Exploring Swap on FreeBSD

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Answer burning FreeBSD memory questions like when to use swap space and how, but also kernel reactions to the shortages of free memory. Check out our 2021 guide to using swap space in FreeBSD.

History of FreeBSD – Part 4: BSD and TCP/IP

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Today, FreeBSD is used by many companies and individuals to manage network traffic or build embedded systems in one form or another. BSD was created many years before the idea of networking computers across the country was even possible. In this new article from the “History of FreeBSD” series, we will look at how networking was first added to BSD.

Routing and Firewalling VLANS with FreeBSD

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VNET virtual network stacks are a powerful network stack isolation technology that gives FreeBSD jails super powers. Follow our guide to use VLANs on FreeBSD, combine VLANs and VNETs and use VLANs with VNET Jails. Learn useful tricks with many exemplifying instances.

FreeBSD and ZFS Curated Content for the Holidays

Don’t know what to read during the holiday downtime? We’re here to help! We’ve created a short but insightful list of articles that you should take a look at.

Turn on that virtual fire and join us in reading about FreeBSD and ZFS!

Virtualize Your Network on FreeBSD with VNET

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FreeBSD Jails – a well-known feature that has become core to many excellent tools on FreeBSD such as the Poudriere package builder. Jails offer process and file system isolation, but for a long time they did not offer very satisfying network isolation. Learn how to isolate networks, how to test potentially hazardous firewall changes and how to do proper jail networking.

History of FreeBSD – Part 3: Early Days of FreeBSD

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FreeBSD 1.0 was released in 1993. In this third part of our series on the history of FreeBSD, we start tracing the early days of FreeBSD and the events that would eventually shape the project and the future of open source software.

History of FreeBSD – Part 2: BSDi and USL Lawsuits

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FreeBSD’s history is complex and, at times, troublesome. The BSDi and USL lawsuits will always be remembered as a period of tension in the history of FreeBSD, and they nearly led to the downfall of FreeBSD. Check out curious events in the past of our beloved open-source OS.

bhyve: The FreeBSD Hypervisor

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You know about VMware vSphere or VirtualBox, but do you know about FreeBSD’s bhyve? FreeBSD has had varying degrees of support as a hypervisor host throughout its history. But none of them was consistent up to 2011, when bhyve was added to FreeBSD and it has seen continuous development ever since. Dive into the early days of bhyve, recent commitments and what’s next for our hypervisor.

Dummynet: The Better Way to Build FreeBSD Networks

Learn how to build better FreeBSD networks with Dummynet. Dummynet is the FreeBSD traffic shaper, packet scheduler, and network emulator. It allows you to emulate a whole set of network environments in a straight forward way, it has the ability to model delay, packet loss, and can act as a traffic shaper and policer. Follow our guide to learn how!

History of FreeBSD – Part 1: Unix and BSD

FreeBSD has been around since 1993, and its development has had some turning points in history. During this entry of our History of FreeBSD series, we talk about how Unix came to be, and how Berkeley’s Unix developed at Bell Labs.