Category: OpenBSD

In Other BSDs for 2016/02/06


Lots and lots this week!

 

 

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/30


Another week with plenty of links.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/23


I’m always happy when I can compile news for at least 4+ different BSDs at once.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/16


There’s a lot of convention links this week, which is mostly an accident.  If any of them are near you, go!  BSD conventions are always fun, in my experience.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/09


I had so many tabs open of things to post that I lost some until the last minute.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/02


That first link is important.  DragonFly, as a project, hasn’t had issues like that yet, but that’s more a side effect of it being a smaller project rather than anything else.

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End of year donations


Even though DragonFly is not incorporated as a non-profit, there’s been a rash of unsolicited donations in the last few weeks, all of which are appreciated.  For end-of-year – or start-of-new-year donations – there’s also the 501(c)3 organizations behind FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, too.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/12/26


There’s some DragonFly links I snuck in here because why not?

In Other BSDs for 2015/12/19


Yet another week that I started 2 weeks ago; this end-of-calendar-year is full of BSD goings-on.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/12/12


I had this built up well ahead of time.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/12/05


I was going to make comments about this being a light week, and then suddenly I had overflow.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/11/28


I informally grouped by topic, cause it has proved an exceptionally rich week for BSD links.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/11/21


Another week where there’s so much to link to, it overflows into next week.

In Other BSDs for 2015/11/14


This is the sort of BSD link week I like, with lots of range and depth.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/11/07


Not even checking source commits this week; there’s already plenty of news.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/31


Another week that quickly went from “Gee, I hope I have enough links” to “I have to set time aside just to process the backlog of possibilities.”

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/24


There’s a lot of developer interviews lately.

Your cross-platform software of the week: Syncthing.  Runs on all the BSDs.  (Via discussion on EFNet #dragonflybsd)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/17


Another good week for BSD releases and events.

 

 

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BSDNow 111: Xenocratic Oath


BSDNow episode 111 is up, with an interview of Brandon Mercer, talking about OpenBSD and healthcare.  There’s the usual news, plus several ‘how-to-build-something’ articles up for discussion.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/10


I didn’t get to run through as much of the source commits as normal this week, but there’s still plenty to read.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/03


There’s lots to read through this week – just for BSD!  I’ll have even more tomorrow.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/09/26


This took some catching up.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/09/19


Lots of activity; I didn’t even really need to look at source commits.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/09/05


Will I need to add a NextBSD tag?  Time will tell.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/29


Put together at the last minute.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/22


Some catchup here from stuff I missed last week:

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/15


A short week, cause I’m short on time.  Sorry!

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/08


Terse link week!

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Tonight: What’s New with OpenBSD


If you are around New York City tonight at 6:45, make your way over to the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge, at 140 E 27th St., to hear Brian Callahan present the newest OpenBSD things.

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DragonFly libm changes


DragonFly now has the same math library (libm) as OpenBSD, replacing an earlier combined version of I think what NetBSD and FreeBSD ran.  This doesn’t necessarily directly affect you, but it’s work worth doing; matching the underlying frameworks between BSDs helps everyone.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/25


A lot of variety this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/18


I seem to have In Other BSDs exactly 1 day off from the OPNsense release schedule, so far.

 

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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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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/04


Insert fireworks graphic here.

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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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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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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/06


A more compact week.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/30


A short but more interesting list this week, I think.

 

Your Not BSD link of the week: Never fix anything.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/23


A calmer week, probably because of the U.S. holiday.

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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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Hammer spreads via GSoC


DragonFly committer Joris Giovannangeli has a Google Summer of Code project.  He’s bringing Hammer2 to OpenBSD, in single-node form.  It’s a very difficult project, but Joris is a very talented worker.

In Other BSDs for 2015/04/25


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

 

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/04/18


I couldn’t help the commentary on some of these links.

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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 2015/03/28


It’s been a quiet week in BSD-land, at least in terms of me finding links.

bsdtalk252: Brian Callahan and devio.us


BSDTalk 252 has 18 minutes of conversation with Brian Callahan, who runs devio.us, an OpenBSD-based shell provider.

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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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In Other BSDs for 2015/03/14


I goofed up and didn’t complete last weeks’ In Other BSDs before it published, so you get some extra this week.

In Other BSDs for 2015/03/07


Whee!

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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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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.

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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“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 2015/01/31


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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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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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/17


Lots of material this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/10


I got this done early, for once.

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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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Book Review: The Book of PF, 3rd edition


I’m going to dive right in with an anecdote: As is normal for anyone in systems administration, I’m busy at work.  I’ve been short an employee for some time, and I brought in a managed service provider to do some work.  This included a revamping of the network equipment and layout, as it has been growing organically rather than in a planned fashion.

I received the formal assessment from the provider a few weeks ago, and it mentioned that we were using a non ICSA-certified firewall: pf, in the form of pfSense.  This was accompanied by some rather drastic warnings about how open source was targeted by hackers! and implied that ICSA certification was a mark of quality rather than a purchasable certification.  All bogus, of course.

The reason I’m starting this review with this little story is to note that while open source has become well-accepted for system and application software, there’s still a lot of people that expect commercial hardware to be exclusively handling data once it leaves the server.  That’s been valid for a long time, but software like pf represents a realistic option, or even an improvement, over many commercial and proprietary options.  Since pf exists in one form or another on all the BSDs, it’s a tool you should be at least somewhat familiar with.

Peter N. M. Hansteen has written about pf first online, and then in printed form, for some time.  The Book of PF is in its third edition, and that’s what I have to read.  (Disclosure: No Starch Press gave me the book free, without requirements)

The book is excellent, and easier to read than I expected for a book about network processing.  It can be read in linear form, as it takes the reader from simple to more complex network layouts.  It works as a reference book, too, as it focuses on different tools around pf and what they are used for.

It covers the different pf version in OpenBSD, NetBSD, and FreeBSD, and DragonFly gets at least a partial mention in some portions of the book.  For example, OpenBSD recently removed ALTQ, but the other BSDs still use it.  With- and without-ALTQ scenarios are covered every place it applies.  You’re going to get the most mileage out of an OpenBSD setup with it, though.

The parts where the book shines are the later chapters; the descriptions of greylisting and spamd, the traffic shaping notes, and the information on monitoring pf will be useful for most anyone.  It’s quite readable; similar in tone to Peter’s blog.  If you enjoy his indepth online articles, the book will be a pleasant read.

It’s available now from Amazon and directly from No Starch Press.  It’s linked in the book slider currently running on the right side of this site, too.

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/20


I sort of lost a day this week because of an accidental 20-hour workday, but I still have the links:

Note: corrected VPS hosting link.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/13


Get ready for some reading.

In Other BSDs for 2014/12/06


I have been building up quite the variety this week.

In Other BSDs for 2014/11/29


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

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/11/15


Totally last minute.

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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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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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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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