If you were able to attend, it would be nice to hear in the comments below what you enjoyed most and which presentation you particularly enjoyed interested in.
Fourteen months since the release of FreeBSD 8.3, the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has announced the availability of FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE. This is the fifth release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.3 whilst also introducing some new features.
Some of the highlights found in the 8.4 release are:
- Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.10.1
- Feature flags 5000 version of the ZFS filesystem; Asynchronous destruction of ZFS datasets; LZ4 compression and ZIO NOP-write optimisation.
- Support for all shipping LSI storage controllers
- Bug fixes and updates to key components such as OpenSSL, OpenSSH, named, NFS, AWK, tcsh, and BZIP2, etc.
More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.
The following companies were recommended:
- John Companies
- BSD VM
- Tilaa (NL)
- Hetzner (DE)
- BSD Hosting
- ARP Networks
- Pair Networks
- Corgitech (contributed by Sam)
- OVH (US, CA, IE, FR) (thanks Kenta)
- LeaseWeb (NL, US, DE) (thanks to Kenta)
- Hostigation (thank you Jean-Philippe)
- Kimsufi (FR) (thanks Charles)
- TransIP.eu (contributed by Kaan)
- FirstVDS.ru (RU) (thanks Igor)
If you’re happy with your FreeBSD hosting company, please share with fellow readers and leave a comment below.
Alexander has been working on a new FreeBSD monitoring tool and the first public release for FreeBSD is now available. He is looking for interested people who are willing to try and test it, and give him feedback.
We looking to build a proper, useful full coverage monitoring solution for FreeBSD and need your feedback.
The FreeBSD Foundation sponsors regularly people to attend FreeBSD related conferences, who will then afterwards write up a report about their experience.
Read the Eitan’s trip report: BSDCan Trip Report by Eitan Adler
FreeBSD and PC-BSD are known to be quite particular with regards to hardware support, but now you can check or buy via the PC-BSD store hardware that is known to be working on PC-BSD, and therefore also on FreeBSD. Obviously you can always check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes that come out with each release, e.g. FreeBSD 10 Current, 9.0, 9.1 or 8.3.
The FreeBSD Project has announced that all binary package building services are restored and live again.
This service was put on hold following a security incident in November 2012. Consequently, the security throughout the FreeBSD Project’s infrastructure has been reviewed and the package-building system (including redports.org and ports QAT) has been re-engineered to support greater compartmentalisation and resilience.
FreeBSD binary packages are available again for the 8.x, 9.x branches on i386 and amd64 architectures at the usual locations.
Muhammadreza Haghiri emailed me about the release of the JabirBSD 1.0.
JabirBSD is a rebranded FreeBSD version for Iranian and Farsi speaking users “with rsync, sudo, nano and a lot of command-line based software”.
This first release is a re-branded version of FreeBSD, with the intention to fork from FreeBSD at a later point. The reason for this forking is, allegedly, due to kernel related changes.
I think it’s great to see developers wanting to take FreeBSD to the next level, but, it could be just me, I’m a bit weary of these new projects. Most of them fall by the wayside due to loss of interest, too small teams or lack of spare time (SecurityBSD TrueBSD, Evoke etc). Unless the project is backed by a company (although that’s not a 100% guarantee – remember Tomahawk Desktop?) or a large team, most of the time the project fizzles out and ceases to exist.
I wish the developers had started off by contributing to FreeBSD (PC-BSD, TrueOS) before deciding to set up their own project, and potentially fork. At the moment JabirBSD 1.0 is the same as FreeBSD and it is not clear how JabirBSD is going to be different from FreeBSD.
Unless developers that already contribute to FreeBSD (or any other project) want to move the project in an incompatible or opposite direction, forking maybe the way forward, but taking that decision should always be a last resort. IMO
unixmen has put together a howto showing how to migrate your databases from MySQL to MariaDB.
As most of you will be aware, since Oracle took over MySQL and took control of the project, a lot changed. Oracle doesn’t like open source and hence MySQL is dying a slow death. MySQL’s founder, Michael Widenius (+Michael Widenius), left the project and set up the competing MariaDB (+mariadb) database project.
If you’re not sure where MySQL is heading and want some security had use some new, cool features, have a look at and/or migrate to MariaDB.
MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system, the impetus being the community maintenance of its free status under the GNU GPL. As a fork of a leading open source software system, it is notable for being led by its original developers and triggered by concerns over direction by an acquiring commercial company Oracle.
Migrate From MySQL To MariaDB In FreeBSD (unixmen)