Category: BSD

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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BSD Magazine for March


The March issue of BSD Magazine is out, and this month has an article written by Siju George about how his company is using DragonFly and Hammer for backups.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/12


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

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BSDNow 032: PXE Dust


I should have seen that pun coming a long time ago.  BSDNow 032 is up with an interview of Dru Lavigne and the usual assortment of other recent BSD items.

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Still hiring


Just to remind people: I’m hiring a system administrator.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/04/05


Another week.

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BSDNow 031: Edgy BSD Users


BSDNow 031 is online, with an interview of Pierre Pronchery of EdgeBSD and many other things.

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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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Editor too big


Normally I don’t bother linking to things on/around April 1st, but these two are good and arrived early.

Update: apparently fake source changes is a thing.

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Hiring a syadmin


I’m hiring a sysadmin at my workplace:

http://rochester.craigslist.org/sad/4400416990.html

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/29


A quiet week this week.

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BSDTalk 239: Baptiste Daroussin


BSDTalk 239 is 55 minutes of talk with Baptiste Daroussin at vBSDCon 2013 about ‘pkgng’ on FreeBSD.  The BSDTalk post doesn’t mention it, but it is the same pkg tool that DragonFly uses, so Baptiste’s plans are relevant to DragonFly too.  (I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet so I don’t know how much he talks about DragonFly, specifically.)

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BSDNow 030: Documentation is King


BSDNow episode 030 is out with an interview of Warren Block about FreeBSD documentation, along with a conversation on a number of other topics, including setting up a BSD machine as your access point (highly recommended, along with home router setup) and setting up a BSD (FreeNAS) as a Synology replacement.  They also totally scooped me on Michael W. Lucas giving an OpenBSD talk – which might be because I forgot to sign up for his announcement mailing list.

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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.

BSDNow 029: P.E.F.S


BSDNow episode 029 is up containing a full slate of material.  There’s an interview of Gleb Kurtsou, along with a PEFS tutorial and several other items that are new to me.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/15


Another week with lots of links.

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BSDNow 028: Ghost of Partition


Uh oh, I don’t get the pun this time.  Anyway, the newest BSDNow episode is an interview with Eric Turgeon of GhostBSD, and a disk concatenation tutorial for NetBSD and a tutorial that isn’t uploaded yet.  (Wait, now I get it.)

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In Other BSDs for 2014/03/08


Links everywhere this week!

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BSDNow vs. BSDTalk


Episode 27 of BSDNow is an interview with Will Backman of BSDTalk.  It is unfortunately a straight-ahead interview, and not an Epic Rap Battle.

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BSD Magazine for 02/2014


BSD Magazine for February is out.  I’m a bit late posting this since it’s now March; I assume it’s been out for a while.  (via)

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BSDNow 026: Port Authority


Let’s see… 3 digits in the episode number, so they’re planning to make at least 973 more BSD-related pun titles.  Anyway, BSDNow’s latest episode has an interview with Joe Marcus Clark, along with more material including this item that I missed, of getting some ancient hardware to run OpenBSD.

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Spreading DMA


The DragonFly Mail Agent is being suggested as a possible sendmail replacement for FreeBSD.

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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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BSDNow 025: A Sixth pfSense


I am late posting this: the most recent episode of BSDNow has, along with the regular array of items, an interview of Chris Buechler, of the commercial support company behind pfSense.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/22


Read the first item, if nothing else.

 

 

 

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/15


Lots of links, yet again.

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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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BSDNow 024: The Cluster & The Cloud


BSDNow episode 24 is up, with a recap of NYCBSDCon’s events, an interview with Luke Marsden of hybridcluster.com, a chrooted SFTP tutorial, and of course more.

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/08


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

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eBook sale for 48 hours


Michael W. Lucas is selling his work at a temporary discount during NYCBSDCon, which means you have today and tomorrow to get 3 books (Sudo Mastery, DNSSEC Mastery, and SSH Mastery) for $20 total, $7 less than normal.  Head to his site to get the coupon code.  He’s speaking at NYCBSDCon tomorrow, too – you should go.

 

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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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Win a stuffed BSD


I managed to miss this because of reasons: BSDNow is running a contest.  Come up with a tutorial that can be used ‘on-air’, and you can win a custom-made pillow showing the boot screen of the BSD of your choice.  It’s bizarre but cool.

Edit: the body text of the contest notes that the contest ends January 31st.  Hmm…  might be too late for a winning entry.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/02/01


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

BSDNow 022: Journaled News-Updates


The latest BSDNow video is up, with the normal array of recent events and an interview of George Neville-Neil.  The interview is about the new FreeBSD Journal, which should be out… today?  The site says “Coming in January”, so it must be soon.

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/25


Back to relatively normal volume, this week.

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BSDNow 21: Tendresse for Ten


Episode 21 of BSDNow is up, with the usual variety of material.  There’s an interview with Colin Percival, known for work on FreeBSD and Tarsnap, along with other content.

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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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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/18


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

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BSDNow 20: Bhyve Mind


The 20th episode of BSDNow is up.  The interview is with Neel Natu and Peter Grehan, about Bhyve, and there’s of course more, including a bhyve tutorial.  There’s other material, including the new-to-me Spiderinabox.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/11


Running late putting this together…  Back to bullets!

