Category: Periodicals

BSDNow 18: Eclipsing Binaries


BSDNow 18, first of the new year, is up.  Among other things, it mentions my crazy ‘OpenPF’ idea, and there’s an interview with Baptiste Daroussin.  He’s one of the people working on pkg, so whatever he does there affects both FreeBSD and DragonFly.

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BSDNow 17: The Gift of Giving


BSDNow has a new episode for Christmas; this contains an interview with Scott Long of (among other things) Netflix.

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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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BSDNow 16: Cryptocrystalline


As you can kinda sorta guess from the show title, BSDNow 16 is about encryption.

One of the things noted there that I hadn’t heard of is that FreeBSD ports is getting a ‘stable’ branch for the first time – I suppose I need to read even more mailing lists.

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BSDNow 15: Kickin’ NAS


BSDNow episode 15 keeps the pun titles going.  Josh Paetzel is apparently replaced by Santa Claus in the interview?  There’s also FreeNAS coverage, and lots else.

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BSDNow 14: Zettabytes for days


BSDNow episode 14 is up – and actually has been for a few days; I’ve been on the road.  There’s an interview with George Wilson about OpenZFS and a bunch more stuff I haven’t had a chance to watch yet.  (see previous note about being on the road.)

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BSDNow 13: Jordan Hubbard, more OpenBSD router


BSDNow 13 is out, and it includes an interview with Jordan Hubbard of ports/Apple/iXSystems fame.  They also continue the ‘Building an OpenBSD router’ project, and of course, there’s more.

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BSDNow 12: Collecting SSHells


BSDNow 12, which I haven’t had a chance to watch yet, has the normal roundup of events and an interview with Amitai Schlair of NetBSD.  There’s also a tutorial about ssh and tmux.

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BSD Magazine: HAST on FreeBSD


The November issue of BSD Magazine is out, with a feature on High Availability Storage (that’s HAST) on FreeBSD, plus more.  (noticed via freebsdnews, since I somehow missed the email/rss from bsdmag.com)

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BSDTalk 235: Allan Jude


BSDTalk 235 has 26 minutes of conversation with Allan Jude about various topics, including this BSDNow thing I was just on,

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BSDNow 11: The Gateway Drug


BSDNow episode 11 is up, with conversations about OpenSSH, FUSE, building an OpenBSD router, etc… and a whole hour of me talking about the upcoming DragonFly 3.6 release and this very Digest, too!

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BSDNow 10: Year of the BSD Desktop


The 10th BSDNow episode is out, with the ambitious title, “Year of the BSD Desktop”.  As you can guess from the title, a PC-BSD desktop gets set up as part of the episode, and as you might not guess from the title, they interview Michael W. Lucas.

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BSDNow 9: Current Events


BSDNow 9 is up and it’s all Current Events, going by the title.  I’d describe it better but I haven’t even had a chance to watch it yet.

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BSDNow: A Brief Intorduction


BSDNow has Episode 8 out, containing an interview with Antti Kantee, a number of BSD news items (including some I missed entirely), and if you couldn’t tell from the purposefully misspelled title, a conversation about Tor and BSD.

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BSDNow 7: Go directly to jail(8)


BSDNow episode 7 is out, with jails as a feature among a number of topics.

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BSD Magazine for October out


The October episode of BSD Magazine is out.  I haven’t seen it in their RSS feed yet (is it running?), but noticed it here.

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BSDNow 6 out


I’m a bit slow in posting this, but: BSDNow episode 6 is out.  Theo de Raadt is interviewed, and a lot of other topics (including DragonFly) are visited.  The page listing shows all the areas covered, plus the embedded video itself.

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BSDTalk 232: Thomas Cort


BSDTalk 232 is 15 minutes of conversation with Thomas Cort about “Minix, NetBSD, and Summer of Code”.

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BSDNow: Stacks of Cache


The BSDNow video series put out another episode already: Stacks of Cache.  I didn’t realize this before, but they broadcast their episodes live as they are done on Wednesdays at 18:00 UTC.

