BSD News 05/09/2016

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Releases: DesktopBSD, HardenedBSD, OPNsense, GhostBSD, OpenBSD
Other news: OpenBSD, BSDnow, ZFS, Let's Encrypt, g2k16, DragonFlyBSD,



DesktopBSD-2.0 Gnome test version

We are pleased to announce that DesktopBSD-2.0 Gnome test version is available,  more flavours will come soon.

Based on FreeBSD-10.3 amd64, mainly because UEFI is supported by FreeBSD only for amd64 architecture.

Before burning the ISO to a DVD, please check the md5 or sha256 of the downloaded ISO against those  from our repo

DesktopBSD ISOs are hybrid, UEFI enabled, and can be written to USB sticks using the 'dd' command:
dd if=DESKTOPBSD-2.0-FBSD-20160903-152502-gnome-amd64.iso of=/dev/daN bs=1M conv=sync

(where /dev/daN is your's usb stick)
Bsdstats is included as in DesktopBSD-1.7 Release, so DesktopBSD will be counted in
Bsdstats can be launched or is launched from console using bsdstats.send, via rc.conf or via cron from /usr/local/etc/poeriodic/monthly/300.statistics.

We have included tools to:
  • Connect to desktopbsd irc channel to get help using desktopbsd-irc
  • Open bugtracker page in forums using desktopbsd-bug-report
  • Get system information using inxi scripts ported from linux

Inxi can be run from console, terminal and even under irc client to send informations in irc channel directly.
desktopbsd-irc plus inxi are great tools to help users in #desktopbsd channel.

ISOs are installable using gbi (GhostBSD Installer) and includes another GhostBSD tools.
Please notice that Eric Turgeon ( GhostBSD founder and developer ) is also in our's dev team.
Please test and send bugs using desktopbsd-bug-report to be able to fix them.

To enable desktop icons on desktop please run dconf-editor and go to org.gnome.desktop.background and check show-desktop-icons. (desktop icons are not enabled by default due to a gnome bug)

We'll use for support website, forum and #desktopbsd irc channel on irc.freenode.server.

New stable version: HardenedBSD-stable 11-STABLE v46.2

HardenedBSD-11-STABLE-v46.2 -
Git repo:
libarchive update (CVE fixes, FreeBSD SA candidate)
sqlite update (CVE fixes, FreeBSD SA candidate)

OPNsense 16.7.3 released

Patch notes:
  • system: allow selection of secondary console
  • system: added EFI as a console option
  • system: fixed status display of tiered gateway groups
  • system: allow to configure sudo usage for administrators
  • system: package manager can no longer uninstall the GUI package (marked as “vital”)
  • system: also beep on factory reset
  • system: added opnsense-code command line utility
  • interfaces: do not store packet captures in /root
  • interfaces: sort interface listings by name only
  • interfaces: do not prevent configuring an IP used by the PPTP and L2TP plugins
  • firewall: add normalisation options for source port and direction
  • firewall: improved parsing of alias input
  • firewall: fixed nesting of aliases with underscores in their names
  • openvpn: fix script mismatch on export page
  • openvpn: added reneg-sec option to server to allow persistent TOTP sessions
  • openvpn: added option to prevent usage of username-as-common-name
  • services: fix WOL widget link
  • services: aligned backend calls of DNS and DHCP
  • services: fix writing of DNS resolver host entries
  • services: simplify configuring of DNS resolver listening addresses
  • services: allow proxy to match against SSL URLs only (contributed by Fabio Mello)
  • lang: updated Source Sans Pro font to improve the cyrillic experience
  • lang: Italian is now a release language (contributed by Antonio Prado)
  • lang: minor updates for Russian (contributed by Smart-Soft Ltd.)
  • lang: minor updates for German and French
  • ports: haproxy 1.6.8[1], php 5.6.25[2], sqlite 3.14.1[3]
  • ports: openvpn 2.3.12[4], libxml 2.9.4[5]

GhostBSD 10.3 Enoch Finally Available

After a year of development, testing and debugging we are pleased to announce the release of GhostBSD 10.3 MATE & XFCE which is available on SourceForge and torrents for the amd64 and i386 architectures.
What's new in GhostBSD 10.3
  • ZFS support
  • UEFI support
  • Installer custom partition creation subjection
  • VirtualBox support get setup at boot time if needed.
  • 4k partition alignment by default
  • GhostBSD Software will be updated Quarterly which will bring more stability to GhostBSD still user will be able to change it to latest to have the latest software update.
What changed in GhostBSD 10.3
  • The installer partition editor UI and partitioning have been improved
  • VirtualBox additions would be uninstall after installer if it is not runnig in a VirtualBox
  • Slim is replacing GDM.
  • Networkmgr display the full SSID
  • Replaced the HTML/CSS installation slide with a GTK/CSS the slide.
What has been fix.
  • Networkmgr SSID list
  • VirtualBox supports
  • Installer MBR partition issue
  • Some installer text error
  • Keyboard layout after installation with MATE
  • Network Manager slowness to open the menu
  • Network Manager icon tray crash
  • Localtime time as been fix
  • Fix boot partition for GPT to supports freebsd-boot, bios-boot and efi
  • System Update duplicating the whole install under /boot/kernel.old
  • sudo configuration
  • Wifi down by default
  • Locales are not correctly set up on installation
Where to download:
The image checksum's, hybrid ISO(DVD, USB) images are available here:

OpenBSD 6.0 released

September 1st, 2016: The OpenBSD team announces the availability of 6.0!
We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 6.0.
This is our 40th release on CD-ROM (and 41st via FTP/HTTP).  We remain
proud of OpenBSD's record of more than twenty years with only two remote
holes in the default install.

As in our previous releases, 6.0 provides significant improvements,
including new features, in nearly all areas of the system:


ZFS, The “Universal” Filesystem | BSD Now 157

This week on BSDNow, we have an interview with Richard Yao, who will be telling us about the experience & challenges of porting ZFS to Linux. That plus the latest news & feedback is coming your way, on your place to B….SD!

Let's Encrypt client imported into -current

Kristaps Dzonsons' Let's Encrypt client, letskencrypt, has been imported into OpenBSD-current as acme-client.
letskencrypt, which has previously been available as a port, is a privilege-separated Let's Encrypt (ACME protocol) client written in C.

Code stuff

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