Find out network card / port speed in FreeBSD

Under FreeBSD the ifconfig utility is used to assign an address to a network interface and/or configure network interface parameters.

The ifconfig utility must be used at boot time to define the network address of each interface present on a machine; it may also be used at a later time to redefine an interface’s address or other operating parameters.

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Add greylisting to a FreeBSD Postfix Mail Server (howto)

Greylisting is an important tool in the war against spam.  Servers who connect to a mail server with an active greylisting are given a 450 recipent address rejected error the first time they try to connect and will not be allowed to successfully connect for a predefined time frame (normally a couple of minutes). A 450 SMTP error is not a permanent error and an RFC compliant mail server will try and resend the email again a bit later on. On the other hand the tools spammers tend to use do not adhere to standards and will not bother to retry sending the message again.

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Some advice for Microsoft: dump Windows

It’s time for Microsoft to dump Windows.

In fact, ten years ago would have been a good time to start. At the risk of berating the obvious, it’s clear that security will continue to be a major problem for Microsoft. The reason is their tether to legacy code, and their patchwork attempts to shore up their OS core. It’s time to let it go.

Apple did it, and did it well. They created a virtualized environment to run Classic MacOS apps in order to ease the transition. When they switched processor architectures, they developed Rosetta, which allows PowerPC apps to run on an Intel platform without modification, again, easing the transition. It can be done. It has been done. It should be done.

What would happen to Linux and FreeBSD if Microsoft decided to create a new UNIX based operating system? This is an article by Paul Venezia on Infoworld.com.

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new release: AskoziaPBX pb14.1

Michael Iedema announced the availability of AskoziaPBX 14.1

after a week of testing and feedback, we’re proud to announce pb14.1! Thanks to everyone for taking the time to let us know what you did and did not like. Also, a huge thanks to those providing webGUI translations.

Some of the changes and updates:

  • New localizations for simplified and traditional Chinese, Danish and Dutch
  • Sorting the logs in reverse order has been reinstated
  • SIP and IAX2 URIs can now be used as dialstrings for external phone accounts
  • Users may now define their own voicemail notification e-mail messages
  • Dynamic dns update server address for zoneedit has been fixed
  • jquery updated to 1.2.6

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release: m0n0wall 1.234

Manuel Kasper has announced the release of m0n0wall 1.234, a minimalist firewall distribution based on FreeBSD.

I’ve decided to create one more release in the 1.2x stable branch to add source port randomization (for both NAT and the DNS forwarder). This is a recommended upgrade for all 1.2x users, no matter whether you’re running a DNS server behind m0n0wall with NAT or not.

LINKS: Download (MD5) | Change log | Website