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BSD Magazine: administration


The September issue of BSD Magazine is out as a free download.  The theme is BSD system administration, though there’s always other articles in addition to the issue topic.

(via freebsdnews.net, since I haven’t seen the announcement in the bsdmag.org RSS feed or by email)

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BSDTalk 230: Burt Kaliski of Verisign


BSDTalk episode 230 is out.  It’s 12 minutes of conversation with Burt Kaliski, CTO of Verisign, about the upcoming newest BSD convention, vBSDCon.

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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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BSD Magazine: lots


The July issue of BSD Magazine is out, and the listed theme is “Security and Cryptography”, but there’s plenty else.

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BSD Magazine for June 2013: Ruby


The June 2013 issue of BSD Magazine is out, and the focus is Ruby.  The PDF is free if you tell them your email address.

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BSDTalk 227: Matt Ahrens and ZFS


There’s a new BSDTalk by way of the recently-completed BSDCan 2013 event, and it’s half an hour of talk with Matt Ahrens about ZFS and matters related.

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BSD Magazine in May: PF and more


The May issue of BSD Magazine is out with a number of pf articles, plus others.

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BSDCan 2013: more BSDTalk, more streaming


There’s another BSDTalk episode up already, because Will Backman’s at BSDCan 2013 and talking to Scott Long, Alistair Crooks, and David Discher, about NetFlix.  Apparently there’s streaming video available now from the convention, and some people’s presentation slides have shown up.

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BSDTalk 225: Kris Moore and PC-BSD


BSDTalk 225 has 12 minutes of conversation with Kris Moore about PC-BSD, recorded at BSDCan 2013, which is going on right now.

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BSD Magazine: FreeNAS FreeNAS FreeNAS


The April 2013 issue of BSD Magazine is all about FreeNAS.  I mean, every article is FreeNAS related.  If you’re curious about the product, this is the place to start.  (The magazine is also now available in ePub format in addition to PDF.)

Does FreeNAS count as another BSD flavor, rather than an appliance?  I’m not sure.

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BSDTalk 244: Marshall Kirk McKusick and George Neville-Neil


BSDTalk 244 is Marshall Kirk McKusick and George Neville-Neil talking about the FreeBSD Foundation, for a generous half-hour.

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BSD Magazine: March


The March issue of BSD Magazine is out, with topics like handling crash dumps.  Apparently April’s issue is going to be all FreeNAS.

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BSDTalk 223: Michael Dexter and bhyve


BSDTalk 223 is out, with 23 minutes of conversation with Michael Dexter about bhyve.

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BSD Magazine: Rehosting


The February 2013 issue of BSD Magazine, available as a free PDF, talks about VAX/VMS ‘rehosting’, has a PC-BSD preview, and other things.  The teaser paragraph for the “Fear, Loathing and Misunderstandings” article (shown on that linked page) is perfect.

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BSDTalk 222: 8 minutes of tinkering


Will Backman has a new BSDTalk episode up, with a bit of Peter Salus from BSDCan 2011 and a bit of Raspberry Pi on FreeBSD.

We need more fiddling-with-BSD-on-hardware stuff out there.  That would be a good thing for Youtube – hint, hint.

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BSD Magazine: panoramic photography


January’s issue of BSD Magazine has something I didn’t expect: an article on panoramic photography on BSD – among other material.

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BSDTalk 221: Matthieu Herrb and Xenocara


Right in time for the end of the year, BSDTalk 221 is out, with Michael Dexter interviewing Matthieu Herrb at EuroBSDCon 2012 for 11 minutes about Xenocara.

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BSD Magazine for December 2012


BSD Magazine for December is out, offering the usual mix of articles in a free PDF.  There’s several Postgres articles in this one.

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BSDTalk 220: Eric Oyen


BSDTalk 220 is up. It’s a conversation with Eric Oyen, OpenBSD user.  It’s about 20 minutes and I don’t know the subject past “OpenBSD” cause I haven’t listened to it – yet.

