DragonFly BSD was originally forked from FreeBSD 4.8 in June of 2003 as a “the logical continuation of the FreeBSD 4.x series” ~ quoted in Matthew Dillon’s announcement. Over the years DragonFly has seen some interesting improvements including the creation of it’s HAMMER filesystem which is intended to bring clustering to the OS. This Marks the third major release of the operating system in 9 years brings an overhaul of the SMP kernel stack.
We at BSD News are especially remorseful at learning about the death of one of the fathers of UNIX. Dennis Ritchie passed away on October 8th. It is sufficient to say that without the contributions of Mr. Ritchie the world would be extremely different. Just about every major computer technology we take for granted today is a direct result of his work. You can read about his various works in the many obituaries as well as the Wikipedia page.
While many in the Linux world lament this loss it is some what different in the BSD camp. In plainer terms the loss of Ritchie is to those of us in the BSD world what the loss of Torvalds would be to Linux. However what you must bear in mind is that while BSD is a direct descendant of his work Linux if a tangent and merely a copy. Respectfully even Mac OS X is more inline with the work pioneered by Dennis Ritchie and is coworkers.
That being said think of all of the things that we would not have any of the modern technological conveniences that we enjoy today. There would be no iPods, cel phones, personal computers or even Microsoft Windows for that matter. All of these technologies depend upon the C programming language and many of them run a derivative of you guessed it UNIX.
The is a proposal on the the FreeBSD mailing list to dedicate the forthcoming 9.x release of the operating system in honor of Dennis Ritchie. I can honestly think of no better tribute that this considering all that his work has given us.
Perhaps if we receive enough positive commentary we can persuade the developers to follow through on this noble honor.
Please eave your support in the comment stream.
According to TheInquire.net ~ The irony in all this is that Evans Data’s data shows that while Linux fans have been talking about the death of BSD for well over a decade, it seems that thanks to Apple, BSD in the form of Mac OS X appears to have overtaken Linux in one usage metric.
Dear FreeBSD Community,
Today is the last day to submit your travel grant application for BSDCan 2010!
The FreeBSD Foundation will be providing a limited number of travel
grants to individuals requesting assistance. Please fill out and submit
the Travel Grant Request Application at by April 9, 2010 to apply for this grant.
How it works:
This program is open to FreeBSD developers of all sorts (kernel hackers,
documentation authors, bugbusters, system administrators, etc). In some
cases we are also able to fund non-developers, such as active community
members and FreeBSD advocates.
(1) You request funding based on a realistic and economical estimate of
travel costs (economy airfare, trainfare, …), accommodations
(conference hotel and sharing a room), and registration or tutorial
fees. If there are other sponsors willing to cover costs, such as your
employer or the conference, we prefer you talk to them first, as our
budget is limited. We are happy to split costs with you or another
sponsor, such as just covering airfare or board.
If you are a speaker at the conference, we expect the conference to
cover your travel costs, and will most likely not approve your direct
request to us.
(2) We review your application and if approved, authorize you to seek
reimbursement up to a limit. We consider several factors, including our
overall and per-event budgets, and (quite importantly) the benefit to
the community by funding your travel.
Most rejected applications are rejected because of an over-all limit on
travel budget for the event or year, due to unrealistic or uneconomical
costing, or because there is an unclear or unconvincing argument that
funding the applicant will directly benefit the FreeBSD Project.
Please take these points into consideration when writing your application.
(3) We reimburse costs based on actuals (receipts), and by check or bank
transfer. And, we do not cover your costs if you end up having to cancel
your trip. We require you to submit a report on your trip, which we may
show to current or potential sponsors, and may include in our
There’s some flexibility in the mechanism, so talk to us if something
about the model doesn’t quite work for you or if you have any questions.
The travel grant program is one of the most effective ways we can
spend money to help support the FreeBSD Project, as it helps developers
get together in the same place at the same time, and helps advertise and
advocate FreeBSD in the larger community.
The FreeBSD Foundation
Notable in this release are the fully supported 64 bit edition, enhancements to the HAMMER file system and USB disk key booting in lieu of DVD ISO previously available. It is worth noting that the GUI version of the USB image is only available for the 32 bit version. The developers promise to release the 64 bit version of the GUI USB image as soon as possible.
For those who are unfamiliar BSDCan is a BSD Conference held in Ottawa, Canada typically during the second week of May. This year’s conference will run from May 13th & 14th and is preceded by two days of conferences on the 11th & 12th. As this year’s conference approaches the organizers have published a list of events. The schedule of events and speakers is available as a color coded web table or down loadable in various formats including iCal, xCal and even XML.
The conference has continued it’s steady growth and the list of speakers this year is formidable. The following is a short list of examples;
|Colin Percival||Everything you need to know about cryptography in 1 hour|
|Warner Losh||Enhanced compatibility through device mapping|
|Scott Ullrich||pfSense 2.0 Tutorial|
|Craig Rodrigues||jbuild – next generation build tool for FreeBSD|
If you are able to attend BSDCan you should as it is fast becoming one of the largest BSD conferences worldwide.
BSD Magazine is offering the current issues available as a PDF download for FREE!
In this issue:
A first look at PC-BSD 8 release- Jan Stedehouder
Installing and securing an Apache Jail with SSL on FreeBSD- Rob Somerville
The gemstones for FreeBSD- Marko Milenovic
OpenBSD, NetBSD and FreeBSD as file sharing servers – Part 1 – NFS- Petr Topiarz
IPsec VPNs An Introduction to IKE and IPsec- Paul McMath
LDAP on FreeBSD- Eric Vintimilla
Secure and stable mailservers with OpenBSD and qmail- Matthias Pfeifer
Developing Secure Storages: Now On FreeBSD- Theodore Tereshchenko, EldoS Corp.
Web Server Benchmarking- Mikel King
OpenSSH: common but underappreciated- Machtelt Garrels
Interview with Olivier Cochard-Labbé, Founder of FreeNAS- Jesse Smith
October 16th marks the deadline for the BSD Professional Job Task Analysis Survey. If you are an active member of the BSD community then you should seriously consider completing the survey. These surveys are necessary prerequisite for completing the exam objectives.
Without community support the exam will not be completed on schedule. We all need to pull together and finish this step in the process. If you are a BSD admin then you owe it to the community to provide your input.
I don’t know of any sysadmin who hasn’t at least heard of ssh. Let alone at least uses it to maintain their servers. Without ssh we would have to rely on such tools as telnet or rsh. Thanks to the folks at OpenBSD we have OpenSSH a secure implementation of the ssh protocol, including daemon and supporting client applications. On October 1st they release version 5.3 of their product.
Using various packaging systems or the ports tree available for your operating system you can install this with little difficulty.
You can read more about OpenSSH on the 5.3 release notice page.
In addition to the usual CD and DVD ISO this marks the first time that there is a 64bit ISO release of DragonFlyBSD.