There has been an effort underway within the Debian development community to pull the FreeBSD kernel within this distribution to provide an alternative to using the Linux kernel. In essence with this Debian GNU/kFreeBSD project you have the standard Debian package set providing a GNU user-land with a GNU C library, but the FreeBSD kernel is running underneath. The Debian project has also been working on Debian GNU/Hurd to effectively do the same thing but with the GNU Mach microkernel. But unlike Debian GNU/Hurd, with the release of Debian 6.0 “Squeeze”, Debian GNU/kFreeBSD will reach a release status. With the Debian Squeeze release being just two months away we have decided to provide the first public set of benchmarks that compare the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD performance to that of Debian GNU/Linux. We have tested both the 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Debian with the Linux
iX Systems has created a simple web based application for posting bounties, getting developers and sponsors on board, posting the committed code in a browser viewable format, and then handle final payout upon completion.
I don’t know current the sponsorbsd website is, since the test projects are quite dated. Maybe Matt from iXsystems can leave a comment here when he reads this and give us an update on how current the website is.
It’s definitely a good idea, I think.
FreeBSD 7.3-BETA1, the first test build of the 7.3-RELEASE cycle, is now available for amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures. The target schedule along with the current status of the release can be found on the FreeBSD 7.3 todo wiki.
More info, download locations and upgrade instructions can be found on the announcement post
The FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting the submission of proposals for work relating to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system. Proposals will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness.
Interested? Check out what your proposal needs to include
The FreeBSD’s quarterly status report for 2009 Q4 is now available:
This report covers FreeBSD related projects between October and December 2009. This is the last of the four reports covering 2009, which has shown to be a very important year for the FreeBSD Project. Besides other notable things, a new major version of FreeBSD, 8.0-RELEASE, has been released, while the release process for 7.3-RELEASE is soon to begin.
Table of Contents
Google Summer of Code
- BSD-licensed iconv
- 3G USB support
- Clang replacing GCC in the base system
- FreeBSD TDM Framework
- HAST — Highly Available Storage
- Intel XScale hwpmc(9) support
- POSIX utmpx for FreeBSD
- SUJ — Journaled SoftUpdates
- The webcamd deamon
FreeBSD Team Reports
- FreeBSD Bugbusting Team
- FreeBSD Release Engineering
- The FreeBSD Foundation Status Report
- bwn(4) — Broadcom Wireless driver
- IP Payload Compression Protocol support
- Ralink wireless RT2700U/2800U/3000U run(4) USB driver
- Syncing pf(4) with OpenBSD 4.5
- Wireless mesh networking
- CAM-based ATA implementation
- Group Limit Increase
- NFSv4 ACL support
- V4L support in Linux emulator
- The FreeBSD German Documentation Project
- The FreeBSD Hungarian Documentation Project
- The FreeBSD Spanish Documentation Project
- Flattened Device Tree for embedded FreeBSD
- Chromium web browser
- Ports Collection
- VirtualBox on FreeBSD
Vendor / 3rd Party Software
- DAHDI (Zaptel) support for FreeBSD
- NVIDIA amd64 driver
- AsiaBSDCon 2010 — The BSD Conference
- BSDCan 2010 — The BSD Conference
- meetBSD 2010 — The BSD Conference
- The FreeBSD Forums
- BSD-licensed text processing tools
The FreeBSD Security issued 3 security advisories
FreeBSD Errata Notice
Since FreeBSD 8.0 was released, several stability and performance problems have been identified. This Errata Notice describes several fixes judged to be of particular importance, but low risk, to users with specific workloads or using specific features that trigger these problems.
Areas where problems are addressed include NFS, ZFS, Multicast networking, SCTP as well as the rename(2) syscall.
Adopt a FreeBSD Port
There are currently 4726 ports without maintainer, which means that no one is actively maintaining them. Out of these ports, 243 (roughly 5.00%) are out of date. Can you help?
Android SDK on FreeBSD is now available for FreeBSD 8
ZFS Patches on FreeBSD 7
Alexander has made a lot of ZFS patches for FreeBSD 7
The first batch of FreeBSD snapshot releases for 2010 are now available: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/201001
PBI Builder 2.5
A newer version of the PC-BSD PBI Builder (package builder) has been released
On January 31st, FreeBSD 6.3 will reach its End of Life and will no longer be supported by the FreeBSD Security Team. Users of this release are strongly encouraged to upgrade to a newer release before that date — more conservative users will probably wish to upgrade to FreeBSD 6.4 or FreeBSD 7.1 (which are both extended-support branches), while others will probably wish to upgrade to FreeBSD 7.2 or FreeBSD 8.0.
The freebsd-update(8) utility can be used to upgrade i386 and amd64 systems from 6.3-RELEASE (or 6.3-RELEASE-pX for some X) to 6.4-RELEASE using binary updates (i.e., without compiling from source) as described in the 6.4-RELEASE
announcement; given an adequate internet connection, this process usually takes 15 minutes or less.
FreeBSD 8: an evolutionary release of the unknown giant
FreeBSD 8.0 is a major release of the free UNIX descendant. Support for ZFS, jails and USB have been improved, but the release also adds new features, such as NFSv4 and Xen DomU support and some new kernel-related tools. The release notes detail these and other changes that appear in the latest FreeBSD.
VirtualBox 3.1.2 for FreeBSD
Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2009
FreeBSD again at number 1
In the final month of 2009, Swishmail, iWeb Technologies and WestHost had the most reliable hosting company sites. All three sites responded to all but one of Netcraft’s requests throughout December.
This is Swishmail’s second consecutive appearance at the top; last month, it shared the glory with Verio. Swishmail’s website is served by nginx on FreeBSD. This New York based company specialises in business email hosting, but also offers several web hosting plans, all of which include access to a webmail client and shared calendars.
Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2009
Brooks Davis recently reported on his trip to the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2009.
KOffice2 for FreeBSD available
The KDE FreeBSD team is proud to announce the release of KOffice2 suite for FreeBSD.
Install Zabix (howto)
Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution. Installation instructions can be found here (translated with Google Translate)