In this BSD Now episode, hosts Allan Jude and Kris Moore interview Paul Schenkeveld, the chairman of the EuroBSDCon Foundation, regarding his experiences in running BSD conferences and how regular users can help with involvement. Press play below to tune in:
Dear FreeBSD community,I’m writing to you today because I know you are passionate about FreeBSD. You care that it’s innovative, secure, stable, reliable, well engineered and documented, and loved.For 14 years, the FreeBSD Foundation has been providing funding and support for the FreeBSD Project and community worldwide. We are fully funded by donations from people like you. That’s why I’m excited to tell you that we’ve kicked off our year-end fundraising campaign!This has been an exciting time for the Foundation and FreeBSD community. As you may have heard, we kicked off this fundraiser with the largest donation we’ve ever received. Whether you are a developer, writer, advocate, organizer, user, or investor, this donation is a positive reflection on the work you are doing for FreeBSD…..
Read the rest of the announcement from Deb Goodkin here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/12/freebsd-foundation-2014-year-end.html
ruBSD, a Russian technical BSD conference set up last year, will again take place this year on 13 December in Moscow.
The conference is free to attend, though registration is required as there are only a limited number of places.
The talks will be around highly loaded web servers, ZFS and iSCSI, package management, embedded-systems and IPv6 use in practice.
Among the presenters are Scott Long from Netflix, FreeBSD developer Baptiste Daroussin and Aleksandr Motin from iXsystems.
For more information visit the ruBSD 2014 event page.
BSDNow.tv has uploaded another, weekly, video: 8,000,000 Mogofoo-ops (BSD Now 65).
“Coming up on the show this week, we’ve got an interview with Brendan Gregg of Netflix. He’s got a lot to say about performance tuning and benchmarks & even some pretty funny stories about how people have done them incorrectly.”
In this month’s project update we will take a look at the ongoing FreeBSD 64-bit ARM port. AArch64 is the official name for the 64-bit ARM architecture, but it is also known as ARMv8 and arm64. The 64-bit ARM architecture is expected to find use in traditional server markets, in contrast to the embedded and mobile markets where 32-bit ARM is widely adopted.
The FreeBSD Foundation is collaborating with ARM, Cavium, Semihalf and Andrew Turner to port FreeBSD to arm64. Cavium is contributing directly to the Foundation, supplying engineering expertise and hardware for the development community. Cavium’s ThunderX platform provides a great match for FreeBSD’s strength as a server operating system, and it supports up to 48 cores in a single package. ThunderX will be the initial reference target for this project, but ports to other arm64 platforms are expected later on.
Read the full announcement here: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2014/11/64-bit-arm-architecture-project-update.html
The following playlist contains the many MeetBSD California 2014 presentations given on the weekend of November 1-2. Click play below to tune in:
To view them separately, head on over to this page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLb87fdKUIo8TijlK7TuBeRMgylGaN9Ec9&feature=c4-feed-u
This post by Free and Open Source Software Knowledge Base shows us how to build and install a custom kernel in FreeBSD-10.
Go to the kernel source directory which contains the configurations.cd /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf
Create a folder named kernel in the home directory of root user i.e. /root.mkdir /root/kernels
Create a soft link in the /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf named “MYKERNEL” which links to /root/kernels/MYKERNEL file.
cp GENERIC /root/kernels/MYKERNEL ln -s /root/kernels/MYKERNEL
Goto the folder created above.cd /root/kernels/
Edit the file “MYKERNEL” and make the following change. This line helps us to create the new kernel which is a combination of a generic kernel and the extra features added. The following line includes the features available in a generic kernelinclude GENERIC
The other additional lines specify the features to be added in the kernel to be created.
For Example:cpu HAMMER ident GENERIC makeoptions DEBUG=-g # Build kernel with gdb(1) debug symbols makeoptions WITH_CTF=1 # Run ctfconvert(1) for DTrace support options SCHED_ULE # ULE scheduler options PREEMPTION # Enable kernel thread preemption options INET # InterNETworking options INET6 # IPv6 communications protocols options TCP_OFFLOAD # TCP offload options SCTP # Stream Control Transmission Protocol options FFS # Berkeley Fast Filesystem options SOFTUPDATES # Enable FFS soft updates support options UFS_ACL # Support for access control lists options UFS_DIRHASH # Improve performance on big directories options UFS_GJOURNAL # Enable gjournal-based UFS journaling options QUOTA # Enable disk quotas for UFS options MD_ROOT # MD is a potential root device
To build a file which contains all available options, run the following commands.cd /usr/src/sys/amd64/conf make LINT
Goto the main source folder.cd /usr/src
Build and Install the new kernel with reference from the file “MYKERNEL”.make buildkernel KERNCONF=MYKERNEL make installkernel KERNCONF=MYKERNEL
Now reboot the machine to boot into the new kernel you just created now.
In this BSD Now episode, hosts Allan Jude and Kris Moore interview Justin Cormack regarding NetBSD rump kernels. They show us how to run it on different operating systems, and what’s coming in the future. Hit play below to tune in:
Jam Koum, CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp–a company well known to deploy FreeBSD on their servers, has recently made a very generous donation of $1,000,000 to the FreeBSD Foundation. This means that their 2014 fundraising goal of $1,000,000 has been surpassed. Congratulations!
A Message from Jan Koum:Last week, I donated one million dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation, which supports the open source operating system that has helped millions of programmers pursue their passions and bring their ideas to life.I’m actually one of those people. I started using FreeBSD in the late 90s, when I didn’t have much money and was living in government housing. In a way, FreeBSD helped lift me out of poverty – one of the main reasons I got a job at Yahoo! is because they were using FreeBSD, and it was my operating system of choice. Years later, when Brian and I set out to build WhatsApp, we used FreeBSD to keep our servers running. We still do.I’m announcing this donation to shine a light on the good work being done by the FreeBSD Foundation, with the hope that others will also help move this project forward. We’ll all benefit if FreeBSD can continue to give people the same opportunity it gave me – if it can lift more immigrant kids out of poverty, and help more startups build something successful, and even transformative.–Jan Koum
The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE. This is the second release of the stable/10 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE and introduces some new features.
Some of the highlights:
- The new console driver, vt(4), has been added.
- Support for FreeBSD/i386 guests has been added to bhyve(4).
- The bhyve(4) hypervisor now supports booting from a zfs(8) filesystem.
- Support for SMP was added to the armv6 kernels and enabled by default in the configuration files for all platforms that contain multi-core CPUs.
- Initial support for UEFI boot has been added for the FreeBSD/amd64 architecture.
- Support has been added to cache geli(8) passphrases during system boot.
- Support for the UDP-Lite protocol (RFC 3828) has been added to the IPv4 and IPv6 stacks.
- The new filesystem automount facility, autofs(5), has been added.
- The sshd(8) rc.d(8) startup script now generates ED25519 sshd(8) host keys if keys do not already exist when ssh_keygen_alg() is invoked.
- OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.6p1.
- The nc(1) utility has been updated to match the version in OpenBSD 5.5.
- Sendmail has been updated to 8.14.9.
- The unbound(8) caching resolver and ldns have been updated to version 1.4.22.
- OpenPAM has been updated to Ourouparia (20140912).
- OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.1j.
- The pkg(8) package management utility has been updated to version 1.3.8.
For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the online release notes and errata list, available at:
Download the ISO/image file from here: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/
Full announcement: https://www.freebsd.org/releases/10.1R/announce.html