This Tutorial will give you a run down on how to create a VMware using FreeNAS. The tutorial comes with screenshots and covers installation of FreeNAS, setting up an iSCSI target and connecting to it from Windows.
AskoziaPBX: Porting to Linux, Going for Mainstream
We’re currently in the process of porting Askozia®PBX (an Open Source PBX solution based on Asterisk) to use Linux as its base operating system. This allows us to support architectures other than x86 and take advantage of Asterisk features not available on FreeBSD.
Many manufacturers have expressed interest in having a turn-key software solution available for their hardware offerings. Auerswald, a large German telephony equipment manufacturer, has sponsored our initial port to Linux and the Blackfin CPU architecture, now offering AskoziaPBX as an alternate firmware for their upcoming COMpact 3000 VoIP device.
What is needed for Asterisk based distributions to become as mainstream as a FRITZ!Box?
Asterisk’s flexibility lets it be tailored to different markets; which ones are laying undiscovered?
New Release : 1.0.3
Another small update to the 1.0 series has been released adding a French localization (submitted by Jean-Pierre Lozano) as well as updating the Japanese and German localizations.
Also, the last few hard-coded AskoziaPBX strings have been made customizable for our branding customers. Your updated versions are also available for download.
PC-BSD has the Warden GUI to install and maintain jails. Setting these up can also, and I’m sure many would prefer this way, be set up from the console. Cyberciti.biz has published a useful and extensive guide:
How do I setup operating system-level virtualization that allows me to partition my FreeBSD-based server system into several independent mini-systems called jails.? I’d like to set one jail for mail and another for web server via 2 public IP address.
Each jail under FreeBSD virtual environment runs on the host machine with its own files, processes, user and superuser accounts. From within a jailed process, the environment is almost indistinguishable from a real system. The easiest way to set, create and modify jails is using a framework called ezjail.
Martin Wilke has a useful step-by-setp guide (via bsdgroup.de) to install FreeBSD 8.0 (stable version yet to be released) from a USB pendrive:
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/da0 bs=1k count=1bsdlabel -Bw da0 autonewfs -L FreeBSD /dev/da0amdconfig -a -t vnode -f 8.0-HEAD-20090609-JPSNAP-i386-dvd1 -u 0 && mount -r -t cd9660 /dev/md0 /mnt/isomount /dev/da0a /mnt/USB-Stickcopy all files from your mounted cd in to your USB-Stick, after that you need to create a fstab for your USB-Stickvi /mnt/USB-Stick/etc/fstab and put following in:/dev/ufs/FreeBSD / ufs ro 0 0
The FreeBSD Security Team has issued the following security warnings:
- FreeBSD-SA-09:11.ntpd – ntpd stack-based buffer-overflow vulnerability
- FreeBSD-SA-09:10.ipv6 – Missing permission check on SIOCSIFINFO_IN6 ioctl
- FreeBSD-SA-09:09.pipe – Local information disclosure via direct pipe writes
For background info, problem description, impact, workaround and solutions, have a look at the individual advisory pages.
Today Virtualbox was committed to the FreeBSD ports tree. After a lot of work we had a good discussion today about how stable Virtualbox is, and after the CTF with take6 we got a lot of good feedback, so it was time to commit. Please READ the pkg-messages carefully, as well as the wiki page.
The FreeBSD Mall started shipping FreeBSD® Version 7.2 this week. The four-disc CD set or dual-sided DVD is available for purchase at http://www.freebsdmall.com, either individually or on a subscription basis at a discounted price.
The FreeBSD Mall has a long tradition of providing a reliable source of software, documentation, and support to the open source community. We are pleased to be a primary distributor of FreeBSD software and services, including this latest release, FreeBSD® Version 7.2,
says Theresa Garner, General Manager, FreeBSD Mall.
FreeBSD’s new transparent superpage support is the result of several years of operating system research at Rice University, and brings the performance benefits of superpages to unmodified applications, a feature unique to FreeBSD. The FreeBSD® 7.2 release enhances FreeBSD’s position as a superior open source operating system due to the improved virtual memory efficiency and performance increases resulting from the use of superpages.
says Robert Watson, President of the FreeBSD Foundation.
FreeBSD® 7.2 is earning rave reviews from technical experts due to its facilitation of operating-system level virtualization that allows administrators to partition a FreeBSD-based computer system into several independent mini-systems called jails.
FreeBSD jails have been an integral part of our infrastructure for years. FreeBSD® 7.2 increases the utility of the FreeBSD jail by providing multi-ip support and the ability to pin jails processes to CPUs while maintaining the stability and robustness we’ve depended on FreeBSD to deliver,
says Josh Paetzel, System Administrator, Prometheus Research.
Manolis Kiagias has announced a project that he has started: Building custom FreeBSD ISO’s:
I believe this list (and probably the forums) would be the best place to announce one of my little projects, namely the building of custom FreeBSD install discs (DVD sized for desktops, CD sized for servers) with the latest release and updated packages.
I have been experimenting lately with ‘make release’ and ports’ building using ports-mgmt/tinderbox. I am using a dedicated system for building the base system and packages. The purpose of this experiment (besides the educational value of it) is to allow me to build FreeBSD discs with custom and up to date packages. These will in turn reduce
significantly the amount of time required to install new systems (esp. desktops which need hundred of packages).
This is just short of 1GB and contains the following:
– – FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE base system (standard bootable / installable disc)
– – Selection of custom packages that can be installed either during installation via sysinstall or at a later time (again using sysinstall or pkg_add etc).
Many other useful packages are also included as dependencies of the ones listed above. This iso does not contain openoffice (to keep the size smaller) and multimedia apps (to avoid licensing problems). Future versions of the builds may have broader / different selection of packages, depending on the feedback received by the community.
Installation is no different than an official FreeBSD CD, other than when you reach the package selection screen, you will be shown the custom set of packages. The ports tree included in the CD is the one used to actually build the packages. I will soon upload a tarball with the options used – not all packages where built with the default options.
The whole announcement can be read here.
Kip Macy has committed a couple of long-discussed patches to ZFS on FreeBSD current (and 7-Stable) to increase its stability. Most paches are similar to those on OpenSolaris, and they should bring FreeBSD up to Solaris ZFS level with regards to performance and stability.
- the recurring deadlock was fixed by deferring vinactive to a dedicated thread
- zfs boot for all pool types now works
- kmem now goes up to 512GB so arc is now limited by physmem
- the arc now experiences backpressure from the vm (which can be too much – but this allows ZFS to work without any tunables on amd64)
- frequently recurring LOR in the ARC fixed
- zfs send coredump fix
- fixes for various PRs