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Posted almost 12 years ago
In another BSDTalk interview we missed from last year, Will Backman interviews Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) about his work with ACPI in OpenBSD. In contrast to other operating systems (predominantly using Intel's code), OpenBSD has a simple, independent ... [More] implementation of ACPI. Mike talks about the challenges they've experienced working with AML parsers, poor hardware implementations, lackluster compliance to the ACPI "standard", and how users can help by providing good test feedback. Episode 195 can be downloaded in either ogg or mp3 formats. [Less]
Posted almost 12 years ago
The team over at Hawk Host released a two-part tutorial for users new to the tmux(1) terminal mutliplexer. The official manpage from Nicholas Marriott (nicm@) is excellent, as usual, but it's nice to see a document that aims to assist users that ... [More] might want to switch from screen to tmux. Part one covers most of the basics you'd expect: a brief comparison to screen, the default keybindings, window and pane management, and breaking & resizing panes. Part two covers more advanced topics, including modifying the default bindings, changing the look & style of tmux and window notifications. Both articles include screenshots to help the reader visualize each feature. It's nice to see the increasing adoption of tmux outside of OpenBSD. Thanks to Nicholas for his continuing work on this excellent utility. [Less]
Posted almost 12 years ago
Van Dung Ha writes in to ask for advice from the community: “ Dear loyal OpenBSD Journal readers, I am planning to setup my own private cloud. It will have dedicated VPS' with preferably OpenBSD for firewall, ldap, monitoring en database ... [More] and Linux for apache web server frontends. Therefore, I am looking for a webhosting party which delivers OpenBSD/Linux private cloud computing. Is there anybody out there who can get me in touch with such a party? Kind regards, Van Dung Ha ” Editor's Note: Many of our readers are familiar with OpenBSD-friendly VPS operations like ARP Networks and RootBSD, but I'm not sure which, if any, offer custom private cloud networks. Do you have experience with any vendors that offer this package? What have your experiences been? [Less]
Posted almost 12 years ago
Peter N. M. Hansteen writes in to tell us about a couple mainstream articles about PF: “ Chad Perrin of Tech Republic has written a couple of articles in their Security section about OpenBSD and PF. The first article, The Book of PF is the ... [More] canonical reference for the PF firewall, reviews the 2nd edition of The Book of PF. The next article, Filtering PF firewall logs, is an introduction to PF log processing. Here's hoping Chad will find more OpenBSD topics to write about! ” Editor's Note: If you're planning to pick up a copy of Peter's book, make sure you order from the OpenBSD online store to help support the project! [Less]
Posted almost 12 years ago
Igor Zinovik reminded us that we completely forgot to mention BSDTalk #200 from last October. This is a great episode featuring Kjell Wooding (kjell@) discussing his experiences as maintainer of the mg(1) text editor. Kjell goes on to recall how he ... [More] got involved with the OpenBSD project and some of his other work along the way. Episode 200 can be downloaded in either ogg or mp3 formats. Enjoy! [Less]
Posted about 12 years ago
One week after the OpenBSD ports tree has been locked in order to polish the last improvements for the upcoming OpenBSD 4.9 release, Marc Espie (espie@) asked for intensive tests on the ports@ mailing list. Please read on for Marc's message: Read more...
Posted about 12 years ago
Ian Darwin (ian@) writes in with a story he did together with Holger Mikolon about their efforts to get OpenBSD running on new hardware. OpenBSD developers have generally chosen laptops from makers other than Dell, perhaps due to the fact that ... [More] you can't usually walk into a computer store to try out OpenBSD support for Dell notebooks: Dell sells most of their computers online. Sometimes, though, it makes sense to buy a brand-name computer and expect that not every peripheral will work on your favorite open-source operating system. As jcr@ already said on Undeadly when talking about portable systems: "If you pick the right system, there will still be plenty of FUN to be had in adding or improving support for some of the unsupported or under-supported parts." Note that jcr@ settled on a larger and somewhat different Dell (Alien 17) for one of the laptops in that article. Read more... [Less]
Posted about 12 years ago
Damien Bergamini (damien@) submitted an article on his latest work on wireless networking devices. He recently committed rsu(4), below is the commit message and some background behind it: CVSROOT: /cvs Module name: src Changes ... [More] by: damien@cvs.openbsd.org 2010/12/11 13:48:21 Modified files: share/man/man4 : usb.4 Makefile sys/dev/usb : files.usb sys/arch/i386/conf: GENERIC sys/arch/amd64/conf: GENERIC Added files: share/man/man4 : rsu.4 sys/dev/usb : if_rsu.c if_rsureg.h Log message: rsu(4), a driver for Realtek RTL8188SU, RTL8191SU and RTL8192SU 802.11n USB devices. These are FullMAC devices that require a firmware to operate; see man page for details. Great thanks to Brad for donating hardware. Committed over the TRENDnet TEW-649UB. ok deraadt@ With this commit and the recent commit of urtwn(4), OpenBSD -current now has support for all the single-chip 802.11n USB devices from Realtek. With the run(4) and otus(4) drivers already in 4.8, OpenBSD supports a large amount of the 802.11n USB devices available in stores. One notable exception is the AR9271 chip from Atheros which is not yet supported, but this is being worked on. Read more... [Less]
Posted about 12 years ago
A few weeks ago, the annual ports hackathon was held again in Budapest, Hungary. The event, again organized by Robert Nagy, was a great success: much of the work has already been committed to the OpenBSD cvs repositories. First time visitor Jacob ... [More] Meuser wrote in with his take on the event: scene: jakemsr's house, Eugene, Oregon, USA, Oct 22, 2010: "OK. See you in 8 days." Door closes. 5 minutes later .. Door opens. "What? Didn't you have a bus to catch?" "Yeah, missed it." That was the scene at my house in Eugene, Oregon, Oct 22, 2010. Oregon's in the northwestern region of the United States, in case you were wondering. The bus I missed was to take me to the train station downtown, where I was to board a train that would take me to Portland, where I'd take a lightrail to the airport, where I'd get on a plane destined for Amsterdam, where I'd meet jasper@ and get on plane headed to p2k10 in Budapest, Hungary. Geez, not even out of the neighborhood and I'm already missing connections. Please read on for the rest of Jacob's story. Read more... [Less]
Posted about 12 years ago
Henning Brauer (henning@) has been an inspiration to me since I started using OpenBSD. On misc@, there are a few individuals that I follow. Nick Holland's (nick@) posts are very educational and informative and I try to read Henning's as well. ... [More] His posts are usually to the point, authoritative and often funny. When you meet henning@ in person and get to know him better, you learn that he has a great sense of humour, that is, if it is not evident already on misc@. He also makes the most out of life even when he misses a step. He has the scars and crutches to prove it. Well, what doesn't kill you... Read on to learn why I think that he's a great inspiration to me and what correlation there might be between beer and daemons: Read more... [Less]