The FreeNAS Demo Hosted by NetOpenServices for BSDmag Readers
NetOpenServices set up, for this special issue of BSDmag, a demo of the excellent FreeNAS™. We wanted that magazine’s readers can immediately have a platform that allows them to test the different items FreeNAS will offer us. We hope you will enjoy it much and that you will discover the excellent FreeNAS™.
More information about this demo and the login/pass details, you will find in Imad Soltani’s article published in April issue of BSD Magazine.
Note: Demo is hosted thill the end of June.
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SpiderFoot, an Open Source Footprinting Tool
SpiderFoot is an open source footprinting tool, designed to be easy to use, fast and extensible.
“Footprinting” is the process of understanding as much as possible about a given target in order to perform a more complete security penetration test. Particularly for large networks, this can be a daunting task.
The main objective of SpiderFoot is to automate this process to the greatest extent possible, freeing up a penetration tester’s time to focus their efforts on the security testing itself.
Project website: http://www.spiderfoot.net/
MaheshaOpenBSD Server has been Released!
It is the same as MaheshaBSD Server (MaheshaBSD Server is based on FreeBSD 9.0), but running a turnkey WordPress server over network with an easy to use FTP server in OpenBSD 5.2 will give you a little more secure feel. The README!!!.txt file in the RAR file has all the necessary information. Download MaheshaOpenBSD Server here:
MaheshaBSD-2.0 Server has been released!
You can find MaheshaBSD-2.0 Server here!
The new version comes with WordPress running on a USB memory stick. The most important news: the USB image is writable, WordPress does not need any installation/configuration procedures and it runs immediately. The website of the project: http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/maheshaeng.htm
Watch out! Another BSD-Day is Rising!
This April Beastie visits Naples to gather BSD people of Italy and Central Europe to meet up! This event is an excellent opportunity for BSD developers and enthusiasts to present their work to larger audiences, share their thoughts with their fellows and reach out for their potential partners.
Traditionally, the event tries to avoid formalities as it does not require the speakers to submit papers or the attendees to register or pay an entry fee. However, the invited folks are encouraged to a give a brief talk on their favorite BSD topic. The goal is to motivate everybody, especially university students to see the benefits of our approach and take a chance on working with BSD systems.
iXsystems Announces Release of PC-BSD 9.1 Isotope Edition
New stable version based on FreeBSD 9.1 includes re-implemented Warden jail management utility and TrueOS server installation option.
iXsystems is pleased to announce the arrival of PC-BSD 9.1 Isotope Edition, the latest release of the secure and user-friendly operating system based on FreeBSD 9.1. Several new components are introduced in PC-BSD 9.1 Isotope including a revamped Warden jail management tool, improved ZFS support, user interface enhancements, and the new server edition of PC-BSD named “TrueOS”.
The biggest change to come from this update is a complete overhaul of PC-BSD’s Warden jail management utility with support for multiple ports jails, meta-packages, Linux jails, and ZFS snapshot management. Advanced users can now enjoy unlimited FreeBSD ports sandboxes thanks to the integration of the Ports Jail utility with the Warden UI. In addition, the integration of the update manager into Warden and support for meta-packages allow users to install the complex programs available on the PC-BSD installation media, e.g., Samba and Apache, in jails. The ability to install Linux distributions, including Debian and Gentoo, in jails opens up new options for virtualization on PC-BSD. All of these functions are available from both the graphical and command line interfaces.
PC-BSD 9.1 improves ZFS support in the installer and throughout the system, adding many new features. The installer simplifies the task of disk layout, including support for ZFS mirror and up to triple-parity software RAID. ZFS users can now use the ‘beadm’ utility to back up the boot environment before an upgrade or major system change and restore it if necessary. In Warden on ZFS, entire jails (including Linux jails) may be cloned and rolled back. These advanced administrative tools help PC-BSD live up to its reputation as a powerful and versatile desktop operating system.
“PC-BSD has made stunning progress and is rapidly becoming the Unix workstation OS we have all been waiting for,” says Michael Dexter, the editor of CallForTesting.org and a long-time BSD lecturer and advocate. “From including ZFS and elegant management tools to being completely GUI-agnostic, PC-BSD embraces and extends FreeBSD in dramatic yet respectful ways and the result is a great desktop experience for not only end users but also administrators and developers.”
Several other improvements continue to ensure that PC-BSD 9.1 remains user-friendly and accessible to everyone. Set-up is easier than ever with the new, simplified installer that requires as few as four clicks for the default installation. The new installer also separates pre-installation and post-installation tasks, allowing OEMs to install the system and leaving final configuration to the end user. An “About” icon has been added to the Control Panel, making it easy to determine the PC-BSD version and which desktops and version of X Window System have been installed. The new release supports KDE 4.9.3 and improves support for wifi and Intel video.
One of PC-BSD 9.1’s most exciting and anticipated new features is the new server installation option. The regular installer now presents the option to install TrueOS, a custom server edition of PC-BSD. TrueOS provides command line versions of PC-BSD utilities (including Warden, Meta-package Manager, and PBI Manager tools) in addition to the base FreeBSD install. It’s an excellent choice for users who want to avoid the overhead of even the lightest-weight window manager but want to take advantage of the powerful tools available in PC-BSD. iXsystems offers Professional Software Support for TrueOS and PC-BSD.
“With the new TrueOS server option, system administrators and enterprise users of Linux will immediately feel more at home being able to install a system with packages such as Bash, Apache, or Samba available out of box,” says Kris Moore, founder and lead developer of the PC-BSD project. “This, coupled with command-line versions of the ‘Warden’ jail management tool, meta-package manager, update manager and others, makes running a BSD-based server easier than ever.”
PC-BSD is a fully functional, user-friendly desktop operating system based on FreeBSD. It runs on the latest FreeBSD version 9.1 with a desktop interface of the user’s choice and graphical system installer. Its PBI system, developed for PC-BSD and also available on FreeBSD, allows users to download and install their applications in a self-extracting and self-installing format.
iXsystems is the all-around FreeBSD company that builds FreeBSD-certified servers and storage solutions, oversees FreeNAS development, and is the corporate sponsor of the PC-BSD Project. iXsystems is an employee-owned and operated, open source-centric, customer focused organization dedicated to providing the highest-quality built-to-order enterprise rackmount server solutions, pre-configured server appliances, and scalable storage solutions to our customers around the globe.
MaheshaNetBSD is a new NetBSD Live USB (NetBSD 5.1.2) that has the IceWM Desktop and it has the same feel as all the author’s MaheshaBSD-based products. The software is free, but copyrighted. A LiveCD can be made easily from this thing by running the /makeiso script in the root directory of this LiveUSB. It can be used for many things like for viewing presentations (PDF files, images, etc.), recovery tasks, playing music, chess, surfing the Internet, etc. Linux emulation, too, is activated. The logo for MaheshaNetBSD is Manasa Devi, the Hindu Tantric Goddess. More information is here:
PostgreSQL Day, November 23rd, Itally
The Italian PostgreSQL Users Group (ITPUG) is proud to organize the
sixth Italian PostgreSQL Day (PGDay 2012) that will be held in Prato,
Tuscany, on November 23rd at the beautiful Monash University.
The PGDay is a well established tradition in the Italian and
International PostgreSQL Community, and is a great opportunity for
developers, users, administrators, translators, contributors or simply
enthusiasts of the world’s most advanced open source database to meed
each other and to share knowledge, opinions, solutions and products.
Members of the International Community will attend the event giving
talks about the state of the art of the PostgreSQL project.
The Call For Papers is open for regular talks, lightning talks, demo
and live sessions and tutorials.
For details about the conference please see the official PGDay 2012
Web site: http://2012.pgday.it
Support BSD Magazine and buy The Best of BSD 2011!
In this issue you will find the best BSD Magazine articles of 2011. In some articles the content was updated, in others authors wrote the addendum, which is placed below the article. The idea is to sum up the 2011 year, not write a new one, so still you can find the references to old releases. It gives the opportunity to compare the past with the presence and to follow the development of BSD systems and users’ needs.
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MeetBSD California 2012 in November!
When: November 3rd & 4th, 2012
Where: Yahoo! Campus in Sunnyvale, CA
Conference Website: https://www.meetbsd.com/
MeetBSD California returns for its third installment!
MeetBSD California 2012 promises to be an experience unlike any other. MeetBSD California is not your average conference – it’s a meeting of the minds from all over the BSD community. MeetBSD California will feature community-driven break-out sessions, 5-10 minute “lightning talks,” as well as longer talks from seasoned BSD experts.
MeetBSD California 2012 aims to engage the best of both worlds between traditional planned-speaker-centered conferences and the community-planned unConference model. Day one will be devoted primarily to scheduled full-length talks while day two will be determined entirely by attendees, allowing for anything from impromptu tutorials to hacking sessions. This is your conference, and we can’t wait to see you there!
Bringing the BSD Community Together
MeetBSD California seeks to bring together members of the wider BSD community including developers, documentation writers, testers, and users of FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonflyBSD, and more! MeetBSD California will also host an exam for BSD Certification, which covers system administration tasks across the BSD operating systems – learn more at BSDCertification.org.
Speakers, Talks, and Sessions: https://www.meetbsd.com/conference/talks-and-sessions
iXsystems Announces Release of FreeNAS™ 8.2
New major version features software plugin system, enhanced enterprise features
iXsystems ® is proud to announce the release of FreeNAS 8.2. This major release adds a plugin system based on the PBI system from PC-BSD, allowing users to install a wide variety of services. ZFS volumes now boast several new features including scrub task scheduling and interface improvements. For enterprise users, FreeNAS 8.2 now supports active-passive multipathing.
