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.
Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE, this is the first release of PC-BSD which offers users a variety of desktop environments to choose from, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!
Also available are pre-built VirtualBox and VMware images with integrated guest tools for rapid virtual system deployment, and native support for installing directly to OS X BootCamp partitions.
Some 9.0 highlights:
- Based upon FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE.
- Support for installing a variety of Window Managers, such as KDE, GNOME, XFCE, LXDE and more!
- Improved PBI system, allows library sharing, binary diff updating, custom repositories, digital signing and more!
- Support for “freebsd-update” via the System Update GUI.
- New Control Panel, providing consistent configuration options across various Window Managers.
- Improved networking utilities, including wifi quick-connect.
- Enhanced “Life-Preserver” utility for doing off-site rsync backups of user data.
- New VirtualBox / VMware disk images, with integrated guest tools.
- Support for UFS+Journaling out of box.
- New graphical boot options page.
- Support for installation to BootCamp partitions on OS X systems.
- And much more!
Check out the press release: iXsystems Announces Release of PC-BSD 9.0 Isotope Edition
GhostBSD 2.5: A GNOME-ified FreeBSD 9.0
If you want to try out FreeBSD 9.0 this holiday but are not turned on by the actual FreeBSD 9.0 install and setup process, nor find the KDE desktop of PC-BSD 9.0 enjoyable, you may want to try out GhostBSD 2.5.
Centreon 2.3.3 on FreeBSD 9
This tutorial will guide the user to complete the installation of Centreon on FreeBSD. We will be using an installation on a FreeBSD 9.0-PRERELEASE kernel version, kernel version does not influence the tutorial.
What is the Centreon? Centreon is a powerful tool for monitoring hosts and services, it is a frontend that works on top of Nagios, adding many features for viewing and alert history, status, etc. ..
Debian GNU/kFreeBSD Gets Ready For FreeBSD 9.0
It’s not only the FreeBSD and PC-BSD camps gearing up for the imminent release of FreeBSD 9.0, but Debian developers have already been gearing up for the major update of this leading BSD distribution as they prepare to pull in its new kernel.
Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs
PC-BSD’s installation setup is one of them: Top 6 Linux and BSD graphical installation programs.
FreeBSD Development over 13 Years
This video shows the visual development of FreeBSD with its committers.
iXsystems Haiku Contest
Do you have the creativity/humor/love for FreeBSD and PC-BSD? Then submit an original haiku poem.
Here at iXsystems we always love hearing what you have to say, and what better way to celebrate the upcoming PC-BSD 9.0 release than indulging in some creative writing? We’ll gladly give away a PC-BSD shirt to the winner, and immortalize his/her haiku up on our Facebook and Google+ sites. (via)
bsdtalk210 – James Nixon from iXsystems
Interview with James Nixon from iXsystems at the LISA 2011 conference in Boston.
BSDs ‘lost’ just because of this phone number 1-800-ITS-UNIX
BSD ‘lost’ because of a phone number? Nonsense.
Four of the BSD guys had just formed a company to sell BSD commercially. They even had a nice phone number: 1-800-ITS-UNIX. That phone number did them and me in. AT&T sued them over the phone number and the lawsuit took 3 years to settle. That was precisely the period Linux was launched and BSD was frozen due to the lawsuit
5 FreeBSD Security Advisories
Notable changes in this release are:
- Added support for installing to BootCamp partitions on Apple OSX systems
- Added checks for invalid characters in the username
- Added button to installer allowing toggle between US keyboard layout and currently selected
- Added improved portjail init scripts
- Life-Preserver now defaults to backing up to a remote directory set as the client hostname
- Add some sanity checks to pbi-manager when creating new repositories
- Fixed bugs setting the proxy server in pbi-manager / AppCafe (Uses the default config in networking GUI)
- Improved the default firewall ruleset
- Enable IPv6 support on all nic’s by default
- Added options to pbi-manager which enables tmpfs memory building
- Improved pc-thinclient setup to use pre-built FreeBSD world instead of building from source
- Fix bug in pbi-manager when doing binary updates to ensure it is only attempted on the correct build
- Fix issues installing with mirrors / raidz on ZFS
Source: PC-BSD 9.0RC1 Available (PC-BSD blog)