BSD Magazine (2010-03) available: BSD as a desktop (free)

A new issue (free PDF) of BSD Magazine is available now.

Table of contents:

Buil Your Own FreeBSD Update Server

Experienced users or administrators responsible for several machines or environments, know the difficult demands and challenges of maintaining such an infrastructure. The article outlines the steps involved in creating an internal FreeBSD Update Server.

Using OpenBSD and PF as a Virtual Firewall for Windows

The Windows firewall, by default, has many open ports to the local network, like the file and print sharing service ports, which are the source of many security holes. How to protect a Windows host with a basic configuration of an OpenBSD virtual machine with PF as a NAT router and firewall?

Keeping FreeBSD Applications Up-To-Date

An important system administration task, and a principle of running a defensible network, is keeping operating systems and applications up-to-date. In this article you will find multiple ways how to complete this task.

Spam Control with a stock OpenBSD install

Ever since e-mails became ubiquitous unwanted e-mails or spam also known as UCE (Unsolicited Commercial E-mail) or UBE (Unsolicited Bulk E-mail) also became popular. Any chance to control this? OpenBSD has an excellent method to fight spam and this article is about it.

Choosing and Installing a Window Manager with FreeBSD

Step by Step installing with comments and advice. One of the many attractive features of BSD is that the end-user is not tied to a particular desktop or windowing environment.

BSD Live Desktops

Last week Zafer Aydogan, founder of Jibbed, and Stefan Rinkes, founder of GNOBSD, agreed to talk with Jesse Smith about their projects (from which BSD community will surely benefit), themselves and BSD.

BSD goes to the Office: Can BSD compete in a real life consulting workplace?

A reminder on our last issue topic- an article about an experiment to determine a viability of BSD desktop in a real world high pressure consulting engagement. There are many articles that expound on the succes of Linux as desktop, and quite a few accounts of using a Linux desktop in this case or that case. But this one is written not from a perspective of a journalist or home user, but from a system administration and consulting perspective.

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BSDs as Servers (BSD Magzine – free issue)

There is a new issue of the BSD Magazine available: BSD 02/2010 (8) – BSDs as Servers

This issue  is the first electronic-only version and available as free PDF download.

What’s inside:

  • A first look at PC-BSD 8 release
  • Installing and securing an Apache Jail with SSL on FreeBSD
  • The gemstones for FreeBSD
  • OpenBSD, NetBSD and FreeBSD as file sharing servers – Part 1 – NFS
  • Ipsec VPNs: An Introduction to IKE and Ipsec
  • LDAP on FreeBSD
  • Secure and stable mailservers with OpenBSD and qmail
  • Developing Secure Storages: Now On FreeBSD
  • Web Server Benchmarking
  • BSD Tips and Tricks
  • Interview with Olivier Cochard – Labbe, Founder of FreeNAS

Let your open source loving friends know about this great magazine.

BSD Magazine goes free

The announcement published by Michal Gladecki, the new Editor-in-Chief of BSD Magazine on the FreeBSD announcements mailing list earlier today read as follows:

“We are happy to announce that BSD Magazine is transforming into a free monthly online publication. The online version of BSD Magazine will stay in the same quality and form. It will look like the BSD magazine one is familiar and comfortable with. Please sign up to our newsletter atwww.bsdmag.org and get every issue straight to your inbox. Also, you can now download any of the previous issues from our website. The first online issue — 2/2010 — is coming out in February. Please spread the word about BSD Magazine.”

I’m glad to see BSD Mag go free.  Hopefully, more people will read BSD Mag now and become interested the BSD branch of operating systems. However, on the other hand, if there’s little income (ads etc), how can this be maintained?

This reminds me of a Linux PDF magazine that I used to get back in 2005-06: Tux Magazine. This was very a popular online Linux magazine, but it died a sudden death due to no subscription income.

Many thanks to Lee J. Imner (www.imber.com – Secure | Reliable Networks) for notifying me.

BSD Fund sponsoring BSDCan 2010

bsdfundlogoThe BSD Fund announced that they have generated enough card revenue to be a BSDCan sponsor. BSD Fund is a Bronze sponsor of BSDCan 2010 using funds raised exclusively with the BSD Fund Visa.

The BSD Fund aspires to contribute to every major BSD event around the world as they play such a critical role in the community, but so far it’s been a chicken and egg problem: few cardholders because the card hadn’t supported anything yet. Things seem to be taking off.

About BSD Fund

BSD Fund is a United States 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to assist and fund BSD-related events, development and initiatives around the world. BSD Fund raises money through direct donations and the BSD Fund Visa that supports BSD with every purchase. BSD or Berkeley Software Distribution is a family of open source licenses and operating systems that emphasize permissive redistribution and high technical standards.

For clarity, the BSD Fund is supporting the BSD family of operating systems, whilest the FreeBSD Foundation only funds FreeBSD related activities and projects.

For more info, visit http://bsdfund.org or listen to the podcast with Michael Dexter, manager of the fund.

Thanks, Michael, for contacting me and asking to mention your achievement. If you, my readers, have anything FreeBSD related to announce, why not contact me? We BSD’ers don’t tend to be as vocal as our Penguin brothers…..

BSD Security & OpenBSD 4.5 (free bsdmag issue)

bsdmag_04_2009The BSD Mag team have made the “BSD Security & OpenBSD 4.5” issue (04-2009) available as free download.

Table of contents

Installing OpenBSD
Postgresql, shared memory and BSD
Triple booting Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and PC-BSD 7.1
BuildaSearch a FreeBSD Web Service
Web Servers for Embedded NetBSD
Out-of-the-box sshfs on NetBSD 5.0
FreeBSD Security Event Auditing
Securing OpenSSH server
Staying Secure using PC-BSD
Stop Hackers With Protection Script
OpenBSD on the Sharp Zaurus
Questions and Answer Session of the BSD Certification Group Community
Interview with Albert Whale
Interview with Matt Juszczak
  • Installing OpenBSD
  • Postgresql, shared memory and BSD
  • Triple booting Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and PC-BSD 7.1
  • BuildaSearch a FreeBSD Web Service
  • Web Servers for Embedded NetBSD
  • Out-of-the-box sshfs on NetBSD 5.0
  • FreeBSD Security Event Auditing
  • Securing OpenSSH server
  • Staying Secure using PC-BSD
  • Stop Hackers With Protection Script
  • OpenBSD on the Sharp Zaurus
  • Questions and Answer Session of the BSD Certification Group Community
  • Interview with Albert Whale
  • Interview with Matt Juszczak

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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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