Issue 73
Published June 16, 2021

helloSystem 0.5 plus all the latest from BSD-world.


helloSystem 0.5 Released For macOS-Inspired FreeBSD Desktop: The helloSystem 0.5 release is powered by FreeBSD 12.2 - they have not yet moved over to the recently launched FreeBSD 13.0. The helloSystem 0.5 release features changes to yield a smaller ISO system, their macOS-inspired desktop has seen various improvements, adding of the MTP Android File Transfer utility, and a lot of other desktop-related enhancements. There are also many fixes like “sudo su” now working. The helloDesktop stack also supports making use of KWin rather than Openbox but the latter remains the default.


OpenBSD Errata: June 9, 2021 (vmd): Errata patches for vmd have been released for OpenBSD 6.8 and 6.9. vmd guests could cause stack overflows by crafting malicious dhcp requests when using local interfaces. Binary updates for the amd64 platform are available via the syspatch utility.

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


helloSystem video review: HelloSystem is an interesting operating system from the person behind AppImage. It’s a desktop OS that’s designed to be elegant and simple to use. At the heart of helloSystem is FreeBSD which it’s based on. It’s intended to be a system for “mere mortals” and it’s look and feel should feel welcoming to traditional mac users. However helloSystem insists that this is more than just a theme or a clone of something that came before it. HelloSystem is a desktop operating system using the latest technologies and puts the user first giving them full control over their system.

Support for chdir(2) in posix_spawn(3) : What really happens when you double click an icon on your desktop?

BSD Now 406: Jailed Gemini Capsule : Gemini Capsule in a FreeBSD Jail, FreeBSD Quarterly status report 2021Q1, NetBSD VM on bhyve (on TrueNAS), Interview with Michael Lucas, WireGuard Returns as Experimental Package in pfSense, CGI with Awk on OpenBSD httpd, and more.

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