Bounty announced for Flash9 in Opera in FreeBSD

John Kozubik has announced that he will pay $200 to anyone who succeeds in can geting Adobe Flash9 to work on FreeBSD 6.x:

… I will pay $200 to whoever can compose a working and stable recipe for running Adobe Flash 9 inside of the FreeBSD native version of Opera 9 on FreeBSD 6.x. This shouldn’t be that hard – in fact, there is already a linux-flashplugin9 port. The trouble is, even if you do convince your browser to use the plugin, it crashes frequently and generally “doesn’t work”. I think a good proof of success would be the ability to play arbitrary content on YouTube without complication, or perhaps use all of google maps / google finance without crashing.

Interested? Read further here

Interested in a pfSense training course?

Chris and Scott, 2 pfSense developers, are considering putting together a 4 hour training course on pfSense, starting from an introduction and installation, and covering as much material as possibly can be done in 4 hours (4 hours is the max duration of a training slot at BSDCan 2008). The tutorial cost in previous years was something like $50. If the proposal is accepted, the course will take place in May 2008 in Ottawa, Canada.If you’re interesed in this course, just drop Chris an email.

New life for the Dutch FreeBSD Doc Project

Remco Lodder who is responsible for the Dutch Documentation Project has been updating the handbook

Since somewhat more than a week ago I decided to give a burst of energy back to the FreeBSD Dutch Documentation project again by making the current translations up to date and submitting them towards the main project. As you could have seen there were a lot of commits because of this lately, and I also setup a personal p4 workspace for this so that I can better maintain the documentation at hand…

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Als u geïnteresseerd bent in het bijdragen aan de Nederlandse vertaling van het Handboek, dan kunt u hier meer informatie vinden. Veel hoofdstukken bestaan nog niet en op een aantal plaatsen moet de vertaling bijgewerkt worden.

Help a FreeBSD committer get away (and back)

One of FreeBSD’s most active ports committers, Martin Wilke, is in desperate need of a break; away from computers and  human beings. Alaska doesn’t sound too bad a place for it. If you appreciate his work, please consider giving a donation to recharge his mental batteries and to carry on with his FreeBSD commitments in the new year.

I’m ready for a holiday. I have no motivation at the moment and it’s hard to stand up in the morning to see the pain in Germany.

I want to do a 14 day trip to Alaska, away from human civilisation. The problem is that everyone whom I told this laughed at me and they are thinking I’m mad. I am not! Anywhere you go there is tourism.

I would do it alone without wife, children and computers. Just enjoying some free time without any stress *dream*. If someone would sponsor me 2000 euro I would be very happy. The flight is about 1500 Euro for 2 weeks with about 28 hours flight time and 8600 km away from everything.

Read Martin Wilke’s complete post here.

FreeBSD 6.3-RC2 released

Apart from FreeBSD 7.0 RC1, RC2 of version 6.3 has been released too.

Sorry for the delay with this phase of the 6.3 release. A few glitches were found during testing of the 6.3-RC2 ISOs that included pre-built packages. The 6.3-RC2 builds for amd64 and i386 should now be available on the majority of the FreeBSD mirror sites. I just finished loading the sparc64 build so that will take a little while to propagate to the mirrors. This is the last planned RC for 6.3. Unless a major show-stopper problem is found the release of 6.3 should happen in about two weeks.

Release message, installation and upgrade notes can be found here.

Sun ZFS filesystem on FreeBSD

ZFS – the breakthrough file system in FreeBSD 7 (ported from Sun’s Solaris 10 Operating System) delivers virtually unlimited capacity, provable data integrity, and near-zero administration. However, FreeBSD’s sysinstall(8) does not yet support installing the system onto anything more exotic than a commonly used UFS partition scheme.

Read how to implement the solution on coolrat.org.

Back in April Pawel Jakub Dawidek created a useful a step-by-step tutorial how to install ZFS on FreeBSD.

