If you use a free and open source operating system, it's almost certainly based on the Linux kernel and GNU software. But these were not the first freely redistributable platforms, nor were they the most professional or widely commercialized. The Berkeley Software Distribution, or BSD, beat GNU/Linux on all of these counts. So why has BSD been consigned to the margins of the open source ecosystem, while GNU/Linux distributions rose to fantastic prominence? Read on for some historical perspective.
NetBSD 7.0 Release Candidate 1 was made available today with some mighty big improvements.
NetbSD 7.0 RC1 features Intel and Radeon graphics support via the ported Linux DRM/KMS kernel driver code, ARM multi-processor support, support for a number of new ARM boards, GPT support in SysVinit, Lua kernel scripting support, GCC 4.8.4 is the default compiler, and many other improvements.
As a Linux sysadmin in the 2010s, it's hard not to have an opinion on systemd. But what I find baffling about it is how divisive it is; nearly everyone (or at least the most vocal crowd) seems to either love it or hate it. When I tell people that systemd was the catalyst for my defection to OpenBSD last year, their usual reaction is to assume that I am part of the "hate it" group. Nope.
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.
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.
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.