13th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies

FAST ’15, also known as File and Storage Technologies, is currently here at Santa Clara, CA. Kirk McKusick will be giving a keynote presentation on BSD.


Join us in Santa Clara, CA, February 16–19, 2015, for the 13th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies. FAST ’15 brings together storage-system researchers and practitioners to explore new directions in the design, implementation, evaluation, and deployment of storage systems.

The FAST ’15 Keynote Address, “A Brief History of the BSD Fast Filesystem,” will be given by Dr. Marshall Kirk McKusick. The 3-day technical sessions program also includes Work-in-Progress (WiP) reports; two Poster sessions; the SNIA Industry Track, and 28 refereed paper presentations, on topics including:

  • Scaling for Future Systems
  • Big Systems
  • Write-Optimized File Systems
  • Benchmarking and Workloads
  • Mobile and Social-Networking Systems

FAST ’15 also offers in-depth training in the latest techniques, effective tools, and best strategies. The four half-day sessions will focus on software-defined storage, cluster-based parallel storage system technologies, flash memory, and Hadoop. Check out the full training program and register soon to guarantee your first choice—seating is limited.

Find out more here: https://www.usenix.org/conference/fast15

Getting to know the pkg audit command on PC-BSD and FreeBSD

This guide by linuxbsdos will help you get familiar with the pkg audit command available on PC-BSD and FreeBSD.

pkg auditIf you’re new to FreeBSD and PC-BSD, you might not yet be aware of all their package manager’s many commands. Nobody expects you to, at least not initially.

Pkg is that package manager and one of the its many commands I think you should get to know asap is the audit command. It’s used to audit installed packages against known vulnerabilities. I could be wrong, but I don’t think your favorite Linux distribution’s package manager has an equivalent command.

The command is very simple. Just pass the -F flag to pkg audit and it will output installed packages with outstanding vulnerabilities. By running pkg audit -F on a fresh installation of PC-BSD 10.1 KDE, for example, it reported the following vulnerable packages.

Full article: http://www.linuxbsdos.com/2015/02/08/getting-to-know-the-pkg-audit-command-on-pc-bsd-and-freebsd/

How To Install and Configure OSSEC on FreeBSD 10.1

This tutorial by finid shows us how to get OSSEC running on FreeSBD 10.1.

ossec-hidsOSSEC is an open source, host-based intrusion detection system (HIDS) that performs log analysis, integrity checking, Windows registry monitoring, rootkit detection, time-based alerting, and active response.

It’s one of the most important security applications you could install on your server and it can be used to monitor one machine or thousands in a client/server or agent/server fashion. If properly configured, OSSEC can give you a view into what’s happening on your server via email alerts to any number of configured email addresses.

This tutorial will show you how to install and configure OSSEC to monitor a DigitalOcean Droplet running FreeBSD 10.1. In addition to OSSEC’s default rulesets for user access and integrity checking, we will configure additional rules so that if a file is modified or added to the system, OSSEC will notify you by email.

Full tutorial: https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-install-and-configure-ossec-on-freebsd-10-1

[FreeBSD] How to Install FreeBSD OS, Step by step guide using a virtual machine

This guide by InfySim shows us how to get FreeBSD set up in a virtual machine.

Take a deep breathe and be sure that you have at least an hour of time.
We have to go a long way towards an important step.

Before going into any administration or any driver development guide, you must know how to install FreeBSD and configure it.

Just to stay in the safe side I will take the help of Virtualization software to install the FreeBSD OS.

So here goes the details about what all things you have to be with you before we start:
1.) FreeBSD OS ISO image or a DVD containing the bootable FreeBSD OS.
2.) A virtualization software
3.) A Host PC
4.) Enough time and confidence

View the full tutorial: http://www.infysim.org/2015/02/how-to-install-freebsd-os-step-by-step-guide-using-a-virtual-machine.html

Fed up with systemd and Linux? Why not try PC-BSD?

The folks at iTWire spoke to PC-BSD developer Kris Moore about his project and what Linux users can expect from it.

With the growing adoption of systemd, dissatisfaction with Linux has reached proportions not seen in recent years, to the extent that people have started talking of switching to FreeBSD.

Talk is all very well as a means of making a threat, but how difficult is it to actually make the move? Has Linux moved so far ahead that switching systems will mean one has to do without many applications that one has gotten used to?

iTWire spoke to Kris Moore, one of those deeply involved with the PC-BSD project. Moore also works with iXsystems, a company that sells hardware loaded with FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

Moore said initially there should be an understanding of what PC-BSD actually was. “First of all, I’m going to reference PC-BSD a lot here, but you need to understand that PC-BSD isn’t a fork per se, it’s just vanilla FreeBSD kernel/world with some unique installation options and a slew of graphical or command-line utilities to make FreeBSD on the desktop ‘easy’,” he said.

