Could Oracle embrace BSD?

Mikel King thinks Oracle should embrace BSD:

However, Sun has utterly failed in that respect garnering little support in the general Open Source community. The would have fared better served retooling Solaris into a commercial entity based on one of the BSDs like FreeBSD, NetBSD or OpenBSD. Often overlooked by Linux junkies the BSDs have commercial friendly licensing which is why Apple embraced FreeBSD as the foundation of Mac OS X. The difference is that Oracle should embrace the chosen BSD operating system and develop Open Solaris as an add-on. In addition they should openly embrace the BSD community fostering active development in the product.

Following this concept Oracle could make Open Solaris a desktop product for installation upon the appropriate BSD operating system. In addition they could offer their code base, releasing much needed drivers into the BSD community. The community would benefit from the advances in the SPARC platform, and Oracle would benefits from the access to a wider variety of system architectures.


Oracle; ready for dinner, if only the EU would stop messing with the soup…

BSD Professional Job Task Analysis Survey

The BSD Certification group has posted a survey that is meant to help determine the tasks that should be a part of the BSD Professional Certification Exam (BSDP).

The BSD Professional Certification Exam is a more in-depth exam than our BSD Associate exam. The typical BSD Professional is experienced in using one or more versions of BSD such as NetBSD, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly, or other BSD system for several years; may be employed as a senior BSD administrator; and typically has an in-depth knowledge of shell scripting, user administration, file and filesystem maintenance, kernel tuning, and many other technical tasks.

Have a look and/or complete the survey here.

BSD Mag issue 6 – BSD Security & OpenBSD 4.5

bsd magazineThe 6th issue of BSD Mag is now available. The topic for this month is BSD Security & OpenBSD 4.5.

Interested in the BSD Mag but don’t want to commit to a subscription yet? Have a look at these 3 free issues (PDF) and decide.

This is the table of contents of the latest issue:

Installing OpenBSD

OpenBSD 4.5 is the latest version of OpenBSD released in May, 2009. This article will walk you through its installation in great details. For a quick start boot the attached DVD with OpenBSD 4.5.

Postgresql, shared memory and BSD

This series of articles will compare a basic installation of Postgresql on various flavors of BSD, and compare the performance between them given similar shared memory settings.

Triple booting Windows 7, Ubuntu 9.04 and PC-BSD 7.1

In this article we will give a step-by-step guide to installing three different operating systems on the same hard drive.

BuildaSearch a FreeBSD Web Service

BuildaSearch is a web service which allows users to build a custom search engine or site search in less than five minutes. No coding skills are necessary when building a custom search. Users can customize their colors, backgrounds, logos, and search results.

Web Servers for Embedded NetBSD

Web-based user interfaces have become ubiquitous for all sorts of electronic gear these days. If you are building a network-capable device, chances are you will want to add a web server to your device’s software, as well – it’s generally cheaper than a hardware interface and far easier to change or update.

Out-of-the-box sshfs on NetBSD 5.0

Sshfs makes it possible to mount a remote directory tree onto the local machine. Only ssh access is required for this.

FreeBSD Security Event Auditing

Security is increasingly a hot topic in systems administration. Vulnerable systems get patches, firewalls get set up and password policies are enforced. But in the end, all these measures cannot eliminate the risk of a system break-in. They can only reduce it.

Securing OpenSSH server

OpenSSH is free implementation of SSH suite. Many of us use it on a daily basis and got so used to it we couldn’t imagine our lives without it.

Staying Secure using PC-BSD

“Help! Pop-ups are destroying my computer!” I cannot count how many times I have heard those words come from my brother’s mouth.

Stop Hackers With Protection Script

I suppose you have a border server that is freely accessible from the internet or you just want to have a secure machine. Whichever the case is, I will tell you my story.

OpenBSD on the Sharp Zaurus

If you look at the OpenBSD Platforms page ( ) you’ll see Zaurus down at the bottom. Is it there just so that the OpenBSD team can safely say that they support a multitude of platforms, from Alpha to Zaurus?

