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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 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...

Episode 219: We love the ARC

2017-11-08

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Papers We Love: ARC: A Self-Tuning, Low Overhead Replacement Cache Ever wondered how the ZFS ARC (Adaptive Replacement Cache) works? How about if Bryan Cantrill presented the original paper on its design? Today is that day. Slides It starts by looking back at a fundamental paper...

Episode 218: A KRACK in the WiFi

2017-11-01

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD 10.4-RELEASE Available FreeBSD 10.4-RELEASE is out. The FreeBSD Project dedicates the FreeBSD 10.4-RELEASE to the memory of Andrey A. Chernov. Some of the highlights: 10.4-RELEASE is the first FreeBSD release to feature full support for eMMC storage, including eMMC partitions, TRIM...

Episode 217: Your questions, part II

2017-10-25

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines OpenBSD 6.2 Released OpenBSD continues their six month release cadence with the release of 6.2, the 44th release On a disappointing note, the song for 6.2 will not be released until December Highlights: Improved hardware support on modern platforms including ARM64/ARMv7 and octeon,...

Episode 216: Software is storytelling

2017-10-18

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines EuroBSDcon Trip Report This is from Frank Moore, who has been supplying us with collections of links for the show and who we met at EuroBSDcon in Paris for the first time. Here is his trip report. My attendance at the...

Episode 215: Turning FreeBSD up to 100 Gbps

2017-10-11

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Serving 100 Gbps from an Open Connect Appliance In the summer of 2015, the Netflix Open Connect CDN team decided to take on an ambitious project. The goal was to leverage the new 100GbE network interface technology just coming to...

Episode 214: The history of man, kind

2017-10-04

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines The Cost Of Open Sourcing Your Project Accusing a company of “dumping” their project as open source is probably misplaced – it’s an expensive business no-one would do frivolously. If you see an active move to change software licensing...

Episode 213: The French CONnection

2017-09-27

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Recap of EuroBSDcon 2017 in Paris, France EuroBSDcon was held in Paris, France this year, which drew record numbers this year. With over 300 attendees, it was the largest BSD event I have ever attended, and I was encouraged by the higher than...

Episode 212: The Solaris Eclipse

2017-09-20

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines [vBSDCon] vBSDCon was held September 7 - 9th. We recorded this only a few days after getting home from this great event. Things started on Wednesday night, as attendees of the thursday developer summit arrived and broke into smallish groups for disorganized dinner...

Episode 211: It's HAMMER2 Time!

2017-09-13

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Can a BSD system replicate the performance of a Cisco router? Short Answer: No, but it might be good enough for what you need Traditionally routers were built with a tightly coupled data plane and control plane. Back in the 80s...

Episode 210: Your questions, part I

2017-09-06

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines A Reimplementation Of Netbsd Using a Microkernel Minix author Andy Tanenbaum writes in Part 1 of a-reimplementation-of-netbsd-using-a-microkernel Based on the MINIX 3 microkernel, we have constructed a system that to the user looks a great deal like NetBSD. It uses pkgsrc,...

Episode 209: Signals: gotta catch ‘em all

2017-08-30

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Trip Report: FreeBSD in China at COPU and LinuxCon This trip report is from Deb Goodkin, the Executive Director of the FreeBSD Foundation. She travelled to China in May 2017 to promote FreeBSD, meet with companies, and participate in discussions around Open...