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
After been using the CheckPoint safe@office in a live environment for almost two month I have now decided to go back to using my homebuilt pfSense firewall.
Both firewalls have pros and cons. For me the pros of the pfSense made it for me. The biggest pros of the pfSense is definitely the speed. Even if both firewalls are able to deliver around 100 mbit/s throughput, the CheckPoint has some nasty lags sometimes, and drops the connections sometimes to IRC, MSN, ICQ and also webdownloads. Even thou I made a rule to allow all those protocols. Anyway, the biggest pros of the CheckPoint is without a doubt it’s power consumption, heat and sound level. It has a power consumption of about 15-20W compared to my pfSense which is about 60W. No heat or whatsoever from the CheckPoint either. And it makes NO sound at all, it’s fanless.
Whole article here (cyberinfo.se – 06/10/2009)
pfSense is also mentioned at the bottom of the “Enterprises cut costs with open-source routers” article on news.idg.no
Still, as some may have noticed, I have been able to work on some smaller improvements within the last few months. I now have the impression that everything is in order for a release 1.7, also considering that FreeBSD 7.2 has been released this week and should make a stable base system.
Therefore, I would like to release 1.7 as soon as I have some time on my hands. I would appreciate any comments on the recent snapshots (both i386 and amd64) from May 2nd. You can get them from here, as always:
Please understand that there is no room for larger changes such as KDE 4, new features or major bugfixes (unless critical).
This is a presentation by George Dafernos at the Oekonux Conference (Manchester 2009). Some interesting statistics with regards to FreeBSD developers, releases, productivity etc etc.
Download here (PDF)
FreeBSD’s jails technology has been updated with an interesting new feature:
Add hierarchical jails. A jail may further virtualize its environment by creating a child jail, which is visible to that jail and to any parent jails. Child jails may be restricted more than their parents, but never less. Jail names reflect this hierarchy, being MIB-style dot-separated strings.
PC-BSD ships with the KDE 4 desktop. The following desktop environments can easily be installed as PBI:
Download from here