Gonzalo sent me an email on 7/12 after he’d spotted FreeBSD 7.1-RC1 was being uploaded. I thought I’d consequentl put it on m blog here, but I didn’t :-(
Anyway, The first release candidate of FreeBSD 7.1 is now available.
Thanks for your note, Gon.
Soooooooo bleeding edge that they haven’t even finished uploading the images :)
“Dear FreeBSD Community,
First, we would like to thank everyone who has donated to the FreeBSD Foundation this year. We have raised $198,583 towards our 2008 goal of $300,000! We are almost 2/3 of the way to reaching our goal!
Like most non-profits, we are seeing the affects of the weak economy. This time last year we had raised $346,587. By meeting our goal this year will allow us to continue the same amount of support next year, as well as continue to invest some of the funds.
Why do we need donations?
The goal of the FreeBSD Project is to provide software that may be used for any purpose — and without strings attached. Our mission is to support the FreeBSD Project and community. Our funding comes from people like you – those who are determined to keep FreeBSD free!
How have we spent the money this year?
- Sponsored FreeBSD related conferences like BSDCan, EuroBSDCon, AsiaBSDCon, meetBSD, and NYCBSDCon. We also sponsored FreeBSD developer summits in Ottawa and Cambridge.
- Provided 23 travel grants and funding to individuals to attend these conferences this year.
- Provided grants for projects that improve FreeBSD, like Java binaries, Network Stack Virtualization, Improving Hardware Performance Counter Support, making improvements to the TCP stack, making FreeBSD tolerate the removal of active disk devices, and a couple of other projects that we will be announcing soon.
- Provided equipment for developers working to improve FreeBSD and projects like the NetPerf cluster. Facilitated donation of NetApp filer, 32-core hardware, and 10 Gigabit equipment for project continuity planning and the NetPerf Cluster.
How can you help?
Your financial support is critical for the FreeBSD Project. Please help us keep FreeBSD free. Go to
to donate (any amount will help). And thank you for your continued support of the FreeBSD Foundation.”
- support of several IP for every jail
- support of IPv6
- Jail can now be created without IP address support
- SCTP is updated inside the jail code
- cpuset is capable to assign processes to a specific jailid or irq
- hostname support for alternative jail names
Last Satureday Remco Lodder did a presentation o on FreeBSD at the annual NLLGG Linux Community in the Netherlands. He explained how easy it is to contribute to FreeBSD and how to become part of (one of the) team(s).
The slides are in Dutch.
Voor het geval dat je dit leest, Remco: Goed gedaan! Jammer dat ik er niet bij kon zijn.
EDIT: English version now available
Matt Olander and Murray Stokely have written up a summary of the MeetBSD Conference last month:
The meetBSD 2008 conference recently held at the Googleplex in Mountain View, California, USA brought together more than 150 users and developers of the various flavors of the BSD operating system. The conference featured some great speakers, including talks by Robert Watson, Philip Paeps, Kris Moore and many others. There was also a panel to discuss the Google Summer of Code™ program, hosted by Murray Stokely and Leslie Hawthorn of Google. They were joined on stage by former mentors and students from the FreeBSD and NetBSD projects to give an overview of the program, some of the amazing results, and some tips and stories about participating. Saturday’s content wrapped up with impromptu breakout sessions to discuss PC-BSD, FreeBSD, security issues, and other topics.
After the first day of the conference, attendees were taken by bus to the Zen Buddha Lounge in Mountain View for a private party to celebrate the 15th Anniversary of the FreeBSD operating system. A great time was had by all and, like most birthday parties, this one included a cake! We went a step further though: our cake was shaped like the FreeBSD logo in 3D, complete with horns. Dr. Kirk McKusick had the honors of cutting the cake and handing out a few pieces.
Full blogpost here (Google Open Source Blog – 10/12/2008).
Man thanks to Google for making this conference possible!
Richard Bejtlich has been using FreeBSD in production environments since early 2000, and he continues to rely on it at home and at work. Even though he can download the operating system for free, he still subscribes through FreeBSDMall.com to support the project.
The FreeBSD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and building the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. You can see all the good work they are doing on their Web site.
The Foundation set a $300,000 goal for 2008 fundraising, and it’s 2/3 of the way there.
It would be nice to find out how you’re supporting FreeBSD. Are you donating, coding, advocating, blogging?
The FreeBSD Release Engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.4-RELEASE. At this time 6.4-RELEASE is expected to be the last of the 6-STABLE releases.
Some of the highlights:
- new and much-improved NFS Lock Manager (NLM) client;
- support for the Camellia cipher;
- boot loader changes allow, among other things, booting from USB devices and booting from GPT-labeled devices with GPT-enabled BIOSes;
- DVD install ISO images for amd64 and i386;
- KDE updated to 3.5.10,
- GNOME updated to 2.22.3;
- updates for BIND, Sendmail, OpenPAM, and other packages.
For those interested in Asterisk on FreeBSD with a lot of preconfiguring already done and a lot of extras, try AskoziaPBX.
Askozia®PBX aims to make the power of Asterisk® available to the average user in a slimmed down, embedded PC friendly form. AskoziaPBX is more than another GUI for Asterisk. It is an embedded PBX solution which eases system upgrades, backups and provisioning.
The tests included LAME MP3 encoding, 7-Zip Compression, Gzip compression, GnuPG, BYTE Unix Benchmark, Tandem XML, Bork File Encryption, Java SciMark, Bonnie++, OpenSSL, and Sunflow Rendering System.
For our Ubuntu run we were using Ubuntu 8.10 (x86_64) with the Linux 2.6.27 kernel, X Server 1.5.2, GCC 4.3.2, GNOME 2.24, the EXT3 file-system, and Java build 1.6.0_0-b12. OpenSolaris 2008.11 RC2 is based upon Solaris Nevada Build 101b with the Sun 5.11 kernel, X Server 1.3, GNOME 2.24, GCC 3.4.3, the ZFS file-system, and Java build 1.6.0_10-b33. Lastly, we were using FreeBSD 7.1 Beta 2 (AMD64) with X Server 1.4.2, GNOME 2.22, the UFS file-system, GCC 4.2.1, and Java 1.6.0_07-b02. Aside from changes made by the Phoronix Test Suite (and adding the GNOME packages to FreeBSD), all operating systems were left in their default configuration.
If simply counting which operating system was in first place most frequently, it would be Ubuntu. Ubuntu 8.10 x86_64 was in first place eight times, OpenSolaris 2008.11 RC2 was in first place seven times, and FreeBSD 7.1 Beta 2 AMD64 was in first just three tests. Depending upon your system usage, one operating system may appear more favorable, like OpenSolaris with the greater disk performance. To reiterate though, all of the testing was done on a single workstation-oriented system with dual quad-core processors and 4GB of RAM. FreeBSD and OpenSolaris were also using their latest testing builds while Ubuntu was using a final release copy.
Full test results and diagrams can be found on the Phoronix website.