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BSD Now

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. ... Show More

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September 11, 2019 76 min

vBSDcon 2019 recap, Unix at 50, OpenBSD on fan-less Tuxedo InfinityBook, humungus - an hg server, how to configure a network dump in FreeBSD, and more. Headlines vBSDcon Recap Allan and Benedict attended vBSDcon 2019, which ended last week. It was held again at the Hyatt Regency Reston and the main conference was organized by Dan Langille of BSDCan fame.The two day conference was preceded by a one day FreeBSD hackathon, where FreeB... Read more

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September 4, 2019 48 min

Unix virtual memory when you have no swap space, Dsynth details on Dragonfly, Instant Workstation on FreeBSD, new servers new tech, Experimenting with streaming setups on NetBSD, NetBSD’s progress towards Steam support thanks to GSoC, and more. Headlines What has to happen with Unix virtual memory when you have no swap space (https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/unix/NoSwapConsequence) Recently, Artem S. Tashkinov wrote on the ... Read more

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August 28, 2019 55 min

OpenBSD on 7th gen Thinkpad X1 Carbon, how to install FreeBSD on a MacBook, Kernel portion of in-kernel TLS (KTLS), Boot Environments on DragonflyBSD, Project Trident Updates, vBSDcon schedule, and more. Headlines OpenBSD on the Thinkpad X1 Carbon 7th Gen (https://jcs.org/2019/08/14/x1c7) Another year, another ThinkPad X1 Carbon, this time with a Dolby Atmos sound system and a smaller battery. The seventh generation X1 Carbon isn&#... Read more

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August 21, 2019 72 min

The UNIX Philosophy in 2019, why use package managers, touchpad interrupted, Porting wine to amd64 on NetBSD second evaluation report, Enhancing Syzkaller Support for NetBSD, all about the Pinebook Pro, killing a process and all of its descendants, fast software the best software, and more. Headlines The UNIX Philosophy in 2019 (https://triosdevelopers.com/jason.eckert/blog/Entries/2019/6/1_Entry_1.html) Today, Linux and open sourc... Read more

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August 15, 2019 73 min

NetBSD 9.0 release process has started, xargs, a tale of two spellcheckers, Adapting TriforceAFL for NetBSD, Exploiting a no-name freebsd kernel vulnerability, and more. Headlines NetBSD 9.0 release process has started (https://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-announce/2019/07/31/msg000301.html) If you have been following source-changes, you may have noticed the creation of the netbsd-9 branch! It has some really exciting items that we... Read more

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August 7, 2019 48 min

OPNsense 19.7.1 is out, ZFS on Linux still has annoying issues with ARC size, Hammer2 is now default, NetBSD audio – an application perspective, new FreeNAS Mini, and more. Headlines OPNsense 19.7.1 (https://opnsense.org/opnsense-19-7-1-released/) We do not wish to keep you from enjoying your summer time, but this is a recommended security update enriched with reliability fixes for the new 19.7 series. Of special note are perform... Read more

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July 31, 2019 48 min

DragonFlyBSD Project Update - colo upgrade, future trends, resuming ZFS send, realtime bandwidth terminal graph visualization, fixing telnet fixes, a chapter from the FBI’s history with OpenBSD and an OpenSSH vuln, and more. Headlines DragonFlyBSD Project Update - colo upgrade, future trends (http://lists.dragonflybsd.org/pipermail/users/2019-July/358226.html) For the last week I've been testing out a replacement for Monster, o... Read more

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July 24, 2019 44 min

Replacing a (silently) failing disk in a ZFS pool, OPNsense 19.7 RC1 released, implementing DRM ioctl support for NetBSD, High quality/low latency VOIP server with umurmur/Mumble on OpenBSD, the PDP-7 where Unix began, LLDB watchpoints, and more. Headlines Replacing a (silently) failing disk in a ZFS pool (https://imil.net/blog/2019/07/02/Replacing-a-silently-failing-disk-in-a-ZFS-pool/) Maybe I can’t read, but I have the feeling t... Read more

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July 18, 2019 50 min

FreeBSD 11.3 has been released, OpenBSD workstation, write your own fuzzer for the NetBSD kernel, Exploiting FreeBSD-SA-19:02.fd, streaming to twitch using OpenBSD, 3 different ways of dumping hex contents of a file, and more. Headlines FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE Announcement (https://www.freebsd.org/releases/11.3R/announce.html) The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE. This is... Read more

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July 11, 2019 38 min

Am5x86 based retro UNIX build log, setting up services in a FreeNAS Jail, first taste of DragonflyBSD, streaming Netflix on NetBSD, NetBSD on the last G4 Mac mini, Hammer vs Hammer2, and more. Headlines Polprog's Am5x86 based retro UNIX build log (https://polprog.net/blog/486/) I have recently acquired an Am5x86 computer, in a surprisingly good condition. This is an ongoing project, check this page often for updates! I began by... Read more

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July 3, 2019 56 min

Website protection with OPNsense, FreeBSD Support Pull Request for ZFS-on-Linux, How much has Unix changed, Porting Wine to amd64 on NetBSD, FreeBSD Enterprise 1 PB Storage, the death watch for X11 has started, and more. Headlines Website protection with OPNsense (https://medium.com/@jccwbb/website-protection-with-opnsense-3586a529d487) with nginx plugin OPNsense become a strong full featured Web Application Firewall (WAF) The ... Read more

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June 26, 2019 63 min

DragonflyBSD 5.6 is out, OpenBSD Vulkan Support, bad utmp implementations in glibc and FreeBSD, OpenSSH protects itself against Side Channel attacks, ZFS vs OpenZFS, and more. Headlines DragonflyBSD 5.6 is out (https://www.dragonflybsd.org/release56) Version 5.6.0 released 17 June 2019 Version 5.6.1 released 19 June 2019 (https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/06/19/23091.html) Big-ticket items Improved VM Informal test results showi... Read more

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June 19, 2019 52 min

OpenZFS-kmod port available, using blacklistd with NPF as fail2ban replacement, ZFS raidz expansion alpha preview 1, audio VU-meter increases CO2 footprint rant, XSAVE and compat32 kernel work for LLDB, where icons for modern X applications come from, and more. Headlines ZFSonFreeBSD ports renamed OpenZFS (https://www.freshports.org/sysutils/openzfs-kmod) The ZFS on FreeBSD project has renamed the userland and kernel ports from zol... Read more

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June 12, 2019 69 min

DragonFlyBSD's kernel optimizations pay off, differences between OpenBSD and Linux, NetBSD 2019 Google Summer of Code project list, Reducing that contention, fnaify 1.3 released, vmctl(8): CLI syntax changes, and things that Linux distributions should not do when packaging. Headlines DragonFlyBSD's Kernel Optimizations Are Paying Off (https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=dragonfly-55-threadripper&... Read more

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June 5, 2019 45 min

GPU passthrough on bhyve, confusion with used/free disk space on ZFS, OmniOS Community Edition, pfSense 2.4.4 Release p3, NetBSD 8.1 RC1, FreeNAS as your Server OS, and more. Headlines GPU Passthrough Reported Working on Bhyve

Normally we cover news focused on KVM and sometimes Xen, but something very special has happened with ... Read more

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May 30, 2019 74 min

FreeBSD 11.3-beta 1 is out, BSDCan 2019 recap, OpenIndiana 2019.04 is out, Overview of ZFS Pools in FreeNAS, why open source firmware is important for security, a new Opnsense release, wireguard on OpenBSD, and more. Headlines FreeBSD 11.3-b1 is out BSDCan 2019 Recap Read more

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May 22, 2019 52 min

Running AIX on QEMU on Linux on Windows, your NAS fleet with TrueCommand, Unleashed 1.3 is available, LLDB: CPU register inspection support extension, V7 Unix programs often not written as expected, and more. Headlines Running AiX on QEMU on Linux on Windows

YES it’s real! I’m using the Linux subsystem on Windows, as it’s e... Read more

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May 15, 2019 52 min

36 year old UFS bug fixed, a BSD for the road, automatic upgrades with OpenBSD, DTrace ext2fs support in FreeBSD, Dedicated SSH tunnel user, upgrading VMM VMs to OpenBSD 6.5, and more. Headlines 36+ year old bug in FFS/UFS discovered and patched

This update eliminates a kernel stack disclosure bug in UFS/FFS director... Read more

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May 8, 2019 40 min

FreeBSD ZFS vs. ZoL performance, Dragonfly 5.4.2 has been release, containing web services with iocell, Solaris 11.4 SRU8, Problem with SSH Agent forwarding, OpenBSD 6.4 to 6.5 upgrade guide, and more. Headlines FreeBSD ZFS vs. ZoL Performance, Ubuntu ZFS On Linux Reference

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May 3, 2019 61 min

OpenBSD 6.5 has been released, mount ZFS datasets anywhere, help test upcoming NetBSD 9 branch, LibreSSL 2.9.1 is available, Bail Bond Denied Edition of FreeBSD Mastery: Jails, and one reason ed(1) was a good editor back in the days in this week’s episode. Headlines OpenBSD 6.5 Released

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