BSD News 31/05/2016

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Releases: pfSense, NetBSD, OPNsense, GhostBSD, SoloBSD,
Other news: Talks, OpenBSD, BSDnow, DragonFly BSD



pfSense 2.3.1 Update 1 Available

2.3.1 Update 1 (2.3.1_1) is now available. This includes one security fix to the web GUI, and 7 other bug fixes. The 2.3.1-RELEASE change list has been updated with an Update 1 section specifying the changes.
This update will reboot the system after installing.

NetBSD 7.0.1 released

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.0.1, the first security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 7.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons. If you are running an earlier release of NetBSD, we strongly suggest updating to 7.0.1.
For more details, please see the release notes.
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services may be found at

OPNsense 16.1.15 released

Here are the full patch notes for 16.1.15:
  • system: make authentication fallback configurable
  • system: settings cleanup and prettify
  • system: added explicit ETC timezone selection
  • high availability: add page for remote service control
  • high availability: properly enforce authentication
  • firmware: reboot and poweroff API actions
  • firmware: only kill GUI process, not captive portal
  • firmware: show errors in update window
  • firmware: keep polling for progress even when GUI restarts
  • backend: skip failing templates on bootup
  • trust: fix CA certificate count in overview
  • trust: allow key size up to 8192 bits
  • firewall: fix invalid NPT rule generation
  • firewall: speed up filter log pages
  • firewall: do not allow to change virtual IP mode after creation
  • firewall: moved settings page and rearranged settings accordingly
  • interfaces: unhook all but the last custom PHP module functions
  • interfaces: moved settings page and rearranged settings accordingly
  • dhcp: do not override RA settings after save
  • dns: resolver outgoing interface section moved to advanced as it will break setups with dynamic interfaces selected there
  • load balancer: sticky mode from firewall / system split off as separate setting
  • snmp: do not allow unicode in system location
  • intrusion detection: remove deprecated rbn-malvertisers.rules set
  • intrusion detection: add promiscuous mode / physical interface selection
  • overall: fix menu width on small size screens
  • overall: numerous translation fixes (contributed by Frederic Lietart)
  • overall: numerous translation fixes (contributed by Fabian Franz)
  • plugins: assorted bugfixes for HAProxy (contributed by Frank Wall)
  • mvc: fix translations by adding an escaping wrapper

GhostBSD 10.3 ALPHA2 is ready for testing

This second ALPHA development release is for testing and debugging new feature in GhostBSD 10.3, MATE and XFCE is available on SourceForge for the i386, amd64, and amd64-uefi architectures.

SoloBSD 10.3-STABLE-v46.1

There is a new build of SoloBSD 10.3-STABLE based on the latest HardenedBSD stable branch version 46.1
You can grab it from Here. (61.6 Mb)
root password: solobsd


FreeBSD Now Has Initial Graphics Support For Bhyve

Bhyve, the hypervisor developed by FreeBSD that supports running BSD/Linux/Windows guests, has initial graphics support...

Most Free/Open Source Software users run Linux as their operating system of choice, choosing one (or more) of the 300 or so distros currently active on DistroWatch. Not as many have crossed the street, rhetorically speaking, and taken a look at the other Open Source operating system, BSD and its many variants.
As a long time and current Linux user new to PC-BSD — essentially the BSD equivalent to Linux Mint — my intention is to:
· Outline the (many) similarities and (few) differences between Linux and BSD,
· Walk the audience through the process of moving from Linux to BSD, unless the audience is in a hurry, then I’ll run them through it,
· Describe the ease-of-use and pitfalls of day-to-day use of PC-BSD for the average user, and
· How to pitch in and make code and other contributions (e.g., documentation, translation) to BSD variants, even while doing the same for Linux distributions,
· And more!

Privilege Separation and Pledge (video)

This year's dotSecurity conference featured a presentation from OpenBSD founder Theo de Raadt, titled "Privilege Separation and Pledge." The video is now available here, in addition to the slides.

One small step for DRM, one giant leap for BSD | BSD Now 143

This week on BSDNow, we have an interview with Matthew Macy, who has some exciting news to share with us regarding the state of graphics on FreeBSD. That plus all the latest news on BSDNow, the place to B...SD!
View attached file (770 MB, video/mp4)

OpenBSD ARMv7 now has a bootloader

Progress on the armv7 platform continues, and Jonathan Gray writes in to the arm@ mailing list with some promising news:
There is now a bootloader for armv7 thanks to kettenis@ Recent armv7 snapshots will configure disks to use efiboot and install device tree dtb files on a fat partition at the start of the disk. u-boot kernel images are no longer part of the release but can still be built for the time being. We are going to start assuming the kernel has been loaded with a dtb file to describe the hardware sometime soon. Those doing new installs can ignore the details but here they are. 

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