BSD Mag 2010-01 – Infinity. Freedom. FreeBSD

The 2010 Q1 issue of BSD Mag is now available.

Table of contents:

bsdmag2010-01Keeping FreeBSD Up-To-Date: OS Essentials

An important system administration task, and a principle of running a defensible network, is keeping operating systems and applications up-to-date.

Using BSD for your Studies

About four years ago I was starting my undergraduate computing degree. I knew that UNIX-like operating systems had proven themselves in the server room, but how would they fare in the lecture theatre?

The FreeBSD Chatterbox

Day in and day out, your FreeBSD sits there quietly, processing its workload. It never complains or asks for any favors, but what would it say if it could talk?

Encrypting the FreeBSD root file system

Systems are only as secure as you make them. Thankfully, FreeBSD offers an excellent range of tools and mechanisms to insure that all your security needs are met.

Setting up PC-BSD as a server

PC-BSD is so easy to install and the KDE-desktop easy enough to use that we might almost forget it’s roots as server operating system. Now, and in the future, the majority of desktop users might not consider this piece of information of any value.

How to Build a Scalable Search Engine Using the BuildaSearch Web Service

BuildaSearch was featured in the 4/2009 issue of BSD Magazine. While other articles do a fantastic job focusing on core BSD technology, I feel that it is also important to cover web services powered by BSD systems.

Is NetBSD ready for a desktop?

In this article I am focusing on the usability of the NetBSD as a desktop. I would like to show what NetBSD can do today and whether it is mature enough to challenge PC-BSD or Linux. If you want to know, keep reading.

FreeBSD on the SheevaPlug

Though NetBSD is better known for supporting a wide variety of processors and systems, FreeBSD has an active embedded component, as well. In this article, we’ll take a look at the ARM-based SheevaPlug and show you how to boot your Plug using FreeBSD.

Email server in FreeBSD Configuring FreeBSD as a mail server with Postfix and Dovecot in FreeBSD 7.X

This tutorial is a step by step guide on how to setup your own mail server using Postfix as the Mail Transfer Agent(MTA) and Dovecot as the IMAP server and as the authenticating agent for Postfix. These instructions were tested with FreeBSD 7.2

Monitoring OpenBSD with Symon

Once you have your OpenBSD Server running, you might want to monitor your machine. There are several ways to do this and there is a large amount of tools you could use for it.

BSD as the Platform for Operationalizing Organizational Flexability via a Data Concourse

A major change is about to take place in large organizations worldwide and BSD is positioned perfectly to play a starring role.

Living The PC-BSD Lifestyle

Some people are Mac, some are Windows, I am PC-BSD. PC-BSD is more than an operating system, it’s a lifestyle.

BSD Tips&trics

In this issue of BSD Tips and Tricks, readers share some of their favourite tips for solving problems and saving time.

How to Rename Ethernet Interfaces Under FreeBSD

I haven’t written about things like this in a while but the question was put to me and I thought it’d be worth jotting something down.

Year 40 of the UNIX epoch begins

As many UNIX/Linux users know, all UNIX like operating systems start the count of time at January 1, 1970, the start of the UNIX epoch. Yes, I know that this is not precisely when the UNIX operating system was born but for our purposes it will do. It is similar to the idea that January 1, 2010 A.D. does not really represent the precise time since the birth of Christ (astronomers have proven this to be off by a few years) but we still use it as a time marker.

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Free BSD Mag issues – download now

The following BSD Mag issues can be downloaded (PDF) from the bsdmag website:

guide-to-freebsdGuide to FreeBSD

  • Installing FreeBSD 7.1 with Enhanced Security Jails
  • OpenSMTPD
  • Getting a GNOME Desktop on FreeBSD
  • Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 2
  • A Jabber Data Transfer Component
  • Building a FreeBSD Wireless Router
  • CPU Scaling on FreeBSD Unix
  • LDAP Authentication on OpenBSD Boxes
  • FreeBSD and Snort Intrusion Detection System
  • Building an Embedded Video Web Server with NetBSD
  • FreeBSD Tips
  • Maintaining System Configuration Files Using Subsversion
  • Q&A about Dtrace

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pc-bsd-uncoveredPC-BSD uncovered

  • Installing PC-BSD Fibonacci Edition
  • Software management simplfi ed: PC-BSD and the PBI system
  • Personalizing Your PC-BSD Desktop
  • Using FreeBSD for Off-Site Backups
  • Building NetBSD for Embedded Systems Using Cygwin
  • ABC’s of ZFS
  • Django on FreeBSD
  • Open Source Studio to Transmitter Link (OSSTL)
  • PC-BSD – Making Your Life Easier
  • Interview with PC-BSD
  • Green Eggs & BSD…

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    Could Oracle embrace BSD?

