Category: Conventions

In Other BSDs for 2015/07/25


A lot of variety this week.

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Eat and talk BSD in Scottsdale, AZ


Michael W. Lucas is having an “open dinner” tomorrow, in Scottsdale, AZ.  That means you get to talk about his tech books and BSD and conventions and whatever else enters collectively enters everyone’s heads, I assume, over dinner.  (you buy your own food; the talking’s free)  It sounds like a potential little mini-convention; you should go.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/07/12


This is Thoughtful Consideration week.

Your unrelated game link of the week: Compare Javascript frameworks by playing the same game (well, game mechanism) in each: Breakouts.  (via)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/11


This is a week for unexpected BSD news – OpenBSD and Microsoft, a new 4.4BSD variant, and so on.

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BSDNow 096: Lost Technology


BSDNow 096 has the usual new links, even more BSDCan 2015 video links, and an interview with Jun Ebihara about some of NetBSD’s lesser-known architectures.

(I like trying to guess the interview subject from each week’s obscure title; I was going to guess RetroBSD…  which would make a good topic to explore.)

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NYCBUG: Precision Time Protocol


NYCBUG is having a chronologically appropriate speaker: Steven Kreuzer, talking about the Precision Time Protocol.  It’s 6:45 PM (EDT) tonight, at the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge in New York City.

In Other BSDs for 2015/06/27


More and more BSDCan videos keep showing up.  (See the bottoms of individual speaker pages on the BSDCan site.)  Here’s the PC-BSD summary.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/20


I compiled this all bit early, so hopefully nothing exciting happens between now and when it gets posted.

 

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BSDNow 094: Builder’s Insurance


This week’s episode of BSDNow has an interview of Marc Espie of OpenBSD.  There’s yet another Linux-user-going-BSD story, and a nice collection of links to presentations from the just-finished BSDCan 2015 event.

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CDBUG and then NYCBUG: Mandoc


You have two options if you live on the eastern side of New York State: CDBUG is having a mandoc presentation from Ingo Schwarze on the 17th (tonight), and then Ingo is heading to NYCBUG’s meeting on the 18th (tomorrow).  Note that you must RSVP and bring an ID for the NYCBUG meeting!

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/13


News is a bit light this week, probably because BSDCan was eating up people’s attention.  I am assuming video will be up soon; I want to see the keynote.

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NYCBUG tonight: John Baldwin and NUMA


That’s Non Uniform Memory Architecture, and John Baldwin is talking about how it works on FreeBSD, tonight/now, in New York City for NYCBUG.  There’s several more events this month with NYCBUG, so look at the announcement for tonight’s location and more dates.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/16


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/02


I’ve already mentioned the Hammer2/OpenBSD Summer of Code project (one of several), but here’s more:

(No mailing list links this week; I’m way behind in my reading because of work.  Sorry!)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/04/25


It’s been a relatively calm week, for once.

 

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/04/04


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.

In Other BSDs for 2015/03/21


Not done in a last-minute rush before the weekend, yay!  Done early cause I have to work over the weekend, boo!

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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.

“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 2014/01/24


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

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Glasgow OpenBSD presentation


Normally I’d hold this off until the In Other BSDs item on Saturday, but by then it will be too late: There’s a “Building redundant and transparent firewalls with OpenBSD” presentation happening at the Scottish Linux User’s Group meeting, Thursday night in Glasgow, Scotland.

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Lazy Reading for 2015/01/18


Not sure how I ended up with so many interesting conference links.  There’s some substantial reading here too, so clear your schedule.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/10


I got this done early, for once.

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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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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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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 2014/12/06


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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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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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/10/25


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

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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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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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Lazy Reading for 2014/08/31


A relatively trim list for the holiday weekend.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: “Horse.”  One of my favorite single panels of all time.

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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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Lazy Reading for 2014/07/20


I spent this week watching an older Cisco ASA slowly lose its ability to see parts of the Internet.  How did I fix it?  pfSense.

Your unrelated link of the week: Avery Monsen’s Vines.  Vines are an excellent way to make a very short comedy sketch.  Infinite Waffles and Break the Silence are my favorites so far.  (via)

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In Other BSDs for 2014/07/19


More than the usual source commit messages this week.

 

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Interlock Roc: Linux Workshop


There’s an open source meetup at a hackerspace near me, happening tomorrow.  Well, today by the time most people read this.  Anyway, it’s at Interlock, starting at noon.  I don’t think I’ll make it, but I’m always happy to see this stuff happen in my own town.

