FreeBSD 9.1 released

A huge thanks to the FreeBSD team for releasing FreeBSD 9.1 – bringing us a lot of improvements such as a ton of new drivers (new INTEL GPU driver), a new C+11 stack, a stable version of the tmpfs filesystem, improvements to zfs, performance improvements on certain CPU, and much much more. Feels like a delayed Christmas gift.

Read the Release Notes for more details

As a side note: The FreeBSD Foundation has reached their funding Goal for 2013 – which i think is great news. The proverbial finger to all the nonbelievers: Not only did they reach the Goal, they exceeded it by at least 20% last time i checked. So much for relevance…thank you very much.

FreeBSD fundraising – donate now!

Why not spend some of this years Christmas profits on your most favorite OS? FreeBSD calls for donations, every dollar counts! While free to use FreeBSD is certainly not free to develop: Investments need to be made into hardware and developers may need to be paid! Head over to http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/donate/ and make your donation to show your support and help out the project. Your donations enable people that care about FreeBSD to keep improving it and keep working on it.

If you want to know where your money is going, here is a non-exhaustive list from what happened last year:

  • Funding development projects to improve FreeBSD, including: Capsicum Application Sandboxing, Growing UFS Filesystems Online, the NAND Flash File System, IPv6 Performance Analysis and Improvements, Distributed Security Audit Logging, and porting FreeBSD to the Efika ARM platform.
  • Educating the public and promoting FreeBSD. We produced a high-quality FreeBSD 9 brochure and visited companies to help facilitate collaboration efforts with the Project.
  • Sponsoring BSD conferences and summits in Europe, Japan, Canada, and the US.
  • Protecting FreeBSD IP and providing legal support to the Project.
  • Purchasing hardware to build and improve FreeBSD project infrastructure.

If you donated, you are awesome!

Site redesign and relaunch

Hello all,

i am happy to present the new look of the bsdguides.org website. The focus of this site continues to be the number one source for BSD style operating systems howto guides and and tutorials. In addition to that, the scope will include general sysadmin and coding topics to discuss favorite one liners, snippets, shell scripts etc. Everybody is welcome to contribute.

Besides being a useful place for information to admins and geeks THE main goal of this site is to promote the use of BSD style Operating systems, FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD.

Which brings me to the next topic: I am looking for interested contributors that can spare some of today’s most valuable resource (time) to help improving the site and attract a wider audience; mainly by the means of contributing content and writing tutorials, but also by suggesting topics, functionality and so on. You will notice our current content is quite dated because its been a while since the last updates – there is TONS to do!

If you are interested please get in touch! Your help is wanted.

–ds