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FreeBSD 12.3-BETA1 Now Available

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The first BETA build of the 12.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available.

Installation images are available for:

o 12.3-BETA1 amd64 GENERIC
o 12.3-BETA1 i386 GENERIC
o 12.3-BETA1 powerpc GENERIC
o 12.3-BETA1 powerpc64 GENERIC64
o 12.3-BETA1 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
o 12.3-BETA1 sparc64 GENERIC
o 12.3-BETA1 armv6 RPI-B
o 12.3-BETA1 armv7 BANANAPI
o 12.3-BETA1 armv7 BEAGLEBONE
o 12.3-BETA1 armv7 CUBIEBOARD
o 12.3-BETA1 armv7 CUBIEBOARD2
o 12.3-BETA1 armv7 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD
o 12.3-BETA1 armv7 RPI2
o 12.3-BETA1 armv7 WANDBOARD
o 12.3-BETA1 armv7 GENERICSD
o 12.3-BETA1 aarch64 GENERIC
o 12.3-BETA1 aarch64 RPI3
o 12.3-BETA1 aarch64 PINE64
o 12.3-BETA1 aarch64 PINE64-LTS

Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
system.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

    https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/ISO-IMAGES/12.3/

The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the "releng/12.3" branch.

Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
updated on an ongoing basis as the 12.3-RELEASE cycle progresses.

=== Virtual Machine Disk Images ===

VM disk images are available for the amd64, i386, and aarch64
architectures.  Disk images may be downloaded from the following URL
(or any of the FreeBSD download mirrors):

    https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/VM-IMAGES/12.3-BETA1/

The partition layout is:

    ~ 16 kB - freebsd-boot GPT partition type (bootfs GPT label)
    ~ 1 GB  - freebsd-swap GPT partition type (swapfs GPT label)
    ~ 20 GB - freebsd-ufs GPT partition type (rootfs GPT label)

The disk images are available in QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, and raw disk image
formats.  The image download size is approximately 135 MB and 165 MB
respectively (amd64/i386), decompressing to a 21 GB sparse image.

Note regarding arm64/aarch64 virtual machine images: a modified QEMU EFI
loader file is needed for qemu-system-aarch64 to be able to boot the
virtual machine images.  See this page for more information:

    https://wiki.freebsd.org/arm64/QEMU

To boot the VM image, run:

    % qemu-system-aarch64 -m 4096M -cpu cortex-a57 -M virt  \
	-bios QEMU_EFI.fd -serial telnet::4444,server -nographic \
	-drive if=none,file=VMDISK,id=hd0 \
	-device virtio-blk-device,drive=hd0 \
	-device virtio-net-device,netdev=net0 \
	-netdev user,id=net0

Be sure to replace "VMDISK" with the path to the virtual machine image.

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Nextcloud, iXsystems tie up to offer Hub features on TrueNAS systems

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BSD
  • Nextcloud, iXsystems tie up to offer Hub features on TrueNAS systems

    Open-source file syncing and sharing software company Nextcloud has announced a partnership with open storage systems developer iXsystems to bring all Nextcloud Hub features to TrueNAS systems.

    iXsystems sells high-availability storage with servers running open source solutions like FreeNAS, FreeBSD, OpenZFS, and TrueNAS, all based on the ZFS filesystem.

    In a statement, Nextcloud founder and chief executive Frank Karlitschek said: "As self-funded companies that share a strong open-source philosophy, Nextcloud and TrueNAS are natural partners.

    “Our mutual customers will benefit from an open and flexible platform with strong enterprise support capable of delivering efficient collaboration at any scale.”

  • Nextcloud and TrueNAS Deliver Productivity and Privacy

    Nextcloud GmbH, the company behind the worlds' most deployed on-premises content collaboration platform, and iXsystems inc., developers of the industry’s number one Open Storage platform, announce a partnership to bring the full suite of Nextcloud Hub features to TrueNAS. Tens of thousands of TrueNAS systems already run Nextcloud and availability of a supported, well integrated offering will give larger organizations more confidence to deploy.

GhostBSD 21.10.16 ISO is now available

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BSD

Removed all code related to startx fixes VirtualBox boot

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OpenBSD 7.0

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BSD

This is a partial list of new features and systems included in OpenBSD 7.0. For a comprehensive list, see the changelog leading to 7.0.

