How To Install FreeBSD 10.1 On A 2006 Macbook

IMG_6085_Win_FreeBSD_OSX_1The folks at Higher Learning show us how to get FreeBSD 10.1 set up on your old 2006 Macbook.

Original post: https://www.higherlearning.eu/2015/05/08/how-to-install-freebsd-10-1-on-a-2006-macbook.html

A while ago I decided to unretire my 2006 Macbook and turn it into a low powered server. Specifically to run a BBS, but more on that in a later blog post. To get FreeBSD running properly requires a bit of trickery, so i decided to write a little howo to save you some time and effort. For this you will need the following:

Perquisites

  • A FreeBSD install DVD burned with the i386 image as we’re dealing with a 32 bit core duo machine here. If you’re into that sort of think you can also create a FreeBSD USB stick.
  • The OS X Tiger (10.4) Install DVD

Now for the fun part:

  • Insert DVD/USB stick into Macbook and boot
  • Hold down the option key to choose to boot from the DVD/USB stick. The boot media should be displayed as “Windows” by the Mac boot manager
  • Install FreeBSD with default partitions and whichever options you want
  • With 10.1 I kept getting a [Read more…]

WordPress versus FreeBSD

wordpress-logo-stacked-rgbFreeBSD developer Michael W. Lucas provides a useful tip for those maintaining WordPress in a FreeBSD environment.

I recently migrated my web site to a new FreeBSD install, configured so I could use ZFS boot environments. This upgrade crossed FreeBSD versions (10.0->10.1), filesystems (UFS -> ZFS), and PHP versions (5.5 -> 5.6).

And my WordPress pointy-clicky upgrades stopped working. Every time I ran an upgrade, the web gui hung with:

Updating Plugin Honketyblatt (1/1)

The web site would site there, forever. Enabling WP debugging gave me no error messages.

If I had the job of running WordPress sites, I would have an automatic tool that processed the upgrades for me. It’s not, so I don’t.

I use the FreeBSD WordPress package to get all of the dependencies, but manage my actual WordPress sites in a separate directory. It turns out that the FreeBSD WordPress package doesn’t list all of the modules that you need for a self-maintaining WordPress install. My old server had a few packages that the new one didn’t.

If you want to use WordPress’ self-updating features, be sure to install the following packages in addition to the FreeBSD-recommended defaults.

php56-tokenizer
php56-zlib
php56-zip

I installed these packages, and everything started working.

Original post: http://blather.michaelwlucas.com/archives/2394

Workaround: x11/nvidia-driver with UEFI boot on FreeBSD 10.1

351px-Nvidia_logoFreeBSD user asteriskRoss shows us a quick fix on getting your NVIDIA card to work with UEFI boot on FreeBSD 10.1

Unfortunately, the UEFI boot loader on FreeBSD 10.1 doesn’t play nicely with the proprietary Nvidia driver, x11/nvidia-driver. When I try to load it in loader.conf(5), I experience a kernel panic.

The workaround is to remove the entry from /boot/loader.conf and instead load the driver in rc.conf(5), by appending the following line to /etc/rc.conf:

Code:
kld_list="nvidia"

The issue may be related to PR 193770.

Original post: https://forums.freebsd.org/threads/workaround-x11-nvidia-driver-with-uefi-boot-on-freebsd-10-1.51446/

Emby Server for FreeBSD

logoembyThis short tutorial by Emby will show you how to get it set up on FreeBSD.

Install

pkg install mediabrowser

Configure FFMpeg

# Update FreeBSD ports tree
portsnap fetch update

# Remove default FFMpeg package
pkg delete -f ffmpeg

# Reinstall FFMpeg from ports with lame option enabled
cd /usr/ports/multimedia/ffmpeg
make config
# enable the lame option
# enable the ass subtitles option
make install clean

Run

service mediabrowser start

To enable MediaBrowser service (will automatically run at boot):
sysrc mediabrowser_enable="YES"

Original post: http://emby.media/downloads/freebsd-server/

GhostBSD 10.1 Beta 1 now available

ghostbsd_2The developers of GhostBSD have made available the first 10.1 Beta.

Original post: http://ghostbsd.org/10.1-beta1

I am pleased to announce the availability the first BETA build of the 10.1-RELEASE of the Release cycle which is available on SourceForge for the amd64 and i386 architectures.

Changes and fix between 10.1-ALPHA2 and 10.1-BETA1 include:

  • Mouse integration suport for VirtualBox
  • Instant verification for user and root to know if the password is strong and match on the system installer
  • Host name and user name auto completion when typing the real name
  • Guake has been added as default software
  • Vim has been added as default software
  • PCDM Locales fixed

Where to download:

The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:

http://www.ghostbsd.org/download-10.1

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Verisign Announces vBSDcon 2015

vBSDcon, hosted by Verisign, has been announced and is being held on September 11-13 in Reston, Virginia.

