I’ve configured and maintained over 100 UNIX-based servers over the years starting with Slackware Linux 2.0 back in 1995. Over all course of all the deployments I’ve become very biased about my operating systems. Linux clearly has a solid lead with desktop applications, but for server deployments and maintainability, I believe firmly in FreeBSD….
I’m not going to get into all of the other reasons I prefer using UNIX, because there are too many, but specifically for FreeBSD, these small things add up to big savings in administration time and less headaches. I try not to get too focused on one specific technology when evaluating an operating system. I try more to look specifically at where the savings are for me. I simply want the operating system to support what I’m trying to do in the least amount of time feasible and I believe FreeBSD does that for me. If you’re pragmatic and functional and are willing to learn a little UNIX, I highly recommend giving FreeBSD a try as your server operating system.
The great news is unionfs will be enabled by default, like in FreeSBIE-1.x.
The only caveat is: will it be stable enough? I know Hiroki SATO committed some fixes to it to HEAD just after the “approval lock” on HEAD was removed, and it may be a good idea to backport them to RELENG_7, so that users gain a better FreeSBIE experience. Time will tell.
Matteo’s original post here
What do you think about creating a FreeBSD magazine? Waste of time? Perfect niche?
Kasia is thinking of starting a magazine devoted to FreeBSD. What do you think? Leave your feedback here
We have just decided to open and enter the American market a new – totally devoted to FreeBSD magazine.
To meet your expectation, I would like to invite you to active cooperation in creating new magazine.
What about the profil of magazine? Have you got any special themes, you would like to read about?
What do you think about regular sections such as:
- What’s new (about latest-released FreeBSD-related products, applications)
- Get started! (theory through practice! – that is how to install, configure and work with different FreeBSD-baced programs, applications)
- mms (Multimedia Section)
- Tips & Trics
- Let’s Talk
Another interesting post from Penguin Pete: “The BSD Community Compared to the Linux Community”:
“I’ll tell you the number one thing right off that I like better about BSD than Linux: the peace and quiet.
An amazing experience occurred when I began to run BSD. It was a Jedi event. I was jolted by something that suddenly stopped when I started BSD, something I hadn’t been aware of until it was gone. I experienced a great calming in The Force; as if a million screaming voices suddenly shut up!
Here is the story of two free Unix systems. BSD, at this time, is about twice Linux’s age. Many of the same programs will run on both. Much of the same kind of person who likes one should like the other. Yet on Linux’s side of the fence, there is this massive war going on; while on BSD’s side, you can step out on your porch at night and hear nothing but crickets.
Nobody is preaching that BSD has to do this, this, and this to suit some agenda.
Nobody is threatening to tar and feather the BSD users for being elitists.
Microsoft isn’t shaking any clubs at BSD and threatening to sue it for millions of patent violations.
Nobody is snapping up BSD distros in patent-protection racket deals.
Pundits are not shrieking about what BSD has to do to “make it on the desktop”.
Nobody’s threatening to blackball me out of the community if I don’t give them all my money to advertise BSD with.
Nobody’s gaming Distrowatch to try to get BSD distro A ranked above BSD distro B.
Nobody is wringing their hands about how to dumb BSD down, make it suitable for idiots, or turn it into I-Cant-Believe-Its-Not-Windows.
SCO isn’t suing over BSD.
Amazing, isn’t it?
Carry on reading here
AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in March of 2008. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin and MacOS X. AsiaBSDCon is a technical conference and aims to collect the best technical papers and presentations available to ensure that the latest developments in our open source community are shared with the widest possible audience.
AsiaBSDCon 2008 – Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan – 27-30 March, 2008
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 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’s Performance Measurement Toolkit
Recently, 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.