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BSD Magazine for November 2012


November’s PDF issue of BSD Magazine is out, with a number of articles including a hardware review of the  Netgear Universal Wifi Adapter.  We need more BSD-centric device testing.

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Lazy Reading for 2012/11/04


I’m glad 3.2 is out the door.  I think I spent more time on release notes and watching package builds than any other release.

Your unrelated link of the day: Sir, You Are Being Hunted.  I link to the Kickstarter for this game for no other reason than I think it would be fun to play.

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BSD Magazine for October 2012


The free download of the October issue of BSD Magazine is available.  The theme this month is security, though of course there’s more covered.

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BSD Magazine for Sept. 2012


The September issue of BSD Magazine is out, as a free PDF as usual.  Visit the site to find out the table of contents.

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BSDTalk 219: David Gwynne and OpenBSD


David Gwynne talks for 31 minutes about OpenBSD on BSDTalk 219.  Also, Will Backman, the host of BSDTalk is heading to Tbilisi, Georgia next month.  Say ‘hi’ if you’re a Georgian.

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BSDMag, collected


BSD Magazine has a “Best of 2011″ issue out for purchase; it has updated versions of various articles published over the last year in BSD Magazine.  The price is not clear on the website.

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BSD Magazine for August


I spent the last week on an island in Lake Huron in Canada, so I missed that the latest issue of BSD Magazine is out.  I’ll catch up when I can.  Anything interesting happen while I was gone?

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Quick book deal


Noting this now cause it’s timely: O’Reilly is selling Perl ebooks at 50% off until the 9th, with the code WKPER5.  (seen here)

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BSDTalk 218: Michael W. Lucas, also ports/pkgsrc opinions


I’m back home and getting back into things, so here’s thing one:  Michael W. Lucas was interviewed at BSDCan 2012 for 16 minutes about his recent and upcoming books.

Lucas also recently talked about a problem with port installation on FreeBSD.  What he says there I think applies to pkgsrc as well.

(I haven’t even read my email yet, gee whiz.)

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July BSD Magazine out


July’s BSD Magazine has, among other things, an article from Michael W. Lucas along with a 30% off coupon for his Absolute FreeBSD book.  There’s also an interview of Gabriel Weinberg of DuckDuckGo.  Apparently DuckDuckGo uses FreeBSD?  That’s good news.

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BSDTalk 217 – Turning the tables


Will Backman, the usual interview in BSDTalk episodes, gets interviewed himself by Paul Schenkeveld, for 14 minutes.

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BSD Magazine for June


The June issue of BSD Magazine is out as a free PDF download.  The theme is the same as last month – security – and there’s a number of other topics covered.

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BSDTalk 216: Kris Moore and PC-BSD


BSDCan 2012 spawned a lot of interviews.  We all benefit from that.  For example, another BSDTalk interview, talking with Kris Moore of iXSystems about what’s in the next version of PC-BSD.

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BSDTalk 215: NetBSD update


BSDTalk 215 is out, with several NetBSD folks being interviewed at BSDCan 2012 about NetBSD 6.

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BSDTalk 214: Peter Hansteen and Henning Brauer


BSDTalk 214 has nearly an hour of conversation with Peter Hansteen and Henning Brauer, all from the recent BSDCan.

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BSDTalk 213: Paul Schenkeveld and EuroBSDCon


BSDTalk 213 is out, with 14 minutes of conversation with Paul Schenkeveld about EuroBSDCon.  EuroBSDCon is happening in late October, in Poland.  Also, the BSDTalk website has a new layout.

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BSD Magazine for May is out


BSD Magazine for May is out, with the theme of BSD security, though of course there’s a lot more than that topic in the free PDF.

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BSD Magazine for April: Clouds


BSD Magazine’s April issue is out, and it’s about the Cloud.  Or clouds, depending on how you look at it.  Anyway, there’s several conversations in there about BSD-based hosting services, which I’m sure everyone has wished for at some time or another.

