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pfSense 2.2.5-RELEASE Now Available!

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pfSense® software version 2.2.5 is now available. This release includes a number of bug fixes and some security updates.

Today is also the 11 year birthday of the project. While work started in late summer 2004, the domains were registered and the project made public on November 5, 2004. Thanks to everyone that has helped make the project a great success for 11 years. Things just keep getting better, and the best is yet to come.

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Also: OpenBGPd and route filters

FreeBSD comes to 64-bit ARM

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Want to run something other than Linux on a ARM 64-bit server? Soon you can: a small software company has shown FreeBSD running on a 96-core server.

Semihalf, which is based in Poland, demonstrated a beta version of FreeBSD running on a server board built with Cavium's ThunderX processors. That's the first hardware based on ARM's 64-bit processors to run FreeBSD.

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Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Stefan Sperling

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I’m currently self-employed, with a focus on open source development and consulting for companies interacting with open source projects.

Besides OpenBSD, I have been contributing to Apache Subversion since 2007. One of my main jobs is to provide support, workshops, and consulting for Subversion, plus fixing bugs and working on new features. I am somewhat involved in the Apache Software Foundation as a whole, but at this point in time my contributions there are more symbolic in nature, mostly because of lack of time and focus.

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Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Antoine Jacoutot

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I always loved „playing” with different operating systems so it was just a matter of time that I run into OpenBSD…

I first came to it because of its security reputation. „Security” is a very challenging aspect of modern IT and I was glad to find an operating system that made it its priority. I trust these guys much more than I trust myself in that regard

Lumina Desktop 0.8.7 Released

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It is my great pleasure to announce the release of version 0.8.7 of the Lumina Desktop Environment! This version includes a massive number of changes from the previous version. Here are some of the highlights.

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  • PC-BSD's Lumina Desktop 0.8.7 Released With Many Changes

    The PC-BSD developers working on their Lumina Desktop Environment have released Lumina 0.8.7 on Monday.

  • Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Brandon Mercer

    I really enjoyed the experience when I first tried OpenBSD. Someone suggested it to me because I said I was concerned about security. The installation was painless and what was being advertised in the documentation is what was there. I really have grown to appreciate accurate documentation. It’s a very good indicator of a projects overall health. If their guides are wrong, you can imaging how terrible the rest is. My first install was around 1999 when I was in college. At the time I was studying engineering, but my roommate was a computer science major so I had a ton of exposure to other stuff.

GhostBSD 10.1: Ghost in the machine

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I like the GhostBSD project and its goal. I think, in the past, there has generally not been enough work done to make FreeBSD a good operating system for desktop use. FreeBSD works well in the role of a server operating system, it's stable, fast and the project evolves in such a way that it is fairly easy to upgrade a FreeBSD system over time. However, FreeBSD (while it can be used as a desktop operating system) lacks many of the characteristics one might want on the desktop, such as a graphical installer, multimedia support, a graphical package manager and an attractive, pre-configured desktop environment. While these features can be added or enabled on FreeBSD, most users will want those tools to be in place and to just work right from the start.

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FreeBSD Makes Strides On Bhyve, UEFI+ZFS, Open-Source OpenCL

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The FreeBSD 2015'Q3 quarterly report has been issued to recap the latest activity happening for this popular BSD project.

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Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Ted Unangst

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A friend introduced me to OpenBSD about 15 years ago. At first I was just fooling around with it, and dual booting as necessary, but once I started using it as a server, I didn’t want the embarrassment of downtime whenever I had to reboot. Then I figured out I could write papers using WordPerfect (via Linux emulation) and stuck with OpenBSD full time.

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Deweloperzy OpenBSD: Landry Breuil

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Landry, 33, living on the countryside in the middle of france, avid motorbiker/road-tripper, working on GIS databases, aerial pictures, storage infrastructure and building geographical web services for the public agencies in my area.

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