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Episode 018: Eclipsing Binaries


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Faces of FreeBSD continues

  • Our first one details Shteryana Shopova, the local organizer for EuroBSDCon 2014 in Sophia
  • Gives some information about how she got into BSD
  • "I installed FreeBSD on my laptop, alongside the Windows and Slackware Linux I was running on it at the time. Several months later I realized that apart from FreeBSD, I hadn't booted the other two operating systems in months. So I wiped them out."
  • She wrote bsnmpd and extended it with the help of a grant from the FreeBSD Foundation
  • We've also got one for Kevin Martin
  • Started off with a pinball website, ended up learning about FreeBSD from an ISP and starting his own hosting company
  • "FreeBSD has been an asset to our operations, and while we have branched out a bit, we still primarily use FreeBSD and promote it whenever possible. FreeBSD is a terrific technology with a terrific community."


  • A blog post over at the Dragonfly digest
  • What if we had some cross platform development of OpenBSD's firewall?
  • Similar to portable OpenSSH or OpenZFS, there could be a centrally-developed version with compatibility glue
  • Right now FreeBSD 9's pf is old, FreeBSD 10's pf is old (but has the best performance of any implementation due to custom patches), NetBSD's pf is old (but they're working on a fork) and Dragonfly's pf is old
  • Further complicated by the fact that PF itself doesn’t have a version number, since it was designed to just be ‘the pf that came with OpenBSD 5.4’
  • Not likely to happen any time soon, but it's good food for thought

Year of BSD on the server

  • A good blog post about switching servers from Linux to BSD
  • 2014 is going to be the year of a lot of switching, due to FreeBSD 10's amazing new features
  • This author was particularly taken with pkgng and the more coherent layout of BSD systems
  • Similarly, there was also a recent reddit thread, "Why did you choose BSD over Linux?"
  • Both are excellent reads for Linux users that are thinking about making the switch, send 'em to your friends

Getting to know your portmgr

  • This time in the series they interview Bryan Drewery, a fairly new addition to the team
  • He started maintaining portupgrade and portmaster, and eventually ended up on the ports management team
  • Believe it or not, his wife actually had a lot to do with him getting into FreeBSD full-time
  • Lots of fun trivia and background about him
  • Speaking of portmgr, our interview for today is...

Interview - Baptiste Daroussin -

The future of FreeBSD's binary packages, ports' features, various topics

News Roundup

pfSense december hang out

  • Interview/presentation from pfSense developer Chris Buechler with an accompanying blog post
  • "This is the first in what will be a monthly recurring series. Each month, we’ll have a how to tutorial on a specific topic or area of the system, and updates on development and other happenings with the project. We have several topics in mind, but also welcome community suggestions on topics"
  • Speaking of pfSense, they recently opened an online store
  • We're planning on having a pfSense episode next month!

BSDMag December issue is out

  • The free monthly BSD magazine gets a new release for December
  • Topics include CARP on FreeBSD, more BSD programming, "unix basics for security professionals," some kernel introductions, using OpenBSD as a transparent proxy with relayd, GhostBSD overview and some stuff about SSH

OpenBSD gets tmpfs

  • In addition to the recently-added FUSE support, OpenBSD now has tmpfs
  • To get more testing, it was enabled by default in -current
  • Should make its way into 5.5 if everything goes according to plan
  • Enables lots of new possibilities, like our ccache and tmpfs guide

PCBSD weekly digests

  • Catching up with all the work going on in PCBSD land..
  • 10.0-RC2 is now available
  • The big pkgng 1.2 problems seem to have been worked out


  • All the tutorials are posted in their entirety at
  • The jail tutorial and disk encryption tutorial have gotten some improvements and updates
  • Send questions, comments, show ideas/topics, or stories you want mentioned on the show to
  • Watch live Wednesdays at 2:00PM Eastern (19:00 UTC)
  • Happy new year everybody!

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