A Closer Look at FreeBSD

FreeBSD user speaks about the history of the operating system, its uses, as well as what’s in store for the future.

Original post: http://www.techopedia.com/2/31035/software/a-closer-look-at-freebsd

Takeaway: FreeBSD is widely used in numerous everyday application.

A Closer Look at FreeBSD
Despite its age, it still pops up in places you wouldn’t expect. If you use an Apple device, chat on WhatsApp or watch a movie on Netflix, you’re interacting with FreeBSD. Here we take a look at this Unix-like operating system.


FreeBSD has its roots in the original BSD version of Unix that was first created in 1977 by Bill Joy, who would later co-found Sun Microsystems. We’ve covered the history of BSD in general in detail in another article.

FreeBSD, as well as all the other major BSD variants, including NetBSD, are descended from 386BSD, the first BSD version to run on PC hardware. For various reasons William Jolitz, the creator of 386BSD, stalled on the project. Other groups stepped in with their own modifications, known as “patchkits.” The group that would become FreeBSD was one of them.

A lawsuit by AT&T asserting copyright over the BSD code distracted the community, but the terms were worked out and FreeBSD moved to the BSD 4.4 “Lite” codebase that had no AT&T code in version 2.0.

FreeBSD got a lot of attention in the ’90s, being used to run a number of ISPs and websites. Yahoo was a notable user. The current version of FreeBSD is 10, and it’s still going strong, even as the computer world has changed.


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Microsoft’s CoreCLR Now Works On FreeBSD

Microsoft has recently made CoreCLR to work on FreeBSD.

microsoftIt was back in February that Microsoft open-sourced CoreCLR, the execution engine of the core .NET stack. Besides coming to Linux and other platforms, this MIT-licensed engine has now been ported and is working for FreeBSD.

As of this week the CoreCLR code can now produce a working build on FreeBSD and are setting up FreeBSD as part of their continuous integration infrastructure to ensure the FreeBSD support remains in top condition moving forward.

Details on this feat are mentioned via this GitHub issue report and this milestone comes just one month after they were organizing a FreeBSD port team.

You can find the discussion here, as well as follow the updates on Github.

Original post: http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=FreeBSD-CoreCLR-Build

How to set up FreeBSD 10.1 as a Domain Controller

FreeBSD user KENNETH ENZ shows us how to get FreeBSD 10.1 set up as a domain controller.

Getting FreeBSD and Samba configured to function as a domain controller similar to Active Directory is a straightforward process. After installation & configuration of the server, a Windows 8.1 machine is added to the newly created domain.

For more tutorials by KENNETH ENZ: https://www.youtube.com/user/EmployeeOfTheMinute

Jailed ownCloud in FreeBSD

FreeBSD user gnugr shows us how to get ownCloud set up in a FreeBSD jail.

Original post: http://gnugr-blog.info/node/17


owncloud | ezjail | jails | freebsd | nginx
Moving to FreeBSD

I’ve had a ownCloud installation running for a good year or so on my unRAID server. As for ownCloud itself, I’ve been very happy with it. Managing non-unRAID things on unRAID though… not so fun. With that said, I’ve decided to move my installation to a FreeBSD 10.1 based system running on a Mac Mini. This box already services some minor things such as Murmur for our World of Warcraft guild The ORLY Factor, Git, etc. but is nearly idle most of the time.

Jail It!

A great feature of FreeBSD is jails. With a jail you can isolate an environment from the rest of the system such that if it comprimised, the rest of the system is not. Installations do not much with each other as well. All great stuff — lets put ownCloud in a jail!


For jail management I choose ezjail. This makes working with jails… er, a bit eaezsier.

Install & Prepare ezjail

I did not have ezjail already installed. Below are the steps I took to get ezjail installed and prepped on the system:

Install (alternatively, cd /usr/ports/sysutils/ezjail && make install clean):

sudo pkg install ezjail
Create a base jail & update it:

sudo ezjail-admin install -sp
sudo ezjail-admin update -P
A few entries need added to /etc/rc.conf:

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How to dual boot Linux (CrunchBang Linux) and PC-BSD 10 with ZFS file system

This tutorial from The Geeky Linux shows us how to get PC-BSD and Crunchbang Linux to dual boot together.

Original post: http://www.thegeekylinux.com/2014/11/how-to-dual-boot-linux-crunchbang-linux.html

This is a tutorial which shows how to dual boot Linux and PC-BSD 10. PC-BSD 10 uses ZFS as the file system and grub for the boot manager. I was able to successfully dual boot PC-BSD and CrunchBang Linux in my laptop.

I was able to achieve this after lots of trial and error methods. I have not found a valid guide in the internet to do it. All the tutorials were outdated or at least not working for me. I have spend a lot of time in the pc-bsd/freebsd irc channels and finally able to achieve this after trying out different suggestions from the irc members. Thanks to them all for the guidance.

If you want to dual boot PC-BSD, first install the Linux os (in this case, CrunchBang Linux) and then install PC-BSD 10. This is because most of the Linux OS won’t be able to detect ZFS (the default file system in PC-BSD 10). But PC-BSD grub will be able to detect EXT4 the default file system in most of the Linux distros. If you are looking for a tutorial for PC-BSD with UFS and Linux, you can find lot of guides in the interwebs. My guide only applies to PC-BSD with ZFS file system.

1. Install Crunch Bang Linux
2. Copy the relevant part from the Crunch Bang Linux grub menu.  You can get it from the configuration file  /boot/grub/grub.cfg . There will be lot of unwanted details in this menu but we will only need the one starts after the line “### BEGIN /etc/grub.d/10_linux ###” in this file .

For example, below given is the relevant part from my Crunch Bang Linux grub configuration :

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Perl Automation Tool Helper FreeBSD implementation

FreeBSD user developed a Perl Automation Tool Helper for FreeBSD.

Original page: https://metacpan.org/pod/Slaughter::API::freebsd


Slaughter::API::freebsd – Perl Automation Tool Helper FreeBSD implementation


This module is the one that gets loaded upon FreeBSD systems, after the generic API implementation. It implements the platform-specific parts of our primitives.

We also attempt to load Slaughter::API::Local::freebsd, where site-specific primitives may be implemented. If the loading of this additional module fails we report no error/warning.


Now follows documentation on the available methods.


Export all subs in this package into the main namespace.


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