Category: BSD

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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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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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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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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In Other BSDs for 2013/10/12


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

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AsiaBSDCon 2014 announced


Hiroki Sato posted to the users@ list about AsiaBSDCon 2014.  It’s happening the 13th to 16th of March in 2014.  Material from 2013′s convention should be going up soon, and the Call for Papers is already out.

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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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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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vBSDCon: register soon!


There’s 30 days left to register for vBSDCon… except that 30 day mark was a week ago, but I didn’t get it posted.  So now there’s 19 days.  If you were thinking of going, go for it.  This is I think the only east coast BSD convention in the US other than NYCBSDCon.

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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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NYCBUG meetup Wednesday


If you’re around New York City on Wednesday, Boris Kochergin will be giving a talk at the NYCBUG meeting about how he and his employer, New York Internet, managed to be in the middle of Hurricane Sandy and survive without interruption.

That same announcement lets drop the news that NYCBSDCon will happen next February 1st 8th.

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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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Lazy Reading for 2013/09/22


This week, the sewer drain for my house clogged.  Fixing that is not fun.  What is fun is reading random semi-technical articles around the Internet.  So get clicking!

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In Other BSDs for 2013/09/21


Finally, a quieter week.

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New BSD video: BSDNow


Something I only just recently found out about: BSDNow.  They’re planning weekly videos with BSD news and interviews.  I say ‘planning’, but as of this writing, both Episode 1 and Episode 2 (which is much better quality) are already available.  Another episode is planned this week.  Episode 3 is out already.

 

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OpenZFS announced


ZFS was originally created at Sun and open sourced.  Sun was absorbed by Oracle and stopped being open (or even really existing), so ZFS was taken up by several separate groups – FreeBSD and Illumos being two examples.  OpenZFS has been announced, in part to provide common reference for other platforms that might implement it and probably to avoid capability fragmentation.  It’s certainly a good idea.

(If I have my history wrong, please correct me.)

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Do you know sudo?


Michael W. Lucas needs tehcnical reviewers for his first draft of ‘Sudo Mastery’.  If you know sudo, and know how to criticize (and who doesn’t, for this is the Internet), look at what you’d have to do.

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vBSDCon speaker/presentation list


I don’t think I saw it before, but there’s a list of speakers and events up for vBSDCon.  There’s no DragonFly-specific talks, but there is a presentation from Baptiste Daroussin, one of the people behind pkgNG, which is used to create parts of DragonFly’s dports framework.

It’s positive to see a BSD conference sponsored by a company that’s not selling a BSD-specific product.  It’s happening in about a month and a half, October 25-27, in Dulles, VA.

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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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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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BSDTalk 213: FreeBSD Documentation Project


In BSDTalk 213, Will Backman talks to a number of people about the FreeBSD Documentation Project.  It’s about 14 minutes and it comes from the recent BSDCan 2013 event.

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Lazy Reading for 2013/09/01


Another week of links completed early.  And there’s a lot, so get clicking!

Your unrelated link of the week: The remix of this 1997 Kid’s Guide to the Internet - somewhat NSFW, and has all the best moments.  More from EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE.

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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Details on sysrc


Michael W. Lucas has a short article up about sysrc, a FreeBSD tool for handling rc.conf across multiple machines.  This could easily be a cross-BSD tool – hint, hint.

Update: as Sascha Wildner pointed out, rcrun covers that in DragonFly.  Mostly I’d like to see the same interface, then, I guess?

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In Other BSDs: 2013/08/17


Not just source links, this week:

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A book review somewhere else: Network Security Monitoring


Michael W. Lucas has a review up of Richard Bejtlich’s “The Practice of Network Security Monitoring“.  Both of them are long-term BSD users, and Bejtlich, if I remember correctly, was part of the design of Capsicum, the security framework that is serving as a Summer of Code project for DragonFly right now.  So it’s worth looking at his book.  And/or looking at his blog, for those who want more.

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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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vBSDCon registration open


Registration is open for vBSDCon, happening in Dulles, Virginia, USA, on October 25th through 27th. There’s some neat-sounding presentations listed.

I think that is the same location where I went to a rather spectacular pre-dotcom-crash presentation from Time Warner/Road Runner back in 1999.  The hotel was great; the presenters were befuddled.  An internal account manager ran up a $3,000 bar tab in one night on a company credit card…  I still have the fancy Guinness glass he bought me.  I don’t think this convention will work exactly the same way, but unlike my 1999 trip, the speakers at this one will actually know what they are talking about.

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DNSSEC talk, recorded


If you missed Michael W. Lucas’s talk about DNSSEC, it’s recorded and available on Youtube.  Or buy his book.

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Lazy Reading for 2013/08/11


Again, lots of links.  Some of these are overflow from previous weeks where I just said “That’s enough; let’s work on the next Lazy Reading.”

Your unrelated link of the week: Mighty Taco radio ads.  Mighty Taco is a Mexican fast food place from Buffalo, New York, USA.  It’s about as authentically Mexican as fast food from a city on the edge of Canada can be, which is ‘not much’.  I’ve always loved the food, though, and the commercials are just the right mix of amateur joke and commercial advertising.

Bonus unrelated: If you enjoy imgur/fukung but it’s not youtubey enough, hit ‘Random’ on IWantMoar.com a few times.  You may want to turn down your volume.

Jordan Hubbard and iXsystems coverage


Wired has an article up about Jordan Hubbard and his move from Apple to iXsystems.  It’s not a bad article, though it doesn’t delve into the why of BSD very much.  In any case, iXsystems has been really bulking up lately to be more than a generic hardware provider.

Speaking of which, that blade system going in now for dragonflybsd.org was sold by iXsystems.

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