FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report - Fourth Quarter 2020

submited 19 January 2021

This report covers FreeBSD related projects for the period between October and December, and is the fourth of four planned reports for 2020. This quarter had quite a lot of work done, including but certainly not limited to, in areas relating to everything from multiple architectures such as x86, aarch64, riscv, and ppc64 for both base and ports, over kernel changes such as vectored aio, routing lookups and multipathing, an alternative random(4) implementation, zstd integration for kernel dumps, log compression, zfs and preparations for pkg(8), along with wifi changes, changes to the toolchain like the new elfctl utility, and all the way to big changes like the git migration and moving the documentation from DocBook to Hugo/AsciiDoctor, as well as many other things.

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01 March 2021
BastilleBSD on MidnightBSD  

MidnightBSD has recently added a new port, mports/sysutils/bastille that allows you to manage containers. This is a port of a project that originally targetted FreeBSD, but also works on HardenedBSD.

Development Release: FreeBSD 13.0-BETA4  

The fourth beta snapshot of FreeBSD 13.0 is now available for download and testing. This is an unplanned release which means that the final build of FreeBSD 13.0 has been rescheduled to arrive a week later than originally envisaged, on 30 March. "The fourth BETA build of the 13.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since 13.0-BETA3 includes: a possible race between jailremove(2) and fork(2) had been fixed; an issue with the pf(4) osfp configuration had been fixed; an update to the ena(4) driver had been added; a bug fix to flex(1) had been addressed; fixes for FreeBSD-SA-21:06.xen and FreeBSD-SA-21:03.pamlogin_access had been addressed; a fix to ZFS to address a potential system crash if scrubbing after removing a slog device had been addressed; other miscellaneous fixes."

26 February 2021
resolvd(8) - daemon to handle nameserver configuration  

Florian Obser ([email protected]) imported resolvd(8), a daemon for handling nameserver configuration.

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25 February 2021
i386 tear shedding  

Follow-up about FreeBSD jail advantages, Install Prometheus, Node Exporter and Grafana, Calibrate your touch-screen on OpenBSD, OPNsense 21.1 Marvelous Meerkat Released, NomadBSD 1.4-RC1, Lets all shed a Tear for 386, find mostly doesn't need xargs today on modern Unixes, OpenBSD KDE Status Report, and more.

OpenBSD Errata: February 24th, 2021 (pffrag)  

Errata patches for the kernel have been released for OpenBSD 6.7 and 6.8. A sequence of overlapping IPv4 fragments could crash the kernel in pf due to an assertion. Binary updates for the amd64, i386, and arm64 platforms are available via the syspatch utility. As these affect the kernel, a reboot will be needed after patching.

Tracing the History of ARM and FreeBSD  

FreeBSD developers started working on support for 32-bit ARM chips during FreeBSD 6.0. (For reference, this was 4 years before the Raspberry Pi was introduced.) The support for 32-bit ARM was officially added to the kernel in FreeBSD 7.0 in February of 2008. Support for 64-bit ARM processors was added a few years later in FreeBSD 11 in October 2016.

MidnightBSD 2.0.5  

New 2.0.5 release tagged in git. Fixes: pam security issue. Updates: mport 2.0.5 tzdata 2021a Now uses sysrc for firstboot script.

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