FreeNAS 0.69 beta1 available

Folker Theile has announced the release of FreeNAS 0.69 beta 1, a tiny FreeBSD-based operating system for NAS services. From the changelog

  • Upgrade to FreeBSD 6.3;
  • add ‘lagg’ link aggregation and link failover interface support (kernel);
  • switch back to SCHED_4BSD scheduler; add generic web server service;
  • complete review and typo fixes in source code;
  • upgrade rsync to 3.0.2, smartmontools to 5.38, lighttpd to 1.4.19, e2fsprogs to 1.40.10, PHP to 5.2.6;
  • use SAJAX to update miscellaneous WebGUI pages every 5 seconds to display current states;
  • refactor complete S.M.A.R.T. WebGUI and ActiveDirectory WebGUI;
  • add ability to web server WebGUI to configure URLs requiring authentication;
  • replace Adaptec SCSI RAID administration tool aaccli with arcconf;
  • upgrade Adaptec AACRAID 32- and 64-bit driver to version 5.2.0 Build 15727;
  • replace UPnP media player MediaTomb with Fuppes

Download (MD5): i386 version (47.6MB) | amd64 version (51.7MB).

Firefox 3 with FreeBSD technologies

firefox logoFirefox 3 is released and got off to a fantastic start: more than 8 million downloads within 24 hours, peaking at 17.000 downloads a minute.

Everybody browsing the internet uses (unconsciously) FreeBSD technology, such as TCP/IP, and a few only know that Firefox 3 comes integrated with some exciting FreeBSD technologies.

Murray Stokely has summarised:

The most widely publicized is probably the addition of Jason Evan’s memory allocator, jemalloc (link 1, link 2) written for FreeBSD 7.0 which has been included into Firefox to reduce memory fragmentation.

Another FreeBSD technology widely adopted by other products utilizing binary updates is Colin Percival’s bspatch client-side binary patching code. Kris Kennaway also notes that the ISC is hosting its FireFox mirrors on FreeBSD 7.0 machines to handle the unprecedented download demand as the Mozilla Foundation attempts to break a world record for downloads in a day.

FreeBSD press release and congratulations of Mozilla:

One of the FreeBSD technologies used by Firefox 3 is the new memory allocator, “jemalloc”, hich was written by FreeBSD developer Jason Evans for the FreeBSD 7 operating system. jemalloc is a fast, efficient memory allocator with excellent performance on multiprocessor machines. Though already a part of the FreeBSD 7 operating system, the Mozilla project has chosen to also incorporate it directly inside the Firefox 3 browser to improve memory performance and reduce memory use on other operating systems with legacy memory allocators. According to the blog of Firefox developer Stuart Parmenter, “Our automated tests on Windows Vista showed a 22% drop in memory usage when we turned jemalloc on.” Commenting on the Linux version of the browser, he wrote, “We saw a good performance increase and a drop in memory.”

BSDFund – supporting BSD related projects

BSDFund LogoThe FreeBSD Foundation is a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting the FreeBSD Project. This reasonably well-known foundation in the BSD world supports projects which further the development of the FreeBSD operating system (conferences, grants, hardware etc).

Also NetBSD and OpenBSD have their own foundation. These foundations tend to support bigger projects (although they do give travel grants), but there’s also a smaller, lesser known, US non-profit organisation whose mission is to assist and fund BSD-related open source projects, events and travel: BSD Fund.

To be honest I had never heard of this fund until I read about it on Oliver H’s blog. The man behind the BSD Fund is Michael Dexter who’s also one of the guys behind BSD Talk.

Despite the excellent work of the FreeBSD and NetBSD Foundations, there are still individuals and cross-BSD projects that do not have the legal infrastructure to receive tax-deductible donations.

The BSD Fund is negotiating to fund a variety of broad and specific projects but is beginning with conference and travel grants. The Fund raises money through direct donations, grant applications and reward credit cards.

The BSD Fund’s partner organization has given over half a million dollars to open source projects, events and travel over the past seven years. The BSD Fund gives new focus and drive to this effort to help the next thirty years of BSD software development be as successful as the first.

BSD Fund website

Redirection problem

The automatic redirection of all posts on freebsdos.com/news to the new domain freebsdnews.net is not working perfectly yet.

I’ve installed the “redirection” WordPress plugin and added some rules, but it’s not working as it should.

Anybody worked before with WordPress and 301 permanent redirections? If you have any ideas/suggestions or if you think you can help me, this would be greatly appreciated.

Please drop me a line on gvanessen @at gmail .dot com

Converting FreeBSD into PC-BSD

This post describes an example of how one can manually convert a FreeBSD installation into a PC-BSD one using the install disk. There are more elegant ways of doing it, such as pulling things from PC-BSDs SVN and compiling only PC-BSD specific components.

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Move to new domain: www.freebsdnews.net

Since BSDnews.com was hacked a lot of traffic has come to my site. Looking at the logs many people  googling for “FreeBSD news” or “BSD news” ended up on my site.

After all these months BSDnews.com is still not back up. I’ve therefore created a new domain: www.freebsdnews.net , which is easier to remember than freebsdos.com/news. I was hoping to buy freebsdnews.com, but the owner of that domain has been ignoring my emails so far.

If you’re using Feedburner for your RSS feeds, there’s no need to change anything; I’ll point feedburner to  freebsdnews.net now. However, if you’re RSS reader is subscribed to http://www.freebsdos.com/news/feed/ you will need to update this/resubscribe to http://www.freebsdnews.net/feed/

If you made use of bsdnews.com in the past to release news about (your) FreeBSD products (hardward & software), you’re welcome to email them to me now and I’ll put them on my site.

Apologies for not posting frequently but I’ve been working behind the scenes ;-)

www.freebsdnews.net