Issue 38
Published September 23, 2020

New MidnightBSD, TrueNAS and FreeBSD releases; FreeBSD Core Team Office Hours; OpenBSD hackathon reports; plus latest news and SAs.

FreeBSD Core Team Office Hours

Based on the continuity of the last CORE Office Hours The FreeBSD CORE Team would like to invite you all to a virtual town hall meeting. The session is timed at 1800 UTC on 23rd September, 2020. See for details on how to join either a live stream to watch, or an interactive meeting to participate. A link to this agenda (and any updates) will be there as well. Topics:

  • Git Transition
  • Recruiting for project teams
  • Core TODO List publishing
  • Discuss proposed terminology changes
  • General Questions


MidnightBSD 1.2.9 RELEASE is now available in git in the stable/1.2 branch. It addresses two security vulnerabilities in bhyve and one in ftpd. Additionally, 2.0-CURRENT includes a fix for an issue with ure(4).

There is the first release candidate TrueNAS 12.0-RC1 for the first unified FreeNAS and TrueNAS release, renamed to TrueNAS CORE and TrueNAS Enterprise, respectively. More than 180 bugs have been fixed since 12.0-BETA2 as final polishing continues toward the launch of 12.0-RELEASE in October.

The second BETA build for the FreeBSD 12.2 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, armv7, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe, and sparc64 architectures are available on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites.


4 new Security Advisories has been released for FreeBSD: FreeBSD-SA-20:30.ftpd, FreeBSD-SA-20:29.bhyvesvm, FreeBSD-SA-20:28.bhyvevmcs and FreeBSD-SA-20:27.ure.

As always, it’s worth following BSDSec. RSS feed and Twitter account available.


OpenZFS 2.0-RC2 Released With Dozens Of Fixes: OpenZFS 2.0 is a huge update for this open-source ZFS file-system implementation in that it mainlines FreeBSD support alongside Linux, there is Zstd compression support, many performance optimizations, fast clone deletion, sequential resilvering, and a lot of other improvements and new features.

New version of FreeBSD Instant-workstation 2020 is out. The script is slightly longer and more involved now, comparing to year ago when it was published first.

  • Support for more operating environments has landed
  • Support for application installations has landed
  • VMWare support was submitted
  • SDDM / polkit configuration has been introduced so you can shutdown / reboot from inside the KDE Plasma environment via the Leave menu

Why FreeBSD is moving to git: Warner talks about the reasons behind the planned move to git from subversion. This article focuses on the technical reasons that the previous core team decided to migrate the project from Subversion to git. Future articles will cover the nuts and bolts of what changes to people’s work flows can be expected.

There is also a video talking about the same topic.

DragonFly BSD offers first-boot tool: People who wish to customize the DragonFly BSD operating system have a new tool on their workbench. The project has introduced a first-boot flag which allows a program or script to be run once, and only once, the first time the operating system is booted following installation. “You can now add something to run on first boot after install, only, on DragonFly. This is probably of most use to you if you are building a custom image.”

k2k20 hackathon reports

OpenBSD had another hackathon and first reports are in:


As always, there are more sources of BSD goodness. Latest BSD Now talks about Modernizing the OpenBSD Console, OS roles have changed, FreeBSD Cluster with Pacemaker and Corosync, Wine in a 32-bit sandbox on 64-bit NetBSD, Find package which provides a file in OpenBSD, and more.

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to providing summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. The latest is from 2020-09-21.

In Other BSDs for 2020/09/19 is out, too.

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