Category: OpenBSD

In Other BSDs for 2014/10/18


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

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In Other BSDs for 2014/10/04


Whee!

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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.

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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In Other BSDs for 2014/09/06


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

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/23


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

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In Other BSDs for 2014/08/16


A calm week, for once.

 

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/07/26


Part of this was done while traveling, but still a decent week for links.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/07/19


More than the usual source commit messages this week.

 

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In Other BSDs 2014/06/28


This week seems relatively quiet; possibly because school is out and the weather in the northern hemisphere is nice?

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BSDNow 043: Packaging Design


BSDNow 043 talks with Marc Espie of OpenBSD about packaging, goes through updating your BSD system (all of them?  I haven’t watched yet), and discusses a number of other links.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/06/21


I have a backlog from stuff I missed last week while traveling, so we all benefit!

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In Other BSDs for 2014/06/07


Concise links this week.

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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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Webcast to catch


Michael W. Lucas is doing a webcast for O’Reilly today, at 1 PM Eastern.  The title is “Beyond Security: Getting to Know OpenBSD’s Real Purpose.  You can also get his “Absolute OpenBSD” book, 2nd edition, for 50% off with the coupon code DEAL.  I think that’s a today-only offer, so jump on it now.

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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.

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 2014/05/03


Updated late this week because of circumstances.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/26


Another active week.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/19


I’ve got “coverage” of most every BSD this week.

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BSDNow 033: Certified Package Delivery


As you can guess from the title, this week’s BSDNow talks about building OpenBSD packages in bulk among other things, and also interviews Jim Brown of bsdcertification.org.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/12


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

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Heartbleed and BSD


If you didn’t know what the Heartbleed bug is, here’s your explanation, plus details.  (via).  You should probably update your systems.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/05


Another week.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/29


A quiet week this week.

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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 2014/03/15


Another week with lots of links.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/08


Links everywhere this week!

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/01


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

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/22


Read the first item, if nothing else.

 

 

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/15


Lots of links, yet again.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/08


As you read this, I’m at NYCBSDCon – or at least should be.

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BSDNow episode 023: Time Signatures


Episode 023 of BSDNow is up, with an interview of  Ted Unangst about the new signing mechanism in OpenBSD, a NTP server tutorial, and of course more.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/01


For once, I got this mostly done before late Friday night!

In Other BSDs for 2014/01/25


Back to relatively normal volume, this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/18


I didn’t even need to find source links this week.

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OpenBSD and electricity


The OpenBSD Project (Foundation?) needs to pay a large electrical bill for their hosting location.  I had mentioned this in a weekend BSD report just before the end of 2013, but the problem is still there and deserves a special mention.  It’s possible to contribute directly, or to the I-assume-nonprofit-so-tax-deductible-for-many-people OpenBSD Foundation.  You can set up a low but reoccurring Paypal payment for the Foundation, which would be probably unnoticeable for you but very helpful for the organization.

Even if you aren’t booting OpenBSD on anything, you’re using a technology that came out of that project – OpenSSH, pf, your dhcpclient, etc; or using 3rd-party software that received fixes from OpenBSD work.  Putting dollars towards this software development is one of the more effective things you can do with your money to help open source.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/11


Running late putting this together…  Back to bullets!

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/04


Things are picking up again after the break.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/12/28


Again, quiet from the holiday break.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/12/21


Odds and ends for the quieter holidays.

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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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A BSD plan: license summaries


I had a sometimes-great, sometimes-difficult trip to New York City over the past few days, and while I was there, I met the ball of energy that is George Rosamond of NYCBUG (which is having a huge party right now.)  He and I talked for a bit about various aspects of the BSD ecosystem, and one thing he noted was that people aren’t generally aware of all the licenses in use for the different software packages on the system, or even the individual licenses in the system files.