    Mikel King thinks Oracle should embrace BSD:

    However, Sun has utterly failed in that respect garnering little support in the general Open Source community. The would have fared better served retooling Solaris into a commercial entity based on one of the BSDs like FreeBSD, NetBSD or OpenBSD. Often overlooked by Linux junkies the BSDs have commercial friendly licensing which is why Apple embraced FreeBSD as the foundation of Mac OS X. The difference is that Oracle should embrace the chosen BSD operating system and develop Open Solaris as an add-on. In addition they should openly embrace the BSD community fostering active development in the product.

    Following this concept Oracle could make Open Solaris a desktop product for installation upon the appropriate BSD operating system. In addition they could offer their code base, releasing much needed drivers into the BSD community. The community would benefit from the advances in the SPARC platform, and Oracle would benefits from the access to a wider variety of system architectures.

    continues…

    Oracle; ready for dinner, if only the EU would stop messing with the soup…

    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.

    BSD Mag issue 6 – BSD Security & OpenBSD 4.5

    bsd magazineThe 6th issue of BSD Mag is now available. The topic for this month is BSD Security & OpenBSD 4.5.

    Interested in the BSD Mag but don’t want to commit to a subscription yet? Have a look at these 3 free issues (PDF) and decide.

    This is the table of contents of the latest issue:

    Installing OpenBSD

    OpenBSD 4.5 is the latest version of OpenBSD released in May, 2009. This article will walk you through its installation in great details. For a quick start boot the attached DVD with OpenBSD 4.5.

    Postgresql, shared memory and BSD

    This series of articles will compare a basic installation of Postgresql on various flavors of BSD, and compare the performance between them given similar shared memory settings.

    Triple booting Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and PC-BSD 7.1

    In this article we will give a step-by-step guide to installing three different operating systems on the same hard drive.

    BuildaSearch a FreeBSD Web Service

    BuildaSearch is a web service which allows users to build a custom search engine or site search in less than five minutes. No coding skills are necessary when building a custom search. Users can customize their colors, backgrounds, logos, and search results.

    Web Servers for Embedded NetBSD

    Web-based user interfaces have become ubiquitous for all sorts of electronic gear these days. If you are building a network-capable device, chances are you will want to add a web server to your device’s software, as well – it’s generally cheaper than a hardware interface and far easier to change or update.

    Out-of-the-box sshfs on NetBSD 5.0

    Sshfs makes it possible to mount a remote directory tree onto the local machine. Only ssh access is required for this.

    FreeBSD Security Event Auditing

    Security is increasingly a hot topic in systems administration. Vulnerable systems get patches, firewalls get set up and password policies are enforced. But in the end, all these measures cannot eliminate the risk of a system break-in. They can only reduce it.

    Securing OpenSSH server

    OpenSSH is free implementation of SSH suite. Many of us use it on a daily basis and got so used to it we couldn’t imagine our lives without it.

    Staying Secure using PC-BSD

    “Help! Pop-ups are destroying my computer!” I cannot count how many times I have heard those words come from my brother’s mouth.

    Stop Hackers With Protection Script

    I suppose you have a border server that is freely accessible from the internet or you just want to have a secure machine. Whichever the case is, I will tell you my story.

    OpenBSD on the Sharp Zaurus

    If you look at the OpenBSD Platforms page ( http://openbsd.org/plat.html ) you’ll see Zaurus down at the bottom. Is it there just so that the OpenBSD team can safely say that they support a multitude of platforms, from Alpha to Zaurus?

    Questions and Answer Session of the BSD Certification Group Community

    Recently, the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) asked via their mailing lists for questions regarding the BSDCG or the BSDA exam, offering to answer them in this issue of BSD Mag.

    Interview with Albert Whale

    My name is Albert Whale, the President of ABS Computer Technology. I am a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, and I work with my company on Security and Consulting opportunities on an international basis.

    Interview with Matt Juszczak

    Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Matt Juszczak creator of BSDJobs.net and ask him some questions about the project. I would like to thank Matt for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with me about the project. The following is a synopsis of that Q&A session.

    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).

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