Chris Cappuccio wrote in with a procedure to create USB thumbdrive install media: Luke Tymowski said on Twitter that if you search the Google for instructions on how to create a bootable USB flash OpenBSD installer, you get lots of conflicting instructions. So I thought I\'d set the record straight, at least for i386/amd64. It\'s easy [...]
I am late posting this: the most recent episode of BSDNow has, along with the regular array of items, an interview of Chris Buechler, of the commercial support company behind pfSense.
DragonFly wasn’t accepted for Summer of Code, which frankly I expected to have happen last year – we’ve been participating every year since 2008. However, FreeBSD and (for the first time) OpenBSD are listed as participating mentoring institutions, so you can still get your BSD/GSoC going.
I’ve tagged version 3.6.1 of DragonFly, and built ISO/img files of it. They should be available by now on mirrors if you need them, or you can just upgrade as normal. See the linked tag commit message for what’s changed.
Ted Unangst (tedu@) wrote in to tell us about the practical consequences of a newly discovered bug in bcrypt(3), the function commonly used to generate password hashes: [This email isn\'t just about OpenBSD; please forward it to the relevant places and people.] Short version: Mistakes were made. Magic numbers have changed. $2b$ i [...]
The BSDCan 2014 schedule has been released. On the program we have OpenBSD developers Paul Irofti on Porting OpenBSD to Octeon Peter Hessler on BGP for spamd synchronization Henning Brauer on 10 years of OpenBGPd Ingo Schwarze on New trends in mandoc Read more...
Pardon me as I wander through a lot of topics. Where to keep your pubic hair. I worry about this (syntax, not hair storage) when I’m writing titles here. (via) Top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013. This is a UK site, so it’s UK-specific, I assume. I am thinking of it because I (Read more...)
Matthieu Herrb summarizes: In OpenBSD-current, after this commit users of Intel and ATI Radeon graphics which support kernel mode setting (almost all of them) can set machdep.allowaperture back to 0 in the /etc/sysctl.conf configuration and still run the X server. Read more...
As a followup to our earlier story about automated installations, Robert Peichaer (rpe@) wrote in with a video that demonstrates how the new autoinstall works. To play the video, click here. This awesomeness will be part of OpenBSD 5.5, to be released on May 1st, 2014!
Read the first item, if nothing else. You may have seen that Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19B; take a look at the graph here to see that WhatsApp has more than double the user count of Facebook, and then look at these two posts on NYCBUG talk noting that WhatsApp uses FreeBSD to serve all those people. DiscoverBSD’s 2014/02/17 summary [...]
The 2014 EuroBSDCon conference will be in Sofia, Bulgaria September 25 through 28, with two days of tutorials and meetings followed by two days of talks. The Call for Papers announcement has been sent to major projects\' mailing lists, and you are invited to head over to the conference web site and look around. The Call for Papers page i [...]
Grep /var/run/dmesg.boot for PMM, and if it turns up, Sepherosa Ziehau has a patch he’d like you to try.
See the announcement, and the commit. I’m not totally sure what this affects.
Big news this week! Kris has finished re-writing the code for handling how PC-BSD handles major updates. The general consensus was that there were still many users out there that were having difficulty when upgrading to a new version (i.e 9.2 > 10). For more information on the new PC-BSD update system, check out the article here. To v [...]
If you have i915 chipset-based video on DragonFly, and you get a “Output xxx has no Monitor section” complaint in your xorg logs, look at this fix using xrandr.
Here’s two recent changes in DragonFly that may interest you if you have an AMD processor: Compute Units are now supported, thanks to Mihai Carabas, and Imre Vadasz ported over km(4), for temperature monitoring on 14h and 15h CPUs. I’m still not totally clear on what Compute Units are.
Hello everyone! Kris just posted a call for testers for a new methodology for major system upgrades (such as 9.2 -> 10.0 -> 10.1, etc..) and we are looking for people who are still running 9.2 to try it out. The full text of the call for testers is at the bottom of the post, but to give a bit (Read more...)
I was remiss in not posting this before it happened, but Issac (.ike) Levy of NYCBUG went to Tokyo to talk about the translation efforts for pfSense, on the 17th. He posted a summary of his talk and slides. Normally I would be posting this in an “In Other BSDs” Saturday item, but the summary page includes links on (Read more...)
Antoine Jacoutot writes in with an update on the current status of Gnome 3 on OpenBSD: It\'s been a while since I wanted to write something about the state of GNOME as a day-to-day Desktop on OpenBSD. It\'s no secret amongst OpenBSD people that the company I work for maintains (amongst other things) a park of a few thousand OpenBSD [...]