FreeBSD Foundation September 2015 Update

Deb Goodkin, Executive Director of the FreeBSD Foundation, has released their September 2015 newsletter update. Follow the link to read more on development updates, conference recaps, and fundraising goals.

Dear FreeBSD Community Member,

September not only brings the start of autumn, but also marks the beginning of one of the busiest periods on the Foundation calendar. From sponsoring
and attending a number of new events, to kicking off our new middle school FreeBSD class and reaching a milestone with the FreeBSD Journal, it’s been a big month. Plus, that’s just the beginning of what we have in store for Fall 2015. Please take a minute to read up on what we’ve been up to and thank you for all you do to support the Foundation and the Project.



BSDCam 2015 Trip Report: Mariusz Zaborski


FreeBSD committer Mariusz Zaborski highlighted his recent trip to BSDCam 2015, sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation. The conference was held at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

I’m a fresh FreeBSD committer who is very interested in security things. I also work for the Wheel Systems company which develops security solutions. So it was natural for me that I should attend Cambridge Developer Summit which, in my opinion, is the most security related event in every committer’s calendar. This was also my third visit to Cambridge. For the first one I also wrote a trip report which you can find here. The conference was held in August 17-20, 2015.

Read the full report here!

How-To: htop on FreeBSD 10


Thanks to user ali rafie for this guide on how to get htop working on FreeBSD 10.

htop is an interactive system-monitor process-viewer written for Linux. It is designed as an alternative to the Unix program top. It shows a frequently updated list of the processes running on a computer, normally ordered by the amount of CPU usage. Unlike top, htop provides a full list of processes running, instead of the top resource-consuming processes. Htop uses color and gives visual information about processor, swap and memory status.

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How-To: Jailing CentOS 6 in FreeBSD 10.2


Thanks to the Engineering Walden, you can now get CentOS 6 set up in a FreeBSD 10.2 jail. Follow the link for the full tutorial.

CentOS 6!  In a jail on the FreeBSD 10.2 kernel!  THAT’S EFFING AWESOME.

I just got this up and running after some hours spent cobbling together instructions from the various sources to which I link below, and then troubleshooting some issues (one of which is listed at the bottom for anyone else who encounters it), but it works.

Link: The Midnight Oil: Jailing CentOS 6 in FreeBSD 10.2 Edition


How-To: FEMP Stack (Nginx, MariaDB, PHP) on FreeBSD

Here’s another tutorial, by user , on how to get the FEMP stack set up on your FreeBSD server.

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Nginx (pronounced engine-x) is a free and open-source high-performance HTTP server. Nginx focus on high concurrency, performance and low memory usage. And it is make nginx a one of the most popular a web server. You can use nginx also as reverse proxy for HTTP, HTTPS, SMTP, POP3, and IMAP protocols, as well as a load balancer.

MariaDB is one of the relational database management system (RDBMS) forked from MySQL and it is drop-in replacement for MySQL and developed by some of the original authors of MySQL. MariaDB strives to be logical choice for database professionals looking for a robust, scalable, and reliable SQL server.

FPM (FastCGI Process Manager) is an alternative PHP FastCGI implementation. come with some additional features, like a process management, stdout and stderr logging, accelerated upload support, ability to start workers with different uid or gid and listening on different port. It is very useful for heavy-loaded sites.

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How-To: WordPress on FreeBSD

User Jose Velazquez ( shows us how to get WordPress set up on your FreeBSD server. Check out the link below to see the full tutorial.


WordPress is a simple blogging system the helped maintain many blogs by making a simple interface that interacts with a database. Now, it has become a one of the most powerful content management systems (CMS) in the web, especially it being a free open source software. In this how-to, we will walk through the Installation of WordPress on a FreeBSD server.

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FreeBSD on BeagleBone

User adridg was able to get FreeBSD working on his BeagleBone Black. Follow the link to see the full article of his work with the Beagle board.

For a long time, my Beagle Bone Black  sat on my desk, gathering dust. Recently I decided I would give it a purpose: as a replacement for the crappy DHCP server and DNS on my home router (it’s a Huawei g655d, and it has poor wireless range, a lousy interface, and wonky internal DNS). I ran an update on the Bone, which promptly downloaded a whole bunch of packages from the angstrom distribution. Over plain unauthenticated http. With, as far as I could see, no further checksumming or anything. Bad doggy.

Resigned to replacing the on-board distro anyway, I decided I would try FreeBSD, since that’s my OS of choice — if it didn’t work out, OpenSUSE would do.

Anyway. I wouldn’t be writing this if there weren’t a whole bunch of giants on whose shoulders I could stand, since actually, the whole process was deceptively simple and well-documented.

Hardware Setup: Here’s a picture of my Beagle Bone, on an old DVD-case.

Beagle Bone Black

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