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Heads Up: Apache Removed from Base
Contributed by jj on Fri Mar 14 09:01:27 2014 (GMT)
from the puffy-vs-geronimo dept.

In a series of commits, Florian Obser (florian@) has unhooked Apache from the OpenBSD base build. This means you need to pay special attention when upgrading your systems:

/usr/sbin/httpd and the associated tools and files have been removed. Consider using nginx(8) for your http serving needs, but note that nginx is not a drop-in replacement. For people who need the old httpd(8) and cannot switch at this time, see the port www/apache-httpd-openbsd.

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OpenSMTPd Now the Default MTA in OpenBSD
Contributed by tbert on Thu Mar 13 05:29:12 2014 (GMT)
from the a-demoostik-once-bit-my-sister dept.

After a long time spent in the shadow of Sendmail, OpenSMTPd is now the default MTA in OpenBSD:

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2014/03/12 12:21:34

Modified files:
	etc            : crontab mailer.conf rc.conf 
	etc/mail       : smtpd.conf 

Log message:
switch over to smtpd by default.
ok deraadt gilles todd

A great deal of thanks to the OpenSMPTd developers for their work in making this possible!

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USB 3.0 support beginning to emerge for -current
Contributed by pitrh on Tue Mar 11 08:12:13 2014 (GMT)
from the superspeed me, puffy! dept.

USB 3.0 support is coming to OpenBSD-current. In a series of commits commit dated March 8 2014 ending with this one, Martin Pieuchot (mpi@) added the beginnings of USB 3.0 support:

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2014/03/08 07:34:12

Modified files:
	sys/conf       : files 
	sys/dev/pci    : files.pci 
Added files:
	sys/dev/usb    : xhci.c xhcireg.h xhcivar.h
	sys/dev/pci    : xhci_pci.c

Log message:
Dumb xhci(4) implementation.

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From the trenches: espie@ reports on recent experiments in package building
Contributed by tbert on Fri Mar 7 12:52:45 2014 (GMT)
from the puff my package! dept.

In a recent post to the ports mailing list titled "dpb fun", Marc Espie (espie@) reported on tests running the OpenBSD distributed ports builder on larger than usual hardware and improvements that sprang from the test:

So, I got access to a bunch of fast machines through Yandex. Big kudoes to them. It allowed me to continue working on dpb optimizations for fast clusters, after some tentalizing glimpse into big clusters I got a few months ago thanks to some experiment led by Florian Obser.

The rest of the post follows after the fold, this looks like exciting times are ahead.

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Slashdot Taking Questions for Interview with Theo de Raadt
Contributed by weerd on Wed Mar 5 21:28:17 2014 (GMT)
from the questionable-content dept.

Slashdot is soliciting questions for an interview with Theo de Raadt (deraadt@). So if you've some question you'd like to see the man at the top of the dogpile answer, head on over and drop it in the box.

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OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 Released
Contributed by tbert on Wed Mar 5 16:48:28 2014 (GMT)
from the attn-puffymaster dept.

Gilles Chehade (gilles@) writes in to let us know about the latest official release of OpenSMTPD:

OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 has just been released.

OpenSMTPD is a FREE implementation of the SMTP protocol with some common extensions. It allows ordinary machines to exchange e-mails with systems speaking the SMTP protocol. It implements a fairly large part of RFC5321 and can already cover a large range of use-cases.

It runs on OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, DragonFlyBSD, OSX and Linux.

The archives are now available from the main site at

The rest of the release announcement below the fold.

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BSDCan 2014 Registrations Open
Contributed by pitrh on Wed Mar 5 13:15:41 2014 (GMT)
from the because-BSDCant-never-accomplished-anything dept.

Registration for the 2014 version of the main and longest running North American BSD conference, BSDCan, is now open. The conference takes place in Ottawa, Canada, on the University of Ottawa campus May 14-15 (tutorials) and May 16-17 (talks). You can register for the conference here.

On the program we have OpenBSD developers

Paul Irofti on Porting OpenBSD to Octeon
Peter Hessler on BGP for spamd synchronization
Henning Brauer on 10 years of OpenBGPd
Ingo Schwarze on New trends in mandoc

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Call for Testing: USB Installation Images
Contributed by tbert on Fri Feb 28 23:32:02 2014 (GMT)
from the twiddling-your-thumb-drives dept.

Chris Cappuccio (chris@) announced the need for testing USB installer images on tech@:

Here are some potential USB installer images for OpenBSD/amd64 5.5

The install55.fs contains full installation packages. The miniroot55.fs is a ramdisk-kernel only (for network installation or troubleshooting.)

Please test either on as many amd64 machines as you can with any USB flash and any USB-CF adapters that you have.

Report failures and success of each image ASAP. Test as many flash types (USB, CF-USB, old USB, new USB...) as you can.

SPECIFICALLY, IF you have a boot failure, I need to see the dmesg output (and the fdisk and disklabel output from the machine if possible to boot it another way). Any error messages displayed from the boot blocks or BIOS are also essential.

A follow-up email gives the instructions for creating the installation media:

The installation entails:

dd if=miniroot55.fs of=/dev/rsd2c

Assuming your USB key is identified as 'sd2' after you plug it in (Be careful not to write over a system disk!)

Also you can use physdiskwrite or other tools on Windows or other platforms. All tests are welcome.

As the man says, download, install, and report. If you want to make USB installer images a regular offering, your efforts are required.

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Yes, You Too Can Be An Evil Network Overlord - On The Cheap With OpenBSD, pflow And nfsen
Contributed by jj on Fri Feb 28 07:59:45 2014 (GMT)
from the employ-peter-get-nsa dept.

"Have you ever wanted to know what's really going on in your network?", Peter Hansteen asks in his most recent coloumn, Yes, You Too Can Be An Evil Network Overlord - On The Cheap With OpenBSD, pflow And nfsen,. He goes on to explain how to use your OpenBSD tools (mostly in the base system, the rest available through one pkg_add invocation) to see the hidden life of your network.

It's all easier with OpenBSD, but with some variations the tools Peter mentions will work on any unixlike system.

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