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Quick tip: using a built-in USB card reader

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FreeBSDSo you have a built in card reader (for SD cards, CF cards and others) in your FreeBSD machine. But the card reader can't be used, because it doesn't detect (or signal to the operating system) when a card is inserted?
Here is a way: insert a card, thenturn off and on again power to the card reader, the check /var/log/messages to see if the card shows up. Find the correct device:
root@kg-v2# usbconfig -u 1 -a 2
ugen1.2: <USB 2.0 Reader Generic> at usbus1, cfg=0 md=HOST spd=HIGH (480Mbps) pwr=ON
power off, the on

root@kg-v2# usbconfig -u 1 -a 2 power_off
root@kg-v2# usbconfig -u 1 -a 2 power_on
That''s it.
 
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Quick tip: creating a FAT32 partition with gpart

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FreeBSDTo create a FAT32 partition / slice with gpart, use option -t with the fat32 argument. Like this:
# gpart add -t fat32 da1
da1s1 added
Then you just need to newfs the slice, and you are good to go.
 
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auditdistd

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FreeBSDFor people interested in FreeBSD: the auditdistd project is now complete.
The auditdistd daemon nicely complements the audit framework. It allows one to distribute audit records collected locally with minimal latency to another system. This helps in postmortem analysis, as we know that at least to some point in time audit logs stored on a separate machine can be trusted. This is very important, because once the system is compromised, we cannot trust any of its local files.

First seen on the FreeBSD Forums.

 
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FreeBSD 8.3 released

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FreeBSDFreeBSD 8.3-RELEASE is now available. People wanting to use it should read the release notes, the errata and get it.
 
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NAS4Free

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FreeBSDNAS4Free is an embedded Open Source Storage NAS (Network-Attached Storage) distribution based on FreeBSD, it's supports sharing across Windows, Apple, and UNIX-like systems. It includes ZFS v28, Software RAID (0,1,5), disk encryption, S.M.A.R.T / email reports etc. with the following protocols: CIFS (samba), FTP, NFS, TFTP, AFP, RSYNC, Unison, iSCSI (initiator and target), UPnP, and Bittorent which is all highly configurable by it's WEB interface (from m0n0wall). NAS4Free can be installed on Compact Flash/USB/SSD key, Hard disk or booted of from a LiveCD.
 
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FreeBSD 9.0 released

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FreeBSDFreeBSD 9.0 has been released. New stuff:
  • A new installer, bsdinstall(8) has been added and is the installer used by the ISO images provided as part of this release
  • The Fast Filesystem now supports softupdates journaling
  • Highly Available Storage (HAST) framework
  • High Performance SSH (HPN-SSH)
  • The LLVM compiler infrastructure and clang have been imported
and lots of more stuff.
 
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FreeNAS 8.0.3

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FreeBSDThe latest FreeNAS release, FreeNAS 8.0.3, was released on January 3rd, 2012. The build is named "FreeNAS-8.0.3-RELEASE-x64 (9395)", and it is based on FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE-p5. Both x86 and x64 (amd64) releases exists.
 
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ZRouter.org

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FreeBSDZRouter.org is a young project that aims to produce FreeBSD-based firmware for small boxes such as SOHO router, APs, etc.
 
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ZFSguru

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FreeBSD"ZFSguru is a newly designed Network Attached Storage operating system, much like FreeNAS. The difference is that ZFSguru focuses heavily on ZFS and user friendly operation, and uses a full FreeBSD distribution with no elements stripped down. This allows people new to FreeBSD and UNIX in general to access the power of ZFS, while still allowing more advanced users to tweak their NAS with additional functionality and use it as a normal FreeBSD distribution."
Way cool!
 
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FreeBSD from scratch

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FreeBSDIf you find that the normal ways to install FreeBSD doesn't suit you, perhaps FreeBSD From Scratch is for you.
 
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