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Created by three guys who love BSD, we cover the latest news and have an extensive series of tutorials, as well as interviews with various people from all areas of the BSD community. It also serves as a platform for support and questions. We love and advocate FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFlyBSD a… read more

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491: Catch the Spammers

January 26th, 2023


Dragonfly BSD 6.4 is out, Running OpenZFS – Choosing Between FreeBSD and Linux, OpenBSD Mastery: Filesystems ebook leaks, catching 71% spam, crazy unix shell prompts, Linux Binary Compatibility: Ubuntu on FreeBSD, …

490: New Year’s Plan9’ing

January 19th, 2023


FreeBSD Foundation’s Software Development review of 2022, what can we learn from Vintage Computing, OpenBSD KDE Status Report 2022, a Decade of HardenedBSD, In Praise of Plan9, and more

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489: Refreshing Perspective

January 12th, 2023


FreeBSD vs. Linux – Networking, HDMI sound output through TV speakers on FreeBSD 13, Getting started with tmux, Samba Active Directory, OpenIKED 7.2 released, FreeBSD Plasma 5 GUI Install, DHCP server howto in German, …

488: Old ping(8) bug

January 5th, 2023


Finding a 24 year old bug in ping(8), The Role of Operating Systems in IOT, Authentication gateway with SSH on OpenBSD, FreeBSD 12.4 is out, and more

487: EuroBSDcon Interviews Pt. 2

December 29th, 2022


This year end episode of BSDNow features a trip report to EuroBSDcon by Mr., as well as an interview with FreeBSD committer John Baldwin. Happy New Year, 2023!

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486: EuroBSDcon interviews

December 22nd, 2022


This special episode features two interviews we did at EuroBSDcon in Vienna this year. We talk with FreeBSD developers about how they got started, their current projects and more. Also, consider donating to your …

485: FreeBSD Home Assistant

December 15th, 2022


Tails of the M1 GPU, Getting Home Assistant running in a FreeBSD 13.1 jail, interview with AWK creator Dr. Brian Kernighan, Next steps toward …

484: Birth of stderr

December 8th, 2022


Virtualization showdown, The Birth of Standard Error, why Steam started picking a random font, Maintaining Sufficient Free Space with ZFS, updated Apple M1/M2 bootloader, code, FreeBSD on my workstation, and more


483: ZFS Time Machine

December 1st, 2022


Research Unix Version 6 in the Open SIMH PDP-11 Emulator, The Hot Tub Time Machine is Your ZFS Turn-Back-Time Method, NFS on NetBSD: server and …

482: BSD XFCE Desktop

November 24th, 2022


5 Key Reasons to Consider Open Source Storage, OpenBSD Minimalist Desktop, BSD XFCE, Alpine Linux VM on bhyve - with root on ZFS, FreeBSD Jail Quick Setup with Networking, and more.

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481: Fiery Crackers

November 17th, 2022


FreeBSD Q3 2022 status report, Leveraging MinIO and OpenZFS to avoid vendor lock in, FreeBSD on Firecracker platform, How Much Faster Is Making A Tar Archive Without Gzip, Postgres from packages on OpenBSD, Upgrading an …

480: OpenBSD 7.2

November 10th, 2022


OpenBSD 7.2 and FuguIta have been released, Learn the Whys and Hows with the FreeBSD Sec Team, how to get notified about FreeBSD updates, using unbound for ad blocking on OpenBSD, further memory protections on OpenBSD …

479: OpenBSD Docker Host

November 3rd, 2022


EuroBSDcon 2022 as first BSD conference, Red Hat’s OpenShift vs FreeBSD Jails, Running a Docker Host under OpenBSD using vmd(8), history of sending …

478: Debunking sudo myths

October 27th, 2022


Open Source in Enterprise Environments, Your Comprehensive Guide to rc(8): FreeBSD Services and Automation, How Rob Pike got hired by Dennis Richie, what FreeBSD machines rubenerd uses, new debugbreak command, 7 sudo …

477: Uninitialized Memory Disclosures

October 20th, 2022


Analyzing BSD Kernels for Uninitialized Memory Disclosures Using Binary Ninja, Sharing Dual-Licensed Drivers between Linux and FreeBSD, favorite …

476: Warren Toomey interview

October 13th, 2022


In this special episode, we interview Warren Toomey from the Unix Historical Society. We chat about his involvement in preserving old Unix systems …

475: Prompt Injection Attacks

October 6th, 2022


Prompt injection attacks against GPT-3, the History of Package Management on FreeBSD, A fresh look at FreeBSD, File Management Tools for Your …

474: EuroBSDcon 2022

September 29th, 2022


Deploying FreeBSD on Oracle Cloud, A Tale of 300,000 Imaginary Friends, EuroBSDcon 2022 recap, OpenBSD Mastery: Filesystems” Status Report, OpenBGPD 7.6 Released, immutable userland mappings, Portable OpenSSH commits …

473: Rusty Kernel Modules

September 22nd, 2022


Writing FreeBSD kernel modules in Rust, Details behind the FreeBSD aio LPE, Linux subsystem for FreeBSD, FreeBSD Journal: Science, Systems, and …

472: Consistent Exit Code

September 15th, 2022


FreeBSD on the Framework Laptop, Win32 is the only stable ABI on Linux, why OpenBSD’s documentation is so good, configure dma for mail delivery in jails on internet hosts, introducing muxfs, RAID1C boot support, and more

471: De-Penguinization

September 8th, 2022


Ten Things To Do After Installing FreeBSD, BSD for Linux users, r2k22 Hackathon Report on rpki-client, Configuring OpenIKED, De-Penguin Me, and more.

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470: 0mp interview

September 1st, 2022


In this special episode, we are interviewing Mateusz Piotrowski about his various roles in the FreeBSD project, his ports work, and a few other …

469: Ctrl-C Reset

August 25th, 2022


FreeBSD Q2 2022 Status Report, FreeBSD in Science, fastest yes(1) in the west, Why Programmers Can’t "Reset" Programs With Ctrl-C, Run Slack in …

468: Apples and CHERI

August 18th, 2022


Advocating for FreeBSD in 2022 and Beyond, NetBSD 9.3 released, OPNsense 22.7 available, CHERI-based computer runs KDE for the first time, Run FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE for ARM64 in QEMU on Apple Silicon Mac, and more


467: Minecraft on NetBSD

August 11th, 2022


Installing BSDs on Cubieboard1, Self-hosting a static site with OpenBSD, httpd, and relayd, NetBSD can also run a Minecraft server, A Little Story About the yes Unix Command, Shell History: Unix, OpenBGPD 7.5 released, …

466: cat(1)’s efficiency

August 4th, 2022


Contributing to Open Source Beyond Software Development, bringing TLS 1.3 to the Internet of Old Things, How efficient can cat(1) be, boost the speed of Unix shell programs, Running FreeBSD VNET Jails on AWS EC2 with …

465: Deep Space Debugging

July 28th, 2022


Debugging Lisp in Deep Space, 0 Dependency Websites with OpenBSD & AsciiDoc, Deleting old snapshots on FreeBSD, Full multiprocess support in …

464: Compiling with kefir

July 21st, 2022


From 0 to bhyve on FreeBSD, Analyze OpenBSD’s Kernel with Domain-Specific Knowledge, OpenBSD Webzine: ISSUE #10, HardenedBSD June 2022 Status Report, two new C compilers: chibicc and kefir in OpenBSD, SSD TRIM in NetBSD …

463: The 1.0 Legend

July 14th, 2022


Differences between base and ports LLVM in OpenBSD, Netgraph for FreeBSD’s bhyve Networking, Audio on FreeBSD – Quick Guide, FreeBSD’s Legend starts at 1.0, Hacker News running by FreeBSD, TrueNAS 13, and more


462: OpenBSD Sales Pitch

July 7th, 2022


The Design and Implementation of the NetBSD rc.d system, selling OpenBSD as a salesperson, Speeding up autoconf with caching, Allowing non-root execution of a jailed application, Configure login(1) and sshd(8) for …

461: Persistent Memory Allocation

June 30th, 2022


Q1 FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report 2022, Nginx on OpenBSD 7.1, Persistent Memory Allocation, Colorize your BSD shell, cgit With Gitolite and Nginx on …

