BSD News 06/24/13

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New BSD Magazine - FreeBSD anniversary - PC-BSD future plans - Playstation 4 OS based on FreeBSD - BSDCan Report

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Issue contents

  • A backup server with FreeBSD for mixed networks in SOHO environment
  • Keep OpenBSD customers satisfied
  • FreeBSD in Xen Cloud Platform (XCP)
  • FreeBSD on Rails
  • Manage your Ruby Versions Under FreeBSD
  • The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  • Creating PBI’s with EasyPBI
  • Sofin, the Software Installer

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    BSDCan Trip Report

    The next trip report is from Florian Smeets.

    PC-BSD Contest: Default PCDM Theme

    Calling all creative PC-BSD users! The developers at PC-BSD would like your help in designing a brand new theme for the PCDM login manager. The winning entry will see their own customized skin as the default theme in the next official release of PC-BSD! In addition, we would like to present the winner and runner-ups with awesome prize.

    I wanted to take this time to give you a status update on PC-BSD / TrueOS, and the direction going forward. As many of you know, we’ve been doing builds of 9.1-RELEASE and 9-STABLE as a “Rolling-Release”.

    In addition to the rolling release, we also have some other cool new projects in the works. The first among these is our work to make ZFS the cornerstone of the PC-BSD/TrueOS experience.  

    In addition to re-focusing on solely on ZFS as our default file-system, we have had to take a look at the feasibility of continuing with the i386 builds. As many of you know, ZFS is a 21st century operating system and doesn’t play nicely with the legacy i386 kernel / versions of FreeBSD. In addition over the past couple years, more and more of time-consuming issues we’ve encountered have been only on i386, partly due to the fact that most FreeBSD devs have already moved on to 64bit and also due to the quickly shrinking number of users / systems that still run i386. In order to make PC-BSD / TrueOS, secure, stable and timely, we’ve decided to drop the i386 builds going forward, and instead focus on a single 64bit architecture. This means the next editions of rolling-release and 9.2 onward will be 64bit only. 

    For those helping us test the rolling-release now, I hope to have a new ISO + package set available in the next week or so, which includes the new GRUB boot-loader for Boot-Environments.

    FreeBSD, 20 years young

    freebsd-birthday-20-yearsFreeBSD celebrates its 20th birthday this week. On 19 June 1993, David Greenman, Jordan Hubbard and Rod Grimes  announced the creation of their new fork of the BSD 4.3 operating system, and its new name: FreeBSD

    To: [email protected] (Interim 0.1.5)
    Subject: Re: “386BSD” trademark (fwd)
    From: David Greenman <[email protected]>
    Date: Sat, 19 Jun 93 17:26:02 -0700

    > Okay folks.. taking new name suggestions.. we have:
    > BSDFree86 – Rod, who is going with Jordans improved NON BSDI name..
    > Free86BSD – Jordan, Rod likes this one two…
    > – (F86BSD for short)
    > vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
    >                v                                                                     v
    >                v          This is the hat to drop yours in!       v
    >                v                                                                     v
    >                vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv

    How about just simply “FreeBSD”? No confusion, no fuss, seems like a good compromise to me. :-)

    To read more about FreeBSD’s history, have a look here ( and here (wikipedia).

    FreeBSD: Details about Playstation 4 OS development

     The Operating System is called “Orbis OS”. It is a modified version of FreeBSD 9.0.
    We aren’t sure if this will bring again the “Other OS” functions to Playstation 4 (remember that this option enabled Playstation 3 to install other OS in the console like linux or windows).

    Wallpaper of the week 

    as found at +PC-BSD 

    Did I miss some important news? Let the others know in comments!


    Jan Hovancik

    software developer - guitar player - poetry lover