lwn.net: The NetBSD project is celebrating its 15th anniversary. Throughout the past fifteen years, NetBSD has increased the portability and security of the 4.4BSD operating system on which NetBSD was based, and added support for new processor and system families, while enhancing the system's performance to such an extent that NetBSD has become known as the most portable operating system in the world.
This document describes how to set up PC-BSD v1.5. This release is based upon FreeBSD 6.3 and uses KDE 3.5.8 as default desktop environment.
freesoftwaremagazine.com: The next major update of FreeBSD 7, due this December, is in the running to be one of the most impressive FreeBSD releases to date. The ULE scheduler has now reached maturity, leading to significant gains across the board (particularly in server workloads). This new scheduler brings notably impressive performance improvements to both MySQL and PostgreSQL.
thejemreport.com: There aren't many FreeBSD books on the market -- compared to the number of Linux books, anyway -- so it's important that the few extant titles be superbly written and technically accurate. I was really looking forward to reading Absolute FreeBSD 2nd Edition because I'd heard such great things about the aged first edition.
Also: How To Upgrade FreeBSD 6.3 to 7.0 Stable Release
This week in DistroWatch Weekly:
- First looks: FreeBSD 7.0
- News: Debian 5.0 "Lenny" updates, KNOPPIX 5.3 CeBIT edition, what's new in FreeBSD 7.0, Cooker vs Rawhide, RHEL risk report
- Released last week: FreeBSD 7.0, SystemRescueCd 1.0
- Upcoming releases: Gentoo Linux 2008.0 Beta, Ubuntu 8.04 Alpha 6
- Donations: Frugalware Linux receives US$340
- New addition: MythDora
- New distribution: Russix
- Reader comments
Read more in this week's issue of DistroWatch Weekly....
onlamp.com: The day has come... FreeBSD is back to its incredible performance and now can take advantage of multi-core/CPUs systems very well... so well that some benchmarks on both Intel and AMD systems showed release 7.0 being faster than Linux 2.6 when running PostreSQL or MySQL. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed two dozen developers to discuss all the cool details of FreeBSD 7.0.
beranger.org: The binary patches are quite a mysterious issue in FreeBSD, no matter freebsd-update( 8 ) is around since about 2005, and since FreeBSD 6.3-RELEASE it reached a new level of power. As I have had quarrels with FreeBSD aficionados on the issue of binary patches in FreeBSD, I thought I should clear a bit the mess.
arstechnica.com: The NetBSD community announced last month the official release of NetBSD 4.0, the latest version of the Unix-like open-source operating system. To commemorate the NetBSD 4.0 launch, enthusiast Federico Biancuzzi communicated with 21 developers.
raiden's realm: DesktopBSD, a derivative of Freebsd designed for desktop use, has come a long way since its early inception back in late 2005. Originally created as a way to bring the power of Freebsd as a desktop OS to new users, it has now blossomed into a desktop experience even the most hardened geek, or greenest novice can love.
pinderkent.blogsavy: A few weeks back, at the end of December, FreeBSD 7.0-RC1 was released. FreeBSD 7 will no doubt prove to be quite revolutionary. For one thing, this will be the first major FreeBSD release in a number of years. FreeBSD 6.0 was released in November of 2005, so there has been quite some time for the development of FreeBSD 7 to take place.
internetnews.com: NetBSD 4 is finally out, boasting a long list of feature and speed improvements in the open source operating system. The NetBSD 4.0 comes nearly two years after NetBSD 3.0 was released. As with earlier versions, NetBSD 4 continues to competitively position its BSD variant against its BSD, Linux and Unix peers.
Want to try something a little different, build a FLiMP box it'll be faster and use less resources. I didnt want to run LAMP and i couldnt find an easy to follow guide on how to get a similar setup but using FreeBSD and Lighttpd my favourite os and webserver.
ruminations: If there is one thing I don’t fondly remember about the PC-BSD series, it is the problems I had finding a hard drive that would be accepted as ‘good enough’ by the installer. With this in mind I expected DesktopBSD to act similarly.
ruminations: There are a few things the average Windows or Linux user takes for granted. Compared to most Linux desktops DesktopBSD appears to be just another open source desktop. Today we will have a closer look at the various specific tools that were designed to make for a better user experience.
ruminations: Just like real candy. If you have to prepare the candy from scratch, you loose you appetite along the way. How easy is it to change the look-N-feel of the KDE desktop?
opensourcelearning.info: DesktopBSD uses the KDE desktop and since that desktop has the reputation of being a paradise for the customizer I started the task of fine tuning my desktop with an optimistic mindset.
rumination: It’s hard to imagine a viable open source desktop with long term perspectives without some sort of community. Such a community would consist of persons that are active in developing and maintaining the desktop , of those that use it intensively and offer support, advise and hands on assistance when needed. Today I want to check out the DesktopBSD community and it’s online resources.
softwareinreview.com: As usual, OpenBSD 4.2 offers a large collection of intelligent changes to an already great operating environment. In OpenBSD's case, the code is definitely high quality. Nothing in the default installation is half-implemented, or committed on an experimental basis.
Also: DesktopBSD Day 7 - Fooling Around
ruminations: Once upon a time there was no such thing as a live desktop. But that time is already way behind us and more and more Linux distributions come with a live boot option. DesktopBSD gives you the option either to go to the install menu or first go to the live desktop. Today I took a closer look at that option.
ruminations: I have been using open source software for quite some time, so I have a list of programs I want to have on my system. lso lazy. Or -as a colleague once explained- extremely efficient. I don’t want to spend a lot of time or energy on installing the software. The more set-and-forget, the more I like it.