Miscellaneous FreeBSD news and links (FreeBSD, CloudSigma, DEF CON, Apple, vBSDCon)

These are a number of links to interesting news items and links you may want to check out:

FreeBSD 9.2 Feature Highlight: ZFS General Improvements

Along with the many user facing changes discussed previously, there are also a number of internal changes to ZFS that will be available with the release of FreeBSD 9.2. [freebsdnow]

 

FreeBSD Can Compete With Ubuntu Linux, Windows 8

The NVIDIA BSD performance is very good for OpenGL as shown in this article with a comparison of Windows 8 vs. Ubuntu 13.10 vs. FreeBSD 9.1. In fact, for some OpenGL workloads the Linux games are running faster on FreeBSD/PC-BSD 9.1 than Ubuntu!  [Phoronix]

 

CloudSigma’s new website

CloudSigma, which based in Zurich (Switzerland) and provide FreeBSD VPS services in Europe, has announced it has a new and more intuitive website. CloudSigma was founded to meet the growing need for a pure IaaS that places little or no restrictions on how its users deploy their computing resources.

 

Apple’s Operating System Guru Goes Back to His Roots

Hubbard left Apple last month to return to the world of open source UNIX, taking the chief technology officer post at a iXsystems, a company that offers servers and other data center hardware that runs FreeBSD. Apple was quite an education, and now, he wants to bring the “Apple approach” back to the open source game. [wired.com].

 

vBSDcon 2013 Registrations Open

In these most recent months, we have been developing the vBSDcon conference website hosted at www.vbsdcon.com.  It includes full details surrounding the schedule, agenda, and speakers for vBSDcon.  The most recent addition to the conference website is that registrations are now open!  [Announcement].

There’s also a new interview with Verisign CTO Burt Kaliski on BSDTalk (bsdtalk230).

 

DEF CON 21 Recap

Mike Biehn, an iXsystems employee and a veteran of DEF CON attended DEF CON 21  a few weeks ago. DEF CON 21 Recap.

 

 JabirOS 1.0.1 released

We’re pleased to announce new release of “The new JabirOS” after a long time! This version is based on FreeBSD 9.2-RC1. In this version , we’ve added  ”OpenBox” as default window manager and “SLiM” as default display manager. [jabirproject.org]

 

DNSSEC @ MDLUG.org

Michael W. Lucas’s talk about DNSSEC (about 20 mins into the video).

vBSDcon 2013 Interview with Verisign CTO Burt Kaliski

A few months ago we reported about a new BSD related conference that will be taking place later this year: vBSDcon.

I (GvE) have been in contact with Burt Kaliski (BK) and did the following intereview. Burt is currently CTO of Verisign and sponsor of the new vBSDcon (2013) conference.

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GvE: Can you tell a bit about Verisign in general and yourself?

BK: Verisign is a provider of Internet infrastructure services, headquartered in Reston, VA, just over 20 miles from Washington, DC. As the global leader in domain names, Verisign powers the invisible navigation that takes people to where they want to go on the Internet. For more than 15 years, Verisign has operated the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains that today includes .com, .net, .tv, .edu, .gov, .jobs, .name and .cc, as well as two of the world’s 13 Internet root servers (A & J-root DNS servers). Verisign’s product suite also includes Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Protection Services, iDefense Security Intelligence Services and Managed DNS. These services help companies identify potential cyber threats and mitigate them before they impact the business’s network availability and overall Internet presence.

As senior vice president and CTO of Verisign, I work with the company’s technology and business leaders to advance the company’s long-term technology vision through applied research, university collaboration, industry leadership and patent strategy. I was previously the founding scientist of RSA Laboratories, where my contributions included the development of the Public-Key Cryptography Standards (PKCS), now widely deployed in internet security.

GvE: Does Verisign Inc use FreeBSD internally?

BK: Verisign began deploying FreeBSD approximately 3 years ago. It is used to support Internet operations on a global scale.

