Issue 41
Published October 14, 2020

Last week OpenZFS Developer Summit 2020 was happening. There’s also new RC for FreeBSD 12.2 plus latest news an tutorials.

OpenZFS Developer Summit 2020

The eighth annual OpenZFS Developer Summit was an online conference which took place Oct 6-7 (Tue-Wed) over Zoom.

As with previous years: The goal of the event is to foster cross-community discussions of OpenZFS work and to make progress on some of the projects we have proposed. This 2-day event consists of a day of presentation and a 1-day hackathon.

Presentation’s slides and videos are now available.


FreeBSD 12.2-RC2 Available: The second RC build for the FreeBSD 12.2 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, armv6, armv7, arm64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe, and sparc64 architectures are available on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites.


None last week.

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


pkgsrc-2020Q3 released: The pkgsrc developers are proud to announce the 68th quarterly release of pkgsrc, the cross-platform packaging system. pkgsrc is available with more than 22,000 packages, running on 23 separate platforms; more information on pkgsrc itself is available at In total, 241 packages were added, 115 packages were removed, and 1,713 package updates (to 1,273 unique packages) were processed since the pkgsrc-2020Q2 release. As always, many packages have been brought up to date relative to upstream.

FreeBSD Core Team Office Hours 4: Based on the continuity of the last CORE Office Hours The FreeBSD CORE Team would like to invite you all to a virtual town hall meeting. As mentioned earlier this session is timed at 0200 UTC on 14th October, 2020 geared towards the other part of the World but everyone is welcome to join. See for details on how to join either a live stream to watch, or an interactive meeting to participate. A link to this agenda (and any updates) will be there as well.

New dports binaries available: A complete set of new dports binaries have been built, for DragonFly 5.8 and for -current, so now is a good time to upgrade.

Introduction of a new FreeBSD Remote Process Plugin in LLDB: Moritz Systems have been contracted by the FreeBSD Foundation to modernize the LLDB debugger’s support for FreeBSD. They are writing a new plugin utilizing the more modern client-server layout that is already used by Darwin, Linux, NetBSD and (unofficially) OpenBSD. The new plugin is going to gradually replace the legacy one.

Bye-bye, Apple: Author has been developing on a Macbook for over twelve years, but now, they’ve switched to an ever trending setup: OpenBSD on a Thinkpad. Read more to find what they like and what they miss.


FreeBSD under VMware ESXi on Arm Fling: Earlier this week, VMware released ESXi on Arm Fling, their hypervisor for the ARM platform. Here are instructions to get a FreeBSD virtual machine up and running under VMWare ESXi on Arm Fling. These instruction assume you’ve followed VMware’s documentation on setting up the hypervisor on your ARM platform, and are familiar with the basics of how ESXi/vSphere functions.

FreeBSD on ESXi ARM Fling: Fixing Virtual Hardware: With the current state of FreeBSD on ARM in general, a number of hardware drivers are either set to not auto-load on boot, or are entirely missing altogether. This page is to document my findings with various bits of hardware, and if possible, list fixes.

Creating a 4 drive ZFS zpool: stripe over mirrors: In this post, they are creating a 4 drive ZFS pool consisting of two mirror.


As always, there are more sources of BSD goodness. Latest BSD Now talks about New Project:, TrueNAS CORE Ready for Deployment, IPC in FreeBSD 11: Performance Analysis, Unix Wildcards Gone Wild, Unix Wars, 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 2020-10-12.

In Other BSDs for 2020/10/10 is out, too.

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