460: OpenBSD airport folklore

June 23rd, 2022


Containerd gains support for launching Linux containers on FreeBSD, OpenBSD 7.1 on PINE64 RockPro64, true minimalistic window manager does not exist, …

459: NetBSD Kernel benchmark

June 16th, 2022


Evaluating FreeBSD CURRENT for Production Use, Time Machine-like Backups on OpenBSD, FreeBSD on the Graviton 3, Compiling the NetBSD kernel as a …

458: Traceroute interpretation

June 9th, 2022


Fundamentals of the FreeBSD Shell, Spammers in the Public Cloud, locking user accounts properly, overgrowth on NetBSD, moreutils, ctwm & spleen, interpreting a traceroute, and more

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457: The NetBSD Wheelbarrow

June 2nd, 2022


Journey to ZFS RAIDZ1 on NetBSD, FreeBSD networking basics: WiFi and Bluetooth, smuggling code into the playstation via NetBSD driver hole, KDE …

456: FreeBSD 13.1

May 26th, 2022


FreeBSD 13.1 is released, Unix command line conventions over time, Branching for NetBSD 10, Microbhyve, Own your Calendar and Contacts with OpenBSD, the PSARC case for ZFS, and more

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455: Ken Thompson Singularity

May 19th, 2022


OpenBSD is the Perfect OS post Nuclear Apocalypse, Multiprocess support for LLDB, porting the new Hare compiler to OpenBSD, Writing my first OpenBSD …

454: Compiling 50% faster

May 12th, 2022


OpenBSD 7.1 is out, Building Your Own FreeBSD-based NAS with ZFS Part 2, Let's try V on OpenBSD, Waiting for Randot, Compiling an OpenBSD kernel 50% faster, A Salute for 10+ years of service, and more

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453: TwinCat/BSD Hypervisor

May 5th, 2022


Building Your Own FreeBSD-based NAS, Writing a device driver for Unix V6, EC2: What Colin Percival’s been up to, Beckhoff releases TwinCAT/BSD …

452: The unknown hackers

April 28th, 2022


The unknown hackers, Papers we love to read, Dual Boot Homelab in The Bedroom by the bed testbed, OpenSSH 9.0 released, OS battle: OpenBSD vs. NixOS, and more

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451: Tuning ZFS recordsize

April 21st, 2022


Full system backups with FFS snapshots, ZFS and dump(8), tuning recordsize in OpenZFS, Optimizing FreeBSD Power Consumption on Modern Intel Laptops, …

450: Unix Tool Writing

April 14th, 2022


The ideas that made Unix, hints for writing Unix tools, cron best practices, three different sorts of filesystem errors, LibreSSL 3.5.1 released, …

449: Reproducible clean $HOME

April 7th, 2022


FreeBSD Status Report 4th Quarter 2021, Reproducible clean $HOME in OpenBSD using impermanence, Making RockPro64 a NetBSD Server, helloSystem 0.7.0 is out, lazy approach to FreeBSD dual-booting, going to jail, and more.

448: Controlling Resource Limits

March 31st, 2022


Controlling Resource Limits with rctl in FreeBSD, It’s always DNS, Google Summer of Code in BSD Projects, Rsync Technical Notes - Q4 2021, Userland …

447: Path to BSD

March 24th, 2022


FreeBSD Foundation Proposals, UNIX: On the Path to BSD, Fujitsu ends its mainframe and Unix services, Install burpsuite on FreeBSD using Linuxulator, …

446: Debugging ioctl problems

March 17th, 2022


Restoring a Tadpole SPARCbook 3, The FreeBSD Boot Process, Debugging an ioctl Problem on OpenBSD, Why my game PC runs FreeBSD and Kubuntu, DNSSEC, …

445: Journey to BSD

March 10th, 2022


Idiot's guide to OpenBSD on the Pinebook Pro, FreeBSD Periodic Scripts, history of service management in Unix, journey from macOS to FreeBSD, Unix processes “infecting” each other, navidrom music server on FreeBSD, and …

444: Historic Developments

March 3rd, 2022


The History of Berkeley DB, modern inetd in FreeBSD, the Unix argv[0] issue, retrocomputing can be more than games, read section 8 of the Unix users manual, and more.

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443: Certified Unix Compliant

February 24th, 2022


Certifying an OS Unix compliant, 2021 FreeBSD Foundation Impact Report, Netflix, Disney, and other widevine content on FreeBSD, file hashes updated for NetBSD 8.1, Playing with CD-RWs on FreeBSD, Why "process …

442: Birthing Unix

February 17th, 2022


The Birth of Unix, Help request for three big Lumina items, FreeBSD 13 on Thinkpad T460s, HardenedBSD January 2022 Status Report, OPNsense 22.1 "Observant Owl" released, and more.

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441: Migration to BSD

February 10th, 2022


Migrating our servers from Linux to FreeBSD, Cluster provisioning with Nomad and Pot on FreeBSD, LibBSDDialog, FreeBSD 13.0 Base Jails with ZFS and VNET, and more.

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440: BSD Inside Zone

February 3rd, 2022


GhostBSD 22.01 is available, Packet Scheduling with Dummynet and FreeBSD, Inside zone installation, Why the FreeBSD Desktop and my Linux Rant, How to …

439: Browser Tab Unix

January 27th, 2022


ACM: It takes a community, Don’t use discord for OSS projects, Unix in a browser tab, OpenIndiana Hipster 2021.10 available, Omni OS CE v11 is out, and more.

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438: Toolchain Adventures

January 20th, 2022


FreeBSD Foundation reviews 2021 activities, DragonflyBSD 6.2.1 is here, Lumina Desktop 1.6.2 available, toolchain adventures, The OpenBSD BASED …

437: Audit that package

January 13th, 2022


Using FreeBSD’s pkg-audit, 20 year old bug that went to Mars, FreeBSD on Slimbook, LLDB FreeBSD kernel core dump support, Steam on OpenBSD, Cool but …

436: Unix Standards Battle

January 6th, 2022


UNIX Wars, What every IT person needs to know about OpenBSD Part 3, FreeBSD 12.3 is here, TrueNAS 13 begins, what Unix pre-boot envs looked liked, …

435: Year End Interview

December 30th, 2021


In this last episode of 2021, we interview Solene from OpenBSD. She’s blogging about her experiences with OpenBSD on, the webzine she …

434: It’s Quiz-mas time

December 23rd, 2021


In this special xmas episode we let the audience interview us using questions they sent us and we’ll answer now. Tom, Allan, JT, and I are all here, so stay tuned for some interesting answers to your questions.


433: GhostBSD of Christmas

December 16th, 2021


GhostBSD 21.11.24 ISO available, why v7 matters so much, OpenBSD on VIA Eden X2 powered HP t510 Thin Client, OctoPkg GUI Package Manager, chdir(2) support in posix_spawn(3), install doas on FreeBSD, Access Modem's Web …

432: Introducing OpenZFS 3.0 - Yeah

December 9th, 2021


HAMBug hybrid meeting, Demystifying OpenZFS 2.0, OpenZFS 3.0 introduced at Dev Summit, HardenedBSD Home Infrastructure Status, Running Awk in parallel, FreeBSD Announces Wayland 1.19.91, and more

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431: FreeBSD EC2 Agents

December 2nd, 2021


Why use OpenBSD part 2, FreeBSD on the RISC-V Architecture, OpenBSD Webzine Issue 4, Ending up liking GNOME, OPNsense 21.7.5 released, Jenkins with FreeBSD Agents in EC2, and more

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430: OpenBSD Onwards

November 25th, 2021


Manipulate a ZFS pool from Rescue System, FreeBSD 3rd Quarter Report, Monitoring FreeBSD jails form the host, OpenBSD on RPI4 with Full Disk …

429: Advanced ZFS Snapshots

November 18th, 2021


FreeBSD Foundation October Fundraising Update, Advanced ZFS Snapshots, Full WireGuard setup with OpenBSD, MidnightBSD a Linux Alternative, FreeBSD …

428: Cult of BSD

November 11th, 2021


OpenBSD Part 1: How it all started, Explaining top(1) on FreeBSD, Measuring power efficiency of a CPU frequency scheduler on OpenBSD, CultBSD, a …

427: Logging is important

November 4th, 2021


Build Your FreeBSD Developer Workstation, logging is important, how BSD authentication works, pfSense turns 15 years old, OPNsense Business Edition …

426: OpenBSD 7.0 Hero

October 28th, 2021


A Good Time to Use OpenZFS Slog, OpenBSD 7.0 is out, OpenBSD and Wayland, UVM faults yield significant performance boost, and more.

