PBI creating tutorial (in Spanish)

Jacob Luevano has created a great tutorial for Spanish speakers showing how to create PBIs (PC-BSD’s click-n-install packages). If your mother tongue is Spanish and you’ve been wanting to create PBIs, there’s no excuse any more.

PC-BSD proporciona un sistema de empaquetar aplicaciones denominado PBI(Push Button Installer), el cual permite a los usuarios de una forma muy fácil instalar y eliminar aplicaciones. El formato es fácil de usar y permite a los desarrolladores definir menús,iconos,registrar tipos mime. Este documento pretende ayudar a los desarrolladores a empaquetar sus aplicaciones bajo PBI.

The tutorial can be found here.

FreeNAS 0.686.1 (stable) released

FreeNAS LogoVolker Teile from the FreeNAS team has announced today that FreeNAS 0.686.1 stable has been released. The following changes and additions have been made:

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade Samba to 3.0.28.
  • Add attributes ‘Guest account’ and ‘Null passwords’ to ‘Samba: Settings’ advanced section in WebGUI.
  • Enhance WebGUI + rc-script to define additional group memberships for user accounts.
  • Replace uShare UPnP Mediaserver with MediaTomb 0.10.0. This has been done because ushare’s latest version fails to build on FreeBSD, also new version requires external libs for DLNA support which is not ported to FreeBSD right at the moment. You have to reconfigure the UPnP service to get working properly. XBox 360 is not supported.
  • Increase mfsroot size to 54mb for embedded version. So hopefully the OS has enough memory for logfiles,… Especially with Samba tbd files, which increases rapidely with a huge number of users accessing the system.
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FreeBSD 7.0-RC3 released

The availability of the third release candidate for FreeBSD 7.0 has been announced today.

freebsdWe’re doing a ‘mini-RC3′ to encourage testing of the Highpoint driver (hptrr) backout. Testing of 7.0-RC2 showed there were problems with the driver update done between RC1 and RC2. Because it’s a ‘mini-RC’ targeted at testing of one particular thing we have not bothered with setting up FreeBSD Update. You can use the normal cvsup-and-build method of doing an update for machines that are already up and running (branch tag RELENG_7_0) or install from scratch using the ISOs available on the FTP sites. If those who experienced problems related to the hptrr driver update could let us know one way or another whether or not you are still having problems with it that would be appreciated.

Here is the brief release announcement.

DesktopBSD – Unix for the masses

Reptiler reports:

Currently I’m playing around with DesktopBSD. This actually is because I’m anyway playing with Xen, so I decided to use the time I spend on Xen to try out a few more systems. One of those is DesktopBSD, a version of FreeBSD customized for desktop-use. Thus it offers what we are used to from many Linux-distros today, ease of use and installation, automatic hardware-detection and -setup, KDE, a nice package-manager etc.
By the way, I’m not using the latest version, which is 1.6. The version I use is 1.6RC2, just because I had the image on DVD anyway. But I guess it’s recent enough for this.

As said, DesktopBSD is based on FreeBSD, which becomes quite obvious when updating packages, because those come directly from the FreeBSD-mirrors.

One thing I personally really like is the function to check the installed software for security-holes. This is simply done by comparing the list of installed software with one (or more, I don’t know the internals of those function yet) of those websites where they keep track of that kind of information. The gathered information then can be seen in the package-manager, which I think is a really nice function.


Overall DesktopBSD leaves a good impression after the first few tests. For those who always wanted to try BSD this might be an option worth considering.

Read the whole article on Nuxified.org

Firefox 3 beta3 uses essential FreeBSD 7 technology

jemalloc, the new default memory allocator in FreeBSD and set to become the internal allocator in Firefox 3, was turned on by default for Linux today. That means by tonight Linux builds should go live on the aforementioned nightlies page with jemalloc enabled. The reason we are integrating our own allocator is that we’ve found jemalloc to be better than all the default allocators of our three main platforms (Windows, Mac OS X and Linux). Not only is it faster (and it shows in Javascript tests!) but it causes less fragmentation, so you should see a significant memory reduction after using Firefox for a lengthy period of time.

Source:  ventnorsblog

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Q1/2008)

The Q1/2008 FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report is now available. This report covers FreeBSD related projects between October and December 2007. AsiaBSDCon 2008 is approaching and will be held at the Tokyo University of Science in Tokyo, Japan on the 27th – 30th of March 2008. The FreeBSD Foundation has released a Newsletter detailing their activities over the past few months.

FreeBSD 7.0 is nearing release and the 2nd Release Candidate is ready for testing.

FreeBSD news – quick links (week 6)

1) Hex Live CD 1.0.3 released

HexLive is a live cd based on FreeBSD and build with the FreeSBIE toolkit. It is suited for network analysis. The idea behind this network analysis live cd builds up, according to the authors, on one of Richard Bejtlichs books. From the website:

We had found that there are many liveCDs out there. However, their target audience was more towards desktop users, penetration testers or system engineers. We did not find a liveCD that ran in line with our passion, network security analysis. After all, packet monkeys need a liveCD too! We also learned about and decided to use Freesbie2 toolkits to create the liveCD since both of us were already familiar with FreeBSD.

Hex Live CD project page

2) Dru’s links of the week – I’m not going to copy and paste them here; just have a look at her blog and the links.