FreeBSD News and Links Roundup – Edition 2018-46

FreeBSD Central News and Links Roundup – Edition 2018-46

Welcome to the 2018-week 46 edition of the News and Link 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 Foundation Update, October 2018Link
The monthly update from the FreeBSD Foundation has been published, with the following topics:

  • October 2018 Development Projects Update
  • Fundraising Update: Supporting the Project
  • October 2018 Release Engineering Update
  • EuroBSDcon 2018 Conference Recap
  • Grace Hopper Celebration 2018 Recap

Read the whole update here.


FreeBSD 12.0-BETA4 AvailableLink
The fourth BETA build for the FreeBSD 12.0 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, armv7, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.


Why SATA-DOMs Are Better than USB Drives for Booting Up Your FreeNAS System Link
Mirror your FreeNAS boot device, back up the configuration often, and if possible don’t use thumb drives (at least not primarily) – continues

FreeBSD CapsicumLink
I would also like to update you on this blog about the progress of the Capsicum project in FreeBSD, because this is what I’m doing in my free time. That said I feel that this blog wouldn’t be completed without some introduction to what Capsicum is. This post should fill this gap. Over the next weeks and months we will extend this topic and discuss different parts of Capsicum. Without further introduction let’s jump into the topic – continues


guides-48Guides ‘n Howtos

The proper way to update FreeBSD jails between point releases

FreeBSD has this concept of a jail which allows you to isolate an environment from the host operating system. This isolation keeps the rest of the system safe from whatever is being run inside of the jail. You can liken it to running an application in a virtual machine, but without the overhead of emulating a computer within another computer. I thought it would be useful to document using the ezjail-admin application to update jails the right way. And, while we’re at it, show how to recover from doing it the wrong way. – more

How to install FreeNAS VM on VirtualBox (Windows,Linux or MacOS)

Here in this tutorial, we use the FreeNAS ISO image to create a FreeNAS VM (virtual machine) using the VirtualBox on Windows, Linux, and MacOS – continues

How to get started with FreeBSD

FreeBSD is a secure, high performance operating system that is suitable for a variety of server roles. In this guide, we will cover some basic information about how to get started with a FreeBSD server. This guide is intended to provide a general setup for FreeBSD servers – continues

Install GhostBSD Youtube


magazine-48Magazines and books

Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition: The Complete Guide to FreeBSD

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.

FreeBSD is the muscle behind companies like Netflix and EMC. Any place where someone does heavy lifting on the Internet, you’ll find FreeBSD. This newly revised edition of Absolute FreeBSD brings FreeBSD’s strengths to bear on your problems and covers FreeBSD’s newest features, all in the inimitable style that has made author Michael W. Lucas’ system administration books so popular.



calendar-2-48Events and Conferences

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

  • Ben Widawsky : Intel & FreeBSD Better Together – watch video
  • Andrew Fengler : FreeBSD What to Monitor – watch video
  • Kamil Rytarowski : MKSANITIZER – watch video


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 / Related Releases

SoloBSD 11.2-STABLE-1028 released

OPNsense 18.7.7 released

XigmaNAS released

FreeBSD Dist Fetch — a tool for fetching FreeBSD distributions (via)

Project Trident DE RC-3 available



The iXystems FreeNAS Mini are available from Amazon.


link-48BSD / Unix Family News

Most things in the VENIX emulator are working
Venix is a discontinued version of the Unix operating system for low-end computers, developed by VenturCom, a “company that specialises in the skinniest implementations of Unix”.
Warner Losh (bsdimp) has been working on the VENIX emulator, and most things are now working.



Detain the bhyve | BSD Now 272

Byproducts of reading OpenBSD’s netcat code, learnings from porting your own projects to FreeBSD, OpenBSD’s unveil(), NetBSD’s Virtual Machine Monitor, what ‘dependency’ means in Unix init systems, jailing bhyve, and more.

Skim through the contents here:



TinyWM for FreeBSD –

TinyWM is tiny Windows manager written in 50 lines of C that works on Linux and FreeBSD.

TinyWM is a tiny window manager that I created as an exercise in minimalism. It is also maybe helpful in learning some of the very basics of creating a window manager. It is only around 50 lines of C. There is also a Python version using python-xlib.”




I should just switch to FreeBSD


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