FreeBSD Network Stack Virtualization Project

The FreeBSD network stack virtualization project aims at extending the FreeBSD kernel to maintain multiple independent instances of networking state. This will allow for complete networking independence between jails on a system, including giving each jail its own firewall, virtual network interfaces, rate limiting, routing tables, and IPSEC configuration. This project is focused at virtualizing the networking stack in FreeBSD -CURRENT.

For more information and downloading, please refer to the project page

BSDTalk has a podcast with Marko Zec at EuroBSDCon 2007.

Google ups Gmail storage space

gmailGoogle is increasing the amount of storage it provides as part of its Gmail service.

Rob Siemborski, an engineer on Google’s webmail service, made the announcement on the company’s official Gmail blog.

Google originally started increasing Gmail’s storage in April 2005 as part of the company’s Infinity+1 storage plan. Siemborski:

At that time, we realised we’d never reach infinity, but we promised to keep giving Gmail users more space as we were able. That said, a few of you are using Gmail so much that you’re running out of space, so to make good on our promise, we are speeding up our counter and giving out more free storage.


Google Sponsors Improvements to FreeBSD

Google Sponsors Improvements to FreeBSD’s Performance Measurement Toolkit

Google BSD SearchRecently, Google sponsored the development of an oft requested enhancement to FreeBSD’s PmcTools: that of capturing the call chains leading to “hot” locations in the code. Call chains provide additional insight into the behavior of the system; in addition to determining the “hot” locations in the code, developers gain insight into why these locations became “hot” in the first place.

HWPMC and associated userland tools have been invaluable to the FreeBSD community in improving the scalability and performance of the upcoming FreeBSD 7 release. Kris Kennaway of the FreeBSD Project notes that

hwpmc is one of our most powerful tools for measuring and understanding CPU performance on FreeBSD. Support for profiling of call graphs was an important missing piece that will simplify the ability of developers to analyze performance bottlenecks in the kernel and in application code.

More on the Google Code Blog.

3rd pfSense hackaton this weekend

pfsense.gifThe third annual pfSense Hackathon starts this coming weekend through the following weekend, in Louisville, KY US. Two developers (Holger and Seth) will be coming in from Europe, as well as Bill from the Chicago area, Gary with Centipede Networks from Tulsa, and Scott and I who both live in Louisville.

This is the longest hackathon yet, at 8 days from start to finish time.

If you’re interested, have a look at the ideas page with a list of things that may/may not be worked on. If you know of something you’d like to see, please contact Chris and it may get added to the list.

For contact details and more details, read the full post here.

FreeBSD Google Summer of Code

A few weeks ago the Google Summer

of Code finished. This is the update from FreeBSD with regards to the FBSD projects:

“The FreeBSD Project is proud to have taken part in the Google

Summer of Code 2007. We received more high quality applications this year than ever before. In the end it was a very tough decision to narrow it down to the

25 students selected for funding by Google. These student projects included security research, improved installation tools, new utilities, and more. Many of

the students have continued working on their FreeBSD projects even after the official close of the program.

We are happy to report that all students made

some progress towards their goals for the summer, and the 22 students listed below completed the program successfully.

Information about the student

projects is available from our Summer of Code wiki and all of the code is checked into Perforce. The

summaries below were submitted by the individual students and their mentors with minor editing for consistency.”

href="">These are the FBSD 2007 Summer of Code projects (Project, Student, Mentor, Summary of


FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report (Q3/2007)

This report covers FreeBSD related projects between July and October 2007. The sixth EuroBSDCon was held in Denmark in September. The Google Summer of Code project came to a close and lots of participants are working getting their code merged back into FreeBSD. (link to FBSD update on GSoC here).

The bugs in the FreeBSD HEAD branch are being shaked out and it is being prepared for the FreeBSD 7 branching. If your are curious about what’s new in FreeBSD 7.0 we suggest reading Ivan Voras’ excellent summary here .

Thanks to all the reporters for the excellent work! We hope you enjoy reading.

Read the whole report here

Desktop FreeBSD Series

A few years ago, Ed Hurst, an Associate Editor of Open for Business, began what would become an extremely popular series of articles on getting started with desktop BSD (i.e. FreeBSD on the desktop, not DesktopBSD ;-) Because of the continuing popularity of this series, Ed had revised the articles to apply to the latest and greatest versions of FreeBSD.

This series is very useful if you want to lear how FreeBSD works if you want to get your feet wet and set up a Desktop BSD system by installing FreeBSD and configuring it to your (desktop) needs, instead of installing PC-BSD or DesktopBSD.

Previous article in this series are:

He has now written the eighth delivery “Updating the core systems“:

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A basic FreeBSD server install

Yesterday we wrote about Penguin Pete installing FreeBSD from scrach. Today I have a link to Greg’s (Sparks, Nevada) blog who shows step-by-step (with screenshots) how to install FreeBSD:

When it comes to servers, I have always preferred FreeBSD as my operating system of choice. Maybe it’s the cute mascot, maybe it’s the amazing stability it offers, maybe it’s just what I’m used to, but I love it! In this article, I’ll discuss how to set up a very basic, bare-bones FreeBSD server installation.

The first thing you need, obviously, is FreeBSD itself! FreeBSD is free, open-source software licensed under the BSD License. You can obtain a copy at I will be using the version 6-2-RELEASE boot-only ISO. This ISO will boot into the FreeBSD kernel and start the sysinstall utility. A direct link is available here: You can choose to use the full ISOs available in the same directory on the FTP site. Go ahead and burn your ISO(s) using whichever software you prefer and boot the computer with the CD.

Read the post here