BSD Magazine – Q2 2009 (PC-BSD Uncovered)

A new issue of the BSD Magazine is now available (Q2 2009).

The following is the table of contents:

Installing PC-BSD Fibonacci Edition – Jerry Dixon
Man pages? We don’t need no stinkin’ man pages. I don’t need to show you any man pages. Well, that being said, at least review the hardware requirements prior to selecting your computer platform.

Software management simplfied: PC-BSD and the PBI system – Jan Stedehouder
What is the best way of installing software on a FreeBSD-based system? The FreeBSD handbook doesn’t provide a single answer as both packages and ports have their benefi ts. All you have to do is open a terminal and…

Personalizing Your PC-BSD Desktop – James T. Nixon III
What is the point of having a personal computer if it isn’t personal? The vast amount of possibilities when customizing your PC-BSD desktop can be overwhelming. There are several aspects of PC-BSD that need to be understood before moving forward.

Using FreeBSD for Off-Site Backups – Eric Vintimilla
It is becoming increasingly important for people to have backup systems in place. This is especially true for people who hoard multimedia content. What would happen if someone’s hard drive failed and it contained their entire music library?

Building NetBSD for Embedded Systems Using Cygwin – Donald T. Hayford
You might think it is unusual that a magazine devoted to the *BSD operating systems would have an article about Cygwin, a Linux-like environment that runs on Windows.

ABC’s of ZFS - Amjith Ramanujam
ZFS is a state of the art fi lesystem developed by Sun Microsystems. ZFS was first introduced in the OpenSolaris operating system and was later ported to FreeBSD 7.

Django on FreeBSD – Dan Fairs
Dan Fairs, Director of Fez Consulting Ltd., a UK-based software development consultancy, introduces Django: a web framework for perfectionists with deadlines.

Open Source Studio to Transmitter Link (OSSTL) – Jason Ellison
A local nonprofi t radio station owns a studio that provides feeds for two AM radio stations and one FM radio station. The content provided for the two AM station’s is mostly syndicated talk radio with a very little music content.

PC-BSD – Making Your Life Easier – Matt Olander
Accomplishing common tasks on PC-BSD may be executed effectively and efficiently by using built-in configuration tools and locating system settings that may increase overall usability and performance.

Interview with PC-BSD – Federico Biancuzzi , BSD Team
To celebrate this issue of the magazine fully dedicated to PC-BSD, I had the opportunity to do a quick question and answer session with Kris Moore and Matt Olander.

Green Eggs & BSD… – Mikel King
BSD is here BSD is there, BSD is everywhere. Well not exactly, but there certainly is a proliferation of BSD throughout the Internet. The problem is and quite honestly has been quantifying the impact of BSD on the corporate LAN.

LINKS: Website | Subscription details | Previous Issues

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.

BSD Magazine – Issue 3 – January 2009

 bsdmagazine 3The third issue of the BSD Magazine (January 2009) is out now.

More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-to’s and extras. This is the table of contents:

What’s new

6 BSD news

 DVD contents

8 DVD contents description

 Get Started

10 NetBSD install (Patrick Pippen)
16 MirOS BSD: the peaceful operating system (Benny Siegert, Thorsten Glaser)
22 BSD Live CD’s – an entry level acquaintance? (Jan Stedehouder)
28 How it works? Opensolaris, FreeBSD, OpenSuSe (David Gurvich) 

How-to’s

32 Multi-User Conferencing (Eric Schnoebelen, Michelle Cranmer)
38 GDB and you – part 1 (Carlos Neira) 

Security Corner

42 Installing Prelude IDS (Henrik Lund Kramshoj)
46 If it moves! crypt it – hard drive encryption on BSD (Marko Melenovic) 

Advanced

50 Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 1 (Edd Barrett)

MMS

54 Play Music on your Slug with NetBSD (Donald T. Hayford) 

Interview

62 Interview iwth Simon Burge, Antti Kantee, and Greg Oster (Federico Biancuzzi)

Review

65 Dru Lavigne’s The Best of FreeBSD BAsics (Peter N.M. Hansteen)

For info and subscriptions visit bsdmag.org

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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BSD Magazine – Issue 2 – September 2008

The second issue of the BSD Magazine (September 2008) is out now.

