BSD News 10/21/13

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FreeBSD 10.0-BETA1 now available

The first beta build of the 10.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures.  ISO images and, for architectures that support it, memory stick images are available here.

Preinstalled virtual machine images are available for the amd64 and i386 architectures, located under the 'snapshots' directory here.  The disk images are available in both QCOW2 and VMDK format.  The image download size is approximately 136 MB, which decompress to a 20GB sparse image.

The image checksums can be found in the announcement.

Other News 

Searching DragonFly man pages with Mozilla 

There is a search plugin for Mozilla that searches DragonFly man pages.

OpenBSD: New queueing system now in -current 

Long thought to be a mythical beast by many, the new queueing system (aka traffic shaping, also hinted at here) has now finally been committed to the official OpenBSD source tree.
With a series of commits on October 12th, 2013, starting with this one, Henning Brauer ([email protected]) added the new queueing system to OpenBSD-current.
The altq(4) subsystem will stay in for a transition period, but if you don't want to transition just yet, you still have to make one tiny adjustment to your pf.conf. The Following -current FAQ has some pointers, while the updated pf.conf man page has all the details.

BSD Magazine : October issue out ! 

You can download it here.

  • FreeBSD Moves to Subversion
  • Gentle Introduction to Programming in Clojure
  • The Revamped Life-Preserver – How New ZFS Utilities are Changing FreeBSD & PC-BSD
  • Migrating from Linux to FreeBSD
  • FreeBSD for C++11 Developer (Eclipse Indigo + CDT + GCC 4.8)
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer – Part 9
  • Improved Updates and LTS for OpenBSD
  • Column: The Computer Says “No”
  • Interview with Klaus P. Ohrhallinger
Code stuff: 
PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 10/18/13 
In Other BSDs for 2013/10/19 

NetBSD: Running applications on the Xen Hypervisor

There are a number of motivations for running applications directly on top of the Xen hypervisor without resorting to a full general-purpose OS. Continue reading article to find out more.Also: PCI driver support for rump kernels on Xen

BSDNow: Go Directly to Jail(8)

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report, July-September 2013

From the summary:

We have had another very active three months in the FreeBSD world, including two Developer Summits (BSDCam and EuroBSDcon) that will be covered in separate status reports. FreeBSD continues to push hard on security, with improvements to both the performance and reliability of the random number generation, and more compartmentalisation in programs in the base system.

For developers, there is work on a new modern debugger. There is also a significant amount of of modernization in the support for Objective-C and Ada via ports, making FreeBSD a first-rate platform for developing in either language, in addition to the existing C++11 and C11 support already present in the base system.

Server users will be pleased to see improvements in the iSCSI stack and scalability allowing over a million I/O operations per second on commodify hardware, while desktop users will see improvements in X support for new GPUs and for possible X replacements.

Thanks to all the reporters for the excellent work! This report contains 30 entries and we hope you enjoy reading it. 

Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover