Monday, April 21, 2014

BSD News 21/04/14

Last week in BSD
Releases: FreeNAS, NetBSD
Other News: DiscoverBSD, FreeNas, iXsystems, FreeBSD Foundation, DragonFly BSD, OpenBSD, OpenSSL, FreeBSD


FreeNAS is now available

Please come and get it from the usual location. Also as usual, the issues we fixed in this release are best described by looking at the list of fixed tickets in the milestone.  We improved replication speed, we fixed more issues with CIFS, we brought in some ZFS fixes (addressing the zpool history 100% CPU spin, among other things), and just basically did our best to keep whittling away at the issues that made less than complaint-free.

NetBSD 6.1.4 and 6.0.5 released!

For more details, please see the NetBSD 6.1.4 release notes or NetBSD 6.0.5 release notes.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 6.1.4 and NetBSD 6.0.5 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services may be found at
Other news

No BSD news last week

I've been travelling so I didn't have chance to write. As you might know, I am now on Internship in India (Mumbai), so I travelled South India. Very nice, indeed.

FreeNAS Professional Training Courses Announced by iXsystems

The first available professional training, "Intro to FreeNAS and ZFS", introduces students to the FreeNAS Web User Interface. They will learn how to setup volumes and share data using AFP, NFS and CIFS. The ZFS portion of the training will cover enterprise features including caching, snapshots, and replication. New users and experienced system administrators will learn everything needed to get started with FreeNAS and set up ZFS for maximum performance and uptime.

Signups and schedules are available at

FreeBSD Foundation: Spring Fundraising Campaign

The FreeBSD Foundation has just released news regarding their Spring Fundraising Campaign: We’re kicking off our Spring Fundraising Campaign! Our goal this year is to raise $1,000,000 with a spending budget of $900,000. As we embark on our 15th year of serving the FreeBSD Project and community, we are proud of how we’ve helped FreeBSD

DragonFlyBSD: Dynamic binaries arrive

Here’s the announcement from Francois Tigeot: DragonFly now uses dynamic binaries in the root filesystem.  You will need to do a full buildworld/buildkernel if on 3.7 and upgrading.

OpenBSD has started a massive strip-down and cleanup of OpenSSL 

The denizens of (and no doubt you, eagle-eyed reader!) have made note of the ongoing rototilling of the OpenSSL code in OpenBSD, and Joshua Stein (jcs@) has chimed in with a quick breakdown of the action thus far:
Changes so far to OpenSSL 1.0.1g since the 11th include:
  • Splitting up libcrypto and libssl build directories
  • Fixing a use-after-free bug
  • Removal of ancient MacOS, Netware, OS/2, VMS and Windows build junk
  • Removal of “bugs” directory, benchmarks, INSTALL files, and shared library goo for lame platforms
  • Removal of most (all?) backend engines, some of which didn’t even have appropriate licensing
  • Ripping out some windows-specific cruft
  • Removal of various wrappers for things like sockets, snprintf, opendir, etc. to actually expose real return values
  • KNF of most C files
  • Removal of weak entropy additions
  • Removal of all heartbeat functionality which resulted in Heartbleed
To clarify, not all of the cryptographic engines were removed; the padlock and aesni engines are still in place.
As always, it's heartening to see a concentrated effort on such a critical software component.

FreeBSD: January-March, 2014 Status Report

The January-March, 2014 Status Report is now available with 41 entries.

Certified Package Delivery | BSD Now 33

We sit down with Jim Brown from the BSD Certification group to talk about the BSD exams. Following that, we’ll be showing you how to build OpenBSD binary packages in bulk, a la poudriere. There’s a boatload of news and we’ve got answers to your questions, coming up on BSD Now – the place to B.. SD. 
Code stuff
Weekly Feature Digest 26 — The Lumina Project and preload   
ALTQ removed from -current
In Other BSDs for 2014/04/19 

Monday, April 7, 2014

BSD News 07/04/14

Last week in BSD
Releases: pfSense
Other news:  FreeBSD, NetBSD, playstation2, tarsnap, pfSense, DragonFly BSD, pfSense, Unix, Wallpaper, PC-BSD, BSDnow


pfSense 2.1.1-RELEASE now available 

The largest change is to close the following security issues / CVEs:
  • FreeBSD-SA-14:01.bsnmpd / CVE-2014-1452
  • FreeBSD-SA-14:02.ntpd / CVE-2013-5211
  • FreeBSD-SA-14:03.openssl / CVE-2013-4353, CVE-2013-6449, CVE-2013-6450
Other than these, the em/igb/ixgb/ixgbe drivers have been upgraded to add support for i210 and i354 NICs.   Some Intel 10Gb Ethernet NICs will also see improved performance.
The release is making its way to the mirrors now. The complete list of significant changes can also be found here including more details on the above.

