This short tutorial by the folks at osquery will show you how to get its port set up for FreeBSD.


osquery is an operating system instrumentation framework for OS X and Linux. The tools make low-level operating system analytics and monitoring both performant and intuitive.

osquery exposes an operating system as a high-performance relational database. This allows you to write SQL-based queries to explore operating system data. With osquery, SQL tables represent abstract concepts such as running processes, loaded kernel modules, open network connections, browser plugins, hardware events or file hashes.

The easiest way to install osquery on FreeBSD is via the ports tree. Check FreshPorts for the latest version information.

# from ports
cd /usr/ports/sysutils/osquery && make install clean

# from binary package
pkg install osquery

# using portmaster
portmaster sysutils/osquery

Original: https://osquery.readthedocs.org/en/latest/installation/install-freebsd/

FreeBSD Foundation Welcomes New Board Member – Benedict Reuschling

The FreeBSD Foundation has recently been joined by Benedict Reuschling to the Board of Directors. Mr. Reuschling has been a committer since 2010, and has been involved in the BSD Certification Group. Also, if you have not noticed, the FreeBSD Foundation website’s banner pays tribute to their 15 years of service to the community. FBSDF15-yearsCongratulations!

Original: http://freebsdfoundation.blogspot.com/2015/07/freebsd-foundation-welcomes-new-board.html

During BSDCan, the FreeBSD Foundation welcomed Benedict Reuschling to the Board of Directors.

We sat down with Benedict to find out more about his background and what brought him to the Foundation. Please take a moment to see what he has to say and join us in welcoming him to the board!

Tell us a little about yourself, and how you got involved with FreeBSD?

I’ve been a FreeBSD user since 5.2.1-RELEASE and became a committer for the doc tree in 2010. I’m also a proctor for the BSD Certification Group.

During my undergraduate studies in computer science, I tried out many different Linux distributions. One day, I came across a FreeBSD Live-CD called FreeSBIE. I booted it and was intrigued by how quickly one could switch between terminals on the command line, whereas in all previous distros I saw, this had a noticeable delay. My thought was that if it is already faster on a Live-CD, how would it be when I actually install the system? So, I tried it on my desktop at home in a dual boot setup together with the Linux distro that I had been using. I learned more about FreeBSD by devouring the FreeBSD handbook, blog posts and lurking on mailing lists.

After a while, I realized that I had spent more time in the FreeBSD system than in my Linux partition. So, I decided one day to install FreeBSD as my only operating system and it has been with me ever since. Though I was a FreeBSD user now, I still was not interacting with the FreeBSD community.

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FreeBSD 10.1 as a desktop OS: Configuration

User KENNETH ENZ has uploaded this video on how to get your FreeBSD 10.1 set up as a desktop OS. Check out their channel for more FreeBSD tutorials.

A few desktop configuration and software installation options are looked at as the FreeBSD system is set up as a work station with some software considerations useful for developers.

Previous videos in this series:
FreeBSD 10.1 as a desktop OS (part 1 of 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PB4Os…

FreeBSD 10.1 as a desktop OS (part 2 of 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A7Wue…

FreeBSD 10.1 as a desktop OS (part 3 of 3) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sj7O2…

How to add swap file in FreeBSD 10.1

This tutorial by user Rudraraj shows us how to get swap file added to FreeBSD 10.1.


In this post, we will see how to add swap file in FreeBSD 10.1. A swap area comes in handy if you are running a system with low memory. However, It is strongly recommended that you add up more physical memory (RAM) if possible. Because swapping degrades the system performance in the long run and also these days memory modules have become cheap so adding up memory should be the ideal choice.

1) Create the swap file:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/usr/swap0 bs=1m count=1024

Here we have created a swap file of 1 GB size. we have defined  block size (bs) as 1 MB, and count as 1024. So it is 1MBx1024 = 1024MB i.e; 1 GB

2) Set Correct Permission on the new swap file:

chmod 0600 /usr/swap0

3) Make the swap file availability persistent across reboots by adding the following information in ‘/etc/fstab‘:

md99  	 none	   swap	   sw,file=/usr/swap0,late  	 0 	0

The md(4) device md99 is used, leaving lower device numbers available for interactive use. Please note the option ‘late‘ defined in the above ‘/etc/fstab‘ entry. This is done as a workaround to do away with a bug as reported here (https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=195326).

