This week’s BSDNow episode talks with Jed Reynolds about ZFS on Linux and FreeBSD, and includes other news bits including about DragonFly’s swap encryption, OpenBSD defaulting to having openntpd on by default, and plenty more.
This includes all the BSD material I didn’t have time to get posted last week. I hope you have some time for reading today; there is a lot here.
- Royal activity affecting your open source files.
- Windows guest support (or at least the start of it) in bhyve.
- Bad memory blacklisting in FreeBSD. I’d be worried about keeping partially bad RAM in place, but this is probably being used on a larger scale.
- 25 year old col bug, fixed.
- The start of NUMA support in FreeBSD.
- Alpine POC and Routerboard support in FreeBSD.
- FreeBSD now supports more than 8 audio channels.
- NetBSD is starting to gain EdgeRouter support.
- NetBSD gains in-kernel splash screen support.
- Openresolv 3.7 is in both FreeBSD and NetBSD.
- EU study recommends OpenBSD. (Thanks, PCTF)
- Now, sshd in OpenBSD defaults to ‘PermitRootLogin=no‘ (like in DragonFly!)
- Device Developer’s Conference, happening in the UK over the next month or so. (via openbsd-misc)
- OpenBSD has released, shipped, and there’s some discs with errors being replaced, though there’s a workaround.
- From 0 to an OpenBSD install, with no hands and a custom disk layout. (via)
- Livingston County, Michigan has a BSD user group starting up.
- PC-BSD 10.2.1-RC1 comments.
- BSDCon Brazil 2015 has a call for papers out.
- New to BSD, Questions about Firewall configuration.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/05/11.
- A week of pkgsrc #10.
- PC-BSD 11.0-CURRENTMAY2015 images now available
- Yes, You Can Virtualize FreeNAS
- pfSense is now available as a “VMware Ready Virtual Firewall Appliance“.
- Michael W. Lucas’s Tarsnap talk is online.
- As is the cover to his upcoming FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS book.
- BSDTalk 253 has 30 minutes of conversation with George Neville-Neil about “The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System”, 2nd edition.
This week’s BSDNow episode talks with Mike Larkin about memory protection in OpenBSD, along with the normal news summary.
BSDNow 088 has an interview of Ed Schouten about FreeBSD, and all the normal roundups. Also “DragonFlyBSD has officially won the race to get an Intel Broadwell graphics driver”.
Maybe I need to start doing In Other BSDs posts on Wednesdays, cause BSDNow often has the links I’m already saving for the weekend.
I’ve already mentioned the Hammer2/OpenBSD Summer of Code project (one of several), but here’s more:
- The April issue of BSD Magazine is out.
- OpenBSD on an iBook G4
- Midnight BSD 0.6 is out.
- OpenBSD 5.7 is out.
- Lumina Desktop 0.8.4 is out.
- PC-BSD 10.1.2 RC1 is out.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/04/27.
- FreeBSD project report for 2015Q1.
- Hacking “/ on ZFS” and GELI Encrypted Drives, the Old-School Way
- Michael W. Lucas is giving a “Tarsnap talk” at mug.org on May 12 to match his book.
- vBSDCon is happening September 11-13 in Reston, VA.
(No mailing list links this week; I’m way behind in my reading because of work. Sorry!)
DragonFly committer Joris Giovannangeli has a Google Summer of Code project. He’s bringing Hammer2 to OpenBSD, in single-node form. It’s a very difficult project, but Joris is a very talented worker.
BSDNow 087 has an interview with Christos Zoulas, about NetBSD and blacklistd, along with the usual collection of news stories that I’m trying not to peek at because I’m behind on my usual reading and I want to get my own collection together for Saturday’s In Other BSDs.
It’s been a relatively calm week, for once.
- New Delhi has a BSD user group. (via)
- PC-BSD and 4K — Oh my!
- Is nvidia the best option for gaming on FreeBSD?
- EuroBSDCon 2015 has extended the time for paper submission, cause they have so much to work through.
- Hipster keyboard layout on NetBSD
- The pkgsrc-security GPG key has changed.
- Binary packages of pkgsrc-2015Q1 for illumos and OS X are available.
- I like cross–pollination.
- PC-BSD can now restore encrypted volumes over iSCSI.
- Two more mentions of OpenBSD (though any should work) on Vultr.
- Better OpenBSD performance on KVM via x2apic mode.
- OpenBSD rolls their own file(1).
- OpenBSD has W^X support for i386 userland now.
- 2-factor authorization on FreeBSD. (via)
- My switch to OpenBSD, first impressions (via)
- Microsoft .NET Running on FreeBSD 10.1/amd64 (via)
BSDNow 086, just out, has the usual roundup of news, plus an interview with Antoine Jacoutot about OpenBSD and BSD in business environments.
I couldn’t help the commentary on some of these links.
- The Arrival of TrueNAS 9.3 and more.
