For those who would like to use bhyve for OS X, a BSD-licensed virtualizer has been ported. Check out xhyve below. xhyve_logo

xhyve is a lightweight virtualization solution for OS X that is capable of running Linux. It is a port of FreeBSD’s bhyve

  • super lightweight, only 230 KB in size
  • completely standalone, no dependencies
  • the only BSD-licensed virtualizer on OS X
  • does not require a kernel extension (bhyve’s kernel code was ported to user mode code calling into Hypervisor.framework)
  • multi-CPU support
  • networking support
  • can run off-the-shelf Linux distributions (and could be extended to run other operating systems)

See this weblog post for instructions on running Tiny Core Linux or Ubuntu Server with xhyve.

Original: http://onethingwell.org/post/121265557390/xhyve

Compiling OpenDaVINCI on FreeBSD 10.1 (32bit and 64bit)

This tutorial by user Christian Berger shows us how to get OpenDaVINCI set up on FreeBSD 10.1.


Download and install FreeBSD 10.1 and update the packages list as root (FreeBSD will install automatically the package management tool, simply press ‘y’ to accept):

# pkg update

Install the bash shell for more convenient typing:

# pkg install shells/bash

Add the following line to /etc/fstab as indicated by the installer:

fdesc   /dev/fd     fdescfs     rw  0   0

Change the shell by running:

$ chsh

Install the compiler:

# pkg install lang/gcc
# pkg install devel/cmake
# pkg install devel/git
# pkg install lang/python

Add a symbolic link to python as root user:

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Putting FreeBSD 11 onto a Raspberry Pi 2

logo-raspberry-pi-2I have 5 Raspberry Pi 2 here. I’m going to install FreeBSD 11.x on them. I’ve already done one. The second is started, and now I’m going to write it down so I know what to do the next time.

The wiki entry will contain the latest status.

The binaries

Rasperberry Pi 2 only runs FreeBSD 11.x (10.x will run on the B but not the 2).

If you have Rasperberry Pi B, you can run 10.x and you can find what you need at http://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/arm/armv6/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/ Look for something like FreeBSD-10.1-RELEASE-arm-armv6-RPI-B.img.bz2

I want something from 11.x, so I’ll grab something from ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/arm/armv6/ISO-IMAGES/11.0/, specifically FreeBSD-11.0-CURRENT-arm-armv6-RPI2-20150601-r283896.img.xz. By the time you read this, the latest snapshot may different. Pick your download accordingly.

I downloaded this file to ~/Downloads/ISO/ and decompressed it with this command:

$ unxz FreeBSD-11.0-CURRENT-arm-armv6-RPI2-20150601-r283896.img.xz

This creates FreeBSD-11.0-CURRENT-arm-armv6-RPI2-20150601-r283896.img which we will use to burn the micro-SD card.

Burning to SD card

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Linux, Solaris, and FreeBSD driver 352.21

351px-Nvidia_logoUser aplattner has announced FreeBSD drivers for the following GPUs. Thanks NVIDIA for the updated drivers.

Release highlights since 352.09:

  • Added support for the following GPUs:

    • Tesla K40t
    • GeForce 720A
    • GeForce 920A
    • GeForce 930A
    • GeForce 940A
    • GeForce GTX 950A
    • GeForce GTX 980 Ti
  • Added GLX Protocol support for the following OpenGL extensions:

    • GL_ARB_copy_buffer
    • GL_ARB_texture_buffer_object
  • Fixed a bug that caused the Display Configuration page of the nvidia-settings control panel to automatically generate layouts with multiple displays occupying the same position when enabling or disabling Base Mosaic.

  • Updated nvidia-settings to allow the use of the standard Display Configuration page when SLI Mosaic is enabled.

  • Fixed a bug that caused the kernel to report errors when unmapping DMA allocations on kernels with CONFIG_DEBUG_DMA_API enabled.

  • Fixed a bug that caused a kernel crash if SLI Mosaic and G-SYNC were used at the same time on a configuration with more display devices connected to one GPU than another.

  • Fixed a bug in nvidia-settings that caused the application to crash when saving the EDID to a file.

