FreeBSD Projects accepted on Google’s Summer of Code 2014 year, Google hosts a Summer of Code that brings student developers from around the world to work on various software development projects, including open-source. This year, a handful of these projects are also FreeBSD related.

The following lists the project title, along with the student developer and mentor:

Porting FreeBSD on Android Emulator Alexander Tarasikov Gavin Atkinson
Pkg pluggable repositories Vsevolod Stakhov Bapt
FreeBSD preseed installation (PXE) Kamil Czekirda Devin Teske
CTF implementation and use in the kernel debugger Daniel Lovasko George Neville-Neil
High-speed firewall: convert IPFW/PF rules to C module dpl David Chisnall
Bring up FreeBSD on MicroBlaze ErnestS Grzegorz Bernacki
Improve Unicode support in FreeBSD Dmitry Selyutin Pedro Giffuni
Modular scripting system for FreeBSD loader with Lua support Pedro Souza Wojciech A. Koszek
Implementation of evdev protocol and touchscreens support jceel Edward Tomasz Napiera?a
Instruction caching for bhyve Mihai Carabas Neel Natu
Kernel debugging support for LLDB Mike Ma Ed Maste
Implement Intel SMAP and kernel patching framework Oliver Pinter Gavin Atkinson
A new enhanced bootsplash Seiya Nuta Kris Moore
BSNMP Enhancements Shonali Balakrishna Shteryana
Flexible dependencies with pkg Elvira Khabirova Andrey Zverev
Machine readable output from userland utilities Zarko Korchev Eitan Adler

Thank you to reader Pedro Giffuni for suggesting this article!

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FreeNAS has been released

FreeNAS_logo_lightThe FreeNAS engineering team has just released, after fixing several bugs that showed up in the previous version ( The release came just a few days after was released, which fixed bugs related to replication speed, CIFS, ZFS, and snapshots. The following list from Jordan Hubbard notes some of the changes in

  • Solarflare driver trips an assert. Fixed.
  • Can’t list snapshots in GUI. Fixed.
  • misspelling in info popup. Fixed.
  • SMB panic. This one has been a royal PITA for us. We can’t reproduce it at all, though the latest tracebacks from “R K” look somewhat informative – I’ll look at that section of the code today. Anyone else seeing it in, please attach a core file to the ticket

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OpenBSD takes on OpenSSL project, implements changes

The OpenBSD team has started its own fork of OpenSSL, due to the backlash from the Heartbleed bug. The new project will be called LibreSSL, and is based on OpenSSL 1.0.1g. The team has already begun working on a major clean up of the code. The following list outlines the changes they have made so far:

  • Splitting up libcrypto and libssl build directories
  • Fixing a use-after-free bug
  • Removal of ancient MacOS, Netware, OS/2, VMS and Windows build junk
  • Removal of “bugs” directory, benchmarks, INSTALL files, and shared library goo for lame platforms
  • Removal of most (all?) backend engines, some of which didn’t even have appropriate licensing
  • Ripping out some windows-specific cruft
  • Removal of various wrappers for things like sockets, snprintf, opendir, etc. to actually expose real return values
  • KNF of most C files
  • Removal of weak entropy additions
  • Removal of all heartbeat functionality which resulted in Heartbleed

Check out the full notes / comments here:

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PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 25 & 26

Kris Moore and the PC-BSD team have been working on several updates for PC-BSD. The most notable are fixes related to the recent Heartbleed/OpenSSL bug, as well as stability issues with the PBI system. The Update Center has also had some changes to improve usability on the PC-BSD operating system.  In addition, preload, an adaptive readahead daemon, has been ported over. An alpha version of the Lumina desktop environment is also in development by Ken Moore.

Check out the full list of notes here: Digest 25 and Digest 26

FreeBSD First Quarter 2014 Status Report

The developers of FreeBSD have just released their status report updates for the first quarter of 2014. There have been many notable changes within the last 4 months. The following list from the status report outlines some of their major achievements:

  • Ports team released their landmark first quarterly “stable” branch
  • FreeBSD continues to grow on the ARM architecture, now running on an ARM-based Chromebook
  • SMP is now possible on multi-core ARM systems
  • bhyve, the native FreeBSD hypervisor, continues to improve
  • An integral test suite is taking shape, and the Jenkins Continuous Integration system has been implemented
  • FreeBSD patches to GCC are being “forward-ported”, and LLDB, the Clang/LLVM debugger is being ported
  • Desktop use has also seen improvements, with work on Gnome, KDE, Xfce, KMS video drivers,, and vt, the new console driver which supports KMS and Unicode
  • Linux and Wine binary compatibility layers have been improved
  • UEFI booting support has been merged to head
  • The FreeBSD Foundation continues to assist in moving FreeBSD forward, sponsoring conferences and meetings and numerous development projects

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