSD 10.0.3 with Lumina 0.6.2)

Usage: ~0.20.4% CPU and ~120MB active memory use (no apps running except an xterm with “top” after a couple minutes for the PC-BSD tray applications to start up and settle down)

Check out the official announcement here: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2014/09/new-lumina-source-repo-and-freebsd-port/

GhostBSD 4.0 RC 1 now available

ghostbsd_1The developers of GhostBSD have made available the first release candidate for version 4.0.

Changes and fix between 4.0-BETA3 and 4.0-RC1 include:

  • Xconfig from 3.5 was added back to system
  • A script is added to do configuration on the first boot of the new intallation
  • fix software dependency

A special thanks to those who had reported any issues.

Where to download:

The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:
http://www.ghostbsd.org/download-4.0

Check out the official post here: http://www.ghostbsd.org/4.0-rc1

pfSense 2.1.5-RELEASE now available

pfsenseThe developers of pfSense have released version 2.1.5. Some of the changes include DHCPD configuration, CARP+IP alias VIP functionality, Firewall Logs Widget, and many more.

The 2.1.5 release follows shortly after 2.1.4 and is primarily a security release.

Security Fixes

To see a full list of the changes, check out the following post: https://blog.pfsense.org/?p=1401

Download the release/update here: https://www.pfsense.org/download/

Time Machine backups on FreeBSD 10

hero_timemachine_lgThis article by khubla.com shows us how to create Time Machine backups in FreeBSD 10 through netatalk3.

I usually work on a Macbook, and I use keyless ssh with a cron job to do nightly backups.  It works very well.  However, I decided to try backups with Time Machine, using my FreeBSD-10 server as the host.

The first step is to install netatalk3, and nss_mdns

pkg install netatalk3
pkg install nss_mdns

For the full instructions, check out the following page: http://blog.khubla.com/freebsd/timemachine-backups-on-freebsd-10