FreeBSD 8.3-BETA1 Available

The legacy production branch of FreeBSD 8 has received another update, version 8.3. As of now there is only one BETA build scheduled for this release cycle. The next test build is slated to be RC1.

“The first beta build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, and pc98 architectures. Since the stable/8 branch is relatively mature we hope there will only be one BETA build for this release cycle. If testing does not turn up any show-stopper caliber problems the next test build will be RC1.

If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Gnats PR system or here on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use csup/cvsup mechanisms to do a source-based update of an existing system the branch tag to use is ‘RELENG_8′. If you would like to use SVN instead use ‘stable/8′. “

Read the full release announcement: FreeBSD 8.3-BETA1 Available.

FreeBSD Foundation one of 12 Initial Affiliates for OSI

Earlier this year, the Open Source Initiative (OSI) switched from a Board-only organization focused largely on licensing to a member-led organization of affiliates. The OSI Board invited the FreeBSD Foundation to its initial set of Affiliates and Justin Gibbs and Dru Lavigne from the FreeBSD Foundation have agreed to act as delegates.

Simon Phipps from the OSI announced the 12 initial affiliates at FOSDEM. In addition to the FreeBSD Foundation, the initial affiliates include: KDE, the Apache Software Foundation, the Mozilla Foundation, the Plone Foundation, Creative Commons, the Linux Foundation, Joomla, the Sahana Software Foundation, Drupal, the Eclipse Foundation, and the Wikiotics Foundation. (via)

MaheshaBSD-2.0 Released

Juraj has announced version 2.0 of his MaheshaBSD project. MaheshaBSD is  a desktop OS based on FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE (i386) with IceWM.

MaheshaBSD has four goals:

1) It will boot off a CD or a USB stick and users may immediately start browsing the Internet with a possibility to watch youtube videos, use Skype, write documents, watch films (DivX, etc.), be anonymous (TOR), or listen to music.

2) To easily (without need for an installation) demonstrate the power of FreeBSD both on a CD and USB medium.

3) To bring some useful system/recovery utilities to people, but on the BSD platform – like TestDisk (which will recover lost partitions), PhotoRec (which will undelete files; it can also undelete files on USB sticks), Clamav (Antivirus), immediate NTFS R/W access (with ntfs-3g), chntpw (for resetting the Windows XP/W2K password, a very useful utility), and many other things – for example, MaheshaBSD can be used for presentations (you can bring it anywhere with you and show thousands of pictures to people, or present videos while giving a lecture, or watch videos with friends). 

4) To be modular and easy.

Changes from version 1.0 can be found here: http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/maheshaeng.htm#whatisnew

The most important changes are:

1) support for Devanagari (an Indian script used to write in many Indian languages including Sanskrit) and IAST transliteration (support for transliteration of Sanskrit); it is based on an Xmodmap map I wrote

2) A possibility to run Skype (and give the same possibility to FreeBSD users as Linux/Windows users have) immediately after downloading it from the Internet.

3) Youtube runs immediately (however, a possibility to download native Adobe Flash Plugin is preserved).

To find out more about MaheshaBSD, visit http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/maheshaeng.htm.

Thanks for contacting me regarding the release Juraj. If you have a FreeBSD related product, service or program, let us know.

Introduction to PC-BSD 9 Isotope (video), gallery and reviews

The PC-BSD project is in the process of creating a series of instructional videos to help new users get familiar with the operating system, and showing some of the advanced features to those already using PC-BSD. The first video, giving an introduction, is now available.

This video demonstrates an installation and showcases some of the new and unique features in PC-BSD 9.0.


If you haven’t used PC-BSD yet and want to familiarise yourself with this excellent desktop operating system, have a look at some screenshots (techrepublic, gnuman) or read the reviews:

pkgng: First look at FreeBSD’s new package manager

Most of you will be aware that a group of developers have released the first beta of FreeBSD’s new package management: pkgng.

Jake Smith has been playing around with the new package manager and has summarised the main pkgng commands: pkgng: First look at FreeBSD’s new package manager.

Here is a quick overview of pkgng, how to use it and some of the new features that will be available. The tests on this page are based on pkgng version 1.0 beta5 running on FreeBSD 9.0 RELEASE amd64.

More info on pkgng can be found on the FreeBSD pkgng wiki page.

BSD Magazine (Feb 2012): BSD Certification: How? When? Why?

February’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: BSD Certification: How? When? Why? (free PDF download).

About 2 years ago the future of BSD Mag was uncertain, but we’re hoping we’re going to see another 12 issues this year. Well done to the editors and contributors!

Inside that latest issue you’ll find the following subjects:

  • Why Should I Become BSDA Certified?
  • Customizing Your PC-BSD 9.0 Desktop
  • The MidnightBSD Package Management Tools
  • What Can’t You Do On The command-line?
  • PostgreSQL: From Installation to PITR
  • OpenBSD with SUN JAVA & Netbeans
  • Load Balancers. Enterprise Load & Service Availability
  • Anatomy of FreeBSD Compromise Part 3
  • Data Classification Policy
  • Counting Our Losses

Read and download the magazine here: BSD Certification: How? When? Why

 

PC-BSD 9.0 Review

If you’d like to use FreeBSD as a desktop system, you’ll have to invest a lot of time in setting up the operating system and installing all the right packages. Obviously, this is a serious barrier for a lot of Linux users who are interested in trying out FreeBSD. PC-BSD fills in this gap by offering a completely usable and user-friendly FreeBSD desktop install with all kinds of stuff pre-configured. In a way, PC-BSD is to FreeBSD what Ubuntu is to Debian.

FreeNAS 8.0.4-BETA1 Release

Some brief highlights from the Release Notes:

The image size increased in 8.0.1-BETA3. The new size requires a 2 GB storage device. The GUI upgrade can be used to upgrade a system from BETA3, BETA4, or RC1 but upgrades from earlier releases can only be done from the CD. The other option is to save the config, reinstall the new version, then restore the config.

Changes since 8.0.3-RELEASE-p1:
Enhancements
Build

Add .img suffix to simplify mounting full disk image for Windows and OSX users (FN # 1236).

OS/Third party

Update firefly to 1696_6 to for iTunes 10.5.2+ compatibility.
Add in sane caps for minimum ZFS requirements for lower spec’ed home user machines.

AD/CIFS

Automatically create AD/LDAP user home directories (FN # 1203).
Add ‘allow trusted domains’ knob in the CIFS global configuration (FN # 998).

Changes since 8.0.3-RELEASE:
Enhancements
OS/Third party

Update ataidle from 2.6 to 2.72 based on maintainer’s (brucec@FreeBSD) recommendation due to interoperabilities with 2.6 and certain chipsets.
Fix the inadyn port so that it works on i386.

CD images for installation are available in x86 32-bit and x64 64-bit