Issue 66
Published April 28, 2021

This week we have first RC for DragonFly 6, new OPNsense minor release. We also have a look at all the news and tutorials from the BSD world.

Releases

Dragonfly 6.0RC1 images available: The image should be at your nearest mirrors now.

OPNsense 21.1.5 released : This is mainly a security and reliablility update. There are several FreeBSD security advisories and updates for third party tools such as curl. The historic bsdinstaller has been replaced by a scriptable alternative based on the readily available bsdinstall bundled with the base system.

BSDSec

No security announcements.

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

News

OPNsense and HardenedBSD are parting ways: With FreeBSD 13 released and the gaining interest for security, they think it is now time to change their strategy a bit and focus their efforts further on FreeBSD to help improve security as much as they can. In time there is a risk that HardenedBSD additions are less compatible with new FreeBSD security features. For this reason they are aiming to incorporate FreeBSD 13.x into OPNsense 22.1 in January 2022. Since Shawn (from HardenedBSD) has been a core team member due to the involvement into their operating system, they decided to remove him from their core team as well. Obviously they wish HardenedBSD and Shawn a bright future, maybe in time more of the original concepts and ideas will land in FreeBSD.

Valuable News – 2021/04/26 : 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.

New BSD Games: Terminal games that natively run on Linux, BSD, MacOS and are known to work on Windows as well (using PDCurses).

OpenZFS 2.1-rc4: OpenZFS 2.1-rc4 brings several ZFS fixes, a few libzfs bug fixes, and other mostly small changes at this point. OpenZFS 2.1 is designed for use on FreeBSD 12.2 and later while on the Linux front currently supports from the vintage 3.10 kernel up through Linux 5.11 stable.

Initial Support for the riscv64 Architecture for OpenBSD: Dale Rahn (drahn@) imported initial support for the 64-bit RISC-V architecture.

Tutorials

Gemini Capsule in a FreeBSD Jail: How to setup jail in FreeBSD to run Gemini capsule. FreeBSD runs on a RaspberryPi.

Why You Should Use BSD Licensing for Your Next Open Source Project or Product: Open source licensing is an integral part of any open source project. Understanding what the limitations of each type of licensing is is as much legal work as it is an art. In our most recent article we talk about the ease of the BSD licensing model and why you should consider it going forward.

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