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Episode 066: Conference Connoisseur

2014-12-03

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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

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