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PC-BSD 10.2 Gets Ready For Release, 11.0-CURRENT For Testing

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The PC-BSD development team today announced their 10.2 pre-release, which continues to be derived from FreeBSD. Additionally they've also announced new 11.0-CURRENT images for those wishing to get a look ahead at FreeBSD/PC-BSD 11.0.

The PC-BSD 10.2 pre-release / 11.0 current announcement didn't offer many details about all of the changes in store, but once PC-BSD 10.2 and PC-BSD/FreeBSD 11.0 are officially out, you can expect lengthy write-ups on Phoronix.

More details via the PCBSD.org blog.

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OpenBSD from a veteran Linux user perspective

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For the first time I installed a BSD box on a machine I control. The experience has been eye-opening, especially since I consider myself an "old-school" Linux admin, and I've felt out of place with the latest changes on the system administration.

Linux is now easier to use than ever, but administration has become more difficult. There are many components, most of which are interconnected in modern ways. I'm not against progress, but I needed a bit of recycling. So instead of adapting myself to the new tools, I thought, why not look for modern tools which behave like old ones?

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DragonFly BSD 4.2 Gets Improvements for i915 and Radeon, Moves to GCC 5

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DragonFly BSD is a distribution that belongs to the same class of operating systems as other BSD-derived systems and UNIX. The developers have released a new version of the distro, and they have integrated quite a few changes and improvements.

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pfSense 2.2.3 FreeBSD-Based Firewall Distro Patches Important Security Updates

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Electric Sheep Fencing, through Chris Buechler, has recently had the great pleasure of announcing that the third maintenance release of the stable pfSense 2.2 series is available for download and upgrade to all users of one of the best FreeBSD-based firewall.

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Open Source History: Why Didn't BSD Beat Out GNU and Linux?

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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.

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NetBSD 7.0 RC1 Adds New Intel/Radeon DRM Support, Lua Scripting & More

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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.

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Why I dislike systemd

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BSD

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.

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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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Boot times can become slow on systems with many CPUs, partly because of the time it takes to crank up all the RAM chips. Mel Gorman recently submitted some patches to start up RAM chips in parallel instead of one after the other. One of the main problems with trying to implement such a feature—and one of the main reasons such patches haven't made it into the kernel before—is the need to avoid slowing things down for smaller systems. Read more