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425: Releases galore

October 21st, 2021


The New Architecture on the Block, OpenBSD on Vortex86DX CPU, lots of new releases, and more.

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424: Unveiling OpenBSD’s pledge

October 14th, 2021


J language working on OpenBSD, Comparing FreeBSD GELI and OpenZFS encrypted pools, What is FreeBSD, actually?, OpenBSD's pledge and unveil from …

423: RACK the Stack

October 7th, 2021


FreeBSD serves Netflix Video at 400Gb/s, Using the RACK TCP stack, an OpenBSD script to update packages fast, Plasma System Monitor and FreeBSD, …

422: The Brian Callahan Interview

September 30th, 2021


We interview Dr. Brian Callahan about his language porting work for OpenBSD, teaching with BSDs and recruiting students into projects, research, and his work at NYC*BUG in this week’s episode of BSDnow.

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421: ZFS eats CPU

September 23rd, 2021


Useless use of GNU, Meet the 2021 FreeBSD GSoC Students, historical note on Unix portability, vm86-based venix emulator, ZFS Mysteriously Eating CPU, …

420: OpenBSD makes life better

September 16th, 2021


Choosing The Right ZFS Pool Layout, changes in OpenBSD that make life better, GhostBSD 21.09.06 ISO's now available, Fair Internet bandwidth …

419: Rethinking OS installs

September 9th, 2021


Reviewing a first OpenBSD port, NetBSD 9.2 on a DEC Alpha CPU in QEMU with X11, FreeBSD Experiment Rethinks the OS Install, GhostBSD switching to FreeBSD rc.d, Irix gets LLVM, and more.

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418: The greatest time in history to be a creator

September 2nd, 2021


In this episode, we interview Michael W. Lucas about his latest book projects including Git sync murder, TLS Mastery, getting paid for creative work, …

417: bhyve private cloud

August 26th, 2021


Achieving RPO/RTO Objectives with ZFS pt 1, FreeBSD Foundation Q2 report, OpenBSD full Tor setup, MyBee - bhyve as private cloud, FreeBSD home …

416: netcat printing

August 19th, 2021


OpenZFS snapshots, OpenSUSE on Bastille, printing with netcat, new opnsense 21.1.8 released, new pfsense plus software available, and more.

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415: Wrong OS Switch

August 12th, 2021


Wrong Way to Switch Server OS, Net/1 and Net/2 – A Path to Freedom, Permissions Two Mistakes, OpenBSD progress in supporting riscv64 platform, I2P …

414: Running online conferences

August 5th, 2021


OpenZFS 2.1 is out, FreeBSD TCP Performance System Controls, IPFS OpenBSD, tips for running an online conference, fanless OpenBSD laptop, and more.

413: BSD/Linux Chimera

July 29th, 2021


Updating GCC GNAT (Ada) in pkgsrc/NetBSD, AdvanceBSD thoughts 2/2, FreeBSD from a NetBSD user’s perspective, FPGA programming and DragonFly, Chimera Linux, EuroBSDcon 2021, and more.

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412: Command-line secrets

July 22nd, 2021


FreeBSD Performance Observability, Advance!BSD thoughts 1/2, Lumina Desktop Maintainership Change, How to Handle Secrets on the Command Line, Like NetBSD DragonFlyBSD Now Has "COVID", and more.

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411: FreeBSD Deep Dive

July 15th, 2021


Unix System Architecture Evolution, Deep Dive into FreeBSD’s Strengths, how developers chose names, OPNsense 21.1.7 released, Support for chdir(2) in …

410: OpenBSD Consumer Gateway

July 8th, 2021


Open Source and Blogging Bubbles, Building Customized FreeBSD Images, Updating Minecraft in FreeBSD, Upgrading FreeBSD jails using mkjail, Dragonfly 6.0 Performance benchmark, OpenBSD Consumer Gateway Launch, and more.

409: The Filesystem Dungeon

July 1st, 2021


DTrace network probes, next 50 years of shell programming, NetBSD on the Vortex86DX CPU, system CPU time in top, your filesystem as a dungeon, diving …

408: FreeBSD DevSummit 2021

June 24th, 2021


Report from virtual FreeBSD DevSummit 2021, another promising release by FreeBSD Based helloSystem, GearBSD, OpenBGPD release, Let’s Encrypt on OpenBSD, FreeBSD 13 on the Panasonic Let’s Note, and more

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407: The jail Detail

June 17th, 2021


Confining the omnipotent root, Jails with ZFS and PF on DigitalOcean, NomadBSD 130R is out, KDE Plasma Wayland on FreeBSD, Firefox under FreeBSD with Privacy, Using NetBSD’s pkgsrc everywhere, and more.

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406: Jailed Gemini Capsule

June 10th, 2021


Gemini Capsule in a FreeBSD Jail, FreeBSD Quarterly status report 2021Q1, NetBSD VM on bhyve (on TrueNAS), Interview with Michael Lucas, WireGuard …

405: OOM Killer Feature

June 3rd, 2021


NetBSD 9.2 released, DragonFly 6.0 is out, Home Network Monitoring using Prometheus, Preventing FreeBSD to kill PostgreSQL, Customizing Emacs for Git …

404: 404 BSD Now Hosts Not Found

May 27th, 2021


Allan, Benedict and Tom are MIA, so JT fills in with two friends.

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403: The Linuxulator Investment

May 20th, 2021


Why You Should Use BSD Licensing for Your Next Open Source Project or Product, Update on FreeBSD Foundation Investment in Linuxulator, OPNsense …

402: Goodbye GPL

May 13th, 2021


It's time to say goodbye to the GPL, a new OCI Runtime for FreeBSD Jails, A bit of Xenix history, On Updating QEMU's bsd-user fork, FreeBSD 13 on a …

401: OpenBSD Dog Garage

May 6th, 2021


Dog's Garage Runs OpenBSD, EuroBSDcon 2021 Call for Papers, FreeBSD’s iostat, The state of toolchains in NetBSD, Bandwidth limiting on OpenBSD 6.8, …

400: FreeBSD became 13

April 29th, 2021


FreeBSD 13 is here, multi-factor authentication on OpenBSD, KDE on FreeBSD 2021o2, NetBSD GSoC report, a working D compiler on OpenBSD, and more

399: Comparing Sandboxes

April 22nd, 2021


Comparing sandboxing techniques, Statement on FreeBSD development processes, customizing FreeBSD ports and packages, the quest for a comfortable NetBSD desktop, Nginx as a TCP/UDP relay, HardenedBSD March 2021 Status …

398: Coordinated Mars Time

April 15th, 2021


FreeBSD 13.0 Full Desktop Experience, FreeBSD on ARM64 in the Cloud, Plan 9 from Bell Labs in Cyberspace, Inferno is open source as well, NetBSD hits …

397: Fresh BSD 2021

April 8th, 2021


Customizing the FreeBSD Kernel, OpenBSD/loongson on the Lemote Fuloong, how ZFS on Linux brings up pools and filesystems at boot under systemd, LLDB: …

396: License to thrill

April 1st, 2021


FreeBSD Network Troubleshooting, The State of FreeBSD, dhcpleased, bhyve for Calamares Development, EFS automount and ebsnvme-id, Old Usenix pictures, and more.

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395: Tracing ARM’s history

March 25th, 2021


Tracing the History of ARM and FreeBSD, Make ‘less’ more friendly, NomadBSD 1.4 Release, Create an Ubuntu Linux jail on FreeBSD 12.2, OPNsense 21.1.2 released, Midnight BSD and BastilleBSD, and more.

