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Episode 025: A Sixth pfSense


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EuroBSDCon and AsiaBSDCon

  • This year, EuroBSDCon will be in September in Sofia, Bulgaria
  • They've got a call for papers up now, so everyone can submit the talks they want to present
  • There will also be a tutorial section of the conference
  • AsiaBSDCon will be next month, in March!
  • All the info about the registration, tutorials, hotels, timetable and location have been posted
  • Check the link for all the details on the talks - if you plan on going to Tokyo next month, hang out with Allan and Kris and lots of BSD developers!

FreeBSD 10 on Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite

  • The Ubiquiti EdgeRouter Lite is a router that costs less than $100 and has a MIPS CPU
  • This article goes through the process of installing and configuring FreeBSD on it to use as a home router
  • Lots of good pictures of the hardware and specific details needed to get you set up
  • It also includes the scripts to create your own images if you don't want to use the ones rolled by someone else
  • For such a cheap price, might be a really fun weekend project to replace your shitty consumer router
  • Of course if you're more of an OpenBSD guy, you can always see our tutorial for that too

Signed pkgsrc package guide

  • We got a request on IRC for more pkgsrc stuff on the show, and a listener provided a nice write-up
  • It shows you how to set up signed packages with pkgsrc, which works on quite a few OSes (not just NetBSD)
  • He goes through the process of signing packages with a public key and how to verify the packages when you install them
  • The author also happens to be an EdgeBSD developer

Big batch of OpenBSD hackathon reports

  • Five trip reports from the OpenBSD hackathon in New Zealand! In the first one, jmatthew details his work on fiber channel controller drivers, some octeon USB work and ARM fixes for AHCI
  • In the second, ketennis gets into his work with running interrupt handlers without holding the kernel lock, some SPARC64 improvements and a few other things
  • In the third, jsg updated libdrm and mesa and did various work on xenocara
  • In the fourth, dlg came with the intention to improve SMP support, but got distracted and did SCSI stuff instead - but he talks a little bit about the struggle OpenBSD has with SMP and some of the work he's done
  • In the fifth, claudio talks about some stuff he did for routing tables and misc. other things

Interview - Chris Buechler - / @cbuechler



pfSense walkthrough

News Roundup

FreeBSD challenge continues

  • Our buddy from the Linux foundation continues his switching to BSD journey
  • In day 13, he covers some tips for new users, mentions trying things out in a VM first
  • In day 14, he starts setting up XFCE and X11, feels like he's starting over as a new Linux user learning the ropes again - concludes that ports are the way to go
  • In day 15, he finishes up his XFCE configuration and details different versions of ports with different names, as well as learns how to apply his first patch
  • In day 16, he dives into the world of FreeBSD jails!

BSD books in 2014

  • BSD books are some of the highest quality technical writings available, and MWL has written a good number of them
  • In this post, he details some of his plans for 2014
  • In includes at least one OpenBSD book, at least one FreeBSD book and...
  • Very strong possibility of Absolute FreeBSD 3rd edition (watch our interview with him)
  • Check the link for all the details

How to build FreeBSD/EC2 images

  • Our friend Colin Percival details how to build EC2 images in a new blog post
  • Most people just use the images he makes on their instances, but some people will want to make their own from scratch
  • You build a regular disk image and then turn it into an AMI
  • It requires a couple ports be installed on your system, but the whole process is pretty straightforward

PCBSD weekly digest

  • This time around we discuss how you can become a developer
  • Kris also details the length of supported releases
  • Expect lots of new features in 10.1


  • Our email backlog is pretty much caught up. Now's a great time to send us something - questions, stories, ideas, requests for something you want to see, anything
  • All the tutorials are posted in their entirety at
  • The OpenBSD router tutorial got a couple improvements and fixes
  • Just because our tutorial contest is over doesn't mean you can't submit any, we would love if more listeners wrote up a tutorial or two on interesting things they're doing with BSD
  • 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)
  • The BSD Now shirt design has been finalized, we have the files and are working out the printing details... expect them to be available in early-to-mid March!
  • They'll be ultra-limited edition for the hardcore BSD fans, just a couple hundred will be printed, preview in a couple weeks

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