The FreeBSD Foundation has once again made it easy for us to setup FreeBSD. This tutorial shows you how to configure the various desktop environments, starting from X Window System, to the environment of your choice. Follow the link below for the entire instructions.
The folks at the FreeBSD Foundation provide us tips on using basic commands on FreeBSD — such as virtual consoles, video modes, user accounts, and using the advanced text editor. Head on to the link below for the full instructions.
A brief introduction to some of the commands and functionality of the FreeBSD operating system. This guide will cover the commands that a new user will need to initially start working with FreeBSD as well as how to use the FreeBSD manual pages for more information.
1. Configuring and Using Video Modes
1.1 Virtual Consoles
FreeBSD is configured to log users into the system console, this is identified as (ttyv0). System messages will be displayed in this console by default, occasionally causing issues if the user is entering commands.
FreeBSD also supports multiple virtual consoles to help with this problem. By default these consoles can be accessed by a combination of the alt and F-keys. For example, alt+F2 will open the first virtual console, alt+F3 will open the second, and so on. To re-access the system console use alt+F1.
Virtual Consoles can be used to create the feeling of having multiple screens that can be used. In addition, commands that have been entered on one console will continue to run when the user switches to a different console.
1.2 Changing Video Modes …
The FreeBSD Foundation has released their updates for the month of August. This include development progress on the FreeBSD tool chain, Clang, LLVM, fundraising initiatives and ways to reach their goals, welcoming new board members Kylie Liang and Philip Paeps, FreeBSD advocacy, and a word from Glen Barber of the Release Engineering team. Download the PDF below for the full report.
Dear FreeBSD Community Member,Normally, August is a slow month for companies, but not here at the Foundation! We were busy at the Cambridge Developer Summit, working non-stop preparing for the FreeBSD 11.0 release, implementing many changes and improvements to the operating system, creating new advocacy literature to hand out at upcoming conferences, and of course, fundraising.Please take a minute or two to read through all the work we did this past month to support FreeBSD. Then share on social media and with your company to help us promote our work and encourage individuals and companies to make a financial contribution to help us continue our efforts.Deb
FreeBSD Foundation August 2016 Update – https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/08/FreeBSD-Foundation-August-2016-Update.pdf
This tutorial from the FreeBSD Foundation will show you how to get FreeBSD set up on a Raspberry Pi. The Raspberry Pi is known for its tiny size and affordable cost, for any computer enthusiast looking to test a project or install an operating system onto. See the link below for the full instructions.
- Computer with an SD slot for burning the image. You will need root privileges on this device.
- Raspberry Pi A/B or Raspberry Pi 2.
- A blank SD or Micro SD (Raspberry Pi 2) SD card.
- Windows users will need to download the latest version of Image Writer for Windows.
- For booting the Raspberry Pi: A Monitor with an HDMI cable, USB keyboard, micro USB power source (5V recommended).
Step 1: Installing the FreeBSD image for Raspberry Pi …
The FreeBSD Foundation has released their recap for the month of July. This edition includes development project updates focusing on security, HOPE XI and Texas Linuxfest conference summaries, and release engineering updates. In addition, they are kicking off the mid-year campaign for the Foundation fundraiser.
Dear FreeBSD Community Member,It’s hard to believe we’re halfway through 2016. Along with all of the summer fun, July is also the perfect opportunity to take a look at what we’ve accomplished so far and determine where we need to focus our efforts for the rest of the year. From increasing our presence at non-BSD events to funding new development projects, to making it easier to get started using FreeBSD, we’re definitely making progress towards our goals. However, our progress can only go as far as our funding allows. This is where you come in. We hope as you finish reading the latest update, you’ll take a minute to donate, and help us grow and improve the OS you love as much as we do.Deb
FreeBSD Foundation July 2016 Update – https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/FreeBSD-Foundation-July-2016-Update.pdf
I’m pleased to announce the kickoff of our mid-year fundraising campaign! We are more than halfway through the year, but we’ve only raised $265,000 towards our goal of raising $1,250,000. We are reaching out to you, the FreeBSD community, to help us promote our work and to make a donation so we can continue supporting FreeBSD.
