FreeBSD Support Re-Affirmed by Ground Labs Across Entire Security Product Range

Ground Labs, a “security software company dedicated to making sensitive data discovery products that help organisations prevent sensitive data loss,” has announced their continued support for FreeBSD with the next major release of Enterprise Recon.

GroundLabs“FreeBSD is a solid platform for mail servers, web servers, firewalls, and other critical network systems. These platforms handle high volumes of sensitive data secure and require a data centric security approach,” said Stephen Cavey, the Director of Corporate Development for Ground Labs. “There is a common theme of security and robustness between FreeBSD and our software, which is why we believe FreeBSD support is a natural fit for our entire product portfolio.”

Ground Labs security software products, Card Recon, Enterprise Recon and Data Recon, are supported on a total of seven operating systems: Windows, Mac OSX, Linux, Solaris, AIX, HPUX and FreeBSD.

Since 2010 when FreeBSD support was first available, upgraded versions of Card Recon and Enterprise Recon have been released, which also offer support for the platform. In addition, Data Recon, a product designed for global privacy and data security laws, has been launched with immediate support for FreeBSD enabling detection of 95 different types of sensitive data…..

Check out the full announcement here:

KDE Frameworks 5.6.0 Released: More Libraries Now Work On FreeBSD

klogo-official-crystal-3000x3000Ahead of KDE Plasma 5.2 due out later this month is the release of KDE Frameworks 5.6.0.

Version 5.6.0 of KDE Frameworks, the KDE libraries added on top of Qt5, is another monthly update. KDE Frameworks 5.6.0 has some fixes for building on FreeBSD of the various libraries, KIO has support for .hidden files, fixed builds for various libraries when using MSVC (Microsoft Visual C), Solid supports fstab and UPower back-ends now on FreeBSD, and various other changes.

The full list of KDE Frameworks 5.6.0 changes can be found via the announcement.

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FreeBSD Finishes Switching Over To GNOME 3.x

Gnomelogo.svgFreeBSD GNOME developers have had various GNOME 3.x components in the FreeBSD Ports repository for months, and with GNOME 2.x now being decommissioned by this BSD operating system, the GNOME3 X11 desktop has replaced GNOME2 on the DVD install media script.

With this change made on Thursday, “Switch to x11/gnome3 now that x11/gnome2 no longer exists in the ports tree.” This change is to the script of FreeBSD for including the x11/gnome3 packages on the FreeBSD DVD when generating new ISOs. KDE 4.x remains present as part of the DVD packages. Since November, the GNOME 2 desktop has been removed from FreeBSD Ports.

The GNOME3 support in FreeBSD is currently at GNOME 3.14.2 via the x11/gnome3 ports package. More information on the state of GNOME for FreeBSD can be found via the project’s Wiki. While not part of the install media, MATE is available on FreeBSD 10.x for those wishing to continue having a GNOME2-like desktop.

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Configuring X forwarding between BSD and Windows

This tutorial by grundlig shows us how to configure X forwarding between BSD and Windows.

On Unix systems, windowing systems are an optional component. There are numerous window systems but the most prevalent, as I understand it, is X. It’s a networked client/server model, where the machine with the display and input devices is called the server, and the machine running windowed apps against this server is the client. This is backwards from how you typically think about clients and servers, i.e. servers are usually headless and clients are usually responsible for rendering data from servers and translating input.

I usually interact with my BSD machine from my Windows laptop using PuTTY. But running Emacs in a terminal window is sometimes hard on the eyes, it’s hard to get good fonts, color schemes, etc. I wanted to see if I could launch Emacs from PuTTY but have it render its UI over the X protocol on my Windows laptop. This was harder than I thought, and I didn’t find any step-by-step tutorial to help me troubleshoot, so here’s an account of what worked for me. Note that I started from a relatively clean install of FreeBSD 10.1, with only sshd and some basic packages installed.

Check out the tutorial with full instructions here:

FreeBSD 10 Mariadb Server Install Command

This short tutorial by nixCraft shows us how to install Mariadb on FreeBSD 10.

Fig.01: FreeBSD 10 Mariadb Server Install CommandType the following command to install MariaDB v5.5 on a FreeBSD 10 server or VPS/cloud server:

cd /usr/ports/databases/mariadb-server/ && make install clean
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pkg install databases/mariadb55-server


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Nginx Reverse Proxy and Golang Setup on FreeBSD


  • Basic knowledge of UNIX.
  • FreeBSD x64 with Nginx installed.

Install Tools

You will need several programs that are not shipped with FreeBSD. Run the following command to install them:

pkg install nano wget git mercurial bzr

Download and Install Golang

Download golang by running the following set of commands:

cd /tmp
tar -C /usr/local -xzf go1.3.3.freebsd-amd64.tar.gz

Check out the full instructions here:

2015 special FreeBSD pillow offer

The folks at Linux Pillow would like to extend this special offer on their custom made FreeBSD Daemon pillow. A 10% discount will be applied if you order by the end of January.

We wish you a happy new year, with a special offer. The unique handmade FreeBSD pillow can be yours with a 10% discount.
The offer applies to both FreeBSD pillow and half FreeBSD pillow, and is valid until the end of January.

50×70 cm or 40×40 cm,
– stitched by hand on a canvas attached on a handmade zippered pillow case,
– pillow case black at front and red at the back,
– made upon order request

Buy your own FreeBSD pillow by contact us

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How To Install Apache, MySQL, PHP stack on FreeBSD Unix Server

I’m a new FreeBSD Unix system users. How can I setup and install Apache, MySQL, PHP stack on a FreeBSD 10 based Unix server?

FAMP stack is nothing but group of source software to run php based apps. Our sample setup includes:

Tutorial details
Difficulty Easy (rss)
Root privileges Yes
Requirements FreeBSD v10+
Estimated completion time 20m
  1. FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE amd64
  2. Apache v2.4
  3. PHP v5.6
  4. MySQL v5.6

This tutorial explains how to install and configure FAMP stack.

Update your ports

Like always make sure everything is up to date before starting. I like to do:
# portsnap fetch update && portupgrade -a

Check out the full instructions here: