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BSD Now is a weekly video podcast created by three guys who love BSD. We cover the latest news andhave an extensive series of tutorials, as well as interviews with various people from all areas of the BSD community. It also serves as a platform for support and questions.

We love and advocate FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFlyBSD and TrueOS. Our show aims to be helpful and informative for new users that want to learn about them, but still be entertaining for the people who are already pros.

The show airs on Wednesdays at 2:00PM (US Eastern time) and the edited version is usually up the following day. You can find our complete list of episodes here.

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Latest News

New announcement

2017-05-25

We understand that Michael Dexter, Brad Davis, and George Rosamond think there should be more real news....

Two Year Anniversary

2015-08-08

We're quickly approaching our two-year anniversary, which will be on episode 105. To celebrate, we've created a unique t-shirt design, available for purchase until the end of August. Shirts will be shipped out around September 1st. Most of the proceeds will support the show, and specifically allow us to buy...

New discussion segment

2015-01-17

We're thinking about adding a new segment to the show where we discuss a topic that the listeners suggest. It's meant to be informative like a tutorial, but more of a "free discussion" format. If you have any subjects you want us to explore, or even just a good name...

How did you get into BSD?

2014-11-26

We've got a fun idea for the holidays this year: just like we ask during the interviews, we want to hear how all the viewers and listeners first got into BSD. Email us your story, either written or a video version, and we'll read and play some of them for...


Episode 259: Long Live Unix

2018-08-15

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Picking the contest winner 1) Vincent 2) Bostjan 3) Andrew 4) Klaus-Hendrik 5) Will 6) Toby 7) Johnny 8) David 9) manfrom 10) Niclas 11) Gary 12) Eddy 13) Bruce 14) Lizz 15) Jim Random number generator Headlines The Strange Birth and Long Life of Unix They say that when one door closes on you, another opens. People generally...

Episode 258: OS Foundations

2018-08-08

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD Foundation Update, July 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR We’re in the middle of summer here, in Boulder, CO. While the days are typically hot, they can also be quite unpredictable. Thanks to the Rocky Mountains, waking up to 50-degree (~10...

Episode 257: Great NetBSD 8

2018-08-01

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines NetBSD v8.0 Released The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 8.0, the sixteenth major release of the NetBSD operating system. This release brings stability improvements, hundreds of bug fixes, and many new features. Some highlights of the...

Episode 2^8: Because Computers

2018-07-25

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Win Celebrate our 256th episode with us. You can win a Mogics Power Bagel (not sponsored). To enter, go find the 4 episodes we did in December of 2017. In the opening, find the 4 letters in the bookshelf behind me. They...

Episode 255: What are you pointing at

2018-07-18

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines What ZFS block pointers are and what's in them I've mentioned ZFS block pointers in the past; for example, when I wrote about some details of ZFS DVAs, I said that DVAs are embedded in block pointers. But I've never really...

Episode 254: Bare the OS

2018-07-11

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines Cross-DSO CFI in HardenedBSD Control Flow Integrity, or CFI, raises the bar for attackers aiming to hijack control flow and execute arbitrary code. The llvm compiler toolchain, included and used by default in HardenedBSD 12-CURRENT/amd64, supports forward-edge CFI. Backward-edge CFI support...

Episode 253: Silence of the fans

2018-07-04

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines Silent Fanless FreeBSD Desktop/Server Today I will write about silent fanless FreeBSD desktop or server computer … or NAS … or you name it, it can have multiple purposes. It also very low power solution, which also means that it will...

Episode 252: Goes to 11.2

2018-06-27

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE Available FreeBSD 11.2 was released today (June 27th) and is ready for download Highlights: > OpenSSH has been updated to version 7.5p1. > OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.2o. > The clang, llvm, lldb and compiler-rt utilities have been updated to version 6.0.0. > The...

Episode 251: Crypto HAMMER

2018-06-20

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines DragonflyBSD: Towards a HAMMER1 master/slave encrypted setup with LUKS I just wanted to share my experience with setting up DragonFly master/slave HAMMER1 PFS's on top of LUKS So after a long time using an Synology for my NFS needs, I...

Episode 250: BSDCan 2018 recap

2018-06-13

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines TrueOS to Focus on Core Operating System The TrueOS Project has some big plans in the works, and we want to take a minute and share them with you. Many have come to know TrueOS as the “graphical FreeBSD” that makes...

Episode 249: Router on a stick

2018-06-06

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines ZFS and DTrace update lands in NetBSD merge a new version of the CDDL dtrace and ZFS code. This changes the upstream vendor from OpenSolaris to FreeBSD, and this version is based on FreeBSD svn r315983. + r315983 is from...

Episode 248: Show me the Mooney

2018-05-30

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo This episode was brought to you by Headlines DragonFlyBSD: release52 (w/stable HAMMER2, as default root) DragonflyBSD 5.2.1 was released on May 21, 2018 > Big Ticket items: > Meltdown and Spectre mitigation support Meltdown isolation and spectre mitigation support added. Meltdown mitigation is automatically enabled for all Intel cpus. Spectre mitigation must be enabled...