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Episode 058: Behind the Masq


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NetBSD's EuroBSDCon report

  • This year's EuroBSDCon had the record number of NetBSD developers attending
  • The NetBSD guys had a small devsummit as well, and this blog post details some of their activities
  • Pierre Pronchery also talked about EdgeBSD there (also see our interview if you haven't already)
  • Hopefully this trend continues, and NetBSD starts to have even more of a presence at the conferences

Upcoming features in OpenBSD 5.6

  • OpenBSD 5.6 is to be released in just under a month from now, and one of the developers wrote a blog post about some of the new features
  • The post is mostly a collection of various links, many of which we've discussed before
  • It'll be the first version with LibreSSL and many other cool things
  • We will, of course, have all the details on the day of release
  • There are some good comments on hacker news about 5.6 as well

FreeBSD ARMv8-based implementation

  • The FreeBSD foundation is sponsoring some work to port FreeBSD to the new ThunderX ARM CPU family
  • With the potential to have up to 48 cores, this type of CPU might make ARM-based servers a more appealing option
  • Cavium, the company involved with this deal, seems to have lots of BSD fans
  • This collaboration is expected to result in Tier 1 recognition of the ARMv8 architecture

Updating orphaned OpenBSD ports

  • We discussed OpenBSD porting over portscout from FreeBSD a while back
  • Their ports team is making full use of it now, and they're also looking for people to help update some unmaintained ports
  • A new subdomain,, will let you view all the ports information easily
  • If you're interested in learning to port software, or just want to help update a port you use, this is a good chance to get involved

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News Roundup

GhostBSD 4.0 released

  • The 4.0 branch of GhostBSD has finally been released, based on FreeBSD 10
  • With it come all the big 10.0 changes: clang instead of gcc, pkgng by default, make replaced by bmake
  • Mate is now the default desktop, with different workstation styles to choose from

Reports from PF about banned IPs

  • If you run any kind of public-facing server, you've probably seen your logs fill up with unwanted traffic
  • This is especially true if you run SSH on port 22, which the author of this post seems to
  • A lot can be done with just PF and some brute force tables
  • He goes through some different options for blocking Chinese IPs and break-in attempts
  • It includes a useful script he wrote to get reports about the IPs being blocked via email

NetBSD 6.1.5 and 6.0.6 released

  • The 6.1 and 6.0 branches of NetBSD got some updates
  • They include a number of security and stability fixes - plenty of OpenSSL mentions
  • Various panics and other small bugs also got fixed

OpenSSH 6.7 released

  • After a long delay, OpenSSH 6.7 has finally been released
  • Major internal refactoring has been done to make part of OpenSSH usable as a library
  • SFTP transfers can now be resumed
  • Lots of bug fixes, a few more new features - check the release notes for all the details
  • This release disables some insecure ciphers by default, so keep that in mind if you connect with legacy clients that use Arcfour or CBC modes


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  • While it's not directly related to BSD, the videos from illumos day 2014 are online, if you're interested in that
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