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the “mkprecompiled” utility included in the driver package from reading files correctly.

  • Fixed a bug that could cause an Xid error when terminating a video playback application using the overlay presentation queue in VDPAU.

  • Updated nvidia-installer to avoid recursing too deeply into kernel source trees under /usr/lib/modules, mirroring an existing restriction on recursion under /lib/modules.

[README | Linux x86 | Linux x86_64 | Linux ARM | Solaris | FreeBSD x86 | FreeBSD x86_64]

Original: https://devtalk.nvidia.com/default/topic/844925/unix-graphics-announcements-and-news/linux-solaris-and-freebsd-driver-352-21/

BSD Unix: Power to the people, from the code

This article by Andrew Leonard talks about how the BSD operating system came about to be a dominant player in the open source world. Hear about the story of Bill Joy, Marshall Kirk McKusick, and other big influences and the origins at the University of California, Berkeley.

Original: http://www.salon.com/2000/05/16/chapter_2_part_one/

How Berkeley hackers built the Net’s most fabled free operating system on the ashes of the ’60s — and then lost the lead to Linux.

By the time Bill Joy arrived in Berkeley, Calif., in 1975 to attend graduate school, the fabled capital of leftist radicalism was a bit ragged around the edges. If the 21-year-old programming wunderkind had glanced at the headlines blasting out of the local alternative weeklies, he might have wondered just what kind of insane mess he had gotten himself into. In San Francisco, Patty Hearst was on trial for a bank robbery committed while the newspaper heiress was toting machine guns for the Symbionese Liberation Army. In Oakland, the Weather Underground botched a bombing of a Defense Department building. Even the reliable bugaboo of CIA recruitment on the University of California’s Berkeley campus failed to generate more than a token protest.

Berkeley was burned out, its radical energy wasting away in infantile terrorism, conspiracy theorizing and drug overdoses. The Free Speech Movement that had galvanized the university in the ’60s belonged to another geological age. Ken Thompson, co-creator of the Unix operating system, graduated from Berkeley in 1966 with a degree in electrical engineering. He returned to the university from Bell Labs for a sabbatical in 1975. But the campus on which he had once walked to class through clouds of tear gas had changed. That year, says Thompson, Berkeley “had turned into the most politically apathetic place I’d seen.”

But it was the right place for Joy. “He never looked at those [alternative] papers,” says John Gage, a close friend of Joy’s during the Berkeley years and later at Sun Microsystems, a company co-founded by Joy. Today, Joy calls himself a “staunch Democrat” and has recently carved out a new niche as a techno-skeptical doomsayer, but in the ’70s he was, by his own description, “not an activist.” Joy chose to attend UC-Berkeley instead of Stanford or MIT not because he was attracted by its politics or countercultural reputation but because the computer science department’s hardware was so obsolete that he figured he’d have no choice but to confine his research efforts to studying computing theory — which was exactly what he wanted to do.

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BSDCan 2015 – The BSD Conference

Registration is still open for BSDCan 2015 for those interested in attending. It will be held at the University of Ottawa, Canada on June 12-13, 2015. Dan Langille and Steve Bourne will be doing the keynote presentation.

Visit their website at https://www.bsdcan.org/2015/ for more information.


BSDCan – The BSD Conference

Come join us at the 12th annual BSDCan!

BSDCan, a BSD conference held in Ottawa, Canada, has quickly established itself as the technical conference for people working on and with 4.4BSD based operating systems and related projects. The organizers have found a fantastic formula that appeals to a wide range of people from extreme novices to advanced developers.

NOTE: BSDCan 2015 is in June.

BSDCan 2015 will be held on 12-13 June 2015 (Fri/Sat) at University of Ottawa in the DMS (Desmarais) building, and will be preceded by two days of Tutorials on 10-11 June 2015 (Wed/Thu). See our map for details.

There will be related events (of a social nature, for the most part) on the day before and after the conference.

Call for Papers

The Call for Papers has closed, the schedule has been released, and registration is now open.


If you want join the group of BSDCan sponsors, please read about our sponsorship opportunities.

