EuroBSDCon call for papers

bsd2008logoEuroBSDCon, hosted in Sofia, Bulgaria on September 25-28, is still accepting applications for talk/presentation and tutorial proposals. The deadline is now June 2, 2014.

EuroBSDcon is the European technical conference for users and developers of BSD-based systems. The conference will take place September 25 to 28 at InterExpo Congress Center in Sofia (see Tutorials will be held on Thursday and Friday, while the shorter talks and papers program is on Saturday and Sunday.

For more information on how to apply, check out the official page here:

FreeBSD devsummit: Ports & Packages

Michael W Lucas has summarized a recent FreeBSD devsummit regarding ports and packages. In this devsummit, it started with an overview of Debian packages and dependencies. Using qemu BSD user mode for cross-building packages was also in talks. Cross-building has seen improvements, and nightly ARM crossbuild packages are being tested, which may be ready by EuroBSDCon. Other things discussed were PortCI, Jenkins bhyve, as well as a possibility of using certificate transparency via X.509v3 extension.

Check out the full notes here:

Let’s get RAID | BSD Now 36 (video)

BSD Now Episode 36 shows how to set up RAID arrays in FreeBSD and there’s also an interview with David Chisnall – of the FreeBSD core team – about the switch to Clang.

Other subjects being discussed are:

  • OpenBSD 5.5 released
  • FreeBSD foundation funding highlights
  • OpenSSH without OpenSSL
  • BSDMag’s April 2014 issue is out
  • Interview – David Chisnall
  • Tutorial – RAID in FreeBSD and OpenBSD
  • BSDTalk episode 240
  • m2k14 trip reports
  • Why you should use FreeBSD on your cloud VPS
  • PC-BSD weekly digest

Other formats can be watched/downloaded here.

FreeBSD News Contest Winners

FreeBSD News is proud to announce the winners of our first contest! Congratulations!

Stephen Hilton

Fred Gibbs

Patrick Tracanelli

Anthony VanWey

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PC-BSD vs. Ubuntu

PC-BSD Logoubuntu_logo_black-orangeThis article by Make Tech Easier discusses the pros and cons of both PC-BSD and Ubuntu as an open-source desktop operating system. The two operating systems are compared by the ease of use as a desktop, starting with the installation process, desktop environment, and ending with application support and installation.

To read the full article with graphics, check out the following link:

FreeBSD Projects accepted on Google’s Summer of Code 2014 year, Google hosts a Summer of Code that brings student developers from around the world to work on various software development projects, including open-source. This year, a handful of these projects are also FreeBSD related.

The following lists the project title, along with the student developer and mentor:

Porting FreeBSD on Android Emulator Alexander Tarasikov Gavin Atkinson
Pkg pluggable repositories Vsevolod Stakhov Bapt
FreeBSD preseed installation (PXE) Kamil Czekirda Devin Teske
CTF implementation and use in the kernel debugger Daniel Lovasko George Neville-Neil
High-speed firewall: convert IPFW/PF rules to C module dpl David Chisnall
Bring up FreeBSD on MicroBlaze ErnestS Grzegorz Bernacki
Improve Unicode support in FreeBSD Dmitry Selyutin Pedro Giffuni
Modular scripting system for FreeBSD loader with Lua support Pedro Souza Wojciech A. Koszek
Implementation of evdev protocol and touchscreens support jceel Edward Tomasz Napiera?a
Instruction caching for bhyve Mihai Carabas Neel Natu
Kernel debugging support for LLDB Mike Ma Ed Maste
Implement Intel SMAP and kernel patching framework Oliver Pinter Gavin Atkinson
A new enhanced bootsplash Seiya Nuta Kris Moore
BSNMP Enhancements Shonali Balakrishna Shteryana
Flexible dependencies with pkg Elvira Khabirova Andrey Zverev
Machine readable output from userland utilities Zarko Korchev Eitan Adler

Thank you to reader Pedro Giffuni for suggesting this article!

Take a look at the full list here: