Issue 63
Published April 7, 2021

This week we look at the new release from OPNsense and latest news and tutorials from the BSD world.

Releases

OPNsense 21.1.4 released : The development version includes an update of Suricata to version 6.0.2 in case any of you want to try it out. Also, improvements in the DHCP static mapping can now deal with IPv6 prefix merge for such deployments using Unbound and Dnsmasq host registration.

BSDSec

No security announcements.

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

News

Valuable News – 2021/04/05 : The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems.

Manjaro migrates to FreeBSD as new base: One of the biggest announcements yet for Manjaro​ as a project. They say goodbye to Archlinux​ and move on to a better base.

BSD NOw 396: License to thrill : FreeBSD Network Troubleshooting, The State of FreeBSD, dhcpleased, bhyve for Calamares Development, EFS automount and ebsnvme-id, Old Usenix pictures, and more.

em/emx(4) updates in DragonFly: If you’re running an em(4)/emx(4) network card on DragonFly, Sepherosa Ziehau’s updated to the 7.7.8 release of the driver from Intel, and added a few more chipsets too.

HardenedBSD March 2021 Status Report: The HardenedBSD March 2021 status report is out: they're actively looking for kernel hackers to help with the in-kernel Wireguard implementation.

Tutorials

Customizing FreeBSD Ports and Packages : Without a doubt, one of the most convenient tools of modern open-source operating systems is the package manager. The ability to search, download, and install a wide range of pre-compiled software with only a single command is unparalleled. FreeBSD is no exception here, providing access to binary packages via the pkg(8) utility. However, these packages must all be compiled somewhere, and package consumers are at the mercy of the package producer when it comes to the contents and compile-time options used.

GNU Modula-2 compiler working on OpenBSD: How one person decieded to make this work and as always, there are lessons to be learned.

A Linux Users Experience Switching To OpenBSD: Breakdown of why the video author is interested in OpenBSD and how the transition from Arch to OpenBSD is going for them as well as what challenges they have ran into using it.

Upgrading to the new GhostBSD base on 13-STABLE: Warning: It is safer to backup and reinstalls GhostBSD with an iso. If you follow these steps properly, everything should be fine, but I would backup all the important data in another drive or in a NAS.

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