BSD News 29/02/2016

Last week in BSD

Releases: OPNsense, FreeBSD, HardenedBSD
Other news:FreeBSD, NetBSD, ZFS, DragonFly BSD, Linux, BSDnow, OpenBSD, talks

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OPNsense 16.1.4 released

Here are the full patch notes:
  • ports: squid 3.5.14
  • dhcp: fix menu expand with IPv6 configuration
  • captive portal: fix database timeout lock message
  • interfaces: fix expand/collapse on status page for Edge
  • proxy: add maximum_object_size setting for squid
  • load balancer: improve filter reload to prevent traffic lockout (contributed by Frank Wall)
  • layout: fix searchable dropdown truncation with IE
  • firewall: fix action buttons on alias edit
  • menu: updated help menu entries

FreeBSD 10.3-BETA3 Available

The third BETA build for the FreeBSD 10.3 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.

New stable version: HardenedBSD-stable HardenedBSD-10-STABLE-v41

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FreeBSD for High Density Servers

In this session we will talk about how to install FreeBSD to MicroModularServer and how to manage and control those servers. To install FreeBSD to High Density Servers including NEC MicroModularServer or HP Moonshot, you need another skill compared to install to common PCs and rack mount servers. This kind of servers (low energy consumption, low computing power and high space efficient) are good for too many edge servers/web servers at limited rack space, for example, as an alternative system for Blade servers or many cores servers like Sun Fire T1000/T2000.

The NetBSD Core Team

After a number of years on the NetBSD core team, Alan Barrett ([email protected]) has decided to step down for personal reasons. I'm sure we'd all like to thank Alan for his contributions, including some late night meetings for him, due to the geographical locations of all the core team members. Thanks, Alan! Please join me in welcoming Martin Husemann ([email protected]) to the core team. Martin is a long-time NetBSD developer who has played his part on the NetBSD Foundation board of directors, but now brings his considerable skills to the core team, the technical management for the project; helping us define where we want to take NetBSD over the next 2 years and beyond. His background in portmastering the mac68k and sparc64 ports, as well as his participation in the release engineering team, means that he is well-placed to help us with this. The current core team now looks like: Alistair Crooks ([email protected]) Christos Zoulas ([email protected]) Chuck Silvers ([email protected]) Martin Husemann ([email protected]) Matt Green ([email protected]) Matt Thomas ([email protected]) Yamamoto Takashi ([email protected]) Congratulations, Martin! With best wishes, Alistair Crooks The 


FreeBSD and ZFS

ZFS has been making headlines lately, so it seems like the right time to talk about the longstanding relationship between FreeBSD and ZFS.

For nearly seven years, FreeBSD has included a production quality ZFS implementation, making it one of the key features of the FreeBSD operating system. ZFS is a combined file system and volume manager. Decoupling physical media from logical volumes allows free space to be efficiently shared between all of the file systems. ZFS introduced unprecedented data integrity and reliability guarantees to storage on FreeBSD. ZFS supports varying levels of redundancy for tolerance of hardware failures and includes cryptographic checksums on all data to guard against corruption.

Allan Jude, VP of Operations at ScaleEngine and coauthor of FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS, said “We started using ZFS in 2011 because we needed to safely store a huge quantity of video for our customers. FreeBSD was, and still is, the best platform for deploying ZFS in production. We now store more than a petabyte of video using ZFS, and use ZFS Boot Environments on all of our servers.”

So why does FreeBSD include ZFS and contribute to its continued development? FreeBSD community members understand the need for continued development work as technologies evolve. OpenZFS is the truly open source successor to the ZFS project and the FreeBSD Project has participated in OpenZFS since its founding in 2013. FreeBSD developers and those from Delphix, Nexenta, Joyent, the ZFS on Linux project, and the Illumos project work together to continue improving OpenZFS.

FreeBSD’s unique open source infrastructure, copyfree license, and engaged community support the integration of a variety of free software components, including OpenZFS. FreeBSD makes an excellent operating system for servers and end users, and it provides a foundation for many open source projects and commercial products.

We're happy that ZFS is available in FreeBSD as a fully integrated, first class file system and wish to thank all of those who have contributed to it over the years.


DragonFly default shells and library changes

I see this bite people irregularly over the years: if your default shell on login can’t run, what do you do?  I’ve seen it happen because of a missing /usr/lib, and it can happen with out-of-date library references, too.   There’s several different ways to deal with it:
That last one may be useful if your dports setup gets mangled, somehow – though ‘pkg upgrade’ has always worked for me.

Linux Emulation goes to the great bitbucket of the sky

It's been a long time coming, but Linux Emulation is going away.
Module name: ports
Changes by: [email protected] 2016/02/26 09:05:12

Modified files:
 emulators      : Makefile 
 games          : Makefile 

Log message:
Linux emulation is going away, unhook the Fedora userland and the last
port depending on it
Only useful on i386, with a super-old userland port available; Goodbye sweet COMPAT_LINUX, we hardly knew ye.
[email protected] also sent in a patch that fully removes COMPAT_LINUX from the tree, which is expected to land soon.


Store all the Things | BSD Now 130

Allan is back from the Storage Summit in Silicon Valley! We are going to get his thoughts on how the conference went, plus bring you the latest ZFS info discussed. That plus the usual BSD news is headed your way right now!

Code stuff

Interesting articles

BSDCan: OpenBSD presentations

Wallpaper of the week 

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Jan Hovancik

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