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FreeBSD 10.3 Beta 2 Is Out with Support for the Latest ZFS Boot Environment

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Marius Strobl was happy to inform all fans of the FreeBSD operating system that they can now test drive the second Beta build of the upcoming FreeBSD 10.3 release, which should hit the streets in late March 2016.

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DragonFly BSD 4.4.2 Released with OpenSSL 1.0.1r and Kernel Quirks for xHCI USB

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While not a GNU/Linux operating system, DragonFly BSD remains one of the most appreciated BSD distributions, and it looks like its maintainers are keeping it up-to-date always.

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FreeBSD 10.3 Beta 2 Brings UEFI Fixes & More

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One week after the first FreeBSD 10.3 beta, FreeBSD 10.3 Beta 2 is now available with more fixes.

Over the past week were some fixes/improvements around FreeBSD's UEFI support, "The UEFI ZFS loader has been updated to support the latest ZFS Boot Environment (BE) loader menu features" and "The UEFI boot loader received several improvements: /boot/config and /boot.config files now are adhered to, multi device boot support works and command line argument parsing has been added."

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Lumina Desktop Getting Ready for FreeBSD 11.0

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Ken Moore, the lead developer for the BSD-based Lumina Desktop Environment, announced that another step towards the release of a full-fledged desktop environment for BSD variants (and Linux distros, for that matter) has been achieved with the release of version 0.8.8 yesterday.

For those of you keeping score at home, the Lumina Desktop Environment — let’s just call it Lumina for short — is a lightweight, XDG-compliant, BSD-licensed desktop environment focusing on getting work done while minimizing system overhead. Specifically designed for PC-BSD and FreeBSD, it has also been ported to many other BSD variants and Linux distros. Lumina is based on the Qt graphical toolkit and the Fluxbox window manager, and uses a small number of X utilities for various tasks.

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PC-BSD Devs Release Lumina Desktop 0.8.8 Environment with Interface Tweaks

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PC-BSD's Ken Moore today, February 10, reports the release and general availability of the Lumina Desktop 0.8.8 environment for the project's PC-BSD computer operating system.

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FreeBSD 10.3 Now In Beta

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FreeBSD developers have released today their first official development media for the upcoming FreeBSD 10.3.

FreeBSD 10.3 Beta 1 is now available from their FTP server.

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Leftovers: BSD

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  • FreeBSD Ended 2015 With A Lot Of Open-Source Progress

    The FreeBSD project has issued their quarterly status report for Q4'2015 to highlight all the progress they made in ending out 2015.

  • OpenBSD on a MacBookPro8,2 with Intel GPU

    Some MacBooks have two graphics cards, the specific one this post is about is a MacBookPro8,2 (15-inch, Late2011) with an Intel HD Graphics 3000 and an AMD Radeon HD 6750M.

    If you boot any OS into legacy BIOS mode (only option supported by – at this time – most recent release version 5.8 of OpenBSD), it is always the Radeon card that gets activated (except for Windows OS, where Bootcamp/drivers should handle the automatic switching just like in Mac OS).

    You need an external USB WLAN card (or something else, if you want network access), because the internal one is not supported by OpenBSD.

BSD Impact: LLVM, Haiku OS

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  • LLVM Continues To Dominate Across Many Operating Systems, Software Projects

    LLVM gets GPU exposure via NVIDIA's CUDA, Mesa LLVMpipe, LunarGLASS, the AMDGPU open-source driver stack, SPIR / SPIR-V, and a majority of the OpenCL implementations in the world. Web projects around LLVM include Google's Portable Native Client (PNaCl), WebKit FTL JIT, EmScripten, and WebAssembly, among others.

  • Haiku OS Powered By BSD? It's A Possibility

    François Revol presented at FOSDEM this weekend about the prospects of Haiku OS ever becoming a BSD distribution. Haiku OS, the well known BeOS re-implementation, does currently rely upon some BSD components but more integration is possible.

    Haiku OS is the project that continues to be developed for more than the past decade as a open-source operating system compatible with BeOS.

Exploiting The Full Potential Of ZFS On BSD Systems

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With ZFS file-system support continuing to spread via OpenZFS, you may be one of the many out there still wondering about the benefits of ZFS.

Allan Jude, a FreeBSD server administrator, is presenting at FOSDEM this weekend about "interesting things you can do with ZFS." His presentation covers ZFS features like data integrity checking, multi-level cache, copy-on-write behavior, snapshots, quotas, transparent compression, incremental replication, and more.