- Has anyone tried making a BSD phone? They did; starts with an i.
- softraid(4) – RAID 5 Call for Testing for OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD’s rcctl. (via)
- Solaris moves to pf. I still wish for compatibility tests so people can tell what’s supported in the flavor of pf they are running.
- Same news seen here.
- Time Machine for every Unix out there. Or use Hammer. (via)
- Optimizing TLS for High–Bandwidth Applications in FreeBSD [pdf]. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/04/13.
- Spinning up a quick cloud instance with Digital Ocean. Includes BSD hosts.
- A week of pkgsrc #8
- FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS is available for pre-order.
- Cross-platform software packaging with pkgsrc.
- pfSense 2.2.2 is out.
- pkgsrc-2015Q1 is out.
- pkgsrc shirts are available.
- BSDStats is out as version 6.0, though it needs to be tested. Please run, especially if you are on DragonFly.
- Setting up your own mail server, BSD edition. (via)
- The talk on blacklistd from the April NYCBUG meeting. The slides are available too. (via)
- NYCBUG is also hosting a new Polish BSD users group list (“subcarpathian” is a fun word) and has a list of upcoming events – straight through into fall!
At the last minute, as usual.
- Contributing to OpenBSD. “I spent two days hunting through Xenocara & graphics card driver code Finally found a good workaround: get a wife.” (via)
- Invented by OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD 5.7 highlights.
- Raspberry Pi 2 support in NetBSD. (via)
- AMD Catalyst might be coming to FreeBSD. Comments are more useful than the article, so I’m just linking to them.
- FreeBSD and beadm.
- The History (and Future) of FreeNAS & TrueNAS.
- flashrd, for creating embeddable OpenBSD images. (via)
- OpenBSD window manager discussion.
- A bounty for OpenBSD/Xen.
- A gdb script for printing routing tables on FreeBSD.
- Bitrig and pkgsrc.
- PDF presentations possible on PC-BSD.
- PC-BSD now has a “ISCSI replication configuration wizard“.
- NYCBUG has an OPNSense mirror available.
This week’s BSDNow talks with Baptiste Daroussin about developing and using pkg, for ports and for packaging the base FreeBSD system. (Baptiste has been seen on #dragonflybsd, since pkg is on DragonFly, so I’m sure there’s some relevant bits there, too.) There’s also the usual news summary.
If you’re part of a BSD user group, please let me know your schedule. I’m able to catch NYCBUG announcements cause I’m on their announce@ mailing list – but I could use more.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/03/30.
- Lumina 0.8.3 is released.
- Building PC-BSD Utilities From Source. (video)
- BSD Magazine for March.
- Directly building FreeBSD AMI images.
- FreeBSD daily status reports, a little more human-readable.
- 4 new commands in FreeBSD DDB.
- The FreeBSD boot loader can now take your GELI passphrase.
- A probably definitive answer on OpenBSD and clang.
- pf tables mean no reloading.
- BSD contributor Paul Schenkveld has died.
- If you are in the UK, there’s a mini OpenBSD ports hackathon happening now.
- NetBSD systems can now resize / on reboot, if space is available.
- LibreSSL in pkgsrc, soon.
- NYCBUG’s next meeting is April 8th, with Christos Zoulas presenting blacklistd.
It’s been a quiet week in BSD-land, at least in terms of me finding links.
- “I know BSD isn’t secure because I can’t install Norton.“
- “Oops” and there’s D-Link DIR-655 support in FreeBSD.
- The ata driver in FreeBSD is
removedmodified. (see comments)
- Steam available on PC-BSD. Old news, but always good.
- service(8) now available in NetBSD too.
- How to check out older revisions of pkgsrc packages.
- Tips on a DB9-RJ45 serial cable for Sun hardware, from OpenBSD.
- URL blacklisting in OpenBSD.
- lmc(4) and san(4), removed from OpenBSD.
- RFC7427 support in OpenBSD.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/03/23.
BSDNow 082 is up, talking with Bernard Spil about LibreSSL adoption in FreeBSD ports. There’s lots of other material listed – see the BSDTalk page for a summary of all the topics covered.
Not done in a last-minute rush before the weekend, yay! Done early cause I have to work over the weekend, boo!
- Tarsnap Mastery is out in print form. (as is author Michael Lucas’s newest sci-fi)
- Active Directory and FreeBSD. Might apply to all BSDs? (via)
- GhostBSD 10.1-alpha1 is out. (via)
- pfSense 2.2.1 is out.
- making security sausage. “Even if most users will just run yummi-gummi-belli-rubrub or whatever to install binary fixes, they should be able to inspect the changes.” I just like that package manager name.
- What differences would I notice when using BSD?
- Suggestions for honeypotting on BSD?
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/03/16.
- virtio on FreeBSD now works asynchronously.
- OpenBSD papers from AsiaBSDCon 2015 are up.
