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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

Welcome iXsystems

2013-12-11

As you may have noticed in Episode 015, BSD Now has gotten our first sponsor! We're very happy to welcome iXsystems to the BSD Now team. In case you aren't familiar with them, they have quite a long history with FreeBSD. Their current CTO is in fact Jordan Hubbard, one of...

Update 2013/11/26

2013-11-26

Hi BSD Now fans. Here's a sneak peek at our upcoming schedule: 11/27: Jordan Hubbard, co-founder of FreeBSD and creator of ports, to talk about FreeBSD's founding and future. The tutorial will be an update to the OpenBSD router guide with some new improvements I've made. 12/04: George Wilson from Delphix...

Reflections on Podcasting

2013-11-19

tl;dr → This is not a technical news post, it's just my bantering about the show. You can skip it entirely if you're not interested. Usually I post news from the whole team, but this time it's just me. The first episode of BSD Now was scheduled to be recorded on...

Ten Episodes!?

2013-11-07

Hi all. We've just uploaded the big tenth episode of BSD Now. I'm really happy that we've reached ten episodes already. With it comes an updated intro, courtesy of our friend Chris Fisher. On behalf of the whole BSD Now team, I want to say thank you to all the listeners...


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...

Episode 255: What are you pointing at

2018-07-18

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines What ZFS block pointers are and what's in them I've mentioned ZFS block pointers in the past; for example, when I wrote about some details of ZFS DVAs, I said that DVAs are embedded in block pointers. But I've never really...

Episode 254: Bare the OS

2018-07-11

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines Cross-DSO CFI in HardenedBSD Control Flow Integrity, or CFI, raises the bar for attackers aiming to hijack control flow and execute arbitrary code. The llvm compiler toolchain, included and used by default in HardenedBSD 12-CURRENT/amd64, supports forward-edge CFI. Backward-edge CFI support...

Episode 253: Silence of the fans

2018-07-04

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines Silent Fanless FreeBSD Desktop/Server Today I will write about silent fanless FreeBSD desktop or server computer … or NAS … or you name it, it can have multiple purposes. It also very low power solution, which also means that it will...

Episode 252: Goes to 11.2

2018-06-27

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE Available FreeBSD 11.2 was released today (June 27th) and is ready for download Highlights: > OpenSSH has been updated to version 7.5p1. > OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.2o. > The clang, llvm, lldb and compiler-rt utilities have been updated to version 6.0.0. > The...

Episode 251: Crypto HAMMER

2018-06-20

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines DragonflyBSD: Towards a HAMMER1 master/slave encrypted setup with LUKS I just wanted to share my experience with setting up DragonFly master/slave HAMMER1 PFS's on top of LUKS So after a long time using an Synology for my NFS needs, I...

Episode 250: BSDCan 2018 recap

2018-06-13

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines TrueOS to Focus on Core Operating System The TrueOS Project has some big plans in the works, and we want to take a minute and share them with you. Many have come to know TrueOS as the “graphical FreeBSD” that makes...

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...