There is an ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES setting in pkgsrc, where software licensed under terms not in that list won’t install.  That’s useful, but frustrating, because it keeps people from getting what they asked for – a software install.  Something that would be useful – and it could be cross-BSD very easily – would be a license audit summary.

There’s meta-data on every package in FreeBSD’s ports and DragonFly’s dports and pkgsrc and OpenBSD’s port system.  Why not say ‘pkg licenses’ in the same way you can say ‘pkg info’, and get a summary of the licenses you have installed in the system?  (or pkg_licenses, etc.  You get the idea)  This wouldn’t prevent people from installing software, but it would give a very quick view of what you were using.


> pkg licenses

Software package    License
----------------    -------
foo-2.2.26          Apache license
bar-7.999999        Donateware
baz_ware-20131209   MIT
quux-silly-6.5      BSD

It could be extended to the base system, but I’d like to see this in all the packaging systems as a common idea, in the same way that ‘info’ in a packaging command always shows what’s installed.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/12/07


Happy birthday to me!

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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In Other BSDs for 2013/11/09


Not sure why, but there wasn’t a lot of things this week to pick out.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2013/11/02


There’s a surprisingly large list this week.

In Other BSDs for 2013/10/26


Once again, doing this at the last minute:

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In Other BSDs for 2013/10/19


I am doing this one at the last minute.  I had all the articles noted, but normally I build this post over the course of the week.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/10/12


I got some PC-BSD items this week, too.

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Here, there, everywhere for mdocml


Franco Fichtner recently received commit rights for DragonFly.  This is so he could import mdocml, a OpenBSD-originating replacement for groff and man page display.  Mdocml has been mentioned before on the Digest, and there’s a downloadable book.  (See the more-interesting-than-it-sounds History of UNIX Manpages there too, but I digress.)

One advantage of using mdocml, as I understand it, is that groff is no longer required to view man pages.  The only thing left in DragonFly that required a C++ compiler was groff.  So, rebuilding could be a bit faster, and a bit less complicated.

Here’s the part that makes me happy: Changes made in DragonFly promptly made it back into NetBSD’s mdocml.   Other changes rolled from DragonFly back into OpenBSD, too, and mdocml is in FreeBSD 10, though I don’t have a src change to point at right now.  It all circled back around to DragonFly, too.  It’s really neat to have a BSD-grown cross-BSD product.

(Incidentally, if you have a Thinkpad and keyboard issues, Franco has a patch for you to try.)

 

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In Other BSDs for 2013/10/05


Less straight source links this week.

Related to DragonFly: Patrick Welche updated glib2 in pkgsrc, and is interested in hearing how it works for DragonFly users.  If you have pkgsrc on your system and it’s not a quarterly release, try building t.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/09/28


This week was relatively quiet, but also had the most cross-BSD work I’ve seen in a while.  Look at the links and you’ll see.

Here’s more on Unbound, since it seems to be a trend.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/09/21


Finally, a quieter week.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/09/14


Barely getting this done in time for Saturday…

 

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AHCI update for NVIDIA


If you’ve got a MCP79 NVIDA-chipset board, Sascha Wildner’s commit of Ed Berger’s port from OpenBSD has you covered.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/09/07


There’s been a lot of commit activity across the BSDs, but my list doesn’t seem to reflect that.  A lot of incremental work, I suppose.

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In Other BSDs: 2013/08/31


I need to update this post during the week as I see stuff, or else I spend an hour rushing to get it all together before Satuday.  I need to start watching PC-BSD src changes, too.

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In Other BSDs: 2013/08/24


I hope I’m catching the interesting stuff; I’m only reading the src changes.

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In Other BSDs: 2013/08/17


Not just source links, this week:

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In Other BSDs for 2013/08/10


Definitely Saturdays for this summary.  In other BSDs this week:

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TTM arrives for DragonFly


Francois Tigeot has ported TTM to DragonFly from FreeBSD and I think a bit from OpenBSD.  All this work has led to an update in the driver porting notes.

