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25Jul/100

FreeBSD 8.1 Released

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE. This is the second release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.0 and introduces some new features. Some of the highlights:

  • zfsloader added
  • zpool version of ZFS subsystem updated to version 14
  • NFSv4 ACL support in UFS and ZFS; support added to cp(1), find(1), getfacl(1), mv(1), and setfacl(1) utilities
  • UltraSPARC IV/IV+, SPARC64 V support
  • SMP support in PowerPC G5
  • BIND 9.6.2-P2
  • sendmail updated to 8.14.4
  • OpenSSH updated to 5.4p1
  • GNOME 2.30.1, KDE 4.4.5

For a complete list of new features, please see the release notes.

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19Jul/100

UNIX Tools: tcpdump – packet analysis tool

tcpdump is a common network packet analyzer that runs under the command line. It allows the user to intercept and display packets being transmitted or received over a network to which the computer is attached. tcpdump is mandatory for anyone desiring a thorough understanding of TCP/IP.

tcpdump works on most Unix-like operating systems: BSD, Linux, Mac OS X, Solaris, HP-UX and AIX among others. In those systems, tcpdump uses the libpcap library to capture packets. There is also a port of tcpdump for Windows called WinDump and it uses WinPcap, which is a port of libpcap to Windows.

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10Jul/101

FreeBSD: How to Install Adobe Flash in FreeBSD 8

Adobe Flash is a multimedia platform used to add animation, video, and interactivity to Web pages. Flash is frequently used for advertisements and games. More recently, it has been positioned as a tool for "Rich Internet Applications" ("RIAs").

Adobe Flash plugin is not available for FreeBSD. However, a software wrapper for running the Linux version of the plugin exists. This wrapper also supports more plugins such as Adobe Acrobat plugin and RealPlayer.

In FreeBSD 8.X, install the www/nspluginwrapper port. This port requires emulators/linux_base-f10 which is a large port.

cd /usr/ports/www/nspluginwrapper
make install clean

The next step is to install the www/linux-f10-flashplugin10 port.

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