More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-tos and extras. This is the table of contents:

06 BSD News
08 DVD contents description
10 OpenBSD 4.3 installation & configuration
18 You have installed it? Now what? Packages!!
22 OpenBSD
26 BSD Certification
30 Building an OpenBSD SAMP server with content filtering proxy
38 OpenBSD as an Desktop
40 Inside the PBI system
44 Connecting to other IM networks
50 Kernel File system – development in userspace
54 Securing IM using Jabber/XMPPP and LTS
58 OpenBSD and making money
61 Absolute FreeBSD 2nd edition
62 PC-BSD in schools
64 Interview with OpenBSD developer Damien Bergamini

For more information and subscriptions visit the BSD Magazine website.

Blogs for “the other BSDs”: NetBSD, OpenBSD and DragonFlyBSD

This blog, FreeBSD – the unknown Giant, as the title suggests, covers only FreeBSD related stories and updates. However, over the last few months, I have received emails from my some readers asking why I don’t write about the “other BSDs”, such as OpenBSD, NetBSD and DragonflyBSD.

Well, the answer is quite simple: “There’s no need to!” No, not because they’re not worth writing about, they certainly are, but because there are already some quality blogs dedicated to each of these BSD operating systems.  Hence my reason for not, or only occasionally, writing about then. Since these blogs are regularly updated with news, howtos and information on made progress, I’ve decided not to just copy, paste and republish what’s on those blogs.

To find out more about OpenBSD, visit the OpenBSD Journal. The DragonflyBSD digest is updated regularly with news relating to DragonflyBSD, and lately a lot on the progress of the newly created and much promising Hammer File System (HammerFS), whilst Hubert’s NetBSD blog brings the latest and greatest with regards to NetBSD.

Of course there are more many blogs and websites tracking the “big four”, but these are the best as far as I’m aware.

BSD Magazine – update

Just a quick update with regards the BSD Magazine post that I put on yesterday.

Dru Lavigne has received the BSD magazine today and posted the contents of this issue on her blog:

  • Dru Lavigne, FreeBSD 7.0 Installation and Configuration
  • Michael Lucas, FreeBSD’s bsnmp
  • Jan Stedehouder, Pushing BSD an an Open Source Desktop
  • Svetoslav Chukov, PC-BSD Overview
  • Richard Bejtlich, Sguil 0.7.0 on FreeBSD 7.0
  • Jay Kruizenga, How to Dual-Boot Vista with BSD
  • Peter Hansteen, Keep Smiling, Waste Spammers’ Time
  • Henrik Lund Kramshoj, Defense in Depth and FOSS
  • Donald Hayford, NetBSD on the NSSSSLU2
  • Girish Venkatachalam, OpenBSD pf
  • Eric Schnoebelen, Instant Messaging with jabber/XMPP
  • Federico Biancuzzi, Interview with FreeBSD Developer Jeff Roberson
  • Mikel King, What is in a Certification
  • Henrik Lund Kramshoj, Review of the Book of PF

BSD Magazine #1 published

BSD Magazine issue #1 is out. Really good to see that the first BSD Magazine has come out and is being distributed. Congratulations to the team!

There are several types of subscriptions for this magazine, i.e. print subscription, electronic subscription and the corporate subscription for companies.

More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-tos and extras:

1. what’s new (section for news: new releases, upcoming events, latest products)
2. get started (installation and configuration articles)
3. how-tos (tutorials, how-tos, guides on various topics)
4. admin (articles about system administration and security)
5. mms (multimedia section)
6. tips & tricks (useful tips for beginners and advanced)
7.let’s talk (section where BSD users and professionals can share their general thoughts about BSD and Open Source)

For more details or subscribing, visit the website.

Don’t miss your chance to explore BSD world !

Update – 24/04/2008

BSD Magazin #1 published