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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 230: Your questions, Part III

2018-01-24

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent> This episode was brought to you by Headlines KPTI patch lands in FreeBSD -current After a heroic effort by Konstantin Belousov kib@FreeBSD.org, the first meltdown patch has landed in FreeBSD This creates separate page tables for the Kernel and userland, and switches between them when executions enters the kernel, and when...

Episode 231: Unix Architecture Evolution

2018-01-24

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Unix Architecture Evolution from the 1970 PDP-7 to the 2017 FreeBSD Q: Could you briefly introduce yourself? I’m a professor of software engineering, a programmer at heart, and a technology author. Currently I’m also the editor in chief of the IEEE...

Episode 229: The Meltdown of Spectre

2018-01-17

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent> This episode was brought to you by Headlines More Meltdown Much has been happened this week, but before we get into a status update of the various mitigations on the other BSDs, some important updates: Intel has recalled the microcode update they issued on January 8th. It turns out this update...

Episode 228: The Spectre of Meltdown

2018-01-10

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Meltdown Spectre Official Site Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign Intel’s official response The Register mocks intels response with pithy annotations Intel’s Analysis PDF XKCD Response from FreeBSD FreeBSD's patch WIP Why Raspberry Pi isn’t vulnerable to Spectre or Meltdown Xen mitigation patches Overview of affected FreeBSD Platforms/Architectures Groff's response We’ll...

Episode 227: The long core dump

2018-01-03

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines NetBSD 7.1.1 released The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 7.1.1, the first security/critical update of the NetBSD 7.1 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons. Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 7.1.1...

Episode 226: SSL: Santa’s Syscall List

2017-12-27

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD Q3 Status Report 2017 FreeBSD Team Reports FreeBSD Release Engineering Team Ports Collection The FreeBSD Core Team The FreeBSD Foundation Projects FreeBSD CI Kernel Intel 10G iflib Driver Update Intel iWARP Support pNFS Server Plan B Architectures AMD Zen (family 17h) support Userland Programs Updates to GDB Ports FreeBSDDesktop OpenJFX 8 Puppet Documentation Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition Manual Pages Third-Party Projects The nosh Project FreeBSD...

Episode 225: The one true OS

2017-12-20

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines TrueOS stable release 17.12 We are pleased to announce a new release of the 6-month STABLE version of TrueOS! This release cycle focused on lots of cleanup and stabilization of the distinguishing features of TrueOS: OpenRC, boot speed, removable-device...

Episode 224: The Bus Factor

2017-12-13

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Life after death, for code YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER heard of the late Jim Weirich or his software. But you've almost certainly used apps built on his work. Weirich helped create several key tools for Ruby, the popular programming language...

Episode 223: Compile once, debug twice

2017-12-06

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Compile once, Debug twice: Picking a compiler for debuggability, part 1 of 3 An interesting look into why when you try to debug a crash, you can often find all of the useful information has been ‘optimized out’ Have you ever...

Episode 222: How Netflix works

2017-11-29

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent> This episode was brought to you by Headlines Why is Oracle so two-faced over open source? Oracle loves open source. Except when the database giant hates open source. Which, according to its recent lobbying of the US federal government, seems to be "most of the time". Yes, Oracle...

Episode 221: BSD in Taiwan

2017-11-22

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Allan’s Trip Report from BSD Taiwan BSD TW and Taiwan in general was a fun and interesting experience I arrived Thursday night and took the high speed train to Taipei main station, and then got on the Red line subway to the venue....

Episode 220: Opening ZFS in 2017

2017-11-15

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines The First PS4 Kernel Exploit: Adieu The First PS4 Kernel Exploit: Adieu Plenty of time has passed since we first demonstrated Linux running on the PS4. Now we will step back a bit and explain how we managed to jump...