Brooks Davis mentioned on the FreeBSD src-head mailinglist a few days ago that November 5th was going to be Clang-day and that he was going to make Clang the default compiler for FreeBSD 10. He has now committed the patch as promised.
This change follows a few years of preparation, feeding back improvements to the Clang and LLVM source code bases, and nightly builds of FreeBSD using LLVM over two years. Future snapshots and all major FreeBSD releases will ship compiled with LLVM by default.
After years of hard work by many FreeBSD and LLVM developers, make clang the default compiler on i386 and amd64 systems.
Welcome to the weekly (Free)BSD news round-up (week 44) where we have a mix of news snippets, links, howto’s and software/package updates for you all. These tid-bits are all very interesting and news worthy, yet too small to package as individual posts.
A FreeBSD Success Story
… Then, we switched the server to a new one, quad core, sixty gigabytes of ram and two terabytes of disk. This time, I chose FreeBSD because I knew that it would work greatly ! Linux could have worked too, maybe we could have more performance, but it would not be as easy to manage as our FreeBSD box… More
Bernhard Fröhlich joined the FreeBSD Ports Team in October.
2. M0n0wall 1.34b1 released
“A maintenance version in the m0n0wall 1.3 branch has been released: 1.34b1 includes the CSRF-related fixes recently made to the beta branch, as well as a few others security-relevant things. Nothing is high priority, but once 1.34b1 has received some wider testing, it will be re-released as 1.34, and 1.33 users will be recommended to upgrade.”
1. FreeBSD/Raspberry Pi
2 KNemo 0.7.4 receives major improvements for FreeBSD
KNemo is a tool that monitors the network traffic and provides a tray widget for every network interface, support for network statistics, and different icon themes.
Highlights of the release are:
• Bugs in the BSD backend has been fixed;
• Wrong traffic bug reported on FreeBSD has been repaired;
• Wrong encryption state for mixed WEP connections on FreeBSD has been fixed;
• Default gateway previously undetected on FreeBSD is now working properly;
• A monochrome icon theme has been added;
• Support for the legacy system tray icon has been removed;
• Embedded plotter code has been dropped in favor of libksignalplotter.
Websites / Social Media
As some of you may have seen already RootBSD has a new website. It looks very clean and slick and looks more ‘web 2.0′ than the previous version.
RootBSD was established with one goal in mind: to provide reliable, flexible, and supported BSD-based hosting services to professionals and businesses. Our extensive selection of FreeBSD, OpenBSD, and Linux hosting packages means there is a right package for almost everyone.
New FreeBSD Committers
In October 2012 the following people became new committers or were given enhanced FreeBSD update rights: Simon J. Gerraty (src), Erwin Lansing (src, ports) and Eitan Adler (src, ports, doc).
BSD / Unix Family News
OpenBSD 5.2 arrives with improved multi-core support.
The OpenBSD project has released version 5.2 of its free BSD-based UNIX-like operating system. According to its developers, the most important change in the new release is the switch from user-level to kernel-level threads. This allows programs with multiple threads to use multiple CPU cores. (via)
We have a quick FreeBSD related events update: one that’s upcoming(MeetBSD) and one that has taken place already (KyivBSD).
MeetBSD California 2012
MeetBSD California will be held this upcoming weekend, November 3-4 at Yahoo! in Santa Clara, CA.
Josh Paetzel will be presenting “FreeNAS: Storage for Open Source” and Kris Moore will be presenting “The Warden – FreeBSD and Linux Jail Management”
KyivBSD 2012 took place in September. Andrei has written up a summary (EN – Google Translate) of the day. Another conference took place that same weekend which had an effect on the number of visitors. The page contains links to the videos and presentation summaries.
FreeBSD Forums user Taz has put together a very detailed howto showing you exactly how to setup a minimal FreeBSD installation with the OpenBox window manager.
If this is something you’ve been wanting to do for awhile but didn’t know where to start or what to tweak etc, have a look. You can’t go wrong.
