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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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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.

##Headlines
###ARM’d and dangerous: FreeBSD on Cavium ThunderX (aarch64)

While I don’t remember for how many years I’ve had an interest in CPU architectures that could be an alternative to AMD64, I know pretty well when I started proposing to test 64-bit ARM at work. It was shortly after the disaster named Spectre / Meltdown that I first dug out server-class ARM hardware and asked whether we should get one such server and run some tests with it.
While the answer wasn’t a clear “no” it also wasn’t exactly “yes”. I tried again a few times over the course of 2018 and each time I presented some more points why I thought it might be a good thing to test this. But still I wasn’t able to get a positive answer. Finally in January 2019 year I got a definitive answer – and it was “yes, go ahead”! The fact that Amazon had just presented their Graviton ARM Processor may have helped the decision.

###Looking at NetBSD from an OpenBSD user perspective

I use to use NetBSD quite a lot. From 2.0 to 6.99. But for some reasons, I stopped using it about 2012, in favor of OpenBSD. Reading on the new 8 release, I wanted to see if all the things I didn’t like on NetBSD were gone. Here is a personal Pros / Cons list. No Troll, hopefully. Just trying to be objective.

  • What I liked (pros)
  • Things I didn’t like (cons)
  • Conclusion

So that was it. I didn’t spend more than 30 minutes of it. But I didn’t want to spend more time on it. I did stop using NetBSD because of the need to compile each and every packages ; it was in the early days of pkgin. I also didn’t like the way system maintenance was to be done. OpenBSD’s 6-months release seemed far more easy to manage. I still think NetBSD is a great OS. But I believe you have to spent more time on it than you would have to do with OpenBSD.
That said, I’ll keep using my Puffy OS.

##News Roundup
###Using Vim to take time-stamped notes

I frequently find myself needing to take time-stamped notes. Specifically, I’ll be in a call, meeting, or interview and need to take notes that show how long it’s been since the meeting started.
My first thought was that there’s be a plugin to add time stamps, but a quick search didn’t turn anything up. However, I little digging did turn up the fact that vim has the built-in ability to tell time.
This means that writing a bit of vimscript to insert a time stamp is pretty easy. After a bit of fiddling, I came up with something that serves my needs, and I decided it might be useful enough to others to be worth sharing.

###OpenBSD 6.5-beta has been tagged

It’s that time of year again; Theo (deraadt@) has just tagged 6.5-beta. A good reminder for us all run an extra test install and see if your favorite port still works as you expect.

CVSROOT: /cvs
Module name: src
Changes by: deraadt@cvs.openbsd.org 2019/02/26 15:24:41

Modified files:
etc/root : root.mail
share/mk : sys.mk
sys/conf : newvers.sh
sys/sys : ktrace.h param.h
usr.bin/signify: signify.1
sys/arch/macppc/stand/tbxidata: bsd.tbxi

Log message:
crank to 6.5-beta

###The NetBSD Foundation participating in Google Summer of Code 2019

For the 4th year in a row and for the 13th time The NetBSD Foundation will participate in Google Summer of Code 2019!
If you are a student and would like to learn more about Google Summer of Code please go to the Google Summer of Code homepage.
You can find a list of projects in Google Summer of Code project proposals in the wiki.
Do not hesitate to get in touch with us via #netbsd-code IRC channel on Freenode and via NetBSD mailing lists!

###SecBSD: an UNIX-like OS for Hackers

SecBSD is an UNIX-like operating system focused on computer security based on OpenBSD. Designed for security testing, hacking and vulnerability assessment, it uses full disk encryption and ProtonVPN + OpenVPN by default.
A security BSD enviroment for security researchers, penetration testers, bug hunters and cybersecurity experts. Developed by Dark Intelligence Team for private use and will be public release coming soon.

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