BSD News 10/03/14

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Releases: GhostBSD
Other news:DragonFly BSD, BSDCan, freeNAS, OpenSMTPD, iXsystems, BSDnow, PC-BSD,


GhostBSD 4.0-ALPHA1 now available 

The first ALPHA build of the 4.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available on SourceForge for the amd64, i386 architectures.
Where to download
The image checksums, ISO images and USB images are available here:

Other news

DragonFly BSD: For Intel graphics users who can’t find a monitor 

If you’re using the i915 driver for xorg, and xorg dies with a “No monitor specified for screen” error, there’s a config change to fix that, or you can just update.

coretemp available on DragonFly by default

Coretemp is now in the default kernel configs for DragonFly, so you can use coretemp to see your Intel CPU temperature.

Bugs site now supports OpenID, the bug reporting site for DragonFly, uses Redmine.  It’s been updated and now can take OpenID for your login.

BSDCan 2014 Registrations Open 

Registration for the 2014 version of the main and longest running North American BSD conference, BSDCan, is now open. The conference takes place in Ottawa, Canada, on the University of Ottawa campus May 14-15 (tutorials) and May 16-17 (talks). You can register for the conference here.

iXsystems Announces All-New FreeNAS Mini Storage Device 

Some key features of the new Mini include:
  • Power efficient Eight-Core 2.4GHz CPU, drawing only 17 Watts
  • Hardware-accelerated ZFS disk encryption
  • 16GB of ECC memory = max performance and data protection (upgradeable to 32GB)
  • Hot swap functionality with tool-less, front loading drive bays
  • Capable of saturating dual Intel Gigabit LAN Ports
  • Dedicated Remote Hardware Management Interface (IPMI) or option to share through on-board LAN
  • Latest FreeNAS version installed and configured on dedicated, internal flash device
  • 3 x USB 2.0 Ports (2 front, 1 rear), 1 x Serial Port (DB9), 1 x VGA
  • Physical security: locking front bezel, latchable drive trays, and chassis lock eyelet (for cable or padlock)
  • Uses Western Digital Red drives, which are specifically designed for small office and home office NAS applications
NetBSD: First ports switched to gcc 4.8 

After several months of preparation, the first ports (hppa, sparc and sparc64) have switched their compiler to gcc version 4.8 today. Amd64 and i386 should follow soon.

BSD Now vs. BSDTalk | BSD Now 27
 The long-awaited meetup is finally happening on today's show. We're going to be interviewing the original BSD podcaster, Will Backman, to discuss what he's been up to and what the future of BSD advocacy looks like. After that, we'll be showing you how to track (and even cross-compile!) the -CURRENT branch of NetBSD. We've got answers to user-submitted questions and the latest news, on BSD Now - the place to B.. SD.

Code stuff
OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 Released
Introduction to FreeNAS Development (video) 
arcmsr(4) update 
PC-BSD Weekly Feature Digest 20 
In Other BSDs for 2014/03/08

Interesting articles
Introduction to FreeNAS Development by John Hixson
FreeNAS 9.2.1 – Plex Media Server Plugin Tutorial 
Backing up Hammer to non-Hammer volumes


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