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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

Hi, Mr. Dexter. Also, we understand that Brad Davis thinks 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 224: The Bus Factor

2017-12-13

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Life after death, for code YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER heard of the late Jim Weirich or his software. But you've almost certainly used apps built on his work. Weirich helped create several key tools for Ruby, the popular programming language...

Episode 223: Compile once, debug twice

2017-12-06

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Compile once, Debug twice: Picking a compiler for debuggability, part 1 of 3 An interesting look into why when you try to debug a crash, you can often find all of the useful information has been ‘optimized out’ Have you ever...

Episode 222: How Netflix works

2017-11-29

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent> This episode was brought to you by Headlines Why is Oracle so two-faced over open source? Oracle loves open source. Except when the database giant hates open source. Which, according to its recent lobbying of the US federal government, seems to be "most of the time". Yes, Oracle...

Episode 221: BSD in Taiwan

2017-11-22

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Allan’s Trip Report from BSD Taiwan BSD TW and Taiwan in general was a fun and interesting experience I arrived Thursday night and took the high speed train to Taipei main station, and then got on the Red line subway to the venue....

Episode 220: Opening ZFS in 2017

2017-11-15

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines The First PS4 Kernel Exploit: Adieu The First PS4 Kernel Exploit: Adieu Plenty of time has passed since we first demonstrated Linux running on the PS4. Now we will step back a bit and explain how we managed to jump...

Episode 219: We love the ARC

2017-11-08

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Papers We Love: ARC: A Self-Tuning, Low Overhead Replacement Cache Ever wondered how the ZFS ARC (Adaptive Replacement Cache) works? How about if Bryan Cantrill presented the original paper on its design? Today is that day. Slides It starts by looking back at a fundamental paper...

Episode 218: A KRACK in the WiFi

2017-11-01

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines FreeBSD 10.4-RELEASE Available FreeBSD 10.4-RELEASE is out. The FreeBSD Project dedicates the FreeBSD 10.4-RELEASE to the memory of Andrey A. Chernov. Some of the highlights: 10.4-RELEASE is the first FreeBSD release to feature full support for eMMC storage, including eMMC partitions, TRIM...

Episode 217: Your questions, part II

2017-10-25

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines OpenBSD 6.2 Released OpenBSD continues their six month release cadence with the release of 6.2, the 44th release On a disappointing note, the song for 6.2 will not be released until December Highlights: Improved hardware support on modern platforms including ARM64/ARMv7 and octeon,...

Episode 216: Software is storytelling

2017-10-18

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines EuroBSDcon Trip Report This is from Frank Moore, who has been supplying us with collections of links for the show and who we met at EuroBSDcon in Paris for the first time. Here is his trip report. My attendance at the...

Episode 215: Turning FreeBSD up to 100 Gbps

2017-10-11

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Serving 100 Gbps from an Open Connect Appliance In the summer of 2015, the Netflix Open Connect CDN team decided to take on an ambitious project. The goal was to leverage the new 100GbE network interface technology just coming to...

Episode 214: The history of man, kind

2017-10-04

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines The Cost Of Open Sourcing Your Project Accusing a company of “dumping” their project as open source is probably misplaced – it’s an expensive business no-one would do frivolously. If you see an active move to change software licensing...

Episode 213: The French CONnection

2017-09-27

Direct Download:HD VideoMP3 AudioTorrent This episode was brought to you by Headlines Recap of EuroBSDcon 2017 in Paris, France EuroBSDcon was held in Paris, France this year, which drew record numbers this year. With over 300 attendees, it was the largest BSD event I have ever attended, and I was encouraged by the higher than...