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Lazy Reading for 2012/03/25


This is the week of in-depth items to look at.  I hope you have some time set aside…  Also, I’m doing something a little different; since Lazy Reading articles are built up over the week, I’m scheduling it for early Sunday (EST) so that you can read it in your bathrobe, drinking an astonishingly large amount of tea.  Or at least that’s what I’ll be doing.

  • Apparently there’s a Russian version of BSD Magazine, with a special Russian-only article.  Anyone who can read it willing to tell me what it’s about?
  • Did you know BSD also stands for something bike-related?
  • 70 Roguelikes!  The 7-Day Roguelike Challenge, just completed, has 70 games out as a result.  This will keep you busy, and there’s a very good writeup on several of the games to help you pick from the options.
  • 20 Years of Adobe Photoshop.  (via)  I link it because almost everyone, sooner or later, has used it or has used a program with a very similar tool layout.  Though I suppose you could argue it all comes from MacPaint, designed by Susan Kare, who happens to have also originated Clarus the dogcow.  Moof!
  • Man, Apple used to really have a sense of humor, too.  Maybe they still do.  Companies still do funny things (caution, autoplay video), but it seems to be done with the company’s marketing image in mind these days.  Also, get your ball out of my yard you darn kids etc.
  • Michael Lucas is teaching a SSH class at BSDCan 2012.
  • Lucas also has also disclosed numbers on his recent self-publishing venture.  I love seeing numbers like this because self-publishing discussion usually brings a whole lot of biases to the table, and people come down on one side or another because of what they want it to be, not because of what it is.  (Like discussions of the music industry, piracy, and software.)  This is just the plain numbers.  Also, Absolute OpenBSD, second edition, is definitely his next book.
  • Still on ssh, This Undeadly article talks about using OpenBSD, make, and ssh to speed up research.
  • 20 iconic tech sounds bound for extinction. (via)  Something in there will make you feel nostalgic.  I like the 8mm film noise.
  • Speaking of noise, here’s Famous Sounds, mostly electronically generated or sampled.  (via)  I guarantee some of these will be instantly familiar even though you won’t have heard the original song.

Your unrelated link of the week: Traitor.  (via)  It’s a Flash space shootemup game.   But dragonflies show up in one part!  (to shoot.)

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Getting published for BSD


BSD Magazine is looking for articles – specifically DragonFly articles, though I imagine it doesn’t have to be.  I’m stretched too thin to write anything right now, but if you have something, contact them.

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BSD Magazine: lots of stuff


The March issue of BSD Magazine is out, as a free PDF as always.  It’s a real grab-bag of topics this time, so there should be something to interest you.  This time, it might be an article on DragonFly and Beowulf clusters.  (I was totally not expecting that.)

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BSDTalk 212: 27 minutes of me


Will Backman interviewed me for BSDTalk, talking about DragonFly 3.0 and all the stuff around it.  I can’t listen to it it’s my own voice do I really sound like that aaaargh.

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BSD Magazine for February 2012


BSD Magazine for February 2012 is out, and the feature item is BSD Certification.

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TIM: Open Source Business, and a familiar face


There’s a new Technology Innvation Management Review out, with Open Source Business as the theme.  The guest editor for this issue is possibly known to you – Leslie Hawthorn, who was the coordinator for the first years of the Google Summer of Code project.

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BSD Magazine out for January-ish


It’s listed both as the December and the January issue, but either way, there’s a new issue of BSD Magazine.

(I’m way behind on posting news; I apologize.  I’m working my way through several crises.  Crisises?  Not sure of the plural form of crisis.)

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BSDTAlk 210: James Nixon, iXsystems


BSDTalk has 20 minutes of interview with James Nixon of iXsystems, from LISA 2011.

