Issue 127
Published October 26, 2022

All the latest news and tutorials from the BSD world.


FuguIta 7.2: This is a first test release.

FreeBSD 12.4-BETA1 Available: The first BETA build for the FreeBSD 12.4 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, armv7, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe, and sparc64 architectures are FreeBSD mirror sites.

OpenBSD 7.2: This is the 53rd release, as they remain proud of OpenBSD’s record of more than twenty years with only two remote holes in the default install. As in our previous releases, 7.2 provides significant improvements, including new features, in nearly all areas of the system, for example adding Apple M2 as supported platform.


OpenBSD Errata: October 24, 2022 (libcrypto): Errata patches for libcrypto have been released for OpenBSD 7.2. Binary updates for the amd64, i386 and arm64 platform are available via the syspatch utility.

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


FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report - Third Quarter 2022: Here is the third quarterly report for year 2022, with 24 reports included, which is slightly fewer than last quarter. Report includes: FreeBSD Team Reports, FreeBSD Core Team, FreeBSD Foundation, FreeBSD Release Engineering Team, Cluster Administration Team, Continuous Integration, Ports Collection, Projects, OpenStack on FreeBSD, FreeBSD as a Tier 1 cloud-init Platform, Userland, bhyve debug server enhancements, Rewrite of pjdfstest, Ongoing work on LLDB multiprocess debugging support, DTrace: Instruction-level dynamic tracing, Kernel, ENA FreeBSD Driver Update, wtap(4) enhancement, Intel wireless towards 11ac, More wireless updates, Enabling Snapshots on Filesystems Using Journaled Soft Updates, Architectures, FreeBSD/Firecracker, Documentation, Documentation Engineering Team, Ports, Calendar-data: License added, KDE on FreeBSD, GCC: New maintainer, GCC 12.2 and more, sysutils/lsof major upgrade, Third Party Projects, Containers and FreeBSD: Pot, Potluck and Potman .

Keeping FreeBSD Secure: Learn the Whys and Hows with the FreeBSD Sec Team: Interview with Gordon Tetlow, a volunteer FreeBSD Security Officer, and Ed Maste, Deputy Security Officer, and Mark Johnston, a FreeBSD security team member. The latter two are sponsored by FreeBSD Foundation and support the security team in both ongoing operational aspects of the team’s work, and proactive development.

BSD Now 477: Uninitialized Memory Disclosures: Analyzing BSD Kernels for Uninitialized Memory Disclosures Using Binary Ninja, Sharing Dual-Licensed Drivers between Linux and FreeBSD, favorite Things About The OpenBSD Packet Filter Tools, How to trigger services restart after OpenBSD update, Gems from the Man Page Trenches, and more.

FreeBSD comes to Amazon’s lightweight hypervisor: The FreeBSD developer who brought FreeBSD to Amazon EC² has now got it working on the company’s lightweight Firecracker hypervisor. AWS Community Hero” Colin Percival is the developer of the Tarsnap online backup service and the portsnap tool for updating FreeBSD. It’s thanks to his efforts that FreeBSD is supported on Amazon EC². Now, he has announced that FreeBSD supports another new platform: Amazon’s Firecracker hypervisor.


New How-to Guide: Binary Package Management on FreeBSD: If you haven’t used packages for software management in a while, it might be time to give them a try again! Since the introduction of the pkg management tool, binary package management has become incredibly simple and fast on FreeBSD. Binary packages are pre-compiled and require no in-depth understanding of compiling software on FreeBSD, making them the ideal method to install software for new users.

Avoid Vendor Lock-In with MinIO and OpenZFS: Modern web and mobile applications are increasingly dependent on software defined storage. Most commonly, this means Amazon Web Services’ S3 storage buckets. What you may not realize is that you don’t actually need Amazon for Amazon-compatible cloud storage! In this article, we’ll discuss how and why to avoid vendor lock-in by providing your apps fully S3-compatible storage using free and open source software.

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