BSD News 08/26/13

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Releases: PC-BSD, NetBSD, GhostBSD, freeNAS, MidnightBSD 
Other news: DragonFly BSD, NetBSD, GhostBSD


New PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE Images Available for Download

Kris has announced the availability of the latest PC-BSD images:
The latest PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE images (based upon FreeBSD 9.2-RC1) are now available for download. Users who install this image will be able to online update to a FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE kernel/world when it is announced.
Changes since the last ISO:
Addition of the “lpreserver” CLI utility
  • Allows you to schedule ZFS snapshot creation
  • Supports ZFS send/recv to replicate your entire system to a remote machine
  • Logging & E-mail Reporting of snapshot / replication status
  • Basic ZFS monitor will warn of zpool failures or low disk space
  • GUI utility will be included in the next ISOs
Desktops can now set / change the system hostname during the first boot wizard
Fixed an issue with Warden creating templates on non ‘/’ mounted zpools
Seperate SWAP partitions are now created along side a zpool
  • When using raidz / mirroring, SWAP will be setup with ‘gmirror’ across all disks
The Warden GUI can now launch a graphical package manager for your jails under “Tools”
Fixed an issue with GRUB showing “no symbol table” errors at boot
Added a “pkg” wrapper to the CLI, which will do cleanup & conflict resolution during package operations 

NetBSD 6.1.1 released

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 6.1.1, the first security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 6.1 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons.
For more details, please see the 6.1.1 release notes.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 6.1.1 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

GhostBSD 3.5-BETA1 (xfce) available 

Eric Tureon has announced the availability of the first Xfce beta development images for the upcoming GhostBSD 3.5. This release provides users and developers with a system to test out new features in the upcoming release. Some of the new changes and additions are: FreeBSD 9.2 Gnome2 replace with Mate 1.6 Xfce 4.10 Updated Installer […] 

FreeNAS 9.1.1-RC2 available 

iXsystems has announced the release of FreeNAS 9.1.1-RC2, skipping RC1.0. “This release is truly a Release Candidate in that it fixes all the known show-stoppers from 9.1.0-RELEASE. If nothing serious is found with it, this will be re-rolled unchanged as 9.1.1-RELEASE in a couple of days.” Download FreeNAS 9.1.1-RC2 FreeNAS 9.1.1-RC2 available was originally posted on […]

MidnightBSD 0.4-RELEASE-p2

0.4-RELEASE-p2 is a security patch to fix two vulnerabilities in MidnightBSD.  You can upgrade via CVS/CVSup.

Other news

DragonFly and Summer of Code, week 9

Details on hardware

If you’re curious about the hardware being used for the colocated servers (this includes the website, the repository, the mailing lists, dports build machines, etc.), here’s the ‘MicroCloud’ product page.  DragonFly’s model was purchased from iXsystems.   Apparently those Haswell processors have a fantastic power consumption to performance ratio.  (via

(luna68k) Native bootloader

Native bootloader support for NetBSD/luna68k ELF kernel has been committed. It's based on 4.4BSD/luna68k's "Stinger" bootloader written back in 1992 and 1993, and now we can load NetBSD/luna68k kernels from any SCSI disks or over LANCE Ethernet both on LUNA-I and LUNA-II. 

July 2013 Reports | GhostBSD

go read it ;] 

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