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Smallwall 1.8.2 Released To Let Monowall Live On

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This past February, Monowall announced the end of development as one of the most popular FreeBSD-based network/firewall focused distributions. For those still searching for a new replacement, Smallwall 1.8.2 has been released as the successor to Monowall 1.8.1.

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OpenBSD As A Linux Desktop Replacement

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I recently tried out OpenBSD as a possible answer to recent Linux engineering. I thought I’d share my notes here on my results, from a beginner’s and Linux user’s perspective. (I tried FreeBSD briefly before as well.) If you’ve used OpenBSD more extensively on the desktop, your feedback on any of this is welcome too – I’d like to know what you think of my opinions, you being a longer-term user.

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DragonFlyBSD Now Supports Parallelized Kernel Module Building

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Matthew Dillon's latest addition to DragonFlyBSD will help those that build out the full kernel themselves: parallelized kernel module builds. This change for developers allows the the kernel build process to be multiple times faster when doing a full kernel build.

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FreeBSD Developers Lay Out Plans To Release FreeBSD 10.2 In August

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The FreeBSD release engineering team has laid out plans for the next FreeBSD 10 release.

FreeBSD 10.2 is planned to debut on 31 August. The newly-published release schedule pegs the code freeze to begin on 3 July, weekly betas to begin on 10 July, release candidates from the end of July through August, and then the official 10.2-RELEASE at the end of August.

Of course, FreeBSD 10 releases have been subject to delays in the past, but at least it's looking like 10.2 should be out before the end of Q3.

More details on FreeBSD 10.2's schedule via the new FreeBSD.org page.

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DragonFlyBSD Moves Ahead With Updating Their Radeon DRM Graphics Driver

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DragonFlyBSD and other BSD distributions porting the Linux DRM drivers are still several major releases behind the upstream kernel state, but at least they're making progress for those wishing to use the open-source drivers as an alternative to the prominent BSD display driver: the NVIDIA BSD proprietary driver that's of high quality and on par with the Windows and Linux NVIDIA drivers.

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HAMMER2 File-System Now Uses LZ4 Compression By Default

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DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER2 file-system has seen a lot of progress made recently. One of the latest additions to this HAMMER successor is enabling LZ4 compression by default.

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PC-BSD 10.1.2 Brings New PersonaCrypt Utility

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PC-BSD 10.1.2 was released today as the latest quarterly update to the FreeBSD-derived operating system.

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DragonFlyBSD Now Supports Encrypted SWAP

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For DragonFlyBSD users out there, the swap device with the latest Git kernel can now be encrypted.

It's trivial with the newest DragonFlyBSD code as of this weekend to support an encrypted swap. The commit by DragonFlyBSD founder Matthew Dillon explains, "Implement crypting of the swap device. When enabled in this manner /dev/urandom is used to generate a 256-bit random key and the base device is automatically cryptsetup and mapped, making crypted swap trivial. Implement the 'crypt' fstab option, so swapon -a and swapoff -a work as expected for crypted swap. Again, the base device (e.g. /dev/da0s1b) should be specified. The option will automatically map it with cryptsetup and swap on the mapping."

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DragonFlyBSD and GhostBSD

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OpenBSD 5.7 "Source Fish" Officially Released

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OpenBSD a free, multi-platform BSD-based UNIX-like operating system that aims to have a few important features such as portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security, and integrated cryptograph has been upgraded to version 5.7 and is now available for download.

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Open source is increasingly standard operating procedure in software, but nowhere is this more true than Internet of Things development. According to a new VisionMobile survey of 3,700 IoT developers, 91% of respondents use open source software in at least one area of their software stack. This is good news for IoT because only open source promises to reduce or eliminate the potential for lock-in imposed by proprietary “standards.” What’s perhaps most interesting in this affection for open source, however, is that even as enterprise developers have eschewed the politics of open source licensing, IoT developers seem to favor open source because “it’s free as in freedom.” Read more

Ubuntu 16.04 – My Experience so Far and Customization

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