Following the success of the inaugural vBSDcon, Verisign has elected to host a
second vBSDcon in Reston, Va at the Sheraton Reston hotel the weekend of
September 11, 2015. vBSDcon is a technical conference focused on the BSD
family of operating systems including, but not limited to, FreeBSD, OpenBSD,
NetBSD, and others. Any user, developer, engineer, or innovator involved with
any of the BSD family of operating systems will want to mark these dates.
vBSDcon will feature plenary talks, Birds of a Feather discussions, lightning
talks, and much more. Full details are available at http://www.vBSDcon.com/.
Additionally, While vBSDcon currently does not operate an “official” call for
presentations, proposals will be accepted until June. Anyone wishing to submit
a talk is invited to do so by emailing vbsd…@verisign.com. The event agenda
is expected to be finalized and published in mid-June.

We look forward to seeing you September 11, 2015!

Original announcement: https://www.mail-archive.com/freebsd-announce@freebsd.org/msg00644.html

How to Resize Your Existing FreeBSD Root Partition/Slice Safely Without Re-Installing on Amazon EC2

gpu_amazon_ec2_logoThis tutorial by user shows us how to resize/slice an existing root partition, without reinstalling FreeBSD, on Amazon EC2.

Original post: http://gg.edu.vn/how-to-resize-your-existing-freebsd-root-partitionslice-safely-without-re-installing/

@A: Daniel Morante

There comes a time when your FreeBSD root partition is just too small to be of any use. You’ve already moved /var, /usr, and /tmp to separate disks and there just isn’t anything else you can delete. The problem being that you initially created the partition to be too small when FreeBSD was first setup.

There are some guides out there that suggest to backup and start over. Others will tell you to use a dump and restore method. All that is too complicated and too much work for us lazy system administrators. Fortunately with recent versions of FreeBSD (9.0 and above) there is a handy little tool called “gpart”.

Requirements

  • FreeBSD 9.0 or later (if you have a lesser version, you might be able to get away with using a 9.x live CD)
  • FreeBSD 9.x or later boot-only media. (ISO or flash image)
  • Extra or unused space on the drive where the root partition is stored.
  • A backup of your most precious files stored on this system
  • This guide assumes you are using a single non-RAID IDE/SATA or SCSI disk. Device names may be different and extra drivers may need to be loaded for other types of disks.

    Preparation
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FreeBSD 1st Quarter 2015 Status Report

freebsd-logo-largeThe developers of FreeBSD have posted their quarterly status report. Follow the link below to hear reports from FreeBSD Bugmeister, Ports Collection, and the FreeBSD Core Team.

 

This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between January and March 2015. This is the first of four reports planned for 2015.

The first quarter of 2015 was another productive quarter for the FreeBSD project and community. FreeBSD is being used in research projects, and those projects are making their way back into FreeBSD as new and exciting features, bringing improved network performance and security features to the system. Work continues to improve support for more architectures and architecture features, including progress towards the goal of making ARM (32- and 64-bit) a Tier 1 platform in FreeBSD 11. The toolchain is receiving updates, with new versions of clang/LLVM in place, migrations to ELF Tool Chain tools, and updates to the LLDB and gdb debuggers. Work by ports teams and kernel developers is maintaining and improving the state of FreeBSD as a desktop operating system. The pkg team is continuing to make binary packages easier to use and upgrade.

Thanks to all the reporters for the excellent work!

The deadline for submissions covering the period from April to June 2015 is July 7th, 2015.

View the full report: https://www.freebsd.org/news/status/report-2015-01-2015-03.html

PC-BSD 10.1.2-RC1 Now Available

The developers of PC-BSD have made available the first release candidate for version 1.1.2.

Original announcement: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2015/05/pc-bsd-10-1-2-rc1-now-available/

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The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC1 images for the upcoming quarterly 10.1.2 release.

Please test these images out and report any issues found on our bug tracker.

PC-BSD 10.1.2 Notable Changes

  • New PersonaCrypt Utility allows moving all of users $HOME directory to an encrypted USB Drive. This drive can be connected at login, and used across different systems
  • Stealth Mode allows login to a blank $HOME directory, which is encrypted with a one-time GELI key. This $HOME directory is then discarded at logout, or rendered unreadable after a reboot
  • Tor mode switches the firewall to running transparent proxy, blocking all traffic except what is routed through Tor
  • Migrated to IPFW firewall for enabling VIMAGE in 10.2
  • Added sound configuration via the first boot utility
  • Support for encrypted iSCSI backups via Life-Preserver, including support for bare-metal restores via installer media
  • New HTML handbook, updated via normal package updates
  • Media Center support allowing direct login to Kodi and PlexHomeTheater for the 10ft user experience
  • Switch to new AppCafe interface, with remote support via web-browser
  • Improvements to Online Updater, along with GRUB nested menus for Boot-Environments
  • Migrate all ports to using LibreSSL instead of OpenSSL
  • Switch from NTP to OpenNTPD
  • Lumina desktop 0.8.4
  • Chromium 42.0.2311.90
  • Firefox 37.0.2
  • NVIDIA Driver 346.47
  • Pkg 1.5.1

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