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Distribution News

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  • FreeBSD-Powered Firewall Distro OPNsense 16.1 Released

    OPNsense, the open-source firewall project powered by FreeBSD that began as a fork of pfSense, is out with a new release.

  • BackBox Linux 4.5 OS comes with pre-installed new hacking tools

    The release of BackBox Linux 4.5 has been announced by the developers of the BackBox Linux operating system, which assures to bring a new kernel and lots of upgraded packages, plus it is also immediately available for download.

  • Manjaro 15.12 (Capella) Receives New Update with Important Kernel Fixes

    The Manjaro developers have pushed out the door yet another update for Manjaro 15.12 (Capella), and it brings a lot of important fixes.

    This is the fifth update for Manjaro 15.12 (Capella), and it looks like the developers will continue to provide this packs for the coming months. If the past is any indication, we'll probably get about 5 or 6 update packages if everything goes according to plan.

  • openSUSE Tumbleweed Users Get the Latest KDE, LibreOffice and Snapper Updates

    openSUSE Tumbleweed users are being informed today, January 28, by Mr. Douglas DeMaio of openSUSE Project about the availability of multiple updates for their beloved operating systems.

    openSUSE Tumbleweed is the rolling edition of the acclaimed openSUSE Linux operating system, and it would appear that it received a bunch of new updates lately, for various KDE technologies, as well as for some of the most prominent software applications that are preinstalled in the distribution.

  • Monthly News – January 2016

    Hello everyone! Before I start with the news, I’d like to share a few words about the donations we received in December. You sent us an unprecedented number of donations for an all-time high total of $16,736! We had to check the stats twice to make sure this wasn’t a mistake. This follows the release of Linux Mint 17.3, so not only does it help our funding, it’s also extremely gratifying and motivating for us. Many many thanks to the 714 people who supported us, and to our partners and sponsors for being here for us.

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Security News

  • Jay Beale: Linux Security and Remembering Bastille Linux
    Security expert and co-creator of the Linux-hardening (and now Unix-hardening) project Bastille Linux. That’s Jay Beale. He’s been working with Linux, and specifically on security, since the late 1980s. The greatest threat to Linux these days? According to Beale, the thing you really need to watch out for is your Android phone, which your handset manufacturer and wireless carrier may or may not be good about updating with the latest security patches. Even worse? Applications you get outside of the controlled Google Play and Amazon environments, where who-knows-what malware may lurk. On your regular desktop or laptop Linux installation, Beale says the best security precaution you can take is encrypting your hard drive — which isn’t at all hard to do. He and I also talked a bit, toward the end, about how “the Linux community” was so tiny, once upon a time, that it wasn’t hard to know most of its major players. He also has some words of encouragement for those of you who are new to Linux and possibly a bit confused now and then. We were all new and confused once upon a time, and got less confused as we learned. Guess what? You can learn, too, and you never know where that knowledge can take you.
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    The vehicles we drive are becoming increasingly connected through a variety of technologies. Features such as keyless entry and self-diagnostics are becoming commonplace. Unfortunately, they can also introduce IT security issues.
  • Let's Encrypt: Every Server on the Internet Should Have a Certificate
    The web is not secure. As of August 2016, only 45.5 percent of Firefox page loads are HTTPS, according to Josh Aas, co-founder and executive director of Internet Security Research Group. This number should be 100 percent, he said in his talk called “Let’s Encrypt: A Free, Automated, and Open Certificate Authority” at LinuxCon North America. Why is HTTPS so important? Because without security, users are not in control of their data and unencrypted traffic can be modified. The web is wonderfully complex and, Aas said, it’s a fool’s errand to try to protect this certain thing or that. Instead, we need to protect everything. That’s why, in the summer of 2012, Aas and his friend and co-worker Eric Rescorla decided to address the problem and began working on what would become the Let’s Encrypt project.
  • OpenSSL 1.1 Released With Many Changes
    OpenSSL 1.1.0 was released today as a major update to this free software cryptography and SSL/TLS toolkit. In addition to OpenSSL 1.1 rolling out a new build system and new security levels and support for pipelining and a new threading API, security additions to OpenSSL 1.1 include adding the AFALG engine, support for ChaChao20 in libcrypto/libssl, scrypto algorithm support, and support for X25519, among many other additions.
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