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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Installing FEMP (FreeBSD 10, Nginx, MySQL, PHP) on a Cloud or VPS Server

This tutorial by user Jose Velazquez ( shows us how to get Nginx, MySQL, and PHP set up on your FreeBSD cloud server.



This how-to will guide you through installing a FEMP stack. FEMP is simply a software bundle that consists of 4 components that work together to form a powerful web server.  However, in this setup the acronym’s are as follows: FreeBSD 10 (F) is the core of the platform which will sustain the other components. Nginx (E) is used for the web service. MySQL (M) is used for database management,  and PHP (P) is used as the programming language.


You need a FreeBSD server that is configured with a static IP address. If you do not have a server already, you can visit our Cloud Hosting page here and spin a new server up in under 30 seconds.

Install FEMP on FreeBSD 10

To get started, login to your FreeBSD server via SSH or Console. If you are using the Atlantic.Net cloud service, note that they are setup as minimal installations to avoid having unnecessary packages from being installed and never used. If some software packages that you’re used to using aren’t installed by default, feel free to install them as needed.

Let us download nano so we can simplify this tutorial.

  • pkg install nano

Let’s make sure that your server is fully up-to-date so we can complete the preparation.

  • freebsd-update fetch
  • freebsd-update install

With the server up-to-date, we can continue the process and install FEMP on your server.

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GhostBSD 10.1 Finally Available

The developers of GhostBSD have made available version 10.1 release. Notable changes are a hybrid USB/DVD image, the return of XFCE, a choice of boot managers to install, OctoPkg update, Station Update Manager, and more. See below for full release notes, and download the ISO here.



After a year of development, testing and debugging we are pleased to announce the release of GhostBSD 10.1  MATE & XFCE  which is available on SourceForge and torrents for the amd64 and i386 architectures.

What’s new in GhostBSD 10.1

  • GhostBSD ISO image is hybrid that can be burn on DVD or USB stick
  • XFCE is coming back
  • Users can chose to install the BSD boot manager, Grub boot manager or simply None and use their Linux Grub
  • Station Tweak a fork of Mate Tweak
  • OctoPkg GUI frontend for pkgng written in Qt
  • Station Update Manager to update FreeBSD base system and third party software
  • Software from pkg or ports can be installed in the live DVD/USB session
  • VT Console by default
  • Instant verification for user and root to know if the password is strong and match on the system installer
  • Host name and user name auto completion when typing the real name
  • Vim

What changed in GhostBSD 10.1

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FreeNAS 9.3.1 is now released!

The developers of FreeNAS have made available version 9.3.1. You can update it from within the GUI itself, or download the ISO here. Below are the release notes:



Release Notes for FreeNAS 9.3.1-RELEASE

There are so many new features and enhancements in FreeNAS 9.3 that these
release notes will break them into categories.  In no particular order,
FreeNAS 9.3.1-RELEASE (including this Software Update) offers the following

[ Installation / Booting ]

* FreeNAS now uses ZFS for the boot device(s), also supporting selection
and mirroring of one or more boot devices for greater reliabilty.
The features of ZFS are also utilized to provide cloned "boot environments"
which allow the system to be rolled back (or even forked) to different OS

* A boot-time menu is provided for selecting and booting from a specific boot
environment, a new system->boot UI allowing the user to create, rename,
delete and select boot environments as well as running diagnostics on the
boot pool and adding/replacing drives for it.

* Both the installer and the installed system use the grub2 boot loader to
provide boot menus and boot-time UI.

* An install-time "Setup Wizard" is now provided to lead users who may be
new to FreeNAS through the installation and setup process.  Everything
from the user's language, pool, shares, directory services, and initial
settings can be set up through the Wizard.  The Wizard is also careful to
make no actual changes to the system until a final confirmation step, making
it harmless to enter/exit the wizard at any time and simply explore its

* The ISO installation image can now be used both for USB booting or CD
booting (the boot blocks allow for both usage scenarios), making a separate
USB image unnecessary.

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How to Install FreeBSD 10.2 with Mate Desktop

This tutorial by user shows us how to get FreeBSD 10.2 set up with the MATE desktop environment.



FreeBSD/free Unix-like operating system is advanced computer operating system used for modern computer, desktop and embedded platform. FreeBSD available for all platform include PowerPC and ARM. It is advanced operating system for networking, security and storage, with these advantages make a FreeBSD the platform of choice for many big company, including Apache, Apple, Cisco, Citrix etc.

FreeBSD is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX developed by Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) and released under BSD License. You can install it for your server, and you can use it too for your primary computer desktop with many Desktop Environment such as Gnome, XFCE, KDE and Mate etc.


in this article will be taught step by step to install FreeBSD on a desktop computer, I use FreeBSD 64 bits with the following specifications :

  • Memory 1 GB
  • Disk 25 GB

and also continued with a guide to install a desktop environment “Mate” on FreeBSD, so you can use it for your daily activity.

Installing FreeBSD 10.2

1. Download FreeBSD from and make a bootable from it. You can use file “.iso” if you want to burn to the CD/DVD, and if you want to make a USB Bootable, you must download “.img” file. If you use ubuntu/other linux distribution, you can use “dd” command to make a FreeBSD usb bootable. I’m here use a USB for media installation, so you can make a bootable by this command :

dd bs=4M if=/file/img/FreeBSD.img of=/dev/sdX && sync

2. When a USB bootable been made, please setting your BIOS to make it boot from a USB flashdisk and then reboot your system, and after that you will see a FreeBSD menu, you can choose number “1″ or just press “Enter“.

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Using the FreeBSD’s Procstat API in a Web Context – The BSD Magazine

The August edition of BSD Magazine features FreeBSD 10.2, Raspberry Pi, FreeNAS, and more. Follow the link to download the PDF/ePub file.


Dear Readers,

We would like to introduce a new issue made by the BSD Team. This time you will deal with Unix and FreeBSD topics. You will learn more about the basic semantics of Unix United and you will learn how to start terminal in Unix.  Most of you know the FreeNAS very well so I would like to invite you to read the Expert says column and check “What’s the Difference Between TrueNAS and FreeNAS? Is TrueNAS Just FreeNAS Installed on a Server?” All your questions will be covered in this article written by Brett Davis. In this issue, we also continue to write about RaspberryPi and I hope you will find the article by Jerry Craft very useful and interesting for those of you who need and want to expand their knowledge on this topic. As always, I would like to thank you all for really great articles and your willingness to help me create this issue of BSD magazine.

Enjoy reading!
Ewa and BSD Team


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