Monthly Archives: March 2010

bsdtalk187 – Sam Smith

Interview with Sam Smith, EuroBSDcon 2009 co-organizer and a UKUUG event organizer.

File Info: 25Min, 12MB.

Ogg Link:
http://cisx1.uma.maine.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk187.ogg

bsdtalk187 – Sam Smith

Interview with Sam Smith, EuroBSDcon 2009 co-organizer and a UKUUG event organizer.File Info: 25Min, 12MB.Ogg Link:http://cisx1.uma.maine.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk187.ogg

Moving to Kuala Lumpur

Now that everything is alright I’d like you to inform you that
I’ve got the best chance of my life! I got a job offer in
Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to work as a System Administrator.
The plan is to move next week on Thursday, the flight is
12 hours, a long boring time :-) That will be my first flight and
I’m a bit nervous :)

The good thing is that the time I have to work for
FreeBSD will not be affected.

I’ve created a new category Kuala Lumpur here in my
Blog. I think that if I find a bit of time I’ll post some
news with some pics.

Catching up on recent events

It has been awhile since I blogged, so I thought I would finally post some status updates.

A couple of weeks ago, Erwin Lansing popped up a window in IRC, he wanted to know how life was in my neck of the woods. The red flags should have went up, but they did not. By the end of the conversation, he had me convinced that I would be a good candidate for portmgr-secretary, a position he held for some time. Turns out, he accepted a position on the Board of Directors for the FreeBSD Foundation, and decided he needed to lighten his load. I accepted the position. Erwin tells me it will only a couple of hours a week of my time…

So in my very short tenure as portmgr-secretary, I have been fortunate enough to send acknowledgement emails to new ports committers, and announce in wake of FreeBSD 7.3 being released, and that the ports tree is wide open for commits!

Stay tuned, I hope to keep up Erwin’s tradition of portmgr related blog posts.

FreeBSD 7.3 released

As mentioned recently; 7.3 was supposed to go out of the door today.. and what do you think? IT GOT RELEASED! Download it as soon as possible to enjoy the new candy and fixes. The highlights from Ken Smith’s release form:

Some of the highlights:

- ZFS updated to version 13
- new boot loader gptzfsboot supports GPT and ZFS
- hwpmc(4) enhancements including support for core2/i7 processor
and pmcannotate(8)
- new mfiutil and mptutil tools for widely used RAID controllers
- NULL pointer vulnerability mitigation
- bind updated to 9.4-ESV
- Gnome updated to 2.28.2
- KDE updated to 4.3.5
- Perl updated to 5.10

There is also a statement about support, which I find very important so I will emphasize it here as well;

The FreeBSD Security Team currently plans to support FreeBSD 7.3 until March 31st 2012. Users of FreeBSD 7.2 are strongly encouraged to upgrade to either FreeBSD 7.3 or FreeBSD 8.0 before the FreeBSD 7.2 End of Life on June 30th 2010. For more information on the Security Team and their support of the various FreeBSD branches see:

http://www.freebsd.org/security/

FreeBSD 7.3 released

As mentioned recently; 7.3 was supposed to go out of the door today.. and what do you think? IT GOT RELEASED! Download it as soon as possible to enjoy the new candy and fixes. The highlights from Ken Smith’s release form:

Some of the highlights:

- ZFS updated to version 13
- new boot loader gptzfsboot supports GPT and ZFS
- hwpmc(4) enhancements including support for core2/i7 processor
and pmcannotate(8)
- new mfiutil and mptutil tools for widely used RAID controllers
- NULL pointer vulnerability mitigation
- bind updated to 9.4-ESV
- Gnome updated to 2.28.2
- KDE updated to 4.3.5
- Perl updated to 5.10

Florent Thoumie » FreeBSD 2010-03-23 12:18:18

Alright, I know, we’re well into 2010 already, but after a couple months I’m finally settled in my new home and my computers are in good enough shape that I can actually start doing some work.

So here goes:

  • Bugtracker change, my choice is on Bugzilla but after Gnats, anything would be an improvement. Bugzilla also offers RSS feeds for bug queries.

