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Episode 092: BSD After Midnight

2015-06-03

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Zocker, it's like docker on FreeBSD

  • Containment is always a hot topic, and docker has gotten a lot of hype in Linux land in the last couple years - they're working on native FreeBSD support at the moment
  • This blog post is about a docker-like script, mainly for ease-of-use, that uses only jails and ZFS in the base system
  • In total, it's 1,500 lines of shell script
  • The post goes through the process of using the tool, showing off all the subcommands and explaining the configuration
  • In contrast to something like ezjail, Zocker utilizes the jail.conf system in the 10.x branch

Patrol Read in OpenBSD

  • OpenBSD has recently imported some new code to support the Patrol Read function of some RAID controllers
  • In a nutshell, Patrol Read is a function that lets you check the health of your drives in the background, similar to a zpool "scrub" operation
  • The goal is to protect file integrity by detecting drive failures before they can damage your data
  • It detects bad blocks and prevents silent data corruption, while marking any bad sectors it finds

HAMMER 2 improvements

  • DragonFly BSD has been working on the second generation HAMMER FS
  • It now uses LZ4 compression by default, which we've been big fans of in ZFS
  • They've also switched to a faster CRC algorithm, further improving HAMMER's performance, especially when using iSCSI

FreeBSD foundation May update

  • The FreeBSD foundation has published another update newsletter, detailing some of the things they've been up to lately
  • In it, you'll find some development status updates: notably more ARM64 work and the addition of 64 bit Linux emulation
  • Some improvements were also made to FreeBSD's release building process for non-X86 architectures
  • There's also an AsiaBSDCon recap that covers some of the presentations and the dev events
  • They also have an accompanying blog post where Glen Barber talks about more sysadmin and clusteradm work at NYI

Interview - Lucas Holt - questions@midnightbsd.org / @midnightbsd

MidnightBSD


News Roundup

The launchd on train is never coming

  • Replacement of init systems has been quite controversial in the last few years
  • Fortunately, the BSDs have avoided most of that conflict thus far, but there have been a few efforts made to port launchd from OS X
  • This blog post details the author's opinion on why he thinks we're never going to have launchd in any of the BSDs
  • Email us your thoughts on the matter

Native SSH comes to… Windows

  • In what may be the first (and last) mention of Microsoft on BSD Now...
  • They've just recently announced that PowerShell will get native SSH support in the near future
  • It's not based on the commercial SSH either, it's the same one from OpenBSD that we already use everywhere
  • Up until now, interacting between BSD and Windows has required something like PuTTY, WinSCP, FileZilla or Cygwin - most of which are based on really outdated versions
  • The announcement also promises that they'll be working with the OpenSSH community, so we'll see how many Microsoft-submitted patches make it upstream (or how many donations they make)

Moving to FreeBSD

  • This blog post describes a long-time Linux user's first BSD switching experience
  • The author first talks about his Linux journey, eventually coming to love the more customization-friendly systems, but the journey ended with systemd
  • After doing a bit of research, he gave FreeBSD a try and ended up liking it - the rest of the post mostly covers why that is
  • He also plans to write about his experience with other BSDs, and is writing some tutorials too - we'll check in with him again later on

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