malloc.conf replaced with a sysctl

submited 08 November 2018

Otto Moerbeek ([email protected]) moved malloc handling from a softlink in /etc to a sysctl instead.

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23 February 2020
FreeBSD vs. Linux Scaling Up To 128 Threads With The AMD Ryzen Threadripper 3990X  

This article is looking at the FreeBSD 12.1 performance and seeing how the performance scales compared to Ubuntu 20.04 Linux and the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 based CentOS Stream.

22 February 2020
Can You Use FreeBSD for a Developer Machine in 2020?  

FreeBSD is a solid choice on a server, and it’s ubiquitous in the infrastructure world, but how does it hold up as a desktop machine? As a developer workstation?

Article talks: - How it was setting it up in 2020 - What kind of developers can benefit from FreeBSD - What you can do to get started

1Password on iCloud to Bitwarden on OpenBSD  

Bitwarden is Open Source, available on many platforms and clients… and it can be hosted on OpenBSD using Rubywarden.

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21 February 2020
BSD Users Stockholm Meetup #8  

Next meeting will be at the B3 offices in central Stockholm. Mark your calendar for March 3. There will also be some food, interesting discussions and nice company.

Supporting an open source operating system: a Q&A with the FreeBSD Foundation  

When discussing alternative operating systems to Microsoft’s Windows or Apple’s macOS, Linux often comes to mind. However, while Linux is a recreation of UNIX, FreeBSD is more of a continuation. The free and open source operating system was initially developed by students at the University of California at Berkeley which is why the BSD in its name stands for Berkeley Software Distribution.

FreeBSD runs on its own kernel and all of the operating system’s key components have been developed to be part of a single whole. This is where it differs the most from Linux because Linux is just the kernel and the other components are supplied by third parties.

To learn more about FreeBSD and its ongoing development, TechRadar Pro spoke to the executive director of the FreeBSD Foundation, Deb Goodkin.

Disable Logging into OPNsense as the Root User  

After installing OPNsense, the default login is the root user. Logging in as the root user is generally not advised because the root user has full access to files and processes. Linux users, for instance, are asked to create a separate user account upon installation. The user can then use the sudo command to elevate privileges to perform administrative tasks. If the user's account is compromised, in theory the root account is still protected (assuming there is no privilege escalation vulnerability being exploited or the password has been discovered). OpenSSH has an option to disable root user access for the SSH server. It prevents logging in directly as the root user as a security mechanism. OPNsense, being built upon FreeBSD (HardenedBSD to be more precise), is no exception to this recommendation.

20 February 2020
checkrestart for FreeBSD  

checkrestart is a FreeBSD tool to find stale processes that may need restarting after an upgrade. It searches for processes without associated executable or library paths, implying a software upgrade has replaced them since it was started. checkrestart does not perform any system changes itself - it is strictly informational. It is the responsibility of the system administrator to interpret the results and take any necessary action.

DragonFly 5.8 tagged  

DragonflyBSD 5.8 has been tagged a few days ago. Release should be soon, but probably not before this weekend.

19 February 2020
How to Run Orchestrator on FreeBSD  

In this post, author is going to show you how to run Orchestrator on FreeBSD. The instructions have been tested in FreeBSD 11.3 but the general steps should apply to other versions as well.

At the time of this writing, Orchestrator doesn’t provide FreeBSD binaries, so we will need to compile it.

BSD Weekly, Issue 8, Unix Toolbox  

This week take a look at Unix Toolbox, a Linux/BSD commands and tasks collection. As always, we cover all the rest of BSD world with the latest news and tutorials.

18 February 2020
OPNsense 20.1.1 released  

OPNsense 20.1.1 has been released and it's a tiny update. See post for list of fixes and changes.

A Feature Comparison of the OPNsense Plugin Sensei by Sunny Valley Networks  

Sunny Valley Networks is a startup company that has partnered with Deciso, the creators of OPNsense, to create a plugin called Sensei which adds deep packet inspection and more to OPNsense. These features add greater visibility into your network. Sensei also has built-in cloud threat intelligence that can be used to block web/application access and to prevent known malware attacks.

This post will focus on the features of Sensei and the differences between the Free Edition and the Home Edition.

FreeBSD 12.0 end-of-life  

As of February 29, 2020, FreeBSD 12.0 will reach end-of-life and will no longer be supported by the FreeBSD Security Team. Users of FreeBSD 12.0 are strongly encouraged to upgrade to a newer release as soon as possible.

Please refer to https://security.freebsd.org/ for an up-to-date list of supported releases and the latest security advisories.

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