“The PC-BSD project brings a user-friendly pre-configured KDE desktop to the FreeBSD community. Which is all well and good, but what if you’re more of a GNOME person? Well, it turns out there is a project in the works for you too. The GhostBSD project is in its early stages, but it’s paving the way for users who enjoy running GNOME on a FreeBSD base without any configuring or installing extra software. I had a chance to exchange emails with Eric Turgeon, the project’s founder and lead developer.”
Head over to the interview and the review of GhostBSD: First look at GhostBSD
This is the table of contents of the OpenBSD issue:
Building a Desktop Firewall with pf and fwbuilder
This article is an excerpt from the Firewalls and VPNs chapter of the book The Best of FreeBSD Basics (ISBN 9780979034220), published by Reed Media Publishing.
– Dru Lavigne
OpenBSD Some Interesting One Floppy Systems
One floppy systems are very practical, as they usually have a specific goal, which cannot be said about all Live CD’s.
– JURAJ SIPOS
Remote Installation of the FreeBSD Operating System without a Remote Console
This article documents the remote installation of the FreeBSD operating system when the console of the remote system is unavailable. The main idea behind this article is the result of a collaboration with Martin Matuska mm@FreeBSD.org with valuable input provided by Pawel Jakub Dawidek jd@FreeBSD.org.
– DANIEL GERZO
OpenBSD as a Mail Server
In a previous document, we built redundant firewalls using the CARP and PFSYNC protocols; these were the first building blocks of a hypothetical, penBSD-based, small private networkthat we are going to build step by step across several documents.
– DANIELE MAZZOCCHIO
Performance Comparison ITTIA DB and SQLite
ITTIA DB SQL and SQLite are used by software developers to manage information stored in applications and devices. Designed to be hidden from the end-user, these embedded relational database management systems are linked into the application or firmware as self-contained software libraries.
– Sasan Montaseri
Interview with Jeff Roberson
– Jesse Smith
FreeBSD Experience and Success Story
– JOSHUA EBARVIA
The second and most likely final Release Candidate for the FreeBSD 8.1 release cycle is now available for amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, and sparc64 architectures.
Read the rest of the release announcement for details and upgrade instructions.
The new PC-BSD installer (available as GUI and text installer), which is also able to install plain FreeBSD, has now been committed to the FreeBSD source tree. This video goes into the details of the installer.
Kris Moore: PC-SYSINSTALL – A new system installer backend for PC-BSD and FreeBSD
The BSD Certification Group needs reviewers for the BSDA exam objectives.
BSDA Certification Exam can be taken at MeetBSD 2010, Cracow, Poland: BSDA Certification, Cracow
Help test ZFS v15
ZFS v15 brings in user and group quotas and help is needed to test, before it’s imported.
I would like to do a call for testing for my ZFS v15 patch.
As the user/group quotas feature is too much attractive for my needs, I couldn’t resist and have created (and debugged + tested) a ZFS v15 patch for head (applies cleanly against stable/8 as well).
It is a backport of several onnv-revisions, always consulting pjd’s p4 tree and includes four post-9396 related user/groupquota bugfixes. The bootcode (zfsimpl.h) is properly updated to support v15 as well, the python part is modified (paths, smb support, ioctls). Continues
Nvidia Releases a Much Improved Video Driver
Nvidia announced on June 22nd the final and stable version of the 256.x proprietary driver for Nvidia graphics cards. Nvidia 256.35 incorporates lots of fixes and improvements, over previous releases. Unofficial GLX support was also added for a few OpenGL extensions, as well as Thermal Settings reporting improvements, Compiz fixes, many VDPAU improvements, and many more. Without further introduction, let’s take a look at some of the most important changes brought by the Nvidia 256.35 video driver (via)
FreeBSD Developer position
iXsystems is looking for a Senior Software Engineer:
SR. SOFTWARE ENGINEER in San Jose, CA. FreeBSD driver & kernel dev; prog in C/C++, PHP, SQL/x86 assembly lang; eng group; tools/env & tech writing skills; Reqs: BSCS + 5 yrs. exp. (source)
New FreeBSD Committers
The following people have been awarded commit privileges in recent weeks:
- Andrey V. Elsukov (source)
- Matthew Fleming (source)
- Ashish Shukla (ports)
- Brendan Fabeny (ports)
BSD Can sponsored trip reports
And one NetBSD link:
In a software project as large as NetBSD the interactions between different software components are not always immediately obvious to even the most skilled programmers. Tests help ensure that the system functions according to the desired criteria. Periodic automated runs of these tests with results visible on the web ensures both that tests are run in a regular fashion and that the results are available to all interested parties.
