BSD News 21/04/14

Last week in BSD
Releases: FreeNAS, NetBSD
Other News: DiscoverBSD, FreeNas, iXsystems, FreeBSD Foundation, DragonFly BSD, OpenBSD, OpenSSL, FreeBSD


FreeNAS is now available

Please come and get it from the usual location. Also as usual, the issues we fixed in this release are best described by looking at the list of fixed tickets in the milestone.  We improved replication speed, we fixed more issues with CIFS, we brought in some ZFS fixes (addressing the zpool history 100% CPU spin, among other things), and just basically did our best to keep whittling away at the issues that made less than complaint-free.

NetBSD 6.1.4 and 6.0.5 released!

For more details, please see the NetBSD 6.1.4 release notes or NetBSD 6.0.5 release notes.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 6.1.4 and NetBSD 6.0.5 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services may be found at
Other news

No BSD news last week

I've been travelling so I didn't have chance to write. As you might know, I am now on Internship in India (Mumbai), so I travelled South India. Very nice, indeed.

FreeNAS Professional Training Courses Announced by iXsystems

The first available professional training, "Intro to FreeNAS and ZFS", introduces students to the FreeNAS Web User Interface. They will learn how to setup volumes and share data using AFP, NFS and CIFS. The ZFS portion of the training will cover enterprise features including caching, snapshots, and replication. New users and experienced system administrators will learn everything needed to get started with FreeNAS and set up ZFS for maximum performance and uptime.

Signups and schedules are available at

FreeBSD Foundation: Spring Fundraising Campaign

The FreeBSD Foundation has just released news regarding their Spring Fundraising Campaign: We’re kicking off our Spring Fundraising Campaign! Our goal this year is to raise $1,000,000 with a spending budget of $900,000. As we embark on our 15th year of serving the FreeBSD Project and community, we are proud of how we’ve helped FreeBSD

DragonFlyBSD: Dynamic binaries arrive

Here’s the announcement from Francois Tigeot: DragonFly now uses dynamic binaries in the root filesystem.  You will need to do a full buildworld/buildkernel if on 3.7 and upgrading.

OpenBSD has started a massive strip-down and cleanup of OpenSSL 

The denizens of (and no doubt you, eagle-eyed reader!) have made note of the ongoing rototilling of the OpenSSL code in OpenBSD, and Joshua Stein ([email protected]) has chimed in with a quick breakdown of the action thus far:
Changes so far to OpenSSL 1.0.1g since the 11th include:
  • Splitting up libcrypto and libssl build directories
  • Fixing a use-after-free bug
  • Removal of ancient MacOS, Netware, OS/2, VMS and Windows build junk
  • Removal of “bugs” directory, benchmarks, INSTALL files, and shared library goo for lame platforms
  • Removal of most (all?) backend engines, some of which didn’t even have appropriate licensing
  • Ripping out some windows-specific cruft
  • Removal of various wrappers for things like sockets, snprintf, opendir, etc. to actually expose real return values
  • KNF of most C files
  • Removal of weak entropy additions
  • Removal of all heartbeat functionality which resulted in Heartbleed
To clarify, not all of the cryptographic engines were removed; the padlock and aesni engines are still in place.
As always, it's heartening to see a concentrated effort on such a critical software component.

FreeBSD: January-March, 2014 Status Report

The January-March, 2014 Status Report is now available with 41 entries.

Certified Package Delivery | BSD Now 33

We sit down with Jim Brown from the BSD Certification group to talk about the BSD exams. Following that, we’ll be showing you how to build OpenBSD binary packages in bulk, a la poudriere. There’s a boatload of news and we’ve got answers to your questions, coming up on BSD Now – the place to B.. SD. 
Code stuff
Weekly Feature Digest 26 — The Lumina Project and preload   
ALTQ removed from -current
In Other BSDs for 2014/04/19 


Jan Hovancik

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