- Martin Pieuchot could use some OpenBSD hardware.
- OpenSSH 6.8 is out.
- Home server rack suggestions. Includes perennial favorite, the LackRack.
- How to format your diffs for OpenBSD.
- Good; they’re talking to each other.
- The pkgsrc-2015Q1 freeze is on.
I goofed up and didn’t complete last weeks’ In Other BSDs before it published, so you get some extra this week.
- DiscoverBSD news for 2015/03/09.
- FreeBSD Flame Graphs. (via)
- pkgsrc-2014Q4 binaries for illumos/SmartOS, plus support policy.
- 15 years of FreeBSD Foundation.
- autofs(5) on FreeBSD.
- DisplayLink adapters now work on FreeBSD.
- USB now consistently works on Raspberry Pi devices with FreeBSD.
- W^X in your browser, via the OpenBSD Foundation.
- OpenBSD and Summer of Code.
- Pre-orders for OpenBSD 5.7 are possible.
- Encrypted replication in PC-BSD.
- Better i386 NetBSD radeon support.
- The pkgsrc-2015Q1 freeze starts in a few days.
- 3-way cross-pollination.
The newest BSDNow video goes into PC-BSD and booting, and interviews Justin Gibbs about the FreeBSD Foundation.
- Which would be better as a free desktop; PC-BSD or OpenBSD?
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/03/02.
- M0n0wall alternatives at DiscoverBSD.
- BSD Magazine for February. (I think.)
- A preview of PC-BSD’s upcoming 10.1.2 release.
The newest BSDNow episode talks with Sean Bruno about poudriere and QEMU. He’s using those tools on FreeBSD, but poudriere is useful for building dports on DragonFly, too. The usual news collection is there, too.
NYCBUG is having a book release event for “The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System” with George Neville-Neil, one of the authors. It’s happening tomorrow night, at the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St. George Neville-Neil will be talking about DTrace, and there’s copies of the book to buy/win.
The just-posted BSDTalk 251 is 47 minutes long, and comes from vBSDCon 2013, with three people interviewed about Verisign and FreeBSD.
Well, this week just sort of took off for BSD links.
- FreeBSD on the POWER8: It’s alive! (via)
- Freenas and ESXI-Vmware snapshots
- PHP 5.3 and Ruby 1.8.7 appear to be on the way out of pkgsrc.
- PC-BSD gains a sort of automatic TOR-mode.
- OpenBSD Foundation 2014/2015 newsletter.
- OpenBSD 5.7 on Minnowboard Max.
- Aww, no more punchcard utilities.
- FreeBSD has some upgrades around tape utilities.
- Installworld… installcloud?
- “If you work for a lottery and you’re using random(3) to select the winning numbers, please let me know.“
- uefisign(8), a UEFI Secure Boot signing utility.
- pkg in pkgsrc. (via)
- “How can I crate a bootable BSD via GNU/Linux?“
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/02/23.
- ZFS, and How to Make a Foot Cannon.
- A week of pkgsrc #7.
- BSDCan proposals and rejections.
- NetBSD on IBM’s SoftLayer and Microsoft’s Azure and more
A late update: NYCBUG’s upcoming meetings and presentations, with the next one on March 4th, this week. If you have a local BSD user group, I would like to know about it!
There’s some DragonFly material in here, though I normally confine that to the rest of the week. It’s inextricable from the rest of the links.
- Setting up an OpenBSD mail server. (via)
- FreeBSD-current users, regenerate your keys. (fixed)
- Using OpenBSD and vxlan to overlay remote lans. (via)
- A Prediction: 2020 the year of (PC-)BSD on the desktop. (also)
- “Has Linux lost its way?” (via) (also)
- DiscoverBSD news for 2015/02/16.
- Curious if FreeBSD or any other BSD district would work better on a MacBook pro?
- Am I taking a realistic route to learning more about internals? (hey, it’s DragonFly!)
- Speaking of which: cross–pollination.
- More cross-pollination, and surprise from me; I didn’t know USB video link worked on any BSD.
- The m0n0wall project has ended.
- The end of ‘games’ as a separate object on FreeBSD.
- Tetris: still changing.
- autonet – simple automatic wifi chooser on OpenBSD.
- pkgsrc binaries as an exit strategy from systemd.
- IPFW now the default firewall (and on) in PC-BSD.
- The updated roadmap to 1.0.0 for Lumina, PC-BSD’s desktop environment, to go with the 0.8.2 release.
- PC-BSD at SCALE.
- s2k15 hackathon report.
The 77th episode of BSDNow is up, with a tutorial on making a patch in OpenBSD, an interview of Alex Reece and Matt Ahrens about OpenZFS, and the usual news roundup.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
- The OpenBSD Foundation 2015 Fundraising Campaign. (via)
- Anyone tried CloudByte before? (ZFS on FreeBSD).
