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Episode 031: Edgy BSD Users

2014-04-01

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Headlines

Preorders for cool BSD stuff

  • The 2nd edition of The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System is up for preorder
  • We talked to GNN briefly about it, but he and Kirk have apparently finally finished the book
  • "For many years, The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System has been recognized as the most complete, up-to-date, and authoritative technical guide to FreeBSD's internal structure. Now, this definitive guide has been extensively updated to reflect all major FreeBSD improvements between Versions 5 and Versions 11"
  • OpenBSD 5.5 preorders are also up, so you can buy a CD set now
  • You can help support the project, and even get the -release of the OS before it's available publicly
  • 5.5 is a huge release with lots of big changes, so now is the right time to purchase one of these - tell Austin we sent you!

pkgsrcCon 2014 CFP

  • This year's pkgsrcCon is in London, on June 21st and 22nd
  • There's a Call For Papers out now, so you can submit your talks
  • Anything related to pkgsrc is fine, it's pretty informal
  • Does anyone in the audience know if the talks will be recorded? This con is relatively unknown

BSDMag issue for March 2014

  • The monthly BSD magazine releases its newest issue
  • Topics this time include: deploying NetBSD using AWS EC2, creating a multi-purpose file server with NetBSD, DragonflyBSD as a backup server, more GIMP lessons, network analysis with wireshark and a general security article
  • The Linux article trend seems to continue... hmm

Non-ECC RAM in FreeNAS

  • We've gotten a few questions about ECC RAM with ZFS
  • Here we've got a surprising blog post about why someone did not go with ECC RAM for his NAS build
  • The article mentions the benefits of ECC and admits it is a better choice in nearly all instances, but unfortunately it's not very widespread in consumer hardware motherboards and it's more expensive
  • Regular RAM also has "special" issues with ZFS and pool corruption
  • Long post, so check out the whole thing if you've been considering your memory options and weighing the benefits

Interview - Pierre Pronchery - khorben@edgebsd.org / @khorben

EdgeBSD (slides)


Tutorial

Building an OpenBSD desktop


News Roundup

Getting to know your portmgr-lurkers

  • This week we get to hear from Frederic Culot, colut@
  • Originally an OpenBSD user from France, Frederic joined as a ports committer in 2010 and recently joined the portmgr lurkers team
  • "FreeBSD is also one of my sources of inspiration when it comes to how organizations behave and innovate, and I find it very interesting to compare FreeBSD with the for-profit companies I work for"
  • We get to find out a little bit about him, why he loves FreeBSD and what he does for the project

NetBSD on the Playstation 2

  • Who doesn't want to run NetBSD on their old PS2?
  • The PS2 port of NetBSD was sadly removed in 2009, but it has been revived
  • It's using a slightly unusual MIPS CPU that didn't have much GCC support
  • Hopefully a bootable kernel will be available soon

The FreeBSD Challenge update

  • Our friend from the Linux Foundation continues his FreeBSD switching journey
  • This time he starts off by discovering virtual machines suck at keeping accurate time, and some ports weren't working because of his clock being way off
  • After polling the IRC for help, he finally learns the difference between ntpdate and ntpd and both of their use cases
  • Maybe he should've just read our NTP tutorial!

PCBSD weekly digest

  • The mount tray icon got lots of updates and fixes
  • The faulty distribution server has finally been tracked down and... destroyed
  • New language localization project is in progress
  • Many many updates to ports and PBIs, new -STABLE builds

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