FreeBSD 6.4-RC1 available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 6.4, the project’s production legacy branch

As the next step in the release of FreeBSD 6.4, the FreeBSD 6.4-RC1 builds are now available for testing. This is the first of an expected two release candidates. We encourage you to test out the release candidates, reporting any problems by submitting PRs or via email to the freebsd-stable list. If you would like to do a source-based update to 6.4-RC1 from an already installed machine you can update your tree to RELENG_6_4 using normal cvsup/csup methods. Note that as a somewhat inconvenient side-effect of the primary FreeBSD source repository now being in SVN the creation of the RELENG_6_4 branch in the CVS repository wound up checking in a ‘new’ version of every file, in some cases only changing the FBSDID

http://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2008-October/045869.html

Setting up a LAMP Server on FreeBSD

There are already many useful guides around showing how to set up and tune a FAMP server. Unlike some this guide gives also a bit more background details and explanation.

Setting up a LAMP server is a common task for systems administrators, and FreeBSD is one of the most reliable and stable operating systems available. You can swap out the L in LAMP with F for FreeBSD to build a fast and reliable Web server.

In this article I assume FreeBSD is already installed. If not, make sure you download the latest stable production version of FreeBSD and run the installer. I recommend choosing the MINIMUM option at the installer screen to quickly install only the most basic and necessary things.

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Benchmarking Wine 1.1.2 on FreeBSD 7.0

I installed some benchmarks into Wine 1.1.2 on FreeBSD and gave them another run today to see what gains I would see over the last benchmarks that I ran. The last time the benchmarks were run on FreeBSD 7.0 Beta 2 and Nvidia driver Version: 100.14.19 that was edited so it would install and run on FreeBSD 7 bets 2.

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Tuning FreeNAS and ZFS

FreeNAS 0.7 is still at alpha stage. However, HarryD is already using it as a production server and confirms it’s pretty stable after some minor tweaks.

It’s all very promising and I can’t wait for 0.7 final to come out. My advice, before that version is released, don’t blindly trust in ZFS, but make additional backups and store them on another machine. Just in case…

First of all it is important to ‘tune’ ZFS. I’ve seen some panics of my systems without using this parameters. It is necessary to use lots of RAM for ZFS. I have 2GB in my little server…
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EuroBSDCon – registration open

In less htan two weeks the 7th edition (18-19 October) of the European BSD Conference will take place in Strasbourg, France. Don’t miss it! The program is rich with over 20 speakers giving talks on a wide range of subjects. Tutorials will also be help in a very nice place in the center of the city. A BSD certification exam will take place on Saturday. And of course, you should not miss the local flammekueche speciality and good beer!

Check my FreeBSD Calendar for more events.

For more information and registering visit the EuroBSDCon website.

Thanks, Rodrigo (freebsdfr.net) for submitting.

PC-BSD 7 review (osnews.com)

OSNews.com has a positive review of PC-BSD 7 Fibonacci. It concludes with:

“I am thoroughly convinced that PC-BSD is the perfect choice for a newcomer to the unix world. It is very straight forward and it requires very little unix knowledge. Even though I mentioned a couple of caveats (eg. Bootloader, Primary partition), I doubt a new user who is installing on a fresh system will ever come across these issues. Even if someone does run into these issues, the solutions provided in this article should give them a starting point. The PC-BSD has a friendly and helpful community, they have an active forum where you can seek help from fellow PC-BSD users. The PC-BSD team has worked really hard on this release and the results are impressive. It is ready to challenge the main stream Operating Systems (Windows, OS X and Linux). I would encourage new users to try PC-BSD without any doubts. I would definitely recommend Linux gurus to give this distribution a chance and I promise, you won’t be disappointed.”

Read the whole article here.