freebsd-update 13.0 caveats

By: Jason Tubnor @tubsta We have been performing some extensive and edge case updates from FreeBSD versions earlier than 13.0. While in most cases, there have been no issues and most users will have a smooth upgrade process when we finally have 13.0-RELEASE hit but there are some issues that we hit which will need […]

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FreeBSD 13.0 – Full Desktop Experience

By: Jason Tubnor @tubsta With the release of FreeBSD 13.0 on the horizon, I wanted to see how it shapes up on my Lenovo T450 laptop.  Previous major releases on this laptop, using it as a workstation, felt very rough around the edges but with 13, it feels like the developers got it right. I […]

Creating a Chroot in OpenBSD

Foreword This article describing the practical use of chroot on OpenBSD was originally written by Karsten Pedersen on 20 July 2014 and was located here until the IBM developerWorks connections platform was sunset at 2 January 2020. It has been kept in its entirety to help others that may have stumbled on an old Google […]

Camera SD card under OpenBSD

As file sizes increasingly become bigger in cameras such as Go Pro and Canon EOS D, the FAT file system has become unfit for purpose.  As such, instead of looking to an open source file system (probably due to no support in the Windows or Mac platforms), these camera manufacturers have just done a bump […]

OpenBSD and SNMPd

OpenBSD comes with a SNMP v2c and v3 daemon in base.  Simplistic and privileged separated, this SNMP service is easy to configure and secure – putting Simple, backing into Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). Recently, I have needed to flick on snmpd(8) to provide data to the Cacti logging service.  The default configuration in /etc/examples/snmpd.conf […]

Reliable Bare Metal Server using TrueOS/FreeBSD

I currently have a project need for a simple FreeBSD base install that is hooked up to a NAS/SAN back end. Coming from a Solaris background, most SPARC machines (like the V220/V420) came rack mountable and space for 2 primary hard drives simply for the OS. You would spin up your OS install, install Solstice […]

OpenBSD 5.7 Released

The start of May is the release time for yet another edition of OpenBSD and 2015 brings the release of OpenBSD 5.7.  This edition brings some excellent hardware support that will improve the users experience with the operating system, a range of installer improvements, removal of Nginx and Sendmail from the base, IPv6 has been […]

OpenBSD on Digital Ocean

For OpenBSD users, it has been pretty disappointing that Digital Ocean didn’t launch other BSDs with introduction of FreeBSD, even though the technical barrier had been removed to allow it. Today, I thought I’d try doing an OpenBSD load again (I have tried before without success due to CPU feature issues) and the results were […]

OpenBSD audio in virtualisation

While some use the documentation correctly and search the mailing lists, sometimes the answers don’t come up correctly due to formatting or google having issues indexing. As I use OpenBSD more and more as a daily driver (be it still in VMWare Workstation on one machine and Virtual Box on the other), I still don’t […]

Windows 8.1 Update 0x80240031

While setting up two new Lenovo E540 notebooks that had Windows 8 on them, I came across an issue with the update to Windows 8.1 via the Microsoft Store.  It would get to 50% downloaded/installed and then error with the code 0x80240031.