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Also: OpenBSD 7.0 Released With RISC-V 64-bit Port, Better Apple Silicon Support

DragonFly 6.0.1 released

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BSD

DragonFly version 6.0 has been released. DragonFly version 6.0 brings a revamped VFS caching system, significant dsynth updates, various filesystem updates including HAMMER2, and a long list of userland updates. 6.0.1 brings a Let's Encrypt certificate fix for dport installation, plus other minor fixes

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Also: DragonFlyBSD 6.0.1 Released With AMD Zen 3 Temperature Monitoring, Fixes - Phoronix

MidnightBSD: A BSD-Based Alternative to the Linux Desktop

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BSD

The BSD community is making notable progress by bringing new OSes to the table. Check out MidnightBSD, a suitable alternative to the Linux desktop.

While desktop Linux has a dedicated following, most people think of the BSD family as better for servers, if they think of BSD at all. MidnightBSD is a spin on FreeBSD, attempting to create a BSD system for the desktop.

Let's take a look at MidnightBSD and its features, and discuss whether or not it is a suitable alternative to the Linux desktop.

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Lumina Desktop 1.6.1

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BSD

  • Lumina Desktop 1.6.1 Release

    After a year and a half lull in development has been , the published release of the desktop environment Lumina 1.6.1 , developed after the termination of TrueOS development within the project Trident (Void Linux desktop distribution). The environment components are written using the Qt5 library (without using QML). Lumina takes a classic approach to organizing user environments. It includes a desktop, an application bar, a session manager, an application menu, a system for configuring environment settings, a task manager, a system tray, a virtual desktop system. The project code is written in C ++ and is distributed under the BSD license.

    Fluxbox is used as a window manager. The project is also developing its own file manager Insight, which has such capabilities as support for tabs for working with multiple directories at the same time, accumulation of links to selected directories in the bookmarks section, the presence of a built-in multimedia player and a photo viewer with support for slideshows, tools for managing ZFS snapshots, support for connecting external plug-in handlers.

  • Lumina Desktop 1.6.1 Released With Theme Improvements While Bigger Improvements Planned - Phoronix

    The Lumina Desktop Environment as the BSD-3 licensed desktop originally spearheaded for TrueOS/PC-BSD but found supported as well by other BSDs and Linux distributions is out with a rare new release. 

    Lumina Desktop 1.6 as the last major release came back in January 2020 while this weekend brought Lumina Desktop 1.6.1. Lumina Desktop 1.6.1 is a very minor update with various bug fixes plus also incorporating downstream theme work to the desktop. 

FreeBSD-based helloSystem 0.6.0 Released. This is What's New

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A new release of FreeBSD-based helloSystem 0.6.0 is here with important updates and bug fixes. We round up the release in this post.
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helloSystem 0.6 Released For macOS-Inspired FreeBSD

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BSD

Version 0.6 of helloSystem is now available as the FreeBSD-based open-source operating system project taking design cues from Apple's macOS.

helloSystem 0.6 brings improvements to window management, new window animations, Filer file manager enhancements, and a wide range of other desktop refinements and bugs have been fixed. HelloSystem 0.6 also marks the point in switching from the Openbox window manager over to KDE's KWin window manager.

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On blood-lines, forks and survivors

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GNU
Linux
BSD

GNU/Linux, which is not a direct descendant of the original bits of either AT&T or BSD, and thus not heir to the title of UNIX in the eyes of some purists, ironically brought UNIX to the masses in ways that the more pure-breeds could not. Capitalizing on the confusion created by the AT&T / BSD battles, Linux set its sights on world domination (albeit unwittingly), and the rest as they say is mostly history.

Today, GNU/Linux leads the pack among the Open Source UNIX variants that are active today (such as FreeBSD, NetBSD and OpenBSD). The commercial variants, still alive in data centers, continue to be pushed by big-name vendors, despite being caught in a death spiral and struggling to stay afloat in the face of the penguin tsunami. The once inimitable SunOS/Solaris fizzled away without even a proper goodbye, but continue to live on in Illumos and OpenIndiana, a shell of its former self.

And so it comes down to a handful. On the one hand, GNU/Linux, the irreverent and bastard poster-child that continues to evolve at break-neck speed, and the Right Honourable BSDs that continue to keep the original philosophy alive in its purest form and fighting valiantly into the next decade and into the twilight of most of its developer and user base.

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