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.
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.
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.
Not even trying source links this week; there’s plenty else to link.
- FreeBSD 10.2 Beta 2 is out. (has been out, but this is the announcement.)
- The Open Source Software Engagement Award. An excellent, excellent move by Colin Percival.
- Shuffling Partitions on FreeBSD.
- Outlining Thin Linux. The article linked to described a stripped down Linux that doesn’t have package dependencies just to run. That’s what BSD has been for several decades now…
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/09/22.
- pfSense has reached 2.2-beta.
- “Can you recommend a good laptop that runs BSD well?“
- NetBSD on the Raspberry Pi. (via)
- Bash and PC-BSD.
- The OpenBSD 5.6 theme song.
- EuroBSDCon 2014 is going on right now. (via)
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.
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.
Low on the source links this week, but there’s plenty else.
- TrueOS, CD-sized. Warning: lots of ads on that page. (via)
- FreeBSD with a swap file instead of a swap partition. (via)
- FreeNAS in VMWare Workstation, part 1. Lots of screenshots, little explanation. (via)
- FreeBSD 10.1 Beta 1 is available.
- A summary of the OpenBSD GSoC systemd compatibility program.
- DiscoverBSD news summary for 2014/09/15.
- Minix 3.3, with NetBSD userland and pkgsrc.
- pkgsrc is now frozen in preparation for pkgsrc-2014Q3.
- A pkgsrc pbulk cwrappers test.
- PC-BSD gains pc-sysconfig, a system configuration utility.
- Lumina supports OpenBSD now too.
- FreeBSD has upgraded to OpenPAM “Ourouparia”.
- OpenBSD has dropped sendmail.
- openbsd-misc@ had discussion about low-power servers, with the APU mentioned often. (see below for update)
- From talk@nycbug, some cheap BSD laptop ideas. (look for “Cheap Laptops…” thread)
Update: from talk@nycbug, George Rosamond gives a nice APU setup summary.
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.
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.
- Wee Ada Lovelace. From a wee series, though this is the only computer-related one.
- Being Productive with Emacs, part 1. (via)
- The guy who didn’t invent email but really wants everyone to think so. (via)
- Git Pretty. It’s a chart! (via)
- How is a binary executable organized? Let’s explore it! Linux binaries, but mostly still applies. (via)
- The network nightmare that ate my week. (via)
- In a weird coincidence, the person who wrote that last link, Garrett Wollman, used to be a FreeBSD core team member and also knows a former coworker of mine, Scott Fybush. No point, just a strange connection when a faceless web page on the Internet resolves into someone you know indirectly through other channels.
- Modernizing “less”. I’d be happier if it improved function, and was sent upstream. (via)
- Breaking Madden: Jadeveon Clowney’s quest for 201 sacks in a game. I’ve posted links to prior gamebreaking attempts by this author before. I like how he’s doing his best to subvert the digital world presented by the game.
- The Semantics of Software. “There are many parts to a praise-worthy open source project”. Read that section especially. (via)
- The math is a bit beyond me, but I’d like to model the wifi signal in my home this way. (via)
- “I want a sensible phone, not a smart phone“. This is why I’m still using a 4-year-old HTC Incredible – though it’s showing its age. (via)
- Sweat the small stuff. I like the attention to detail, and the animated examples of what he’s doing with his software. (via)
This has been a very hectic week for me, but I still have links for you.
- The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System book is getting a significant update.
- Install Snort on FreeBSD. That place isn’t too far from me. (via)
- uGet, Open Source Lightweight Download Manager, is Now Available for BSD.
- loksh, a Linux port of OpenBSD’s ksh.
- 2Q buffer cache in OpenBSD.
- DiscoverBSD’s news summary for 2014/09/08.
- PC-BSD’s 10.0.3 quarterly package update is out.
- People are noticing the OpenBSD GSoC systemd replacement project.
- “GCC is by far the weirdest compiler I’ve ever used.“
- FreeBSD now supports the Dream Cheeky Webmail Notifier.
