PC-BSD Hardware Store Opened

PC-BSD LogoJosh Smith has announced the initial launch of the PC-BSD hardware store. This resource is meant to make it easier to find hardware that has been tested to work on PC-BSD.

FreeBSD and PC-BSD are known to be quite particular with regards to hardware support, but now you can check or buy via the PC-BSD store hardware that is known to be working on PC-BSD, and therefore also on FreeBSD. Obviously you can always check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes that come out with each release, e.g. FreeBSD 10 Current9.0, 9.1 or 8.3.

So, if you want to make sure that your hardware is supported by PC-BSD or FreeBSD check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes, PC-BSD wiki hardware section or the PC-BSD Hardware Store. (via)

FreeBSD binary packages available again

The FreeBSD Project has announced that all  binary package building services are restored and live again.

This service was put on hold following a security incident in November 2012. Consequently, the security throughout the FreeBSD Project’s infrastructure has been reviewed and the package-building system (including redports.org and ports QAT) has been re-engineered to support greater compartmentalisation and resilience.

FreeBSD binary packages are available again for the 8.x, 9.x branches on i386 and amd64 architectures at the usual locations.

JabirBSD, a new FreeBSD based project

jabirbsdMuhammadreza Haghiri emailed me about the release of the JabirBSD 1.0.

JabirBSD is a rebranded FreeBSD version for Iranian and Farsi speaking users “with rsync, sudo, nano and a lot of command-line based software”.

This first release is a re-branded version of FreeBSD, with the intention to fork from FreeBSD at a later point. The reason for this forking is, allegedly, due to kernel related changes.

I think it’s great to see developers wanting to take FreeBSD to the next level, but, it could be just me, I’m a bit weary of these new projects. Most of them fall by the wayside due to loss of interest, too small teams or lack of spare time (SecurityBSD TrueBSD, Evoke etc). Unless the project is backed by a company (although that’s not a 100% guarantee – remember Tomahawk Desktop?) or a large team, most of the time the project fizzles out and ceases to exist.

I wish the developers had started off by contributing to FreeBSD (PC-BSD, TrueOS) before deciding to set up their own project, and potentially fork. At the moment JabirBSD 1.0 is the same as FreeBSD and it is not clear how JabirBSD is going to be different from FreeBSD.

Unless developers that already contribute to FreeBSD (or any other project) want to move the project in an incompatible or opposite direction, forking maybe the way forward, but taking that decision should always be a last resort. IMO

JabirBSD 1.0 released

Migrate From MySQL to MariaDB In FreeBSD

unixmen has put together a howto showing how to migrate your databases from MySQL to MariaDB.

As most of you will be aware, since Oracle took over MySQL and took control of the project, a lot changed. Oracle doesn’t like open source and hence MySQL is dying a slow death. MySQL’s founder, Michael Widenius (+Michael Widenius), left the project and set up the competing MariaDB (+mariadb) database project.

If you’re not sure where MySQL is heading and want some security had use some new, cool features, have a look at and/or migrate to MariaDB.

MariaDB is a community-developed fork of the MySQL relational database management system, the impetus being the community maintenance of its free status under the GNU GPL. As a fork of a leading open source software system, it is notable for being led by its original developers and triggered by concerns over direction by an acquiring commercial company Oracle.

Migrate From MySQL To MariaDB In FreeBSD (unixmen)

BSD Magazine (May 2013): Jails Firewall with PF

BSD Magazine (May 2013): Jails Firewall with PFApril’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Jails Firewall with PF (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • SpiderFoot 2.0: The Open Source Footprinting Tool
  • FreeBSD Jails Firewall with PF
  • Improvements to Jail Management via the Warden
  • msearch: MidnightBSD Search
  • Useful Utilities for PF
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer: Write HTML, CSS, PHP, and SQL Code
  • DTrace: A Deeper Approach

[Read more…]

BSDCan 2013 – Live Streaming and Groups Photo

scaleengine_logoAs you will be aware, the BSDCan 2013 Dev Summit has happened and the Conference taking place this weekend.

BSDCan is an annual conference for users and developers of the 4.4 BSD family of operating system, hosted each spring at the University of Ottawa in Ontario, Canada.

It has been possible to view (some of) the presentation on the Youtube BSDConferences Channel, but this year you will be able to watch live streams thanks to ScaleEngine, the Technical CDN and Silver Sponson

ScaleEngine is the Technical CDN, and so it is fitting that we are associated with the Technical BSD Conference. It’s pretty well known that we are a FreeBSD shop.

View the schedule for a list of the talks or watch via these channels:

https://www.scaleengine.com/read/740/The-BSDCan-2013-Conference/

This BSDCan 2013 Dev Summit group picture was posted on Flickr by Will Backman, who runs bsdtalk.

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BSDTalk interview with Kris Moore (PC-BSD)

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 12 minutes interview with Kris Moore (BSDTalk225) about PC-BSD, recorded at BSDCan 2013. Listen to the podcast as MP3 or OGG.

Previous interviews with Kris Moore can be found here:

PC-BSD, a friendly first-time contributor project

IT World has identified 7 open source projects that are friendly to the first-time contributor to get their teeth in.

Apart from LibreOffice, PostgreSQL and Ubuntu, IT World also shortlists PC-BSD:

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“If Ubuntu sounds interesting, but you want something a little off the beaten path, Dru Lavigne, Director of Community Development at iXsystems, recommends PC-BSD. Based on FreeBSD (which is based on BSD UNIX), PC-BSD is a relatively young desktop operating system funded by iXsystems.

Lavigne says that the PC-BSD Users Handbook makes it easy to get up to speed.

“A whole chapter of the User Handbook is dedicated to the various ways one can get started contributing to the project,”

she says. If documentation is your thing, simply create a wiki account, and get started.

“Editors review and discuss changes to help the writer clearly explain the concepts they are writing about,”

Lavigne explains.

If you’re not ready to dive right in to PC-BSD yet, the forums and IRC channel can help you get familiar with the project community.

“The project and its regular contributors work hard to keep the atmosphere friendly, nip inappropriate behaviour in the bud, and provide an area where users are comfortable helping each other,”

Lavigne says.”

It’s great to see PC-BSD shortlisted. Read the whole article here:

7 open source projects to cut your teeth on (and the ones to avoid) (itworld)