- DiscoverBSD news for 2015/02/09.
- PC-BSD featured on itwire.com.
- From the OpenBSD s2k15 hackathon: the stack overflow that wasn’t and Authenticated TLS ‘constraints’ in ntpd(8).
- Jazz concert with OpenBSD synths.
- “Help me add FreeBSD/amd64 build support to .NET CoreCLR“.
- “Can you push a BSD OS through the wire/network?” The original poster has never heard of PXEbooting?
- PC-BSD 11.0-CURRENT Images Now Available!
- Speaking of which, PC-BSD now uses OpenNTPD by default.
- An old large-disk anecdote from OpenBSD.
- “world’s first Canadian cross device driver“
- pkgsrc-2014Q4 packages for OS X now available.
- NTP over HTTPS.
- Aww, freebsd/wii.
Your not-BSD BSD link of the week: Badass Space Dragon.
If you’re in/near New York City, NYCBUG has a meeting tonight with Issac (.ike) Levy presenting “Life with an OpenBSD Laptop“.
This week is relatively quiet.
- Raspberry Pi GPU acceleration in NetBSD 7. (via)
- OpenBSD networking on Macbook Pro?
- PC-BSD 10.1.1 is out.
- Is there any RNDIS support in any BSD?
- Ask HN: Laptop for FreeBSD?
- Stuck between OpenBSD and DragonFly BSD (mostly Web and File Server)
- devctl, a new device control utility in FreeBSD.
- FreeBSD has gained a VCHI driver for the Broadcom “VideoCore IV GPU”.
- Things you can remove from FreeBSD.
- PC-BSD gains ‘personacrypt’, for encryption of home directories.
- OpenBSD gained iwm(4), for Intel 7260 wifi.
BSDNow 075 has an interview with Ed Maste about what the FreeBSD Foundation has been up to, and I’m guessing from the “Part 1″ in the title there’s going to be more information in a subsequent show. There’s also a roundup of various BSD news items — more than usual, I think.
There’s two important numbers in this new, nearly-an-hour-long BSDTalk: Half a
million billion, which are the number of people using FreeBSD via WhatsApp, and 250, which is the number of BSDTalk episodes so far. That’s a great milestone for BSDTalk. Oh, and the recording is from MeetBSD 2014, with Rick Reed talking.
I’m not sure how I ended up with so much BSD material this week, but hey, we all benefit!
- A user’s experience with OpenBSD as a desktop. (via)
- FreeBSD Jail Management Tools.
- nanoBSD for servers – part 1. (via)
- Sonicwall to pfSense?
- My first OpenBSD port. (via)
- Two new LibreSSL shirts, with cash going back to the project.
- What did Sony do to make FreeBSD awesome graphics wise with Playstation 4?
- pkgng and manual steps.
- long term support considered harmful
- The practical result of OpenBSD’s support policy. Rebuttal to previous link. (via)
- PC-BSD 10.1.1-RC2 now available.
- OpenBSD popularity vs Linux when talking about servers security (via)
- Concise, opinionated history of the BSD/SystemV split. (via)
- pfSense-2.2-RELEASE now available! I’ll be upgrading systems to that at work this weekend…
- SECURITY : OPENBSD VS FREEBSD. (via)
- Starting A Daemon via daemon(8) in FreeBSD.
- Thinkpad Carbon X1 2015 and OpenBSD, a review.
- Initial Zynq (Xilinx) support in NetBSD.
- glass tty fonts in NetBSD, mentioned here, seen here.
- portable cwm 5.6 is out.
- Assistance for the “too much RAM” delay problem.
- Slides for “OpenBSD: Redundant & Transparent Firewalls” (thanks Siju)
- A Comparative Introduction to FreeBSD for Linux Users. (via)
Your extended read: scaling linux-based router hardware recommendations, from the NANOG operators list. Follow the thread. It’s theoretically about Linux, but people name BSD solutions all through it. Hmm…
Episode 74 of BSDNow is up, with some interesting stories of Linux users switching to BSD, and an interview of Andrew Tanenbaum of MINIX fame.
Short week this week, mostly due to a lack of interesting source changes.
- Learn Unix the Hard Way. Actually OpenBSD and nothing except a table of contents yet. (via)
- How not to upgrade your systems.
- Linux vs. BSD: which should you use? Nothing new discovered here. (via)
- PC-BSD 10.1.1-RC1 Now Available.
- Some upcoming BSD-related books from Michael Lucas.
- NYCBUG events for January and February.
- Extracting pkgsrc packages without packages. (saves time with NFS)
- FreeBSD and Vagrant. (via nycbug-talk mailing list)
- Make PC-BSD work like Windows.
- Lumina 0.8.1 is out.
- urndis(4) is how you tether OpenBSD to a phone; or use it as a hotspot.
- There’s a BSD meetup happening February 19th in Hannover, Germany.
