Chris Duckett from zdnet news compared PC-BSD’s installer and FreeBSD’s new bsdinstall (screenshots).
We all know which one looks better and has the best features….
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
Add .img suffix to simplify mounting full disk image for Windows and OSX users (FN # 1236).
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.
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:
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.
The first paragraph of this book’s afterword reads:
“You now know more about SSH, OpenSSH and Putty than the vast majority of IT professionals! Congratulations”.
That claim will be true for any reader of SSH Mastery who has read the book up to that point and has incorporated at least some of the elements of the configurations it describes into their own environments.
“But why a book dedicated to a single command?”, you might ask. Almost all Unixes and Unix-likes have incorporated OpenSSH, the free SSH that is developed as part of the OpenBSD project, and OpenSSH comes with excellent documentation in the form of several extensive man pages.
Although a few weeks late, still worth a mention anyways.
John Combs has announced the release of GhostBSD 2.5, a FreeBSD-based desktop operating system and live media with a choice of GNOME or LXDE desktops: “After months of work, the official, final release of GhostBSD 2.5 is finally here! Many bugs have been fixed, many parts of the system updated, tweaked and fine-tuned.
We now have two main branches of the system – one is based on GNOME desktop, the other on LXDE. Both fit perfectly on their respective mediums, are available in amd64 and i386 versions and can be downloaded in form of CD/DVD or USB images.
These are some interesting links I came across over the last few days:
pkgng beta 1
The pkgng developers have released the first beta of FreeBSD’s new package management.
FreeNAS on FLOSS Weekly
There’s an interview on FLOSS Weekly (episode 198) with James Nixon from the FreeNAS Project .
The Perfect Database Server: Firebird 2.5.1 And FreeBSD 9
Here is a guide on installing Firebird 2.5.1 from FreeBSD 9 Ports and creating your first test database.