FreeBSD Foundation accepting funding proposals

The FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting the submission of proposals for work relating to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system. Proposals will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness.

Details regarding the proposal process are contained in the Proposals Call for Submission PDF (PDF)

If interested, important dates to mark are:

  • March 12: Call for proposals begins
  • April 30: Deadline for proposal submission
  • May 30th: Notification of acceptance/denial

Call for testing (CFT): BHyVe, GEM/KMS, KDE 4.8.2, KDevelop

Newly written code should be tested properly before it’s distributed widely. Programmers working on *BSD code pride themselves in writing and distributing quality code, but peer reviews and quality testing will always be necessary.

Every now and then you may come across Calls For Testing (CFT). Below you will find four links to recent CFTs.

I. Hands-on BHyVe

BHyVe is a type 2 Hypervisor for FreeBSD and PC-BSD that is similar to Linux KVM and consists of the vmm.ko kernel module, a few support utilities and a library. Because these are all loadable external components, they can be easily packaged and installed on an unmodified host. A BHyVe guest must currently be built with a few FreeBSD-specific shims that expedited development but the code is fundamentally portable. With a little help, BHyVe could support unmodified guests and be ported to other operating systems thanks to its simple design and permissive license.

Visit the BHyVe page for more details and instructions.

II. Call for Testers: PC-BSD GEM/KMS Snapshot

A testing snapshot that integrates the new DRM/GEM/KMS work is now available to testers. Full post with details and discussions: Call for Testers: GEM/KMS Snapshot.

III. Qt 4.8.1 and KDE SC 4.8.2

“While we wait for the ports feature freeze to be over, we invite you to test the upcoming updates in the KDE land:

  • Qt 4.8.1;
  • PyQt4 4.9.1;
  • KDE SC 4.8.2.
$ svn co
# sh Tools/scripts/kdemerge -kmpq /usr/ports

Since Qt started using the raster graphics system engine by default (and the native one seems not to be an option anymore), you should add…


…to /boot/loader.conf.” (via FreeBSD KDE)

IV. Kdevelop 4.3.0 available for testing

“Thanks to the contribution of Luca Pizzamiglio, Kdevelop was updated to 4.3.0 in area51, and you’re free to test it:

$ svn co
# sh Tools/scripts/kdemerge -m /usr/ports
# portmaster devel/kdevelop-kde4

If no problems are found, it will probably be committed when KDE SC 4.8.2 comes to the tree.”  (via FreeBSD KDE)

FreeBSD Events Update (ILF, BSDCan, EuroBSDCon)

FreeBSD events come and go month after month. Time for an update on some past and upcoming FreeBSD events.

Indiana LinuxFest (ILF)

FreeNAS and PC-BSD will be represented at Indiana LinuxFest on Saturday, April 14 in Indianapolis, Indiana. CDs and other swag will be handed out at the BSD booth in the expo area.

If you are interested in learning more about FreeBSD administration (the operating system FreeNAS and FreeBSD are based upon), there is an all day course on FreeBSD for Linux System Administrators on Friday, April 13. There is no cost to attend either the course or the conference. Pre-registration is encouraged so that you don’t have to wait in line to register when you arrive.

BSDCan 2012

BSDCan 2012 will be held in Ottawa, Canada from 9 – 13 May. The schedule has been updated with some interesting FreeBSD releated tutorials and presentations,

  • Maintaining your own PBI package repository
  • IPv6 Tutorial
  • SSH
  • An Overview of Locking in the FreeBSD Kernel
  • BSD Multiplicity
  • auditdistd – Secure and reliable distribution of audit trail files
  • FreeBSD on Microsoft Hyper-v
  • Crowdsourcing security
  • Bullet Cache
  • pfSense 2.1: IPv6 and more
  • Fast reboots with kload
  • Intro to DNSSEC
  • Virtually-Networked FreeBSD Jails
  • FreeBSD Unified Deployment and Configuration Management
  • Building a FreeBSD based Virtual Appliance
  • High speed packet I/O: challenges and solutions.
  • Optimizing ZFS for Block Storage
  • FreeBSD on Freescale QorIQ Data Path Acceleration Architecture Devices
  • Overview of Amazon Web Services
  • pkgng
  • Solaris Boot Environments for FreeBSD

Hopefully all these representations will be video recorded and made available who cannot attend.

NLUUG’s Spring conference

Michael Dexter will be giving a presentation entitled The FreeNAS Storage Platform: A minute to learn, a lifetime to master at NLUUG’s Spring conference. This event will be held in Nieuwegein, the Netherlands on April 11th.

EuroBSDCon 2012

EuroBSDcon 2012 is the European technical conference for users and developers on BSD-based systems, and will be held from 18 – 21 October 2012 in Warsaw, Poland. There will be tutorials on Thursday and Friday and talks on Saturday and Sunday.

The EuroBSDcon conference organisers have put out a Call For Proposals and are inviting developers and users of BSD-based systems to submit innovative and original papers not submitted to other European conferences on BSD-related topics.  Topics of interest to the conference include, but are not limited to applications, architecture, implementation, performance and security of BSD-based operating systems, as well as topics concerning the economic or organizational aspects of BSD use.

Open Source Days 2012

There are some pictures of the BSD booth at Open Source Days (Copenhagen, 10-11 March)

Report from AsiaBSDCon

The FreeBSD Foundation was a Platinum Sponsor of AsiaBSDCon which was held in Tokyo, Japan from March 22-25. Hiroki Sato, the General Chair of the conference, provided the following status report.

BSD networking (MP3)

There’s an mp3 available of a recent presentations at NYCBUG BSD networking.


Upcoming Events

Here Comes the Cloud – BSD Magazine (April 2012)

April’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Here Comes the Cloud (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • Installing FreeBSD on Amazon AWS EC2 Cloud Services
  • Interview with Mark Price, President of Tranquil Hosting and owner of RootBSD
  • Taking the BSDA Certification Exam By Dru Lavigne
  • Installing OpenBSD 5.0 on VMware Server
  • MidnightBSD: Developing Applications Using mpor
  • The Greater Benefits of Open Source Software
  • PostgreSQL: Replication

[Read more…]

iXsystems, and its developers

We all know that iXsystems does a great job promoting FreeBSD, building FreeBSD based products and supporting FreeBSD based projects (incl. PC-BSD, FreeNAS).

But, who are the developers that are part of this company? Who are the guys doing the coding and the programming?

The iXsystems blog has started a “Developers Corner” where you can find out more about iX developers:

The PC-BSD Ports Jail (video)

PC-BSD features the “Ports Jail”. In this video you will learn how to use it to install apps isolated from your system.

More information on Ports Jail and how to use it, can be found on the PC-BSD Wiki.

The FreeBSD Wiki has a helpful section on Jails too: FreeBSD Jails. The FreeBSD jail is mechanism implementing an operating system-level virtualisation that allows administrators to partition a FreeBSD-based computer system into several independent mini-systems called jails.

FreeBSD 8.3-RC2 available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of FreeBSD 8.3-RC2:

“The second Release Candidate build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available for the amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures. The ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images are available here.

What will likely be the package sets for the upcoming release have been placed on the RC2 images. For the disc1 images, due to size issues only the English documentation package is available. The memstick images include the documentation packages for all languages but no other packages. The DVD images include all of the documentation packages as well as enough packages to set up a basic graphical workstation.

Unless a show-stopper caliber problem is found this will be the last test build of the 8.3-RELEASE cycle. Some nits that came up as part of getting RC2 ready have put us off the original schedule. I just updated the schedule, available here.”


BeastieCloud doubles CPU power of all FreeBSD servers

The FreeBSD hosting specialists at have announced they will double the CPU power of their virtual private FreeBSD servers during CeBIT!

The “Cirrus” and “Cumulus” servers get 2 virtual cores, and their working horse “Stratus” gets 4 virtual cpu cores.

All monthly fees of the hosting plans will be left untouched and stable at 12,99 € for the “Cirrus”, 22,99  for the “Cumulus” and  32,99 for the “Stratus” server.

This offer is available now and is valid until 24/03/2012.

For more information visit or visit them at CeBIT in Hannover in hall 2, booth A30!

Thanks Stefan for notifying us of this promotion. If you have any FreeBSD related announcements (hardware, software, services, hosting etc), let us know.