Issue 43
Published October 28, 2020

Last week we’ve seen releases for NetBSD, TrueNAS and OPNsense. Plus latest news and tutorials.


NetBSD 9.1 available:The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 9.1, the first feature and stability update for the netbsd-9 release branch. Over the last months many changes have been made to the NetBSD 9 stable branch. As a stable branch the release engineering team and the NetBSD developers are conservative with changes to this branch and many users rely on the binaries from our regular auto-builds for production use. The new release features (among various other changes) many bug fixes, a few performance enhancements, stability improvements for ZFS and LFS and support for USB security keys in a mode easily usable in Firefox and other applications. For more details and instructions see the 9.1 announcement at

TrueNAS 12.0 RELEASE was made available, and with it, TrueNAS CORE and TrueNAS Enterprise are now ready for production deployments. The merger of FreeNAS and TrueNAS into a unified software image is now officially complete and has become a production-ready platform right on schedule.

OPNsense 20.7.4 released: This release finally wraps up the recent Netmap kernel changes and tests. The Realtek vendor driver was updated as well as third party software cURL, libxml2, OpenSSL, PHP, Suricata, Syslog-ng and Unbound just to name a couple of them.

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DragonFly and clang10: You can now use compilers.conf(5) to switch to clang10/llvm10 for building Dragonfly.

openbsd_snmp3_check: This script checks memory and swap usage, file system space usage, traffic for specific network interface and CPU load average on OpenBSD systems and can be used as a plugin with such monitoring systems like Nagios/Icinga/Centreon and others. It also shows detailed information about all avaliable file systems, configured NICs, system information about OS and list of running processes.

History of FreeBSD – Part 2: BSDi and USL Lawsuits: In this second part of our series on the history of FreeBSD, we continue to trace the pre-history of FreeBSD and the events that would eventually shape the project and the future of open source software.

OpenBGPD 6.8p0 released: This is the first stable release for the 6.8 version. It includes the following changes:

  • In bgpctl(8), the “reload” command now takes a ‘reason’ argument to use as Administrative Shutdown Communication to its neighbors.
  • Added bgpctl(8) support for VPNv6 in the family option of the “show rib” command.
  • Added bgpctl(8) support for JSON formatted output in various “show” commands.
  • Support to build OpenBGPD on Alpine Linux added OpenBGPD-portable is known to compile and run on FreeBSD, and the Linux distributions Debian, Ubuntu and Alpine Linux.

FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report - Third Quarter 2020: This quarter brings a good mix of additions and changes to the FreeBSD Project and community, from a diverse number of teams and people covering everything from architectures, continuous integration, wireless networking and drivers, over drm, desktop and third-party project work, as well as several team reports, along with many other interesting subjects too numerous to mention.


ext4 (and FUSE) on FreeBSD: FreeBSD has a FUSE kernel module, which allows it to use other filesystems – in user space – than it would normally do.

Running 9front on OpenBSD vmd: OpenBSD 6.8 was just released, and it included a few fixes to vmd that allows us to run 9front without crashing.

Setup OpenBSD at thinkpad x240: This post will show how to configure the OpenBSD at Lenovo ThinkPad x240. I will not describe the install process of the base OpenBSD as it is basically quite simple process. Users need to just follow the install wizard ans ask questions. Focus on a specific way of using OpenBSD and the configuration of this system for the laptop.


As always, there are more sources of BSD goodness. Latest BSD Now has an interview with Kyle Evans for you this week. They talk about his grep project, lua and flua in base, as well as bectl, being on the core team and a whole lot of other stuff.

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 2020-10-26.

In Other BSDs for 2020/10/24 is out, too.

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