PC-BSD 8-Stable testing snapshots

Kris Moore announced bi-weekly snapshots for PC-BSD 8-Stable

Our first PC-BSD 8-Stable snapshot is now ready for testing / inspection on i386 & amd64:

In the upcoming months I’m going to try and get out a stable snapshot on a bi-weekly basis or so. This will let us do advanced testing on new features of PC-BSD, as well as try the latest ports tree and FreeBSD base system to locate and fix bugs relating to them all.

Please feel free to give them a whirl, and report back with any issues found. If you want to take a look at features we are working onand their status please refer to the wiki page.

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Monitoring your HDD using SMART and Nagios

“Monitoring of your computer systems is a good idea. There are many tools that let you verify that specified services are running, and available for clients. I use Nagios. You can check that Apache is still running, Postfix is still accepting mail, and various other things. If you can write a test, Nagios can monitor it.

Typically, people monitor network connections, applications, and bandwidth consumption. Until recently, I did not monitor disk health. That recently changed.

I started using three new tools:

In this article I’ll show you how I added SMART monitoring to my Nagios installation. munin is straight forward to install, but is outside the scope of this article. It is for another time.

This article also assumes you have Nagios installed and nrpe running on the host you are monitoring. I am using Fruity for my nagios configuration, so I will be glossing over that too.”

Go to the howto (FreeBSD Diary)

Clonezilla Live adds UFS support

Developer Steven Shiau has announced the release of version 1.2.4-28 of Clonezilla Live. Clonezilla is an open source clone system with features similar to Symantec Ghost Corporate Ed and Partimage.

In addition to translation updates and several bug fixes, the latest Clonezilla Live release adds support for new file systems. The LiveCD edition of Clonezilla now supports the Unix file system (UFS) used by FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD.

Announcement | Clonezilla website

Released: FreeBSD 7.3

FreeBSD 7.3, the latest update of the project’s older, legacy series, has been released:

“The FreeBSD Release Engineering team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE. This is the fourth release from the 7-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.2 and introduces a few new features. There will be one more release from this branch to allow future improvements to be made available in the 7-STABLE branch but at this point most developers are focused on 8-STABLE.

Some of the highlights:

  • ZFS updated to version 13
  • new boot loader gptzfsboot supports GPT and ZFS
  • hwpmc enhancements
  • new mfiutil and mptutil tools for widely-used RAID controllers
  • NULL pointer vulnerability mitigation
  • BIND updated to 9.4-ESV
  • GNOME updated to 2.28.2
  • KDE to 4.3.5
  • Perl to 5.10.

See the release announcement and release notes for a complete list of new features.

bsdevents.net – the end?

It was my aim to fill bsdevents.net with information regarding the main 4 BSD operating systems: FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD and DragonFlyBSD, and in particular: major releases, bsd conferences, interviews, release dates etc.

Welcome to bsdevents.net where where you can keep track of conference dates, BSD exams and release dates of BSD operating systems. You will also find reports about BSD conferences, user groups, trade shows, meetings, events, booths and presentations; all this with plenty of videos, photos and presentations

Unfortunately, I don’t have the time to  do this. The domain bsdevents. net is expiring this month, but if somebody wants to take it over from me, including the current contents, let me know.

m0n0wall 1.31 Released

Manual Kasper has announced the release of m0n0wall 1.31. This is a quick summary of the changes since 1.3:

  • various IPv6 improvements (in DNS forwarder, DHCPv6, AYIYA, etc.)
  • bridge “disable spoof check” option (for non-m0n0wall DHCP and multicast)
  • fans/temperature monitoring on status page for supported platforms (unfortunately Soekris/PC Engines not included
  • fix for OpenSSL session renegotiation vulnerability (-> HTTPS webGUI)
  • patch to DHCP server daemon to reduce lease file growth

Downloads and Changelog | m0n0wall website

Versiera surpasses the Big 4 Infrastructure Management vendors

NetCraft Communications will release an updated version of its Versiera Infrastructure Management System next week along with new groundbreaking technology in rendering and visualizing large-scale enterprise network infrastructures.

Versiera is a remote monitoring and management system supporting a wide range of open source and commercial platforms including Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OS X, Solaris and Windows.

With the gaining popularity of cloud-based services from the likes of Amazon and Rackspace, secure management and monitoring has become a necessity. Versiera enables secure management and monitoring of technology infrastructures within the enterprise and outside of the organization in one of the Internet service clouds. For added security, Versiera assigns and manages digital certificates to all managed systems, authenticates and encrypts all communications and restricts communications to originate from managed hosts thus not exposing them to inbound management communications

“We wanted to bring new technologies and scalability to helping enterprises visualize their networks. By doing so we have surpassed solutions from the Big 4, HP, IBM, Microsoft and CA”, said CEO Ed Aarntzen ahead of next week’s production release of Versiera. “Our scalability is unmatched and we are now pushing the technology to visualize and continuously update networks with 50,000 devices and more while allowing administrators to fully interact with the visualizations”, he added.

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Audio presentations: 1 pfSense and 2 BSD for Linux Users

Dru Lavigne has uploaded the audio file of her presentation at SCALE 2010 talk on BSD for Linux Users is now available in mp3 format. Slides are available as PDF

She also mentioned an mp3 of a NYCBUG session on PFSense II, Rocking The Datacenter.

pfSense is a free, open source customized distribution of FreeBSD tailored for use as a firewall and router. In addition to being a powerful, flexible firewalling and routing platform, it includes a long list of related features and a package system allowing further expandability without adding bloat and potential security vulnerabilities to the base distribution.

X.org 7.5 for FreeBSD

No, it’s not released, but Martin Wilke is looking for a few brave people to test x.org 7.5 for FreeBSD:

Please take a look on our Wikipage. There you can find the svn repo to checkout X.org ports.


A small merge script to merge the svn checkout into the real portstree could be found here:


The script is a modified version of the kdemerge script. Please set the KDEDIR variable to the path of your X.org

After merging please try

portupgrade -af \*
portmaster -af

Please report any problems and issus to x11 (at) FreeBSD.org.

Martin’s announcement