BSD magazine – Special Subscription Offer

As most of you will know by now, the BSD Magazine will continue to stay. For a few weeks its future existence was in doubt, but with a number of last minute subscriptions and magzine sales, the publisher has decided to give BSD Mag another chance.

Chief editor of the magazine, Karolina, contacted me to let you all know about a special subscription offer that’s on:

  • subscribe to a one-year or two-year subscription of the BSD magazine
  • Choose issue 3/2009(5) as your starting issue, and

you will receive a FREE CD with the BSD magazine and Linux+ magazine archives!

Don’t miss your chance and subscribe before August 20th

In case of any questions please email subscription_support AT bsdmag DOT org

Also, the magazine will contain 80 pages going forward instead of 60.

Current issue

  • 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…
  • more


BSDStats – June 2009

These are the final BSD usage numbers for June 2009 from BSDstats.org showing the use of *BSD operating systems:

  • PC-BSD 17,156 (71.39%)
  • FreeBSD 5,483 (22.82%)
  • DesktopBSD 1206 (5.02%)
  • NetBSD 70 (0.29%)
  • OpenBSD 55 (0.23%)
  • DragonFlyBSD 12 (0.12%)
  • MidnightBSD 14 (0.06%)
  • MirBSD 11 (0.05%)
  • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 8 (0.03%)

Note, these numbers aren’t in any way a true representation of the use of BSD systems. PC-BSD and DesktopBSD have the BSDStats port installed by default (which can be turned off), whereas on other BSD systems the scrip has to be manually installed

Many thanks to Igor (Abaza) for reminding me about the bsdstats numbers.

Save the BSD Magazine

I have been a subscriber since issue no 1, and I’m looking forward to many more issues. Karolina, the editor of BSD Magazine, has send round the following email:

I am sure most of you already heard that BSD magazine is going to be closed, due to much lower benefits than expected and the economy in general…

There is one last chance thought – if I somehow manage to increase the sales figures in stores the magazine will be published. I was given only one week (till Monday). Not much, but better than nothing. I think it is worth trying!

I can’t do it alone -so I am asking you for your help and support. I know most of you are already helping and I am really thankful for that.

If you could help me to promote the magazine on all forums, portals, blogs or anywhere else I would be really grateful.

I have attached the cover of the most current issue of BSD magazine if you would like to use it.

Please spread the word about BSD magazine!

In the US you can pick up a copy from Barnes&Noble, or alternatively you can buy a copy at FreeBSDMall.com.

It would be a shame to see BSD Mag disappear after only 5 issues….

BSD Magazine – support it

The BSD Magazine has been round for over a year now and has produced some very interesting issues. The editors have now provided a brochure suitable to give away at BSD/Linux events.

Those who’d like to have a look at the magazine without having to commit to a subscription, can now download some articles from the NetBSD issue and the whole OpenBSD-focused issue.

The latest issue is devoted to FreeBSD: A Guide to FreeBSD

Table of Contents:

  • 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…

Already a happy BSD Mag reader? Help us spread the word.

BSD week – 4 BSD releases

In the last 7 days we’ve seen a new version released by each of the 4 major BSD operating systems: OpenBSD 4.5, NetBSDFreeBSD 7.2 and a “minor” DragonFlyBSD release  (2.2.1).

Who said BSD was dying? Video 1 – “BSD is dying” (2007)  - Video 2 – “BSD is still dying” (2009).

netbsd logoNetBSD 5

NetBSD, well-known for its high portability has arrived at version 5, which has been worked on for about 2 year. This release seems pretty interesting from a performance point of view. It’s claimed that NetBSD 5.0 now outruns NetBSD 4, FreeBSD 7.1 and Fedora 10.

In addition to scalability and performance improvements, a significant number of major features have been added. Some highlights are: a preview of metadata journaling for FFS file systems (known as WAPBL, Write Ahead Physical Block Logging), the ‘jemalloc’ memory allocator, the X.Org X11 distribution instead of XFree86 on a number of ports, the Power Management Framework, ACPI suspend/resume support on many laptops, write support for UDF file systems, the Automated Testing Framework, the Runnable Userspace Meta Program framework, Xen 3.3 support for both i386 and amd64, POSIX message queues and asynchronous I/O, and many new hardware device drivers. [source]

Release Notes  -  NetBSD Website

openbsd logoOpenBSD 4.5

OpenBSD,  renowned for its focus on security (incl OpenSSH), has released version 4.5. The latest version comes with improved hardware support, new tools and functionalities and upgraded ports.

Oh yeah, and there’s also a new release song.

Release Notes  -  OpenBSD website

dragonflybsd logoDragonFlyBSD 2.2.1

The new 2.2 release includes Hammer, a file system that includes instant crash recovery, multi-volume file systems, data integrity checking, fine grained history retention, and the ability to mirror data to other volumes. It has undergone extensive stress-testing and is considered production-ready!

Release Notes  -  DragonFly website

freebsd_logo-100x100FreeBSD 7.2

Read here about the release

7.2 review: improved virtualisation (nixcraft)