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Installing XFCE-4 on FreeBSD 11

XFCE is a lightweight desktop environment for Unix like Operaing Systems. In this article let us see how to install XFCE on FreeBSD 11. FreeBSD 11 is the upcoming release of FreeBSD that is due for stable version to be released in 27 July 2016.

FreeBSD 11 can be downloaded from this link. Install FreeBSD according to your requirements, and once the installation is complete, use the following steps to install XFCE desktop evironment.

For more details and documentation of XFCE desktop you can have a look here.

Warning!!! Stable version of FreeBSD 11 won’t be available until 27 July 2016. Hence, do not use it for production.

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Installing Qemu on FreeBSD 10

Installation

QEMU is a hypervisor, that can emulate many number of architectures.Some of the architectures include:

  • i386
  • x86_64
  • Alpha
  • Arm
  • MIPS
  • MIPS64
  • PPC
  • PPC64
  • Sparc
  • Sparc64

In this article lets look at, how to install QEMU on FreeBSD 10. By default, QEMU on FreeBSD supports the following architectures.

 

  • i386
  • x86_64

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Installing KDE-4 desktop on FreeBSD 11

KDE desktop is around for quite some time, as desktop environment for many open source operation systems. KDE-4 is the latest version of KDE In this article, lets look at how to install KDE4 on FreeBSD 11.

FreeBSD 11 can be downloaded from this link. Install FreeBSD according to your requirements, and once the installation is complete, use the following steps to install KDE desktop evironment.

For more details and documentation of KDE desktop you can have a look here.

Warning!!! Stable version of FreeBSD 11 won’t be available until 27 July 2016. Hence, do not use it for production.

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Accessing AWS VPC instances using OpenVPN-NL

Pre-requisites

  1. Amazon VPC CIDR (the /16 one) – 172.31.0.0/16 is our example

  2. Ubuntu 14.04 instance launched in a public subnet with EIP attached

  3. EIP of the above machine – 54.63.44.120 is our example
  4. SSH connection to the Ubuntu instance

Setting up the server

We are going to use a distribution of OpenVPN called OpenVPN-NL (http://openvpn.fox-it.com/) because it has more secure defaults than the standard OpenVPN installation that is distributed with Ubuntu. Also, OpenVPN-NL makes use of mbed-TLS (previously PolarSSL) instead of OpenSSL because of its compactness and ease of auditability (is that even a word?). Run all following commands as the root user: (more…)