Sunday, August 31, 2014

Experiment with ads

On G+, someone asked me whether I have any income from DiscoverBSD and/or related projects ( Answer is no, but it got me thinking: would be nice to cover domain expenses and hosting expenses somehow.

I don't think that sites are so popular that I can get interest of sponsors (eg. companies doing VPS with BSD or so), so I decided to try ads. I will run it for some time and I will see. Ads will be only here, not on BSDSec. So far ads are only on Desktop, not Mobile. Maybe later I will try mobile, but I guess better save your traffic.

If I decide to keep it, I will publish monthly reports of earnings. 

Not very optimistic about it, but let's see.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

BSD News 25/08/2014

Last week in BSD
Releases: None
Other news:  FreeBSD, EuroBSDCon, freeNAS, DragonFly BSD, OpenBSD, BSDNow, nginx, MeetBSD


seems like none

Other news

EuroBSDCon 2014 Early bird registrations deadline extended to August 25th 

Dear all, The early bird rates end for registrations to the EuroBSDCon 2014 conference has been extended until August 25th 2014. If you haven't registered already, you can still get the early bird rates if you register now! Please go to and follow the prompts to complete your registration.  

[EuroBSDCon] Google are offering 5 travel grants for female computer scientists to attend EuroBSDCon 2014 

As part of Google’s ongoing commitment to encourage women to excel in computing and technology, Google is pleased to offer Women in Tech Travel and Conference Grants to attend the EuroBSDcon 2014 conference[1]. 5 grants are offered, which include: * Free registration for the conference * Up to 1000 EUR towards travel costs (to be paid after the conference) To be eligible for a grant, the candidate must: * Be a woman working in or studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or technical field related to the conference subject * Have a strong academic background * Demonstrated leadership in the workplace or in school * Attend the core day(s) of the main conference

FreeBSD Foundation August Update Now Available

The FreeBSD Foundation August Update is now available. Get the latest Foundation news at:
Happy 20th birthday FreeBSD ports tree!   
It all started with this commit from Jordan Hubbard on August 21, 1994:
Commit my new ports make macros
Still not 100% complete yet by any means but fairly usable at this stage.
Twenty years later the ports tree is still there and actively
maintained. A video was prepared to celebrate the event and to thank
all of you who give some of their spare time and energy to the project!

Engineering Nginx | BSD Now 51   

We'll be showing you how to set up a secure, SSL-only webserver. There's also an interview with Eric Le Blan about community participation and FreeBSD's role in the commercial server space. All that and more, on BSD Now - the place to B.. SD. 

MeetBSD California 2014 

MeetBSD California 2014 (, Western Digital Campus, San Jose, United States 1 - 2 November, 2014. MeetBSD 2014 uses a mixed unConference format featuring both scheduled talks and community-driven events such as birds-of-a-feather meetings, lightning talks, and speed geeking sessions.

Code stuff
OpenBSD: Heads up: rcctl(8) the rc.conf.local management tool landing in base soon 
DragonFly BSD: New dhclient and other improvements 
pkg upgrade tip for pkg 1.3 
syslogd(8) Now IPv6-Capable 
Heads Up: BIND Disabled in Base 
In Other BSDs for 2014/08/23 

Interesting articles
Unix: Viewing your processes through the eyes of /proc
FreeNAS FTP Configuration 
iwn trick: ifconfig wlan0 -ht 
X with glamor on vc4 
Unix: Cozying up to ethtool

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

BSD News 18/08/2014

Releases: DragonFly BSD
Other News: LibreSSL, Haswell, g2k14, BSDnow, ZFS


DragonFly 3.8.2 images uploaded 

DragonFly 3.8.2 images are uploaded now to the main site.  Check the 3.8.2 changelog if you didn’t before.  This is a recommended upgrade for the newer OpenSSL, and should otherwise have little impact on the programs you have installed.

Other news

LibreSSL: openssl fixes backport 

Some fixes from OpenSSL 1.0.1i have been backported to 5.5 and 5.4. See

 VPN, My Dear Watson | BSD Now 50 

It's our 50th episode, and we're going to show you how to protect your internet traffic with a BSD-based VPN. We'll also be talking to Robert Watson, of the FreeBSD core team, about security research, exploit mitigation and a whole lot more. The latest news and answers to all of your emails, on BSD Now - the place to B.. SD. 

HardenedBSD: New Site

Welcome to HardenedBSD! This project aims to provide security enhancements to the FreeBSD project. We plan to upstream most, if not all, our projects. As this site is new, please expect changes and occasional downtime.

Interesting articles
Unix: Gaining network insights with tcpdump
BSDCan Trip Report: Baptiste Daroussin
Simple ZFS Backup Script

Code stuff
Haswell GPU support in DragonFly
g2k14: Antoine Jacoutot on GNOME, rc(8) and /etc cleanup
mandoc 1.13.1 Released 
In Other BSDs for 2014/08/16

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

BSD News 11/08/2014

Last week in BSD
Releases: GhostBSD, FreeNAS
Other new: Unix, OpenBSD, LibreSSL, BSDCan, FreeBSD, ZFS, BSDnow,NetBSD, FreeBSD Foundation, FreeBSD Journal


GhostBSD 4.0 RC 1 now available

The GhostBSD team is pleased to announce the availability the fist RC build of the 4.0-RELEASE release cycle which is available on SourceForge for the amd64 and i386 architectures.

FreeNAS Now Available

Appended are the release notes for We encourage all existing 9.2.1.x users to upgrade. Thanks!
- The FreeNAS Development Team
  •    Samba updated to 4.1.11. This addresses
  •    Increase performance of Directory Copy from CIFS
  •    Add support for the None Cipher in SSH. This can be used to improve replication performance at the expense of sending your data over the wire in cleartext. (Think private 10Gbe interlink)
  •    Resolve issue with vlan interface locking that could cause a kernel panic when creating a number of VLAN interfaces.
  •    Add support for compressing replication jobs with lz4

Other news

LibreSSL 2.0.4 released 
LibreSSL 2.0.5 released   

We have released LibreSSL 2.0.5, which should be arriving in the LibreSSL directory of an OpenBSD mirror near you. This version forward-ports security fixes from OpenSSL 1.0.1i, including fixes for the following CVEs: CVE-2014-3506 CVE-2014-3507 CVE-2014-3508 (partially vulnerable) CVE-2014-3509 CVE-2014-3510 CVE-2014-3511 LibreSSL 2.0.4 was not found vulnerable to the following CVEs: CVE-2014-5139 CVE-2014-3512 CVE-2014-3505 We welcome feedback and support from the community as we continue to work on LibreSSL.

OpenBSD product distribution will move 

After many years of faithfully serving the OpenBSD community, Austin Hook (austin@) will be retiring from mailing you your delicious Puffy-flavored merch. As such, the old stock (CDs, tshirts, baby mulchers) will become unavailable. Order now before they go extinct!

Keep your FreeBSD install secure 

This article by twisteddaemon shows you how to keep your FreeBSD install secure in 5 different ways. FreeBSD installed. Your Next Five Moves Should be….. The answer to the question in the title is not to break it.  Although that can very will be number six.  Instead make these next five changes to secure it.  […]

[08/05/2014] Simple ZFS Backup Script 

ZFS is a powerful filesystem that helps to maintain integrity by avoiding data corruption. A useful feature of ZFS is its ability to clone filesystems. Creating snapshots allows for filesystems to be cloned and restored if anything happens to the original data. ...

The PC-BSD Tour | BSD Now 49 
 Coming up this week on the show, we've got something special for you! We'll be giving you an in-depth look at all of the graphical PC-BSD utilities. That's right, BSD doesn't have to be command line only anymore! There's also the usual round of answers to your emails and all the latest headlines, on BSD Now - the place to B.. SD.

July/August Issue of The FreeBSD Journal Now Available   

The fourth issue of the online FreeBSD Journal is now available! The issue is all about FreeBSD and Virtualization and includes topics such as FreeBSD on Amazon's EC2, and FreeBSD's own native virtualization system, bhyve. Plus, you'll find pieces on Xen, the USE Method, and more. The FreeBSD Journal is available at the Apple, Google, and Kindle stores at $19.99/year for six (6) issues or $6.99 for a single issue. Not a subscriber? Find out more and subscribe today!

Code stuff
phessler: emergency g2k14 hackathon 
OpenBSD dhcp reliability erratum  
drm/i915 support update 
In Other BSDs for 2014/08/09 

Interesting articles
Facebook Seeks Devs To Make Linux Network Stack As Good As FreeBSD's
BSDCan Trip Report: Mark Linimon
Unix: Top networking commands and what they tell you 
An Internet-Ready OS From Scratch in a Week — Rump Kernels on Bare Metal
Keeping freebsd up to date

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

BSD News 04/08/2014

Last week in BSD
Releases: None
Other news: BSDTalk, g2k14, Unix, EuroBSDCon, FreeBSD Foundation, BSDnow, Rust, DragonFly BSD, BSDSec, ZFS

Other news


I would like to announce the little hobby project I've been working for some time now: "deadsimple BSD Security Advisories and Announcements"

bsdtalk243 – mandoc with Ingo Schwarze

 Interview about mandoc with Ingo Schwarze.  The project webpage describes mandoc as "a suite of tools compiling mdoc, the roff macro language of choice for BSD manual pages, and man, the predominant historical language for UNIX manuals."

Recorded at BSDCan 2014.

File Info: 16Min, 8MB.

Ogg Link:

EuroBSDCon 2014 Registrations Open 

Registration has recently opened for EuroBSDCon 2014. Hurry now as the early-bird special ends on August 18, and late registration goes until September 12. EuroBSDcon is the premier European conference on the open source BSD operating systems attracting about 250 highly skilled engineering professionals, software developers, computer science students and professors, and users from all […]

Foundation is Accepting Travel Grant Applications for EuroBSDCon 2014 

The FreeBSD Foundation will be providing a limited number of travel grants to individuals requesting assistance. Please fill out and submit  the Travel Grant Request Application at by August 15th, 2014 to apply for this grant.

Liberating SSL | BSD Now 48

Coming up in this week's episode, we'll be talking with one of OpenBSD's newest developers - Brent Cook - about the portable version of LibreSSL and how it's developed. We've also got some important information about the FreeBSD port of LibreSSL. The latest news and your emails, on BSD Now - the place to B.. SD. 

July 2014 Semi-Annual Newsletter is Now Available 

We're excited to announce the publication of the latest semi-annual newsletter. From the new online Journal to the most recent conference reports and project updates, be sure to check out what we've accomplished in the past 6 months.

Code stuff
g2k14: Andrew Fresh on Programming Perl 
g2k14: Christian Weisgerber on Package Building without sudo 
g2k14: Ted Unangst on the Art of the Tedu 
Call for Testers: radeondrm(4) updates
Rust ported to DragonFly 
In Other BSDs for 2014/08/02

Interesting articles
Unix: Controlling privileged access 
Hammer and mirrored disks 
Using ifstated to monitor links and dynamically adjust PF config on event 
Using the xdev target with qemu-user-static on #FreeBSD 
Five Things to Know About pfSense 
Receive Side Scaling: figuring out how to handle IP fragments 
Simple ZFS Backup Script