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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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Update 2013/09/19

2013-09-19

We've just uploaded the third episode of BSD Now, "MX with TTX." With it we also put up the full accompanying pkgng tutorial, so check that out as well. Next week's episode will be shorter, since both Allan and Kris will be at EuroBSDCon. We'll have a prerecorded interview with Devin...

First Impressions

2013-09-07

We have collected some of the feedback about our first episode from around the Internet, and it seems to be quite positive, with many valid criticisms and suggestions. In the tutorial segment, sorry about all of the bell sounds. We had not realized the sound from that machine was being captured....

First Episode Recorded!

2013-09-04

We just finished recording the very first episode of BSD Now; certainly a day for the history books. Everything went well and the final edited version should be up within 48 hours. Be sure to check out our first tutorial: Using stunnel and SSH to bypass IDS. TJ...

Episode 001 Rescheduled

2013-08-28

I received word early this morning that Kris Moore's wife went into labour earlier than expected. As such, Kris will be unavailable to record today. I am still going to run the interview with Peter Hessler to validate our live streaming and recording setup. Sorry for getting everyone all excited about the new...


Episode 232: FOSDEM 2018

2018-02-07

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent> This episode was brought to you by Headlines [FOSDEM Trip report] Your BSDNow hosts were both at FOSDEM in Brussels, Belgium over the weekend. On the friday before FOSDEM, we held a FreeBSD devsummit (3rd consecutive year), sponsored by the FreeBSD Foundation and organized by Benedict (with the help from Kristof...

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 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 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....