The FreeBSD Project welcomed the following to members in January 2009:
- Jamie Gritton (source code)
- Beat Gätzi (ports)
If you’re interested in contributing to the Project yourself, have a look at the Committer’s Guide.
Here’s an interesting account of a move from Windows Server 2008 to FreeBSD
The most important thing for the server should be file storage. Secure file storage! Well, using Windows Server allowed me to use the onboard RAID0/1 controller to create a mirror of 2x 1TB drives. Nice, but.. I wanted to go to RAID5 and there’s also the costs. Not just for a good RAID card which costs around 350 – 400 Euro (PCIexpress, 3ware), no it’s also the licence for a Windows Server which is pretty expensive. Too expensive for a server that serves just 7 computers in our and the neighbours house.
So, I turned to Google and typed “Good OS for a fileserver”, and guess what it said? FreeBSD. Sure, FreeBSD… I tried that years ago – as desktop and it was nice and easy (compared to Linux very easy and much better structured), but it was never an OS that I would recommend for a desktop.
Then I turned to an IRC channel where I often stayed in the last few years from time to time. It’s the IRC channel of the BSDGroup.de. (The IRC channel is #bsdgroup.de on irc.freenode.org (6667) if you would like to join, but it’s mainly in German). I snapped some keywords on ZFS and RAIDz. Hm.. ZFS? Isn’t this the groundbreaking new filesystem from SUN Microsystems? Yes! And it was ported to FreeBSD. Wow! I like SUN, I like their hardware which is very structured build (ever installed hardware into a SUN? That’s very similar to the Mac Pro – just easy to do!) and of course I fight with Java on my Cisco’s notebook every day. No, I like SUN – they have humor and do cool commercials which you can check out on YouTube.
Source: klein2.de (29/01/2009)
The FreeBSD 2008 Quarterly Status Report is now available (Oct – Nov):
This quarter included some very exciting work including the release of FreeBSD 6.4 and the much anticipated release of FreeBSD 7.1. We also launched our own official FreeBSD Forums. The first Bugathon of the year will be held this weekend, see below for more information and how to participate.
Thanks to all the reporters for the excellent work! We hope you enjoy reading.
Previous Status Reports can be found here.
My desktop dual boots Gentoo Linux and FreeBSD. When I installed Gentoo at the time I decided on splitting certain directories in distinct partition, so the I created a partition strictly for portage and opted for the ReiserFS filesystem.
Today I wanted to cut down on the bandwith and decided to copy over a needed distfile from the ReiserFS partition to FreeBSD.
Bellow you’ll find the procedure to mount a ReiserFS in read-only mode. Do notice than the entire procedure is performed only on the FreeBSD system:
% man reiserfs
# kldload reiserfs.ko
# mount -t reiserfs -o ro /dev/ad4s5 /mnt
Full post and explanation here
Source: linux-bsd-sharing.blogspot.com (29/01/2008)
I’ve updated my FreeBSD Events & Conference Calendar and added:
If you’re aware of any FreeBSD related events that aren’t listed, please let me know.
NVidia has announced the availability of the new 180.22 grapics drivers for FreeBSD.
Note that the gtk-2.x ports package(s) shipped with FreeBSD releases > 5.3-RELEASE are binary incompatible with those shipped with FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE; due to this, the `nvidia-settings` binary shipped with 180.22 will not work on FreeBSD > 5.3-RELEASE. This problem can be solved by (re-)building `nvidia-settings` from source:
# fetch ftp://download.nvidia.com/XFree86/nv…-180.22.tar.gz
# tar zxf nvidia-settings-180.22.tar.gz
# cd nvidia-settings-1.0# gmake
# install nvidia-settings /usr/X11R6/bin
Source: nvidia.com (08/01/2009)
Qestion: I want to use our NAS server to store backups. Our NAS supports FTP and CIFS / SMB sharing technology. How do I mount and store files on NAS using FreeBSD? How do I automate entire procedure using a shell script? Is that doable? If so, what’s the easiest solution ftp or CIFS?
Answer. The mount_smbfs command mounts a share from a remote server using SMB/CIFS protocol. You can easily mount NAS share using the following syntax:
Source: cyberciti.biz (25/01/2008)
ccache is a compiler cache. It speeds up re-compilation of C/C++ code by caching previous compiles and detecting when the same compile is being done again.
The following is a step by step guide to how to enable and use ccache on FreeBSD 7.1:
.if (!empty(.CURDIR:M/usr/src*) || !empty(.CURDIR:M/usr/obj*)) && !defined(NOCCACHE)
Basically we’ve started by installing ccache (steps 1 through 3) and proceeded by editing /etc/make.conf as to enable ccache on builds.
Now we need to update the environment.
Further instructions here
Source: linux-bsd-sharing.blogspot.com (19/01/2009)