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Episode 026: Port Authority

2014-02-26

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Headlines

Tailoring OpenBSD for an old, strange computer

  • The author of this article had an OmniBook 800CT, which comes with a pop-out mouse, black and white display, 32MB of RAM and a 133MHz CPU
  • Obviously he had to install some kind of BSD on it!
  • This post goes through all his efforts of trimming down OpenBSD to work on such a limited device
  • He goes through the trial and error of "compile, break it, rebuild, try again"
  • After cutting a lot out from the kernel, saving a precious megabyte here and there, he eventually gets it working

pkgsrcCon and BSDCan

  • pkgsrccon is "a technical conference for people working on the NetBSD Packages Collection, focusing on existing technologies, research projects, and works-in-progress in pkgsrc infrastructure"
  • This year it will be on June 21st and 22nd
  • The schedule is still being worked out, so if you want to give a talk, submit it
  • BSDCan's schedule was also announced
  • We'll be having presentations about ARM on NetBSD and FreeBSD, PF on OpenBSD, Capsicum and casperd, ASLR in FreeBSD, more about migrating from Linux to BSD, FreeNAS stuff and much more
  • Kris' presentation was accepted!
  • Tons of topics, look forward to the recorded versions of all of them hopefully!

Two factor auth with pushover

  • A new write-up from our friend Ted Unangst
  • Pushover is "a web hook to smartphone push notification gateway" - you sent a POST to a web server and it sends a code to your phone
  • His post goes through the steps of editing your login.conf and setting it all up to work
  • Now you can get a two factor authenticated login for ssh!

The status of GNOME 3 on BSD

  • It's no secret that the GNOME team is a Linux-obsessed bunch, almost to the point of being hostile towards other operating systems
  • OpenBSD keeps their GNOME 3 ports up to date very well, and Antoine Jacoutot writes about his work on that and how easy it is to use
  • This post goes through the process of how simple it is to get GNOME 3 set up on OpenBSD and even includes a screencast
  • A few recent posts from some GNOME developers show that they're finally working with the BSD guys to improve portability
  • The FreeBSD and OpenBSD teams are working together to bring the latest GNOME to all of us - it's a beautiful thing
  • This goes right along with our interview today!

Interview - Joe Marcus Clark - marcus@freebsd.org

The life and daily activities of portmgr, GNOME 3, Tinderbox, portlint, various topics


Tutorial

The FreeBSD Ports Collection


News Roundup

DragonflyBSD 3.8 goals and 3.6.1 release

  • The Dragonfly team is thinking about what should be in version 3.8
  • On their bug tracker, it lists some of the things they'd like to get done before then
  • In the meantime, 3.6.1 was released with lots of bugfixes

NYCBSDCon 2014 wrap-up piece

  • We've got a nice wrap-up titled "NYCBSDCon 2014 Heats Up a Cold Winter Weekend"
  • The author also interviews GNN about the conference
  • There's even a little "beginner introduction" to BSD segment
  • Includes a mention of the recently-launched journal and lots of pictures from the event

FreeBSD and Linux, a comparative analysis

  • GNN in yet another story - he gave a presentation at the NYLUG about the differences between FreeBSD and Linux
  • He mentions the history of BSD, the patch set and 386BSD, the lawsuit, philosophy and license differences, a complete system vs "distros," development models, BSD-only features and technologies, how to become a committer, overall comparisons, different hats and roles, the different bsds and their goals and actual code differences
  • Serves as a good introduction you can show your Linux friends

PCBSD CFT and weekly digest

  • Upgrade tools have gotten a major rewrite
  • You have to help test it, there is no choice! Read more here
  • How dare Kris be "unimpressed with" freebsd-update and pkgng!?
  • Various updates and fixes

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