- How freebsd finds oil (audio)
- FreeBSD in a Complex Environment (pdf, audio)
- ISC and BSD (audio)
- FreeBSD and Isilon (slides,audio)
- long distance wifi (slides)
- wireless mesh networks (slides) ;complexity attacks on ipfw (pdf)
- network event kit (paper)
- compiling a v4l DVB driver for freebsd (paper)
- pfsense; Embedded FreeBSD for industrial applications (slides)
- profiling and debugging the freebsd kernel (slides, paper)
- freebsd kernel protection against SMTP DDoS (paper, audio)
- SMB/SMB2 (slides, audio)
- porting HPC tools to freebsd (slides, audio)
- BSD licensed PGP (paper)
- mfsbsd (pdf); Google SoC (slides)
Next year, the 9th edition of EuroBSDCon will be held in Karlsruhe, Germany (October 2010). For news, updates and call for papers, check out http://2010.eurobsdcon.org/
Download ports simultaneously with multiple connections
By default, ports uses 1 connection to download and thus unbearably slow when a server rate limit the connection. Alternatively, we can tell ports to use external utility in order to open multiple connections and download simultaneously.
Axel tries to accelerate HTTP/FTP downloading process by using multiple connections for one file. It can use multiple mirrors for a download. Axel has no dependencies and is lightweight, so it might be useful as a wget clone on byte-critical systems.
György Vilmos has put together a post evaluating performance of PostgreSQL’s last five releases on a midrange x86 server:
“…’The “Dunnington’ code named CPU’s architecture and the number of CPUs are both an important factor for the OS and the database, because in this CPU a lot of cores are fighting for the spare bandwidth of the FSB, through which the slow memory and peripheral devices are reached. The multi level cache hierarchy and the slow FSB makes a hard job for the OS scheduler and memory allocator, which need to keep the CPUs busy by feeding them the most data from the caches.
This is a hard jobs and FreeBSD isn’t yet at the end of the road (to be honest, it just stepped on it), but here it’s not that important, because we were curious about what database version produce how much performance. Sadly there weren’t too much time and resources for tuning the OS and the databases.
FreeBSD was chosen -along the fact that I like it- because from its ports it’s easy to install various PostgreSQL (and MySQL) versions. The test itself was made with sysbench 0.4.12, and it’S OLTP benchmark on a 1 million row database, which of course fit into the machine’s RAM.
The data was on two 15kRPM SAS HDDs (RAID1), which is far from a heavy loaded database’s storage background, but approximately shows a typical web server environment’s characteristics, where you have to serve from the built in disks….”
He concludes that,
“I think it’s safe to say that if we have known PostgreSQL as a slow beast, it’s time to re-think (or measure) that, because it has gained quite much performance and scalability in the last three years. Not to speak about its features.”
Thanks, György, for letting me know about your post.
The alpha version number 2 of PC-BSD 8.0 is now ready for testing.
Notable changes in this release:
- FreeBSD 8.0-RC1
- Improvements to base system
- Using /usr/local LOCALBASE, allows users to easily modify their base desktop in the usual FreeBSD-ish way
- Port-Console tool, provides users a way to build / run ports in a jailed environment, without fear of destroying their working desktop setup
- Many bugfixes to the install / live image, fixed lots of hal/dbus issues with xorg and fixed many bugs running in LIVE mode from DVD.
- NVIDIA drivers for 32bit now included (Nvidia is working on the 64bit drivers, and we’ll include those when they are released)
- Misc other bugfixes, etc
Both the 32 and 64bit can be download ftp://ftp.pcbsd.org/pub/alpha-iso/
Please note, this is an ALPHA version; expect BUGS bugs and problems. We are still working on the new installer, and hope to have that impelemented in one of the next alphas.
PBIs are not yet being built for 8.0, but we are getting ready to do so, now that the release of FreeBSD 8.0 is getting closer.
If you come across any problems please drop us a note on the testing mailinglist
And a patch set was committed by the people who handle porting ZFS to FreeBSD that they felt makes ZFS production-ready.
Some say comparing FreeBSD vs Linux benchmarks is unreliable and is as it were, comparing apples with pears.
For what it’s worth: the Phoronix team has done some FreeBSD 8.0 RC1 vs Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 6 benchmarking:
Both FreeBSD 8.0 and Ubuntu 9.10 will be included in our upcoming big operating system comparison, but for now we are just focusing upon comparing Ubuntu 9.10 and FreeBSD 8.0, but have also added in FreeBSD 7.2 for reference and to see how the performance of this BSD operating system has changed. With FreeBSD 8.0 we were using the AMD64 DVD of the first release candidate using a stock installation. With Ubuntu 9.10 we were using the x86_64 server CD of the Alpha 6 build. With FreeBSD not shipping with a desktop environment by default, we used the Ubuntu server CD so that both could be tested just from the terminal in a similar environment. All of the FreeBSD and Ubuntu options were left at their defaults. One of the package versions worth noting is that GCC 4.2.1 is used in both FreeBSD 7.2 and FreeBSD 8.0 while Ubuntu 9.10 is using GCC 4.4.1. FreeBSD was also using the default UFS file-system while Ubuntu 9.10 is running with EXT4. Each operating system was tested with its default settings (including any debug options) and packages to test an “out of the box” experience. We will be back with more benchmarks once each of these operating systems have been officially released.
and concludes that,
… more times than not, Ubuntu 9.10 Alpha 6 came out on top compared to FreeBSD — both the 7.2 and 8.0-RC releases. Only in the 7-Zip, C-Ray, John The Ripper MD5, BYTE Unix Benchmark Dhrystone 2, and SQLite tests did FreeBSD outperform Ubuntu Linux. Between FreeBSD 7.2 and 8.0, the newer release generally did better but it had regressed with the 7-Zip, Gzip, MAFFT, and Threaded I/O Tester Read tests. That’s how the story pans out on a dual AMD Opteron quad-core workstation, but shortly we will be back around with our large operating system comparison on different hardware and with the final releases of these different operating systems to see how they compare.
Please note that 1) the inner workings of the two operating systems are different, and 2) neither of the systems are ready for release yet, so a lot of things will change and improve.
EuroBSDCon 2009 and the preceding dev summit happened last weekendq in Cambridge, UK. Robert Watson, who has organised this successful event, noted that the FreeBSD Developer’s Summit was the largest yet in the EU with around 70 attendees. The conference was attended by about 180 attendees, and the dinner sponsored by iXsystems was sold out.
Slides, papers, and audio recordings should be available soon on the UKUUG website. Will let you know when they’re up.
I took pictures of the whiteboard. What do you think of the request and what else would you want to see included (post your comments)?
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“The first of the Release Candidates for the FreeBSD 8.0 release cycle is now available. How many RC’s we have will depend on how well 8.0-RC1 does. At the moment only one more RC is on the schedule but odds are fairly high we will wind up inserting at least one more RC. Between BETA4 and RC1 a lot of work has gone into IPv6 issues as well as many other issues that have been brought up from the public testing. And a patch set was committed by the people who handle porting ZFS to FreeBSD that they felt makes ZFS production-ready.”
FreeBSD 8.0 RC1 ISO images and a “memory stick” image for amd64/i386 architectures are available to download from the project’s mirrors. Users currently running FreeBSD 7.0 or later can upgrade via the freebsd-update utility. The final version of FreeBSD 8.0 is expected to be released in “early October”.