Jess had a chance recently to ask iXsystems IT director Josh Paetzel a few questions about the up-coming PC-BSD release and iXsystems’ involvement with BSD.
The FreeBSD’s quarterly status report for 2009 Q4 is now available:
This report covers FreeBSD related projects between October and December 2009. This is the last of the four reports covering 2009, which has shown to be a very important year for the FreeBSD Project. Besides other notable things, a new major version of FreeBSD, 8.0-RELEASE, has been released, while the release process for 7.3-RELEASE is soon to begin.
Table of Contents
Google Summer of Code
- BSD-licensed iconv
- 3G USB support
- Clang replacing GCC in the base system
- FreeBSD TDM Framework
- HAST — Highly Available Storage
- Intel XScale hwpmc(9) support
- POSIX utmpx for FreeBSD
- SUJ — Journaled SoftUpdates
- The webcamd deamon
FreeBSD Team Reports
- FreeBSD Bugbusting Team
- FreeBSD Release Engineering
- The FreeBSD Foundation Status Report
- bwn(4) — Broadcom Wireless driver
- IP Payload Compression Protocol support
- Ralink wireless RT2700U/2800U/3000U run(4) USB driver
- Syncing pf(4) with OpenBSD 4.5
- Wireless mesh networking
- CAM-based ATA implementation
- Group Limit Increase
- NFSv4 ACL support
- V4L support in Linux emulator
- The FreeBSD German Documentation Project
- The FreeBSD Hungarian Documentation Project
- The FreeBSD Spanish Documentation Project
- Flattened Device Tree for embedded FreeBSD
- Chromium web browser
- Ports Collection
- VirtualBox on FreeBSD
Vendor / 3rd Party Software
- DAHDI (Zaptel) support for FreeBSD
- NVIDIA amd64 driver
- AsiaBSDCon 2010 — The BSD Conference
- BSDCan 2010 — The BSD Conference
- meetBSD 2010 — The BSD Conference
- The FreeBSD Forums
- BSD-licensed text processing tools
The FreeBSD Security issued 3 security advisories
FreeBSD Errata Notice
Since FreeBSD 8.0 was released, several stability and performance problems have been identified. This Errata Notice describes several fixes judged to be of particular importance, but low risk, to users with specific workloads or using specific features that trigger these problems.
Areas where problems are addressed include NFS, ZFS, Multicast networking, SCTP as well as the rename(2) syscall.
Adopt a FreeBSD Port
There are currently 4726 ports without maintainer, which means that no one is actively maintaining them. Out of these ports, 243 (roughly 5.00%) are out of date. Can you help?
Android SDK on FreeBSD is now available for FreeBSD 8
ZFS Patches on FreeBSD 7
Alexander has made a lot of ZFS patches for FreeBSD 7
The first batch of FreeBSD snapshot releases for 2010 are now available: ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/201001
PBI Builder 2.5
A newer version of the PC-BSD PBI Builder (package builder) has been released
This is so particular: on the day that I moved Frenzy to the inactive/no-longer-maintained section a new release was announced.
After being formally discontinued by its creator, Sergei Mozhaisky, a number of developers headed by Egor Vershinin has taken over the work.
“Frenzy 1.2 ‘reincarnation’ (community release) is out. It is based on FreeBSD 8.0 and available in 2 editions – lite and standard. This is a first version of Frenzy that isn’t made by me – the author of this build is Egor Vershinin.”
The developers have set up a new web site at frenzy.bspu.ru, with some documentation and a changelog, but it’s currently in Russian only. The project’s original web site at frenzy.org.ua also has some information about the new release. The “lite” edition of Frenzy only includes command line tools, but the “standard” edition comes with X.Org and Fluxbox.
It was some time overdue, but I have updated the FreeBSD based projects and systems Page.
I have added a section “Discontinued and unmaintained systems”, and moved DesktopBSD, AskoziaPBX and Frenzy to this section.
I have added Tomahawk Desktop under “desktop systems” and GhostBSD to the “live CD” section.
If you’re aware of any missing projects (even non-English ones), drop me a line and I’ll add them.
“We are happy to announce that BSD Magazine is transforming into a free monthly online publication. The online version of BSD Magazine will stay in the same quality and form. It will look like the BSD magazine one is familiar and comfortable with. Please sign up to our newsletter atwww.bsdmag.org and get every issue straight to your inbox. Also, you can now download any of the previous issues from our website. The first online issue — 2/2010 — is coming out in February. Please spread the word about BSD Magazine.”