4) Make the swap space available immediately:

swapon -aq

5) Check the swap Information:

# swapinfo -m
Device             1M-blocks    Used      Avail     Capacity
/dev/md99           1024         0        1024         0%

Thats It…!!! We are done…!!!!

Original: https://www.rudraraj.net/2015/07/02/how-to-add-swap-file-in-freebsd-10-1/

PC-BSD 10.2-PRE-RELEASE and 11.0-CURRENT Images Available for Testing

The developers of PC-BSD’s plans for version 10.2 and 11 are in effect. You can download the 10.2-PRE-RELEASE and 11.0-CURRENT images for testing below.


The PC-BSD project is pleased to announce the availability of two new testing images: 10.2-PRERELEASE and 11.0-CURRENTJULY2015.

WARNING: These images are considered “bleeding-edge” and should be treated as such.

The DVD/USB ISO files can now be downloaded from the following URLs:


This is a great way to test features and report bugs well before the release cycle begins for the next major releases.

To report bugs in PC-BSD, use https://bugs.pcbsd.org.

To report FreeBSD / Port / Kernel / World bugs, use https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/enter_bug.cgi.

To update from 10.1-RELEASE:

# pc-updatemanager chbranch 10.2-RELEASE
# pc-updatemanager chbranch 11.0-CURRENTJULY2015

This process will take a while, downloading new packages / world / kernel for the system. When done you can reboot, and the updater will finish up the update process.

Original: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2015/06/10-2-pre-release-and-11-0-current-images-available-for-testing/

OctoPkg – A GUI for pkg-ng

power The pkg-ng package manager has proven to be an effective and easy to use command-line package manager. It’s quick, it has simple syntax and it handles package dependencies well, so what’s not to like? Well, some people have suggested it would be nice if FreeBSD’s primary package manager had an optional graphical interface, something that made handling third-party software a point-n-click experience.

Developer Alexandre Albuquerque Arnt has taken on the challenge and ported the Octopi graphical package manager (popular amongst some Linux distributions) and made it work with pkg-ng. The result is OctoPkg, a simple, fast graphical package manager that can be used to install, upgrade and remove packages. OctoPkg will also fetch news from the operating system’s website to help keep the user abreast of security notifications and new releases. Arnt has screen shots of OctoPkg in action on his website.

People who want to test drive the new package manager can grab the latest source code from Arnt’s GitHub repository.

Intel® System Studio 2016 for FreeBSD* Beta

Intel has released the beta version of their C++ compiler for FreeBSD. Thanks to Kittur Ganesh (Intel) for informing us about this software.


Intel® System Studio (ISS) 2016 for FreeBSD* Beta provides a comprehensive embedded tool suite solution for developing, optimizing, tuning and deploying 64-bit system and application C, C++ code running natively on FreeBSD* host systems. This product release includes the following components:

  • Intel® C++ Compiler 16.0 Beta for FreeBSD* systems
  • Intel® VTune™ Amplifier 2016 Beta for Systems for FreeBSD* Targets

Refer to the link below for more details on the product and features thereof:

Original: https://software.intel.com/en-us/articles/intel-system-studio-2016-for-freebsd-beta-0

bsdtalk254 – PFsense and FreeNAS with Ken Worster

bsdtalk has uploaded a podcast, this one being an interview with Ken Worster. Thanks to Will Backman for providing us the audio file.


An interview with Ken Worster who is presenting on topics which include PFSense and FreeNAS in schools at the Technology Teacher ME conference in Bethel Maine.

File info: 14min, 6MB

Mp3 Link: https://archive.org/download/bsdtalk254/bsdtalk254.mp3

Ogg Link: https://archive.org/download/bsdtalk254/bsdtalk254.ogg

Original: http://bsdtalk.blogspot.com/2015/06/bsdtalk254-pfsense-and-freenas-with-ken.html