  • Wiki change, it’s a bit the same as for the Bugtracker, except not everybody uses the wiki. Moinmoin was a good choice at the time, but really now it’s time to change. My personal choice is Dokuwiki because it’s simple to use, well maintained and has a plethora of plugins available. There are scripts on the web to do the conversion, the only thing that’s in the way is the change in the syntax (which isn’t really an issue since Dokuwiki ships with a WYSIWYG editor). Dokuwiki also provides RSS feeds. After the change, a revamp of the index has to be done, there’s far too much stuff on the frontpage and it’s not organized so well.

  • RSS support for CVSWeb and/or ViewVC. ViewVC supports CVS repositories, so I’m not quite sure why we still have both. RSS support apparently requires MySQL support, so I don’t see it happening. Still, having to use FreshPorts/FreshSource for RSS feeds is a bit backwards, let’s eliminate the need for the middle man!

  • VCS change. Just kidding, I’m not gonna go there.

That’s right, no code involved here, which makes everything a low priority task obviously. You also probably noticed that while RSS support isn’t the main reason for all these items, it goes a long way towards having everything FreeBSD-related in a single place (be it an IRC channel, Google Reader or your favourite RSS aggregator) and thus saving some time searching for information or catching up with latest development.

New WAP4410N v2

After my latest replacement we noticed that my WAP4410N was a first generation version, having some problems with gigabit ethernet connections. After contacting Cisco we found out that the version should be replaced by a v2 instead.

Some difficulties with the replacement procedure (follow this, get a different ticket within the box, needing to get the arrangement with the carrier yourself) etc. I am now running on a fine working (so far at least) version2 WAP4410N.

Hurray for Cisco for their continued support!

New WAP4410N v2

After my latest replacement we noticed that my WAP4410N was a first generation version, having some problems with gigabit ethernet connections. After contacting Cisco we found out that the version should be replaced by a v2 instead.

Some difficulties with the replacement procedure (follow this, get a different ticket within the box, needing to get the arrangement with the carrier yourself) etc. I am now running on a fine working (so far at least) version2 WAP4410N.

Hurray for Cisco in their

Monitoring Soekris Temperature through SNMP

Here’s a quick tip for monitoring the temperature of your Soekris net4801 through SNMP on FreeBSD:

Install the net-mgmt/bsnmp-ucd and sysutils/env4801 ports and add the following to /etc/snmpd.conf:

begemotSnmpdModulePath."ucd" = "/usr/local/lib/snmp_ucd.so"
%ucd
extNames.0 = "temperature"
extCommand.0 = "/usr/local/sbin/env4801 | /usr/bin/grep ^Temp | /usr/bin/cut -d ' ' -f 6"

Enable and start bsnmpd(1). The temperature of your Soekris net4801 can now be queried through UCD-SNMP-MIB::extOutput.0 OID (1.3.6.1.4.1.2021.8.1.101.0).

FreeBSD 7.3-RELEASE tagged, announcement in just two days.

The release builds for 7.3 started moments ago. Ken Smith updated the ”newvers.sh” file, which mentions 7.3-RELEASE. This means that the official schedule will be followed, telling us that the release will be announced on the 23rd. Ofcourse if you cannot wait you might be able to pick up the required bits already from svn (releng/7.3 or release/7.3.0) or via CVS (RELENG_7_3 or RELENG_7_3_0_RELEASE) and start building.

My remaining 7-x webservers will be updated as soon as possible to 7.3 probably somewhere this week, so that we are one of the first hosts running on the official 7.3-release ;-) ..

In advance, let us thanks the FreeBSD Development team, and the Release Engineering team for bringing yet another perfect release!

Droso

On behalf of portmgr, I am pleased to announce that portmgr has found a new secretary: Thomas Abthorpe. Thomas has been a FreeBSD ports committer since 2007 and has made more than 1000 commits since. He has previously served on the ports-security team and is currently a member of the KDE and donation teams. He has also mentored several new ports committers over the years.

In his role as portmgr secretary, Thomas will help portmgr keep track of ongoing issues, keeps the portmgr, and other bookkeeping work like organizing votes and stay in touch with other FreeBSD teams.

Please welcome him onboard!