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Episode 052: Reverse Takeover


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FreeBSD foundation August update

  • The foundation has published a new PDF detailing some of their recent activities
  • It includes project development updates, the 10.1-RELEASE schedule and some of its new features
  • There is also a short interview with Dru Lavigne in the "voices from the community" section
  • If you're into hardware, there's another section about some new FreeBSD server equipment
  • In closing, there's an update on funding too

NSD for an authoritative nameserver

  • With BIND having been removed from FreeBSD 10.0, you might be looking to replace your old DNS setup
  • This article shows how to use NSD for an authoritative DNS nameserver
  • It's also got a link to a similar article on Unbound, the new favorite recursive and caching resolver (they work great together)
  • All the instructions are presented very neatly, with all the little details included
  • Less BIND means less vulnerabilities, everybody's happy

BIND and Nginx removed from OpenBSD

  • While we're on the topic of DNS servers, BIND was finally removed from OpenBSD as well
  • The base system contains both NSD and Unbound, so users can transition over between 5.6 (November of this year) and 5.7 (May of next year)
  • They've also removed nginx from the base system, in favor of the new custom HTTP daemon
  • BIND and Nginx are still available in ports if you don't want to switch
  • We're hoping to have Reyk Floeter on the show next week to talk about it, but scheduling might not work out, so it may be a little later on
  • With Apache gone in the upcoming 5.6, It's also likely that sendmail will be removed before 5.7 - hooray for modern alternatives

NetBSD demo videos

  • A Japanese NetBSD developer has been uploading lots of interesting videos
  • Unsurprisingly, they're all featuring NetBSD running on exotic and weird hardware
  • Most of them are demoing sound or running a modern Twitter client on an ancient computer
  • They're from the same guy that did the conference wrap-up we mentioned recently

Interview - Shawn Webb - / @lattera

Address space layout randomization in FreeBSD


Reverse SSH tunneling

News Roundup

Puppet master-agent installation on FreeBSD

  • If you've got a lot of BSD boxes under your control, or if you're just lazy, you've probably looked into Puppet before
  • The author claims a lack of BSD-specific Puppet documentation, so he decided to write up some notes of his own
  • He goes through some advantages of using this type of tool for deployments, even when you don't have a huge number of systems
  • The rest of the post explains how to set up both the master and the agent configurations

Misc. pfSense items

  • We found a few miscellaneous pfSense articles this past week
  • The first one is about the hunt for the "ultimate" free open source firewall, where pfSense is obviously a strong contender
  • The second one shows how to log NAT firewall states (a good way to find out which family member has been torrenting!)
  • In the third, you can see how to automatically back up your configuration files
  • The fourth item shows how to set up PXE booting with pfSense, similar to one of our tutorials

Time Machine backups on ZFS

  • If you've got a Mac you need to keep backed up, a FreeBSD server with ZFS can take the place of an expensive "time capsule"
  • This post walks you through setting up netatalk and mDNS for a very versatile Time Machine backup system
  • With a single command on the OS X side, you can write to and read from the BSD box just like a regular external drive
  • Surprisingly simple to do, recommended for anyone with Macs on their network

Lumina desktop preview

  • Lumina, the BSD-exclusive desktop environment, seems to be coming along nicely
  • The main developer has posted an update on the PCBSD blog with some screenshots
  • Lots of new features have been added, many of which are documented in the post
  • There just might be a BSD Now episode about Lumina coming up.. (cough cough)


  • All the tutorials are posted in their entirety at
  • The stunnel tutorial - that's right, our very first one - got some updates and fixes
  • Send all your BSD-related questions, comments, show ideas/topics, or stories you want mentioned on the show to
  • We'd really love to feature more articles from the viewers - be it about one of the main BSDs or something like pfSense/FreeNAS - send us anything cool you write (or find)
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