The most anticipated feature of FreeNAS 8.2 is the new plugin system. By default, FreeNAS comes with the core services of a NAS device, but many users want access to special services or additional programs. The plugin system, based on FreeBSD jails and PC-BSD PBIs, keeps the size of the base FreeNAS install relatively small and allows for far more features than could ever be supported by including each one in the base install. Sample plugins are available for the Transmission bittorrent client, Firefly Media Server, and the MiniDLNA UPnP server. Community developers across the world are already hard at work producing their own plugins.
FreeNAS 8.2 also includes a variety of other enhancements. An autotuning script is available for users with limited hardware to optimize their systems. Low-level system attributes (kernel tunables and sysctls) can now be manipulated from the GUI by advanced users. A terminal emulator in the web user interface makes remote shell access more convenient for simple tasks or when SSH is not an option. Support for running as a Virtualization guest has also been improved thanks to new state-detection code.
FreeNAS™ is a free and open source Network Attached Storage operating system based on FreeBSD. The goal of the project is to design a lightweight, BSD-based software package that acts as a full featured NAS server, complete with a Django-based web user interface, full ZFS implementation, and the ability to interface with existing networks – regardless of operating system or protocol. The plugin system introduced in FreeNAS 8.2 allows users to add third-party software that can make full use of the FreeNAS Web User Interface.
More information about iXsystems is available on the web at http://www.iXsystems.com.
EuroBSDcon 2012 in October!
Event: EuroBSDcon 2012
Date: 20-21 October 2012 (tutorials 18-19 October)
Venue: Warsaw, Poland
EuroBSDcon is the European annual technical conference gathering users and developers working on and with 4.4BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) based operating systems family and related projects.
EuroBSDcon gives the exceptional opportunity to learn about latest news from the BSD world, witness contemporary deployment case studies, and meet personally other users and companies using BSD oriented technologies. EuroBSDcon is also a boiler plate for ideas, discussions and information exchange, which often turn into programming projects.
The conference has always attracted active programmers, administrators and aspiring students, as well as IT companies at large, which found the conference a convenient and quality training option for its staff. We firmly believe that high profile education is vital to the future of technology, and hence greatly welcome students and young people to this regular meeting.
MaheshaDragonBSD: a Live USB modular toolkit based on DragonFlyBSD 3.0.2
MaheshaDragonBSD is a Live USB modular toolkit based on DragonFlyBSD 3.0.2 (i386) with the IceWM Desktop, Seamonkey and Midnight Commander (and many other things, too). It is based on MaheshaBSD and it is free. It can be easily put into ISO by running the makeiso script in the root directory. This work was done with the purpose to support DragonFlyBSD, as at the time of making this distribution no LiveCD, except for the original DrgagonFly BSD installation ISO, was available. Users can use this thing for a number of things – run their own FTP server, listen to music, or use MaheshaDragonBSD for text to speech conversion. MaheshaDragonBSD has a prebuilt vkernel in the /myinstall/vkernel directory that you may immediately try by running the script ‘runme’ in /myinstall/vkernel; however, no root image is available, so you must make your own one. Vkernel is a very good thing for VPS servers, as it runs isolated from the operating system it is running on and it is a much better solution than chroot. The homepage for MaheshaDragonBSD is here: http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/maheshaeng.htm#maheshadragon
30% off for Absolute FreeBSD 2nd edition with July BSD Magazine!
In the July issue you will find a 30% discount code for Michael W. Lucas book and his article written specially for BSD Magazine!
The code is valid till the end of July, so don’t hesitate long!
My New iPad, 3rd Edition—New from No Starch Press Updated Edition of this Best-Selling, Task-Based Guide to the iPad
It can be tricky to learn the ins and outs of any new piece of technology, especially from dry manuals or tedious lessons. At No Starch Press, we’ve never cared for either dry or tedious, which is why we’re excited to announce a new edition of the best-selling, task-based, My New iPad, 3rd Edition, a book that promises to demystify everyone’s favorite tablet.More
MaheshaBSD Server edition has been just released (on June 12, 2012). MaheshaBSD (a free rescue toolkit built on FreeBSD 9.0) is a RootBSD hosted project (http://www.rootbsd.net/blog/maheshabsd-by-juraj-sipos-%E2%80%93-a-rootbsd-hosted-project/). The purpose of MaheshaBSD Server edition is to provide users (who do not have much knowledge of Unix) a smart and easy to use FTP/WWW server (something for masses) intended for in-house (small businesses) and home users. It is free for personal use, but not for corporate businesses, as its purpose is also to donate money to FreeBSD (and OpenBSD). The documentation has more details: http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/MaheshaBSDserverManual.pdfMore
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Details how a combination of best practices and use of our products eliminates/mitigates the threat.
