FreeBSD 6.3 EoL – 31 Jan 2010

eol-end-of-lifeOn January 31st, FreeBSD 6.3 will reach its End of Life and will no longer be supported by the FreeBSD Security Team. Users of this release are strongly encouraged to upgrade to a newer release before that date — more conservative users will probably wish to upgrade to FreeBSD 6.4 or FreeBSD 7.1 (which are both extended-support branches), while others will probably wish to upgrade to FreeBSD 7.2 or FreeBSD 8.0.

The freebsd-update(8) utility can be used to upgrade i386 and amd64 systems from 6.3-RELEASE (or 6.3-RELEASE-pX for some X) to 6.4-RELEASE using binary updates (i.e., without compiling from source) as described in the 6.4-RELEASE
announcement; given an adequate internet connection, this process usually takes 15 minutes or less.


Miscelaneous FreeBSD Links (Updated)

FreeBSD 8: an evolutionary release of the unknown giant

FreeBSD 8.0 is a major release of the free UNIX descendant. Support for ZFS, jails and USB have been improved, but the release also adds new features, such as NFSv4 and Xen DomU support and some new kernel-related tools. The release notes detail these and other changes that appear in the latest FreeBSD.
Continues here

VirtualBox 3.1.2 for FreeBSD

Call for testers. and here take #2

Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2009
FreeBSD again at number 1

In the final month of 2009, Swishmail, iWeb Technologies and WestHost had the most reliable hosting company sites. All three sites responded to all but one of Netcraft’s requests throughout December.

This is Swishmail’s second consecutive appearance at the top; last month, it shared the glory with Verio. Swishmail’s website is served by nginx on FreeBSD. This New York based company specialises in business email hosting, but also offers several web hosting plans, all of which include access to a webmail client and shared calendars.

Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2009
Brooks Davis recently reported on his trip to the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2009.

KOffice2 for FreeBSD available

The KDE FreeBSD team is proud to announce the release of KOffice2 suite for FreeBSD.


Install Zabix (howto)

Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution. Installation instructions can be found here (translated with Google Translate)

How the FreeBSD Project’s Processes help companies build products

George Neville-NeilGeorge Neville-Neil has written the lead article for the January 2010 issue of the Open Source Business Resource (OSBR) and the FreeBSD Foundation is the sponsor for this month’s issue. The entire issue is available as a PDF and George’s article is also available in HTML.

From the article’s abstract:

The processes that open source projects use to produce new work and maintain the quality of their code base is a subject that comes up infrequently in discussions of open source. One reason for this is that engineers and programmers are usually loathe to deal with issues that are not directly related to the piece of code or technology that they are working on.

Successful businesses know that good processes lead to continued success. The attributes that attract a business to an open source project are stability, reliability, and longevity. Stability gives a business the confidence to invest time into developing products on the project’s platform, safe in the knowledge that the next incremental step in development won’t be torpedoed by some unforeseen change. Reliability is often not associated with open source and many projects are perceived as being too cutting edge for a business to build upon. Longevity is of value as many businesses are inherently conservative in their approaches, attempting to reduce the risks of adopting any technique or technology. One way to reduce risk is to work with an open source project that has a proven track record of delivering quality products, on schedule.

This article attempts to dispel the myth of the perceived tension between a formally run business and the apparently less formally run open source projects with which a business interacts. We describe how one particular open source project has developed processes which provide its users, customers, and partners with a product that is stable, reliable, and long lived.

Read George’s articlle in full

Happy New Year

I wish you all, regular readers and visitors of this website, a happy and prosperous 2010.

Hopefully, we will be seeing a stronger and bigger open source software c0mmunity in general this year and an increase in the use and adoption of FreeBSD. I’m looking forward to PC-BSD 8.0 with KDE 4.4 as well (going beta very soon).

Let’s see how FreeBSD 9 is shaping up at the end of the year. Ivan Voras has started a new page with all the new stuff finding its way into FreeBSD 9 (just like he did with FreeBSD 7 and 8): What’s cooking for FreeBSD 9.

FreeBSD fund raising drive – final plea

The FreeBSD Foundation has not reached its fund raising goal for 2009 yet ($46,000 short of their $300,000 goal). The Foundation is hoping to to double spending on development in 2010 and needs our help:

Why make a donation? Right now we’re putting together our 2010 budget. Our goal for next year is to double our project development spending, continue sponsoring BSD-related conferences, sponsor more developers to travel to these conferences, and spend more on needed equipment for the project.

I’ve made my donation this year.  You can too. You may donate to the Foundation here

Read the final plea here

The Foundation announced earlier this week it’s receiving a cheque for $500 from the Bad Code Offsets project. I’ve never heard of this project:

The project is a way to undo the bad code other people have written without actually replacing the bad code. Much like carbon offsets, money used to buy Bad Code Offsets goes towards open-source projects which not only produce good code, but produce software that helps developers build good software

Read the announcement

iredmail available for FreeBSD now

Zhang Huangbin and shake.chen contacted me to say that iRedMail is now also available for FreeBSD (working on Linux already)

iredmail is a

  • mail server solution supporting FreeBSD 7.x/8.x, support both i386 and x86_64.
  • a shell script set, used to install and configure all mail server related software automatically.
  • open source project (GPL v2).

The project’s page can be found on Google Code

Has anybody experience with iredmail, and how does it compare to other mail server solutions?

BSD hacker job available

Justin Sherill mentions on the DragonFlyBSD Digest that was contacted by a recruiter to see if he knew anybody who might be interested in a BSD hacker job:

My client right now is an established proprietary trading firm. That means that they use only their own capital, and don’t have any investors. They were founded in 2002 and currently have about 50 people. They focus on trading multiple asset classes with extremely high-frequency both in the US and abroad. The unique twist on this firm is that they don’t hire people with finance backgrounds. They are looking for the best talent they can find in both math and technology, and then let them come up with unique solutions of their own.

We’re currently looking for some top-notch systems programmers. People who are really great C++ hacks, and have experience using one of the versions of BSD are ideal for us. In addition, we like people who have experience programming in Perl, and working on network protocols or file systems. This place has a very flat organization, and is pretty casual in dress…jeans are the norm. It’s basically a that got transported from Silicon Valley to NYC.

Head over to the Digest for more info, required experience and Justin’s email address to get you in touch with the recruiter.

Changing FreeBSD ISO filenames

People who collect ISO images from more than just the FreeBSD Project have been mentioning it would be nice if “FreeBSD” was part of the filenames for a while now.

Ken Smith has committed a change that will add “FreeBSD-” to the beginning of the filenames.

So for example 9.0-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso becomes FreeBSD-9.0-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso

Source: FreeBSD Current Mailinglist

FreeBSD Foundation end-of-year newsletter (2009)

FreeBSD foundation logoDeb Goodkin announced the publication of the annual FreeBSD Foundation’s End-of-Year Newsletter (2009).

Table of contents:

  • Letter From the President
  • End-of-Year Fundraising Update
  • New Console Driver
  • Flattened Device Tree Project
  • Improvements to the FreeBSD TCP Stack
  • Highly Available Storage Project
  • FreeBSD Developer Summit, Cambridge, UK
  • EuroBSDCon 2009
  • KyivBSD 2009
  • 2009 Grant and Travel Grant Recipients
  • FreeBSD Testimonial from iXsystems
  • Financials

The full newsletter can be read here.

Previous years’ newsletters: 2008200720062005