After deciding that FreeBSD was going to be my new primary OS the question was “how to set it up for desktop usage?”. FreeBSD handbook helped me with this a lot in the beginning. But if you follow the handbook you will probably end up with GNOME or KDE desktop environment and this “how to” is about minimal but functional desktop on FreeBSD.
Fact is that FreeBSD is more than capable of being a desktop OS the only question is what are your own preferences/requests. Mine were: minimalism, functionality, speed, low memory footprint and avoiding linuxisms.
Josh Paetzel from iXsystems has announced the release of FreeNAS 8.3.0:
“The FreeNAS development team is pleased to announce the immediate availability of FreeNAS 8.3.0-RELEASE. FreeNAS 8.3.0 is based on FreeBSD 8.3 with version 28 of the ZFS file system. This is a major milestone in FreeNAS development, bringing in the plugin system with ZFS version 28. Development of the FreeNAS 8.2 branch has come to a halt, as both ZFS version 15 as well as FreeBSD 8.2 are no longer supported. There have been no major changes between 8.3.0-RC1 and RELEASE, mostly bug fixes and minor usability improvements to the GUI.”
Download Link for FreeNAS 8.3 and plugins:
Well done and congratulations to the FreeNAS Team.
About FreeNAS: FreeNAS is a FreeBSD-based (nanobsd) open source Network Attached Storage Platform developed by iXsystems, that supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems.
FreeBSD or CentOS? FreeBSD or Linux, that is the question.
Well, the answer is: “It depends on what you need the operating system for and what your hardware requirements are”.
What I like about members of the FreeBSD community, they generally acknowledge that their is no perfect operating system and that Linux has some strong points over FreeBSD, and the other way round. Discussions about differences between FreeBSD and Linux are often level headed and based on facts, though not everything is always measurable (sometimes something just feels….)
A good example is a recent discussion (CentOS vs FreeBSD) on the FreeBSD Forums about whether one should use FreeBSD as server or CentOS, a Linux distribution entirely derived entirely from Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
Some of the strong points in favours of FreeBSD mentioned in the discussion are:
- Learning UNIX basics
- Better on older hardware (low overhead)
- Stable and secure
- ZFS Snapshots
- FreeBSD Jails
- Better memory footprint
- Preferred for VPS (RootBSD is a leading hoster FreeBSD VPS’s)
- Can run some Linux apps faster than on Linux itself
- Better control over software (ports)
- Updates and upgrades without ending up reinstalling
- Good documentation
Strong points for CentOS:
- Experience handy as there are more CentOS related jobs
- Security updates are easier
- Beefier hardware preferred
- Faster install and update times
- Slow package patch processes
- No compiling from source (FreeBSD has pkg though)
- Better hardware support
Note, these features were mentioned in thread, you may have different views. Please don’t start a flame here ;-)
Historically Installing FreeBSD was hard, text-based and not always intuitive for the new *BSD user. PC-BSD has changed this once and for all.
Did you know installing PC-BSD is almost as easy as 123? Have a look at this video, uploaded by the PC-BSD Project.
Did you know you can install FreeBSD from the PC-BSD Installation DVD?
Virtualisation can de done in FreeBSD with Jails. FreeBSD Jails are great to assign certain services to little ‘virtual servers’ that are fast and light weight to use.
There are also Xen Dom0 and BHye buty they are at different stages of development. Let’s not forget about VirtualBox either.
Syscfonfig blog has a post on FreeBSD VirtualBSD and how much it has matured over the last few years. Carsten has also set up a wiki detailing all the steps needed to get VirtualBox to run on FreeBSD. It has more details than the FreeBSD Handbook VirtualBox Chapter.
Gonzo from kernelnomicon.org and others have been working to get FreeBSD run on the Raspberry Pie, but having all driver details will make their work considerably easier. It will take away a lot of guess work and reverse engineering.
The move means every driver that interacts with the board’s ARM CPU is now open source. This will make it easier to port new operating systems to the device — which already runs a range of Linux distributions, including Debian and Arch Linux. It has been welcomed by groups working to port the Risc OS, FreeBSD and Plan9 — the Bell Labs OS named after the movie Plan 9 from Outer Space — to the device.