Issue 24
Published June 17, 2020

Main topic of this week is National FreeBSD day coming up this Friday. Then we take a look at the rest of BSD world with the latest releases, news, tutorials and security announcements.

National FreeBSD day

National FreeBSD Day on June 19th commemorates the launch date of an innovative technology that many of us use every day.

FreeBSD Foundation founded National FreeBSD Day to recognize its pioneering and continuing impact on technology and honor its legacy. Commemorating the launch date of FreeBSD, June 19th, was selected.

On June 15, 2017, the Registrar atNational Day Calendar declared the day to be officially observed on June 19th, annually.

Share your experiences with FreeBSD and explore the possibilities and join the discussion using #FreeBSDDay on social media.


pfSense 2.4.5-RELEASE-p1 Now Available: pfSense software version 2.4.5-p1 is a maintenance release which brings several important stability and bug fixes for issues present in pfSense 2.4.5-RELEASE.

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 11.4-RELEASE. This is the fifth and final release of the stable/11 branch. Some of the highlights:

  • The clang, llvm, lld, lldb, and compiler-rt utilities as well as libc++ have been updated to upstream version 10.0.0.
  • OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.2u.
  • Unbound has been updated to version 1.9.6.
  • The pkg(8) utility has been updated to version 1.13.2.
  • The KDE desktop environment has been updated to version
  • The GNOME desktop environment has been updated to version 3.28.
  • Support for renaming ZFS bookmarks has been added.
  • The certctl(8) utility has been added.
  • Several feature additions and updates to userland applications.
  • Warnings for features deprecated in future releases will now be printed on all FreeBSD versions.


OpenBSD Errata: June 11th, 2020 (x509): Errata patches for LibreSSL have been released for OpenBSD 6.6 and 6.7. libcrypto may fail to build a valid certificate chain due to expired untrusted issuer certificates. Binary updates for the amd64, i386, and arm64 platforms are available via the syspatch utility.

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


The FreeBSD Project has adopted a new LLVM-derived code of conduct. The new code of conduct can be found at This comes as a result of two surveys related to Code of Conduct for active FreeBSD developers.

HardenedBSD June 2020 Status Report: Now that HardenedBSD’s infrastructure has found its new home, it’s time to ramp up development again.

MidnightBSD is available on Amazon Web Services. On the marketplace, you can use the MidnightBSD 0.8.6 release. A newer version was submitted to Amazon, but not approved yet.

Are you into the code of different OSs? Well, read this article for fascinating dive into NetBSD code.

The first version of HAMMER took automatic snapshots, set within the config for each filesystem. HAMMER2 now also takes automatic snapshots, via periodic(8) like most every repeating task on your DragonFly system.

LibreSSL 3.1.3 Released and it includes the following fix:

  • libcrypto may fail to build a valid certificate chain due to expired untrusted issuer certificates


FreeBSD VNET Jail HowTo: An example on how to get started with VNET Jails with jail.conf, with FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE.

WireGuard VPN Server on a Cloud VPS on OpenBSD 6.6 with Full Disk Encryption: This guide will deploy WireGuard on top of the OpenBSD Operating System (OS) in Vultr.

Guides to enable webcam support in FreeBSD seem to stop short of using the webcam in a browser (e.g. Chrome or Firefox). This article describes how to use the webcam on FreeBSD 12.1-RELEASE-p3 with Chromium 81.0.4044.113 and Firefox 75.0 (currently both from the ‘latest’ branch of packages).


As always, there are more sources of BSD goodness. Latest BSD Now talks about FreeBSD 11.4-RC 2 available, OpenBSD 6.7 on a PineBook Pro 64, How OpenZFS Keeps Your Data Safe, Bringing FreeBSD to EC2, FreeBSD 2020 Community Survey, and more.

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 2020-06-15.

In Other BSDs for 2020/06/13 is out, too.

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