BSD Professional Job Task Analysis Survey

The BSD Certification group has posted a survey that is meant to help determine the tasks that should be a part of the BSD Professional Certification Exam (BSDP).

The BSD Professional Certification Exam is a more in-depth exam than our BSD Associate exam. The typical BSD Professional is experienced in using one or more versions of BSD such as NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly, or other BSD system for several years; may be employed as a senior BSD administrator; and typically has an in-depth knowledge of shell scripting, user administration, file and filesystem maintenance, kernel tuning, and many other technical tasks.

Have a look and/or complete the survey here.

EuroBSDCon 2009

ukuugThe U.K. Unix and Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) is hosting the EuroBSDCon 2009 in Cambridge from 18-20 September. The conference by many seen as the annual get-together for the European BSD community.

The conference runs over three days starting with many tutorials.

  • Tutorial 1: Kirk McKusick’s FreeBSD Overview, and a focus on FileSystems and VM
  • Tutorial 2: Building the network you need with PF – Peter Hansteen
  • Tutorial 3: SCTP Introduction and Workshop – Randall Stewart

On the second and third day there will be talks on various BSD systems related talks (FreeBSD, NetBSD and PC-BSD).

The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) will be taking exams on these days too.

Check the EuroBSDCon website for prices, directions, time tables ets

S0urce: www.bsdevents.net (check the BSD calendar for any BSD related events in your area).

FreeBSD link roundup – 28/04/09

FreeBSD

FreeBSD Logo1) Martin Wilke is looking for people to test QT 4.5.1. He also reports he managed to get Firefox 3.1 Beta4 working on FreeBSD. Please test.

2) Ivan Voras has done some virtualised benchmarking of

  • Ubuntu 8.10,
  • FreeBSD 7.1 and
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 beta

on the three currently most prominent virtualisation platforms:

  • VMWare ESX 3.5 U3,
  • Citrix XenServer 5.0 U2,
  • Microsoft Hyper-V 2008 R2

The results are mostly better then I thought they will be. Especially suprising was FreeBSD’s more than decent performance which actually lead the others in one benchmark…”

… The results show that a wholly-virtualized FreeBSD machine under ESXi was consistently almost as fast as the para-virtualized Xen Linux.


pfSense

pfSense logoAbout a month ago, the pfSense developers gave a sneak preview of the new pfSense dashboard theme. Following feedback and comments, Holger Bauer has now designed a new theme:

Well, after there was not too much love for my last theme I tried to do something more masscompatible this time trying to take all the critics in consideration that I earned so far:

  • less colorful, stick with the original pfSense-colors (grey/red)
  • don’t waste too much space for the header/footer
  • kind of corporate look
  • static menu, that doesn’t scroll away (I guess that at least was
  • something everybody liked about the hackathon theme)
  • more lightweight on graphics
  • So here is what I came up with so far. This is still in the making so (like always) your feedback is appreciated and might influence the final result.

New design here

 

BSD CertificationBSD Certification

Dru Lavigne has an update on the BSDA Exam

The BSD Associate Exam is now over a year old! Here are some interesting
atats so far:

  • 12 Events in all of 2008; 14 events in just the first half of 2009 
  • Over 1000 people have registered for a BSDCG ID (needed to register for an exam)
  • The exam has been held in US, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Japan, France, Denmark, Ukraine, Netherlands, Argentina, and the UK
  • So far, 66 people have passed the BSDA exam and received their certificates
  • Read further

Updated: FreeBSD events and conferences calendar

I’ve updated my FreeBSD Events & Conference Calendar and added:

Did you know being BSDA certified gives you an edge? TAO Security is looking to hire a BSDA certified FreeBSD systems administrator.

If you’re aware of any FreeBSD related events that aren’t listed, please let me know.

Winter Version of BSDA Study DVD

Dru Lavign writes on her blog about the Winter versions of BSDA study DVD:

The newest version of the BSDA Study DVD is finally ready and available for sale from the  BSDA Certification website

Due to the holidays, we won’t start shipping til next Friday, January 9th. Those of you who have already ordered a DVD or are owed a DVD will have yours shipped next Friday. As always, the information available on the DVD is freely available on the Internet–the DVD is a thank you for those who are able to support the BSD Certification effort with a donation of $40 USD. The contents of the DVD include: 

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