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vBSDCon with Reyk Floeter (reyk@) and Henning Brauer (henning@)
Contributed by jcr on Thu Nov 21 05:03:08 2013 (GMT)
from the no-inside-jokes dept.

At the end of October, very first Verisign vBSDCon was held near Washington D.C. at the Hyatt hotel in Dulles, Virginia. Reyk Floeter (reyk@) and Henning Brauer (henning@) were asked to give a joint presentation titled, "Inspecting Packets with OpenBSD and pf". Henning wrote in to tell us about his experience and give us the previous link to the presentation slides.

At BSDcan 2013 in Ottawa earlier this year, Michael Dexter got Reyk and myself together with Vincent Miller of Verisign, who was in the process of organizing vBSDcon. He asked us wether we could give a pf run-through presentation at vBSDcon. We quickly agreed on a way that makes it comfortable for Reyk and me. We flew over to IAD, the Washington D.C. international airport in Dulles, VA, where the conference was held. We found an amazingly well organized conference. Even though this was the first vBSDcon, it was obvious the team had experience in organizing events like that. Our talk [link to slides] was very well received, the audience was great, and I had a lot of fun on stage giving it with Reyk.

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Donation Request: Older Thinkpad X60 or X60s (X200, X200s, T400, T400s, T500)
Contributed by jcr on Thu Nov 21 12:05:29 2013 (GMT)
from the I-thinkpad-therefore-I-am dept.

Editor's Note: Thanks to everyone in the OpenBSD community who donated laptops to help the developers find and fix the issues with Intel graphics chipsets. Stefan Sperling (stsp@) just informed us that they have received enough donated laptops for the developers who needed access to the hardware.

OpenBSD developer, Stefan Sperling (stsp@), wrote in to tell us about the need of the project to receive some older but specific laptops.

I've just added an entry on want.html for Thinkpad X60 or X60s laptops:

A Thinkpad X60 or X60s laptop is needed ASAP in Berlin, Germany, or in Melbourne, Australia, for inteldrm(4) development. These models exhibit graphics corruption which we would like to fix in time for the 5.5 release. Contact stsp<at> or jsg<at>

The X60 line is somewhat outdated by now, so I hope that someone out there has a spare one they could donate. More of these laptops are needed by developers to tackle the issues, and fixing these bugs without access to hardware is very hard.

These machines contain the 945GM chipset which shows severe graphics corruption problems with inteldrm(4). I've seen some corruption happen on other intel graphics hardware, but none as severe as on these Thinkpad models.

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NYCBSDCon 2014 Call For Papers And Exposťs
Contributed by jcr on Fri Nov 22 10:15:51 2013 (GMT)
from the bsd-occupies-wall-street dept.

Note: The date of the conference was changed to February 8, 2014

OpenBSD developer Brian Callahan (bcallah@) wrote in to announce the NYCBSDCon 2014 Call For Papers (CFP) and Call For Exposés (CFE). The NYCBSDCon 2014 conference will be a day-long event held on February 8, 2014 at Suspenders Restaurant located at 111 Broadway just above Wall Street in downtown Manhattan, New York City. There are still some opportunities available to sponsor NYCBSDCon.

This year in addition to our usual CFP, we're also having something we've named a Call For Exposes (CFE). The NYCBSDCon Exposés will be demonstrations of BSD-based projects from developers and implementers.

As of now, I can tell you that I'm the one in charge of organizing the exposés and I'll be doing one. I'll be bringing Yeeloong and Octeon machines so attendees can get a first-hand look at the different OpenBSD/MIPS platforms and a chance to play with the hardware.

Please subscribe to the NYCBSDCon mailing list as it will have the most up-to-date information.

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BSDNow Episode 011 Shows Their Ultimate OpenBSD Router Tutorial
Contributed by jcr on Mon Nov 18 07:24:33 2013 (GMT)
from the what-comes-after-ultimate dept.

Allan, Kris, and TJ of BSDNow have release Episode 011 of their show with a whole bunch of OpenBSD and OpenSSH related content. In the show and on their site, they've created an "Ultimate OpenBSD Router" tutorial. The interview this week is with Jamie Hyneman of the Mythbusters, but in the form of his far more famous and better known secret identity as Justin Sherrill (justin@DragonFlyBSD). The interview covers a number of topics including the release of DragonFlyBSD 3.6, some history of the project, and his efforts on the DragonFly Digest.