Normally if I talk about a filesystem here, I talk about Hammer, which is not a surprise. However, I often read and review Michael W. Lucas’s BSD-oriented books, and he has written FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials. I’m reviewing it here because it’s obviously BSD-related, and some portions are directly relevant for other BSDs.
Disk setup and layout isn’t something that normally consumes much attention past the initial install – until something goes wrong, or until a system needs a new configuration. Installers tend to hide that initial layout, anyway.
Vendors take advantage of this. Much of the specialized storage vendors out there are selling you a computer with disks in it – something you can build yourself. You don’t (or at least I hope you don’t) buy a firewall when you can do the same with pf or ipfw; the same goes for disk management.
There’s plenty of coverage of GEOM, GELI, GDBE, and the other technologies specific to FreeBSD. I for one did not know how GEOM worked, with its consumer/producer model – and I imagine it’s complex to dive into when you’ve got a broken machine next to you. If you are administering FreeBSD systems, especially ones that deal with dedicated storage, you will find this useful. He doesn’t go into ZFS, but he does hint at a book on it later…
If you’re not a FreeBSD user, there’s also material that’s common to any BSD – an explanation of disk architecture, of UFS, RAID, and SMART. Knowing what SMART is and does is essential, in my opinion. You may be able to cobble this material together from other sources online, but it’s packaged nicely here, with Lucas’s easy writing style.
It’s a self-published book, and as such the download nets you three different formats. It’s currently $10 and DRM-free, directly from the author. You can also order physical versions, if you like paper.
Lots of material this week.
- New Update GUI for PC-BSD / Automatic Updates.
- Lumina Desktop 0.8.0 Released.
- (side note) I see these PC-BSD items in src updates, but these published summaries are so complete it’s better to wait and post them instead. Other software orgs, take note.
- A week of pkgsrc, #6.
- Making the switch.
- Configuring X forwarding between BSD and Windows. (via)
- The 4th quarter 2014 FreeBSD report is out.
- Digital Ocean now supports FreeBSD.
- Using TrueOS as a IPFW based home router.
- Be your own VPN provider with OpenBSD. (via)
- pfSense University classes are available online.
- Jetpack, a FreeBSD-based app container, i.e. Docker, etc. (via)
- No more install floppies for NetBSD, at least on amd64.
- OpenBSD adds binary patching, at least on amd64.
- Lid suspension is now on by default in OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD on an Intel Galileo.
- Security: OpenBSD vs FreeBSD. (via)
- FreeBSD added Data Center TCP (DCTCP).
- FreeBSD’s new page clustering strategy.
- FreeBSD has a new MINIMAL kernel config.
- FreeBSD has multiboot support for Xen Dom0.
- Yay, cross-pollination!
I managed to miss this last week because of issues with my RSS feeds, but the 71st episode of BSDNow is/has been up. It’s “systemd isaster”, cause the interview is with Ian Sutton talking about BSD replacements for systemd dependencies. There’s a number of at-least-slightly DragonFly-related things in there, including OPNSense, pkgng, and Hammer mentions.
I got this done early, for once.
- Dissecting OpenBSD’s divert(4). (via)
- Running ownCloud with httpd on OpenBSD (via)
- OpenBSD 2014 by the numbers. (via)
- Code rot & OpenBSD. Many comments at the original link. (via)
- Accessing radio hardware switches in NetBSD.
- What does this Etherswitch framework do?
- FreeBSD now has Elf Tool Chain utilities, which appears to be BSD-licensed versions of binutils; possibly more?
- FreeBSD is now on Gnome 3.
- BSDCan 2015’s Call For Papers is out.
- NYCBUG is meeting January 13th at a new location for “Designing Versatile Unix Utilities“, presented by Eric Radman.
- There’s a new BSD user group in the Albany, NY area.
- BSD Magazine for December 2014 is out. (via)
There’s a FreeBSD Forums thread about ZFS and Hammer, as several people have pointed out to me. It’s interesting to see, but there isn’t a lot of quantitative discussion. (It’s a forum post, not a white paper, though.)
Remembered to do this all at the last minute, after I got the new server up.
- LibertyBSD, an OpenBSD fork with no non-free firmware.
- OPNSense, a FreeBSD-based firewall that is new to me.
- OpenBSD projects that aren’t OpenBSD.
- Broken build tracker for pkgsrc. (via)
- pkgsrc-2014Q4 is out.
- pkgviews is gone from pkgsrc.
- NetBSD can now record MIDI files from /dev/music.
- How to see hidden pf tables.
- The OpenBSD Foundation met their fundraising goal for 2014.
- Typing in Japanese in OpenBSD. (via)
- Tor relay issues on OpenBSD, in two slightly munged threads.
- OpenBSD and syslog, over TCP.
- FreeBSD has updated to Unbound 1.5.1 and clang/llvm/lldb to 3.5.0.
- bhyve on FreeBSD has an improved Real Time Clock.
- GNU texinfo is out of FreeBSD.
- FreeBSD’s asr(4) driver is gone too.
- pcc 1.1.0 was recently released. (via)
The BSDNow people aren’t slowing down for the holidays, as there’s another episode this week. The interview is with Dan Langille, about the 2015 BSDCan conference. He’s also the person behind freebsddiary.org, which served as partial inspiration for the Digest. There’s also more video presentation links, news items, and so on.
The list is shorter this week; I blame the Christmas holiday.
- OpenBSD now has position-independent executables for some architectures. That may mean changing your upgrade strategy. (5.6 upgrade guide here)
- FreeBSD now has frequency/voltage control on the Raspberry Pi.
- There’s a lot of v7 ARM architectures. I can see why people are waiting for AARMv8.
- FreeBSD has a new NFS client/server.
- RamNode is another VPS provider that supports BSD. (via)
- Also, cloudspin.me.
- [ is a binary program.
BSDNow isn’t slowing down for Christmas, cause there’s a new episode up. There’s two interviews this time – Erwin Lansing, about BSD in Europe, and Cristina Vintila, about BSD conferences. The rest of the episode is a bunch of “How did you get into BSD?” stories from viewers, both in text (i.e. read out from email) and the occasional video answer.
BSDTalk 249 is an 11 minute interview with Scott Long, who is involved with Netflix’s FreeBSD-based local caching appliances. This conversation is from MeetBSD 2014, though I heard Scott talk about the same subject at the last NYCBSDCon – it’s an astounding amount of data flowing through those machines.
Get ready for some reading.
- There’s some packages moving from pkgsrc-wip to pkgsrc proper.
- pkgsrc-2014Q4 branching is planned for Monday the 15th.
- PC-BSD now has an automatic package/security patch upgrade mechanism.
- Steam on PC-BSD. Holy grail, there.
- PC-BSD needs testers for the new Update Manager, for moving from 10 to 10.1
- NetBSD has imported BIND 9.10.1-P1.
- OpenBSD has added skgpio(4), a driver for the Soekris net6501 GPIO port and LEDs.
- OpenBSD has updated Unbound to 1.5.1.
- Some Japanese input methods for OpenBSD that may work on other BSDs, too.
- pfqstat, a replacements for pfstat designed to work with Charted.
- I don’t know what the ‘BERI Virtio Networking Frontend’ is, but FreeBSD’s got it.
- fstyp(8), the filesystem detector.
- FreeBSD has added AES-ICM and AES-GCM modes to OpenCrypto.
- If you’re stopping in NYC, NYCBUG would like to hear you talk on a topic of interest.
- The case for distributed operating systems in the data center. Sounds like DragonFly’s original charter. (via)
- BSDNow wants to hear your getting-into-BSD story.
- OpenBSD libc version 78.
- There’s a lot of FreeBSD systems at NYI.
- “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials” is now in physical print.
- “Networking for System Administrators” is next to come out.
- And “Tarsnap Mastery” is next to be written.
- …We’re all benefiting from Michael Lucas going full-time on writing.
BSDNow’s episode this week focuses on the just-released Bitrig 1.0, and has an interview with Patrick Wildt of that project. There’s also coverage of other topics, including the new poudriere release – that’s the tool that bulk builds packages for DragonFly and FreeBSD, though I don’t know if it’s unified across both operating systems yet.
I have been building up quite the variety this week.
- Bitrig 1.0 has been released.
- Writing NetBSD Sound Drivers in Haskell. (PDF, via)
- ruBSD 2014, happening December 13th in Moscow. (via)
- How to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1. (via)
- BSD Magazine for November 2014. (via) Why don’t they put new issue announcements in their RSS?
- A week of pkgsrc #5.
- FreeBSD Foundation’s 2014 year-end fundraising.
- FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials is hitting the printers. There’s a quiet mention of the next two books in that series, too.
- Two new kernel errata for OpenBSD.
- BSDCan 2015 (June 2015) has opened up its call for papers, now through Jan 19th, 2015. (via)
- A conversation about UTF-8, Unicode, and file systems.
- A conversation about random vs. phrase passwords.
- New Directions in Operating Systems conference notes. Lots of BSD stuff in there. (via)
- nih-0.13.0 is out for pkgsrc.
- BSD presentations (including DragonFly) at the X Developers Conference. I mentioned the event itself before, but that link wasn’t open to non-subscribers until later, as pointed out to me.
- Coreboot on the BSDs.
- More talk about embedded OpenBSD on cheap machines, including thin client machines repurposed into routers.
- Noticed in that previous link: <$100 Ubuquiti EdgeRouter-Lites can run OpenBSD? FreeBSD too, apparently.
- Is it time to give BSDs a try?
- Fixing PC-BSD upgrade issues.
The 66th BSDNow episode has an interview with Paul Schenkeveld about BSD conferences, and of course the usual variety of news, including something about a BSD-powered library in Africa; something that is entirely out of the blue to me.
Despite the US holiday, here’s a pile of BSD material.
- BSD on Mini ITX.
- Can we talk about FreeBSD vs. Linux?
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/11/24.
- pkgsrc and i386 may have issues on partial rebuild. Or not? Follow the thread.
- lang/guile16 is leaving pkgsrc soon.
- check-update, a script for finding what packages in pkgsrc need to be updated.
- FreeBSD now has libgpio, I think for those general purpose I/O connectors on small ARM boards that are all the rage.
- FreeBSD has switched to mandoc.
- Your SGI hardware running OpenBSD will now tell you via LCD.
- Tools for checking for updated packages on OpenBSD. (read the whole thread)
- Conversations about a home PF-based router. “APU units run hot but are OK” seems to be the thread consensus.
This week’s BSDNow episode, 8,000,000 Mogofoo-ops, includes an interview with Brendan Gregg of Netflix, along with more recent convention video links. It also mentions GNOME3 working on FreeBSD – it’s working on DragonFly too.
I’ve placed an image slider over on the right side of the website; it’s all BSD-related books. Each image is linked to a page about the book where you can buy it. It’s not paid advertising, or perhaps advertising at all; there’s no in-kind benefit. It’s specifically books I think people would find interesting to read, and we’d all benefit by the expansion of the BSD ‘ecosystem’.
The most recent edition added is Michael W. Lucas’s FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials, which is out in ebook form today, and printed form soon.
I actually got this started early, for once, instead of completing in a panic on Friday night.
- The Move from Linux to FreeBSD. (via)
- BSDTalk247 – FreeBSD: The Next 10 Years with Jordan Hubbard. I meant to post this before; lost track.
- /var/tmp now links to /tmp on OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD now has perl 5.20.1 in base.
- Making FireFox less insecure on OpenBSD.
- You can peek at what ‘roles’ are being put together for PC-BSD installs. Or just watch this video.
- PC-BSD and TrueOS version 10.1 released, Lumina 0.7.2 tagged.
- Linux Top 3: PC-BSD 10.1 Linux Mint 17.1 and Mageia 5.
- FreeBSD now supports the Trendnet TEW-646UBH wireless adapter.
- BSD Router Project (bsdrp) version 1.53 is out.
- NetBSD has updated tcpdump/libpcap.
- retiring crypt
- shtk 1.6 now available.
- NYCBSDCon made about $1k for each of the BSDs.
- WhatsApp donate $1MM to the FreeBSD Foundation.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/11/17.
- Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?
- Book Review: Book of PF, 3rd Edition.
BSDNow 064 (somehow, 64 seems a nicer milestone than 50) links to a huge pile of EuroBSDCon 2014 videos, including 2 DragonFly presentations. There’s also an interview with Justin Cormack, who must be cool; I can tell from his name. There’s a lot more material just written on the page after the video, so I’ll point you at the actual content instead of repeating.
Totally last minute.
- People still add things to telnet?
- FreeBSD has removed faith(4) and faithd(8).
- FreeBSD ports now has stack smashing protection on by default.
- FreeBSD 10.1 is out. (And PC-BSD follows)
- PC-BSd is looking at ‘roles‘.
- Printing device trees in OpenBSD.
- Munin and pf queues.
- Contributing. (Applies to any BSD, really.)
- pkgsrc-2014Q3 packages for illumos available.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/11/10.
- from the annals of uvm, OpenBSD virtual memory.
- BSD Magazine: Hardened BSD.
- BSDFan, for Thinkpad fans on any? BSD.
- FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials” is less than a month away. The author’s giving a sudo talk soon, too.
BSDNow 063 has the normal news articles and links, and an interview of Kristaps Džonsons, one of the people working on mandoc. There’s also a tutorial on bandwidth throttling with pf.
Snow finally hit my area yesterday, which makes me happy.
- PC-BSD 10.1-RC2 Released.
- FreeBSD 10.1-RC4 now available.
- Building an OpenBSD firewall and router
- Michael W. Lucas’s next book: “Networking for Sysadmins“. BSD-friendly, of course.
- See also: his sci-fi work, not BSD related.
- PC-BSD’s Lumina gains plugins. (one link of several)
- pkgsrc-2014Q3 packages for OSX now available
- OpenBSD adds SipHash.
- OpenBSD has enabled USB3.
- The signed Book of PF made $3000 at auction.
- FreeBSD now uses vt(4) instead of syscons by default.
- Improving bcd(6)
BSDNow 062 has an interview of Pawel Jakub Dawidek, and he talks about the Sun Microsystems-originated technologies found in FreeBSD. You figured that out already from the title, didn’t you?
Hardly any source commits to point at this week, but there’s still lots of stuff happening in BSD-land.
- MeetBSD is happening right now.
