TrueBSD – ever heard of it?

TrueBSD LogoRecently I came across a fairly new project called TrueBSD, a FreeBSD LiveCD based on XFCE.

There’s not a great deal of information on the TrueBSD website as to what the goals of the project are, how their project differs from FreeSBIE (another FreeSBIE Live CD based on XFCE), if they’re planning to branch off etc etc etc. This is all the info on the frontpage:

“TrueBSD is a LiveCD operating system based on FreeBSD with many useful applications. All oen programs will keep working even when you eject LiveCD (using command cdcontrol eject) in order to get some data from your own CDs. Just don’t forget to insert the LiveCD again before starting any other programs. TrueBSD is distributed under BSD license, but some of the included software can be covered by some other license..

I have emailed the lead developer about a month ago for more information and background regarding TrueBSD, but all I received back was an email saying he doesn’t speak English. I’ve also tried to contact other members of the team, but, unfortunately, no reply (as yet).

So, the main reason for trying to contact members of the TrueBSD team was to find out some more background info and to see if I should track them on this blog etc.

Does any of you guys you know anything about this project? If, so it would be great if you could drop me a line.

FreeBSD 7.0-BETA2 available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of FreeBSD 7.0-BETA2:

The 7.0-BETA2 builds have completed and are on many of the FreeBSD mirror sites. If you want to update an existing machine using cvsup, use RELENG_7 as the branch tag. Instructions on using FreeBSD Update to perform a binary upgrade from FreeBSD 6.x to 7.0-BETA2 will be provided via the freebsd-stable list when available.

On a related note, the first beta build of FreeBSD 6.3 has also been released:

The 6.3-BETA1 builds got delayed a bit by a last minute MFC (Merged From -Current) causing some undesired ABI breakage. That has been fixed and the 6.3-BETA1 builds for amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 have completed.

BSDStats numbers (Oct 2007)

These are the final figures from for October 2007 showing the use of *BSD operating systems:

  • PC-BSD 7554 (54.2%)
  • FreeBSD 5614 (40.3%)
  • DesktopBSD 554 (4.0%)
  • NetBSD 111 (0.8%)
  • OpenBSD 71 (0.5%)
  • DragonFlyBSD 21 (0.2%)
  • MirBSD 7 (0.1%)
  • MidnightBSD 6 (0.0%)
  • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 2 (0.0%)

PC-BSD is #1 for a few months now, but that can be explained since bsdstats pinging is on by default. I’m pretty sure there are many more FreeBSD servers out there, but without the BSDstats port installed. This port can be installed from /usr/ports/sysutils/bsdstats/

Spread the word about this port and install it on your own PC/Server (the pinging is done anonymously).

The BSD Community must be a lot bigger than 13,940 PCs/Servers ;-) Let’s prove how strong the *BSD community is.

BSD, the more Unix-like OS

This is an interesting blog post looking at the BSD as a viable alternative to Linux. The BSDs are less hyped and are in some areas superior to Linux:

“The BSDs have been around for a long time – longer than Linux. But they have received much less attention than Linux in the press because they have fewer noisy supporters. Nevertheless, they continue to thrive, because of their similarities to, and differences from, Linux. Like Linux, the BSDs are free, fast and have a variety of software available for them. In addition, BSD kernels tend to be more stable than Linux kernels, BSDs run on a wider variety of hardware and have fewer security issues.

But where the BSDs tend to really shine is in networking. TCP/IP speed tests run on identical hardware often show the BSDs to be faster than Linux. While the Linux community has focused on enabling Linux to use more esoteric hardware, the BSD community has worked on making the network infrastructure faster and easier to extend. This has caused a number of network hardware vendors to use customized versions of BSDs, particularly NetBSD, as the internal operating systems of their commercial products.

As the lesser-known players in the free operating system market, the BSD development groups have had more opportunity to work on the core of their products. FreeBSD has the largest market of the BSDs and gets the most development interest. NetBSD runs on an incredible variety of CPUs, including some systems that leave even the fastest Intel chips in the dust. OpenBSD’s main focus is security, and it attracts developers for whom that is the main concern.

It is well known that many large Internet service providers use one of the BSDs (FreeBSD) to run their production mail and Web servers. It is common to find BSD-based Internet servers that have not crashed or been rebooted in years.

… any shop that is considering Linux should also take a look at the BSDs, particularly if they want stability and less excitement in their operating system.”