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BSDTalk 229: Chris Cappucio


It’s 24 minutes with Chris Cappuccio, talking about nsh and flashrd for OpenBSD.

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In Other BSDs for 2013/08/03


How many tags can I fit on this post?  I think I’ll aim for Saturday for these BSD catchup posts.  In theory, I can prep this and the Sunday Lazy Reading posts ahead of time, since they tend to be all-week items, and have the whole weekend covered.

 

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In Other BSDs summary


Here’s what jumped out at me from reading source change mailing lists:

I’m going to have to set a specific day of the week aside for these.

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Getting developer notes, handwritten


Michael W. Lucas auctioned off his first copy of Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition some time ago, with the proceeds going to the OpenBSD Foundation.  It was to be signed by OpenBSD developers – which is neat enough, but apparently it was annotated by the developers, too.

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Book review: Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition


Michael W. Lucas wrote a new edition to his Absolute OpenBSD book, and that second edition was published relatively recently.  It’s a hefty book, nearly 500 pages in length, and I’ve needed to write a review for some time now.  Not-necessarily-relevant-disclaimer: I contributed the IPv6 haiku/joke at the start of Chapter 12.  

If you’re interested in OpenBSD, it’s an obvious purchase.  It goes into detail for all aspects of OpenBSD, starting with a very detailed conversation about installation, then disk setup, and so on. This is not going to surprise anyone, of course.  Past the initial overview, the book starts with a chapter that talks about nothing else but locating other resources to help learn OpenBSD. It seems a little counter-intuitive to start a book with advice on how to look somewhere else, but it makes sense in light of the topic.

What if you aren’t using OpenBSD, at least not right now?  Something I didn’t realize until I had chewed my way through most of the book was that there’s several smaller books hidden inside.  The book goes very far into individual utilities.  So far, in fact, that it ends up creating mini-guides about the topics within the chapters.  (or entire chapters, in the case of pf.)

There’s in fact 2 chapters for pf, initial and advanced.  TCP/IP gets close to 30 pages just to itself, and topics like snmpd or chroot get an introductory section that assumes nothing about your prior knowledge.  These are technologies you’re using already, no matter which BSD flavor you’re dealing with.

It works as a reference.  I’m going to show the aforementioned chapter 11, on TCP/IP, to my coworker who makes a confused face every time I say “link-layer protocol.”  I don’t know if he’ll make it from one end to the other, but it’s a lot better than waving a hand in the air and mumbling “You should look that up on the Internet sometime.”  There’s enough detail that some of the smaller sections could probably be broken out into individual books, and I daresay that’s what is happening with Lucas’s Mastery series.

It’s comprehensive, it’s readable, and you’ll find something useful in it no matter your experience level.  The book is available in printed and eBook form, from the usual online stores linked at Michael W. Lucas’s site, or directly from the publisher.  It’s also available through the OpenBSD Project, which then gets a cut towards development.

 

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DNSSEC Mastery in print, and Absolute FreeBSD 3 status


Michael W. Lucas has two bits of mostly-BSD-centric publishing news.  One is that a physical version of his DNSSEC Mastery book is now available through Amazon.

The other bit is that, having just released an Absolute OpenBSD update, his Absolute FreeBSD book will not see an update… until the FreeBSD installer gets more coherent.

(If you manage DNS in any fashion, buy DNSSEC Mastery.)

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Absolute OpenBSD: super-short sale


As seen on Author Michael W. Lucas’s blog: Absolute OpenBSD 2nd edition is 50% off in a sort of ‘flash deal’.  Grab it today if you are interested, cause I think it’s only for today.

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OpenBSD packages: an overview


Peter N. M. Hansteen has a long writeup about using and creating ports on OpenBSD, which is apparently a reprint of an article he wrote for BSD Magazine back in 2008.  I don’t remember if I read it, so it’s new to me, in any case.  Port and package creation across the BSDs is juuuust close enough that reading about one version will leave you with a good guess about the others.

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