Issue 57
Published February 24, 2021

Quiet week with pfSense release plus the latest news and tutorials from BSD world.

Releases

pfSense® Plus software version 21.02 and pfSense Community Edition (CE) software version 2.5.0, now available for new installations and upgrades.

BSDSec

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News

FreeBSD CORE Team Office Hours on the 17th of March: Following on from the effort in 2019, The FreeBSD team is arranging another Community Survey to help shape the future of The FreeBSD Project. The purpose of this survey is to collect quantitative data from the public in order to help guide the project's priorities and efforts. Similar surveys have been conducted twice by the FreeBSD Project and we are preparing for our third. Before publishing the next survey the Core Team welcomes you to attend for a Virtual Town Hall meeting to share some of the insights of the 2020 Community Survey, and seek advice on how the next survey should be conducted.

MidnightBSD Project Status, happy 15th anniversary: MidnightBSD recently added a default .xinitrc file for user profiles to help with the desktop integration on a fresh install. The default desktop environment has recently changed to Xfce. They still need to build packages to get the default on midnightbsd-desktop updated. A number of package bugs are being worked on and they've placed the mport package manager in it's own repository now to help with contributions and allow us to easily package it in mports. February is the 15th anniversary for the project!

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Introducing veb(4) - a new Virtual Ethernet Bridge: David Gwynne (dlg@) adds a new veb(4) driver to the tree. David's goal is to replace the old bridge(4) driver.

Tutorials

OpenBSD booting multi-user on Apple M1: Mark Kettenis (kettenis@) is teasing OpenBSD booting multi-user on Apple M1 hardware.

What security does a default OpenBSD installation offer?: In this text author will explain what makes OpenBSD secure by default when you install it. Do not take this for a security analysis, but more like a guide to help you understand what is done by OpenBSD to have a secure environment. The purpose of this text is not to compare OpenBSD to others OS but to say what you can honestly expects from OpenBSD.

More

As always, there are more sources of BSD goodness. Latest BSD Now talks about Did Linux kill Commercial Unix, three node GlusterFS setup on FreeBSD, OpenBSD on the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Nano (1st Gen), NetBSD on EdgeRouter Lite, TLS Mastery first draft done.

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to providing summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. The latest is from 2021/02/22.

In Other BSDs for 2021/02/20 is out, too.

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