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BSDNow 19: the Installfest


BSDNow episode 19 is up, titled “The Installfest“.  They install DragonFly along with other BSDs, and I haven’t even looked at it yet.

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BSDTalk 237: FreeBSD Journal


BSDTalk 237 has 22 minutes of conversation with George Neville-Neil about The FreeBSD Journal.

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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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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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In Other BSDs for 2013/12/28


Again, quiet from the holiday break.

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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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In Other BSDs for 2013/12/21


Odds and ends for the quieter holidays.

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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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Who’s for an OpenPF?


Things are very quiet this week; I’ve had nothing to post for some days – DragonFly or even for other BSDs.  The end of the year has most people distracted, I think.  This makes it a good time to bring up something that’s been bothering me: the state of software firewalls in BSD.  The pf utility is a BSD advantage; I’ve heard people say “I used iptables on Linux and pf is a much better alternative.”  I know that’s anecdotal, but there it is.  Here’s the question, and the reason I’m writing this: which pf?

DragonFly has a version of pf equivalent to what was shipped in OpenBSD 4.4.  FreeBSD has a version equivalent, I think, to OpenBSD 3.8 4.5′s pf, and it has been further modified.  NetBSD has a similar, older pf, but there’s people working on a NetBSD-specific version called npf, which isn’t yet ready.  And of course, OpenBSD has its version of pf.  If you feel good about these different alternatives, you call it divergence.  If you don’t feel good about it, you call it fragmentation.

Compare this to OpenSSH – it works the same on each platform.  There’s no confusion on how to configure it, or interoperability problems.  It would be wonderful to have the equivalent for pf, where other BSD platforms would import a portable version.  This software firewall is a strength, and it’s much easier to tout it when there’s only one.

I doubt there’s a way to bring it all back to one source tree.  There’s a lot vested in the different forks out there.  You know what would take a lot less effort: a compatibility test suite.  Agreeing on a common syntax and set of functions would make life easier for every end user.  It would incidentally make vendors a lot happier, too.  Even if a user or vendor wasn’t hoping to move between BSD flavors, a test suite would still guarantee a certain known level of functionality for any BSD release.

How likely is this?  I don’t know.  But I want to bring up the notion before it gets missed.  Now is a good time, with each pf version still being relatively close to one another.

Update/note: Henning Brauer is willing to help.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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BSDNow: a livestream that’s already completed


I just finished a whole hour of gabbing on about DragonFly and BSD work in general for BSDNow.  Because I am a ninny, I didn’t post something here earlier today so that people would know to watch the livestream.  Sorry!  However, it should be showing up in the next day or so on the BSDNow site.  When it does, I’ll link it.

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Book review: Sudo Mastery


If you’ve seen my previous two reviews of Michael W. Lucas’s ‘Mastery’ books – DNSSEC Mastery and SSH Mastery - then you can guess what this will be: his newest book, focusing on a single software topic.  This time it’s sudo.

sudomastery-cover

The one downside of reading this book: I now am aware I’m using sudo wrong.  Perhaps not wrong, but not anywhere near its potential.  Sudo – and I’m not the only person who has experienced this – is used as a “Let’s install sudo so we don’t have to tell anyone the root password”.  Sudo works for that sort of thing, but there’s a lot more possibilities.

Sudo is designed to be deployable across multiple systems, as part of a security policy.  It’s an easy way to create purpose-shaped roles with different users, especially with users that have specialized skills and tasks, like database maintenance.

Obviously I think better of sudo after reading the book; there’s a lot of program capabilities of which I was unaware, but it’s the book that sells them.  Michael W. Lucas’s humor is on display again, to break up some very technical material.  Here’s some bits, pulled out.

Remember that “syntactically valid” is not the same as “does what you want.”

Pressing Q tells visudo to break sudo until you log in as root and fix it. Do not press this button. You won’t like it.

Here I create the TAPEMONKEYS alias for the people who manage backups.

And if Carl tries to configure Oracle on the PostgreSQL server, senior sysadmin Thea needs to have sharp words with him. Probably involving a tire iron.

The book is in-depth enough to cover more complex topics like using sudo and Active Directory, and sudo as an intrusion detection tool, of all things.

The usual reasons to buy a Mastery book are all still there: it specifically mentions working on BSD systems instead of pretending Linux is the only system out there.  It’s available through a DRM-free seller (Smashwords) in addition to Amazon.  It’s a self-published effort, not shovelware.  It’s available now as an ebook, and in physical form soon.  Lucas talks about it on BSDNow 010, too.

I have one last nontechnical note.  Since these Mastery books are working into a series, I’d like to see a whole printed run of visually matching books.  Something with the equivalent of the O’Reilly animals or the Pelican or even Little Blue Books common look and feel.

You know the look even if you don't know the publisher

The takeaway: You should be reading this book if you plan to use sudo in any sort of multiuser environment.  It’s available as an e-book direct from the author, via Amazon, via Smashwords, and possibly Barnes & Noble at some point in the near future.  Physical books are available, and you can buy both forms together, apparently.

And of course this sudo joke.

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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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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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In Other BSDs for 2013/11/02


There’s a surprisingly large list this week.

BSDTalk 233: David Chisnall


BSDTalk 233 plays David Chisnall’s hour of presentation from vBSDCon 2013 about moving from gcc to llvm/clang.

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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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