This short article explains the NetBSD test strategies and provides a brief overview of the enabling technologies. It also details how effortless it is to run the test suite and why doing so is in every developer’s, patch submitter’s and system administrator’s best interest. The intended audience is people with a keen interest in testing and quality assurance, and a desire to reduce personal headache. The article is written against NetBSD-current as of June 2010 and applies to what will eventually become NetBSD 6.
Read more: Automated Testing Framework (ATF)
Tom Wickline has written a short introduction on CrossOver Office for FreeBSD / PC-BSD.
Codeweavers, the company behind CrossOver, is according to their website, the leading corporate backer of the Wine Project. Wine is an open source software initiative that is systematically re-implementing the Win32 API under Unix. Wine makes it possible for PCs running Unix-based operating systems (like OS X and Linux) to run Windows application as if natively. CrossOver is comparible to Bordeaux.
CrossOver for FreeBSD is a commercial variant of Wine released by CodeWeavers with (currently) limited support for many of today’s most popular office application and games. CrossOver Office and Games for FreeBSD is tested for performance and stability with many of todays most popular games such as Guild Wars, Eve Online, and Steam games like Half-Life 2 and Portal. As well as many of todays most popular Office application such as Microsoft Office 97 to 2007, Quicken, Quickbooks, Photoshop, Internet Explorer and many other not mentioned applications.
Read Tom’s full review here: An introduction to CrossOver Office and Games for FreeBSD
Thanks, Tom, for emailing me about your review.
PC-BSD has announced the availability of PC-BSD 8.1-RC1 (Hubble Edition), running FreeBSD 8.1-RC, and KDE 4.4.4. Version 8.1 contains a number of enhancements and improvements.
Version 8.1 contains a number of enhancements and improvements. For a full list of changes, please refer to the changelog:
- FreeBSD 8.1-RC1
- KDE 4.4.4
- Numerous fixes to the installation backend
- Support for creating dedicated disk GPT partitioning
- Improved ZFS support
- Bugfixes to desktop tools / utilities
Dru Lavigne will be joining the PC-BSD project as Director of Community Development as of 2 August:
“Lavigne is well-known for her writing on open source topics. She has used FreeBSD since 1996 and has written three books on the topics of FreeBSD and PC-BSD. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to PC-BSD, was released earlier this year. Lavigne also has a blog on IT Toolbox, A Year in the Life of a BSD Guru, that is widely read and helps to spread awareness and tips focused on the BSD community. In addition, Lavigne is former Managing Editor for the Open Source Business Resource, a monthly publication that examines the issues surrounding the commercialization of open source.
As a widely respected member of the BSD community, Lavigne’s expertise and wisdom will provide many benefits to the PC-BSD project. As Director of Community Development, Lavigne’s new job will include tasks such as PC-BSD bug reporting, project management, and documentation. The most important job of the new Director of Community Development will be to reach out to members of the PC-BSD community and encourage them to contribute and participate in the PC-BSD project.”
Full announcement: Dru Lavigne Appointed “Director of Community Development” for PC-BSD Project (prweb)
This project includes several enhancements to the existing FreeBSD SNMP framework, including SNMPv3-compliant user authentication, packet encryption and view-based access control. In addition, the project also includes a new module that will allow full SNMP management and monitoring of the FreeBSD wireless networking stack. When the
project is completed, FreeBSD should be the OS of choice when building open source-based embedded wireless appliances due to the advanced capabilities of its wireless network stack, and the light-weight, secure and complete management solution that bsnmpd(1) will provide out of the box. Existing FreeBSD installations that use bsnmpd(1) for
monitoring will also benefit from the added security and finer-grained access-control to SNMP data.
