Security Headlines with Mischa Peters

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In this podcast episode, we interview Mischa Peters which is a long time BSD user with a background in the world of data centers and ISP’s. One of his latest projects is OpenBSD Amsterdam which is a pure-hearted OpenBSD virtual machine hosting provider. That is running 100% OpenBSD, it’s even using OpenBSD’s own hypervisor. We deep dive into OpenBSD Amsterdam, scripting with ssh, awk, and the basic tools, BSD, Hack-tic and a lot more!

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22 October 2020
TrueNAS 12.0  

TrueNAS 12.0 RELEASE was made available, and with it, TrueNAS CORE and TrueNAS Enterprise are now ready for production deployments. The merger of FreeNAS and TrueNAS into a unified software image is now officially complete and has become a production-ready platform right on schedule.

NetBSD 9.1 available  

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 9.1, the first feature and stability update for the netbsd-9 release branch. Over the last months many changes have been made to the NetBSD 9 stable branch. As a stable branch the release engineering team and the NetBSD developers are conservative with changes to this branch and many users rely on the binaries from our regular auto-builds for production use. The new release features (among various other changes) many bug fixes, a few performance enhancements, stability improvements for ZFS and LFS and support for USB security keys in a mode easily usable in Firefox and other applications. For more details and instructions see the 9.1 announcement at https://www.NetBSD.org/releases/formal-9/NetBSD-9.1.html

History of FreeBSD – Part 2: BSDi and USL Lawsuits  

In this second part of our series on the history of FreeBSD, we continue to trace the pre-history of FreeBSD and the events that would eventually shape the project and the future of open source software.

21 October 2020
OpenBGPD 6.8p0 released  

This is the first stable release for the 6.8 version. It includes the following changes:

  • In bgpctl(8), the "reload" command now takes a 'reason' argument to use as Administrative Shutdown Communication to its neighbors.
  • Added bgpctl(8) support for VPNv6 in the family option of the "show rib" command.
  • Added bgpctl(8) support for JSON formatted output in various "show" commands.
  • Support to build OpenBGPD on Alpine Linux added OpenBGPD-portable is known to compile and run on FreeBSD, and the Linux distributions Debian, Ubuntu and Alpine Linux.
BSD Weekly - issue 42  

OpenBSD celebrating their 25th anniversary with 6.8 release, NetBSD SA, NomadBSD errate plus latest news and tutorials

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20 October 2020
Google Summer of Code 2020: [Final Report] Enhancing Syzkaller support for NetBSD  

This report was written by Ayushu Sharma as part of Google Summer of Code 2020 and summarizes the work done during the third and final coding period of project.

19 October 2020
OpenBSD Marks 25th Anniversary By Releasing OpenBSD 6.8 With POWER 64-Bit Support  

It was in October 1995 that Theo de Raadt began the OpenBSD project as a fork of NetBSD 1.0 following his resignation from the NetBSD core development team. Now twenty-five years later OpenBSD 6.8 has been released for marking the 25th anniversary of this popular BSD distribution.

open-vm-tools on FreeBSD under VMware ESXi ARM Fling  

open-vm-tools is a set of services and modules that enable several features in VMware products for better management of, and seamless user interactions with, guests. There are two different options to get open-vm-tools on FreeBSD for ARM right now. Author provided pre-compiled packages for a few key FreeBSD versions. Alternatively, you can compile them yourself from the custom ports that author provided.

Hardware database client program for OpenBSD  

The program checks support status for devices on board, operability of devices by analysis of logs and health of all drives and batteries installed. For unsupported devices it’s trying to find drivers in newer OpenBSD versions including CURRENT.

18 October 2020
OpenBSD 6.8 released  

OpenBSD team is pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 6.8. This day marks the OpenBSD project's 25th anniversary. As they celebrate 49th release, they remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more than twenty years with only two remote holes in the default install.

As in our previous releases, 6.8 provides significant improvements, including new features, in nearly all areas of the system.

Switching Xorg keyboard layout on OpenBSD  

Here’s a few minimalistic options to switch keyboard layout on OpenBSD. Of course, if you run a complex DE, like Gnome, KDE or even XFCE, there is a graphical tool that allows switching keyboard layout. But when using cwm(1), you have to dig elsewhere.

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