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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 271: Automatic drive tests

2018-11-07

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines MidnightBSD 1.0 now available I’m happy to announce the availability of MidnightBSD 1.0 for amd64 and i386. Over the years, many ambitious goals were set for our 1.0 release. As it approached, it was clear we wouldn’t be able to accomplish all of them. This release is...

Episode 270: Ghostly releases

2018-10-31

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines OpenBSD 6.4 released See a detailed log of changes between the 6.3 and 6.4 releases. See the information on the FTP page for a list of mirror machines. Have a look at the 6.4 errata page for a list of bugs and workarounds. signify(1) pubkeys for this release: base: RWQq6XmS4eDAcQW4KsT5Ka0KwTQp2JMOP9V/DR4HTVOL5Bc0D7LeuPwA fw: RWRoBbjnosJ/39llpve1XaNIrrQND4knG+jSBeIUYU8x4WNkxz6a2K97 pkg:...

Episode 269: Tiny daemon lib

2018-10-24

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines FreeBSD Foundation Update, September 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear FreeBSD Community Member, It is hard to believe that September is over. The Foundation team had a busy month promoting FreeBSD all over the globe, bug fixing in preparation for 12.0, and setting plans in motion to...

Episode 268: netcat demystified

2018-10-17

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines Six Metrics for Measuring ZFS Pool Performance Part 1 The layout of a ZFS storage pool has a significant impact on system performance under various workloads. Given the importance of picking the right configuration for your workload and the fact that making changes to an in-use ZFS...

Episode 267: Absolute FreeBSD

2018-10-10

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines Interview - Michael W. Lucas - mwlucas@michaelwlucas.com / @mwlauthor BR: [Welcome Back] AJ: What have you been doing since last we talked to you [ed, ssh, and af3e] BR: Tell us more about AF3e AJ: How did the first Absolute FreeBSD come about? BR: Do you have anything special planned for MeetBSD? AJ: What...

Episode 266: File type history

2018-10-03

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines OpenBSD/NetBSD on FreeBSD using grub2-bhyve When I was writing a blog post about the process title, I needed a couple of virtual machines with OpenBSD, NetBSD, and Ubuntu. Before that day I mainly used FreeBSD and Windows with bhyve. I spent some time trying to set up...

Episode 265: Software Disenchantment

2018-09-26

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines [FreeBSD DevSummit & EuroBSDcon 2018 in Romania] Your hosts are back from EuroBSDcon 2018 held in Bucharest, Romania this year. The first two days of the conference are used for tutorials and devsummits (FreeBSD and NetBSD), while the last two are for talks. Although Benedict organized the devsummit in large...

Episode 264: Optimized-out

2018-09-19

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD & DragonFlyBSD Put Up A Strong Fight On AMD's Threadripper 2990WX, Benchmarks Against Linux The past two weeks I have been delivering a great deal of AMD Threadripper 2990WX benchmarks on Linux as well as some against Windows and Windows...

Episode 263: Encrypt that pool

2018-09-12

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines How to mitigate Spectre and Meltdown on an HP Proliant server with FreeBSD As recently announced in a previous article I wanted to write a couple of guides on how to mitigate Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities in GNU/Linux and UNIX environments....

Episode 262: OpenBSD Surfacing

2018-09-05

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines OpenBSD on the Microsoft Surface Go For some reason I like small laptops and the constraints they place on me (as long as they're still usable). I used a Dell Mini 9 for a long time back in the netbook days and was recently using an 11"...

Episode 261: FreeBSDcon flashback

2018-08-29

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines An Insight into the Future of TrueOS BSD and Project Trident Last month, TrueOS announced that they would be spinning off their desktop offering. The team behind the new project, named Project Trident, have been working furiously towards their first release....

Episode 260: Hacking Tour of Europe

2018-08-22

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines Essen Hackathon & BSDCam 2018 trip report Allan and Benedict met at FRA airport and then headed to the Air Rail terminal for our train to Essen where the Hackathon would happen over the weekend of Aug 10 - 12, 2018. Once there,...