Skip to main content.

Episode 084: pkg remove freebsd-update

2015-04-08

Direct Download:

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

This episode was brought to you by

iXsystems - Enterprise Servers and Storage for Open SourceDigitalOcean - Simple Cloud Hosting, Built for DevelopersTarsnap - Online Backups for the Truly Paranoid


Headlines

Xen dom0 in FreeBSD 11-CURRENT

  • FreeBSD has just gotten dom0 support for the Xen hypervisor, something NetBSD has had for a while now
  • The ports tree will now have a Xen kernel and toolstack, meaning that they can be updated much more rapidly than if they were part of base
  • It's currently limited to Intel boxes with EPT and a working IOMMU, running a recent version of the -CURRENT branch, but we'll likely see it when 11.0 comes out
  • How will this affect interest in Bhyve?

A tale of two educational moments

  • Here we have a blog post from an OpenBSD developer about some experiences he had helping people get involved with the project
  • It's split into two stories: one that could've gone better, and one that went really well
  • For the first one, he found that someone was trying to modify a package from their ports tree to have fewer dependencies
  • Experience really showed its worth, and he was able to write a quick patch to do exactly what the other person had been working on for a few hours - but wasn't so encouraging about getting it committed
  • In the second story, he discussed updating a different port with a user of a forum, and ended up improving the new user's workflow considerably with just a few tips
  • The lesson to take away from this is that we can all help out to encourage and assist new users - everyone was a newbie once

What's coming in NetBSD 7

  • We first mentioned NetBSD 7.0 on the show in July of 2014, but it still hasn't been released and there hasn't been much public info about it
  • This blog post outlines some of the bigger features that we can expect to see when it actually does come out
  • Their total platform count is now over 70, so you'd be hard-pressed to find something that it doesn't run on
  • There have been a lot of improvements in the graphics area, particularly with DRM/KMS, including Intel Haswell and Nouveau (for nVidia cards)
  • Many ARM boards now have full SMP support
  • Clang has also finally made its way into the base system, something we're glad to see, and it should be able to build the base OS on i386, AMD64 and ARM - other architectures are still a WIP
  • In the crypto department: their PNRG has switched from the broken RC4 to the more modern ChaCha20, OpenSSL has been updated in base and LibreSSL is in pkgsrc
  • NetBSD's in-house firewall, npf, has gotten major improvements since its initial debut in NetBSD 6.0
  • Looking to the future, NetBSD hopes to integrate a stable ZFS implementation later on

OpenZFS office hours

  • We mentioned a couple weeks back that the OpenZFS office hours series was starting back up
  • They've just uploaded the recording of their most recent freeform discussion, with Justin Gibbs being the main presenter
  • In it, they cover how Justin got into ZFS, running in virtualized environments, getting patches into the different projects, getting more people involved, reviewing code, spinning disks vs SSDs, defragging, speeding up resilvering, zfsd and much more

Interview - Baptiste Daroussin - bapt@freebsd.org

Packaging the FreeBSD base system with pkgng


Discussion

Packaging the FreeBSD base system with pkgng (follow-up)


Feedback/Questions


Mailing List Gold


  • Send questions, comments, show ideas/topics, or stories you want mentioned on the show to feedback@bsdnow.tv
  • Writing articles or blog posts (or making videos) about what you do with BSD is great for advocacy and promotion, so do it and send them all to us
  • We'll be back next week with a regular full episode

Latest News

New announcement

2017-05-25

We understand that Michael Dexter, Brad Davis, and George Rosamond think there should be more real 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...


Episode 259: Long Live Unix

2018-08-15

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Picking the contest winner 1) Vincent 2) Bostjan 3) Andrew 4) Klaus-Hendrik 5) Will 6) Toby 7) Johnny 8) David 9) manfrom 10) Niclas 11) Gary 12) Eddy 13) Bruce 14) Lizz 15) Jim Random number generator Headlines The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix They say that when one door closes on you, another opens. People generally...

Episode 258: OS Foundations

2018-08-08

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD Foundation Update, July 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We’re in the middle of summer here, in Boulder, CO. While the days are typically hot, they can also be quite unpredictable. Thanks to the Rocky Mountains, waking up to 50-degree (~10...

Episode 257: Great NetBSD 8

2018-08-01

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines NetBSD v8.0 Released The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.0, the sixteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system. This release brings stability improvements, hundreds of bug fixes, and many new features. Some highlights of the...

Episode 2^8: Because Computers

2018-07-25

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Win Celebrate our 256th episode with us. You can win a Mogics Power Bagel (not sponsored). To enter, go find the 4 episodes we did in December of 2017. In the opening, find the 4 letters in the bookshelf behind me. They...