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BSD Now

Created by three guys who love BSD, we cover the latest news and have 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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July 29, 2020 62 min
Emulex: The Cheapest 10gbe for Your Homelab, In Search of 2.11BSD, as released, Fakecracker: NetBSD as a Function Based MicroVM, First powerpc64 snapshots available for OpenBSD, OPNsense 20.1.8 released, and more. NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines Emulex: The Cheapest 10gbe for Your Homelab (https://vincerants.com/emulex-the-cheapest-10gbe/) Years ago, the hunt for the ch...
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July 22, 2020 42 min
Chasing a bad commit, New FreeBSD Core Team elected, Getting Started with NetBSD on the Pinebook Pro, FreeBSD on the Intel 10th Gen i3 NUC, pf table size check and change, and more. NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines Chasing a bad commit (https://vishaltelangre.com/chasing-a-bad-commit/) While working on a big project where multiple teams merge their feature branches frequ...
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July 15, 2020 43 min
Throw-Away Browser on FreeBSD With "pot" within 5 minutes, OmniOS as OpenBSD guest with bhyve, BSD vs Linux distro development, My FreeBSD Laptop Build, FreeBSD CURRENT Binary Upgrades, and more. NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines Throw-Away Browser on FreeBSD With "pot" Within 5 Minutes (https://honeyguide.eu/posts/pot-throwaway-firefox/) pot is a great an...
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July 9, 2020 43 min
Yubikey-agent on FreeBSD, Managing Kubernetes clusters from OpenBSD, History of FreeBSD part 1, Running Jitsi-Meet in a FreeBSD Jail, Command Line Bug Hunting in FreeBSD, Game of Github, Wireguard official merged into OpenBSD, and more NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines yubikey-agent on FreeBSD (https://kernelnomicon.org/?p=855) Some time ago Filippo Valsorda wrote yub...
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July 1, 2020 37 min
OpenBSD 6.7 on PC Engines, NetBSD code study, DRM Update on OpenBSD, Booting FreeBSD on HPE Microserver SATA port, 3 ways to multiboot, and more. NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines OpenBSD 6.7 on PC Engines APU4D4 (https://www.tumfatig.net/20200530/openbsd-6-7-on-pc-engines-apu4d4/) I just got myself a PC Engines APU4D4. I miss an OpenBSD box providing home services. It’s ...
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June 24, 2020 32 min
TrueNAS is Multi-OS, Encrypted ZFS on NetBSD, FreeBSD’s new Code of Conduct, Gaming on OpenBSD, dig a little deeper, Hammer2 and periodic snapshots, and more. NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines TrueNAS is Multi-OS (https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/truenas-multi-os/) There was a time in history where all that mattered was an Operating System (OS) and the hardware it ran on — ...
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June 17, 2020 40 min
Upgrading OpenBSD, Where do Unix man pages come from?, Help for NetBSD’s VAX port, FreeBSD on Dell Latitude 7390, PFS Tool changes in DragonflyBSD, and more. NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines How to Upgrade OpenBSD and Build a Kernel (https://cromwell-intl.com/open-source/openbsd-kernel.html) Let's see how to upgrade your OpenBSD system. Maybe you are doing this becau...
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June 10, 2020 35 min
FreeBSD 11.4-RC 2 available, OpenBSD 6.7 on a PineBook Pro 64, How OpenZFS Keeps Your Data Safe, Bringing FreeBSD to EC2, FreeBSD 2020 Community Survey, and more. NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines FreeBSD 11.4-RC2 Now Available (https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2020-May/092320.html) The second RC build of the 11.4-RELEASE release cycle is now available. ...
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June 4, 2020 38 min
Scheduling in NetBSD, ZFS vs. RAID on Ironwolf disks, OpenBSD on Microsoft Surface Go 2, FreeBSD for Linux sysadmins, FreeBSD on Lenovo T480, and more. NOTES This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by Tarsnap (https://www.tarsnap.com/) Headlines Scheduling in NetBSD – Part 1 (https://manikishan.wordpress.com/2020/05/10/scheduling-in-netbsd-part-1/) In this blog, we will discuss about the 4.4BSD Thread scheduler one of the two sche...
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May 27, 2020 50 min
A brief introduction to randomness, logs grinding netatalk to a halt, NetBSD core team changes, Using qemu guest agent on OpenBSD kvm/qemu guests, WireGuard patchset for OpenBSD, FreeBSD 12.1 on a laptop, and more. Headlines Entropy (https://washbear.neocities.org/entropy.html) A brief introduction to randomness Problem: Computers are very predictable. This is by design. But what if we want them to act unpredictably? This is very u...
