Issue 105
Published March 16, 2022

New Unofficial HardenedBSD liveCD plus all the latest news and tutorials from the BSD world.


Unofficial HardenedBSD liveCD: The system requirements for using is 4 GiB RAM and VGA capable of 1024x768 screen resolution. The liveCD contains the common softwares as well as paxtest and hbsd-checksec. They also contain a second kernel (FreeBSD) for debugging purposes. This is not an official project.

FreeBSD 13.1-BETA1 Available: The first BETA build for the FreeBSD 13.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, arm64, powerpc64, powerpcspe, powerpc64le, and riscv64 architectures are FreeBSD mirror sites.


No security announcements.

As always, it’s worth following BSDSec. RSS feed and Twitter account available.


iwx(4) gains 11ac 80MHz channel support: Following a request-for-testing thread on tech@, Stefan Sperling (stsp@) has committed some IEEE 802.11ac support to iwx(4). This makes it possible to use 80MHz channels and VHT-specific MCS. Other 11ac features remain disabled for now.

BSD Now 445: Journey to BSD : Idiot’s guide to OpenBSD on the Pinebook Pro, FreeBSD Periodic Scripts, history of service management in Unix, journey from macOS to FreeBSD, Unix processes “infecting” each other, navidrom music server on FreeBSD, and more.

mtw(4), a driver for MediaTek MT7601U Wi-Fi devices: James Hastings (hastings@) has committed mtw(4), a driver for MediaTek MT7601U USB Wi-Fi devices. Ported from run(4) with legacy chipsets removed. Not yet enabled in the build.


Optimizing FreeBSD Power Consumption on Modern Intel Laptops: One thing with FreeBSD is that unlike Windows or desktop Linux, the default configuration is poorly optimized for laptops that are newer than your ancient ThinkPad T420, or maybe a T460s. Therefore there are a few things to keep in mind.

Making RockPro64 a NetBSD Server: There are some minor issues with the RockPro64. It has no ability to use ECC memory. It only comes with 1 PCIe 4x slot, and Rockchip errata limited this to PCIe 1.x. It is possible to use a PCIe bridge to enable more devices for booting, or to enable both a network and storage device.

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