What is ZFS? Why are People Crazy About it?

submited 26 September 2018

Article takes a look at ZFS, an advanced file system. It will discuss where it came from, what it is, and why it is so popular among techies and enterprise.

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22 October 2019
Unix50 -The Origin of Unix - panel session  

We are commemorating Unix’s anniversary with the Unix50 event, a two-day celebration that will reflect on Unix’s past and explore the future of computing. Speakers and panelists include many of the original team that built Unix and designed the C programming language, as well as luminaries in the fields of computing and robotics. The event will also feature a gallery of Unix artifacts, a coding challenge requiring students to program robots to navigate the industrial spaces of the future, and numerous other activities drawing on Unix’s rich and colorful history at Bell Labs.

os-release file appears for DragonFly  

There’s now (well, for DragonFly 5.7 users) an /etc/os-release file to show the installed DragonFly version. This is similar to the de facto Linux standard, which of course evolved separately from the not-consistently implemented general standard.

21 October 2019
FreeBSD 12.1-RC2 Has Update For UEFI 2.7A, Various Bug Fixes  

FreeBSD 12.1-RC2 was released on Friday and now has its loader.efi using ioalign for UEFI 2.7A compliance, a null pointer dereference bug in its kernel has been fixed, a system crash fix stemming from the IXGBE driver, and a SDHCI driver update fixes a boot problem with the Beagle Bone.

Celebrating 50 Years of Unix  

The summer of 1969 was one of the most culturally significant times in modern American history. It was the summer when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, more than 400,000 people attended the legendary Woodstock music festival, and the Stonewall riots brought the fight for gay rights to the national stage.

However, something else happened that summer which you won’t find in most history books… a Bell Labs researcher named Ken Thompson created the first version of Unix, which turned out to be one of the most important pieces of computer software ever invented.

18 October 2019
FreeBSD on a Laptop  

A guide to a fully functional installation of FreeBSD on a ThinkPad T530.

OpenBSD 6.6 Arrives: Disables GCC In Base For ARMv7/i386, SMP Improvements, AMDGPU Added  

OpenBSD 6.6 has moved to disabling GCC in its base packages for i386 and ARMv7, LLVM Clang platform support has been expanded, various SMP improvements and more system calls being unlocked, improved Linux compatibility with ACPI interfaces, a number of new hardware drivers, wired and wireless networking stack improvements, various installation enhancements, and the never-ending work on improving the security. OpenBSD 6.6 ships with OpenSSH 8.1, LibreSSL 3.0.2, OpenSMTPD 6.6, and other updated packages.

17 October 2019
OpenBSD 6.6 release  

This is 47th release. As in previous releases, 6.6 provides significant improvements, including new features, in nearly all areas of the system.

Dealing with the misunderstandings of what is GhostBSD  

Since the release of 19.09, I have seen a lot of misunderstandings on what is GhostBSD and the future of GhostBSD. GhostBSD is based on TrueOS with FreeBSD 12 STABLE with our twist to it. We are still continuing to use TrueOS for OpenRC, and the new package's system for the base system that is built from ports. GhostBSD is becoming a slow-moving rolling release base on the latest TrueOS with FreeBSD 12 STABLE. When FreeBSD 13 STABLE gets released, GhostBSD will be upgraded to TrueOS with FreeBSD 13 STABLE.

Codebase: Neck Deep - BSD Now 320  

Description: FreeBSD on the Google Pixelbook, Porting NetBSD to the AMD x86-64, ZFS performance really does degrade as you approach quota limits, Fixing up KA9Q-unix, HAMMER2 and fsck for review, the return of startx(1) for non-root users, and more.

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