GvE: Does Verisign contribute to FreeBSD?

BK: Yes. In 2012, Verisign became a bronze level donor to the FreeBSD Foundation. Verisign has contributed both code and concepts to the FreeBSD project, in the areas of sysinstall/bsdinstall, the VFS subsystem, device drivers, and kernel code.

GvE: Why did Verisign decide to set up a new conference? Was there a special reason for this?

BK: Verisign had been looking to contribute back to the BSD community in various ways. After attending MeetBSD 2012, Verisign felt that hosting a BSD conference was an appropriate way to show our support and to give back to the community. The Internet enables so many more people all over the world to connect and collaborate, but meeting in person at conferences still adds depth and breadth to those interactions. By bringing together members of the BSD community for a series of roundtable discussions, educational sessions, and best practice conversations, we are hoping to help advance the goals of the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide.

GvE: Can you tell us a bit more about vBSDcon 2013?

BK: Verisign’s Technology Services Group is hosting a BSD-related conference for BSD developers, engineers, and administrators on October 25 – 27, 2013 at the Dulles Hyatt in Dulles, VA. The conference will slightly resemble an unconference concept with a single track and nine or 10 speakers. In other words, we are planning a series of plenary speakers along with lightning talks and birds-of-a-feather discussions in one track over the weekend.

The weekend will start with a welcome dinner on Friday evening sponsored by Verisign. Saturday and Sunday are the main conference days. A mid-conference social event is being planned for Saturday evening following a 20-year anniversary theme for FreeBSD. The BSD Certification Group will administer the BSDA exam on Saturday following the completion of conference activities and before the mid-conference social.

The vBSDcon website, hosted at http://www.vbsdcon.com/, is currently in development and will be functional by the end of July 2013. The website will provide detailed information on the conference schedule, participating speakers, presentation abstracts, the registration process, and sponsorship packages. A link will be provided for registrants to register for the BSDA exam at the BSD Certification Group’s website.

GvE: Which speakers have you lined up for the conference?

BK: We have an excellent group of presenters scheduled to appear at vBSDcon, including David Chisnall (FreeBSD Core Team), Luigi Rizzo (netmap developer), Baptiste Daroussin (PkgNG developer), Devin Teske (bsdconfig developer), Henning Brauer (OpenBSD developer), Reyk Floeter (OpenBSD developer), Scott Long (Netflix), Kris Moore (PC-BSD director/developer), and John Hixson (FreeNAS).

GvE: Thank you so much, Burt (and Verisign), for taking the time out to answer these questions, for organising this conference and for promoting FreeBSD.

If you have any other questions you’d like to have answered, drop me a line or leave a comment and I’ll get in touch with Verisign for the answer(s).

(*Updated*) Miscellaneous FreeBSD news and Updates

This is a collection of links to recent updates and news around FreeBSD (package) development and conferences.

FreeBSD Development

Update on FreeBSD/armv6 in QEMU

USB driver for FreeBSD/Beaglebone

Default PC-BSD PCDM Theme (Contest)

AMD Radeon KMS Still Being Ported To FreeBSD

 

FreeBSD Package Management

After almost a year of development pkg 1.1 has reached the ports tree.

Introducing py-pkg: Python wrappers for libpkg

 

Conferences

BSDCan Trip Report (Florian Smeets)

Trip Report from USENIX ATC 2013 (Murray Stockely)

EuroBSD 2013 details and updates

BSDCan 2013 FreeBSD Developer Summit Report, with updates on

  • Beyond Buildworld…
  • Documentation
  • Network Receive Performance
  • Ports and Packages
  • UEFI
  • Virtualization

Other 

Fixing Network Attached Storage with commodity hardware and BSD (FreeNAS+ZFS) (boingboing)

Joshua Parker Ruehlig’s FreeNAS plugins

Eight-Way BSD & Linux OS Comparison

BSDCan 2013 FreeBSD Presentation Videos

BSDCan 2013 sounds to have been a great success again this year, thanks to the organisers, speakers and attendees (e.g. Rick Miller, Warren Block, Renato Botelho and Ivan Voras).

