Get started with FreeBSD: A brief intro for Linux users

This article by Paul Venezia,, shows us how to get started on FreeBSD, for the Linux user.

equations on chalkboard 87173350Among the legions of Linux users and admins, there seems to be a sort of passive curiosity about FreeBSD and other *BSDs. Like commuters on a packed train, they gaze out at a less crowded, vaguely mysterious train heading in a slightly different direction and wonder what traveling on that train might be like — for a moment. The few who cross over find themselves in a place that is equal parts familiar and foreign. And the strange parts can be scary.

For those who’ve known only Linux, FreeBSD has places of darkness and confusion. But if you know what they are going in, it’s easy enough to get past them. I’ve been a BSD guy since the heady days of BSDi and SunOS, so let me give you a brief introduction. You might be surprised at how much you like it.

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openBSDOpenBSD and FreeBSD are both great OS that I admire and use. OpenBSD is considered more secure since it is its main goal, but FreeBSD can be tweaked to be pretty well hardened as well. Depending on the forums or to who we ask, we will have different opinions. But what are the facts? Which OS is more secure and why?

I am not asking the question about which one is globally better, as “better” has a different meaning depending on the context and the needs (ISP routers, datafreebsd-logo-largebase servers, home gateway, desktop system, storage server or appliance, etc…). On some enterprises doing a major OS upgrade every 6 months or every year is doable, on others, it’s not possible at all. Also, it depends if one needs performance for streaming (Netflix), or if security is a top priority for a redondant firewall. Everyone needs is different, and both OS are highly useful.

If we strictly focus on security, how FreeBSD compares to OpenBSD security wise? In what follows, we will dig into memory protection, system and network security features, and default “out of the box” security. The purpose is to give unbiased facts, to compare point by point both OS. I am not trying to find the “best” OS and discredit the other, I love and use both :-) Let us try to find out the integrated security features of both OS, the visit continues below!

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Install Samba 3.6.x, BASH, and Webmin on FreeBSD

These short tutorials by Julian’s Corner shows us how to install Samba, BASH, and Webmin on FreeBSD.

Install Samba 3.6.x on FreeBSD
  • Update the ports snapshot
portsnap fetch update
  • Install Samba 3.6.x
cd /usr/ports/net/samba36
make install clean
  • Select the options that you want, then click OK.

Install BASH shell on FreeBSD

Bash is an sh-compatible command language interpreter that executes commands read from the standard input or from a file. csh / tcsh (C shell with file name completion and command line editing) is the default shell under FreeBSD. However, you can easily install and use bash as shell.

  • Update the ports snapshot
portsnap fetch update
  • Install BASH
cd /usr/ports/shells/bash
make install clean
Configure FreeBSD to use BASH
  • To update existing users to use BASH, enter:
chsh -s /usr/local/bin/bash {username}

Install Webmin on FreeBSD
  • Update the ports snapshot
portsnap fetch update
  • Install webmin
cd /usr/ports/sysutils/webmin
make install clean
  • Accept the default options for perl.
  • Configure webmin on startup
vi /etc/rc.conf
  • Append following line:
  • Save and close the file.
  • Run the Webmin configuration setup file and anwser the questions.

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Buffer Overflow Vulnerability in FreeBSD Discovered by Norse

Norse_LNorse announced today that they discovered a buffer overflow vulnerability in FreeBSD which they privately disclosed to the FreeBSD security team, who subsequently issued a security advisory with some details on the flaw and options for remedy (FreeBSD-SA-14:27.stdio).

FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system employed to power modern servers, desktops and embedded platforms, according to the project’s organizers, who have collaborated with a large community of developers for more than thirty years.

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How To: Install OTRS 4.0.2 on FreeBSD 10.1 (with ZFS, MySQL56, Apache24)

User kuantem wrote this tutorial on how to install OTRS Help Desk software onto FreeBSD. dealing with OTRS Help Desk on Ubuntu Server for a couple of years (which actually worked quite well for our small IT firm!), I’ve finally decided to migrate this great Help Desk platform over to FreeBSD, simply because I love it! I’m no FreeBSD master, but I’ve figured out just enough to get this working. So here we go…

Step 1: Pre Installation Tasks

(Assuming you have a new FreeBSD 10.1 installation with ZFS. Which I’ve installed on MS Hyper-V Server 2012 R2.)

Edit /etc/rc.conf and verify the hostname of your FreeBSD/OTRS server as well as the static IP address. Which may look something like this:

# Networking
ifconfig_de0="inet netmask"

Full instructions here:


FreeBSD Foundation 2014 Year-End Fundraising Appeal

logo_freebsdfoundationDear FreeBSD community,
I’m writing to you today because I know you are passionate about FreeBSD. You care that it’s innovative, secure, stable, reliable, well engineered and documented, and loved.
For 14 years, the FreeBSD Foundation has been providing funding and support for the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. We are fully funded by donations from people like you. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that we’ve kicked off our year-end fundraising campaign!
This has been an exciting time for the Foundation and FreeBSD community. As you may have heard, we kicked off this fundraiser with the largest donation we’ve ever received. Whether you are a developer, writer, advocate, organizer, user, or investor, this donation is a positive reflection on the work you are doing for FreeBSD…..

Read the rest of the announcement from Deb Goodkin here:

ruBSD 2014 (13 December, Moscow)

ruBSD, a Russian technical BSD conference set up last year, will again take place this year on 13 December in Moscow.

The conference is free to attend, though registration is required as there are only a limited number of places.

The talks will be around highly loaded web servers, ZFS and iSCSI, package management, embedded-systems and IPv6 use in practice.

Among the presenters are Scott Long from Netflix, FreeBSD developer Baptiste Daroussin and Aleksandr Motin from iXsystems.

For more information visit the ruBSD 2014 event page.