OpenVPN routing with BIRD on FreeBSD

openvpntechThis tutorial by user Felix J. Ogris shows us how to get OpenVPN routing with BIRD set up on FreeBSD.

Original: http://www.ogris.de/howtos/freebsd-openvpn-bird.html

If you run OpenVPN as an unprivileged user and/or in a chroot environment, it can’t dynamically modify routes. This becomes a problem if you run multiple OpenVPN daemons, no matter whether they run on the same box or on different servers. When a client disconnects from one instance and later connects to another instance, you have to update your internal routing information for that client. To solve this, I’ve been using the BIRD Internet Routing Daemon.
The relevant part of my /usr/local/etc/openvpn.conf looks like this:

mode server
chroot /usr/local/etc/openvpn/chroot
client-connect /bin/cc.sh
client-disconnect /bin/cc.sh
script-security 2
user openvpn
group openvpn

Note that the location of the client-connect and client-disconnect script /bin/cc.sh is relative to the chroot directory /usr/local/etc/openvpn/chroot, which contains three subdirectories:

drwxr-xr-x  2 root  wheel    bin
drwxr-xr-x  2 root  wheel    ccd
drwxrwxr-x  2 root  openvpn  tmp
  • bin contains three tools:
    -r-xr-xr-x  1 root  wheel  cc.sh
    -r-xr-xr-x  2 root  wheel  nc
    -r-xr-xr-x  2 root  wheel  sh

    I copied sh from /rescue/sh, while nc was hardlinked to sh. All binaries in /rescue are statically linked, so they’ll work even in a chroot environment.

  • ccd contains my client config files, each containing an ifconfig-push and optionally one or more iroute statements for a particular client. Those files are owned and writeable by root only.
  • tmp contains the control socket for BIRD, and a dynamically created config file for each OpenVPN client.

When an OpenVPN client connects, cc.sh reads its ip address and routes from the config file in ccd, writes this information in BIRD compatible syntax to the config file in tmp, and informs BIRD to reload its configuration.
When a client disconnects, cc.sh just empties the config file in tmp, and reloads BIRD.
My /usr/local/etc/bird.conf looks like this:

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Phoronix is 11 Years Old

phoronix-advertisePhoronix, a website dedicated to bringing Linux related and open source news, is now 11 years old. They have highlighted several FreeBSD related articles as some of the most popular Phoronix articles, out of 15,000+. Congrats and thank you Phoronix for your contributions to the FreeBSD and open-source community.

Sony’s PlayStation 4 Is Running Modified FreeBSD 9
The operating system at the heart of Sony’s PlayStation 4 is FreeBSD 9.0.

FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC
As indicated by the Q1-2012 FreeBSD Status Report, LLVM’s Clang compiler is quickly replacing GCC for this popular BSD operating system. The developers are also making much progress in a GNU-free C++11 stack. For FreeBSD 10 they’re aiming for Clang as the default C/C++ compiler, deprecate GCC, and to have a BSD-licensed C++ stack.

Ubuntu vs. OpenSolaris vs. FreeBSD Benchmarks
Over the past few weeks we have been providing several in-depth articles looking at the performance of Ubuntu Linux. We had begun by providing Ubuntu 7.04 to 8.10 benchmarks and had found the performance of this popular Linux distribution to become slower with time and that article was followed up with Mac OS X 10.5 vs. Ubuntu 8.10 benchmarks and other articles looking at the state of Ubuntu’s performance. In this article, we are now comparing the 64-bit performance of Ubuntu 8.10 against the latest test releases of OpenSolaris 2008.11 and FreeBSD 7.1.

FreeBSD 8.0 vs. Ubuntu 9.10 Benchmarks
Canonical will be releasing Ubuntu 9.10 at the end of next month while the final release of FreeBSD 8.0 is also expected within the next few weeks. With these two popular free software operating systems both having major updates coming out at around the same time, we decided it warranted some early benchmarking as we see how the FreeBSD 8.0 and Ubuntu 9.10 performance compares.

Original – http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Phoronix-11-Popularity