BSD News 9/16/13

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Releases of FreeBSD, GhostBSD, PC-BSD, pfSense and other news


FreeBSD 9.2-RC4 Now Available

FreeBSD 9.2-RC4 has been announced. Refer to the announcement for the checksums for each file.

The fourth release candidate builds of the 9.2-RELEASE release cycle are now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures.

ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images
are available here.

FreeBSD 10.0-ALPHA1 Now Available

The first ALPHA build of the 10.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, and sparc64 architectures.

The image checksums are at the end of the announcement email.

ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images are available here and at any of the FreeBSD mirror sites.

PC-BSD 9.2-RELEASE based on RC4 is released 

A new release of PC-BSD is out. It is based on the latest FreeBSD 9.2-RC4 which should be the last release candidate before 9.2.
Nothing extraordinary new, but the system consolidates well and always gets better. For example, my intel driver card is now working perfectly, it is auto-detected at boot and everything works out-of-the-box (graphics, wifi, bluetooth, sd card reader ...) !

Link to the download :
Official announcement :

pfSense 2.1-RELEASE now available!

I’m proud to announce the release of pfSense 2.1, and our new Gold Subscription! The 2.1 book and our AutoConfigBackup service, available for years to support subscribers, are immediately available today to Gold subscribers. See this post for details. Onto the release!
This release brings many new features, with the biggest change being IPv6 support in most every portion of the system. There are also a number of bug fixes, and touch ups in general. It’s making its way to the mirrors now, and should be on all of them by end of day Sunday. The complete list of significant changes follows, and can also be found here including more details. If you want to see every single individual change, check out RELENG_2_1 commits in our github here and the 469 completed tickets in our redmine here.

GhostBSD 3.5 BETA3 is now available

 The third BETA  build of the 3.5 development release is now available on SourceForge for LXDE and Xfce on amd64 and i386 architectures.
The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:

Changes between BETA2 and BETA3 include:
  • FreeBSD RC2 to RC3.
  • Removed Caja in Xfce and Lxde.
  • Replaced Atril by ePDFViewer
  • Mate and Openbox images 
Known issue.
  • Bxpkg package manager fail to start due to some GTK+ issue.
  • Gksu is missing.

Other news

 DragonFly and Google Summer of Code, week 12 Episode 002: Engineering and Powder Kegs

Allan Jude (@AllanJude) and Kris Moore (@pcbsdkris), founder of the PC-BSD project, have set up and are hosting a weekly video podcast at
The show is dedicated to spreading the word about the BSD family of operating systems, and keeping those who are already aware up to date with the latest news and developments.
The second episode is now available. Allan and Kris discuss the following subjects:
  • 64bit time in OpenBSD
  • AESNI pipelining gets a speed boost
  • OpenBSD 5.4 Preorders
  • GCC no longer built by default on FreeBSD -CURRENT
  • Patch to update Xorg and MESA on FreeBSD
  • Interview – Glen Barber
  • Making your own binary repository
  • iXsystems hosts FreeBSD Anniversary party
  • NetBSD gets basic support for the cubieboard 1 & 2
  • Rayservers ditches Linux for BSD
  • HPN for OpenSSH 6.2
  • Call for testing: OpenSSH-6.3
  • pkgsrc gets signing support
  • FreeBSD vs. Linux: 10 points of superiority

OpenBSD 5.4 preorders started, release song available 

With this commit, Theo de Raadt ([email protected]) quietly enabled pre-orders for the upcoming OpenBSD 5.4 release.
The release song, "Our favorite hacks", is also available for download.
The release page's What's New section is still filling out, but reading the detailed change log leads to the inevitable conclusion: What's not to like? Whip out your credit card and order, now! Pre-orders will be processed on a first come basis.

BSD Magazine (September 2013): Day-to-Day BSD Administration

September’s issue of the BSD Magazine is now available: Day to Day BSD Administration (free PDF download).
This issue is dedicated to day-to-day BSD administration with the use of MidnightBSD custom installations and Live CDs, BSD server maintenance, directory encryption using PEFS and much more.
  • It’s lonely at the top
  • MidnightBSD Custom Installations and Live CDs
  • BSD Server Maintenance
  • Re-purposing an Abandoned Mac Mini as a Wireless Router with OpenBSD
  • Monit – Monitoring solution for enterprise and SOHO servers with FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 8
  • A closer look at the changes in PC-BSD/TrueOS 9.2 – Part 2 – Directory encryption using PEFS
  • Intro to ZFS
  • FreeBSD on XenServer

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


Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover