BSD News 16/12/13

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FreeBSD 10.0-RC2 Now Available 

The second RC build for the FreeBSD-10.0 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

Changes between -RC1 and -RC2 include:

  • Fix a crash when attempting to use a non-disk device as an iSCSI LUN.
  • Fix handling of empty iSCSI authentication groups.
  • Fix a regression in bsdinstall(8) that prevented the system from decrypting GELI providers when installing ZFS on GELI.
  • Several Radeon KMS bug fixes.
  • Several wireless bug fixes.
  • Several clang bug fixes.

Other news

EuroBSDcon 2013 Developer Summit Report   

A special status report on the EuroBSDcon 2013 FreeBSD Developer Summit is now available with 13 entries.

DragonFly BSD: Binutils update to 2.24

John Marino has moved DragonFly from binutils 2.22 to 2.24.  I think this may require a full buildworld when upgrading…  not sure.  Anyway, binutils has a changelog if you are curious.

DragonFly BSD: ISA support is really gone 

ISA device support is really gone.  Well, except for keyboard and some spots where it can’t be be removed.  I don’t think I’ve even seen an ISA card in some years…

DragonFly BSD: Go APE for bge and bnx 

The bnx(4) and bge(4) network drivers now have APE support, thanks to Sepherosa Ziehau.  What’s that mean?  Other than an opportunity for punning jokes, I don’t know.

“We cannot trust” Intel and Via’s chip-based crypto, FreeBSD developers say   

Developers of the FreeBSD operating system will no longer allow users to trust processors manufactured by Intel and Via Technologies as the sole source of random numbers needed to generate cryptographic keys that can't easily be cracked by government spies and other adversaries.

Related: Theo De Raadt Says FreeBSD Is Just Catching Up On Security

Kickin' NAS | BSD Now 15 

We'll be looking at the new version of FreeNAS, a BSD-based network attached storage solution, as well as talking to Josh Paetzel - one of the key developers of FreeNAS. Actually, he's on the FreeBSD release engineering team too, and does quite a lot for the project. We've got answers to viewer-submitted questions and plenty of news to cover, so get ready for some BSD Now - the place to B.. SD. 

BSDCan 2014 CFP

Dan Langille wrote in to tell us that BSDCan is accepting proposals for talks:
BSDCan 2014 will be held 16-17 (Fri-Sat) May, 2014 in Ottawa, at the University of Ottawa. It will be preceded by two days of tutorials on 14-15 May (Wed-Thu). We are now accepting proposals for talks. Read more...

Code Stuff

In Other BSDs for 2013/12/14  

Interesting articles

FuguIta - An OpenBSD 5.4 + Patches LiveCD/LiveUSB 
Build a Home Server for your music and movies with FreeNAS 
Randomness, Netflix, Google Compute Engine, Tarsnap, BSDRP
Considerations regarding DMARC forensic reports, and other implementation notes
Experimenting with zero-copy network IO in FreeBSD-HEAD 
Faces of FreeBSD - Shteryana Shopova

Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to The Freebsd Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. 

Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover