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Episode 059: BSDって聞いたことある?


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BSD talks at XDC 2014

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report

  • The FreeBSD project has a report of their activities between July and September of this year
  • Lots of ARM work has been done, and a goal for 11.0 is tier one support for the platform
  • The release includes reports from the cluster admin team, release team, ports team, core team and much more, but we've already covered most of the items on the show
  • If you're interested in seeing what the FreeBSD community has been up to lately, check the full report - it's huge

Monitoring pfSense logs using ELK

  • If you're one of those people who loves the cool graphs and charts that pfSense can produce, this is the post for you
  • ELK (ElasticSearch, Logstash, Kibana) is a group of tools that let you collect, store, search and (most importantly) visualize logs
  • It works with lots of different things that output logs and can be sent to one central server for displaying
  • This post shows you how to set up pfSense to do remote logging to ELK and get some pretty awesome graphs

Some updates to IPFW

  • Even though PF gets a lot of attention, a lot of FreeBSD people still love IPFW
  • While mostly a dormant section of the source tree, some updates were recently committed to -CURRENT
  • The commit lists the user-visible changes, performance changes, ABI changes and internal changes
  • It should be merged back to -STABLE after a month or so of testing, and will probably end up in 10.2-RELEASE
  • Also check this blog post for some more information and fancy graphs

Interview - Hiroki Sato (佐藤広生) - / @hiroki_sato

BSD in Japan, technology conferences, various topics

News Roundup

pfSense on Hyper-V

  • In case you didn't know, the latest pfSense snapshots support running on Hyper-V
  • Unfortunately, the current stable release is based on an old, unsupported FreeBSD 8.x base, so you have to use the snapshots for now
  • The author of the post tells about his experience running pfSense and gives lots of links to read if you're interested in doing the same
  • He also praises pfSense above other Linux-based solutions for its IPv6 support and high quality code

OpenBSD as a daily driver

  • A curious Reddit user posts to ask the community about using OpenBSD as an everyday desktop OS
  • The overall consensus is that it works great for that, stays out of your way and is quite reliable
  • Caveats would include there being no Adobe Flash support (though others consider this a blessing..) and it requiring a more hands-on approach to updating
  • If you're considering running OpenBSD as a "daily driver," check all the comments for more information and tips

Getting PF log statistics

  • The author of this post runs an OpenBSD box in front of all his VMs at his colocation, and details his experiences with firewall logs
  • He usually investigates any IPs of interest with whois, nslookup, etc. - but this gets repetitive quickly, so..
  • He sets out to find the best way to gather firewall log statistics
  • After coming across a perl script to do this, he edited it a bit and is now a happy, lazy admin once again
  • You can try out his updated PF script here

FlashRD 1.7 released

  • In case anyone's not familiar, flashrd is a tool to create OpenBSD images for embedded hardware devices, executing from a virtualized environment
  • This new version is based on (the currently unreleased) OpenBSD 5.6, and automatically adapts to the number of CPUs you have for building
  • It also includes fixes for 4k drives and lots of various other improvements
  • If you're interested in learning more, take a look at some of the slides and audio from the main developer on the website


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