- FreeBSD has a ARM-based FPGA core programming tool. Not sure if that’s the right phrase.
- FreeBSD’s bootloader can now talk to the pcibios.
- Also, the UEFI bootloader can now talk serial/null console.
- Thanks for the BSD help, Microsoft!?
- procfs is gone from OpenBSD.
- Low power server discussion, in a home context.
- Building pkgsrc using cwrappers and pbulk.
- How to get Bitrig on ARM.
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…
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.
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.
- VAXen, My Children, Just Don’t Belong In Some Places. (via)
- Taking it to Th’emacs. (via)
- Running old UNIXes on the Raspberry Pi. (via)
- In the Mind of the Fractal King. A reconstructed Benoit Mandelbrot interview. Does each question match the structure of the overall text? (via)
- How I Start: Go. (via)
- How to Secure SSH with Google Authenticator’s Two-Factor Authentication. Can you do this on BSD? I hope so. (via)
- A 4-minute film about IBM culture – mostly before computing as we’d know it, from a longer 2011 film. (via SIGCIS)
- Unix: Better network connection insights with mtr.
- It’s a trap! Employment documents that require you to violate company policy. I had a similar situation once, handling abuse@ email for a Time Warner affiliate. I have some horrifying stories from that…
- The truth about 2 spaces after the end of a sentence. (via)
- Classic Papers in Programming Languages and Logic. Set aside some time for this. (via)
- Building my own home router, part 1. I can figure out the other hardware – I just need a low-cost 24-port gigabit ethernet card so I can build a home switch. Yeah, yeah, I know. (via)
- thx nsa.
- The things that will last on the internet are not owned. (via)
- Why do you think tech books don’t sell like they used to? (via)
Why is it so warm out? I want autumn to start.
- BSD compared to Linux, an explanation.
- A description of what rcctl does. (via several places)
- NetBSD runs on the OpenRISK 1000.
- tmux-resurrect, making tmux survive machine restarts.
- OpenBSD version numbering explained.
- PC-BSD has its own subreddit.
- Lumina is now available as a port – will it work on DragonFly? Someone try!
- DiscoverBSD news for 2014/09/01.
- NetBSD 5 systems now use modular xorg.
- The 2014Q3 pkgsrc freeze is coming up.
- PXE installs of OpenBSD with Serva.
- Are you a “connoisseur of old time stamps“?
- FreeBSD has some support for the Altera SOCFPGA.
- Your cross-pollination moment of the week.
- Yes, it runs (Retro)BSD.
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.
I went from 1 link to lots all in one night.
- DiscoverBSD’s news roundup for 2014/08/25.
- The Bitrig website has been redesigned, probably to prep for a 1.0 version “soon”.
- Do any of the BSDs have an equivalent to initramfs?
- FreeBSD now has /etc/rc.conf.d/<service> subdirectories.
- PC-BSD 10.0.3-RC2 has been tagged.
- The roadmap for PC-BSD’s Lumina has been updated.
- And here’s a preview of what Lumina looks like and can do.
- NetBSD now supports the (rare) arcofi(4) sound device.
- NetBSD now has direct I/O for FUSE.
- OpenBSD no longer needs rtsol(8) or rtsold(8).
- OpenBSD is very close to replacing man with mandoc.
- A script for OpenBSD and WPA&WPA2 Enterprise / LEAP connections.
- Via openbsd-misc, how to set up IPv6 tunneling over IPv4 and IPSec.
- So I wanted to try out BSD…
- A week of pkgsrc #4.
- The FreeBSD Foundation has an IPSec improvement project started.
- VMWare Tools for FreeBSD 10. I could really use VMWare Tools for DragonFly.
- DesktopBSD is attempting a comeback, and here’s discussion.
- A thread about drive reliability. To paraphrase something else: “In the long run, they’re all dead.”
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.
Another long list. These are making my Friday nights take some extra effort.