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394: FreeBSD on Mars

March 18th, 2021


Onboard Scheduler for the Mars 2020 Rover, Practical Guide to Storage of Large Amounts of Microscopy Data, OpenBSD guest with bhyve - OmniOS, …

393: ZFS dRAID

March 11th, 2021


Lessons learned from a 27 years old UNIX book, Finally dRAID, Setting up a Signal Proxy using FreeBSD, Annotate your PDF files on OpenBSD, Things You …

392: macOS inspired Desktop

March 4th, 2021


FreeBSD 13 BETA Benchmarks, FreeBSD Jails Deep Dive by Klara Systems, FreeBSD Foundation looking for a Senior Arm Kernel Engineer & OSS Project Coordinator, macOS-Inspired BSD Desktop OS by helloSystem, A Trip into …

391: i386 tear shedding

February 25th, 2021


Follow-up about FreeBSD jail advantages, Install Prometheus, Node Exporter and Grafana, Calibrate your touch-screen on OpenBSD, OPNsense 21.1 …

390: Commercial Unix Killer

February 18th, 2021


Did Linux kill Commercial Unix, three node GlusterFS setup on FreeBSD, OpenBSD on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano (1st Gen), NetBSD on EdgeRouter Lite, TLS Mastery first draft done

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389: Comfy FreeBSD Jails

February 10th, 2021


A week with Plan 9, Exploring Swap on FreeBSD, how to create a FreeBSD pkg mirror using bastille and poudriere, How to set up FreeBSD 12 VNET jail …

388: Must-have security tool

February 4th, 2021


FreeBSD Q4 2020 Status report, a must-have security tool from OpenBSD, Bastille Port Redirection and Persistence, FreeBSD Wall Display Computer, …

387: OpenBSD Broadcast Studio

January 28th, 2021


GNN's tips for surviving Cabin Fever and Coding from Home, Self-host a password manager on OpenBSD, Preliminary OpenBSD Support added to OBS, Dan's CURL tip of the Day, List of some Shell goodies for OpenBSD, and more

386: Aye, 386!

January 21st, 2021


Routing and Firewalling VLANS with FreeBSD, FreeBSD 12 VNET jail with ZFS howto, pkgsrc-2020Q4 released, FreeBSD on Raspberry Pi 4 With 4GB of RAM, HardenedBSD December 2020 Status Report, and more

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385: Wireguard VPN mesh

January 14th, 2021


Description: History of FreeBSD: Early Days of FreeBSD, mesh VPN using OpenBSD and WireGuard, FreeBSD Foundation Sponsors LLDB Improvements, Host your Cryptpad web office suite with OpenBSD, and more.

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384: In memoriam

January 7th, 2021


Allen K. Briggs Memorial Scholarship, Toward an automated tracking of OpenBSD ports contributions, Trying OpenZFS 2 on FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE, OpenBSD …

383: Scale the tail

December 31st, 2020


FreeBSD Remote Process Plugin Final Milestone achieved, Tailscale for OpenBSD, macOS to FreeBSD migration, monitoring of our OpenBSD machines, OPNsense 20.7.6 released, and more

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382: BSDNow Q&A 2020

December 24th, 2020


We asked for it, you answered our call. This episode features you interviewing us with questions that you sent in. JT, Allan, and Benedict answer everything that you ever wanted to know in this week’s special episode of …

381: Shell origins

December 17th, 2020


The Origin of the Shell, Return to Plan 9, ArisbluBSD: Why a new BSD?, OPNsense 20.7.5 released, Midnight BSD 2.0 Release Status, HardenedBSD November 2020 Status Report, and more.

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380: Early ZFS-mas

December 10th, 2020


We read FreeBSD’s 3rd quarter status report, OpenZFS 2.0, adding check-hash checks in UFS filesystem, OpenSSL 3.0 /dev/crypto issues on FreeBSD, and more.

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379: bhyve my guest

December 3rd, 2020


Adventures in Freebernetes, tracing kernel functions, The better way of building FreeBSD networks, New beginnings: CDBUG virtual meetings, LibreSSL update in DragonFly, Signal-cli with scli on FreeBSD, and more.


378: Networknomicon

November 26th, 2020


Interview with Michael W. Lucas: SNMP and TLS book, cashflow for creators, book sale and more.

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377: Firewall ban-sharing

November 19th, 2020


History of FreeBD: BSDi and USL Lawsuits, Building a Website on Google Compute Engine, Firewall ban-sharing across machines, OpenVPN as default …

376: Build stable packages

November 12th, 2020


FreeBSD 12.2 is available, ZFS Webinar, Enhancing Syzkaller support for NetBSD, how the OpenBSD -stable packages are built, OPNsense 20.7.4 released, and more

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375: Virtually everything

November 5th, 2020


bhyve - The FreeBSD Hypervisor, udf information leak, being a vim user instead of classic vi, FreeBSD on ESXi ARM Fling: Fixing Virtual Hardware, new FreeBSD Remote Process Plugin in LLDB, OpenBSD Laptop, and more.

374: OpenBSD’s 25th anniversary

October 29th, 2020


OpenBSD 6.8 has been released, NetBSD 9.1 is out, OpenZFS devsummit report, BastilleBSD’s native container management for FreeBSD, cleaning up old …

373: Kyle Evans Interview

October 22nd, 2020


We have an interview with Kyle Evans for you this week. We talk about his grep project, lua and flua in base, as well as bectl, being on the core …

372: Slow SSD scrubs

October 15th, 2020


Wayland on BSD, My BSD sucks less than yours, Even on SSDs, ongoing activity can slow down ZFS scrubs drastically, OpenBSD on the Desktop, simple shell status bar for OpenBSD and cwm, and more.

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371: Wildcards running wild

October 8th, 2020


New Project:, TrueNAS CORE Ready for Deployment, IPC in FreeBSD 11: Performance Analysis, Unix Wildcards Gone Wild, Unix Wars, and more

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370: Testing shutdown

October 1st, 2020


The world’s first OpenZFS based live image, FreeBSD Subversion to Git Migration video, FreeBSD Instant-workstation 2020, testing the shutdown mechanism, login_ldap added to OpenBSD, and more

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369: Where rc.d belongs

September 24th, 2020


High Availability Router/Firewall Using OpenBSD, CARP, pfsync, and ifstated, Building the Development Version of Emacs on NetBSD, rc.d belongs in libexec, not etc, FreeBSD 11.3 EOL, OPNsense 20.7.1 Released, MidnightBSD …

368: Changing OS roles

September 17th, 2020


Modernizing the OpenBSD Console, OS roles have changed, FreeBSD Cluster with Pacemaker and Corosync, Wine in a 32-bit sandbox on 64-bit NetBSD, Find …

367: Changing jail datasets

September 10th, 2020


A 35 Year Old Bug in Patch, Sandbox for FreeBSD, Changing from one dataset to another within a jail, You don’t need tmux or screen for ZFS, HardenedBSD August 2020 Status Report and Call for Donations, and more.


366: Bootloader zpool checkpoints

September 3rd, 2020


OpenZFS with ZSTD lands in FreeBSD 13, LibreSSL doc status update, FreeBSD on SPARC64 (is dead), Bringing zpool checkpoints to a FreeBSD bootloader, …

365: Whole year round

August 27th, 2020


FreeBSD USB Audio, Kyua: An introduction for NetBSD users, Keeping backup ZFS on Linux kernel modules around, CLI Tools 235x Faster than Hadoop, …

364: FreeBSD Wireless Grind

August 20th, 2020


FreeBSD Qt WebEngine GPU Acceleration, the grind of FreeBSD’s wireless stack, thoughts on overlooking Illumos's syseventadm, when Unix learned to reboot, New EXT2/3/4 File-System driver in DragonflyBSD, and more.


363: Traditional Unix toolchains

August 13th, 2020


FreeBSD Q2 Quarterly Status report of 2020, Traditional Unix Toolchains, BastilleBSD 0.7 released, Finding meltdown on DragonflyBSD, and more


362: 2.11-BSD restoration

August 6th, 2020


Interview with Warner Losh about Unix history, the 2.11-BSD restoration project, the Unix heritage society, proper booting, and what devmatch is.

Interview - Warner Losh - / @bsdimp BSD 2.11 …

361: Function-based MicroVM

July 30th, 2020


Emulex: The Cheapest 10gbe for Your Homelab, In Search of 2.11BSD, as released, Fakecracker: NetBSD as a Function Based MicroVM, First powerpc64 …

360: Full circle

July 23rd, 2020


Chasing a bad commit, New FreeBSD Core Team elected, Getting Started with NetBSD on the Pinebook Pro, FreeBSD on the Intel 10th Gen i3 NUC, pf table size check and change, and more.

This episode of BSDNow is …

359: Throwaway Browser

July 16th, 2020


Throw-Away Browser on FreeBSD With "pot" within 5 minutes, OmniOS as OpenBSD guest with bhyve, BSD vs Linux distro development, My FreeBSD Laptop Build, FreeBSD CURRENT Binary Upgrades, and more.

This episode of …

358: OpenBSD Kubernetes Clusters

July 9th, 2020


Yubikey-agent on FreeBSD, Managing Kubernetes clusters from OpenBSD, History of FreeBSD part 1, Running Jitsi-Meet in a FreeBSD Jail, Command Line Bug Hunting in FreeBSD, Game of Github, Wireguard official merged into …

357: Study the Code

July 2nd, 2020


OpenBSD 6.7 on PC Engines, NetBSD code study, DRM Update on OpenBSD, Booting FreeBSD on HPE Microserver SATA port, 3 ways to multiboot, and more.

356: Dig in Deeper

June 25th, 2020


TrueNAS is Multi-OS, Encrypted ZFS on NetBSD, FreeBSD’s new Code of Conduct, Gaming on OpenBSD, dig a little deeper, Hammer2 and periodic snapshots, …

355: Man Page Origins

June 18th, 2020


Upgrading OpenBSD, Where do Unix man pages come from?, Help for NetBSD’s VAX port, FreeBSD on Dell Latitude 7390, PFS Tool changes in DragonflyBSD, …

354: ZFS safekeeps data

June 11th, 2020


FreeBSD 11.4-RC 2 available, OpenBSD 6.7 on a PineBook Pro 64, How OpenZFS Keeps Your Data Safe, Bringing FreeBSD to EC2, FreeBSD 2020 Community Survey, and more.

This episode of BSDNow is brought to you by

353: ZFS on Ironwolf

June 4th, 2020


Scheduling in NetBSD, ZFS vs. RAID on Ironwolf disks, OpenBSD on Microsoft Surface Go 2, FreeBSD for Linux sysadmins, FreeBSD on Lenovo T480, and …

352: Introducing Randomness

May 28th, 2020


A brief introduction to randomness, logs grinding netatalk to a halt, NetBSD core team changes, Using qemu guest agent on OpenBSD kvm/qemu guests, WireGuard patchset for OpenBSD, FreeBSD 12.1 on a laptop, and more.

351: Heaven: OpenBSD 6.7

May 21st, 2020


Backup and Restore on NetBSD, OpenBSD 6.7 available, Building a WireGuard Jail with FreeBSD's standard tools, who gets to chown things and quotas, …

350: Speedy Bridges

May 14th, 2020


5x if_bridge Performance Improvement, How Unix Won, Understanding VLAN Configuration on FreeBSD, Using bhyve PCI passthrough on OmniOS, TrueNAS 11.3-U2 Available, and more.

Headlines 5x if_bridge Performance …

349: Entropy Overhaul

May 7th, 2020


Encrypted Crash Dumps in FreeBSD, Time on Unix, Improve ZVOL sync write performance with a taskq, central log host with syslog-ng, NetBSD Entropy …

348: BSD Community Collections

April 30th, 2020


FuryBSD 2020Q2 Images Available, Technical reasons to choose FreeBSD over GNU/Linux, Ars technica reviews GhostBSD, “TLS Mastery” sponsorships open, …

347: New Directions

April 23rd, 2020


Rethinking OpenBSD security, FreeBSD 2020 Q1 status report, the notion of progress and user interfaces, Comments about Thomas E. Dickey on NetBSD curses, making Unix a little more Plan9-like, Not-actually Linux distro …

346: Core File Tales

April 16th, 2020


Tales from a core file, Lenovo X260 BIOS Update with OpenBSD, the problem of Unix iowait and multi-CPU machines, Hugo workflow using FreeBSD Jails, …

345: Switchers to BSD

April 9th, 2020


NetBSD 8.2 is available, NextCloud on OpenBSD, X11 screen locking, NetBSD and RISC OS running parallel, community feedback about switching to BSD, and more.

Headlines NetBSD 8.2 is available!

The third release in …

344: Grains of Salt

April 2nd, 2020


Shell text processing, data rebalancing on ZFS mirrors, Add Security Headers with OpenBSD relayd, ZFS filesystem hierarchy in ZFS pools, speeding up …

343: FreeBSD, Corona: Fight!

March 26th, 2020


Fighting the Coronavirus with FreeBSD, Wireguard VPN Howto in OPNsense, NomadBSD 1.3.1 available, fresh GhostBSD 20.02, New FuryBSD XFCE and KDE …

342: Layout the DVA

March 19th, 2020


OpenBSD Full disk encryption with coreboot and tianocore, FreeBSD 12.0 EOL, ZFS DVA layout, OpenBSD’s Go situation, AD updates requires changes in …

341: U-NAS-ification

March 12th, 2020


FreeBSD on Power, DragonflyBSD 5.8 is here, Unifying FreeNAS/TrueNAS, OpenBSD vs. Prometheus and Go, gcc 4.2.1 removed from FreeBSD base, and more.

Headlines FreeBSD on Power

The power and promise of all open source …

340: Check My Sums

March 5th, 2020


Why ZFS is doing filesystem checksumming right, better TMPFS throughput performance on DragonFlyBSD, reshaping pools with ZFS, PKGSRC on Manjaro …

339: BSD Fundraising

February 27th, 2020


Meet FuryBSD, NetBSD 9.0 has been released, OpenBSD Foundation 2019 campaign wrapup, a retrospective on OmniOS ZFS-based NFS fileservers, NetBSD Fundraising 2020 goal, OpenSSH 8.2 released, and more.## Headlines

Meet …

338: iocage in Jail

February 20th, 2020


Distrowatch reviews FuryBSD, LLDB on i386 for NetBSD, wpa_supplicant as lower-class citizen, KDE on FreeBSD updates, Travel Grant for BSDCan open, ZFS dataset for testing iocage within a jail, and more.


337: Kubernetes on bhyve

February 13th, 2020


Happinesses and stresses of full-time FOSS work, building a FreeBSD fileserver, Kubernetes on FreeBSD bhyve, NetBSD 9 RC1 available, OPNSense 20.1 is …

336: Archived Knowledge

February 6th, 2020


Linux couldn’t duplicate OpenBSD, FreeBSD Q4 status report, OPNsense 19.7.9 released, archives retain and pass on knowledge, HardenedBSD Tor Onion …

335: FreeBSD Down Under

January 30th, 2020


Hyperbola Developer interview, why you should migrate from Linux to BSD, FreeBSD is an amazing OS, improving the ptrace(2) API in LLVM 10, First …

334: Distrowatch Running FreeBSD

January 23rd, 2020


Upgrading FreeBSD from 11.3 to 12.1, Distrowatch switching to FreeBSD, Torvalds says don’t run ZFS, iked(8) removed automatic IPv6 blocking, working towards LLDB on i386, and memory-hard Argon2 hashing scheme in NetBSD.

333: Unix Keyboard Joy

January 16th, 2020


Your Impact on FreeBSD in 2019, Wireguard on OpenBSD Router, Amazon now has FreeBSD/ARM 12, pkgsrc-2019Q4, The Joys of UNIX Keyboards, OpenBSD on Digital Ocean, and more.

Headlines Your Impact on FreeBSD in 2019

332: The BSD Hyperbole

January 9th, 2020


Announcing HyperbolaBSD, IPFW In-Kernel NAT setup on FreeBSD, Wayland and WebRTC enabled for NetBSD 9/Linux, LLDB Threading support ready for …

331: Why Computers Suck

January 2nd, 2020


How learning OpenBSD makes computers suck a little less, How Unix works, FreeBSD 12.1 Runs Well on Ryzen Threadripper 3970X, BSDCan CFP, HardenedBSD Infrastructure Goals, and more.

