A FreeBSD AMI Builder AMI

FreeBSD security officer Colin Percival has posted a blog regarding an AMI builder on FreeBSD via his website Daemonic Dispatches.

I’ve been working on the FreeBSD/EC2 platform for a long time; five years ago I finally had it running, and for the past few years it has provided the behaviour FreeBSD users expect — stability and high performance — across all EC2 instance types. Making the platform work was just the first step though; next comes making it usable.

Some people are happy with simply having a virtual machine which runs the base FreeBSD system; for them, the published FreeBSD/EC2 images (which, as of FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE, are built by the FreeBSD Release Engineer) will be sufficient. For users who want to use “stock” FreeBSD but would like to have some extra setup performed when the instance launches — say, to install some packages, edit some configuration files, and enable some services — I wrote the configinit tool. And for users who need to make changes to FreeBSD itself, I added code for building AMIs into the FreeBSD source tree, so you can take a modified FreeBSD tree and run make ec2ami to generate a reusable image.

Full blog post: http://www.daemonology.net/blog/2015-11-21-FreeBSD-AMI-builder-AMI.html

How-To: Install Rsnapshot Filesystem Snapshot Backup Utility on FreeBSD

rsnapshot-backup-copias-de-seguridad-tutorial1Thanks to user , we can get the Rsnapshot Filesystem backup software set up on FreeBSD. Follow the link below for the full tutorial:

How do I install rsnapshot a filesystem snapshot utility based on rsync on my FreeBSD server to backup my local/remote Linux and Unix-based desktop, server and laptop system?

The rsnapshot is a filesystem snapshot utility based on rsync command. rsnapshot makes it easy to make periodic snapshots of local machines, and remote machines over ssh. The code makes extensive use of hard links whenever possible, to greatly reduce the disk space required. It is written entirely in perl with no module dependencies, and has been tested with Perl versions 5.004 through 5.8.1. In this tutorial you will learn how to create FreeBSD based backup server to keep backups in hourly, daily, monthly, and yearly format.

Full tutorial: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-install-rsnapshot-filesystem-snapshot-backup-utility-in-freebsd/

SeaGL 2015 Recap

Michael Dexter recently attended SeaGL, or Seattle GNU/Linux Conference to promote BSD. Read his story about the small conference packed with many users of various open source software.

The third SeaGL Seattle GNU/Linux Conference took place October 23rd and 24th at Seattle Central College in Washington State. I drove up from Portland, Oregon to host a FreeBSD table and talk to students, professors and users about BSD topics ranging from FreeBSD to FreeNAS, OpenZFS, pfSense and even OpenBSD. Adds a free-of-charge event, SeaGL attracted a broad range of attendees which made for pretty intense engagement with users of all levels of expertise.

At three years of age, SeaGL is definitely a toddler of a conference with a confident, yet innocent attitude that is refreshing among the many “all-business” events in the community. Setting up meant picking an available table. Making a badge meant grabbing a pen. Giving a lightning talk meant signing up between other lightning talks. While it “aspires to be like SCALE in Los Angeles”, I look at SeaGL the same way I look at my toddler: “Please stay small and innocent as long as you can!”

Full story: https://www.ixsystems.com/whats-new/seagl-2015/

Book Review: FreeBSD Mastery – ZFS (nixCraft)

freebsd-zfs-book If you haven’t gotten a chance to check out Michael Lucas and Allan Jude’s book on ZFS, FreeBSD Mastery – ZFS, user has written a review which may help you out with that decision.

Once again a great FreeBSD book to read. I was anxious to read this after reading FreeBSD Mastery- Storage Essentials 2014. I read where he was writing a ZFS book, but didn’t know it was out until I was asked to review it. I loved the introduction, being into hardware and history, it was such great knowledge. I knew some of this information prior, no where near as in depth as these authors covered. The style is so easy to read and mentally kind, it’s always a pleasure to read. Of course ZFS has been used in other Oses (such as Solaris and Linux) and while it is not new to FreeBSD, many people are either afraid of it because they are moving from Linux or they have heard negative things about it.

Check out her full review here: http://www.cyberciti.biz/datacenter/book-review-freebsd-mastery-zfs/

You can purchase the book from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/FreeBSD-Mastery-ZFS-7/dp/0692452354/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1446866943&sr=8-1&

How-To: Ghost w/ Nginx on FreeBSD 10.2


Thanks to user , we can get Ghost set up on FreeBSD along with Nginx. Follow the link below for full instructions.


Node.js is open source runtime environment for developing the server-side applications. Node.js application is written in javascript and can be run on the server that running Node.js runtime. It is cross-platform runtime, running on Linux, Windows, OSX, IBM AIX, including FreeBSD. Node.js was created by Ryan Dahl and other developer working at Joyent on 2009. It is designed to build scalable network applications.

Ghost is blogging platform coded in Node.js. It is open source publishing platform with beautifully designed, user-friendly, and free. It is allows you to easily publish your content on web, or create your portofolio website.

In this tutorial we will install a Ghost with Nginx as our web server on FreeBSD. We will install Node.js, Npm, nginx and sqlite3 on FreeBSD 10.2.

Full tutorial: http://linoxide.com/linux-how-to/install-ghost-nginx-freebsd-10-2/

bsdtalk258 – Chris Henschen from fP Technologies

bsdtalk-smMr. Backman has returned with another bsdtalk episode.

This episode is brought to you by the id utility, which returns the user identity.  id appeared in 4.4 BSD.

An interview from vBSDCon 2015 with Chris Henschen from fP Technologies.  They recently ported their filePro Plus product to FreeBSD.

Ogg Link: https://archive.org/download/bsdtalk258/bsdtalk258.ogg

Original: http://bsdtalk.blogspot.com/2015/10/bsdtalk258-chris-henschen-from-fp.html