Source: (01/11/2007)

DesktopBSD Day 1

Jan Stedehouder has been reviewing PC-BSD for 30 days in September. Now (November) he’s using DesktopBSD for 30 days and writing about his experience on his blog:

  1. DesktopBSD Day 1 – Getting Started (part 1)
  2. DesktopBSD Day 1 – Getting Started (part 2)

The PC-BSD series was well written, balanced and fair. The PC-BSD has been following the series with great interest and have taken the feedback and suggestions to heart. I’m sure the DesktopBSD team will do the same.

A new day, a new month and a new challenge. For the next thirty days I will again plunge into the world of *BSD, this time using DesktopBSD. This is the second “30 days” series. For those who are interested, the first series was about PC-BSD and can be found here. My aim is to write everyday about my experiences with DesktopBSD, the pros and cons, the good and the bad, the smart and the stupid.

FreeNAS 0.686b1 Released

FreeNASToday the release of FreeNAS 0.686b1 has been anounced via the mailinglist. Version o.685RC2 has been skipped because all its improvements and fixes are also included in 0.686b1.

Download here

Majors changes:

  • Upgrade fusefs-ntfs to 1.1004.
  • Upgrade lighttpd to 1.4.18.
  • Upgrade netbsd-iscsi (iscsi-target) to 20070925.
  • Refactor GEOM-Eli implementation + WebGUI. Now it is possible to add existing encrypted disks and change passwords for a encrypted disk.
  • Improve device detection for configuration storage when booting from LiveCD.
  • Update zoneinfo files.
  • Add ‘System/Packages’ WebGUI page to administrate packages (only available in ‘full’ install mode).
  • Add LDAP Authentication.
  • Add email status report.
  • Add ‘Status/Report’ WebGUI page to administrate email status report.
  • Upgrade iSCSI Target to version 20070925.
  • Update ‘iSCSI Target’ WebGUI + services. Now it is possible to expand existing targets and define RAID0 and RAID1 devices. It is also possible to use disk devices as extents.
  • Refactor complete user/group management (code, services & WebGUI).
  • Add scheduled reboot feature.
  • Add ‘System/Advanced/Cron’ WebGUI to administrate additional cron jobs.

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No more TextMaker for FreeBSD

According to SoftMaker president Martin Kotulla, the only commercial word processor available as a native FreeBSD application, TextMaker, will no longer support that platform as of the upcoming 2008 edition. There will of course be a Windows edition, and a native Linux edition (which should be able to run through the Linux binary compatibility software in FreeBSD), but the FreeBSD edition will not grow beyond TextMaker (and the full SoftMaker Office suite) 2006 unless there is more demand from FreeBSD users, and the operating system itself becomes easier to develop for.

TextMaker has been around in one form or another for almost 20 years, but the native FreeBSD port did not exist until shortly after the release of TextMaker 2002 when some FreeBSD users requested it. At the time, Kotulla publicly said that only two lines of the TextMaker code had to be changed in order to compile the source code for FreeBSD. Since then, so much has changed in both the SoftMaker Office code and the FreeBSD base system that the simplicity of a native port has been erased.

Source (29/10/2007)

meetBSD 2007 Conference, Warshaw

meetBSD is the biggest and the best technical conference in Poland devoted to open source solutions based on BSD systems
The meetBSD 2007 conference will take place in Warsaw from November 17th to 18th.

meetBSD is a periodic conference devoted to UNIX like operating systems with a strong emphasis towards BSD family, open source projects and people connected to them. The main principle of meetBSD is its strict technical character and high level of lectures. The conference is dedicated to BSD professionals as well as to people that would like to start their adventure in the “really free” world of BSD.

High level of lectures is being appreciated by both participants and organizers. Year by year meetBSD is getting bigger and more popular – also abroad. Organizers try to exploit that fact and that is the main reason for having more and more guests from foreign countries. Thanks to this participants have a chance of getting acquainted with the ideas, projects and people being directly involved in the development process of BSD.

As for now the following lecturers from abroad announced their presence:

  • Brooks Davis, FreeBSD Core Team member, (USA)
  • Christian Brueffer, FreeBSD committer, (Germany)
  • Philip Paeps, FreeBSD committer, (Belgia)
  • Matt Olander, iXsystems, (USA)
  • Kris Kennaway, FreeBSD committer, (Australia)

Lecturers from Poland:

  • Pawe? Jakub Dawidek, FreeBSD committer, (Warszawa)
  • Dominik Hamera, Jakub Klausa (Wroclaw)
  • Adam Bartman, Rafa? Grzebyk (Wroclaw)
  • Rafa? Jaworowski (Krakow)
  • Slawek Zak (Warszawa)
  • Jan Srzednicki (Krakow)

It is advised that you register as soon as possible if you’re interested since the number of participants is limited. In previous years all tickets were sold out before the official registration deadline!

For more details and registration please visit