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Explaining top(1) on FreeBSD

We all know and have at least once used the top(1) command on FreeBSD to track information about our cpu and processes, but how many of you know what each field means? By default, top(1) displays the ‘top’ processes on each system and periodically updates this information every 2.0 seconds using the raw cpu use percentage to rank the processes in the list.
This article will give you some insight on how to better understand top (1).

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Manipulating a Pool from the Rescue System

We’ve all been there: that moment of panic when a system fails to boot back up. Perhaps there was a glitch with an upgrade. Maybe you’re wondering if you fumble-fingered a typo when you made that last change to loader.conf.
Fortunately, with FreeBSD and its built-in rescue mechanisms it is possible to quickly recover from most scenarios that prevent a system from booting into normal operation. And if you’re using OpenZFS, you can rest assured that your data is intact.
With this article, let’s take a look at some common recovery scenarios.

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FreeBSD Developer Workstation Setup

If you are eager to start FreeBSD development, but don’t know where to begin, this short guide is for you.
This article will provide some pointers into how some FreeBSD committers work on the Operating System and ports collection. We will discuss the hardware configurations that are used day to day to implement, build and test the operating system.

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Using the FreeBSD RACK TCP Stack

Did you know that FreeBSD has more than one TCP stack and that TCP stacks are pluggable at run time? Since FreeBSD 12, FreeBSD has support pluggable TCP stacks, and today we will look at the RACK TCP Stack. The FreeBSD RACK stack takes this pluggable TCP feature to an extreme: rather than just swapping the congestion control algorithm, FreeBSD now supports dynamically loading and an entirely separate TCP stack. With the RACK stack loaded, TCP flows can be handled either by the default FreeBSD TCP stack or by the RACK stack.

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Recent articles on ZFS

Understanding ZFS Channel Programs

Understanding ZFS Channel Programs

One of the newer OpenZFS features that became available with FreeBSD 12.0 is ZFS Channel Programs. This article addresses questions to clarify what a ZFS channel program is, why you should use it, what are the operations supported by channel programs, or what a channel program looks like. Follow our guide and resources to learn how to create your own Channel Programs.

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Choosing the right ZFS pool layout

Setting up a ZFS pool involves a number of permanent decisions that will affect the performance, cost, and reliability of your data storage systems, so you really want to understand all the options at your disposal for making the right choices from the beginning.
Let’s talk about mirror vdevs, RAID-Z or dRAID to better understand real redundant data storage.

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History of OpenZFS Part 3

History of ZFS – Part 3: Heading Into the Future

In our last entry of the “History of ZFS” series we look to the future of OpenZFS.

After documenting and thoroughly analysing the events that shaped OpenZFS as we know it today, let’s talk about what future features you should look forward to and just how things are shaping.

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Achieving RPO/RTO Objectives with ZFS

Today, let’s talk a little bit less about technology itself, and a little bit more about business management. There are a couple of key management terms that every system administrator and IT professional should know and love—RPO and RTO, or Recovery Point Objective and Recovery Time Objective.
Once we understand the meaning and importance of RTO and RPO, we will take a look at two ZFS technologies—snapshots and replication—which greatly ease their management.

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Newest CPU Architectures Content

RISC-V: The New Architecture on the Block

RISC-V is a relatively new chip architecture that is quickly making its way in the tech world and is proving to be quite a rival for the existing well-known architectures.
Today, we will look at the history of RISC-V and how it differs from the other offerings.

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FreeBSD in the cloud

The Next Level – FreeBSD on arm64 In The Cloud

FreeBSD/arm64 is the FreeBSD port to the 64-bit ARM architecture, also known as AArch64 or ARMv8. All supported FreeBSD releases include support for ARMv8 and there are many packages and ports (3rd party applications) available to support the software you normally deploy with FreeBSD.

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Tracing the History of ARM and FreeBSD

Did you know that during the course of the day, you have spent more time interacting with Arm processors than any other architectures. And FreeBSD can take advantage of this technology. Let’s take a look at the Arm architecture.

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