FreeBSD News and Links Roundup – Edition 2018-44

FreeBSD Bytes News and Links Roundup – Edition 2018-44

Welcome to the 2018-44 edition of the News and Links Roundup post, containing links to news articles, blog post and newsworthy snippets about FreeBSD and FreeBSD-based operating systems, which you may find interesting. You will also read about releases, people, packages, howtos and much more. Some of the links you may have already seen some on our Twitter or Google+ accounts, but here they’re all in one place.

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newspaper-10-48FreeBSD News

FreeBSD 12.0-BETA1 Now Available 
The first BETA build of the 12.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available
– Announcement (

FreeBSD 13 – New testing snapshots available (FreeBSD mailinglist)
New FreeBSD development branch installation ISOs and virtual machine
disk images have been uploaded to the FreeBSD Project mirrors.

6 Reasons Why Linux Users Switch to BSD – (

  • BSD is More than Just a Kernel
  • Packages are More Trustworthy
  • Slow Change = Better Long-Term Stability
  • Linux is Too Cluttered
  • ZFS Support
  • License

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guides-48Guides ‘n Howtos

How to create an image for Azure with Packer (
Cloud and automation are hot in the infrastructure space these days. As such I am constantly looking at how to automate things for FreeBSD. HashiCorp provides some very cool and good Cloud Infrastructure Automation tools. The nice thing is that these are all available for FreeBSD! One such tool is Packer. It is an open source tool for creating identical machine images for multiple platforms from a single source configuration.
This post shows how to create a customized FreeBSD image with Packer for Azure. And all is done from a FreeBSD box!

DNS over TLS in FreeBSD 12 (
DNS over TLS is just what it sounds like: DNS over TCP, but wrapped in a TLS session. It encrypts your requests and the server’s replies, and optionally allows you to verify the identity of the server. The advantages are protection against eavesdropping and manipulation of your DNS traffic; the drawbacks are a slight performance degradation and potential firewall traversal issues, as it runs over a non-standard port (TCP port 853) which may be blocked on some networks. Let’s take a look at how to set it up.


magazine-48Magazines and books

BSD Magazine: bhyvearm64: Virtualization on ARMv8-A (08/2018 (108))

Some topics in this issue:

  • Illumos Containers Using OmniOSce
  • bhyvearm64: Virtualization on ARMv8-A
  • SCSI On FreeBSD
  • HTTP/2 and PHP with Apache on FreeBSD: Not as Simple as it Seems
  • Self Exposure: Redundant Firewalls with OpenBSD, CARP and pfsync

Link (

Book Review: Absolute FreeBSD (third Edition)
This updated edition of Michael W. Lucas’ definitive volume on FreeBSD-based systems adds coverage of modern disks, the ZFS filesystem IPv6, redesigned jail and packaging systems, and virtualization, among dozens of new features added in the last 10 years.

A review / summary by Vivek Gite on concludes with:

Absolute FreeBSD is an incredible ebook on FreeBSD. Clear. Concise. Informative for brand spanking new FreeBSD customers and sysadmins. The writer provides out highest practices to be informed FreeBSD running machine control and thrilling tricks to fortify your abilities. Lastly, I believe this ebook is a must have ebook for all folks inquisitive about studying FreeBSD machine management.



calendar-2-48Events and Conferences

MeetBSD 2018 videos are being uploaded by iXsystems. Four videos are now available:

  • MeetBSD 2018 – ZFS Panel Discussion – link
  • MeetBSD 2018 – Kris Moore Building your FreeBSD-based Release with TrueOS – link
  • FreeBSD Developer Summit 2018 – Mark Johnston Numa – link
  • FreeBSD Developer Summit 2018 – Ed Maste FreeBSD and Git – link
  • FreeBSD Devsummit 2018 Ravi Pokala – LWPMFS Lightweight Persistent Memory Filesystem – link


date-to-48Upcoming Events

– FOSDEM 2019, Free University of Brussels, Solbosch Campus, Brussels, Belgium – 02 – 03 February 2019

AsiaBSDCon 2019, Tokyo University of Science, Tokyo, Japan
21 – 24 March  2019

BSDCan 2019, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Canada
15 – 18 May 2019
A four day BSD conference held in Ottawa, Canada. BSDCan hosts talks and tutorials on a range of topics based around the BSD family of operating systems.


new-badge-48FreeBSD Based Releases

GhostBSD 18.10 Now Available
GhostBSD 18.10 is our first official release of GhostBSD with TrueOS under the hood, and the official desktop is MATE – Release Announcement (

XigmaNAS- Update
XigmaNAS, the FreeBSD based NAS distribution has been updated to version – sourceforge



The iXystems FreeNAS Minis are available from Amazon.



Ghostly Releases | BSD Now 270 (Youtube)
OpenBSD 6.4 released, GhostBSD RC2 released, MeetBSD – the ultimate hallway track, DragonflyBSD desktop on a Thinkpad, Porting keybase to NetBSD, OpenSSH 7.9, and draft-ietf-6man-ipv6only-flag in FreeBSD.

BSD Now 270 – Summary and table of contents (


user-8-48New Committers

Both Thomas Munro and Yuri Pankov were given source commit privileges in October.



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