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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 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...

Episode 237: AsiaBSDcon 2018

2018-03-14

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioHD Torrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines AsiaBSDCon 2018 has concluded We have just returned from AsiaBSDCon in Tokyo, Japan last weekend Please excuse our jetlag The conference consisted two days of meeting followed by 2 days of paper presentations We arrived a few days early to see some sights and...

Episode 236: How a cd works

2018-03-07

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioHD Torrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Pledge: OpenBSD’s defensive approach to OS Security The meaning of Pledge is same as in the real world, that is, “a solemn promise or undertaking”. So, in OpenBSD: Calling pledge in a program means to promise...

Episode 235: I C you BSD

2018-02-28

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioHD Torrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines How I coined the term 'open source' In a few days, on February 3, the 20th anniversary of the introduction of the term "open source software" is upon us. As open source software grows in popularity and powers some...