LinuxWorld thinks Beastie is cool

Dru Lavigne reports that BSD users have known for a long time that Beastie is pretty cool.

According to a poll held at last week’s LinuxWorld, Beastie is far cooler than Tux, by a margin of 31.6% to 6.6%. Now we just have to work on being cooler than the firefox mascot…

Perhaps the Beastie babes had something to do with the results.

Personally I’ve always liked the new FreeBSD logo over the mascot and hence I’ve not used it very often here. What do you guys think, should I put Beastie somewhere on this blog to make it look and feel more BSD? What do you think?

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FreeBSD KDE 4.1 packages available

The FreeBSD packages for KDE4.1 are now available on the FreeBSD FTP servers. If you don’t want to build from source you can now use these packages to quickly install a KDE 4.1.0 desktop.

to install (as su) KDE4.1 enter:

pkg_add -r kde4-4.1.0

If you’re not familiar with installation of FreeBSD packages, or if you want to brush up your knowledge, have a look at Using the Packages System chapter from the FreeBSD handbook.

Find out network card / port speed in FreeBSD

Under FreeBSD the ifconfig utility is used to assign an address to a network interface and/or configure network interface parameters.

The ifconfig utility must be used at boot time to define the network address of each interface present on a machine; it may also be used at a later time to redefine an interface’s address or other operating parameters.

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Add greylisting to a FreeBSD Postfix Mail Server (howto)

Greylisting is an important tool in the war against spam.  Servers who connect to a mail server with an active greylisting are given a 450 recipent address rejected error the first time they try to connect and will not be allowed to successfully connect for a predefined time frame (normally a couple of minutes). A 450 SMTP error is not a permanent error and an RFC compliant mail server will try and resend the email again a bit later on. On the other hand the tools spammers tend to use do not adhere to standards and will not bother to retry sending the message again.


Some advice for Microsoft: dump Windows

It’s time for Microsoft to dump Windows.

In fact, ten years ago would have been a good time to start. At the risk of berating the obvious, it’s clear that security will continue to be a major problem for Microsoft. The reason is their tether to legacy code, and their patchwork attempts to shore up their OS core. It’s time to let it go.

Apple did it, and did it well. They created a virtualized environment to run Classic MacOS apps in order to ease the transition. When they switched processor architectures, they developed Rosetta, which allows PowerPC apps to run on an Intel platform without modification, again, easing the transition. It can be done. It has been done. It should be done.

What would happen to Linux and FreeBSD if Microsoft decided to create a new UNIX based operating system? This is an article by Paul Venezia on

Read the full article

release: KDE 4.1 for FreeBSD

KDE 4.1 has been merged into the FreeBSD ports tree

To find out more about KDE 4.1, read the announcement on the KDE website. Some notes with regards to KDE 4.1 (FreeBSD) have a look here.

Many thanks to the KDE FreeBSD Team for all their hard work, time and efforts porting this to FreeBSD,