Full article: http://www.itwire.com/business-it-news/open-source/66900-fed-up-with-systemd-and-linux

BSDNow.TV – Episode 075: From the Foundation (Part 1)

This week on the show, we’ll be starting a two-part series detailing the activities of various BSD foundations. Ed Maste from the FreeBSD foundation will be joining us this time, and we’ll talk about what all they’ve been up to lately. All this week’s news and answers to viewer-submitted questions, coming up on BSD Now – the place to B.. SD.


FreeBSD Unix Show Mounted File Systems

This tutorial by shows us how to show mounted file systems in FreeBSD.

I recently switched from MS-Windows server to a FreeBSD Unix server. How can I see list of mounted file systems on a FreeBSD based Unix server using command line options?

Tutorial details
Difficulty Easy (rss)
Root privileges No
Requirements FreeBSD
Estimated completion time 1m

The command to view mounted files systems, to mount or add any local devices such USB,DVD/CD or remote file systems such asNFS, SAMBA shares or files is the mount command on a FreeBSD operating systems.

How can I list mounted local and remote file systems?

This will list mounted remote and local file systems, run:
$ mount
Sample outputs:

/dev/ada0p2 on / (ufs, local, journaled soft-updates)
devfs on /dev (devfs, local, multilabel) on /mnt/nfs (nfs)

The first field displays the special device such as /dev/ada0p2 or remote file system such as mounted on second field. The second field is the mount point for the file system displayed in the first field. Adding the -v flag will add IDs too:
$ mount -v

Check out the full tutorial: http://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/freebsd-unix-show-mounted-file-systems/

PC-BSD 10.1.1-RELEASE available

pc-bsd_logoThe Moore brothers are proud to announce PC-BSD 10.1.1-RELEASE.

PC-BSD 10.1.1 notable Changes

* Brand new system updater which supports automatic background updating of the system
* Many improvements to boot-environments and GRUB support for a wider
variety of setups
* Support for installation to a specific GPT partition and GPT
dual-booting improvements
* Conversion to Qt5 for all desktop utilities
* Fixes to using dtrace when booted from GRUB
* Re-write of Mount Tray utility, improves mounting of external media
* Support for full-disk encryption (without an unencrypted /boot) using
* More packages available for installation from DVD/USB/CD images via
“PC-BSD roles“
* New OVA files for virtual machines
* Misc bugfixes and improvements to utilities
* GNOME 3.14.1
* Cinnamon 2.4.2
* Lumina desktop 0.8.1
* Chromium 39.0.2171.95
* Firefox 35.0
* NVIDIA Driver 340.65
* Pkg 1.4.4

Download ISO/image: http://www.pcbsd.org/en/download.html

Announcement: http://blog.pcbsd.org/2015/02/1810/

[FreeBSD-Announce] Changes to the FreeBSD Support Model


Changes to the FreeBSD Support Model

Over the past several months, the teams responsible for supporting the
FreeBSD operating system discussed the current support model, and how
that model can be improved to provide better support for FreeBSD users
and consumers.

The changes below greatly improve FreeBSD support, reduce turnaround time
for Errata Notices and Security Advisories, provide consistency between
binary package sets and the underlying FreeBSD base system version, and
reduce the amount of time before new features are included in the official
FreeBSD binary package sets.

Changes Proposed in a New FreeBSD Support Model

The proposed changes include:

– Moving from a point release-based support model to a set of releases
from a branch with a guaranteed support lifetime.

– Resolving our arbitrary (and unofficial) 5-year branch lifetime
guarantee. The support policy is that the stable/X branch will be
supported for 5 years (minimum) from the point X.0-RELEASE is released.
We now guarantee a 5-year lifetime on the branch, regardless of how many
releases are built from the branch. Additionally, a “last minute”
release from the stable/X branch does not constitute expanding the support
lifetime for the branch as a whole for an additional two years.

– The Security Officer or Ports Management Team may extend support for any
individual numbered release or branch at their discretion, in
exceptional cases.

– A new stable/ branch release will not occur before two years after the
X.0-RELEASE from the prior branch. This limits the number of
simultaneous supported branches, which will greatly reduce the overall
number of branches that must be maintained and build-tested for
Security Advisories and Errata Notices, reducing turnaround time.

– Each new release from the stable/X branch deprecates the previous
release on the branch, providing a three-month window within which
consumers are urged to upgrade to the latest release. During this
three-month window, Security Advisories and Errata Notices will still
be issued for the previous release, as necessary.

Full announcement: https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/2015-February/001624.html