Skip to main content.

Episode 066: Conference Connoisseur

2014-12-03

Direct Download:

Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Torrent

This episode was brought to you by

iXsystems - Enterprise servers and storage for open sourceTarsnap - online backups for the truly paranoid


Headlines

More BSD presentation videos

  • The MeetBSD video uploading spree continues with a few more talks, maybe this'll be the last batch
  • Corey Vixie, Web Apps in Embedded BSD
  • Allan Jude, UCL config
  • Kip Macy, iflib
  • While we're on the topic of conferences, AsiaBSDCon's CFP was extended by one week
  • This year's ruBSD will be on December 13th in Moscow
  • Also, the BSDCan call for papers is out, and the event will be in June next year
  • Lastly, according to Rick Miller, "A potential vBSDcon 2015 event is being explored though a decision has yet to be made."

BSD-powered digital library in Africa

  • You probably haven't heard much about Nzega, Tanzania, but it's an East African country without much internet access
  • With physical schoolbooks being a rarity there, a few companies helped out to bring some BSD-powered reading material to a local school
  • They now have a pair of FreeNAS Minis at the center of their local network, with over 80,000 books and accompanying video content stored on them (~5TB of data currently)
  • The school's workstations also got wiped and reloaded with FreeBSD, and everyone there seems to really enjoy using it

pfSense 2.2 status update

  • With lots of people asking when the 2.2 release will be done, some pfSense developers decided to provide a status update
  • 2.2 will have a lot of changes: being based on FreeBSD 10.1, Unbound instead of BIND, updating PHP to something recent, including the new(ish) IPSEC stack updates, etc
  • All these things have taken more time than previously expected
  • The post also has some interesting graphs showing the ratio of opened and close bugs for the upcoming release

Recommended hardware threads

  • A few threads on caught our attention this week, all about hardware recommendations for BSD setups
  • In the first one, the OP asks about mini-ITX hardware to run a FreeBSD server and NAS
  • Everyone gave some good recommendations for low power, Atom-based systems
  • The second thread started off asking about which CPU architecture is best for PF on an OpenBSD router, but ended up being another hardware thread
  • For a router, the ALIX, APU and Soekris boards still seem to be the most popular choices, with the third and fourth threads confirming this
  • If you're thinking about building your first BSD box - server, router, NAS, whatever - these might be some good links to read

Interview - Paul Schenkeveld - freebsd@psconsult.nl

Running a BSD conference


News Roundup

From Linux to FreeBSD - for reals

  • Another Linux user is ready to switch to BSD, and takes to Reddit for some community encouragement (seems to be a common thing now)
  • After being a Linux guy for 20(!) years, he's ready to switch his systems over, and is looking for some helpful guides to transition
  • In the comments, a lot of new switchers offer some advice and reading material
  • If any of the listeners have some things that were helpful along your switching journey, maybe send 'em this guy's way

Running FreeBSD as a Xen Dom0

  • Continuing progress has been made to allow FreeBSD to be a host for the Xen hypervisor
  • This wiki article explains how to run the Xen branch of FreeBSD and host virtual machines on it
  • Xen on FreeBSD currently supports PV guests (modified kernels) and HVM (unmodified kernels, uses hardware virtualization features)
  • The wiki provides instructions for running Debian (PV) and FreeBSD (HVM), and discusses the features that are not finished yet

HardenedBSD updates and changes

  • a.out is the old executable format for Unix
  • The name stands for assembler output, and was coined by Ken Thompson as the fixed name for output of his PDP-7 assembler in 1968
  • FreeBSD, on which HardenedBSD is based, switched away from a.out in version 3.0
  • A restriction against NULL mapping was introduced in FreeBSD 7 and enabled by default in FreeBSD 8
  • However, for reasons of compatibility, it could be switched off, allowing buggy applications to continue to run, at the risk of allowing a kernel bug to be exploited
  • HardenedBSD has removed the sysctl, making it impossible to run in ‘insecure mode’
  • Package building update: more consistent repo, no more i386 packages

Feedback/Questions


Mailing List Gold


  • All the tutorials are posted in their entirety at bsdnow.tv
  • If you're in New York's Capital District, there's a meeting for the BSD users group on December 9th
  • Send questions, comments, show ideas/topics, or stories you want mentioned on the show to feedback@bsdnow.tv
  • Watch live Wednesdays at 2:00PM Eastern (19:00 UTC)
  • Reminder: just like we ask during the interviews, we want to hear how all the viewers and listeners first got into BSD. Email us your story, either written or a video version, and we'll read and play some of them for the Christmas episode. You've got until December 17th to send them in.

Latest News

Two Year Anniversary

2015-08-08

We're quickly approaching our two-year anniversary, which will be on episode 105. To celebrate, we've created a unique t-shirt design, available for purchase until the end of August. Shirts will be shipped out around September 1st. Most of the proceeds will support the show, and specifically allow us to buy...

New discussion segment

2015-01-17

We're thinking about adding a new segment to the show where we discuss a topic that the listeners suggest. It's meant to be informative like a tutorial, but more of a "free discussion" format. If you have any subjects you want us to explore, or even just a good name...

How did you get into BSD?

2014-11-26

We've got a fun idea for the holidays this year: just like we ask during the interviews, we want to hear how all the viewers and listeners first got into BSD. Email us your story, either written or a video version, and we'll read and play some of them for...

EuroBSDCon 2014

2014-09-18

As you might expect, both Allan and Kris will be at EuroBSDCon this year. They'll be busy hunting down various BSD developers and forcing them to do interviews, but don't hesitate to say hi if you're a listener!...


Episode 143: One small step for DRM, one giant leap for BSD

2016-05-25

Direct Download: Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Torrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines How the number of states affects pf’s performance of FreeBSD Our friend Olivier of FreeNAS and BSDRP fame has an interesting blog post this week detailing his unique issue with finding a firewall...

Episode 142: Diving for BSD Perls

2016-05-18

Direct Download: Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Torrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines The May issus of BSDMag is now out GhostBSD Reusing OpenBSD's arc4random in multi-threaded user space programs Securing VPN's with GRE / Strongswan Installing XFCE 4.12 on NetBSD 7 Interview with Fernando Rodriguez, the co-founder of KeepCoding A...

Episode 141: BSD Likes Ike!

2016-05-11

Direct Download: Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Torrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Regarding Embargoes Our buddy TedU has a great thought piece today on the idea of “embargoes” for security advisories. This all stemmed from a recent incident with LibreSSL patches from embargoed OpenSSL vulns,...

Episode 140: Tracing it back to BSD

2016-05-04

Tracing it back to BSD Direct Download: Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Torrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD Quarterly Report This quarterly status report starts with a rather interesting introduction by Warren Block ASLR Porting CEPH to FreeBSD RCTL I/O Rate Limiting The Graphics Stack on FreeBSD (Haswell is in,...