- OpenBSD 5.6 is being released right now too.
- Michael W. Lucas has released the cover to his upcoming FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials book.
- Peter N. M. Hansteen’s 3rd edition of the Book of PF is out, and he’s running an auction for the first author-signed copy – with profits to OpenBSD. This is a good strategy. I have a copy of the book and will write a review here as soon as I can finish it – only up to chapter 3 right now. The presentation that spawned the book is updated and available.
- FreeBSD 10.0 got an extension.
- Don’t run wsmoused and X at the same time in OpenBSD.
- NetBSD now has openresolv 3.6.1. It’s a resolv.conf management program I had not yet heard of.
- FreeBSD has significant changes to /dev/random,
- FreeBSD has gained TTM support in its AGP driver, and radeonkms in FreeBSD now supports AGP.
- NYCBUG, upcoming.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/27.
- The Apple Mac Takes Its Place In The Post-PC World. Unix-based computers are the best game in town, it appears. (via)
- Lumina Desktop Build in FreeBSD / TrueOS. (video)
BSDTalk 246 is available, and has 19 minutes of conversation about TOR, though I haven’t heard it yet to be sure.
This week I was on top of the whole linking thing.
- A Minecraft plugin for FreeNAS.
- PC-BSD has a YouTube channel.
- LibreSSL 2.1.0 is out.
- OpenBSD 5.6 sneak peek.
- Question about the current state of FreeBSD
- Tanenbaum realizes BSD was a better idea. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/13.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/20.
- FreeBSD Foundation goes to EuroBSDCon 2014.
- KDEConnect in PC-BSD.
- Behind OS X’s modern face lies an aging collection of Unix tools. (via)
- NYCBUG is looking for meeting space in 2015.
- The FreeBSD Forums are running new software.
- A 14 year old IP reference.
- NetBSD has imported openresolv 3.6.0.
- Getting snmpwalk to talk to snmpd on FreeBSD.
- PC-BSD (starts to) gain EFI support.
- Security Engineering for Linux Users. (via)
- vxlan, virtio console driver, added to FreeBSD.
- Setting a dedicated serial link on your OpenBSD system.
- Chromium has some issues in OpenBSD-current in some situations.
BSDNow episode 060 bypasses the pun and just commands you to obey. At least, I don’t know the reference if there is one. Anyway, there’s an interview of Olivier Cochard-Labbé of the BSD Router Project, along with the usual array of news.
Done at the last minute, like always, but surprisingly extensive this week:
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/06.
- FreeBSD Cheatsheet.
- FreeBSD 10.1 RC2 is out.
- Question about the BSD community as a whole.
- mandoc now contains man.
- PC-BSD now has a new Linuxulator and AppCafe.
- GhostBSD 4.0 is out.
- Frequent BSD author Michael W. Lucas is now a fulltime tech author.
- Speaking of that, the first draft of his FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials is up.
- Introducing sysupgrade for NetBSD.
- 37 year old bug, 22 year old fix, patched this month. (via)
- PC-BSD has branched 10.1.
- FreeBSD has netmap support in libpcap.
- FreeBSD’s ipfw has received some updates.
- A PC-BSD 10.0.3 review.
- Building packages at scale.
- MeetBSD 2014 is coming up in California.
- NetBSD 6.1.5 and 6.0.6 are out.
- The third quarter 2014 FreeBSD Status Report is out.
- Send in your OpenBSD dmesg.
- Importing pkg to NetBSD – an idea I support.
Because I missed last week, there’s two BSDNow episodes to catch (assuming you are using me as notification for new ones.) Episode 58, Behind the Masq, has an interview with Matt Ranney and George Kolaand, and a tutorial that includes DNSMasq, for the title source. Episode 59, the title of which I can’t reprint accurately, has an interview with Hiroki Sato and the usual number of articles.
Francois Tigeot gave talks at EuroBSDCon and XDC 2014, and he’s posted slide and video links. He covers DragonFly and Postgres and video drivers, or at least I assume so cause I haven’t watched them yet. There’s other BSD-specific material available too, according to his post.
- FreeBSD 10.1 beta 3 is out – though it may be superseded by the time this article is published.
- pkg is apparently supported in Salt and cdist. (via)
- DiscoverBSD’s September BSD release list.
- DiscoverBSD’s news roundup for 2014/09/29.
- The September BSD Magazine is out. (via)
- Undeadly has links to (all?) the EuroBSDCon 2014 OpenBSD papers.
- OpenBSD 5.6 is available for pre-order, and at a new store.
- Can’t tell if this is a joke or just dumb. No, it’s not a real problem.
- Here’s an OpenBSD conversation about routing table changes and flaky ISPs, though much of it could apply to any BSD.
- I daresay this counts as Shellshock fallout.
- pkgsrc-2014Q3 is out and announced.
- No more cvsup for FreeBSD.