AsiaBSDcon 2014 – Deploying FreeBSD systems with Foreman and mfsBSD

My first trip to Japan ever was connected with speaking at the AsiaBSDcon conference on March 15-16 at the Tokyo University of Science. I have met many fellow developers, including Matt Ahrens from the Illumos project who was my co-speaker at EuroBSDcon 2013 in Malta last year. This time I had a completely new topic, my talk had the title “Deploying FreeBSD systems with Foreman and mfsBSD”. My special thanks go to Hiroki Sato and George Neville-Neil who have organized this successful conference.
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EuroBSDcon 2013 – OpenZFS

Malta’s sunny weather and beautiful sea attracted many international speakers and guests to EuroBSDcon 2013. The conference was held at the Hilton Conference Centre in St. Julian’s, Malta on September 26-29, 2013. This year my co-speaker was Matt Ahrens, one of the two founders of the ZFS filesystem. Our talk was about the OpenZFS project and covered the current state and future coordination of open source ZFS development in multiple platforms – illumos, FreeBSD and Linux.
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OpenZFS project launched

Matthew Ahrens, myself and other open source ZFS contributors from the illumos, FreeBSD, Linux and Mac OS X communities have launched the OpenZFS project today:

OpenZFS launch announcement, September 17th, 2013:

Today we announce OpenZFS: the truly open source successor to the ZFS project.

ZFS is the world’s most advanced filesystem, in active development for over a decade. Recent development has continued in the open, and OpenZFS is the new formal name for this open community of developers, users, and companies improving, using, and building on ZFS. Founded by members of the Linux, FreeBSD, Mac OS X, and illumos communities …

Read the full announcement here

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New features in open source ZFS

Since OpenSolaris got discontinued, the development of open source ZFS continues at the illumos project. The main contributors are the companies Delphix, Nexenta and Joyent. In this post I am going to sum up the main user-visible changes in ZFS since the start of illumos.

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Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine in FreeBSD ports

Great news for PHP administrators and site architects – the Facebook’s HipHop Virtual Machine (HHVM) version 2.1 is now available in the FreeBSD ports tree. The port is available under lang/hiphop-php and is limited to the amd64 architecture.

HHVM is an open source virtual machine that can act as a standalone server that can run PHP sites. With it’s just-in-time compilation approach PHP sites receive a reasonable speedup.

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EuroBSDcon 2012 – Tuning ZFS on FreeBSD

This year’s EuroBSDcon took place at the Warsaw University of Technology on October 20-21. The conference was well organized with great keynote talks by Eric Allman and Kirk McKusick. My talk was titled “Tuning ZFS on FreeBSD” and based on my identically named article in the August issue of the BSD Magazine. I presented several do’s and don’ts and other findings and recommendations from my experience with the ZFS file system.
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VX Connectbot passes 10000 user installs

I am nicely surprised that the user number of VX ConnectBot (Android SSH client) users keeps growing steadily. The app has been on Google Play since December, 2011. The total user installs (users that have tried the application) has passed the 10000 mark in June and active user installs (users that have the application installed) are now over 5000. Continue reading

FreeBSD network configuration on Hetzner servers

Update: article updated 20.3.2013

My current dedicated server provider in Europe is the german company Hetzner. They support FreeBSD but use a non-standard network configuration. It is not very well documented how to properly configure network settings on FreeBSD to have a fully functional IPv4 and IPv6 network. In this article I am giving an example how to configure it properly just with the /etc/rc.conf file. Continue reading