If you were able to attend, it would be nice to hear in the comments below what you enjoyed most and which presentation you particularly enjoyed interested in.

If you were not able to attend, you can now watch the recorded presentations thanks to Scale Engine. (The video descriptions have been taken from the BSDCan 2013 Schedules).

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BSDCan 2013 – Live Streaming and Groups Photo

scaleengine_logoAs you will be aware, the BSDCan 2013 Dev Summit has happened and the Conference taking place this weekend.

BSDCan is an annual conference for users and developers of the 4.4 BSD family of operating system, hosted each spring at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

It has been possible to view (some of) the presentation on the Youtube BSDConferences Channel, but this year you will be able to watch live streams thanks to ScaleEngine, the Technical CDN and Silver Sponson

ScaleEngine is the Technical CDN, and so it is fitting that we are associated with the Technical BSD Conference. It’s pretty well known that we are a FreeBSD shop.

View the schedule for a list of the talks or watch via these channels:

https://www.scaleengine.com/read/740/The-BSDCan-2013-Conference/

This BSDCan 2013 Dev Summit group picture was posted on Flickr by Will Backman, who runs bsdtalk.

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New biannual (Free)BSD Conference: vBSDCon

Verisign has announced that they will be organising and hosting a new, biannual BSD Conference at the Hyatt in Dulles, Virginia (25-27 Oct 2013).

The conference will include BSD speakers from across the globe,  an expo area, and the BSDA certification exam

The organisers hope bring together members of the BSD community for a series of round table discussions, educational sessions, break-out sessions, best practice conversations, etc.

AGENDA

  • Friday, October 25: Evening Reception
  • Saturday, October 26: General Session, Birds of a Feather Sessions
  • Sunday, October 27: General Session, Breakout Sessions

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Administrators
  • Innovators

TOPICS

  • PkgNG w/ Baptiste Daroussin
  • A comprehensive look at bsdinstall with Devin Teske
  • Netflix Demo/Presentation with Scott Long
  • netmap with Luigi Rizzo
  • Migration from GCC to LLVM/Clang with David Chisnall

*BSD Event in Naples (April 2013)

Watch out, another BSD-Day is rising: next April in Naples where BSD people of Italy and Central Europe meet up! This event is an excellent opportunity for BSD developers and enthusiasts to present their work to larger audiences, share their thoughts with their fellows and reach out for their potential partners.

Traditionally, the event tries to avoid formalities as it does not require the speakers to submit papers or the attendees to register or pay an entry fee. However, the invited folks are encouraged to a give a brief talk on their favourite BSD topic. The goal is to motivate everybody, especially university students to see the benefits of our approach and take a chance on working with BSD systems.

For more info, visit http://bsdday.eu/2013

Thanks Giovanni for the heads up. If you have anything FreeBSD related to announce, let me know.

Happy 2013 and miscelaneous news

Happy 2013 to all regular readers and the occasional visitor. It’s been a while since this site was updated, but this was due to work and holidays.

Hopefully we’ll see FreeBSD 10 released this year and the use of FreeBSD increased.

Followers of the FreeBSD Central Google+ page will have had regular updates over the last few weeks. Please subscribe to that page and stay even more up-to-date with all that’s happening the FreeBSD Community.

In case you missed it, there have been some releases and the FreeBSD Foundation successfully completed its fund raising drive.

  • FreeBSD releases 9.1 and blows through fundraising target [The H]
  • FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE Announcement [FreeBSD]
  • The PC-BSD Team announces the availablilty of PC-BSD 9.1 [PC-BSD Blog]
  • EuroBSDCon 2012 presentations available online [Youtube]
  •  FreeBSD 9.1-RELEASE now available on all VPS and Dedicated Server packages [RootBSD]