FreeBSD supported branches update

The branches supported by the FreeBSD Security Officer have been updated to reflect the EoL (end-of-life) of FreeBSD 6.3.

Users of FreeBSD 6.3 are advised to upgrade promptly to a newer release, either by downloading an updated source tree and building updates manually, or (for i386 and amd64 systems) using the FreeBSD Update utility as
described in the relevant release announcement.

I have updated my FreeBSD Events & Conference Calendar to reflect these updates.

More info about security and supported branches: FreeBSD Security

FreeBSD Foundation accepting project proposals

Love FreeBSD? Love coding, taking FreeBSD to new hights and getting paid for your work?

If this is you, why not submit a proposal to the FreeBSD Foundation?

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce we are soliciting the submission of proposals for work relating to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system. Proposals will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit and cost-effectiveness.

To find out more about the proposal process please download the application document (pdf).

Note, the deadline for submitting project proposals is March 1.

If you need some inspiration as to where you can help out, take a look at the FreeBSD Ideas page to see where FreeBSD can be improved and extended.

FreeBSD related appointments

Erwin Lansing has joined the FreeBSD Foundation board of Directors (announcement)

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Erwin Lansing has joined the Board of Directors. For those of you who haven’t met Erwin, here is his bio:

Erwin previously worked for an rapidly expanding webhosting startup and now holds a position as Network Systems Engineer at the Danish incumbent ISP, TDC. He joined the FreeBSD Ports Development Team in 2003 and has been a member of the Ports Management Team since 2005. He is mainly working on the package building cluster, creating and distributing ready-to-install binary packages of 3rd party software for FreeBSD, in addition to regression testing the integration of FreeBSD with 3rd party software projects.

Thomas Abthorpe is the new FreeBSD portmgr secretary (source)

On behalf of portmgr, I am pleased to announce that portmgr has found a new secretary: Thomas Abthorpe. Thomas has been a FreeBSD ports committer since 2007 and has made more than 1000 commits since. He has previously served on the ports-security team and is currently a member of the KDE and donation teams. He has also mentored several new ports committers over the years.

In his role as portmgr secretary, Thomas will help portmgr keep track of ongoing issues, keeps the portmgr, and other bookkeeping work like organizing votes and stay in touch with other FreeBSD teams.

AsiaBSDCon 2010 Videos

Some AsiaBSDCon 2010 videos are available on

Moving on from Debian to FreeBSD

Steven Rosenberg has written up his experience with installing, tweaking and running FreeBSD 8.0:

Dru Lavigne made me do it: I killed Debian, installed an unbootable Ubuntu, now I’m running FreeBSD 8.0 with GNOME

I was listening to Dru Lavigne’s talk on BSD for Linux users (from SCALE I believe).

I first met Dru at SCALE 8x – that was last year’s show; I didn’t go this year. I’ve just been working too much, dropped my print column last October, and I’ve been running Debian Lenny since December and haven’t been in the distro hunt and done little but complain about Xorg sucking the very soul from anybody using Intel video chips that haven’t been made in the past year or so. (I have three such laptops, and the damage done by Xorg to uptake of X-based GUI-using operating systems among those with “older” Intel video-equipped laptops must be staggeringly high.)

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New Nvidia AMD64 Beta drivers

Nvidia has made new Beta drivers available for FreeBSD AMD64:

“I am pleased to announce the release of updated NVIDIA FreeBSD beta graphics drivers that take advantage of kernel features (feature requests) added in FreeBSD 7.3 and 8.0 that enable improved NVIDIA graphics driver support for FreeBSD/i386 and initial support for FreeBSD/amd64.

FreeBSD-specific changes since 195.22:

  • fixed a bug that could result in crashes, such as kernel panics, after shutting down X on recent NVIDIA GPUs.
  • updated state tracking in the kernel-interface files (improves e.g. event delivery, see the NVIDIA feature requests link above).
  • made miscellaneous improvements (dropped GIANT dependency, etc.)

Read the full announcement and installation instructions: New Nvidia AMD64 Beta drivers

Thanks, Dave, for dropping me a note advising of the new release.

Google’s Go programming language

Google’s Go is now supported under FreeBSD (source)

“Go, Google’s programming language, has now been with us for four months. Ridiculed at first, then named Programming Language of the Year 2009 by TIOBE for its rapid climb up its language index, Go has continued on its way with rather less fanfare. But that is definitely not symptomatic of a lack of progress – on the contrary, the current state of activity shows that Go is edging ever closer to maturity.”

Read more about the current state of Go (Google’s Go programming language – H-Online)

FreeBSD Ports unstable for the next 10 days

Ion-Mihai Tetcu writes on the FreeBSD ports Mailinglist:

As announced before, a few big commits, that touch some thousands ports are being done: png, curl, x11, gnome, kde4. The target ETA is 6-7 April.

The first one was done, update of graphics/png (including a shared lib version bump), with about 5000 ports affected.

We do _NOT_ recommend updating ports until this commits are all done, and the problems are fixed, except if you want to help testing / fixing.

Before reporting failures, please take a look at ports@ list, and…ort=last_built
to find out if the problem hasn’t already been reported or even fixed.

We also have two incremental builds on Pointy to catch the problems.

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