We wrote before about the availability of the VMWare FreeBSD 7.0 image. Unfortunately, there was a problem with that image.
The subject sounds more exciting than it is ;-) Google has selected 21 FreeBSD related projects for the annual Google Summer of Code (Soc). It would have been nice if Google had selected 21 PC-BSD projects, but, hey, who knows what the future holds ;-)
Kris Moore, the founder of PC-BSD, will be mentoring Eric Durbin who will be working on optimising Wine for FreeBSD.
The FreeBSD Project received over 100 applications for Google’s Summer of Code program, amongst which 21 were selected for funding. Unfortunately, there were far more first rate applications than available spots for students. However, we encourage students to work together with us all year round. The FreeBSD Project is always willing to help mentor students learn more about operating system development through our normal community mailing lists and development forums. Contributing to an open source software project is a valuable component of a computer science education and great preparation for a career in software development.
The following projects have been selected for funding:
CodeWeavers, the makers of CrossOver Office, have announced a new product: CrossOver Games
Now gamers can play the games they want, on whatever platform they want! With CrossOver Games, you can run many popular Windows games on your Intel OS X Mac or Linux PC (or FreeBSD, PC-BSD and DesktopBSD, GvE) Whatever your tastes — first-person shooters, fantasy, strategy, MMORPGs — CrossOver Games provides the capability to run many popular games titles. CrossOver comes with an easy to use, single click interface, which makes installing your games simple and fast. Once installed, your game integrates seamlessly into your Desktop. Just click and run! Best of all, you do it all easily and affordably, without needing a Microsoft operating system license.
CrossOver Games is built on the latest versions of Wine, based on contributions from both CodeWeavers and the open-source Wine community… Unlike other CrossOver products, which are aimed primarily at office productivity applications (and hence maximum stability), CrossOver Games aims to bring you the latest, greatest, bleeding edge improvements in Wine technology. This means that the newest games run faster and better under CrossOver than under other versions of CrossOver, or other version of free Wine, for that matter.
Jeremy White from CodeWeavers has made the announcement that an experimental build of CrossOver Games is now available for PC-BSD users. However, this unsupported edition should also work on FreeBSD or DesktopBSD, allowing users to play Windows games on their desktop.
The FreeBSD version of CrossOver Games can be downloaded here (registration required).
- Remember this is an experimental build!
- If you are on FreeBSD 6.x, you will need to apply a system patch from http://wiki.freebsd.org/Wine to enable wine to function properly. Users of FreeBSD 7.0 and higher do not need this patch
- Remote Installation of the FreeBSD Operating System without a remote console
- Installing Squid – Basic installation of the popular proxy server to reduce network traffic on your WAN
- Installing GRUB on FreeBSD
- The FreeBSD boot process
- BSDtalk147 – interview wit FreeBSD developer Alexander Motin. This interview is about mpd, the netgraph based Multi-link PPP Daemon
- Heat map of FreeBSD committer locations
Cluster computing is often associated with Linux, but this is equally possible to set up with FreeBSD, which, in fact, can be used for a lot of specific purposes.
Brooks Davis presented an interesting and helpful paper at the New York City * BSD User Group back in 2003.
Since late 2000 we have developed and maintained a general purpose technical and scientific computing cluster running the FreeBSD operating system. In that time we have grown from a cluster of 8 dual Intel Pentium III systems to our current mix of 64 dual, quad-core Intel Xeon and 289 dual AMD Opteron systems.
In this talk we reflect on the system architecture as documented in our BSDCon 2003 paper “Building a High-performance Computing Cluster Using FreeBSD” and our changes since that time. After a brief overview of the current cluster we revisit the architectural decisions in that paper and reflect on their long term success. We then discuss lessons learned in the process. Finally, we conclude with thoughts on future cluster expansion and designs.
Building a High-performance Computing Cluster Using FreeBSD
The AsiaBSDCon 2008 took place last month (27-30 March) in Tokio, Japan. According to reports it was a very successful and enjoyable get-together. If you’ve not been able to attend, check the presentations and photographs online. Enjoy.
Some interesting (FreeBSD related) papers are:
Will Backman did an interview with James Cornell. They talked about their favourite BSD web sites and about shopping for BSD.
Thanks for those who recommended this blog in the comments on the BSDTalk page.
This reminds me, I should have a look at my links page and update it where necessary. I noticed some sites have moved or don’t exist anymore.
This modular guide to building a FreeBSD server is has been written to make it easy for (new) users to choose the packages that they need, with step-by-step directions for installation and configuration.
The book’s modules cover topics like:
- Running common FreeBSD admin commands and tasks.
- Managing the FreeBSD ports collection.
- Installing third-party apps like Apache, Courier-IMAP, SpamAssassin, CUPS, Cyrus SASL, MediaWiki, and WordPress.
- Setting up MySQL, NTP, ISC DHCP, ISC BIND DNS, PHP, OpenLDAP, OpenSSH, OpenSSL, and OpenVPN.
- Appendixes explain user management, backup/restore, and network protocols. Building a Server with FreeBSD 7 will have readers running their own server loaded with useful modules in no time, with a minimum of hassle.
The most difficult part of building a server with FreeBSD, the Unix-like operating system, is arguably software installation and configuration. Finding the software is easy enough; getting everything up and running is another thing entirely. The only option for many people has been to hire a consultant.Building a Server with FreeBSD 7 is for those of us who prefer to build our own server. If you’re a small business owner looking for a reliable email server, a curious Windows administrator, or if you just want to put that old computer in the closet to work, you’ll learn how to get things up and running quickly. Then, once you have a working system, you can experiment, extend, and customize as you please.
You’ll learn how to install FreeBSD, then how to install popular server applications with the ports collection. Each package is treated as an independent module, so you can dip into the book at any point to install just the packages you need, when you need them.
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