Want to see ZFS on FreeBSD in action? Have a look at these two videos:

Video 1: FreeBSD/ZFS – compression example

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgd0TZNnPEo


Video 2: FreeBSD/ZFS – self-healing example


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VlFGTtU65Xo

FreeBSD 7.0-RC1 released

FreeBSD 7.0-RC1 has been released:

“The ports team has gotten the release package sets built for most of the architectures (sparc64 is still a long way off) so we have begun including the pre-built packages on the ISOs. Even a very basic post-build test turned up one latent bug in sysinstall, and once that was fixed a more extensive test (load both kde and gnome) turned up two more latent bugs. The 7.0-RC1 builds have one of the three bugs fixed in them. The other two bugs aren’t fatal to installs on 7.0-RC1 (they were fatal to installs on 6.3-RC2) and we have more 7.0-RCs coming so I went ahead with making 7.0-RC1 available as-is.”

Read the whole release message here.

For those not too familiar with FreeBSD 7.0, have a look at these pages to see why we’re so excited about version 7.0:

http://ivoras.sharanet.org/freebsd/freebsd7.html
http://people.freebsd.org/~kris/scaling/7.0%20Preview.pdf

2007 – 2008

Last May I started

Last May I started this blog as a sort of experiment to see if there was a ’market’ for a FreeBSD related blog. Feedback, emails and visitor stats have been showing that there’s indeed a great interest in such a blog. Because WordPress doesn’t grant much flexibility (installing plugins, scripts etc) to WordPress.com hosted blogs, I’ve moved to Bluehost. IMHO the best webhoster out there.

Please let me know how you think I can make the blog even better and of greater interest (contact at freebsdos dot com) to you.

Many thanks for all your feedback, emails, donations and kind words that I’ve received over the last eight months.

Wishing you all a great 2008.

this blog as a sort of experiment to see if there

was a ’market’ for a FreeBSD related blog. Feedback, emails and visitor stats have been showing that there’s indeed a great interest in such a blog. Because

WordPress doesn’t grant much flexibility (installing plugins, scripts etc) to WordPress.com hosted blogs, I’ve moved to

href=”http://www.bluehost.com/track/gvanessen/”>Bluehost. IMHO the best webhoster out there.

Please let me know how you think I

can make the blog even better and of greater interest (contact at freebsdos dot com) to you.

Many thanks for all your feedback, emails, donations and

kind words that I’ve received over the last eight months.

Wishing you all a great 2008.

DS BSD, The pocket sized BSD

headerimage.jpgOn the first of December 2007 a very tiny FreeBSD-based flavour was launched: D*mn Small BSD (DSBSD). It’s weighing in only under 50mb and comes with a Fluxbox desktop.

There are many Linux distros like this, the most popular distro being D*mn Small Linux (DSL Linux). This must have been the inspiration for Damn Small BSD

Damn Small BSD is a small (50mb or less) FreeBSD live-CD desktop environment geared toward developers and system administrators, but we also include applications that the average user may find handy.

DSBSD comes with everything you need in a basic desktop environment. We include the fluxbox window manager, firefox, xmms, and many other applications. We also include tools to help you get work done, such as an ssh server, a mini httpd, xvncviewer, and more.

The goal of the DSBSD project is to provide a FreeBSD based disto that is able to run on both older hardware with little memory, as well as modern machines, while providing a responsive desktop. SMP and uniprocessor machines are supported and support for more architectures may be provided in the future.

Development is still in a very early initial stage, so there’s no official release yet.

UPDATE:
First pilot, 0.1P1, has been released. This is merely a test of concepts, rather than a real ‘preview’ of what D*mnSmall BSD is. This version doesn’t include any X system yet or any of the goals listed on the website.

Review of “The Book of PF”

Dru Lavigne has reviewedThe Book of PF – A No-Nonsense Guide to the OpenBSD Firewall“. Peter N.M. Hansteen, the writer, has written this book as an expanded follow-up to his very popular online PF tutorial. PF (Packet Filter) is a robust packet filter that originated in OpenBSD and that has been ported to FreeBSD.

Dru concludes here short review with:

All in all, this book is very readable and a must-have resource for anyone who deals with firewall configurations. If you’ve heard good things about PF and have been thinking of giving it a go, this book is definitely for you. Start at the beginning and before you know it you’ll be through the book and quite the PF guru. Even if you’re already a PF guru, this is still a good book to keep on the shelf to refer to in thorny situations or to lend to colleagues.

Check the book details and other reviews here on Amazon. Recommended Buy.