Headlines Why computers suck and how …

330: Happy Holidays, All(an)

December 26th, 2019


Authentication Vulnerabilities in OpenBSD, NetBSD 9.0 RC1 is available, Running FreeNAS on a DigitalOcean droplet, NomadBSD 1.3 is here, at e2k19 …

329: Lucas’ Arts

December 19th, 2019


In this episode, we interview Michael W. Lucas about his latest book projects, including the upcoming SNMP Mastery book.

Interview - Michael …

328: EPYC Netflix Stack

December 12th, 2019


LLDB Threading support now ready, Multiple IPSec VPN tunnels with FreeBSD, Netflix Optimized FreeBSD's Network Stack More Than Doubled AMD EPYC …

327: ZFS Rename Repo

December 5th, 2019


We read FreeBSD’s third quarterly status report, OpenBSD on Sparc64, ZoL repo move to OpenZFS, GEOM NOP, keeping NetBSD up-to-date, and more.

Headlines FreeBSD third quarterly status report for 2019

This quarter the …

326: Certified BSD

November 28th, 2019


LPI releases BSD Certification, openzfs trip report, Using FreeBSD with ports, LLDB threading support ready, Linux versus Open Source Unix, and more.

Headlines Linux Professional Institute Releases BSD Specialist …

325: Cracking Rainbows

November 21st, 2019


FreeBSD 12.1 is here, A history of Unix before Berkeley, FreeBSD development setup, HardenedBSD 2019 Status Report, DNSSEC, compiling RainbowCrack on …

324: Emergency Space Mode

November 14th, 2019


Migrating drives and zpool between hosts, OpenBSD in 2019, Dragonfly’s new zlib and dhcpcd, Batch renaming images and resolution with awk, a rant on …

323: OSI Burrito Guy

November 7th, 2019


The earliest Unix code, how to replace fail2ban with blacklistd, OpenBSD crossed 400k commits, how to install Bolt CMS on FreeBSD, optimized hammer2, …

322: Happy Birthday, Unix

October 31st, 2019


Unix is 50, Hunting down Ken's PDP-7, OpenBSD and OPNSense have new releases, Clarification on what GhostBSD is, sshuttle - VPN over SSH, and more.

Headlines Unix is 50

In the summer of 1969 computer scientists Ken …

321: The Robot OS

October 24th, 2019


An interview with Trenton Schulz about his early days with FreeBSD, Robot OS, Qt, and more.

Interview - Trenton Schulz -

320: Codebase: Neck Deep

October 17th, 2019

Headlines FreeBSD and custom firmware on the Google Pixelbook
  • FreeBSD and custom firmware on the Google Pixelbook

Back in 2015, I jumped on the …

319: Lack Rack, Jack

October 10th, 2019


Causing ZFS corruption for fun, NetBSD Assembly Programming Tutorial, The IKEA Lack Rack for Servers, a new OmniOS Community Edition LTS has been published, List Block Devices on FreeBSD lsblk(8) Style, Project Trident …

318: The TrueNAS Library

October 3rd, 2019


DragonFlyBSD vs. FreeBSD vs. Linux benchmark on Ryzen 7, JFK Presidential Library chooses TrueNAS for digital archives, FreeBSD 12.1-beta is …

317: Bots Building Jails

September 26th, 2019


Setting up buildbot in FreeBSD jails, Set up a mail server with OpenSMTPD, Dovecot and Rspamd, OpenBSD amateur packet radio with HamBSD, DragonFlyBSD's HAMMER2 gets fsck, return of startx for users.


316: git commit FreeBSD

September 19th, 2019


NetBSD LLVM sanitizers and GDB regression test suite, Ada—The Language of Cost Savings, Homura - a Windows Games Launcher for FreeBSD, FreeBSD core team appoints a WG to explore transition to Git, OpenBSD 6.6 Beta …

315: Recapping vBSDcon 2019

September 12th, 2019


vBSDcon 2019 recap, Unix at 50, OpenBSD on fan-less Tuxedo InfinityBook, humungus - an hg server, how to configure a network dump in FreeBSD, and more.

Headlines vBSDcon Recap

Allan and Benedict attended vBSDcon …

314: Swap that Space

September 5th, 2019


Unix virtual memory when you have no swap space, Dsynth details on Dragonfly, Instant Workstation on FreeBSD, new servers new tech, Experimenting with streaming setups on NetBSD, NetBSD’s progress towards Steam support …

313: In-Kernel TLS

August 29th, 2019


OpenBSD on 7th gen Thinkpad X1 Carbon, how to install FreeBSD on a MacBook, Kernel portion of in-kernel TLS (KTLS), Boot Environments on …

312: Why Package Managers

August 22nd, 2019


The UNIX Philosophy in 2019, why use package managers, touchpad interrupted, Porting wine to amd64 on NetBSD second evaluation report, Enhancing Syzkaller Support for NetBSD, all about the Pinebook Pro, killing a …

311: Conference Gear Breakdown

August 15th, 2019


NetBSD 9.0 release process has started, xargs, a tale of two spellcheckers, Adapting TriforceAFL for NetBSD, Exploiting a no-name freebsd kernel …

310: My New Free NAS

August 8th, 2019


OPNsense 19.7.1 is out, ZFS on Linux still has annoying issues with ARC size, Hammer2 is now default, NetBSD audio – an application perspective, new …

Episode 309: Get Your Telnet Fix

August 1st, 2019


DragonFlyBSD Project Update - colo upgrade, future trends, resuming ZFS send, realtime bandwidth terminal graph visualization, fixing telnet fixes, a …

308: Mumbling with OpenBSD

July 25th, 2019


Replacing a (silently) failing disk in a ZFS pool, OPNsense 19.7 RC1 released, implementing DRM ioctl support for NetBSD, High quality/low latency …

307: Twitching with OpenBSD

July 18th, 2019


FreeBSD 11.3 has been released, OpenBSD workstation, write your own fuzzer for the NetBSD kernel, Exploiting FreeBSD-SA-19:02.fd, streaming to twitch using OpenBSD, 3 different ways of dumping hex contents of a file, …

306: Comparing Hammers

July 11th, 2019


Am5x86 based retro UNIX build log, setting up services in a FreeNAS Jail, first taste of DragonflyBSD, streaming Netflix on NetBSD, NetBSD on the …

305: Changing face of Unix

July 4th, 2019


Website protection with OPNsense, FreeBSD Support Pull Request for ZFS-on-Linux, How much has Unix changed, Porting Wine to amd64 on NetBSD, FreeBSD …

304: Prospering with Vulkan

June 27th, 2019


DragonflyBSD 5.6 is out, OpenBSD Vulkan Support, bad utmp implementations in glibc and FreeBSD, OpenSSH protects itself against Side Channel attacks, …

303: OpenZFS in Ports

June 20th, 2019


OpenZFS-kmod port available, using blacklistd with NPF as fail2ban replacement, ZFS raidz expansion alpha preview 1, audio VU-meter increases CO2 footprint rant, XSAVE and compat32 kernel work for LLDB, where icons for …

302: Contention Reduction

June 13th, 2019


DragonFlyBSD's kernel optimizations pay off, differences between OpenBSD and Linux, NetBSD 2019 Google Summer of Code project list, Reducing that contention, fnaify 1.3 released, vmctl(8): CLI syntax changes, and things …

301: GPU Passthrough

June 6th, 2019


GPU passthrough on bhyve, confusion with used/free disk space on ZFS, OmniOS Community Edition, pfSense 2.4.4 Release p3, NetBSD 8.1 RC1, FreeNAS as your Server OS, and more.

Headlines GPU Passthrough Reported Working …

300: The Big Three

May 30th, 2019


FreeBSD 11.3-beta 1 is out, BSDCan 2019 recap, OpenIndiana 2019.04 is out, Overview of ZFS Pools in FreeNAS, why open source firmware is important …

299: The NAS Fleet

May 22nd, 2019


Running AIX on QEMU on Linux on Windows, your NAS fleet with TrueCommand, Unleashed 1.3 is available, LLDB: CPU register inspection support extension, V7 Unix programs often not written as expected, and more.