“SNMP is the defacto standard for network monitoring,”
said Shteryana Shopova, FreeBSD developer. She also added,
“SNMP is used everywhere – in network servers, switches, routers, firewalls, workstations, ip phones, printers, UPSs, all sorts of embedded appliances. I am happy to have the opportunity to work on several additions to bsnmpd(1) that have been requested by the FreeBSD community.”
This project will be completed in October 2010.
Source: Bsnmp enhancements announcement (FreeBSD Announcement List)
NetCraft Communications Inc., global leader in infrastructure management Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions, has released Versiera 3.2, bringing extended management capabilities including host user account, process and service/daemon management to all supported platforms including FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD.
Versiera is a web-based Internet technology for management and monitoring of computer and network equipment from the smallest SHO networks to enterprise-class data centres and the largest of cloud environments. Versiera rivals the best enterprise management systems costing hundreds of thousands of dollars. Organizations needing to incorporate the latest in management technologies, looking to cut operational costs, or consolidate management platforms can choose between the free full-featured Internet hosting services or purchase the enterprise-class Versiera appliances for their businesses. Versiera appliance scalability enables management and monitoring of infrastructures with tens of thousands of network devices.
“The landscape is shifting with enterprises and government organizations embracing the overwhelming potential Cloud Services are able to offer. Versiera is the only infrastructure management system designed to securely manage and monitor both cloud environments and enterprises designed to extend beyond the traditional boundaries of bricks and mortar”,
says Frank Pikelner, CTO of NetCraft Communications.
“With the latest release of Versiera we have focused to broaden its management capabilities and enabled such things as user account synchronization without the need for directory services”
Here are a few highlights from the list of major improvements and new features in this release:
- Remote Host User Account Management
- Remote Host Process Management
- Remote Host Service/Process Management
- Host and Connection Maps now scale to 20,000 nodes (HTML5)
- User Sessions across the Enterprise
- Host Job Chaining
- Monitoring of Secure Websites (HTTPS)
- Host Maintenance Modes
- Broader support of embedded platforms including Netgear, Cisco/Linksys, Asus, EnGenius
“Whether it’s for the enterprise or for the Internet, Versiera continues to innovative and challenge the competition with its unmatched list of features,” said NetCraft CEO, Ed Aarntzen.
Versiera offers the following compelling Systems Management and Monitoring Features:
- Distributed Jobs/Scheduling: Versiera enables uniform job management across all support platforms including management of processes, user accounts, services/daemons, software distributions/removal.
- Cross-platform: Versiera can monitor a wide range of open source and commercial platforms including Windows, OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, OS X and Solaris. Embedded platform support includes OpenWRT and DD-WRT.
- Automated Documentation: automatically generate formal documents for one or more systems in PDF, RTF or HTML formats.
- Infrastructure service/asset monitoring: DNS, DHCP, SMTP, HTTP, HTTPS and digital certificates.
- Helpdesk: integrated ticketing system for workflow incident management.
- Compliance: ability to generate enterprise standards models and track deviations.
- Security: Versiera uses strong SSL encryption to protect all communications and to authenticate all connections between hosts and Versiera management systems.
- Openness: Versiera uses industry standard protocols for communication and representing data. Versiera’s database is accessible to external tools and database schema is provided with the Enterprise product.
- Accessibility: Versiera is available from scalable appliances for small to medium size businesses to full enterprise architecture solutions, as well as, a no cost Internet service directly from NetCraft Communications.
Frank Pillner contacted me about this product release. If you sell/release FreeBSD related products, you can let me know too, and I’ll mention your product, service, etc etc here.
OpenSVC is now available for FreeBSD.
OpenSVC is a GPLv2 project automating the low-level operations needed 1/ to bring up system resources (virtual machine container, ip, disk groups, filesystem mounts, application launchers) on a node and 2/ to replicate data to secondary nodes (in local or remote sites). OpenSVC can be coupled to a tiers heartbeat daemon to form a full failover clustering stack.
OpenSVC offers a simple service start/stop/status/sync* command line interface.
OpenSVC can be deployed to drive all types of service on all major operating systems, and drive best-of-breed replication strategies available on users’ sites : rsync+snap, zfs, netapp, emc, drbd.
Generalized usage of OpenSVC brings easy group-actions in an heterogeneous datacenter, like those needed for disaster recovery plan activation, or a more localized outage.