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H.O.P.E. starts tomorrow in NYC


HOPE X starts tomorrow in New York City and runs through the weekend.  There will be some BSD people there.  (see first line of link.)

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NYCBUG: Introduction to Timekeeping, 2014/07/02


I am pasting the announcement verbatim because NYCBUG is having some hardware issues with their mailing list archive.  It’s interesting for both subject matter and because you get to see the inside of about.com.  RSVP soon so you can get in!

2014-07-02 – Introduction to Timekeeping, Steven Kreuzer

6:45about.com (1500 Broadway enter on 43rd Street, 6th Floor)
Notice: RSVP to rsvp at nycbug.org and bring photo ID. RSVPs must be
received by 2 PM, day-of.

Abstract

Time is a funny thing. You can spend it, save it, waste it and kill it,
but you can’t change it and there is never any more or less of it.
Everyone knows what it is and uses it every day but no one can seem to
define it.

In this talk I will provide a brief introduction to time, timekeeping,
and the uses of time information, especially in scientific and technical
areas.

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BSDDay 2014 call for talks


BSDDay 2014 is happening August 9th in Argentina, and the call for talks is out – there’s been DragonFly speakers and visitors there before.

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BSDNow 040: AirPorts & Packages


BSDNow 040 has an interview with Karl Lehenbauer at FlightAware, a tutorial on OpenBSD’s packaging system, and more from BSDCan 2014.

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BSDTalk 242: Chris Buechler


BSDTalk 242 has 17 minutes of conversation with Chris Buechler (of pfSense fame), recorded at BSDCan 2014.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/05/31


Some meaty links this week.

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Calgary BSD users, take note


Normally I’d save this for the In Other BSDs weekend item, but the time horizon is too short: Theo De Raadt and Bob Beck are giving a last-minute LibreSSL talk tonight at the Calgary UNIX Users Group meeting at 5:30 PM.  See www.cuug.ab.ca for the location.

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BSDTalk 241: Bob Beck


BSDTalk 241 has Will Backman getting 26 minutes of conversation with Bob Beck at BSDCan 2014, the same fellow who presented the much-linked First 30 Days of LibreSSL talk.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/05/24


A relatively calm week – probably because there were many people at BSDCan.

DragonFly, PostgreSQL, PGCon, slides


The slides from Francois Tigeot’s talk about benchmarking DragonFly with PostgreSQL are now online – link is to a PDF.

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DragonFly, PostgreSQL, PGCon


Francois Tigeot is giving a talk tomorrow on benchmarking DragonFly using PostgreSQL, at PGCon 2014.  PGCon is the PostgreSQL convention happening immediately after BSDCan in the same location, in case you didn’t know already.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/05/17


Some leftovers from last week since I’m catching up, so get ready to read.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/12


Some out-of-the-ordinary things this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/05


Another week.

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Random Number Generators at NYU/NYCBUG


NYCBUG is presenting Yevgeniy Dodis at NYU (Warren Weaver Hall, room 101, 251 Mercer Street, NYC) at 7:15 PM tonight, speaking about building your own random number generator in both correct and incorrect ways.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/22


I have a list of commits I’ve saved between the various BSDs of licenses getting corrected to the 2-clause BSD license; that would definitely be a good cross-BSD project to sync.

In Other BSDs for 2014/03/01


Another week where I barely need to look up source code commits.

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BSD Events to suggest


I’m helping out at the BSD Events website.  If there’s upcoming BSD-linked events, please tell me.  Speaking of which: the call for papers for EuroBSDCon 2014 is out, as is the BSDCan 2014 schedule.

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Tokyo meeting and Open Network Hardware


I was remiss in not posting this before it happened, but Issac (.ike) Levy of NYCBUG went to Tokyo to talk about the translation efforts for pfSense, on the 17th.  He posted a summary of his talk and slides.

Normally I would be posting this in an “In Other BSDs” Saturday item, but the summary page includes links on Open Network Hardware, which .ike and I talked about at NYCBSDCon.  I wanted to create a separate post for it, but he’s got all the links piled in with his talk summary already.

The hardware I want to see as a real product is the Intel ONP Switch Reference Design.  (PDF)   Having a device that looks like a switch but is actually a normal computer with a lot of network ports – that can run BSD – opens up a huge range of network possibilities.

