Firefox 3.5 is now available in the FreeBSD ports (/usr/ports/www/firefox35/).
There are some issues with HTML5 and video
On Windows I still prefer Google Chrome as it’s faster and uses less resources. Just waiting for the extenstions to come.
This is an interview with Michael Dexter about BSD Fund. They talk about the release of the BSD Fund Visa Credit Card, PCC, and various other projects.
Michel Dexter has now announced the Beastie Visa Card. Every time the BSD Fund Visa is used, a small donation is made to BSD Fund to support its programs. Note, that currently the card is only available to US residents.
The FreeBSD Foundation has announced they have accepted two project proposals!
AVR32 – 32-bit MIPS Architecture
Arnar Mar Sig has been awarded a grant to develop AVR32 support for FreeBSD. AVR32 is a 32-bit MIPS architecture targeted for low power high throughput embedded applications. The target platform is the NGW100 reference design board from Atmel.
“This work will advance the MIPS support in FreeBSD and our capabilities in building embedded applications,”
said Sam Leffler, The FreeBSD Foundation, Director.
“I’m excited to be able to work on bringing FreeBSD to another architecture and pushing it farther into the embedded market,”
said Arnar Mar Sig, FreeBSD developer.
The project will be completed by August 2009.
FreeBSD Problem Reporting System
Mark Linimon has been awarded a grant to prototype a new problem reporting system for the FreeBSD project. This project will allow Mark to define the features, look-and-feel, and architecture of a future replacement of the project’s current GNATs based system. Once the prototype is complete, it will be used to garner input from the FreeBSD community before a production system is implemented.
Mark holds two positions within FreeBSD: one on the Ports Management team (portmgr) and one on the Problem Report Database administration team (bugmeister). He has also written the Ports Monitoring System to correlate data from the package building cluster, the Problem Report Database, the source control repository check-ins, and other sources.
“One of the most frequently requested improvements from the FreeBSD developer community is an improved bug tracking system,”
said Mark Linimon. He also added,
“The design goals of this prototype are to incorporate such features as markedly improved workflow, better categorization, customizable email notifications, and redesigned web pages to make searching and browsing easier. Once the prototype is completed,” Mark added, “it will be circulated amongst the developer community for feedback. I am happy to have the Foundation’s support to work on this project.”
“Problem reporting software is a critical tool for getting feedback from the FreeBSD user community, recording information about defects and missing features in the system, and making our volunteer developers productive,”
said Justin Gibbs, Founder of the FreeBSD Foundation.
“Mark has used manpower and sheer will to overcome the deficiencies in the current problem reporting system, and to make it work for the project. But our GNATs isn’t fully utilized because of missing features and a clumsy user interface. We’re very excited to help address these problems in a core piece of the FreeBSD project’s infrastructure.”
This project will be completed by the end of June.
I’m sure everybody will join me to congratulate Mark and Arnar on their successful applications. We’re looking forward to AVR32 support for FreeBSD and a new FreeBSD bug reporting system.
This Tutorial will give you a run down on how to create a VMware using FreeNAS. The tutorial comes with screenshots and covers installation of FreeNAS, setting up an iSCSI target and connecting to it from Windows.
PC-BSD has the Warden GUI to install and maintain jails. Setting these up can also, and I’m sure many would prefer this way, be set up from the console. Cyberciti.biz has published a useful and extensive guide:
How do I setup operating system-level virtualization that allows me to partition my FreeBSD-based server system into several independent mini-systems called jails.? I’d like to set one jail for mail and another for web server via 2 public IP address.
Each jail under FreeBSD virtual environment runs on the host machine with its own files, processes, user and superuser accounts. From within a jailed process, the environment is almost indistinguishable from a real system. The easiest way to set, create and modify jails is using a framework called ezjail.
Martin Wilke has a useful step-by-setp guide (via bsdgroup.de) to install FreeBSD 8.0 (stable version yet to be released) from a USB pendrive:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0 bs=1k count=1bsdlabel -Bw da0 autonewfs -L FreeBSD /dev/da0amdconfig -a -t vnode -f 8.0-HEAD-20090609-JPSNAP-i386-dvd1 -u 0 && mount -r -t cd9660 /dev/md0 /mnt/isomount /dev/da0a /mnt/USB-Stickcopy all files from your mounted cd in to your USB-Stick, after that you need to create a fstab for your USB-Stickvi /mnt/USB-Stick/etc/fstab and put following in:/dev/ufs/FreeBSD / ufs ro 0 0
The FreeBSD Security Team has issued the following security warnings:
For background info, problem description, impact, workaround and solutions, have a look at the individual advisory pages.
Today Virtualbox was committed to the FreeBSD ports tree. After a lot of work we had a good discussion today about how stable Virtualbox is, and after the CTF with take6 we got a lot of good feedback, so it was time to commit. Please READ the pkg-messages carefully, as well as the wiki page.
Manolis Kiagias has announced a project that he has started: Building custom FreeBSD ISO’s:
I believe this list (and probably the forums) would be the best place to announce one of my little projects, namely the building of custom FreeBSD install discs (DVD sized for desktops, CD sized for servers) with the latest release and updated packages.
I have been experimenting lately with ‘make release’ and ports’ building using ports-mgmt/tinderbox. I am using a dedicated system for building the base system and packages. The purpose of this experiment (besides the educational value of it) is to allow me to build FreeBSD discs with custom and up to date packages. These will in turn reduce
significantly the amount of time required to install new systems (esp. desktops which need hundred of packages).
This is just short of 1GB and contains the following:
– – FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE base system (standard bootable / installable disc)
– – Selection of custom packages that can be installed either during installation via sysinstall or at a later time (again using sysinstall or pkg_add etc).
Many other useful packages are also included as dependencies of the ones listed above. This iso does not contain openoffice (to keep the size smaller) and multimedia apps (to avoid licensing problems). Future versions of the builds may have broader / different selection of packages, depending on the feedback received by the community.
Installation is no different than an official FreeBSD CD, other than when you reach the package selection screen, you will be shown the custom set of packages. The ports tree included in the CD is the one used to actually build the packages. I will soon upload a tarball with the options used – not all packages where built with the default options.
The whole announcement can be read here.