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Powerful FreeBSD-Based Firewall pfSense 2.2.2 Officially Released

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pfSense, a free open-source customized distribution based on FreeBSD designed to be used as a firewall and router, has advanced to version 2.2.2 and it's now available for download.

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FreeBSD's Pkg 1.5.0 Released, Brings Initial Ports To OS X & NetBSD

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The FreeBSD pkg tool for binary package management has been upgraded to pkg v1.5.0. The pkg 1.5 release brings with it a number of exciting imporvements.

The pkg 1.5.0 release finally introduces the concepts of "provides" and "requires" for package management, many new regression tests were added, message reporting improvements, global memory usage reduction and speed-ups are present, improvements to the pkg solver, the pkg.h header file is now C++ friendly, and many of bugs were fixed in the process.

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DragonFlyBSD Updates Its ACPICA Implementation

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DragonFlyBSD developers have updated their ACPI power management implementation against Intel's ACPICA code as of yesterday.

With this commit pushed out today, it syncs the ACPICA code in the DragonFlyBSD kernel against Intel's newest reference code. This contains the first part of upstream DragonFlyBSD support, the Windows 10 _OSI string was added, printf issue fixes, and other changes.

Details on the ACPI Component Architecture can be found at ACPICA.org.

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OpenBSD 5.7 highlights

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The OpenBSD 5.7 release is still a month away, but the changes have been done for some time. The release page lists lots of changes, though certainly not all, and sometimes it’s hard to tell the big changes from the small changes. Annoying perhaps, but rewarding to someone who reads through the entire list looking for hidden gems. A few notes about changes I found personally interesting.

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Lumina Desktop 0.8.3 Released!

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The next version of the Lumina Desktop Environment has just been released!

This is mainly a bugfix release to correct an urgent issue with the system tray on FreeBSD 11, but there are a number of other slight improvements/updates included as well. The full list of changes is included at the bottom of this announcement, but the notable changes are as follows:

New Panel Plugin: “Application Launcher“
This allows the user to pin the shortcut for an application directly to a panel.
New Utility: “lumina-xconfig“
This utility allows the user to easily enable/disable additional monitors/screens within the desktop session.
Fix the issue with transparent system tray icons on FreeBSD 11
Add support for the XDG autostart specifications.

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Running FreeBSD on the server: a sysadmin speaks

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For years now, Linux has been all the rage. But in recent times, there have been murmurings among some veterans — long-time users — after the introduction of systemd, the init system that seems to overstep its boundaries.

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GhostBSD 10.1 Alpha 1 now available

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I am pleased to announce the availability the fist ALPHA build of the 10.1-RELEASE Release cycle which is available on SourceForge for the amd64 and i386 architectures.

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OpenSSH 6.8 released

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BSD

OpenSSH 6.8 has just been released. It will be available from the
mirrors listed at http://www.openssh.com/ shortly.

OpenSSH is a 100% complete SSH protocol version 1.3, 1.5 and 2.0
implementation and includes sftp client and server support.

Once again, we would like to thank the OpenSSH community for their
continued support of the project, especially those who contributed
code or patches, reported bugs, tested snapshots or donated to the
project. More information on donations may be found at:

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The Most Important BSD Distributions

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Berkeley Software Distribution, abbreviated as BSD, is a UNIX operating system derivative, developed and distributed at the university of California, Berkeley, from 1977 to 1995 by a group of programmers (Bill Joy, Marshall Kirk McKusick, Kenneth Thompson etc…) at the Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG).

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5 awesome security features to expect in PC-BSD 10.1.2

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Five of those security and security-related features were announced today and are on track to be included in the next edition, which should be PC-BSD 10.1.2. They are

PersonaCrypt – a command line utility to backup a user’s home directory to an encrypted external media
Tor Mode in System Updater Tray
Stealth Mode in PersonaCrypt
Ports now use LibreSSL by default instead of OpenSSL
Support for encrypted backups in Life-Preserver utility

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