Other news

NetBSD: The playstation2 port is back 

In 2009 the playstation2 port was removed from the NetBSD sources, since it had not been compilable for months and no modern enough compiler was available.
Due to a strange series of events the code changes needed to support the (slightly unusual) MIPS CPU used in the playstation2 had never been merged into gcc nor binutils mainline. Only recently this has been fixed. Unfortunately the changes have not been pulled up to the gcc 4.8.3 branch (which is available in NetBSD-current), so an external toolchain from pkgsrc is needed for the playstation2.
To install this toolchain, use a pkgsrc-current checkout and cd to cross/gcc-mips-current, then do "make install" - that is all.
Work is in progress to bring the old code up to -current. Hopefully a bootable NetBSD-current kernel will be available soon.

Tarsnap price cut   

Effective April 1st (I nearly announced this yesterday, but decided to wait until the April Fools' jokes were out of the way) I'm cutting Tarsnap's bandwidth and monthly storage pricing from $0.30/GB to $0.25/GB. 

pfSense on m3.medium and m3.large Amazon EC2 instances 

The Netgate pfSense® marketplace AMI can run on the new m3.medium and m3.large instance types with significantly lower AWS usage charges than on the previously available m3.xlarge instance type.
The existing user guide now has a section that mentions “Protecting a private network in VPC”, or you can just read the new section on using VPC with pfSense.

Edgy BSD Users | BSD Now 31

This week we’ll be talking to Richard Stallman about the upcoming GPLv4 and how it will protect our software from being stolen. After that, we’ll show you how to recover from those pesky ZFS on Linux corruption issues, as well as some tips on how to explain to your boss that all the production boxes were compromised. Your questions and all the latest GNUs, on Linux Now – the place to Lin.. ux.

Video cards on DragonFly   

In a thread about video cards on DragonFly, Francois Tigeot listed good ATI cards to try, and pointed out the VESA driver is probably your best bet right now with NVidia cards.

Code stuff

EuroBSDCon, BhyveCon, PkgNG, ShiBSD, PC-BSD and pfSense 
Thinkpad users: update for ACPI 
PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 24 
In Other BSDs for 2014/04/05 

Interesting articles

The Short List #6: Make the CD drive do something useful on #FreeBSD 
The Short List #8: Using #lldb with a core file on #FreeBSD 
Random Number Generators at NYU/NYCBUG 
How I killed 13 500 000 pages in the Google search engine 
7 habits of highly successful Unix admins 

Wallpaper of the week

after very long time, awesome wallpaper of Heart Nebula found on g+


Monday, March 31, 2014

BSD News 31/03/14

Last week in BSD
Releases: FuguIta, GhostBSD
Other news: DragonFly BSD,OpenBSD, BSDnow, BSDTalk, BSDMag, Unix, Bhyve, Jenkins,

Thursday, March 27, 2014

[BSD] Get a free KVM VPS to play with! And write about it II.

First part here:

[BSD] Get a free KVM VPS to play with! And write about it. 

Basically, I wanna write an update.

It's been some time since first article,  and honestly, I am a bit surprised that only 2 people are interested. I was expecting more people (634 views of article so far). But that's not the end of the world. 

Right now I am gonna write to the people and I will decide which one will be first. I think I can give them up to 2 months or so. We all have personal life so we shall see. 

First person wants to write about BSD for begginers, the second wanna write about some benchmarks and so. So both looks good to me. If you think you can beat them, let me know and VPS is yours ;]

I'll keep you updated.

Monday, March 24, 2014

BSD News 24/03/14

Last week in BSD
Releases: FreeNAS
Other News : DragonFly BSD, FreeBSD, Bhyve, Jenkins, AsiaBSDCon, jails, BSDNow, PC-BSD