At this point things are looking to be in good shape, I’m calling this a BETA because I’m very conservative, and because encryption can go wrong in such grand fashion. I’d rather this image wasn’t used for critical or production use. Make sure to have backups!
This is a selection of short but news worthy selection of links:
- A FreeBSD load balancing expert is needed (elance)
- Will the FreeBSD Foundation hit its 500k funding goal?
- Faces of FreeBSD – Alberto Mijares. The FreeBSD Foundation has started a series featuring FreeBSD developers. Alberto Mijares is the first.
- FreeBSD 9.1 ports freeze is over.
- The grinch that delayed FreeBSD 9.1.
- The KDE/FreeBSD team has announced that the Calligra 2.5 Suite of integrated KDE Applications is now available in the Ports tree.
- GhostBSD 3.0 Gnome RC1 is ready to test.
This new release is the first 8.x branch release support plugins or extensions. These were available in the 0.7.x brach, prior to the project was taken over by iXsystems, but were temporarily left out of FreeNAS 8.0 so the developers could focus on making the new base (based on FreeBSD 8) sound and solid before adding advanced features.
Plugins and other extensions are now available as optional PBI (Push Button Installer) packages that run in a FreeBSD jail. This means that plugins are running separate from the FreeNAS and sandboxed for security, but can be controlled via the FreeNAS web-based user interface. If you have used PC-BSD, you will realise the potential and the usability of these PBIs. Plugins are currently available for Roku and iTunes (Firefly) streaming, and DLNA (MiniDLNA), as well as BitTorrent (Transmission).
The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE.
FreeNAS 8.2.0-RELEASE is the first release on new branch of code that incorporates tighter integration between the ZFS command line and the FreeNAS GUI. This release also features the ability to run arbitrary services and interact with them through the FreeNAS GUI in a FreeBSD jail. This jail allows a wide range of third party software to be run on top of FreeNAS, using the PBI format from PC-BSD or FreeBSD packages or ports, as well as official FreeNAS plugins.
Apart from PBI plugin support there are many other new features:
- Support for iSCSI target reload.
- GUI support for SAS and FC multipath hardware.
- Webshell accessible from the FreeNAS web interface.
- ZFS scrubs are configurable from the GUI.
- A newer web toolkit is used in the GUI, enabling use of mobile browsers.
- An autotuning script tunes ZFS for the hardware it’s running on.
iXsystems’ TrueNAS Unified Storage Appliances will continue to leverage Fusion ioMemory technology for powerful, high-performance storage solutions.
From the press release: iXsystems Renews Collaboration Agreement with Fusion-io
But, who are the developers that are part of this company? Who are the guys doing the coding and the programming?
The iXsystems blog has started a “Developers Corner” where you can find out more about iX developers:
It’s been a long road, and it’s not anywhere close to being done, but FreeNAS is a step closer to a release with (PBI) plugins and streaming multimedia support.
On behalf of the FreeNAS development team at iXsystems Josh Paetzel announced FreeNAS 8.2.0-BETA2.
To view the changes since BETA1, check the full release announcement.
The image size increased in 8.0.1-BETA3. The new size requires a 2 GB storage device. The GUI upgrade can be used to upgrade a system from BETA3, BETA4, or RC1 but upgrades from earlier releases can only be done from the CD. The other option is to save the config, reinstall the new version, then restore the config.
Changes since 8.0.3-RELEASE-p1:
Add .img suffix to simplify mounting full disk image for Windows and OSX users (FN # 1236).
Update firefly to 1696_6 to for iTunes 10.5.2+ compatibility.
Add in sane caps for minimum ZFS requirements for lower spec’ed home user machines.
Automatically create AD/LDAP user home directories (FN # 1203).
Add ‘allow trusted domains’ knob in the CIFS global configuration (FN # 998).
Changes since 8.0.3-RELEASE:
Update ataidle from 2.6 to 2.72 based on maintainer’s (brucec@FreeBSD) recommendation due to interoperabilities with 2.6 and certain chipsets.
Fix the inadyn port so that it works on i386.
A new year, a new series of FreeBSD Conferences. Mark them in your diaries if you’re planning to go.
iXsystem, FreeNAS, PC-BSD and the FreeBSD Foundation will be represented at SCALE Linux Expo 2012. The Southern California Linux Expo (SCALE) is an annual Linux, Open-Source, and Free Software conference held in Los Angeles. This event will be held in Los Angeles from 20-22 Jan.