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BSD Now is a weekly video podcast created by three guys who love BSD. We cover the latest news andhave an extensive series of tutorials, as well as interviews with various people from all areas of the BSD community. It also serves as a platform for support and questions.

We love and advocate FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFlyBSD and TrueOS. Our show aims to be helpful and informative for new users that want to learn about them, but still be entertaining for the people who are already pros.

The show airs on Wednesdays at 2:00PM (US Eastern time) and the edited version is usually up the following day. You can find our complete list of episodes here.

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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 249: Router on a stick

2018-06-06

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines ZFS and DTrace update lands in NetBSD merge a new version of the CDDL dtrace and ZFS code. This changes the upstream vendor from OpenSolaris to FreeBSD, and this version is based on FreeBSD svn r315983. + r315983 is from...

Episode 248: Show me the Mooney

2018-05-30

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines DragonFlyBSD: release52 (w/stable HAMMER2, as default root) DragonflyBSD 5.2.1 was released on May 21, 2018 > Big Ticket items: > Meltdown and Spectre mitigation support Meltdown isolation and spectre mitigation support added. Meltdown mitigation is automatically enabled for all Intel cpus. Spectre mitigation must be enabled...

Episode 247: Interning for FreeBSD

2018-05-23

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines What I learned during my FreeBSD intership Hi, my name is Mitchell Horne. I am a computer engineering student at the University of Waterloo, currently in my third year of studies, and fortunate to have been one of the FreeBSD Foundation’s...

Episode 246: Properly Coordinated Disclosure

2018-05-16

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines Intel documentation flaw sees instruction misimplemented in almost every OS A statement in the System Programming Guide of the Intel 64 and IA-32 Architectures Software Developer's Manual (SDM) was mishandled in the development of some or all operating-system kernels, resulting in...

Episode 245: ZFS User Conf 2018

2018-05-09

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines ZFS User Conference Recap Attendees met for breakfast on the fourth floor, in a lunchroom type area just outside of the theatre. One entire wall was made of lego base plates, and there were buckets of different coloured lego embedded in the wall. The...

Episode 244: C is a lie

2018-05-02

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines Towards Secure System Graphics: Arcan and OpenBSD Let me preface this by saying that this is a (very) long and medium-rare technical article about the security considerations and minutiae of porting (most of) the Arcan ecosystem to work under OpenBSD. The...

Episode 243: Understanding The Scheduler

2018-04-25

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines OpenBSD 6.3 released Punctual as ever, OpenBSD 6.3 has been releases with the following features/changes: > Improved HW support, including: > SMP support on OpenBSD/arm64 platforms > vmm/vmd improvements: > IEEE 802.11 wireless stack improvements > Generic network stack improvements > Installer improvements > Routing daemons and other userland network...

Episode 242: Linux Takes The Fastpath

2018-04-18

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines TrueOS STABLE 18.03 Release The TrueOS team is pleased to announce the availability of a new STABLE release of the TrueOS project (version 18.03). This is a special release due to the security issues impacting the computing world since the beginning...

Episode 241: Bowling in the LimeLight

2018-04-11

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines [Other big ZFS improvements you might have missed] 9075 Improve ZFS pool import/load process and corrupted pool recovery > One of the first tasks during the pool load process is to parse a config provided from userland that describes what devices the pool is...

Episode 240: TCP Blackbox Recording

2018-04-04

Direct Download:VideoMP3 Audio This episode was brought to you by Headlines [A number of Upstream ZFS features landed in FreeBSD this week] 9188 increase size of dbuf cache to reduce indirect block decompression With compressed ARC (6950) we use up to 25% of our CPU to decompress indirect blocks, under a workload of...

Episode 239: The return to ptrace

2018-03-28

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines Preventing Windows 10 and untrusted software from having full access to the internet using OpenBSD Whilst setting up one of my development laptops to port some software to Windows I noticed Windows 10 doing crazy things like installing or updating apps...

Episode 238: VLAN-Zezes-ki in Hardware

2018-03-21

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioHD Torrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Looking at Lumina Desktop 2.0 A few weeks ago I sat down with Lead Developer Ken Moore of the TrueOS Project to get answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about Lumina Desktop from the open source...