Installing FEMP (FreeBSD 10, Nginx, MySQL, PHP) on a Cloud or VPS Server

This tutorial by user Jose Velazquez ( shows us how to get Nginx, MySQL, and PHP set up on your FreeBSD cloud server.



This how-to will guide you through installing a FEMP stack. FEMP is simply a software bundle that consists of 4 components that work together to form a powerful web server.  However, in this setup the acronym’s are as follows: FreeBSD 10 (F) is the core of the platform which will sustain the other components. Nginx (E) is used for the web service. MySQL (M) is used for database management,  and PHP (P) is used as the programming language.


You need a FreeBSD server that is configured with a static IP address. If you do not have a server already, you can visit our Cloud Hosting page here and spin a new server up in under 30 seconds.

Install FEMP on FreeBSD 10

To get started, login to your FreeBSD server via SSH or Console. If you are using the Atlantic.Net cloud service, note that they are setup as minimal installations to avoid having unnecessary packages from being installed and never used. If some software packages that you’re used to using aren’t installed by default, feel free to install them as needed.

Let us download nano so we can simplify this tutorial.

  • pkg install nano

Let’s make sure that your server is fully up-to-date so we can complete the preparation.

  • freebsd-update fetch
  • freebsd-update install

With the server up-to-date, we can continue the process and install FEMP on your server.

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How to Install FreeBSD 10.2 with Mate Desktop

This tutorial by user shows us how to get FreeBSD 10.2 set up with the MATE desktop environment.



FreeBSD/free Unix-like operating system is advanced computer operating system used for modern computer, desktop and embedded platform. FreeBSD available for all platform include PowerPC and ARM. It is advanced operating system for networking, security and storage, with these advantages make a FreeBSD the platform of choice for many big company, including Apache, Apple, Cisco, Citrix etc.

FreeBSD is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX developed by Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) and released under BSD License. You can install it for your server, and you can use it too for your primary computer desktop with many Desktop Environment such as Gnome, XFCE, KDE and Mate etc.


in this article will be taught step by step to install FreeBSD on a desktop computer, I use FreeBSD 64 bits with the following specifications :

  • Memory 1 GB
  • Disk 25 GB

and also continued with a guide to install a desktop environment “Mate” on FreeBSD, so you can use it for your daily activity.

Installing FreeBSD 10.2

1. Download FreeBSD from and make a bootable from it. You can use file “.iso” if you want to burn to the CD/DVD, and if you want to make a USB Bootable, you must download “.img” file. If you use ubuntu/other linux distribution, you can use “dd” command to make a FreeBSD usb bootable. I’m here use a USB for media installation, so you can make a bootable by this command :

dd bs=4M if=/file/img/FreeBSD.img of=/dev/sdX && sync

2. When a USB bootable been made, please setting your BIOS to make it boot from a USB flashdisk and then reboot your system, and after that you will see a FreeBSD menu, you can choose number “1″ or just press “Enter“.

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How To Install FreeNAS 9.3

This tutorial by user Rajneesh Upadhyay shows us how to install FreeNAS 9.3 on a supported device.




FreeNAS is a Network Attached Storage operating system. It is freeBSD based and support CIFS, NFS, iSCSI, FTP, RSYN along with RAID support. It is a web based, open source and one of the well known central data storage management tool.



It supports ZFS File systems. ZFS snapshots can be used to create remote backup, or additional snapshot of the same file system can be created incremental. In case of any local disk failure any ZFS snapshot can be sent to the new ZFS file system to recover data.

Data Security

RAID-Z is a part of RAID in ZFS file system. ZFS file system make sure data integrity throughout. Every file system is verified with checksums from top to bottom.

Data Encryption

FreeNAS has a unique feature of data encryption with ZFS file system, which is not available with another Ope Source NAS projects, even a full-volume data encryption is also available. Encrypted  volume is readable to FreeNAS only which possess the master key for that particular volume. Optionally pass-phrase can also be used by the user to put an extra layer of security.

File Sharing

You can share data with FreeNAS like a pro. It supports every major operating system with SMB, CIFS (MS Windows), NFS (Unix/Linux), AFP (Apple) along with FTP or iSCSI data sharing methods. Additionally it also supports VMware VAAI, MS ODX, MS Server 2008 and 2012 R2 based Clustering.

Web based Management

Every aspect of FreeNAS can be managed with available Web Based Management system. Everything can be managed with web admin panel including volume creation, user based permission setting or updating software. ssh is also available with FreeNAS.


A lots of third party plugins are also available with FreeNAS to enhance utility of FreeNAS, user can use various applications as per their need.

Some of the available plugins are:

  • Bacula – for Network based backup.
  • Couchpotato – automatic torrent downloader.
  • Crashplan – Backup data to remote server or computers.
  • Owncloud – Manage your personal cloud.


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vBSDcon 2015: September 11-13

A reminder that vBSDcon 2015, hosted by Verisign, is happening on September 11-13 in Reston, Virginia.

Please join us September 11-13, 2015 at the Sheraton in Reston, Virginia for the second biennial vBSDCon event. This exciting weekend will bring together members of the BSD community for a series of roundtable discussions, educational sessions, best practice conversations, and exclusive networking opportunities.

Who Should Attend?

  • Developers
  • Engineers
  • Administrators
  • Innovators


Install Nano on FreeBSD

This tutorial by user Victor Alex shows us how to get Nano set up on FreeBSD.


Let’s say you need nano on a FreeBSD system, maybe you don’t have the skills for Vi or it is other wise not available to you or you just like nano better.

Steps (4 total)


Make sure ports is installed

cd /usr/ports
if this doesn’t work (folder doesn’t exist) you’ll need to install posts first.

Update Bianaries

portsnap fetch update

extract updates

portsnap fetch extract update

Compile Nano

cd /usr/ports/editors/nano
make install clean
ln -s /usr/local/bin/nano /usr/bin/nano