298: BSD On The Road

May 16th, 2019


36 year old UFS bug fixed, a BSD for the road, automatic upgrades with OpenBSD, DTrace ext2fs support in FreeBSD, Dedicated SSH tunnel user, …

297: Dragonfly In The Wild

May 9th, 2019


FreeBSD ZFS vs. ZoL performance, Dragonfly 5.4.2 has been release, containing web services with iocell, Solaris 11.4 SRU8, Problem with SSH Agent …

296: It’s Alive: OpenBSD 6.5

May 3rd, 2019


OpenBSD 6.5 has been released, mount ZFS datasets anywhere, help test upcoming NetBSD 9 branch, LibreSSL 2.9.1 is available, Bail Bond Denied Edition of FreeBSD Mastery: Jails, and one reason ed(1) was a good editor …

295: Fun with funlinkat()

April 25th, 2019


Introducing funlinkat(), an OpenBSD Router with AT&T U-Verse, using NetBSD on a raspberry pi, ZFS encryption is still under development, Rump kernel servers and clients tutorial, Snort on OpenBSD 6.4, and more.

294: The SSH Tarpit

April 18th, 2019


A PI-powered Plan 9 cluster, an SSH tarpit, rdist for when Ansible is too much, falling in love with OpenBSD again, how I created my first FreeBSD port, the Tilde Institute of OpenBSD education and more.

Headlines A …

293: Booking Jails

April 11th, 2019


This week we have a special episode with a Michael W. Lucas interview about his latest jail book that’s been released. We’re talking all things jails, writing, book sponsoring, the upcoming BSDCan 2019 conference, and …

292: AsiaBSDcon 2019 Recap

April 4th, 2019


FreeBSD Q4 2018 status report, the GhostBSD alternative, the coolest 90s laptop, OpenSSH 8.0 with quantum computing resistant keys exchange, project …

291: Storage Changes Software

March 28th, 2019


Storage changing software, what makes Unix special, what you need may be “pipeline +Unix commands”, running a bakery on Emacs and PostgreSQL, the …

290: Timestamped Notes

March 21st, 2019


FreeBSD on Cavium ThunderX, looking at NetBSD as an OpenBSD user, taking time-stamped notes in vim, OpenBSD 6.5 has been tagged, FreeBSD and NetBSD in GSoC 2019, SecBSD: an UNIX-like OS for Hackers, and more.

289: Microkernel Failure

March 14th, 2019


A kernel of failure, IPv6 fragmentation vulnerability in OpenBSD’s pf, a guide to the terminal, using a Yubikey for SSH public key authentication, …

288: Turing Complete Sed

March 7th, 2019


Software will never fix Spectre-type bugs, a proof that sed is Turing complete, managed jails using Bastille, new version of netdata, using grep with …

287: rc.d in NetBSD

February 28th, 2019


Design and Implementation of NetBSD’s rc.d system, first impressions of Project Trident 18.12, PXE booting a FreeBSD disk image, middle mouse button pasting, NetBSD gains hardware accelerated virtualization, and more.

286: Old Machine Revival

February 21st, 2019


Adding glue to a desktop environment, flashing the BIOS on a PC Engine, revive a Cisco IDS into a capable OpenBSD computer, An OpenBSD WindowMaker desktop, RealTime data compression, the love for pipes, and more.

285: BSD Strategy

February 14th, 2019


Strategic thinking to keep FreeBSD relevant, reflecting on the soul of a new machine, 10GbE Benchmarks On Nine Linux Distros and FreeBSD, NetBSD …

284: FOSDEM 2019

February 7th, 2019


We recap FOSDEM 2019, FreeBSD Foundation January update, OPNsense 19.1 released, the hardware-assisted virtualization challenge, ZFS and GPL terror, …

283: Graphical Interface-View

January 31st, 2019


We’re at FOSDEM 2019 this week having fun. We’d never leave you in a lurch, so we have recorded an interview with Niclas Zeising of the FreeBSD graphics team for you. Enjoy.

##Interview - Niclas Zeising -

282: Open the Rsync

January 24th, 2019


Project Trident 18.12 released, Spotifyd on NetBSD, OPNsense 18.7.10 is available, Ultra EPYC AMD Powered Sun Ultra 24 Workstation, OpenRsync, LLD porting to NetBSD, and more.


###AsiaBSDCon 2019 Call for …

281: EPYC Server Battle

January 17th, 2019


SCP client vulnerabilities, BSDs vs Linux benchmarks on a Tyan EPYC Server, fame for the Unix inventors, Die IPv4, GhostBSD 18.12 released, Unix in …

Episode 280: FOSS Clothing | BSD Now 280

January 10th, 2019


A EULA in FOSS clothing, NetBSD with more LLVM support, Thoughts on FreeBSD 12.0, FreeBSD Performance against Windows and Linux on Xeon, Microsoft …

Episode 279: Future of ZFS | BSD Now 279

January 3rd, 2019


The future of ZFS in FreeBSD, we pick highlights from the FreeBSD quarterly status report, flying with the raven, modern KDE on FreeBSD, many ways to launch FreeBSD in EC2, GOG installers on NetBSD, and more.

Episode 278: The Real McCoy | BSD Now 278

December 27th, 2018


We sat down at BSDCan 2018 to interview Kirk McKusick about various topics ranging about the early years of Berkeley Unix, his continuing work on UFS, the governance of FreeBSD, and more.

##Interview - Kirk McKusick -

Episode 277: Nmap Level Up | BSD Now 277

December 24th, 2018


The Open Source midlife crisis, Donald Knuth The Yoda of Silicon Valley, Certbot For OpenBSD's httpd, how to upgrade FreeBSD from 11 to 12, level up your nmap game, NetBSD desktop, and more.

###Open Source …

Episode 276: Ho, Ho, Ho - 12.0 | BSD Now 276

December 13th, 2018


FreeBSD 12.0 is finally here, partly-cloudy IPsec VPN, KLEAK with NetBSD, How to create synth repos, GhostBSD author interview, and more.


Episode 275: OpenBSD in Stereo | BSD Now 275

December 9th, 2018


DragonflyBSD 5.4 has been released, down the Gopher hole with OpenBSD, OpenBSD in stereo with VFIO, BSD/OS the best candidate for legally tested open …

Episode 274: Language: Assembly | BSD Now 274

November 29th, 2018


Assembly language on OpenBSD, using bhyve for FreeBSD development, FreeBSD Gaming, FreeBSD for Thanksgiving, no space left on Dragonfly’s hammer2, and more.

###Assembly language on OpenBSD amd64+arm64

Episode 273: A Thoughtful Episode | BSD Now 273

November 23rd, 2018


Thoughts on NetBSD 8.0, Monitoring love for a GigaBit OpenBSD firewall, cat’s source history, root permission bug, thoughts on OpenBSD as a desktop, and NomadBSD review.

###Some thoughts on NetBSD 8.0

Episode 272: Detain the bhyve | BSD Now 272

November 15th, 2018


Byproducts of reading OpenBSD’s netcat code, learnings from porting your own projects to FreeBSD, OpenBSD’s unveil(), NetBSD’s Virtual Machine Monitor, what 'dependency' means in Unix init systems, jailing bhyve, and …

Episode 271: Automatic Drive Tests | BSD Now 271

November 8th, 2018


MidnightBSD 1.0 released, MeetBSD review, EuroBSDcon trip reports, DNS over TLS in FreeBSD 12, Upgrading OpenBSD with Ansible, how to use smartd to run tests on your drives automatically, and more.


Episode 270: Ghostly Releases | BSD Now 270

November 1st, 2018


OpenBSD 6.4 released, GhostBSD RC2 released, MeetBSD - the ultimate hallway track, DragonflyBSD desktop on a Thinkpad, Porting keybase to NetBSD, …

Episode 269: Tiny Daemon Lib | BSD Now 269

October 24th, 2018


FreeBSD Foundation September Update, tiny C lib for programming Unix daemons, EuroBSDcon trip reports, GhostBSD tested on real hardware, and a BSD …

Episode 268: Netcat Demystified | BSD Now 268

October 17th, 2018


6 metrics for zpool performance, 2FA with ssh on OpenBSD, ZFS maintaining file type information in dirs, everything old is new again, netcat …

Episode 267: Absolute FreeBSD | BSD Now 267

October 10th, 2018


We have a long interview with fiction and non-fiction author Michael W. Lucas for you this week as well as questions from the audience.

