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 beastiecloud.com 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 beastiecloud.com 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.

New FBSD Foundation projects: Grow Mounted Filesystems, and NAND Flash Support

The FreeBSD Foundation has announced it is funding two new projects:

  • Grow Mounted Filesystems
  • NAND Flash Support

Grow Mounted Filesystems

This project will focus on growing filesystems whilst mounted and add GEOM and filesystem changes that are necessary to increase the size of both UFS and ZFS filesystems while a filesystem is mounted read-write.

Check the announcement for more details: Grow Mounted Filesystems

NAND Flash Support

It was announced that Semihalf, an embedded solutions company, has been awarded a grant to bring their comprehensive NAND Flash file system and storage stack to FreeBSD. This technology enables FreeBSD to natively manage NAND Flash devices, satisfying a crucial requirement for many applications needing access to fast, reliable, non-volatile storage.

Check the announcement for more details: NAND Flash Support

BSD Magazine (Mar 2012): Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads

March’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (free PDF download).

You’ll find the following subjects inside:

  • MaheshaBSD-2.0: What’s New On The Lake Manasarovar?
  • GhostBSD: A Brief Overview
  • How Do I Study for the BSDA Certification?
  • GDB and Truss for Debugging
  • PostgreSQL: MVCC and Vacuum
  • Beowulf Clusters with DragonflyBSD
  • Npppd: EasyPPTP VPN with OpenBSD
  • Anatomy of FreeBSD Compromise Part 4

Read and download Nessus, Exploitation Tools and Payloads (BSD Mag 12/03)

FreeBSD 8.3-RC1 Available

Ken Smith has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD 8.3, the project’s legacy stable branch: “The first release candidate build of the 8.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, and pc98 architectures. We hope to have one more release candidate build, followed by the release itself. If you notice any 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 now ‘RELENG_8_3′. If you would like to use SVN instead use ‘releng/8.3′. As part of preparing for RC1 ‘releng/8.3′ was branched. The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases.” Here is the full release announcement.