BSDTalk Interview with Michael W. Lucas

Podcast LogosBSDTalk has a 12 minute interview with Michael W. Lucas. Mr Lucas is writer of the Big Scary Daemons column at OnLAMP and has written a number of BSD books, of which “Absolute BSD: The Ultimate Guide to FreeBSD” is maybe one of the best known.

In this interview he talks about some of his books and strategies for writing technical publications.

Listen to the podcast as MP3 or OGG.

Redirection problem

The automatic redirection of all posts on to the new domain is not working perfectly yet.

I’ve installed the “redirection” WordPress plugin and added some rules, but it’s not working as it should.

Anybody worked before with WordPress and 301 permanent redirections? If you have any ideas/suggestions or if you think you can help me, this would be greatly appreciated.

Please drop me a line on gvanessen @at gmail .dot com

Move to new domain:

Since was hacked a lot of traffic has come to my site. Looking at the logs many people  googling for “FreeBSD news” or “BSD news” ended up on my site.

After all these months is still not back up. I’ve therefore created a new domain: , which is easier to remember than I was hoping to buy, but the owner of that domain has been ignoring my emails so far.

If you’re using Feedburner for your RSS feeds, there’s no need to change anything; I’ll point feedburner to now. However, if you’re RSS reader is subscribed to you will need to update this/resubscribe to

If you made use of in the past to release news about (your) FreeBSD products (hardward & software), you’re welcome to email them to me now and I’ll put them on my site.

Apologies for not posting frequently but I’ve been working behind the scenes ;-)

BSD conferences – presentations, videos and photos

I’ve collected for you some links to presentations, recordings and pictures of recent BSD conferences.

MeetBSD 2007MeetBSD 2007

  • Matt Olander – PC-BSD: FreeBSD on the Desktop – AVI
  • Christian Brüffer – Protecting your Privacy with FreeBSD and Tor – AVI
  • Pawel Solyga – Meet BSD projects from Google Summer of Code 2007 – AVI | MOV | PDF
  • Philip Paeps – Detangling and debugging: friends in unexpected places – AVI
  • Brooks Davis – Reflections on Building a High-Performance Computing Cluster Using FreeBSD – AVI | PDF
  • Kris Kennaway - New features and improvements in FreeBSD 7 – AVI | PDF


Robert Watson – How a large scale opensource project works (OGG)

The FreeBSD Project is one of the oldest and most successful open source operating system projects, seeing wide deployment across the IT industry. From the root name servers, to top tier ISPs, to core router operating systems, to firewalls, to embedded appliances, you can’t use a networked computer for ten minutes without using FreeBSD dozens of times.

Part of FreeBSD’s reputation for quality and reliability comes from the nature of its development organization — driven by a hundreds of highly skilled volunteers, from high school students to university professors. And unlike most open source projects, the FreeBSD Project has developers who have been working on the samesource base for over twenty years.

But how does this organization work? Who pays the bandwidth bills, runs the web servers, writes the documentation, writes the code, and calls the shots? And how can developers in a dozen time zones reach agreement on the time of day, let alone a kernel architecture?

This presentation will attempt to provide, in 45minutes, a brief if entertaining snapshot into what makes FreeBSD run.

BSDCan 2008 pictures – BSDCan 2008

Developers Summit

FreeBSD review and howtos from a Linux user

I recently decided to give the new 7.0 release of FreeBSD ago and was fairly impressed. I did use BSD along time ago on a home server for a few months but pretty much forgot everything about it from back then.

Firstly FreeBSD refers to both a kernel and userspace tools making it a whole operating system (userspace tools being the basic programs like shells and copy/move commands), this is different to Linux which is just a kernel and distros are technically called GNU/Linux to show that it is using the GNU userspace tools.

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