BSD News 24/02/14

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Releases: FreeNAS
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Announcing FreeNAS

Release Notes for FreeNAS
  • Samba (SMB/CIFS support) upgraded to version 4.1.4, with select key fixes cherry-picked from 4.1.5. This version adds support for SMB3, the ability for FreeNAS to be a Windows Domain Controller, and advanced features like server-side copy support in Windows 2012 and later, along with multiple years worth of improvements over the version of Samba that shipped in 9.2.0. Samba4 also enables SMB protocol version 3. Previous versions of FreeNAS limited samba to SMB2 because of random crashes that would occur using SMB3. We also fixed a number of Samba issues specific to FreeNAS in – see the fixed bug list for details.
  • A system dataset (.system) is now created in a user-configurable pool, the default being the first pool found. This can be changed in System->Settings->Advanced, the .system dataset being created as needed. This dataset becamse necessary for storing persistent Samba permissions, and is also being leveraged for other purposes, like collecting core files (which otherwise might overflow the limited system partition space) and storing system log files. It will be used for additional purposes as FreeNAS evolves.
  • A panic that occurred with VIMAGE jails has been fixed.
  • A bad bug with jail templates that caused them to be gratuitously downloaded has been fixed. See the fixed bugs query above for details.

Other News

Status of GNOME 3 on OpenBSD

Antoine Jacoutot writes in with an update on the current status of Gnome 3 on OpenBSD:

It's been a while since I wanted to write something about the state of GNOME as a day-to-day Desktop on OpenBSD. It's no secret amongst OpenBSD people that the company I work for maintains (amongst other things) a park of a few thousand OpenBSD Desktops around the world.
Read more... 
A FreeNAS 9.2 RELEASE to Ring in the New Year 
"It’s a new year, so we’re taking some time to look back and reflect on the things we’ve accomplished last year…  "

Call For Testers: New Major Upgrade Methodology
Kris just posted a call for testers for a new methodology for major system upgrades (such as  9.2 -> 10.0 -> 10.1, etc..) and we are looking for people who are still running 9.2  to try it out. 

A Sixth pfSense | BSD 25 

We sit down for an interview with Chris Buechler, from the pfSense project, to learn just how easy it can be to deploy a BSD firewall. We'll also be showing you a walkthrough of the pfSense interface so you can get an idea of just how convenient and powerful it is. Answers to your questions and the latest headlines, here on BSD Now - the place to B.. SD. 

Autoinstall Video Demonstration

As a followup to our earlier story about automated installations, Robert Peichaer ([email protected]) wrote in with a video that demonstrates how the new autoinstall works.
To play the video, click here.
This awesomeness will be part of OpenBSD 5.5, to be released on May 1st, 2014!

Code Stuff
Two AMD changes 
PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 18 
Clockmod replaces p4tcc 
Do you have ACPI _PMM? 
In Other BSDs for 2014/02/22 

Interesting articles
DragonFly BSD 3.8 release goals 
Build your own FreeBSD/EC2 images
Xorg can now run without privilege on OpenBSD


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