- Oolite, an open source game based on Elite. Yes, it runs on BSD. I’m surprised I haven’t posted about it before. (via)
- My Experience Switching from Slackware Linux to FreeBSD.
- A week of pkgsrc, #3.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/08/18.
- OpenBSD is gaining a rcctl(8) tool for automation.
- Phabricator on FreeBSD installation notes.
- 20 years of FreeBSD ports.
- “Does BSD perform disk caching less aggressively?” I bet the person asking was using two different machines at different times with different loads, which means he doesn’t know what he’s looking for.
- The FreeBSD Foundation’s August Update is out.
- Some people don’t like pkg.
- The EuroBSDCon 2014 travel grant has been extended, and Google has grants to bring more female computer scientists there.
- Spatializer support in NetBSD.
- NetBSD is keeping up with the gpl2 version of GNU Make.
- PC-BSD 10.0.3-RC1 has been tagged.
- FreeBSD has a new automounter.
- FreeBSD has a set of keymap conversion tools. Might be useful to someone?
- FreeBSD now goes up to 256 CPUs. (I thought this already happened?)
- Yay cross-pollination!
- Apparently people don’t pay attention to file contents.
- IPv6 tunneling on OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD has replaced BIND with unbound in the base system.
A calm week, for once.
- mandoc 1.13.1 is out.
- The July/August issue of the FreeBSD Journal is out.
- A week of pkgsrc #2.
- Thinking about coming to FreeBSD from Arch.
- Steam client on FreeBSD?
- NetBSD sysinst now supports extended partitions, from an older GSoC project.
- NetBSD has a nouveau importing script.
- NetBSD has Embedded Kermit.
- NetBSD 7 has been branched.
- FreeBSD xen can now manage physical hardware.
- OpenBSD distribution is moving, so last chance on some of the merch.
- If you just want to donate to OpenBSD, here’s a conversation about it. (hint: CDs)
- tcpdump on OpenBSD is ancient; if you need circular logfiles, there’s manual ways to do that.
- Now’s a good time to check on the roadmap for Lumina, PC-BSD’s desktop environment.
- A video conversation about FreeNAS and TrueNAS.
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.
A relatively short week; I’m on the move today.
- DiscoverBSD’s roundup for 2014/08/04.
- FreeBSD installed. Your next 5 moves should be… (via)
- switched from arch linux to openbsd, reference advice?
- “make the Linux network stack as good as FreeBSD’s“. I’m leery of that statement. This comment may lead to more useful data.
- FreeBSD ZFS snapshots with zfstools.
- An old Macintosh IIci 25Mhz running Apache under NetBSD. Link was down when I checked it… probably from everyone else hitting it. (via)
- MeetBSD 2014 is happening November 1-2 in San Jose, California. (via)
- *NIX programming survey. (via)
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.
I was thinking this was going to be a short week, but nope.
- Using pkgsrc for HPC. Follow the thread for discussion of pkgsrc as a self-contained tool system, including the compiler.
- Debugging Firefox on pkgsrc.
- CDE is in pkgsrc-wip.
- tmux in NetBSD got updated.
- pcc in NetBSD got an update, too.
- NetBSD can work on a Kobo Touch?
- FreeBSD’s 40G XL710 driver reached version 1.0.
- FreeBSD has “pkgfs, a file system implementation for reading files out of a compressed tarball, aka package.” From Juniper.
- FreeBSD has Chromebook2 support.
- The FreeBSD Foundation semiannual newsletter is out.
- The FreeBSD quarterly report is out.
- a survey of FreeBSD ZFS snapshot automation tools
- Keeping pf.conf in sync. Many different suggestions.
- OpenBSD’s homegrown httpd is gaining fastcgi.
- Ted Unangst has summarized links to all the g2k14 hackathon reports.
- PC-BSD has something called syscache, which I’m seeing commits for but I haven’t found what it is exactly – a caching system for package info, I think?
- DIscoverBSD for 2014/07/28.
- BSDSec, a BSD-specific security site. (via)
- List of VPSs that support BSD. (via)
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.