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Episode 060: Don't Buy a Router


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BSD Devroom CFP

  • This year's FOSDEM conference (Belgium, Jan 31st - Feb 1st) is having a dedicated BSD devroom
  • They've issued a call for papers on anything BSD-related, and we always love more presentations
  • If you're in the Belgium area or plan on going, submit a talk about something cool you're doing
  • There's also a mailing list and some more information in the original post

Bhyve SVM code merge

  • The bhyve_svm code has been in the "projects" tree of FreeBSD, but is now ready for -CURRENT
  • This changeset will finally allow bhyve to run on AMD CPUs, where it was previously limited to Intel only
  • All the supported operating systems and utilities should work on both now
  • One thing to note: bhyve doesn't support PCI passthrough on AMD just yet
  • There may still be some issues though

NetBSD at Open Source Conference Tokyo

  • The Japanese NetBSD users group held a booth at another recent open source conference
  • As always, they were running NetBSD on everything you can imagine
  • One of the users reports back to the mailing list on their experience, providing lots of pictures and links
  • Here's an interesting screenshot of NetBSD running various other BSDs in Xen

More BSD switchers every day

  • A decade-long Linux user is considering making the switch, and asks Reddit about the BSD community
  • Tired of the pointless bickering he sees in his current community, he asks if the same problems exist over here and what he should expect
  • So far, he's found that BSD people seem to act more level-headed about things, and are much more practical, whereas some FSF/GNU/GPL people make open source a religion
  • There's also another semi-related thread about another Linux user wanting to switch to BSD because of systemd and GNU people
  • There are some extremely well written and thought-out comments in the replies (in both threads), be sure to give them all a read
  • Maybe the OPs should've just watched this show

Interview - Olivier Cochard-Labbé - / @ocochardlabbe

The BSD Router Project

News Roundup

FreeBSD -CURRENT on a T420

  • Thinkpads are quite popular with BSD developers and users
  • Most of the hardware seems to be supported across the BSDs (especially wifi)
  • This article walks through installing FreeBSD -CURRENT on a Thinkpad T420 with UEFI
  • If you've got a Thinkpad, or especially this specific one, have a look at some of the steps involved

FreeNAS on a Supermicro 5018A-MHN4

  • More and more people are migrating their NAS devices to BSD-based solutions
  • In this post, the author goes through setting up FreeNAS on some of his new hardware
  • His new rack-mounted FreeNAS machine has a low power Atom with eight cores and 64GB of RAM - quite a lot for its small form factor
  • The rest of the post details all of the hardware he chose and goes through the build process (with lots of cool pictures)

Hardening procfs and linprocfs

  • There was an exploit published recently for SFTP in OpenSSH, but it mostly just affected Linux
  • There exists a native procfs in FreeBSD, which was the target point of that exploit, but it's not used very often
  • The Linux emulation layer also supports its own linprocfs, which was affected as well
  • The HardenedBSD guys weigh in on how to best solve the problem, and now support an additional protection layer from writing to memory with procfs
  • If you want to learn more about ASLR and HardenedBSD, be sure to check out our interview with Shawn too

pfSense monitoring with bandwidthd

  • A lot of people run pfSense on their home network, and it's really useful to monitor the bandwidth usage
  • This article will walk you through setting up bandwidthd to do exactly that
  • bandwidthd monitors based on the IP address, rather than per-interface
  • It can also build some cool HTML graphs, and we love those pfSense graphs
  • Have a look at our bandwidth monitoring and testing tutorial for some more ideas


Mailing List Gold

  • All the tutorials are posted in their entirety at
  • Send your BSD-related questions, comments, show ideas or stories you want mentioned on the show to - don't hesitate to ask us if you need help with something
  • OpenBSD is now 19 years old as of a few days ago, and also just passed the 300,000 commit mark - happy late birthday and congrats
  • PCBSD will be at the Ohio Linuxfest (Columbus, Ohio on October 24–26) this year, so stop by and say hi if you're there
  • If you're in or around New York's Capital District, our friend bcallah is giving a talk about OpenBSD on October 24th at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • The FreeBSD graphics team has a new blog with some interesting content if you're interested in that
  • Watch live Wednesdays at 2:00PM Eastern (18:00 UTC)

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