Also, the FreeBSD Journal release was announced at the conference.
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Just a quick update for you fine folks this week! Ã‚Â The bulk of the last week was spent fixing many smaller bugs that were stillÃ‚Â stuck in the PC-BSD trac database. Our primary goal now that 10.0 has hitÃ‚Â release status is to fine tune the PC-BSD experience to allow for the smoothestÃ‚Â experience possible. Users are encouraged to submit even the most trivial bugs duringÃ‚Â this Ã¢â‚¬Å“fine tuning phaseÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½.
Among the programs that received updates the Warden received a patch fixing some issues with warnings, creating jails, and fixing user interface inconsistencies. Also the Package Manager received updates to fix some issues with how it interacts with pkgng. Ã‚Â This should eliminate some of the minor inconsistencies some of you were seeing that was leading to communication issues between the two. Package manager and the User manager also received minor improvements to fix issues relating to their user interface.
Big news this week for the PBI format. Kris has confirmed that a patch has been implemented for the way PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s are being built that will shrink the size of PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s by approximately 50%. The patch has just been implemented and is currently in a testing phase, but stay tuned to the blog for more updates on how and when this patch will begin benefiting you in the very near future!
Thats it for this week folks. Ã‚Â As always thanks for being loyal PC-BSD users!
Was playing around with httperf to excercise Apache / stunnel SSl benchmarks on FreeBSD this week and ran into the code that nerfs simultaneous connections down from the environment ulimit of maxfiles to the limit FD_SETSIZE as defined in <select.h>.
One can override this at compile time and push the system harder by passing in some ./configure foo:
env CC=”cc -DFD_SETSIZE=4096″
However, you will then be able to max out the number of ports in use very quickly if you try to use stunnel and apache in this configuration. I noted that on our systems we raise the low port number and reduce the high port number for connections:
I set first down to 2000 and last up to 65534 for my testing. This gives me quite a bit more ports to use in testing. At this point I can run stunnel on 443 forwarding to apache on localhost:80 and get more than 8k simultaneous connections when using SSL accelerators on FreeBSD 10
PC-BSD Joule Edition was featured on eweek.com last week! Ã‚Â Check out the article Ã¢â‚¬Å“FreeBSD Open-Source OS Comes to the PC-BSD DesktopÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½Ã‚Â by Sean Michael Kerner.
There comes a time in the life cycle of just about every software packageÂ that it has bee re-evaluated, refreshed, deprecated or just retired.
It is time that we bid farewell to the old pkg_* software that has beenÂ part of FreeBSD since the beginning, and has served us well. After yearsÂ of development, testing, and playing, pkg(8) has become a suitableÂ replacement.
Pkg is the Next Generation package management tool for FreeBSD. It is theÂ replacement for the current pkg_info/pkg_create/pkg_add tools that portsÂ use to register local packages and which provide remote packages. Its mainÂ goals are to facilitate remote binary package upgrades. It also works withÂ ports without remote binary packages.
Pkg, combined with the quarterly release package sets, enables easyÂ installation and safe upgrades for binary packages. Signed, binaryÂ packages are available for all supported FreeBSD releases on the i386 and Â amd64 platforms from pkg.freebsd.org. Additionally, for those compilingÂ ports from source, pkg’s new database format gives more fine-grainedÂ querying and management of installed software.
New features on the drawing board, like automatic pkg-plist generation,Â sub-packages, creating multiple packages containing different parts of aÂ port from one build process, and flavours, being able to ask for e.g. aÂ webserver, without directly specifying a specific one, cannot beÂ implemented in the old pkg_* tools and those plans are currently on hold.
You are not obligated to switch to binary packages, if you still prefer toÂ compile your own ports, it is a simple matter of installing ports-mgmt/pkg,Â run pkg2ng, add WITH_PKGNG=yes to your make.conf and use pkg <action>Â instead of pkg_<action>.
You can read more about pkgng on the FreeBSD wiki,Â https://wiki.freebsd.org/pkgng.
The decision has been made to allow the old pkg_* software to be EoL’d 6Â months from now, at September 1, 2014 in all active FreeBSD branches.
Please start testing pkg(8) in your test environments before taking itÂ live, you will find the benefits of full binary updates for your ports toÂ be beneficial in a very short amount of time. Even if you prefer toÂ compile from source, you will still reap the benefits of the modernÂ packaging system.
The PC-BSD team has announced version 10.0 Joule Edition is now in official release status and is available for mass distribution. If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve used PC-BSD in the past you havenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t seen anything yet! PC-BSD 10.0Ã¢â‚¬â„¢s feature rich front end runs beautifully without sacrificing the stability we all know and love from FreeBSDÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s base system. This week weÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re going to look back and highlight some of best new features now available in PC-BSD Version 10.0 Ã¢â‚¬â€ Joule Edition.
AMD / ATI graphics are now officially supported under PC-BSD. Although in the past AMD Radeon users have suffered from lack-of-driver-itis, those days are passed and a new age is upon us. IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢m currently running PC-BSD on 3 different types of AMD graphics based systems and the performance is arguably better than some of my nvidia based test systems (sorry Nvidia fanboys :D). I was even more surprised when ATI hybrid graphics worked out of the box on my Samsung NP-350 Notebook computer. Ã‚Â Especially considering this laptop was designed forÃ¢â‚¬Â¦Windows 8Ã¢â‚¬Â¦*BARF*
You will notice there are a couple of quirks to be aware of with the new Radeon drivers that we are currently aware of. Firstly the CTRL F keys do not bring up the console. This is being actively remedied by FreeBSD and we expect there will be a fix committed in the near future. Also KDE support for Radeon is there, but iÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve noticed that I experience random freeze ups from time to time on any of my Radeon systems. Using any other desktop environment seemed to fix the issue for me.