I’m glad to see BSD Mag go free. Hopefully, more people will read BSD Mag now and become interested the BSD branch of operating systems. However, on the other hand, if there’s little income (ads etc), how can this be maintained?
This reminds me of a Linux PDF magazine that I used to get back in 2005-06: Tux Magazine. This was very a popular online Linux magazine, but it died a sudden death due to no subscription income.
Many thanks to Lee J. Imner (www.imber.com – Secure | Reliable Networks) for notifying me.
Our Christmas gift to the community is the 2.0 release reaching the beta milestone. The release is feature complete, with no new features being added, and should stay relatively stable throughout the remainder of the development process.
That’s not to say it’s production-ready though, most of our developers are using it in production and have been for months, but unless you have a solid understanding of the underlying system and can manually verify the configuration, 2.0 is not yet for you. If you have a non-critical environment where you can try it out, you can find the latest build on the snapshot server.
Read the complete release announcement for further details and known issues
On January 31st, FreeBSD 6.3 will reach its End of Life and will no longer be supported by the FreeBSD Security Team. Users of this release are strongly encouraged to upgrade to a newer release before that date — more conservative users will probably wish to upgrade to FreeBSD 6.4 or FreeBSD 7.1 (which are both extended-support branches), while others will probably wish to upgrade to FreeBSD 7.2 or FreeBSD 8.0.
The freebsd-update(8) utility can be used to upgrade i386 and amd64 systems from 6.3-RELEASE (or 6.3-RELEASE-pX for some X) to 6.4-RELEASE using binary updates (i.e., without compiling from source) as described in the 6.4-RELEASE
announcement; given an adequate internet connection, this process usually takes 15 minutes or less.
FreeBSD 8: an evolutionary release of the unknown giant
FreeBSD 8.0 is a major release of the free UNIX descendant. Support for ZFS, jails and USB have been improved, but the release also adds new features, such as NFSv4 and Xen DomU support and some new kernel-related tools. The release notes detail these and other changes that appear in the latest FreeBSD.
VirtualBox 3.1.2 for FreeBSD
Most Reliable Hosting Company Sites in December 2009
FreeBSD again at number 1
In the final month of 2009, Swishmail, iWeb Technologies and WestHost had the most reliable hosting company sites. All three sites responded to all but one of Netcraft’s requests throughout December.
This is Swishmail’s second consecutive appearance at the top; last month, it shared the glory with Verio. Swishmail’s website is served by nginx on FreeBSD. This New York based company specialises in business email hosting, but also offers several web hosting plans, all of which include access to a webmail client and shared calendars.
Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2009
Brooks Davis recently reported on his trip to the Google Summer of Code Mentor Summit 2009.
KOffice2 for FreeBSD available
The KDE FreeBSD team is proud to announce the release of KOffice2 suite for FreeBSD.
Install Zabix (howto)
Zabbix is an enterprise-class open source distributed monitoring solution. Installation instructions can be found here (translated with Google Translate)
George Neville-Neil has written the lead article for the January 2010 issue of the Open Source Business Resource (OSBR) and the FreeBSD Foundation is the sponsor for this month’s issue. The entire issue is available as a PDF and George’s article is also available in HTML.
From the article’s abstract:
The processes that open source projects use to produce new work and maintain the quality of their code base is a subject that comes up infrequently in discussions of open source. One reason for this is that engineers and programmers are usually loathe to deal with issues that are not directly related to the piece of code or technology that they are working on.
Successful businesses know that good processes lead to continued success. The attributes that attract a business to an open source project are stability, reliability, and longevity. Stability gives a business the confidence to invest time into developing products on the project’s platform, safe in the knowledge that the next incremental step in development won’t be torpedoed by some unforeseen change. Reliability is often not associated with open source and many projects are perceived as being too cutting edge for a business to build upon. Longevity is of value as many businesses are inherently conservative in their approaches, attempting to reduce the risks of adopting any technique or technology. One way to reduce risk is to work with an open source project that has a proven track record of delivering quality products, on schedule.
This article attempts to dispel the myth of the perceived tension between a formally run business and the apparently less formally run open source projects with which a business interacts. We describe how one particular open source project has developed processes which provide its users, customers, and partners with a product that is stable, reliable, and long lived.