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BSDTalk 238: NYCBSDCon


For BSDTalk 238, Will Backman has recordings from NYCBSDCon 2014.  I think I’m in there, even though I haven’t listened to it yet.

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HOPE X this summer


HOPE X, the 2600 conference, is happening July 18-20 in NYC.  It’s not specifically BSD-themed, of course, but given that I heard about it at NYCBSDCon means there will be BSD people there.

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My NYCBSDCon trip


Here I think out loud about NYCBSDCon, presented from my cleaned-up notes taken on my phone during the event.  Get ready, cause there’s a lot of words here.

The event was very popular, to the point of overflowing the venue, Suspenders.  The venue was excellent, though.  The entire bar/restaurant was turned over to the convention for the day, and it made it easy to eat and drink – especially with the drink tickets that came with admission.  The food was fantastic.

New York City is a huge city with lots to see, so I imagine anyone visiting from out of town could bring along family and have the family be entertained while the conference is going on.  I managed to sneak in a trip to The Compleat Strategist and Desert Island Comics on the day before the convention, for example.

There were enough “famous” BSD people here that having, say, the roof fall in would have been a serious community setback.  One good explosion would have taken out the people behind this digest, BSDTalk, PC-BSD, BSDNow, etc.

The NYCBUG people are very open about how the whole process works, to the point of posting how the finances worked out.  “Excess” money is getting split up between the various BSDs, too, to the tune of some hundreds of dollars.  This was increased by Michael W. Lucas auctioning a signed copy of his Absolute OpenBSD 2nd edition book, which ended up being bought for $500.  I expect the financial results will be posted on the NYCBUG website at some point soon.

I nabbed a printed copy of the brand-new FreeBSD Journal, which just launched.  George Neville-Neil said that this is the only printed version that will ever exist, because printing is awful – I completely agree.  I need to cover this more in a separate post.

I experimented with not bringing my laptop and typing everything through my phone. It reduced my typing speed, but I was able to take notes and pre-write large chunks of this post as things happened. I have been thinking more and more in terms of setting things up with a tablet or phone as my ‘client’ and keeping.all useful data on my server, rather than work on a laptop with BSD installed. I’d like to be working in a BSD environment, but that’s hard to accomplish natively in a handheld format. Running things remotely from a BSD system might provide the equivalent, though. Not sure how well that would work – probably good content for another post.

The first presentation was ZFS/PC-BSD/FreeNAS, from Dru Lavigne. The PC-BSD Life Preserver application is a really nice way to view filesystem snapshots.  ZFS is really feature-rich, though it has high resources requirements compared to Hammer.  (of course I would say that.)  Dru Lavigne’s ZFS presentation slides are already up.

Ray Percival came all the way from Dallas to present “Interconnections with BSD”. Ray pointed out at dinner the night before that he is effectively able to autodeploy a firewall or other network device by remotely installing a BSD.  From Ray’s presentation : “Network engineers are discovering automation and calling it software defined networking.” That is talking about the configuration side only though, not control plane, as an audience member pointed out.  I still like the idea.  Ray made this point about support: you can buy expensive support from commercial vendors and talk to hit or miss support. With open source, you can usually talk directly to the person who makes the software itself. That doesn’t happen with vendors.

Something I took away from that and from the conference in general: BSD helps you avoid vendor lock-in. I was worried about having UNIX-familiar workers as backup at work, but: it doesn’t get better with proprietary tools.

Andrew Wong’s presentation about ZFS+FreeBSD+PostGres is from a software engineer point of view, not a sysadmin view. He described himself as “the enemy”.

Scott Long gave some details about how much traffic NetFlix pushes out (about a third of the Internet) and how much of it is on FreeBSD (almost all of it, yeesh).  The NetFlix plan is to deploy multiple relatively low-end FreeBSD systems out to ISPs to act as local content caches.  No virtualization, a light set of management tools through AWS, and when a box goes bad, they just take it out; no RAID or ZFS or other fancy steps.  They have 5 people managing 1000 machines.  

Scott made the point that they are aggressively talking to hardware vendors about support, and getting good responses back.  If you’re involved in some commercial venture with FreeBSD, talk to George Neville-Neil about the BSD hardware consortium; they’re working on a coordinated conversation with vendors to make sure BSD (probably FreeBSD only, but that’s a start) gets treated as a first-class citizen.