Mid-Year Fundraising Campaign Kick-Off – https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/blog/mid-year-fundraising-campaign-kick-off/
BSDCan 2016 was held at the University of Ottawa in Ontario on the weekend of June 10-11. The FreeBSD Foundation sponsored several users who have summarized their experiences in the posts below.
2016 heralded my return to BSDCan after a 4 year hiatus. In part, I was inspired to return this year, after I took some holidays in France back in February. I had the distinct pleasure, that weekend, to have supper with just about all the Paris based FreeBSD committers. Plus, I got to meet my first ever mentee, jadawin@, who made a special trip to come visit. Keeping company with these great people for the night reminded me of the great camaraderie I had experienced at the conferences in years gone by, and I wanted to try experience that again. So, I showed up on campus, and everything felt familiar. This was the first good sign! From there, a few familiar faces were revealed, and before too long, it was almost old homecoming for me!
The FreeBSD Foundation provides us a tutorial on getting FreeBSD setup on VirtualBox. VirtualBox is an open source virtualization platform available on Windows, OS X, and many other operating systems. Follow the link below for the full instructions.
1. Installing VirtualBox
- Visit the Oracle VirtualBox website, the download page can be found here: https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads
- Select the Binary that applies to your operating system and machine. VirtualBox is available on Windows, OS X, Linux hosts, and Solaris. The download links can be found under the first bullet-point as pictured.
- Opening the downloaded package will start the installation walkthrough. Once it finishes, you’ll be able to launch the application.
2. Identifying Your Processor: ….
The FreeBSD Foundation requests comments and feedback from users that will help further the project’s initiatives. The deadline to complete this survey is July 7, 2016.
Hi everyone, The FreeBSD Foundation needs your input. Please help us by filling out the 2016 FreeBSD Community Survey. The survey should only take about 10 minutes, and will help us determine the direction of our efforts in supporting the Project and community. Please submit all responses by July, 7, 2016. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/freebsd2016 We appreciate your feedback! Thanks Anne Anne Dickison Marketing Director FreeBSD Foundation
Original announcement: https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/2016-June/001727.html
The FreeBSD Foundation has released their latest newsletter update for the month of May 2016. In this letter are development project updates, OSCon recap, Faces of FreeBSD – Michael Lucas, and current fundraising initiatives. The PDF is linked below.
Dear FreeBSD Community Member,
I think spring is finally winning over winter here in Colorado, and it’s getting us in the spirit of preparing for our spring fundraising campaign! We accomplished a lot this past month, including continued work on the FreeBSD/arm64 port project, promoting FreeBSD at technical conferences, connecting with other open source community members, facilitating technical discussions with the community and commercial users, and working on our strategic plan. Take a minute to read about the work we accomplished this past month, and please consider making a donation to the Foundation so we can continue this work!
FreeBSD Foundation May 2016 Update – https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/FreeBSD-Foundation-May-2016-Update.pdf
Michael W. Lucas, critically acclaimed author of many BSD books, is featured in this edition of Faces of FreeBSD. The FreeBSD Foundation gives a history of how Lucas started and his many contributions to the FreeBSD world. Read his full story in the link below.
Faces of FreeBSD
Back by popular demand, we’re again sharing a story from someone involved in FreeBSD with our Faces of FreeBSD series. It may be a story from someone who’s received funding from us to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, or advocate for FreeBSD. Or, it may be from someone who gives back to FreeBSD financially or in another way. Regardless, it is always from someone who is making a positive difference in the FreeBSD world.
Here’s a chance to get to know your fellow FreeBSD enthusiasts. Sit back and enjoy the next 2016 Faces of FreeBSD story.
My name is Michael W Lucas. I’m originally from Rochester, Michigan, USA, a little farm town outside Detroit, Michigan. As a kid, I’d bike past the grain elevator and see the great big pallets of Purina Monkey Chow next to the train tracks. When I asked my dad about them, he sent me out into the woods and fields to find the monkey farm…
Faces of FreeBSD – Michael W Lucas: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/blog/faces-of-freebsd-2016-michael-lucas/