BSD News 24/11/2014

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Releases: NetBSD, FreeNAS, PC-BSD
Other news:  BSDSec, PC-BSD, TrueOS, FreeBSD Foundation, DragonFly BSD, OpenBSD, HardenedBSD, Lumina Desktop, NetBSD, freeNAS, BSDnow, BSDTalk


NetBSD 5.1.5 and 5.2.3 released  

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 5.1.5, the fifth security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 5.1 release branch, and NetBSD 5.2.3, the third security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 5.2 release branch. They represent a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons, and if you are running a prior release of either branch, we strongly suggest that you update to one of these releases.

 For more details, please see the release notes at: Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 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:

 As a reminder and warning, the upcoming release of NetBSD 7.0 will bring about the end of support for the following branches: - netbsd-5 - netbsd-5-1 - netbsd-5-2 As in the past, we will provide a grace period of a month, but now is a good time to start thinking about your upgrade paths. 


PC-BSD 10.1 Highlights
* KDE 4.14.2
* GNOME 3.12.2
* Cinnamon 2.2.16
* Chromium 38.0.2125.104_1
* Firefox 33.1
* NVIDIA Driver 340.24
* Lumina desktop 0.7.1-beta
* Pkg 1.3.8_3
* New AppCafe HTML5 web/remote interface, for both desktop / server usage
* New CD-sized text-installer ISO files for TrueOS / server deployments
* New Centos 6.6 Linux emulation base
* New HostAP mode for Wifi GUI utilities
* UEFI support for boot and installation
* Automatic tuning of ZFS memory usage at install time
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition (Also on mirror/raidz setups!)
* New VirtualBox / VMware / RAW disk images of desktop / server installations
For a more complete list of changes, please check our wiki page.

Along with our traditional PC-BSD DVD ISO image, we have also created a CD-sized ISO image of TrueOS, our server edition.
This is a text-based installer which includes FreeBSD 10.1-Release under the hood. It includes the following features:
* ZFS on Root installation
* Boot-Environment support
* Command-Line versions of PC-BSD utilities, such as Warden, Life-Preserver and more.
* Support for enabling the AppCafe web-interface for remote usage out of box
* Support for full-disk (GELI) encryption without an unencrypted /boot partition  (Also on mirror/raidz setups!)

FreeNAS is now available 

Please get it from the usual place:
This should, knock on wood, be the very last release on the 9.2.1-BRANCH and also the last 32 bit version of FreeNAS, so if you’ve got some older hardware you just have to keep using, this is the release to run!
Please see for all bugs addressed in this release, though the list is very short:
  • Fix a bug preventing Directory Server mode from working.
  • Fix a memory leak in ZFS that is triggered by having a compressed dataset and an L2ARC device.
  • Preserve the Samba SID across reboots and upgrades.
  • Fix two problems in the config file generator for CTL:
    1. Unbreak device extents when using physical devices or multi path devices.
    2. Unbreak the case when target auth or discover auth is set to Auto.
  • Fix a priviledge escalation issue.
  • Save debug now includes the output of zpool history.
relayd errata Nov 17 
pfctl errata Nov 17 
gethostbyname errata 
httpd errata 

Other news

Updated! - FreeBSD Foundation Announces Generous Donation and Fundraising Milestone 

The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce it has received a $1,000,000 donation from Jan Koum, CEO and Co-Founder of WhatsApp. This marks the largest single donation to the Foundation since its inception almost 15 years ago, and serves as another example of someone using FreeBSD to great success and then giving back to the community.  

The following contains the full text from Jan's Facebook post on 11/17/2014:

Last week, I donated one million dollars to the FreeBSD Foundation, which supports the open source operating system that has helped millions of programmers pursue their passions and bring their ideas to life.
I’m actually one of those people. I started using FreeBSD in the late 90s, when I didn’t have much money and was living in government housing. In a way, FreeBSD helped lift me out of poverty – one of the main reasons I got a job at Yahoo! is because they were using FreeBSD, and it was my operating system of choice. Years later, when Brian and I set out to build WhatsApp, we used FreeBSD to keep our servers running. We still do.
I’m announcing this donation to shine a light on the good work being done by the FreeBSD Foundation, with the hope that others will also help move this project forward. We’ll all benefit if FreeBSD can continue to give people the same opportunity it gave me – if it can lift more immigrant kids out of poverty, and help more startups build something successful, and even transformative.
 --Jan Koum

 bsdtalk248 - DragonFlyBSD with Matthew Dillon

An interview with Matthew Dillon about the upcoming 4.0 release of DragonFly BSD. File Info: 43Min, 20MB.

Ogg Link:

Rump Kernels Revisited | BSD Now 64

This time on the show, we'll be talking with Justin Cormack about NetBSD rump kernels. We'll learn how to run them on other operating systems, what's planned for the future and a lot more. As always, answers to viewer-submitted questions and all the news for the week, on BSD Now - the place to B.. SD.

Code stuff
DragonFlyBSD: Old USB out, new USB in 
OpenBSD: Perl Updated to 5.20.1 
HardenedBSD: a.out And NULL Mapping Support Removal
Lumina Version 0.7.2 Tagged 
Call for Testing: 64-bit PCI Bridge Support
In Other BSDs for 2014/11/22 

Interesting articles

So they sent me a CI20
… mmm emulators.
More information on PC-BSD’s new Role System


Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover