Posts Tagged ‘FreeBSD’

Book review: Network Administration with FreeBSD

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

Amazon has posted my review of Network Administration with FreeBSD from Packt Publishing. It may be of interest to those of you working with stock FreeBSD systems. While I wouldn’t call it a great book, as my review indicates, it’s absolutely proven useful. I’ve picked it up on a few occasions for reference purposes.

For those new to FreeBSD and wanting to learn more, the above is not intended as a book for beginners. For anyone new to FreeBSD, I recommend Absolute FreeBSD. I have not yet had a chance to read the second edition, but recommend it because the first edition was great, Michael Lucus is an excellent writer, and it has gotten exceptional reviews from people whose reviews I always find spot on, like Richard Bejtlich.

None of this is really relevant to pfSense, unless you want to become a developer. We hide all the details of FreeBSD so you don’t need to know these things. But if you’re interested in deploying FreeBSD in other uses, these may be of use.

Multi-BSS (Virtual Access Point) Support Added to FreeBSD

Sunday, April 20th, 2008

Sam Leffler committed changes to FreeBSD HEAD/8.0 adding support for multi-BSS wireless. This means in the future we can and will support multiple virtual access points on one wireless card.

This is not a MFC candidate and hence will not be in FreeBSD 7.x. pfSense 1.3 will be based on 7.x, so 1.3 will not have this support. The next pfSense release following 1.3 will be based on FreeBSD 8.x and will incorporate this. That’ll be a while, but it’s something to look forward to in a year or so.

Thanks to Sam for his efforts! I’m also looking forward to attending his wireless tutorial at BSDCan.

USB CD-ROM support coming in next release

Tuesday, March 11th, 2008

FreeBSD now has a fix for the long standing issue preventing installations using USB CD-ROMs from working properly! Thanks to John Baldwin for his efforts to fix this, and assisting Scott with getting this into our custom FreeBSD 7.0 builds. This isn’t available in FreeBSD 7.0, but our releases based on 7.0 should support this (though we haven’t tested it yet).