BSDNow.TV Episode 032: PXE Dust (video)

In this BSDNow.tv episode, hosts Kris Moore and Allan Jude discuss OpenBSD’s new feature “autoinstall”. Following that is an interview with Dru Lavigne regarding her work related to FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and FreeNAS writing and documentation.

FreeBSD Foundation: Spring Fundraising Campaign

The FreeBSD Foundation has just released news regarding their Spring Fundraising Campaign:

We’re kicking off our Spring Fundraising Campaign! Our goal this year is to raise $1,000,000 with a spending budget of $900,000. As we embark on our 15th year of serving the FreeBSD Project and community, we are proud of how we’ve helped FreeBSD become the most innovative, reliable, and high-performance operating system. We are doing this by:

  • funding development projects,
  • having an internal technical staff available to work on small and large projects, fixing problems, and areas of system administration and release engineering,
  • providing legal support,
  • funding conferences and summits that allow face-to-face interaction and collaboration between FreeBSD contributors, users, and advocates,
  • and advocating for and educating people about FreeBSD by providing high-quality brochures, white papers, and the FreeBSD Journal.

Head on over to this link to make a donation to the FreeBSD Foundation: https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/

For more information about the fundraising campaign, head on over to the FreeBSD Foundation blog over here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/04/freebsd-foundation-spring-fundraising.html

BSDNow.tv Episode 031: Edgy BSD Users (video)

This week the hosts talk to Richard Stallman about the upcoming GPLv4 and how it will protect  software from being stolen. After that, you will be shown how to recover from those pesky ZFS on Linux corruption issues, as well as some tips on how to explain to your boss that all the production boxes were compromised.

Documentation is King | BSD Now 30

“We chat with Warren Block to discuss BSD documentation efforts and future plans. If you’ve ever wondered about the scary world of mailing lists, today’s tutorial will show you the basics of how to get help and contribute back.”

BSD Now Episode 29: P.E.F.S. (video)

bsd_now_logoThe bsdnow.tv team has uploaded a new weekly episode, P.E.F.S. (a filesystem-level encryption utility) featuring an interview with Gleb Kurtsou and a tutorial showing how to use PEFS.

In this episode (see video below) the two hosts, Allan Jude and Kris Moore, chat about the following topics:

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BSD Now Episode 28: Ghost of Partition (video)

The bsdnow.tv team has uploaded a new episode: Ghost of Partition.

This episode (see video below) is shorter than normally as the hosts, Allan Jude and Kris Moore, are at AsiaBSDCon.

This episode has an interview with Eric Turgeon, founder of the desktop-focused GhostBSD project and a tutorial on disk concatenating in NetBSD.

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FreeBSD Participating in Google Summer of Code

FreeBSD is pleased to announce that once again we have been selected to participate in the Google Summer of Code program. This gives University students the opportunity to earn a $5,500 USD stipend in exchange for working on Open Source software over their Summer break. Students have around 12 weeks to work on their project, and will be mentored by existing FreeBSD committers. Participating organisations will earn $500 USD per student mentored.

FreeBSD’s organisation page may be found here and a list of possible project ideas may be found here. Please note that projects do not have to come from the ideas list, and indeed students are encouraged to produce their own project ideas – the majority of past projects have been thought up by the participants themselves. More details about FreeBSD’s participation in Google Summer of Code including contact details can be found here.

Students are also encouraged to visit the GSoC website to view more details of the program, including eligibility requirements, and a list of other participating organisations.

Source: FreeBSD Now

ZFS 101 (aka ZFS is cool and why you should be using it)

ZFSDru Lavigne, who does an excellent job writing FreeNAS and PC-BSD documentation, has done a presentation at SCALE 2014 expo (23 Feb) on the ZFS filesystem.

She goes into the different ZFS features such as software RAID, the ability to self-heal data corruption, copy-on-write, low-overhead snapshots, support for multiple boot environments, and many more cool things ZFS can do for you. The last part of the presentation is about how these technologies are utilised in FreeNAS and PC-BSD..

The slides of the presentation can be viewed on Slideshare: ZFS 101

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