##Interview - Michael W. Lucas - / @mwlauthor

Episode 266: File Type History | BSD Now 266

October 3rd, 2018


Running OpenBSD/NetBSD on FreeBSD using grub2-bhyve, vermaden’s FreeBSD story, thoughts on OpenBSD on the desktop, history of file type info in Unix …

Episode 265: Software Disenchantment | BSD Now 265

September 27th, 2018


We report from our experiences at EuroBSDcon, disenchant software, LLVM 7.0.0 has been released, Thinkpad BIOS update options, HardenedBSD Foundation announced, and ZFS send vs. rsync.


###[FreeBSD …

Episode 264: Optimized-out | BSD Now 264

September 20th, 2018


FreeBSD and DragonflyBSD benchmarks on AMD’s Threadripper, NetBSD 7.2 has been released, optimized out DTrace kernel symbols, stuck UEFI bootloaders, …

Episode 263: Encrypt That Pool | BSD Now 263

September 7th, 2018


Mitigating Spectre/Meltdown on HP Proliant servers, omniOS installation setup, debugging a memory corruption issue on OpenBSD, CfT for OpenZFS native …

Episode 262: OpenBSD Surfacing | BSD Now 262

September 6th, 2018


OpenBSD on Microsoft Surface Go, FreeBSD Foundation August Update, What’s taking so long with Project Trident, pkgsrc config file versioning, and MacOS remnants in ZFS code.

###OpenBSD on the Microsoft …

Episode 261: FreeBSDcon Flashback | BSD Now 261

August 30th, 2018


Insight into TrueOS and Trident, stop evildoers with pf-badhost, Flashback to FreeBSDcon ‘99, OpenBSD’s measures against TLBleed, play Morrowind on OpenBSD in 5 steps, DragonflyBSD developers shocked at Threadripper …

Episode 260: Hacking Tour of Europe | BSD Now 260

August 23rd, 2018


Trip reports from the Essen Hackathon and BSDCam, CfT: ZFS native encryption and UFS trim consolidation, ZFS performance benchmarks on a FreeBSD …

Episode 259: Long Live Unix | BSD Now 259

August 16th, 2018


The strange birth and long life of Unix, FreeBSD jail with a single public IP, EuroBSDcon 2018 talks and schedule, OpenBSD on G4 iBook, PAM template …

Episode 258: OS Foundations | BSD Now 258

August 8th, 2018


FreeBSD Foundation July Newsletter, a bunch of BSDCan trip reports, HardenedBSD Foundation status, FreeBSD and OSPFd, ZFS disk structure overview, …

Episode 257: Great NetBSD 8 | BSD Now 257

August 2nd, 2018


NetBSD 8.0 available, FreeBSD on Scaleway’s ARM64 VPS, encrypted backups with OpenBSD, Dragonfly server storage upgrade, zpool checkpoints, g2k18 …

Episode 256: Because Computers | BSD Now 2^8

July 25th, 2018


FreeBSD ULE vs. Linux CFS, OpenBSD on Tuxedo InfinityBook, how zfs diff reports filenames efficiently, why choose FreeBSD over Linux, PS4 double free exploit, OpenBSD’s wifi autojoin, and FreeBSD jails the hard way.

Episode 255: What Are You Pointing At | BSD Now 255

July 18th, 2018


What ZFS blockpointers are, zero-day rewards offered, KDE on FreeBSD status, new FreeBSD core team, NetBSD WiFi refresh, poor man’s CI, and the power …

Episode 254: Bare the OS | BSD Now 254

July 12th, 2018


Control flow integrity with HardenedBSD, fixing bufferbloat with OpenBSD’s pf, Bareos Backup Server on FreeBSD, MeetBSD CfP, crypto simplified …

Episode 253: Silence of the Fans | BSD Now 253

July 5th, 2018


Fanless server setup with FreeBSD, NetBSD on pinebooks, another BSDCan trip report, transparent network audio, MirBSD's Korn Shell on Plan9, static site generators on OpenBSD, and more.

###Silent Fanless …

Episode 252: Goes to 11.2 | BSD Now 252

June 28th, 2018


FreeBSD 11.2 has been released, setting up an MTA behind Tor, running pfsense on DigitalOcean, one year of C, using OpenBGPD to announce VM networks, the power to serve, and a BSDCan trip report.

###FreeBSD …

Episode 251: Crypto HAMMER | BSD Now 251

June 21st, 2018


DragonflyBSD’s hammer1 encrypted master/slave setup, second part of our BSDCan recap, NomadBSD 1.1-RC1 available, OpenBSD adds an LDAP client to …

Episode 250: BSDCan 2018 Recap | BSD Now 250

June 14th, 2018


TrueOS becoming a downstream fork with Trident, our BSDCan 2018 recap, HardenedBSD Foundation founding efforts, VPN with OpenIKED on OpenBSD, FreeBSD on a System76 Galago Pro, and hardware accelerated crypto on Octeons.

Episode 249: Router On A Stick | BSD Now 249

June 6th, 2018


OpenZFS and DTrace updates in NetBSD, NetBSD network security stack audit, Performance of MySQL on ZFS, OpenSMTP results from p2k18, legacy Windows …

Episode 248: Show Me The Mooney | BSD Now 248

May 29th, 2018


DragonflyBSD release 5.2.1 is here, BPF kernel exploit writeup, Remote Debugging the running OpenBSD kernel, interview with Patrick Mooney, FreeBSD buildbot setup in a jail, dumping your USB, and 5 years of gaming on …

Episode 247: Interning for FreeBSD | BSD Now 247

May 24th, 2018


FreeBSD internship learnings, exciting developments coming to FreeBSD, running FreeNAS on DigitalOcean, Network Manager control for OpenBSD, OpenZFS …

Episode 246: Properly Coordinated Disclosure | BSD Now 246

May 17th, 2018


How Intel docs were misinterpreted by almost any OS, a look at the mininet SDN emulator, do’s and don’ts for FreeBSD, OpenBSD community going gold, …

Episode 245: ZFS User Conf 2018 | BSD Now 245

May 10th, 2018


Allan’s recap of the ZFS User conference, first impressions of OmniOS by a BSD user, Nextcloud 13 setup on FreeBSD, OpenBSD on a fanless desktop computer, an intro to HardenedBSD, and DragonFlyBSD getting some SMP …

Episode 244: C is a Lie | BSD Now 244

May 3rd, 2018


Arcan and OpenBSD, running OpenBSD 6.3 on RPI 3, why C is not a low-level language, HardenedBSD switching back to OpenSSL, how the Internet was …

Episode 243: Understanding The Scheduler | BSD Now 243

April 25th, 2018


OpenBSD 6.3 and DragonflyBSD 5.2 are released, bug fix for disappearing files in OpenZFS on Linux (and only Linux), understanding the FreeBSD CPU …

Episode 242: Linux Takes The Fastpath | BSD Now 242

April 18th, 2018


TrueOS Stable 18.03 released, a look at F-stack, the secret to an open source business model, intro to jails and jail networking, FreeBSD Foundation March update, and the ipsec Errata.

Headlines TrueOS STABLE 18.03 …

Episode 241: Bowling in the LimeLight | BSD Now 241

April 12th, 2018


Second round of ZFS improvements in FreeBSD, Postgres finds that non-FreeBSD/non-Illumos systems are corrupting data, interview with Kevin Bowling, BSDCan list of talks, and cryptographic right answers.

Episode 240: TCP Blackbox Recording | BSD Now 240

April 7th, 2018


New ZFS features landing in FreeBSD, MAP_STACK for OpenBSD, how to write safer C code with Clang’s address sanitizer, Michael W. Lucas on sponsor gifts, TCP blackbox recorder, and Dell disk system hacking.

Episode 239: The Return To ptrace | BSD Now 239

March 29th, 2018


OpenBSD firewalling Windows 10, NetBSD’s return to ptrace, TCP Alternative Backoff, the BSD Poetic license, and AsiaBSDcon 2018 videos available.

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