Jeff Rizzo described the many ways that NetBSD can be build, on most any supported platform and even not on NetBSD.  It sounds like the up-front work of getting build.sh to work in every circumstance has saved a lot of labor, later.

Michael Lucas had a very entertaining talk about DragonFly where he managed to name-drop DragonFly.  One of the points he made: when you write out a detailed justification for using open source products at your workplace, share it with the world, please.

I bought the lower-priced-than-they-needed-to-be shirts and stickers they had available, and managed to not win one of the cool PCEngines PFSense systems, with a fancy etched case.

There was also a number of demos going on during the afternoon break, though the only one I took any notes on was the one that I need to replicate at work: a PF /CARP failover setup.  They look like this on the inside.

Like I said for the last NYCBSDCon in 2010, it’s totally worth going.  I now have a long, long list of things I want to do and ideas to try, all from meeting people face to face and talking about what we can do.  It’s energizing, far more than meeting over IRC.  A third of the people there had no prior BSD experience.  George Rosamond mentioned that he was thinking they could do this perhaps every 6 months.

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NYCBSDCon, livestreaming now


The NYCBSDCon event is being livestreamed right now. I encourage watching them if you can’t make it there in person. If you don’t have time to watch the live streams, they should be available as recordings later. I will of course link to the recordings as soon as I know where they are.

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Installfest, NYCBSDCon tickets tonight


There’s a (rescheduled) BSD installfest happening in an impromptu fashion at Suspenders Bar in New York City, tonight at 6:45.  You can also buy tickets for NYCBSDCon there, for less than the online price since it’s direct.  There’s another chance to buy them for less on Wednesday at Ear Inn, nearby.  (See first link for details.)

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BSD Installfest in NYC tomorrow


If you happen to have a laptop, some flavor of BSD on media, and are near New York City tomorrow night, there’s an impromptu installfest happening at Suspenders at 6:30.  NYCBSDCon tickets will be available there, and you can now register online.

Update: canceled!

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BSDCan 2014: last chance for paper submission


I missed this for the “In Other BSDs” section yesterday, so I’m adding it today.  It’s time dependent.  BSDCan 2014 is happening May 14-17 at the University of Ottawa, with those first two days being tutorials.  If you want to get a paper in, you have to do it today.

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Convention addendum


I’ve got a buildup of convention dates to mention, so I’ll do it now: John Marino, one of the folks behind dports, is talking about Ada and BSD at FOSDEM, in Brussels, February 1-2.   George Neville-Neil is talking about BSD to NYLUG in of course New York City, on I think February 13th.  Ike Levy will be talking to the Tokyo FreeBSD Benkyokai Group, on February 17th, about pfSense.  And of course, NYCBSDCon is happening February 8th, and I think I’ll be there.

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NYCBUG meeting tonight with talk and tickets


For those of you near the NYC area, there’s a NYCBUG meeting tonight at 7 Eastern, with Brian Callahan giving a security-focused crash course in OpenBSD.  Tickets for NYCBSDCon 2014, happening on February 8th, are going to be available there for the first time, starting at 6 PM.  (and cheaper if you buy in person, too.)

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BSDTalk 236: NYCBSDCon and 8 years too


BSDTalk, which is hitting its 8th year, has 20 minutes of conversation with Ike Levy and Brian Callahan about NYCBSDCon.  (which is coming up on February 8th; will you sponsor?)

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In Other BSDs for 2013/12/14


Another week where I could get away without any commit links, just cause there’s so much BSD stuff out there.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/11/30


A lighter week for commits probably because of the U.S. holiday, but still plenty of things to link.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/11/23


I’m working my way up to more than just links to source for the cross-BSD news.  There’s a lot to swim through!

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In Other BSDs for 2013/11/16


Not as much pulled directly from the source lists this time, which is good.

 

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OpenBSD talk at Michigan User Group


This appears to be all audiovisual media week, because author Michael W. Lucas gave a talk at the Michigan Users Group about OpenBSD (he’s qualified), and it’s up now in two parts.  He describes it as:

“Among other things, I compare OpenBSD to Richard Stallman and physically assault an audience member.”

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BSDTalk 234: Henning Brauer at vBSDCon


BSDTalk 234 is 30 minutes of conversation with Henning Brauer, taken at vBSDCon 2013.  There’s a correlation between east coast BSD conferences and the number of BSDTalk episodes coming out.

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