Video | HD Video | MP3 Audio | OGG Audio | Torrent | Youtube | iTunes

There is also a Roku channel for Jupiter Broadcasting with open source code available. You can add the channel with the code JBTV or by clicking this Jupiter Broadcasting Roku link.

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Donation Request: Funds for an amd64 laptop
Contributed by jcr on Wed Nov 20 06:03:39 2013 (GMT)
from the missed-points dept.

Editor's Note: I wanted to thank everyone in the OpenBSD community who donated to the effort. Brad has received enough donations to cover his needs. Thanks Again!

In a message to misc@ (below) one of the OpenBSD developers, Brad Smith (brad@), asked for help with a getting an amd64 laptop.

I added an entry to want.html as I am looking for a laptop to replace the laptop I have at the moment which has some really bad heat related issues and I have been hobbling along with it for awhile now. I am in the Toronto area. I thought I would post to misc@ for some greater exposure. Is there anyone that would be able to help me out?

Like all of the project developers, Brad has contributed a lot of his own time and effort to OpenBSD over the years, and the result is some portion of the code you're running right now. If you've ever watched a video on OpenBSD, then you've benefited from the work Brad and others do. On the mailing list, Brad's request for help received some well-intended suggestions like fan cleaning tips to hopefully solve the thermal issues, but as Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) said, some people were, "Missing the point entirely."

If you can help out in some way, Brad's paypal account is (brad<at>comstyle<dot>com).

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Videos of Absolute OpenBSD author, Michael Lucas, talk at
Contributed by tbert on Fri Nov 15 08:45:32 2013 (GMT)
from the absolutely-getting-mugged dept.

Michael W. Lucas is the author of one of the suggested books about OpenBSD titled, "Absolute OpenBSD: UNIX for the Practical Paranoid". On November 13th, 2013 Michael gave a talk about OpenBSD to the Michigan User Group ( Videos of the talk are now available (links below), and the description from his blog reads:

Among other things, I compare OpenBSD to Richard Stallman and physically assault an audience member. (Brian was a very good sport, and learned an important lesson about volunteering, i.e. don't.) We also talk long long time, memory randomization, PF, BSD license versus GPL, Microsoft, and other OpenBSD stuff.

And, of course, the importance of the VAX.

Youtube: Part 1 | Part 2 | Both Parts

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Using OpenBSD With Vagrant and Veewee
Contributed by jcr on Fri Nov 15 04:22:46 2013 (GMT)
from the yo-dawg-I-heard-you-like-clouds dept.

Stefan Cocora (stefan.cocora<at>gmail) wrote in to tell us about using OpenBSD with vagrant and veewee.

Vagrant is a ruby-based open source programmatic management interface on top of virtualization (currently works with virtualbox, with planned support for kvm and others in future versions). Vagrant integrates with automated provisioning tools like puppet and chef to help you bring up the VM consistently every time (same package versions, same config files). If you mess up your OpenBSD VM beyond repair, then just destroy the instance and bring the VM back up again. It's great for learning, and allows you to make mistakes without having to reinstall OpenBSD.


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BSDTalk Interview With Henning Brauer
Contributed by jcr on Tue Nov 19 13:03:22 2013 (GMT)
from the stop-making-sense dept.

While attending vBSDcon 2013, Will Backman (bitgeist<at>yahoo<dot>com) of BSDTalk (also on BSDTalk blog and BSDTalk iTunes) interviewed Henning Brauer (henning@) about his work on OpenBSD. The (audio) interview is about thirty minutes long and covers topics like Henning's work on pf(4) and the new priority queuing system.

Audio Formats: OGG MP3

Thanks to Will Backman for all of the great BSD interviews he's done over the years.

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FYI: Theo de Raadt to speak at MUUG on Friday Nov 15, 2013
Contributed by jcr on Wed Nov 13 07:40:34 2013 (GMT)
from the getting-muuged dept.

Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) will be speaking at Manitoba UNIX User Group (MUUG) special meeting on November 15, 2013. Information can be found on the MUUG meetings page:

Theo de Raadt, founder of the OpenBSD project, will be giving an informal talk about... well, whatever he's comfortable talking about. We expect to hear something about OpenBSD, but the details will be a surprise for everyone (possibly even Theo)!

Food will be provided, courtesy of MUUG. All interested people are welcome. (There is no charge for this event.)

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