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Submission + - The FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting project proposals->

Professor_Quail writes: Following a successful 2012 fundraising campaign, the FreeBSD Foundation is soliciting the submission of project proposals for funded development grants. Proposals may be related to any of the major subsystems or infrastructure within the FreeBSD operating system, and will be evaluated based on desirability, technical merit, and cost-effectiveness. The proposal process is open to all developers (including non-FreeBSD committers), and the deadline for submitting a proposal is April 26th, 2013.
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Open Source

Submission + - NetBSD To Support Kernel Development In Lua Scripting->

An anonymous reader writes: NetBSD 7.0 will support the Lua scripting language within its kernel for developing drivers and new sub-systems. A Lua scripting interpreter is being added to the NetBSD kernel along with a kernel API so developers can use this scripting language rather than C for developing new BSD kernel components. Expressed reasons for supporting a scripting language in a kernel were rapid application development, better configuration, and "modifying software written in C is hard for users." In a presentation it was said that Lua in the kernel will let users explore their system in an easy way.
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BSD

Submission + - Meanwhile: BSD at the Start of 2013->

An anonymous reader writes: NetBSD developer Julian Djamil Fagir provides a nice briefing on what the big three BSD projects have been working on, and explains/reminds us of their cultural differences. Stick a fork in them? Yes, Djamil Fagir mentions a couple of those, too. The recent releases from FreeBSD and NetBSD were covered by Slashdot.
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Open Source

Submission + - Lua Scripting Language Support Coming To NetBSD Kernel->

An anonymous reader writes: With the release of NetBSD 7, it will be possible to extend kernel sub-systems and write device drivers in the Lua scripting language. A Lua interpreter is being added to the NetBSD kernel, a proper programming kernel interface, and a user-space interface for loading Lua scripts into the NetBSD kernel in real-time. Reasons expressed for adding Lua support to the NetBSD kernel is "modifying software written in C is hard for users", providing a rapid application development approach to drivers and the kernel, and better configuring of kernel sub-systems. Python and Java script support was looked at too, but they ended up settling for Lua. Lua scripting support for the kernel has been worked on since 2010.
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BSD

Submission + - FreeBSD 9.1 released->

tearmeapart writes: "The teams at FreeBSD have reached another great achievement with FreeBSD 9.1, with improvements to the already fantastic zfs features, more VM improvements (helping bringing FreeBSD to the next generation of VMs), and improvements in speed to many parts of the network system.
Support FreeBSD via the FreeBSD mall or download/upgrade Freebsd from a mirror. Unforunately, the torrent server is still down due to the previous security incident."

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Operating Systems

Submission + - FreeBSD Fundraising almost there->

An anonymous reader writes: It seems that the FreeBSD Doundation fundraising is going pretty well. 461k $ funded in less that one month its a success and seems better than expected by other slashdot readers(http://bsd.slashdot.org/story/12/12/09/1726222/freebsd-project-falls-short-of-year-end-funding-target-by-nearly-50), and should not be rated as "fail". Since the FBD Foundation site have a lot of details of what is being done to improve FreeBSD and what will be done(in a non-tech description), what is the feature/subsystem/port that you thing deserves some love from FreeBSD developers?
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Unix

Submission + - BSD on a PIC? Surely not!-> 1

An anonymous reader writes: Can you run BSD on a PIC microcontroller? Absolutely! You'd think that running a fully featured BSD operating system on such a small microcontroller would be impossible, but the guys at RetroBSD have done just that. As a direct port of 2.11BSD to the PIC32 microcontroller, RetroBSD packs an entire operating system into a tiny package.
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BSD

Submission + - Copyright reform and FOSS licenses

An anonymous reader writes: With all the constant talk of copyright reform, people often think of music, books, and videos. Free software licenses rely on their copyright to enforce their license. What happens if the copyright term is limited to 14 years, and anything GPLed will become public domain after 14 years? Windows NT could be public domain. Unix could finally be free. What affect will copyright reform have on FOSS software?
BSD

Submission + - Dragonfly BSD 3.2 released->

An anonymous reader writes: Dragonfly BSD recently announced the release of version 3.2 of their operating system. Improvements include: USB4BSD, a second-generation USB stack; merging of a GSoC project to provide CPU topology awareness to the scheduler, giving a nice boost for hyperthreading Intel CPUs; and last but not least, a new largely rewritten scheduler.

