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Episode 040: AirPorts & Packages

2014-06-04

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BSDCan 2014 talks and reports, part 2


Beyond security, getting to know OpenBSD's real purpose

  • Michael W Lucas (who, we learn through this video, has been using BSD since 1986) gave a "webcast" last week, and the audio and slides are finally up
  • It clocks in at just over 30 minutes, managing to touch on a lot of OpenBSD topics
  • Some of those topics include: what is OpenBSD and why you should care, the philosophy of the project, how it serves as a "pressure cooker for ideas," briefly touches on GPL vs BSDL, their "do it right or don't do it at all" attitude, their stance on NDAs and blobs, recent LibreSSL development, some of the security functions that OpenBSD enabled before anyone else (and the ripple effect that had) and, of course, their disturbing preference for comic sans
  • Here's a direct link to the slides
  • Great presentation if you'd like to learn a bit about OpenBSD, but also contains a bit of information that long-time users might not know too

FreeBSD vs Linux, a comprehensive comparison

  • Another blog post covering something people seem to be obsessed with - FreeBSD vs Linux
  • This one was worth mentioning because it's very thorough in regards to how things are done behind the scenes, not just the usual technical differences
  • It highlights the concept of a "core team" and their role vs "contributors" and "committers" (similar to a presentation Kirk McKusick did not long ago)
  • While a lot of things will be the same on both platforms, you might still be asking "which one is right for me?" - this article weighs in with some points for both sides and different use cases
  • Pretty well-written and unbiased article that also mentions areas where Linux might be better, so don't hate us for linking it

Expand FreeNAS with plugins

  • One of the things people love the most about FreeNAS (other than ZFS) is their cool plugin framework
  • With these plugins, you can greatly expand the feature set of your NAS via third party programs
  • This page talks about a few of the more popular ones and how they can be used to improve your NAS or media box experience
  • Some examples include setting up an OwnCloud server, Bacula for backups, Maraschino for managing a home theater PC, Plex Media Server for an easy to use video experience and a few more
  • It then goes into more detail about each of them, how to actually install plugins and then how to set them up

Interview - Karl Lehenbauer - karl@flightaware.com / @flightaware

FreeBSD at FlightAware, BSD history, various topics


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Ports and packages in OpenBSD


News Roundup

Code review culture meets FreeBSD

  • In most of the BSDs, changes need to be reviewed by more than one person before being committed to the tree
  • This article describes Phabricator, an open source code review system that we briefly mentioned last week
  • Instructions for using it are on the wiki
  • While not approved by the core team yet for anything official, it's in a testing phase and developers are encouraged to try it out and get their patches reviewed
  • Just look at that fancy interface!!

Upcoming BSD books

  • Sneaky MWL somehow finds his way into both our headlines and the news roundup
  • He gives us an update on the next BSD books that he's planning to release
  • The plan is to release three (or so) books based on different aspects of FreeBSD's storage system(s) - GEOM, UFS, ZFS, etc.
  • This has the advantage of only requiring you to buy the one(s) you're specifically interested in
  • "When will they be released? When I'm done writing them. How much will they cost? Dunno."
  • It's not Absolute FreeBSD 3rd edition...

CARP failover and high availability on FreeBSD

  • If you're running a cluster or a group of servers, you should have some sort of failover in place
  • But the question comes up, "how do you load balance the load balancers!?"
  • This video goes through the process of giving more than one machine the same IP, how to set up CARP, securing it and demonstrates a node dying
  • Also mentions DNS-based load balancing as another option

PCBSD weekly digest

  • This time in PCBSD land, we're getting ready for the 10.0.2 release (ISOs here)
  • AppCafe got a good number of fixes, and now shows 10 random highlighted applications
  • EasyPBI added a "bulk" mode to create PBIs of an entire FreeBSD port category
  • Lumina, the new desktop environment, is still being worked on and got some bug fixes too

Feedback/Questions


  • All the tutorials are posted in their entirety at bsdnow.tv
  • Send questions, comments, show ideas/topics, or stories you want mentioned on the show to feedback@bsdnow.tv
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  • Just a reminder, if you're using vnd (vnconfig) on OpenBSD for encryption, it's being retired for 5.7 - start planning to migrate your data to softraid
  • There were also some security advisories for FreeBSD recently, make sure you're all patched up
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