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May 20, 2020 49 min
Backup and Restore on NetBSD, OpenBSD 6.7 available, Building a WireGuard Jail with FreeBSD's standard tools, who gets to chown things and quotas, influence TrueNAS CORE roadmap, and more. Headlines Backup and Restore on NetBSD (https://e17i.github.io/articles-netbsd-backup/) Putting together the bits and pieces of a backup and restore concept, while not being rocket science, always seems to be a little bit ungrateful. Most Adm...
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May 13, 2020 34 min
5x if_bridge Performance Improvement, How Unix Won, Understanding VLAN Configuration on FreeBSD, Using bhyve PCI passthrough on OmniOS, TrueNAS 11.3-U2 Available, and more. Headlines 5x if_bridge Performance Improvement (https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/blog/500-if_bridge-performance-improvement/) With FreeBSD Foundation grant, Kristof Provost harnesses new parallel techniques to uncork performance bottleneck + Kristof also s...
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May 6, 2020 57 min
Encrypted Crash Dumps in FreeBSD, Time on Unix, Improve ZVOL sync write performance with a taskq, central log host with syslog-ng, NetBSD Entropy overhaul, Setting Up NetBSD Kernel Dev Environment, and more. Headlines EKCD - Encrypted Crash Dumps in FreeBSD (https://oshogbo.vexillium.org/blog/74/) Some time ago, I was describing how to configure networking crash dumps. In that post, I mentioned that there is also the possibility to...
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April 29, 2020 60 min
FuryBSD 2020Q2 Images Available, Technical reasons to choose FreeBSD over GNU/Linux, Ars technica reviews GhostBSD, “TLS Mastery” sponsorships open, BSD community show their various collections, a tale of OpenBSD secure memory allocator internals, learn to stop worrying and love SSDs, and more. Headlines FuryBSD 2020Q2 Images Available for XFCE and KDE (https://www.furybsd.org/furybsd-2020-q2-images-are-available-for-xfce-and-kde/)...
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April 22, 2020 60 min
Rethinking OpenBSD security, FreeBSD 2020 Q1 status report, the notion of progress and user interfaces, Comments about Thomas E. Dickey on NetBSD curses, making Unix a little more Plan9-like, Not-actually Linux distro review: FreeBSD, and more. Headlines Rethinking OpenBSD Security (https://flak.tedunangst.com/post/rethinking-openbsd-security) OpenBSD aims to be a secure operating system. In the past few months there were quite a f...
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April 15, 2020 55 min
Tales from a core file, Lenovo X260 BIOS Update with OpenBSD, the problem of Unix iowait and multi-CPU machines, Hugo workflow using FreeBSD Jails, Caddy, Restic; extending NetBSD-7 branch support, a tale of two hypervisor bugs, and more. Headlines Tales From a Core File - Lessons from the Unix stdio ABI: 40 Years Later (https://fingolfin.org/blog/20200327/stdio-abi.html) On the side, I’ve been wrapping up some improvements to the ...
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April 8, 2020 47 min
NetBSD 8.2 is available, NextCloud on OpenBSD, X11 screen locking, NetBSD and RISC OS running parallel, community feedback about switching to BSD, and more. Headlines NetBSD 8.2 is available! (http://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/netbsd_8_2_is_available) The third release in the NetBSD-8 is now available. This release includes all the security fixes in NetBSD-8 up until this point, and other fixes deemed important for stability. Some h...
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April 1, 2020 55 min
Shell text processing, data rebalancing on ZFS mirrors, Add Security Headers with OpenBSD relayd, ZFS filesystem hierarchy in ZFS pools, speeding up ZSH, How Unix pipes work, grow ZFS pools over time, the real reason ifconfig on Linux is deprecated, clear your terminal in style, and more. Headlines Text processing in the shell (https://blog.balthazar-rouberol.com/text-processing-in-the-shell) This article is part of a self-publishe...
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March 25, 2020 39 min
Fighting the Coronavirus with FreeBSD, Wireguard VPN Howto in OPNsense, NomadBSD 1.3.1 available, fresh GhostBSD 20.02, New FuryBSD XFCE and KDE images, pf-badhost 0.3 released, and more. Headlines Fighting the Coronavirus with FreeBSD (https://www.leidinger.net/blog/2020/03/19/fighting-the-coronavirus-with-freebsd-foldinghome/) Here is a quick HOWTO for those who want to provide some FreeBSD based compute resources to help finding...
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March 18, 2020 47 min
OpenBSD Full disk encryption with coreboot and tianocore, FreeBSD 12.0 EOL, ZFS DVA layout, OpenBSD’s Go situation, AD updates requires changes in TrueNAS and FreeNAS, full name of FreeBSD’s root account, and more. Headlines OpenBSD Full Disk Encryption with CoreBoot and Tianocore Payload (https://functionallyparanoid.com/2020/03/07/openbsd-full-disk-encryption-with-coreboot-and-tianocore-payload/) It has been a while since I have ...
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