If you’re interested in setting up your own NAS server, free of charge, watch this video.
Thoughts about FreeBSD
Since Linsux.org is now a *BSD supporter, it only makes sense that we’d write a few Pro-BSD articles, right? Good.
Today, we’re going to talk about why FreeBSD is a better choice for the “Open Desktop”.
Linux is the current leading Open Source Operating System (LOL?). But, then again, Linux isn’t really an Operating System. Yeah, yeah; we’ve all heard that before. But, what should it be called then, you might ask. Well, the most common answer is “Linux is a kernel, which is then packaged into a something called a distribution with other software, thus making it an Operating System”. Those are the really nice terms, though, I would describe it like the following “Linux is a cluster **** of a kernel packaged into about 10 billion different distributions that are almost identical, yet cannot agree on a decent set of standards, so every software and hardware company cringes at the thought of having to support a super-dooper cluster **** like that is Linux.”
FreeBSD, on the other hand is a complete Operating System, with standards, a well organized development team, and all that jazz nobody gives a **** about.
There’s some strong language in this post (hence the **** above). A new version is in the make.
Matt Olander and Brooks Davis, two well known FreeBSD advocates, on FreeBSD clusters. This video was taken a few years back, but it’s still relevant explaining how cluster computing works on FreeBSD.
Linux and BSD are vastly superior to Windows in every way. Don’t believe me? Read on, my friend. Read on and realize the folly of your MS ways.
The top ten list:
#10 – Total cost of ownership ranges very low to nothing for Linux.
#9 – Linux and BSD distributions give you more complete, usable operating environments out of the box.
#8 – Viruses and Spyware are basically nonexistant for Linux and BSD.
#7 – Linux and BSD systems are more stable than Windows.
#6 – Linux and BSD supports more hardware out-of-the-box.
#5 – It’s easy and fun to develop high-quality software for Linux and BSD.
#4 – Linux and BSD distributions are more configurable and modular.
#3 – Linux and BSD perform better on any given platform.
#2 – Linux and BSD don’t limit your platform choices.
#1 – Linux and BSD give you complete freedom to do what you want with your system.
Read the whole post for the reasoning behind these statements
Dru Lavigne posted an interesting post about oDesk, a company that provides a platform for business and qualified technology contractors to connect.
oDesk is a global staffing marketplace enabling businesses to Hire, Manage, and Pay remote contractors as if they were in the local office. Our proprietary tools and guaranteed payment policies enable a secure and trusted marketplace for both buyers and providers. We’ve mined through mountains of data about BSD (including FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, and DragonFlyBSD) jobs, providers, certifications tests and more in order to bring you this single resource page containing statistics, information, maps, resources, links, and rankings. All information about programming and development work is based on the oDesk network that has providers from United States, Russia, India, Ukraine, China, and 100 other countries.
Martin Wilke announced he’s finished porting KDE 3.5.10 to FreeBSD.
PC-BSD is skipping this version and has jumped to KDE 4.1. As a sidenote, it’s possible to run both 3.5.10 and 4.1 on one system!
PC-BSD Beta1 is already available for download and according to a recent interview with Kris Moore ” … as long as no serious bugs are found, we plan on going gold early to mid-September.”
The PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of PC-BSD version 7-BETA1!
This release marks the first PC-BSD based on FreeBSD 7-STABLE and the KDE 4.1 desktop, and also provides many new ways to install, including DVD, USB and Network/Internet installation choices. Our PBI site has also been updated with a wide variety of software ready for PC-BSD 7, with more being added weekly.
Some of the goodies:
There are two ways to install a new hard disk under FreeBSD system. You can use all command line utilities such as fdisk, bsdlabel and newfs to create partitions, label and format it. This method requires complete understanding of BSD partitions and other stuff.
FreeNAS, a FreeBSD based Network Attached Server (NAS), is mentioned on the Washington Post today:
Based on the FreeBSD operating system (a Unix derivative), FreeNAS is a server operating system that offers lots of features, a very small footprint, and a can’t-beat-it price (it’s free). Developed by an open-source community, it is constantly evolving (with even nightly builds).
FreeNAS is more complicated to install and use than Microsoft’s more feature-rich product, but people willing to navigate the sometimes confusing installation routine are rewarded with a robust network-attached storage device.
Robert Watson, who heads the TrustedBSD project, has updated the project’s website. The most striking change is that the different components / subprojects that are being worked are shown as tabs at the top.
For those unfamiliar with TrustedBSD, TrustedBSD is not a FreeBSD fork or anything like that, but it’s a set of trusted operating system extensions to FreeBSD. It was begun primarily by Robert Watson with the goal of implementing concepts from the Common Criteria for Information Technology Security Evaluation and the Orange Book.
The TrustedBSD project is an open source project developing advanced security features for the open source FreeBSD operating system, including file system extended attributes and UFS2, Access Control Lists, OpenPAM, security event auditing with OpenBSM, mandatory access control and the TrustedBSD MAC Framework, and the GEOM storage framework. Many technologies from TrustedBSD may also be found in operating systems beyond FreeBSD, including Mac OS X, NetBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux.
This project is ongoing and many of its extensions have been integrated into FreeBSD.
Thanks for letting me know, Robert!