Your Own Server Running FreeBSD 9 - Configuration, Security and Maintenance
With the upcoming book Der eigene Server mit FreeBSD 9 – Konfiguration, Sicherheit und Pflege (engl. Your own server running FreeBSD 9 – Configuration, Security and Maintenance) which will be published in German, Benedikt Niessen tries to help FreeBSD beginners and more advanced admins to get their own servers up and running without hassle. As there are great books about FreeBSD already, this book pays more attention to common services, how to secure them and how they play nicely together. More at: http://serverzeit.de
In May issue you will find one of the chapters from this book! Specially for BSD Magazine Benedikt agreed to translate it and shorten a bit to make it more suitable for the mag. If you want to read more – just have a closer look at his book!
BSD DAY May 2012
This year Beastie joins Tux on his tour in Vienna in May: another “DanuBSDCon” is coming to gather Central-European BSD people to meet! The event features several BSD developers and enthusiasts to tell about their work, communicate with their fellows and reach their potential future partners. As usual, there are no formalities, papers, registration or participation fee, however the invited folks are encouraged to give a brief talk about their favorite BSD-related topic. The goal is to motivate everybody, especially university students to work with BSD systems.
For more information, please see our web site at http://bsdday.eu/2012
BSDCan May 2012
Registration for BSDCan 2012 is now open. In its 9th year, BSDCan has a
proven track record of great high quality talks for a low cost. Meet and
mingle with other users and developers of 4.4BSD based operating systems
and related projects. The schedule is available at
and include a wide range of topics which has something for everyone.
Register for BSDCan today at http://www.bsdcan.org/2012/registration.php
iXsystems Announces Servers Based on Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 Family
iXsystems is pleased to announce the upcoming availability of servers based on the future Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 Family and the associated chipset. Select models featuring the future Intel Xeon E5 Family Processors will be available towards the end of the first quarter of 2012. The new processors will offer up to 80% greater performance than previous-generation processors, as well as increased energy efficiency, while the upcoming chipset will add a host of new high-throughput features.
These improved capabilities will give the new and updated servers an absolute edge in the server market. The upcoming server chipset will feature integrated support for PCIe 3.0 and integrated SAS. Processors will be available with up to 8 cores per chip, allowing for 32 threads per two-socket board thanks to Hyperthreading. The upcoming chipset also includes Intel® Trusted Execution Technology, Intel® Advanced Vector Extensions, and Intel® AES New Instructions, making it possible to accelerate certain tasks and increase the security of a system.
The existing Gemini Squared, Neutron, and Orion server lines will include models utilizing Intel Xeon E5 Family Processors. There will also be several completely new models featuring this processor. Each new server model will benefit from the increased performance density of the Intel Xeon E5 Processor Family. The increased capabilities, throughput, and performance density made possible by the upcoming chipset and Intel Xeon E5 Family Processors will reduce the number of servers needed to replace existing deployments, saving power and reducing costs.
MaheshaBSD-2.0 was released!
MaheshaBSD-2.0 was released – LiveCD distro from Lake Manasarovar.
The link: http://www.freebsd.nfo.sk/maheshaeng.htm
It is also on the freebsdnews: http://www.freebsdnews.net/2012/02/14/maheshabsd-2-0-released/
and in Russia: http://www.opennet.ru/opennews/art.shtml?num=33080
Soon in March issue you will readan article about MaheshaBSD-2.0 written by its author – Juraj Sipos.
Don’t miss that!
RocketRAID 2700 Series Drivers Ported to FreeBSD
iXsystems Collaborates with HighPoint Technologies Inc. to Integrate RocketRAID 6Gb/s SAS Drivers into FreeBSD
Driver now available in FreeBSD 9.x and 8.x STABLE branches
Thanks to the hard work of the developers at HighPoint Technologies, FreeBSD developers at iXsystems recently committed HighPoint’s RocketRAID 2700 series drivers into FreeBSD. This means increased hardware support and more options for FreeBSD users and vendors.
The RocketRAID 2700 SAS 6Gb/s HBA card series is a BSD-licensed, freely available driver that can now be easily distributed and installed with the FreeBSD installation disk. This successfully eliminates the hassle of customizing a kernel, and running into potential incompatibility issues when updating the FreeBSD system.
The driver also provides users with configuration tools for specific applications, real-time monitoring, and notification systems. It is fully supported on mainstream x86 platforms, and will be kept up to date by FreeBSD community developers to ensure its compatibility with future FreeBSD releases. The RocketRAID 2700 SAS 6Gb/s series driver will be available in all future releases of FreeBSD, beginning with versions 8.3 and 9.1.
For more information:
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