FreeBSD 9.3-BETA3 now available

freebsd-logo-largeThe third and last build of the FreeNAS 9.3-BETA cycle has just been released.

The third BETA build of the 9.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and
sparc64 architectures.

This is expected to be the final -BETA build of the 9.3-RELEASE cycle.

ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/9.3/

Changes between 9.3-BETA2 and 9.3-BETA3 include:

  • A new ttys(5) flag, onifconsole, has been added, which activates
    ttyu0 if the device is an active kernel console.
  • The NFSv4 server now allows creating a hard link to a symbolic
    link, as was allowed in NFSv3.
  • OpenSSL has been updated to 0.9.8za.
  • A deadlock caused by incorrect reference counts has been fixed in
    the usb(4) driver.
  • The arc4random(3) library has been updated to match that in
    FreeBSD-CURRENT.
  • The amount of data collected by hwpmc(4) has been increased to
    work with modern processors and available RAM.
  • A new pmcstat(8) flag, ‘-l’, has been added, which ends event
    collection after the specified number of seconds.

For the full release notes, head on over to the following link: http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2014-June/078959.html

Bhyve: virtualization on FreeBSD

bhyveThis short tutorial will show you how to get Bhyve, or BSD Hypervisor, configured and running on FreeBSD 10.

Bhyve(BSD Hypervisor) is an Open hypervisor developed on FreeBSD with features like EPT and Virtio. It is built in to FreeBSD from Version 10.0

Minimum Hardware required for bhyve are

  1. VT enabled Processor -Intel only (AMD is not supported as of 9/6/2014)
  2. 4GB RAM (Recommended)
  3. 7200 RPM HDD or higher

Check out the full blog post with instructions here: http://fosskb.wordpress.com/2014/06/09/bhyve-virtualiztion-on-freebsd/

FreeBSD disk partitioning

Michael W Lucas is back again with this blog about FreeBSD disk partitioning.

The FreeBSD kernel understands several different disk partitioning schemes, including the traditional x86 MBR (slices), the current GPT, BSD disklabels, as well as schemes from Apple, Microsoft, NEC (PC98), and Sun. The gpart(8) tool is intended as a generic interface that lets you manage disk partitioning in all of these schemes, and abstract away all of the innards in favor of saying “Use X partitioning system on this disk, and put these partitions on it.” It’s a great goal.

FreeBSD storage, and computing storage in general, is in a transitory state today. The older tools, fdisk and bsdlabel, aren’t exactly deprecated but they are not encouraged. x86 hardware is moving towards GPT, but there’s an awful lot of MBR-only gear deployed. Disks themselves are moving from the long-standing 512B sector size to 4KB, eight times larger.

You can find the actual command line instructions here: http://www.wonkity.com/~wblock/docs/html/disksetup.html

Check out the full blog post here: http://blather.michaelwlucas.com/archives/2096

How to Install FreeBSD 10

nixCraft has created a YouTube tutorial explaining the installation process for FreeBSD 10. If you have not tried installing it yet, you can follow along with this guide by checking out the video below:

Linux vs FreeBSD – a comprehensive comparison

bsdnixIn this article by the Brio Team, Linux and FreeBSD are compared in terms of its developers, security, licensing, and compatibility with hardware and software. The author also explains which one may be a better fit for a specific user. In addition, it discusses the UNIX element of each kernel.

For most users, the difference between Linux and FreeBSD is not something significant, as the two operating systems frequently share even the same applications. Both of these Operating Systems are UNIX like, in their form and function; while they are developed mainly for non-commercial interests. However, on taking a closer look one can uncover more differences between the two.

Check out the full article here: http://brioteam.com/linux-versus-freebsd-comprehensive-comparison

BSDNow.TV Episode 40: AirPorts & Packages

This BSDNow.TV episode discusses OpenBSD’s ports and package system. Karl Lehenbauer is also interviewed and talks about the use of FreeBSD at FlightAware. Press play below to watch:

The following BSDNow.TV roundup brings you even more talks from BSDCan 2014. The list contains the talks hosted on YouTube:

This video on how to set up CARP Fail-over and High Availability on FreeBSD was also included:

Check out the official page here: http://www.bsdnow.tv/episodes/2014_06_04-airports_and_packages