Issue 143
Published March 29, 2023

Yet another RC for FreeBSD 13.2 plus MidnightBSD 3.0. What a week!


MidnightBSD 3.0 release: A few key updates include import of many FreeBSD 12.x features, OpenSSL 1.1.1s and many third party software updates. Anyone using MidnightBSD for internet facing services that’s not using openssl from mports already should update as soon as possible. Warning: the current packages available for both amd64 and i386 include an outdated version of mesa that is not playing nice with various web browsers that make use of EGL. They’ve updated mesa in mports but haven’t been able to rebuild packages yet. This could be a blocker for desktop users until packages are refreshed. Most GUI browsers aren’t working with the packages, although text browsers are available. They plan to update the packages this week. You can update mesa from mports and downstream ports that use it if you don’t want to wait for packages.

FreeBSD 13.2-RC5 Available: The fifth RC build for the FreeBSD 13.2 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpc64le, powerpcspe, armv6, armv7, aarch64, and riscv64 architectures are FreeBSD mirror sites.


OpenBSD Errata: March 23, 2023 (bgpd): Errata patches for bgpd have been released for OpenBSD 7.1 and 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.


BSD Now 499 - Dan Langille Interview: BSD Now is interviewing Dan Langille about his new server project. He’ll talk to us about the things he’s building, some of which are a bit out of the ordinary. They’re also talking about BSDCan 2023 and what to expect after returning to an in-presence conference format.


FreeBSD or Linux – A Choice Without OS Wars: Pinning FreeBSD against Linux is a tale as old as time. But it removes from the necessary conversation about which technology is most suitable for its users. Both Linux and FreeBSD are mature operating systems with a myriad of resources and features to offer. At times, one will be more suitable than the other depending on the use case and aim. In this article, we take time to discuss where does it fit, and provide the audience with more reading material before making a decision.

Self-Hosted Calendar and Addressbook services on OpenBSD: Once you have self-hosted email up and running, you may want to add the Calendar and Addressbook features to your service bag. Nowadays, the standard protocols regarding those subjects are CalDAV and CardDAV. Author decided to go with Baikal , the dedicated CalDAV+CardDAV server based on the sabre/dav framework ; the same framework used in Nextcloud DAV services AFAIK. It relies on PHP and is available as a package on OpenBSD.

Accelerating Datacenter Energy Efficiency by Leveraging FreeBSD as Your Server OS: Datacenters are large facilities that house computer systems and other electronic equipment that are used to store, process, and transmit data. These facilities are critical components of the modern digital economy, but they also consume vast amounts of energy. In fact, datacenters are estimated to account for around 1% of global electricity consumption, and that figure is projected to grow as digital technologies continue to expand.

Proxmox to FreeBSD: In this article, the author describes all the steps to migrate VMs and LXC containers from Proxmox to FreeBSD (bhyve VMs and jails)

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