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BSDTalk 209: BSD Certification


BSDTalk 209 is out, and it’s a 16-minute conversation with Jim Brown about BSD Certification.  (who I think I met at NYCBSDCon 2010; a pleasant guy)

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BSD Magazine: Rolling your own kernel


The December issue of BSD Magazine is out, with the title “Rolling your own kernel”, though that’s just one of the articles there.  No article from me this month.

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TIM Review: Intellectual Property Rights


The December issue of the Technology Innvation Management Review is out, with the theme of Intellectual Property Rights.  Patents get used for Internet Outrage – read this and be better informed.

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BSDTalk 208: Teaching BSD


BSDTalk 208 is out, where Will Backman talks for 15 minutes about how he uses BSD in his University of Maine UNIX class.

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BSD Magazine for November


The November issue of BSD Magazine is out.  No DragonFly content again, in part because I wasn’t even sure when the deadline was.  (The editor changed.)

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TIM number two


The Technology Innovation Management Review (used to be the Open Source Business Resource) has its second issue out since the rename.  There’s still plenty of open-source focus in there.

Have you noticed how what was nerd culture 20 years ago has become mainstream?  In the same way, open source is becoming a given assumption, rather than a niche to follow on its own.

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BSD Magazine for October


It’s out, titled “The Inevitability of IPv6″, and featuring an article by yours truly on the upcoming DragonFly release.  (I thought it was already published?  I’m not sure.)

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First TIM issue arrives


Technology Innovation Management Review, the replacement for the Open Source Business Resource, has its first issue out.  There’s still an open source focus, despite the name change.

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OSBR: now it’s TIM


The Open Source Business Resource, linked here before, has become the Technology Innovation Management Review, or TIM Review.   Conveniently, the editor is named Chris, not Tim, so nobody will get confused.  It’ll still cover open-source software, but it’ll also

“share the spotlight with topics such as managing innovation, technology entrepreneurship, and economic development”

The first relaunched issue will be out in October.

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BSD Magazine for September


BSD Magazine’s September issue is out.  This time, I have an article in it about data recovery with Hammer:

We’ve all experienced instant regret. That’s the feeling that comes within a second of executing a command like “rm -rf * .txt” (note the space) or of cutting the wrong cluster of wires at the end of a long conduit. Not that I am quoting from experience, or anything like that, no…

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BSD Magazine for August


I’m a bit slow in reporting this, but: BSD Magazine for August is out in free PDF form.  The theme article is memory file systems, but there’s all sorts of stuff, including an article from me talking about how I set up bulk builds of pkgsrc.

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August OSBR: open source business


The August issue of the Open Source Business Resource magazine is out, talking about starting open-source based businesses.  It also announces a name change, to “Technology Innovation Management Review”. The reason, according to the editor, is that the original purpose of the magazine was to explain how you could make money creating or using open source software.  People seem to have figured that out now…

The question now is how do you make your (probably open source using) business grow.   I totally believe that now based on the number of businesses that have sprung up based around open source software; it used to be much harder to find a commercial backer for a project that let you see the source code.  Now, it’s practically commonplace.  (examples added off the top of my head.)


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BSDTalk 207: ArabBSD


BSDTalk 207 is 15 minutes of conversation with Mohammed Farrag about ArabBSD.  It’s good to see open source being supported in a part of the world I daresay has been underserved.   This is the Internet, so I say that without supporting evidence, of course.

(I have a lot of catching up to do; more posts soon.)

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July OSBR: Women Entrepreneurs


The July issue of the Open Source Business Resource is out, and the theme is Women Entrepreneurs.   Next month’s issue is unthemed, so here’s a good time to write about open source and get published.

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BSD Magazine: BSD Security, Hammer


The July issue of BSD Magazine is out.  The putative theme is “BSD Security”, but there also happens to be an article featuring Hammer deduplication on real-world data, by yours truly.

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BSDTalk 206:Peter Losher and ISC


BSDTalk 206 is 17 minutes with Peter Losher of the Internet Software Consortium. I don’t think people realize how much ISC does…

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