Issue 83
Published September 08, 2021

GhostBSD release, FreeBSD on Azure plus all the latest news and tutorials from BSD world.


GhostBSD 2021.09.06 ISO images are available now.: GhostBSD 2021.09.06 ISO images are available now, replacing OpenRC with FreeBSD rc.d. It also includes other critical bug fixes and package updates.

FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE Now Available on Microsoft Azure Marketplace: The FreeBSD Azure Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 13.0-RELEASE on Microsoft Azure Marketplace:


No security announcements.

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


A project to collect tested hardware configurations for upcoming and released versions of BSD variants: Currently the project includes daily reports for FreeBSD 14.0-CURRENT/13.0, helloSystem 0.5.0/0.4.0, NomadBSD 1.4/1.3.2 and OpenBSD 6.9/6.8/6.7.

Valuable news : 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.

traceroute(8) gets speed boost: traceroute(8) is now faster by sending probes and doing DNS async.

iked(8) gains client-side support for DNS configuration: Automatic name server configuration is enabled by default for policies using the ‘iface’ option.

timeout(1) utility imported to OpenBSD: Job Snijders (job@) imported the timeout(1) utility from NetBSD, to run commands with time limit.

BSD Now 418: The greatest time in history to be a creator : In this episode, they interview Michael W. Lucas about his latest book projects including Git sync murder, TLS Mastery, getting paid for creative work, writing tools and techniques, and more.

OpenBSD’s Hibernate time reduced : Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) committed a change which significantly reduces hibernate time on machines with larger amounts of RAM.

Valuable News 2021-08-30: 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.

RSA/SHA1 signature type disabled by default in OpenSSH: The “ssh-rsa” signature type is now disabled by default but “ssh-rsa” signatures can be selectively re-enabled if necessary. RSA (“ssh-rsa”) keys are not affected by this change and remain valid.


FreeBSD&PHP: How to activate php mail() function and set it working correctly for WordPress (and any other CMSs): How to enable websites hosted on your server to successfully send emails with the php mail() function, without having an SMTP server setup on your FreeBSD server.

Understanding ZFS Channel Programs: One of the newer OpenZFS features that became available with FreeBSD 12.0 is ZFS Channel Programs. This article addresses questions to clarify what a ZFS channel program is, why you should use it, what are the operations supported by channel programs, or what a channel program looks like. Follow our guide and resources to learn how to create your own Channel Programs.

FreeBSD Desktop – Part 27 – Configuration – Netflix Signal Telegram: In this article you will learn how to use Netflix (also other streaming services that require Widevine DRM) and Signal/Telegram on FreeBSD desktop.

Choosing the right ZFS pool layout: Setting up a ZFS pool involves a number of permanent decisions that will affect the performance, cost, and reliability of your data storage systems, so you really want to understand all the options at your disposal for making the right choices from the beginning. Let’s talk about mirror vdevs, RAID-Z or dRAID to better understand real redundant data storage.

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