Why FreeBSD is (and isn’t) my favorite operating system

We reported before about an article by Scott Spear about Why FreeBSD is My Favorite *nix OS.  Lik him, David Douthitt finds FreeBSD wonderful and likes it a lot. However, he finds that he doesn’t want to use it for everything. Read the whole “Why FreeBSD is (and...

Putting Beastie back in the boot menu (howto)

If you’ve used FreeBSD in the past you’re likely familiar with the mascot, Beastie.  In the past Beastie was part of the boot menu, but recently he was replaced with a simple FREEBSD text image.  To put Beastie back in the menu you can add the following to your...

Speed up installing from ports (howto)

There is a port under ports-mgmt called fastest_sites. This the MASTER_SITE definitions depending on the round-trip time for the tcp connections. The results are sorted by fastest response time and in a format suitable for Makefile. # cd...
FreeBSD Foundation update – November 2008

FreeBSD Foundation update – November 2008

The FreeBSD Foundation November 2008 update: New Projects As most of you know, we put out a request for project proposals last July. We were pleasantly surprised when we received more proposals than we expected. Unfortunately, we couldn’t accept all of the...

Encrypting your laptop with ELI and ZFS

Some time ago, I’ve given my laptop yet another FreeBSD reinstall – mostly beause I wanted to encrypt its contents (hey, you never know!). It turns out the best way to do this is to use GEOM_ELI. Of course, I can’t quite live without ZFS, so the idea...

FreeBSD as a desktop OS

Saying that FreeBSD is an excellent choice to build a server upon would be stating the blatantly obvious. Sadly though, FreeBSD as a desktop OS is a  much less common sight. This is a shame, particularly for developers who could have a desktop that closely mimics the...