More of your favorite Desktop Environments! WeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve now added Gnome 3, Cinnamon, and mate to the list of desktops available under PC-BSD 10.0. Mate has officially replaced Gnome 2 in version 10.0, but Gnome 3 and Cinnamon will remain as Ã¢â‚¬Å“unsupportedÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½ desktops currently until further development and additional testing are done to bring them up to speed in PC-BSD. That being said feel free to report issues with these desktops with the understanding that they are currently in a Ã¢â‚¬Å“betaÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½ stage and are offered without any guarantee. For best results with your PC-BSD experience use supported desktops!
The Grub and FreeBSD boot loaders have both received updated support to work with PC-BSD version 10.0. Have your choice now during installation for whatever boot loader works best for you. As we continue to work with the Grub boot loader our support is evolving simultaneously to give you even better compatibility.
In other news this week if any users are still using RCÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s 1Ã¢â‚¬â€œ5 please update to PC-BSD 10.0 Ã¢â‚¬â€ Release before reporting bugs so we can make sure we arenÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t duplicating tickets for issues that have already been submitted and /or resolved.
Special thanks to the entire PC-BSD team including our testers, committers, and administrators. Without you guys this release wouldnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be what it is today and we sincerely thank you all for your dedication in making PC-BSD Joule Edition a success.
PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE is now available for download!
A special thank you to all the developers, testers, translators and docs team members who helped make this release possible.
10.0-RELEASE notable features
For a more complete list, checkout the WhatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s New in 10.0.
Online updating to 10.0-RELEASE is now available for users running 9.2-RELEASE systems. As with any upgrade, please make sure to backup your critical data beforehand.
To get started, first ensure that your packages and world/kernel are up to date, and then apply the update to 10.0 using the following command at a root prompt:
pc-updatemanager install fbsd-10.0-RELEASE
NOTE: If you are on an older 9.2 install that still uses UFS, you will want to install 10.0 fresh and move to ZFS. Many of our new tools and utilities depend upon ZFS functionality.
Found a bug? Please report it, in as much detail as possible, to our Trac database.
Things I learned from a misbehaving pam module managing our sudo context at work. sudo, for security, will not dump core files if it hits a segfault. You need to tell the kernel to allow set uid root binaries to core dump *and* you have to let sudo know that its ok via a sudo.conf entry.
DO NOT LEAVE THESE AS DEFAULTS
/etc/sudo.conf –> Set disable_coredump true
ref –> http://www.sudo.ws/sudo.man.html
For those of you waiting for PC-BSD 10 to become a reality, the wait is almost over. Ã‚Â The PC-BSD team announced last Thursday that the project is now in 10.0 Release Candidate 5 (p4), and is available for mass consumption. Ã‚Â There are a couple of important things to remember when upgrading to the latest RC. Ã‚Â Kris announced that all users upgrading from RC4 or previous versions, will unfortunately have to upgrade all of their packages and PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s due to a recent ABI change in FreeBSD. Ã‚Â For more information on how this will impact you and what you can do to have a smooth transition, please see the PC-BSD 10.0 RC5 release notes here.
Also due to the ABI change and the inability to use our previously approved PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s for PC-BSD 10.0 RC5, PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s had to be completely rebuilt and re-approved for use in the version 10.0 AppCafe. Ã‚Â The PC-BSD team was able to get nearly 500 PBIÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s rebuilt and re approved at the end of Friday the 24th, but there are still many more that will begin to show up in the AppCafe very soon.
Builds have started for final release, so keep your eyes peeled for the official release announcement over the next couple of weeks. Ã‚Â We do not have an exact date at this moment for when Ã‚Â the build will be finished so please wait patiently and allow us to finish testing to make sure that PC-BSD 10.0 release will be the best and most stable version yet.
The next PC-BSD 10.0-RELEASE-p4 image (based upon FreeBSD 10.0-RC5) is now available for download!
This will likely be our LAST RC before issuing the 10.0-FINAL release in a week or so. Please report any outstanding issues to our bug database.
*** NOTE to users of 10.0-RC4 or earlier ***
Due to an ABI change in FreeBSD between RC4 and RC5, you will need to re-install *all* packages and PBIs after updatingÃ‚Â to RC5.
To update your packages, use the following command:
pkg-static upgrade Ã¢â‚¬â€œf
NOTE: This is best done immediately after the upgrade, before rebooting into RC5.
Once your desktop / server is updated, you can then update your PBIs via the Ã¢â‚¬Å“AppCafeÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½ utility or using pbi_delete / pbi_add.
We are still finishing up a number of the newly-rebuilt RC5 PBIs, so if a particular application is not yet in the AppCafe, please check back in a day or two.
This image is still a pre-release version of the upcoming 10.0-RELEASE. Use caution when deploying upon production systems.
Online updating to 10.0-RELEASE is now available for testing on 9.2-RELEASE systems. To get started, first ensure that your packages and world/kernel are up to date, and then follow these instructions:
After making this change, the Ã¢â‚¬Å“pc-updatemanager branchesÃ¢â‚¬ï¿½ command will show the new 10.0-RELEASE branch as available for updating.
10.0-RELEASE notable features