Questions and Answer Session of the BSD Certification Group Community

Recently, the BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) asked via their mailing lists for questions regarding the BSDCG or the BSDA exam, offering to answer them in this issue of BSD Mag.

Interview with Albert Whale

My name is Albert Whale, the President of ABS Computer Technology. I am a resident of Pittsburgh, PA, and I work with my company on Security and Consulting opportunities on an international basis.

Interview with Matt Juszczak

Recently I had the opportunity to sit down with Matt Juszczak creator of and ask him some questions about the project. I would like to thank Matt for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk with me about the project. The following is a synopsis of that Q&A session.

EuroBSDCon 2009

ukuugThe U.K. Unix and Open Systems User Group (UKUUG) is hosting the EuroBSDCon 2009 in Cambridge from 18-20 September. The conference by many seen as the annual get-together for the European BSD community.

The conference runs over three days starting with many tutorials.

  • Tutorial 1: Kirk McKusick’s FreeBSD Overview, and a focus on FileSystems and VM
  • Tutorial 2: Building the network you need with PF – Peter Hansteen
  • Tutorial 3: SCTP Introduction and Workshop – Randall Stewart

On the second and third day there will be talks on various BSD systems related talks (FreeBSD, NetBSD and PC-BSD).

The BSD Certification Group (BSDCG) will be taking exams on these days too.

Check the EuroBSDCon website for prices, directions, time tables ets

S0urce: (check the BSD calendar for any BSD related events in your area).

BSD Mag promotional flyer

BSD Mag has created a promotional flyer for give-away. It includes subscription information and a discount code. Help us handing these out to spread the word about BSD Magazine, .

A PDF copy is availabe from Dru’s slideshare.

Also, if you haven’t subscribed to BSD Mag because you didn’t know what you would subscribe for, you can now download BSD Magazine’s 3 previous issues – all available for download.  If you like them, why not subscribe?

BSD magazine – Special Subscription Offer

As most of you will know by now, the BSD Magazine will continue to stay. For a few weeks its future existence was in doubt, but with a number of last minute subscriptions and magzine sales, the publisher has decided to give BSD Mag another chance.

Chief editor of the magazine, Karolina, contacted me to let you all know about a special subscription offer that’s on:

  • subscribe to a one-year or two-year subscription of the BSD magazine
  • Choose issue 3/2009(5) as your starting issue, and

you will receive a FREE CD with the BSD magazine and Linux+ magazine archives!

Don’t miss your chance and subscribe before August 20th

In case of any questions please email subscription_support AT bsdmag DOT org

Also, the magazine will contain 80 pages going forward instead of 60.

Current issue

  • Installing FreeBSD 7.1 with Enhanced Security Jails…
  • OpenSMTPD…
  • Getting a GNOME Desktop on FreeBSD…
  • Packaging Software for OpenBSD – part 2…
  • A Jabber Data Transfer Component…
  • Building a FreeBSD Wireless Router…
  • CPU Scaling on FreeBSD Unix…
  • LDAP Authentication on OpenBSD Boxes…
  • FreeBSD and Snort Intrusion Detection System…
  • Building an Embedded Video Web Server with NetBSD…
  • FreeBSD Tips…
  • Maintaining System Configuration Files Using Subsversion…
  • Q&A about Dtrace…
  • more

BSDStats – June 2009

These are the final BSD usage numbers for June 2009 from showing the use of *BSD operating systems:

  • PC-BSD 17,156 (71.39%)
  • FreeBSD 5,483 (22.82%)
  • DesktopBSD 1206 (5.02%)
  • NetBSD 70 (0.29%)
  • OpenBSD 55 (0.23%)
  • DragonFlyBSD 12 (0.12%)
  • MidnightBSD 14 (0.06%)
  • MirBSD 11 (0.05%)
  • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 8 (0.03%)

Note, these numbers aren’t in any way a true representation of the use of BSD systems. PC-BSD and DesktopBSD have the BSDStats port installed by default (which can be turned off), whereas on other BSD systems the scrip has to be manually installed

Many thanks to Igor (Abaza) for reminding me about the bsdstats numbers.