BSD Magazine – update

Just a quick update with regards the BSD Magazine post that I put on yesterday.

Dru Lavigne has received the BSD magazine today and posted the contents of this issue on her blog:

  • Dru Lavigne, FreeBSD 7.0 Installation and Configuration
  • Michael Lucas, FreeBSD’s bsnmp
  • Jan Stedehouder, Pushing BSD an an Open Source Desktop
  • Svetoslav Chukov, PC-BSD Overview
  • Richard Bejtlich, Sguil 0.7.0 on FreeBSD 7.0
  • Jay Kruizenga, How to Dual-Boot Vista with BSD
  • Peter Hansteen, Keep Smiling, Waste Spammers’ Time
  • Henrik Lund Kramshoj, Defense in Depth and FOSS
  • Donald Hayford, NetBSD on the NSSSSLU2
  • Girish Venkatachalam, OpenBSD pf
  • Eric Schnoebelen, Instant Messaging with jabber/XMPP
  • Federico Biancuzzi, Interview with FreeBSD Developer Jeff Roberson
  • Mikel King, What is in a Certification
  • Henrik Lund Kramshoj, Review of the Book of PF

BSD Magazine #1 published

BSD Magazine issue #1 is out. Really good to see that the first BSD Magazine has come out and is being distributed. Congratulations to the team!

There are several types of subscriptions for this magazine, i.e. print subscription, electronic subscription and the corporate subscription for companies.

More than 60 pages full of news, great articles, tutorials, how-tos and extras:

1. what’s new (section for news: new releases, upcoming events, latest products)
2. get started (installation and configuration articles)
3. how-tos (tutorials, how-tos, guides on various topics)
4. admin (articles about system administration and security)
5. mms (multimedia section)
6. tips & tricks (useful tips for beginners and advanced)
7.let’s talk (section where BSD users and professionals can share their general thoughts about BSD and Open Source)

For more details or subscribing, visit the website.

Don’t miss your chance to explore BSD world !

Update – 24/04/2008

BSD Magazin #1 published

BSD Magazine – update

Over the last weekend and the beginning of this week I received some emails  from readers who were unable to contact anyone behind the BSD Magazine.

Today Kate emailed me saying that there are some problems with the website and other IT problems, but if you want, you can email her with any suggestions, articles etc etc on katarzyna.kaczor [@] lpmagazine [.] org

BSD Magazine – it’s coming!

BSD Magazine LogoI blogged before that there were plans of creating a FreeBSD Magazine. Just to let you know that the first issue can be expected around April 2008. It won’t be just about FreeBSD, but also about other BSD OSses, incl. OpenBSD and NetBSD, hence the name BSD Magazine. The website is now live at If you want to contribute or find out more about BSD Magazine, visit the website or contact Kate or Caroline.

Dru Lavige, Jan Stedehouder and myself will be writing something for the 1st issue.

Exciting future ahead for BSD

FreeBSD LogoTrollaxor has written up an interesting piece about the history and future of the major BSD systems: FreeBSD, netBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD and Darwin.

In the new year the Berkeley Software Distribution family of Unix-like operating systems is growing at a phenomenal rate and excitement over the possibilities for this operating system family is in the air. After unprecedented development and adoption as well as major shifts in the marketplace, it’s time to take a look at what’s new with this demonic family of operating systems.


FreeBSD 5 was the darkest period in this operating system’s history and morale and marketshare were at an all-time low. The problem originated from merging BSD/OS into FreeBSD; though the two systems shared a lot of code, the difference of just a couple years was staggering. FreeBSD’s virtual memory and multi-processing code was immature, while BSD/OS’s libraries were archaic. Mating the two was a mess that cost FreeBSD face and kept users on an older branch from the Nineties, 4.11.

Now, with FreeBSD 7.0b on the horizon promising to wrap it all up, FreeBSD is once again taking the free Unix world by storm. It’s a tight, efficient codebase leveraging the best of BSD/OS, Darwin, and FreeBSD that users have been clamoring for. FreeBSD users and sites now have a shining future ahead of them.

… [discusses NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD & Darwin]

With all of these great improvements to the Berkeley operating system family in the last few years, BSD is clearly where it’s at. Linux is a throwback to when Open Source was a hot buzzword and sharing code was a novel idea. Now, Apple and company use it as standard coding procedure to share and improve the tech they have and leverage their individual strengths.

Even when taking the few commercial Unices that still exist into account, like AIX and Solaris, BSD still owns the arena in its frantic steamroll to the top of the supercomputing mountain. Whether you want the general wholesomeness of FreeBSD, the KGB-like security of OpenBSD, the more experimental NetBSD or DragonFlyBSD, or the utter perfection of Mac OS X, BSD has your bases completely covered with room to grow in the future.

Read the whole article here

(Free)BSD myths dispelled

FreeBSD myths dispelledAs the BSD projects (DragonFlyBSD, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD) have grown in size, a number of persistent myths have grown up around them. Some of these are perpetuated by well meaning but misguided individuals, others by people pursuing their own agendas.

This page aims to dispel those myths while remaining as dispassionate as possible. showing eroneous data?

I’ve noticed today that is showing  only 1,145 users for FreeBSD  and 1,393 for PC-BSD so far this month. Usually the number for FreeBSD is around 4,000 servers/PCs at the beginning of each month, which then climbs up to around 5,000 at the end of the month. Most of these are servers that are on 24/7 so they ping immediately at the beginning of the month. The number of PC-BSD users tends to go up slowly throughout the month to around 5,000 users. The total of 1,393 PC-BSD users so far this month is possibly correct, but I’m not sure about the 1,145 FreeBSD servers/users.

Anybody aware of any problems or changed scripts?

BSDStats numbers (December 2007)

These are the final BSD usage numbers for December 2007 from showing the use of *BSD operating systems:

  • FreeBSD 5,780 (47.2%)
  • PC-BSD 5,506 (44.9%)
  • DesktopBSD 745 (6.1%)
  • NetBSD 116 (0.9%)
  • OpenBSD 61 (0.5%)
  • DragonFlyBSD 25 (0.2%)
  • MidnightBSD 12 (0.1%)
  • MirBSD 6 (0.0%)
  • Debian GNU/kFreeBSD 2 (0.0%)

Review of “The Book of PF”

Dru Lavigne has reviewedThe Book of PF – A No-Nonsense Guide to the OpenBSD Firewall“. Peter N.M. Hansteen, the writer, has written this book as an expanded follow-up to his very popular online PF tutorial. PF (Packet Filter) is a robust packet filter that originated in OpenBSD and that has been ported to FreeBSD.

Dru concludes here short review with:

All in all, this book is very readable and a must-have resource for anyone who deals with firewall configurations. If you’ve heard good things about PF and have been thinking of giving it a go, this book is definitely for you. Start at the beginning and before you know it you’ll be through the book and quite the PF guru. Even if you’re already a PF guru, this is still a good book to keep on the shelf to refer to in thorny situations or to lend to colleagues.

Check the book details and other reviews here on Amazon. Recommended Buy.