Some background is in order for the last one. PostgreSQL 9.3 will move from SysV shared memory to mmap for its shared memory needs. It turned out that the switch much hurts its performance on the BSDs. Matthew Dillon was fast to respond with a search for bottlenecks and got the performance up to par with Linux.

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BSD

Submission + - Raspberry Pi Open Sources Video Drivers->

sfcrazy writes: The Raspberry Pi foundation has announced the open sourcing of its VideoCore driver code which runs on the ARM chips. The foundation has chose a more permissive 3-Clause BSD licence for the driver code. The source is available from the foundation's new userland repository on GitHub.
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Unix

Submission + - NetBSD 6.0 has shipped->

Madwand writes: The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 6.0, the fourteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system. Changes from the previous release include scalability improvements on multi-core systems, many new and updated device drivers, Xen and MIPS port improvements, and brand new features such as a new packet filter.

Some NetBSD 6.0 highlights are: support for thread-local storage (TLS), Logical Volume Manager (LVM) functionality, rewritten disk quota subsystem, new subsystems to handle flash devices and NAND controllers, an experimental CHFS file system designed for flash devices, support for Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) protocol, and more. This release also introduces NPF — a new packet filter, designed with multi-core systems in mind, which can do TCP/IP traffic filtering, stateful inspection, and network address translation (NAT).

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AMD

Submission + - AMD confirms CPU bug found by DragonFly BSD's Matt Dillon->

An anonymous reader writes: Matt Dillon of DragonFly BSD just announced that AMD confirmed a CPU bug he found. Matt quotes part of the mail exchange and it looks like "consecutive back-to-back pops and (near) return instructions can create a condition where the processor incorrectly updates the stack pointer". The specific manifestation in DragonFly were random segmentation faults under heavy load.
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BSD

Submission + - DragonFly BSD 3.0 released->

An anonymous reader writes: After eight months of development, DragonFly BSD's 3.0 release includes much improved scalability through more fine-grained locking, the HAMMER file system working better in low-memory configurations, and a TrueCrypt-compatible disk encryption system.
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BSD

Submission + - OpenBSD 5.0->

tearmeapart writes: "A new version of the operating system that most of us would love to love, but probably hardly ever directly use, has been released. As scheduled, release 5.0 brings support for more hardware, network improvements, and OpenSSH 5.9.
The links: changelog, download, main 5.0 page, and order your OpenBSD products!"

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GNU is Not Unix

Submission + - Celebrate Software Freedom today!->

An anonymous reader writes: It is the time of the year again, where we all unite regardless of the (free) licenses we cherish and go out in the streets to let people know how Free Software has changed our lives. With over 425 events in 80+ countries, communities as diverse as Joomla!, FreeBSD or The OpenDisc to name just a few will be celebrating all over the world. Don't wait, grab your best arguments and join the wild masses of freedom lovers to the software freedom parties. Where will you be partying today?
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AMD

Submission + - What to expect in OpenBSD 5.0 onwards->

badger.foo writes: "OpenBSD-current just turned 5.0-beta, providing us a preview of what the upcoming release (slated for November 1st) will look like. Book of PF author Peter Hansteen takes us through the main new features and explains the development process that has consistently turned out high-quality releases on time, every six months for more than a decade."
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BSD

Submission + - BSD Certification Group Expands to Testing Centers->

An anonymous reader writes: The BSD Certification Group, a US-based non-profit, structures and conducts two BSD-based Unix certifications. Since launching in 2005, hundreds of certification seekers have taken exams at a variety of BSD and open source conferences around the world.

Recently, the group greatly expanded the accessibility of the exams by partnering with Schroeder Measurement Technologies, which provides testing centers in over 300 cities around the globe.

So now, instead of impatiently waiting for the next local open source conference in your reach, certification seekers now can schedule an exam locally when ready.

The BSD Certification Group continues to provide a strong community-driven effort to create standards for systems administration in the BSD community and beyond. Both the BSD Associate and BSD Professional exams are developed around published subject matter expert guidelines and the oversight of a qualified psychometrician.

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