Category: BSD

Book release party in NYC tomorrow night


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.

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BSDtalk 251: 10 Gigabits per Server


The just-posted BSDTalk 251 is 47 minutes long, and comes from vBSDCon 2013, with three people interviewed about Verisign and FreeBSD.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/28


Well, this week just sort of took off for BSD links.

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!

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BSDNow 078: From the Foundation (Part 2)


BSDNow 078 is up with more BSD Foundation interviews.  It’s not a sequel, but a switch: the last one was with a FreeBSD Foundation member, and this week’s episode is with Ken Westerback of the OpenBSD Foundation.   There’s the normal added news, too, with a description of what’s coming at BSDCan 2015.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/21


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.

BSDNow 077: Noah’s L2ARC


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/14


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Your not-BSD BSD link of the week: Badass Space Dragon.

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BSDNow 076: Time for a Change


BSDNow 076 interviews Henning Brauer about his work on OpenNTPD, which has recently been converted to a portable version, similar to OpenSSH.  (Why?  Amplification.)  There’s also the normal array of other BSD stories, including DragonFly, yay!

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“Life with an OpenBSD Laptop” is tonight


If you’re in/near New York City, NYCBUG has a meeting tonight with Issac (.ike) Levy presenting “Life with an OpenBSD Laptop“.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/07


This week is relatively quiet.

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BSDNow 075: From the Foundation


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.

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BSDTalk 250: WhatsApp


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/31


I’m not sure how I ended up with so much BSD material this week, but hey, we all benefit!

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…

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BSDNow 074: That Sly MINIX


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/24


Short week this week, mostly due to a lack of interesting source changes.

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BSDNow 073: Pipe Dreams


It’s Thursday, and that means a new BSDNow episode.  The interview is with David Maxwell, who gave a talk about Unix pipelines at MeetBSD 2014.  There’s the usual amount of discussion of recent topics, too, and I see they have a new sponsor.

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Book review: FreeBSD Essentials: Storage Mastery


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/17


Lots of material this week.

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BSDNow 072: Common *Sense Approach


As promised last week, the BSDNow show has an interview with Jos Schellevis of OPNSense, along with the normal array of stories and links.

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BSDNow 071: System Disaster


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/10


I got this done early, for once.

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DragonFly on a VPS


That’s Virtual Private Server, if you don’t know the term.  I mentioned VPSs and BSD before in a In Other BSDs article, but “Ed” found an article specifically about installing DragonFly on Vultr.

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ZFS and Hammer conversation


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.)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/03


Remembered to do this all at the last minute, after I got the new server up.

 

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BSDNow 070: Daemons in the North


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/27


The list is shorter this week; I blame the Christmas holiday.

 

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BSDNow 069: Under the Ports Tree


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.

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BSDTalk 249: Scott Long of Netflix


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.

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BSDNow 068: Just the Essentials


BSDNow 068 has a large number video links to various BSD conference videos, a bunch of other article links,, and an interview of Michael W. Lucas about his new FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials book.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/13


Get ready for some reading.

BSDNow 067: Must Be Rigged


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/06


I have been building up quite the variety this week.

BSDNow 066: Conference Connoisseur


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/29


Despite the US holiday, here’s a pile of BSD material.

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BSDNow 065: 8,000,000 Mogofoo-ops


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.

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Books books books


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/22


I actually got this started early, for once, instead of completing in a panic on Friday night.

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BSDNow 064: Rump Kernels Revisited


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.

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BSDTalk 248: Matthew Dillon and DragonFly


I hadn’t caught this yet cause I am working extra hours, but Matthias did: Matthew Dillon talks about DragonFly and the 4.0 release for a good 43 minutes on BSDTalk.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/15


Totally last minute.

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BSDNow 063: A man’s man(1)


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/08


Snow finally hit my area yesterday, which makes me happy.

 

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BSDNow 062: Gift from the Sun


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?

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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/01


Hardly any source commits to point at this week, but there’s still lots of stuff happening in BSD-land.

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BSDTalk 246: tor


BSDTalk 246 is available, and has 19 minutes of conversation about TOR, though I haven’t heard it yet to be sure.

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BSDNow 061: IPSECondwind


As you may be able to guess, BSDNow episode 061 has an interview with John-Mark Gurney about updating FreeBSD’s IPSEC setup, along with the normal collection of news items.  There’s also a link to a new BSD-switching blog, and “mailing list gold”.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/10/25


This week I was on top of the whole linking thing.

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BSDNow 060: Don’t Buy a Router


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/10/18


Done at the last minute, like always, but surprisingly extensive this week:

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BSDNow: Behind the Masq and something else


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.

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EuroBSDCon, XDC 2014, and DragonFly


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/10/04


Whee!

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BSDNow 057: The Daemon’s Apprentice


This week’s BSDNow has an interview about mentoring with Steve Wills of FreeBSD, the usual array of news.  This week has more small device news than normal – NetBSD on Raspberry Pi and pfSense on a mini-ITX system.  And a mention of my desktop article!  I’m relevant!

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BSDTalk 245: Moving and home


BSDTalk 245 is up, with 7 minutes from Will Backman, the host.  He’s setting up new storage for the (long!) history of BSDTalk podcasts, and he asks what people are using for ~ on the Internet.

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NYCBUG meeting tonight


At least, I assume NYCBUG’s meeting is tonight.  It’s at BXL Cafe, and you can see the details in the announcement email.  No RSVP required this time, because it’s a bar, so perhaps all you need is a liver.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/09/27


Not even trying source links this week; there’s plenty else to link.

Update: EuroBSDCon is livestreaming!  (via)

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BSDNow 056: Beastly Infrastructure


I normally post these on Thursday night, but I didn’t see it in my RSS feed.  I think this one feed is behind.  In any case, Episode 056 is a lengthy interview with Peter Wemm about the FreeBSD project infrastructure.  Allan and Kris are at EuroBSDCon, so I expect there will be some European BSD people getting interviewed in upcoming episodes.

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Bash vulnerability; check your dports


There’s a new bash vulnerability that could be a problem for a network-facing machine that happens to use bash.  (See here for test.)  As a BSD user, you can feel somewhat smugly superior since the default shell is tcsh and therefore it may not affect you – unless you’ve installed it from dports.

John Marino has already updated dports.  A new binary is forthcoming, though you can always rebuild by hand if you don’t want to wait.

Update: oh, wait, not done.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/09/20


Low on the source links this week, but there’s plenty else.

Update: from talk@nycbug, George Rosamond gives a nice APU setup summary.

BSDNow 055: The Promised WLAN


BSDNow 055 has the normal news items, and an interview with Adrian Chadd, who has dome a lot of work on FreeBSD network device drivers (and some coordination with DragonFly, too, thank you Adrian), plus a lengthy news roundup.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/09/14


I didn’t even notice, because this has been a difficult week for me, but I’ve hit over 6,000 posts on the Digest. I passed the 11-year mark too, a few weeks ago.

Your unrelated video of the week: Tea Making Tips, from England in 1941.  This 60-year-old WW2-era film is actually one of the better how-to-deal-with-tea guides I’ve ever seen. (via)

In Other BSDs for 2014/09/13


This has been a very hectic week for me, but I still have links for you.

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Lumina for DragonFly


In a bit of perfect timing, PC-BSD’s desktop environment, Lumina, has been ported to DragonFly, thanks to mneumann!  It’s not in dports yet, but it should be buildable from source…

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BSDNow 054: Luminary Environment


BSDNow 054 has an interview with Ken Moore of PC-BSD about the just-released-as-a-port Lumina desktop environment, along with a slew of news items and a Lumina walkthrough.

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Lazy Reading for 2014/09/07


I finished almost this entire thing just on September 1st.  I blame school season restarting.  Speaking of which, O’Reilly’s running a 50% off ebooks sale.

Your unrelated link of the week: the final answer on how to say GIF .  (video source – watch the outtakes, too.)

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In Other BSDs for 2014/09/06


Why is it so warm out?  I want autumn to start.

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BSDNow 053: It’s HAMMER Time


Not the first time that pun has been deployed, of course, but: BSDNow 053 has a Hammer tutorial, along with an interview of Reyk Floeter about OpenBSD’s httpd, along with the usual recent news and some links to some things I haven’t seen, like pfSense tricks.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/30


I went from 1 link to lots all in one night.

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BSDTalk 244: Ken Moore and Lumina


BSDTalk 244 is 28 minutes of conversation with Ken Moore about Lumina, the new BSD-specific desktop environment for PC-BSD.  I’ve been watching the PC-BSD source updates, and there’s a lot of activity.

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BSDNow 052: Reverse Takeover


It’s not about taxes, but reverse SSH tunnels.  Episode 052 is also an interview with Shawn Webb about ASLR in FreeBSD, along with the normal commentary and news.

They also catch BIND’s removal in FreeBSD and OpenBSD, but not in DragonFly, which I just realized I should have linked before.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/23


Another long list.  These are making my Friday nights take some extra effort.

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BSDNow 051: Engineering Nginx


I didn’t get the pun until I said the title out loud.  BSDNow 051 has an interview with Eric Le Blan of Xinuos, a webserver-building tutorial, and of course more material.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/16


A calm week, for once.

 

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BSDNow 050: VPN, My Dear Watson


BSDNow has reached the milestone of 50 episodes, and this week’s show has VPN setup as a tutorial, Robert Watson interviewed, and of course more discussion on most every flavor.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/09


A relatively short week; I’m on the move today.

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BSDNow 049: The PC-BSD Tour


BSDNow 049 is titled “The PC-BSD Tour”, and gives exactly that during the show.  They also talk about some recent news items that I missed, and point at some interesting things, like some recent BAFUG videos that made it online.

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OpenBSD Ports class for NYCBUG


NYCBUG is holding a OpenBSD Ports ‘class’ on August 6th (day after tomorrow).  You can make a port of something you need, or work on something existing, hackathon style.  See the announcement for details – you need to warn someone you are coming for building access.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/02


I was thinking this was going to be a short week, but nope.

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BSDNow 048: Liberating SSL


As you can probably guess somewhat from the title, BSDNow 048 has an interview about LibreSSL, with Brent Cook.  There’s also the normal news roundup, and other recent events.

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BSD Magazine: pkg pkg pkg


The July issue of BSD Magazine is out, and it contains several articles about pkg, for use on FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and DragonFly.  The article on DragonFly and pkg was written by Siju George.

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