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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 280: FOSS clothing

2019-01-09

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines A EULA in FOSS clothing? There was a tremendous amount of reaction to and discussion about my blog entry on the midlife crisis in open source. As part of this discussion on HN, Jay Kreps of Confluent took the time to write a detailed response — which...

Episode 279: Future of ZFS

2019-01-02

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines The future of ZFS in FreeBSD The sources for FreeBSD's ZFS support are currently taken directly from Illumos with local ifdefs to support the peculiarities of FreeBSD where the Solaris Portability Layer (SPL) shims fall short. FreeBSD has regularly pulled changes from Illumos and tried to push...

Episode 278: The real McCoy

2018-12-26

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Interview - Kirk McKusick - mckusick@mckusick.com 25 years of FreeBSD How Kirk got started in BSD, at the very beginning Predicting the Future How the code and community grew The leadership of the project, and how it changed over time UFS over the years (reading disks from 1982 in 2018) Conferences The rise and fall of...

Episode 277: nmap level up

2018-12-19

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines Open Source Confronts its midlife crisis Midlife is tough: the idealism of youth has faded, as has inevitably some of its fitness and vigor. At the same time, the responsibilities of adulthood have grown: the kids that were such a fresh adventure when they were infants and...

Episode 276: ho, ho, ho - 12.0

2018-12-12

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines FreeBSD 12.0 is available After a long release cycle, the wait is over: FreeBSD 12.0 is now officially available. We’ve picked a few interesting things to cover in the show, make sure to read the full Release Notes > Userland: > Group permissions on /dev/acpi have been changed to allow users in...

Episode 275: OpenBSD in stereo

2018-12-05

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines DragonflyBSD 5.4 released DragonFly version 5.4 brings a new system compiler in GCC 8, improved NUMA support, a large of number network and virtual machine driver updates, and updates to video support. This release is 64-bit only, as with previous releases. The details of all commits...

Episode 274: Language: Assembly

2018-11-28

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines Assembly language on OpenBSD amd64+arm64 This is a short introduction to assembly language programming on OpenBSD/amd64+arm64. Because of security features in the kernel, I have had to rethink a series of tutorials covering Aarch64 assembly language on OpenBSD, and therefore this will serve as a placeholder-cum-reminder....

Episode 273: A thoughtful episode

2018-11-21

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines Some thoughts on NetBSD 8.0 NetBSD is a highly portable operating system which can be run on dozens of different hardware architectures. The operating system's clean and minimal design allow it to be run in all sorts of environments, ranging from embedded devices, to servers, to workstations....

Episode 272: Detain the bhyve

2018-11-14

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines The byproducts of reading OpenBSD netcat code When I took part in a training last year, I heard about netcat for the first time. During that class, the tutor showed some hacks and tricks of using netcat which appealed to me and motivated me to learn the...

Episode 271: Automatic drive tests

2018-11-07

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines MidnightBSD 1.0 now available I’m happy to announce the availability of MidnightBSD 1.0 for amd64 and i386. Over the years, many ambitious goals were set for our 1.0 release. As it approached, it was clear we wouldn’t be able to accomplish all of them. This release is...

Episode 270: Ghostly releases

2018-10-31

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines OpenBSD 6.4 released See a detailed log of changes between the 6.3 and 6.4 releases. See the information on the FTP page for a list of mirror machines. Have a look at the 6.4 errata page for a list of bugs and workarounds. signify(1) pubkeys for this release: base: RWQq6XmS4eDAcQW4KsT5Ka0KwTQp2JMOP9V/DR4HTVOL5Bc0D7LeuPwA fw: RWRoBbjnosJ/39llpve1XaNIrrQND4knG+jSBeIUYU8x4WNkxz6a2K97 pkg:...

Episode 269: Tiny daemon lib

2018-10-24

Direct Download:MP3 AudioVideo Headlines FreeBSD Foundation Update, September 2018 MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear FreeBSD Community Member, It is hard to believe that September is over. The Foundation team had a busy month promoting FreeBSD all over the globe, bug fixing in preparation for 12.0, and setting plans in motion to...