Creating Custom Packages on FreeBSD / Setting Up a Package Mirror on FreeBSD

These short tutorials by show us how to create custom packages on FreeBSD, as well as set up a package mirror.

Creating Custom Packages on FreeBSD

…we are going to cover how to build pkg(8) (pkgng) packages away from the FreeBSD ports tree. This is useful for external/private repositories (mostly bigger ones or generally fast-moving) or non-conventional ports like database content or even system updates. pkg(8) itself provides the essential pkg-create(8) tool, as well as pkg-query(8), which we will use to generate embedded dependencies.


Setting Up a Package Mirror on FreeBSD

…we’ll look briefly into how to setup a pkg(8) mirror on FreeBSD. Essentially, we’ll only need a bunch of binary packages for the mirror, pkg-create(8), a running HTTP server and a configuration file for the new mirror on your target system. You must know how to build packages for your target system — if that is the case you are ready to dive in.


Running FreeBSD on Hyper-v

This article by Kylie Liang shows us how to get the latest version of FreeBSD up and running on Microsoft’s Hyper-v.

hyper-v_vps_hostingHyper-V supports both emulated and Hyper-V-specific devices for Linux and FreeBSD virtual machines. When running with emulated devices, no additional software is required to be installed. However emulated devices do not provide high performance and cannot leverage the rich virtual machine management infrastructure that the Hyper-V technology offers. In order to make full use of all benefits that Hyper-V provides, it is best to use Hyper-V-specific devices for Linux and FreeBSD. The collection of drivers that are required to run Hyper-V-specific devices are known as Linux Integration Services (LIS) or FreeBSD Integration Services (BIS).

Microsoft has worked with the FreeBSD community to contribute those BIS synthetic device drivers as well as corresponding daemons to FreeBSD 10.0. Furthermore, Microsoft is improving networking and storage performance running on Hyper-v and enriching functionalities, such as live backup VM. As for detailed feature description, refer to

In addition, Microsoft provides ports that contain the installable BIS drivers and corresponding daemons for older FreeBSD releases 9.x and 8.4.

This article will provide instructions on how to bring up latest FreeBSD 10.1 image on Hyper-v and use FreeBSD 9.3 as an example to highlight networking configuration and ports installation.

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The FreeBSD Foundation December 2014 Newsletter


Welcome to our December 2014 Semi-Annual Newsletter!

As 2014 comes to an end, we wanted to share with you what we did this year to support the FreeBSD Project and community.

In this issue, you’ll get a summary of all the FreeBSD development work we’ve supported; highlights of all the conferences that we sponsored and attended; plans for the FreeBSD Journal in 2015; another great testimonial from a commercial user; and our Q1-Q3 financial reports. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention my favorite part of our semi-annual newsletter, the insightful and always inspirational letter from our president and founder, Justin Gibbs.

Sit back, grab something to snack on, and get ready to be inspired by what people are doing to make this a better world.

Deb Goodkin
Executive Director
The FreeBSD Foundation

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You should be running a pfSense firewall

Paul Venezia,, wrote this article about the “fast and feature rich, free and open source” firewall, pfSense, and why it may be the best one.

pfsenseThose of us who work in the depths of high technology are not immune to the age-old adage of the shoemaker’s children having no shoes. We probably have the most technologically advanced homes of anyone we know, but we also tend to leave various items alone if they’re not causing problems. After all, that’s what we deal with at work. Who needs to saddle themselves with network upgrade projects at home when nothing’s broken?

That’s how your home winds up with a circa 2001 “small”-form-factor Dell GX110 as a firewall, running an oldish version of IPCop, booting from a CompactFlash card, dutifully whirring away for 12 years. I finally decided to put it out to pasture a few weeks ago.

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Get started with FreeBSD: A brief intro for Linux users

This article by Paul Venezia,, shows us how to get started on FreeBSD, for the Linux user.

equations on chalkboard 87173350Among the legions of Linux users and admins, there seems to be a sort of passive curiosity about FreeBSD and other *BSDs. Like commuters on a packed train, they gaze out at a less crowded, vaguely mysterious train heading in a slightly different direction and wonder what traveling on that train might be like — for a moment. The few who cross over find themselves in a place that is equal parts familiar and foreign. And the strange parts can be scary.

For those who’ve known only Linux, FreeBSD has places of darkness and confusion. But if you know what they are going in, it’s easy enough to get past them. I’ve been a BSD guy since the heady days of BSDi and SunOS, so let me give you a brief introduction. You might be surprised at how much you like it.

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Steam Gaming On PC-BSD

pcbsdThis is a how to video to show you how to get steam up and running on your PC-BSD based system. You must have a NVIDIA video card for this to work. Wine can still run steam with AMD / Intel graphics, but your game success rate will be terrible.


1: Download the latest Wine stable version in AppCafe
2: Run Wine Configuration from your DE’s search box
3: Apply the “dwrite” fix as shown in the video and apply it to global settings
4: Check /boot/loader.conf to see if the ZFS memory fix is in place
5: If you have to add the line to /boot/loader.conf you must run: sudo grub-mkconfig -o /boot/grub/grub.cfg
6: Apply the Nvidia / Wine patch: sudo sh /usr/local/share/wine/
7: Download and install the steam install for windows
8: Open steam and be sure to turn off the in game overlay in settings
9: Download your favorite game and have fun!


This blog post by

openBSDOpenBSD and FreeBSD are both great OS that I admire and use. OpenBSD is considered more secure since it is its main goal, but FreeBSD can be tweaked to be pretty well hardened as well. Depending on the forums or to who we ask, we will have different opinions. But what are the facts? Which OS is more secure and why?

I am not asking the question about which one is globally better, as “better” has a different meaning depending on the context and the needs (ISP routers, datafreebsd-logo-largebase servers, home gateway, desktop system, storage server or appliance, etc…). On some enterprises doing a major OS upgrade every 6 months or every year is doable, on others, it’s not possible at all. Also, it depends if one needs performance for streaming (Netflix), or if security is a top priority for a redondant firewall. Everyone needs is different, and both OS are highly useful.

If we strictly focus on security, how FreeBSD compares to OpenBSD security wise? In what follows, we will dig into memory protection, system and network security features, and default “out of the box” security. The purpose is to give unbiased facts, to compare point by point both OS. I am not trying to find the “best” OS and discredit the other, I love and use both :-) Let us try to find out the integrated security features of both OS, the visit continues below!

Check out the full comparison here –