FreeBSD turns 21

freebsd-birthday-20-yearsOn November 1, 1993, the first official production version of FreeBSD was released, 1.0. FreeBSD is now officially 21 years old. Cheers!

From: (Jordan K. Hubbard)
Newsgroups: comp.os.386bsd.announce
Subject: FreeBSD 1.0 RELEASE now available
Date: 1 Nov 1993 16:12:20 -0800

The first “official” release of FreeBSD 1.0 is now available, no more greek letters – this is the “production” release.

While a fair number of bugs were also whacked between EPSILON and RELEASE, the following additional features deserve special mention:

  • A dynamic buffer cache mechanism that automagically grows and shrinks as you use the memory for other things. This should speed up disk operations significantly.
  • The Linux sound driver for Gravis UltraSound, SoundBlaster, etc. cards.
  • Mitsumi CDROM interface and drive.
  • Updated install floppies.
  • More fail-safe probing of devices on the ISA bus. This makes it much harder for devices to conflict with each other.
  • Advance syscons support for XFree86 2.0.

Check out the original announcement here:

Installing Drupal on FreeBSD

logo-drupalThis tutorial by Enrico Crisostomo shows us how to install Drupal on FreeBSD.

Drupal ports have been available on FreeBSD since quite a long time, and binary packages can be installed very quickly. However, manual setup is required to connect Drupal to the database and have Apache serve the Drupal website. In this post I’ll describe the setup procedure of Drupal 7 on FreeBSD 10.0. The process will not be very different if different versions of Drupal or FreeBSD are used.

Check out the full tutorial here:

FreeBSD 10.1-RC3 now available

freebsdlogoThe third RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the “releng/10.1″ branch.

A list of changes since 10.0-RELEASE are available here:

Check out the full release notes here:

How to Install Nano/Pico on FreeBSD

This tutorial by shows us how to install Nano/Pico on FreeBSD from the ports collection.

I’ve  never got to grips with using ‘vi’ to edit files from the command line. So one of the first things I need to do is configure the nano/pico text editor so I can properly edit and save out files. Here’s a nice and simple howto get nano running on a FreeBSD server.

Sudo to root and then execute the following command:

  1. cd /usr/ports/editors/nano && make install clean

Thats it.

If you have people who can’t stop themselves typing ‘pico’ to bring up the text editor then you can symlink to the new nano binary as follows:

  1. ln -s /usr/local/bin/nano /usr/local/bin/pico
  2. rehash
  3. pico

Job done!

Check out the official post here:

PC-BSD 10.1-RC1 now available

pcbsdThe PC-BSD team is pleased to announce the availability of RC1 images for the upcoming PC-BSD 10.1 release.

PC-BSD Notable Changes

* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.0
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.0-beta
* Pkg 1.3.8_3
* New AppCafe HTML5 web/remote interface, for both desktop / server usage
* New CD-sized text-installer ISO files for TrueOS / server deployments
* New Centos 6.5 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* Misc bug fixes and other stability improvements

For the official announcement and downloads, head on over to the following:

Related links

PC-BSD has a YouTube Channel, feel free to subscribe to them:

Easy Deploy FreeBSD to Microsoft Azure from VM Depot

azure-illThis tutorial by Ross Gardner will show you how to Easy Deploy FreeBSD on Microsoft Azure.

In just 5 minutes learn how to Easy Deploy FreeBSD on Microsoft Azure. Once completed you will have the latest build of FreeBSD ready for you to customize for your use.

FreeBSD is an advanced computer operating system used to power modern servers and more. As an open source project a strong community has continually developed it for more than thirty years. The goal of the FreeBSD Project is to provide a stable and fast general purpose operating system that may be used for any purpose without strings attached.

Check out the full post with a video tutorial here:

Install WordPress FreeBSD 10

install wordpress freebsd2 How to install WordPress on FreeBSD 10

This blog post from shows us how to install the blog and content management system, WordPress, on FreeBSD 10.

As one of the famous content management system WordPress is one my favourite since 2007 (this blog use serendipity , blogspot custom domain then change to wordpress) and stick to it till now. For me this software is simple to use and I can handle the maintenance.

This time I’ll show how to install wordpress on FreeBSD 10 using two methods : ports and pkg way.

For this purpose I use FreeBSD 10 provided by vultr. I use 768 MB VPS located

on New Jersey.

Head on over to the following link for the full instructions:

How to Install Owncloud in a FreeNAS jail

FreeNAS community member DrKK created a tutorial on how to install Owncloud in FreeNAS. Click play below to learn:

This is an oft-requested tutorial from the FreeNAS community. We go through, stream of consciousness style, from a bare FreeNAS, and fully install and configure a working OwnCloud server. I also show the installation and setup of the client software in Windows. It is a long video–around 40 minutes–but I think is worth the investment of time. Those just wanting to learn how to install OwnCloud in FreeBSD itself, or lighttpd in FreeBSD itself, may also find the video useful.

How to Format Date Output under FreeSBD

This blog post by Yegor shows us how to format date output under FreeBSD.

How do I format date to display on screen on for my shell scripts as per my requirements on Linux or *BSD operating systems?

You need to use the standard date command to format date or time. You can use the same command with the shell script.


date +"%FORMAT"
Open a terminal and type the following date command:
date j +“%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S”
Sample output:

Check out the post here with full instructions: