BSD News 05/21/13

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NetBSD 6.1 (and 6.0.2!) Released


The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 6.1, the first feature update of the NetBSD 6 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons, as well as new features and enhancements.
Simultaneously, the NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 6.0.2, the second security/bugfix update of the NetBSD 6.0 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons, without new features.
For more details, please see the 6.1 release notes and the 6.0.2 release notes
Complete source and binaries for NetBSD 6.1 and 6.0.2 are available for download at many sites around the world. A list of download sites providing FTP, AnonCVS, SUP, and other services may be found at

Other News

FreeBSD Binary Packages Are Available Again

Six months have passed since the November security incident which brought the Project's binary package building capacity offline; we are pleased to announce that all services are now restored.

Read the official announcement here

vBSDcon Website Is Up!


In April 2013, Verisign announced the inaugural biennial vBSDcon event in Dulles, VA to occur October 25 – 27, 2013. In the weeks since the initial announcement, the vBSDcon website has been activated with details on the dates and location of the event. The website is available at
Some details have yet to be published, but will be available on the official vBSDcon website in the coming weeks. Please check back periodically for new updates!

Bsdtalk225 + bsdtalk226

Interview during BSDCan 2013 with Kris Moore from iXsystems.  We talk about some of the new features of PC-BSD.
File Info: 12Min, 6MB.
Ogg Link

Interview during BSDCan 2013 with Scott Long, Alistair Crooks, and David Discher from Netflix.
File Info: 11Min, 5MB.
Ogg link:

Jails Firewall with PF (BSDMag May 2013)

Issue contents
  • SpiderFoot 2.0: The Open Source Footprinting Tool
  • FreeBSD Jails Firewall with PF
  • Improvements to Jail Management via the Warden
  • msearch: MidnightBSD Search
  • Useful Utilities for PF
  • FreeBSD Programming Primer: Write HTML, CSS, PHP, and SQL Code
  • DTrace: A Deeper Approach

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DragonFlyBSD DPorts updates

New builds of dports have been uploaded and updated, for x86_64 and i386.  (x86_64 was already done; I linked the note about i386)  This means you can change PACKAGESITE in /usr/local/etc/pkg.conf to point at LATEST instead of RELEASE and get newer packages.  ’pkg upgrade’ is all it takes, with dports.

Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover