BSD News 25/11/13

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Releases: DragonFly BSD
Other news:  FreeBSD Foundation, [email protected], NYCBSDCon, vBSDCon, pfSense, AsiaBSDCon, FOSDEM, FreeBSD, BSDnow, OpenBSD


DragonFly Release 3.6 

  • Dports, which uses the FreeBSD ports system as a base, and the 'pkg' tools for installation, is now default on DragonFly. Over 20,000 packages are available in binary or source form.
  • Using the parallel building of the 20,000 packages in dports as a test case, contention in the kernel has been nearly eliminated. Improvements scale up with the number of cores in the system.
  • Support for newer Intel and ATI chipsets is present in the system. This may not work for every hardware combination, but a number of users have reported success with hardware-accelerated video using this update.
  • locales and libiconv work have brought DragonFly up to date on language support. Utilities should be usable in your native language.Availability
  • Two release options are now available for 32-bit as well as for 64-bit x86 machines. 64-bit installations are recommended if you do not need the Linux emulation layer. 32-bit images are only required by legacy, non-64-bit capable hardware such as early Pentium 4 or Athlon based machines.
Other News

Getting to know your [email protected] — Erwin Lansing 

In this interview we talk to one of the Annoying Reminder Guys, Erwin Lansing, after Joe Marcus Clarke, the second longest serving member of [email protected]

Faces of FreeBSD - Colin Percival 

We are pleased to be running our Faces of FreeBSD series again! Every week we’ll be sharing a story from someone involved in FreeBSD. It may be someone who’s received funding from us to work on development projects, run conferences, travel to conferences, or advocate for FreeBSD. Or, it may be from someone who contributes financially to the foundation. This story comes from Colin Percival whose company is a 2013 Silver Donor.

DragonFly: i386 dports maintainer wanted 

John Marino isn’t interested in supporting the i386 architeecture for DragonFly and dports, so he’s not going to actively work on it.  (Packages for DragonFly 3.6 are already built, so that’s not a problem for release.)  If you feel like taking on a significant but interesting workload, check his message about the work involved.

NYCBSDCon 2014 Call For Papers And Exposés 

OpenBSD developer Brian Callahan ([email protected]) wrote in to announce the NYCBSDCon 2014 Call For Papers (CFP) and Call For Exposés (CFE). The NYCBSDCon 2014 conference will be a day-long event held on February 8, 2014 at Suspenders Restaurant located at 111 Broadway just above Wall Street in downtown Manhattan, New York City. There are still some opportunities available to sponsor NYCBSDCon.
This year in addition to our usual CFP, we're also having something we've named a Call For Exposes (CFE). The NYCBSDCon Exposés will be demonstrations of BSD-based projects from developers and implementers.
As of now, I can tell you that I'm the one in charge of organizing the exposés and I'll be doing one. I'll be bringing Yeeloong and Octeon machines so attendees can get a first-hand look at the different OpenBSD/MIPS platforms and a chance to play with the hardware.
Please subscribe to the NYCBSDCon mailing list as it will have the most up-to-date information.
 vBSDCon with Reyk Floeter ([email protected]) and Henning Brauer ([email protected])

At the end of October, very first Verisign vBSDCon was held near Washington D.C. at the Hyatt hotel in Dulles, Virginia. Reyk Floeter ([email protected]) and Henning Brauer ([email protected]) were asked to give a joint presentation titled, "Inspecting Packets with OpenBSD and pf". Henning wrote in to tell us about his experience and give us the previous link to the presentation slides.
At BSDcan 2013 in Ottawa earlier this year, Michael Dexter got Reyk and myself together with Vincent Miller of Verisign, who was in the process of organizing vBSDcon. He asked us wether we could give a pf run-through presentation at vBSDcon. We quickly agreed on a way that makes it comfortable for Reyk and me. We flew over to IAD, the Washington D.C. international airport in Dulles, VA, where the conference was held. We found an amazingly well organized conference. Even though this was the first vBSDcon, it was obvious the team had experience in organizing events like that. Our talk [link to slides] was very well received, the audience was great, and I had a lot of fun on stage giving it with Reyk.
NYCBSDCon 2014 Date Change - Can't Compete With The Superb Owl

pfSense 2.1 on AWS EC2 

We now have pfSense 2.1 available on Amazon’s Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2).

AsiaBSDCon 2013 Videos Posted to YouTube

Sato-san has created a playlist of 15 videos from AsiaBSDCon 2013. Congrats to the organizers for running another successful conference in Tokyo. 

FOSDEM 2014 Call For Presentations In BSD Developer Room   

Benny Siegert (bsiegert<at>gmail<dot>com) wrote the following announcement for the FOSDEM 2014 Call For Presentations in the BSD Developer Room:
Hello all,
FOSDEM 2014 will take place on 1-2 February, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium. Just like in the last years, there will be both a BSD booth and a developer's room (on Saturday).
The topics of the devroom include all BSD operating systems. Every talk is welcome, from internal hacker discussion to real-world examples and presentations about new and shiny features. The default duration for talks will be 45 minutes including discussion. Feel free to ask if you want to have a longer or a shorter slot.
If you already submitted a talk last time, please note that the procedure is slightly different.
vBSDCon Trip Report: John-Mark Gurney  

[Phoronix] FreeBSD Is Getting Into The Magazine Business 

The FreeBSD Foundation is sponsoring a new FreeBSD Journal publication that's about to begin publishing bi-monthly issues concerning BSD.

The FreeBSD Journal will be officially launching in January as a new web-based magazine focused exclusively on FreeBSD matters. The first issue for January/February 2014 covers the ZFS file-system, the ARM BeagleBone Black on FreeBSD, implementing system control nodes, FreeBSD managed services, and the Clang compiler, among other reports.

While there isn't yet a web-site with full details, etc, the FreeBSD Foundation backed web magazine can be found at

Collecting SSHells | BSD Now 12

This week we’ll be talking to Amitai Schlair of the NetBSD foundation about pkgsrc, NetBSD’s future plans and much more. After that, if you’ve ever wondered what all this SSH stuff is about, today’s tutorial has got you covered. We’ll be showing you the basics of SSH, as well as how to combine it with tmux for persistent sessions. News, feedback and everything else, right here on BSD Now – the place to B.. SD.  

OpenBSD 5.4: Puffy on the Desktop 

The OpenBSD project is one of the more interesting, though perhaps most overlooked, members of the BSD family. The OpenBSD operating system is probably best known for its impressive security record (only two remote security holes have been found in the default configuration in over a decade), but the project offers other important features. One is that OpenBSD comes with high quality and detailed documentation. In fact, the manual pages and website documentation are perhaps some of the best available in the open source world. Another great feature is the correctness, the clean implementation of OpenBSD. The operating system avoids clutter, avoids mess, avoids bugs of all sorts. This means that the core of OpenBSD is stable, secure and it is uncomplicated. These characteristics make OpenBSD a good operating system for web servers, file servers, routers and firewalls. In the past I tended to refer to OpenBSD in the context of server or network equipment, a less-flashy yet important realm. With the arrival of OpenBSD 5.4 I would like to examine how OpenBSD holds up in the role of a desktop solution. 

Code stuff

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Weekly Feature Digest 11/23/13 

Thanks for reading! See you next week!

Jan Hovancik

software developer - guitar player - poetry lover