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OpenBSD 3.9: Blob-Busters Interviewed (BSD DevCenter)
Every six months, the OpenBSD team releases a new version of their OS. OpenBSD 3.9 is here. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed the core developers about new features and improvements, as well as their principled stand against shipping binary-only blobs in place of actual drivers.

OpenBSD 3.8: Hackers of the Lost RAID (BSD DevCenter)
Every six months, the OpenBSD team releases a new version of their OS. It's time for OpenBSD 3.8. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed the core developers about new features and improvements, as well as ongoing struggles to find support from hardware vendors. Here's what to expect when you upgrade.

Building an OpenBSD Live CD (BSD DevCenter)
Linux isn't the only operating system that boots and runs off a CD. OpenBSD does as well. Kevin Lo uses his for didactic purposes, but this is a good example for taking your desktop or firewall along with you. Here's how to build and customize an OpenBSD installation on a CD.

OpenBSD 3.7: The Wizard of OS (SysAdmin DevCenter)
Has it been six months already? OpenBSD 3.7 is ready to go as you read this. Federico Biancuzzi discusses the release with several core developers, touching on subjects such as Wi-Fi support, improved package tools, and the shipped versions of popular projects including Apache httpd,, and gcc.

OpenBSD 3.6 Live (SysAdmin DevCenter)
Right on schedule, the OpenBSD team plans to release version 3.6 on November 1. Federico Biancuzzi recently interviewed several members of the core team about new features and changes in the code and the project.

Building a Unix Server (SysAdmin DevCenter)
Building a new server is always a little exciting -- you have the chance to make a fresh start, with good intentions and everything. But if it never ends up that nicely, take some tips from Dru Lavigne, who explains how she sets up Unix servers.

OpenBSD PF Developer Interview, Part 2 (SysAdmin DevCenter)
With the release of OpenBSD 3.5, users and administrators gear up for new features. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed six leading OpenBSD developers responsible for PF, the powerful packet filter, on new features and goals. This is the second half of the interview.

Diskless, Low-Form-Factor OpenBSD Systems (SysAdmin DevCenter)
Running a low-power, low-maintenance PC can make your life easier in many ways, but managing and upgrading its Compact Flash cards can be frustrating. What if you built a diskless box that could boot from the network? Michael Lucas shows how to build a Soekris box running OpenBSD that boots over the network.

OpenBSD PF Developer Interview (SysAdmin DevCenter)
On the eve of OpenBSD's 3.5 release, users and administrators gear up for new features. Federico Biancuzzi interviewed six leading OpenBSD developers responsible for PF, the powerful packet filter, on new features and goals.

An Interview with OpenBSD's Marc Espie (SysAdmin DevCenter)
As with FreeBSD's ports and NetBSD's packages, OpenBSD's ports system is a compelling reason to use it. Its designers and maintainers are, too often, unsung heroes. That's one reason Federico Biancuzzi sat down to interview OpenBSD's Marc Espie. And along the way they discuss security, licensing, and future plans for the system.

Adding System Calls (an OpenBSD Example) (BSD DevCenter)
Kernel programming sometimes feels like a dark art where application programmers should never venture, but sometimes it's the right way to solve a problem. (Oh, and it's also very interesting.) One of the easiest places to start is by adding a new system call to a kernel. Kevin Lo explains how and why, with the OpenBSD kernel.

Diving into Gcc: OpenBSD and m88k (BSD DevCenter)
Until recently OpenBSD's m88k port used an aging version of the GNU C Compiler, gcc. When an upgrade prevented the port from even compiling, the compiler had to be fixed. How do you track down errors in a compiler, where processor-specific optimizations rule and the debugger doesn't work? Miod Vallat explains the detective work required to fix gcc for OpenBSD's m88k port.

The Essence of OpenBSD (BSD DevCenter)
A thousand open source projects quietly produce excellent code under the radar. What goes on in these projects? How do new people join? What motivation is there? Cameron Laird and George Peter Staplin interview several core OpenBSD developers.

Hackers Meet Soldiers (BSD DevCenter)
OpenBSD has a well-deserved reputation for fanatical security. Why is the U.S. military funding it? What do you get out of it? Cameron Laird and George Peter Staplin investigate.

BSD Disk Images (BSD DevCenter)
One of the best features of the free Unixes is customizability. The boot process is no different. In the latest installment of Big Scary Daemons, Michael Lucas demonstrates how to create disk images in OpenBSD and how to create your own custom boot floppy.

TRUSTSECURE 2002 Report (BSD DevCenter)
TRUSTSECURE 2002, the Polish IT security conference, brought together some of the brightest minds in security today. Jacek Artymiak was there. In the latest installment of his Securing Small Networks with OpenBSD column, he summarizes the highlights and puts on his prediction hat.

Installing OpenBSD 3.1 (BSD DevCenter)
Michael Lucas relates his experiences installing OpenBSD.

Archiving PF Firewall Logs (BSD DevCenter)
Jacek Artymiak tackles automating the transfer of logs from the firewall to one of the workstations connected to the internal private network segment.

Understanding FreeBSD Disklabels (BSD DevCenter)
A disklabel is a file at the beginning of a disk that indicates where each BSD-style partition begins and how many disk sectors it occupies.

Securing Small Networks with OpenBSD, Part 5 (BSD DevCenter)
On a busy network, your firewall logs could quickly fill up your hard drive or be deleted by log file rotations. Jacek Artymiak shows how not to let this happen.

Securing Small Networks with OpenBSD, Part 4 (BSD DevCenter)
Jacek Artymiak covers pf log file analysis.

Securing Small Networks With OpenBSD, Part 3 (BSD DevCenter)
In the third installment of our series on OpenBSD networking, Jacek Artymiak examines pf rules and potential sendmail problems.

Securing Small Networks With OpenBSD, Part 2 (BSD DevCenter)
OpenBSD switched from using IPFilter as its default firewall to PF, or Packet Filter, as the new default. Jacek Artymiak explains how to make a smooth transition from ipf to pf.

Securing Small Networks with OpenBSD, Part 1 (BSD DevCenter)
Small networks are often more vulnerable than large ones because they lack the money to implement good security. Artymiak Jacek explains how to secure a small network on a tight budget.

IPFilter on OpenBSD (
IPFilter is a firewall widely used by BSD and Solaris. Mike DeGraw-Bertsch explains how to set it up on OpenBSD and explains a basic ruleset.

Introduction to IPv6 (
You have been told the Internet is running out of IP addresses and all your friends say NAT is the answer, but what is IPv6 and how is it different from what you are using now?

Linux Compatibility on BSD for the PPC Platform (
The Linux compatibility layer allows BSD to run Linux binary applications. Emmanuel Dreyfus explains how he implemented this on NetBSD for the PowerPC.

Wireless Networking (BSD DevCenter)
Michael Lucas gives us an overview of wireless networking in FreeBSD.

Examining ICMP Packets (BSD DevCenter)
Dru Lavigne explains how ICMP packets control messages sent between routers and hosts.

TCP Protocol Layers Explained (BSD DevCenter)
Dru Lavigne explains how to read IP packet headers.

Submitting Changes (BSD DevCenter)
Every BSD project actively seeks out user contributions. Michael Lucas tell you how to get your work noticed and accepted by committers.

Understanding Filesystem Inodes (BSD DevCenter)
Dru Lavigne finishes up her explanation of hard drives and Unix filesystems by explaining how inodes fit into the picture.

Where Have All the IPs Gone? (
There are over 4 billion IP addresses available, and yet, we are still running out. Michael Lucas explains where they went and how people are working to solve the problem.

IPv6: An Interview with Itojun (
Hubert Feyrer interviews Jun-ichiro "itojun" Hagino, one of the core IPv6 developers involved with the KAME project.

Understanding Unix Filesystems (BSD DevCenter)
Dru Lavigne explains the basics of Unix filesystems.

An Interview With Illiad (
User Friendly creator, Illiad, talks about the roots of his famous comic strip and how he managed to succeed after numerous syndication rejections.

Modifying a Port (BSD DevCenter)
Michael Lucas continues his developer's tour of the BSD ports collection and shows us how to contribute to the project.

Adding Users to FreeBSD (BSD DevCenter)
Adding users to your Unix system is one of the most important things you can do after the initial setup. Dru Lavigne takes us through the steps of adding a user to a FreeBSD machine.

Accessing MS-DOS Filesystems (BSD DevCenter)
Dru Lavigne shows us how to access MS-DOS filesystems from BSD using the programs mtools and mfm.

The System Startup Daemon: init (BSD DevCenter)
Dru Lavigne steps us through the boot process on a BSD system and explains the init daemon.

Discovering System Processes Part II (BSD DevCenter)
Dru Lavigne takes us deeper into the realm of system processes and explains interprocess communication and signal handling.

Basic Installation of PHP on a Unix System (PHP DevCenter)
Need a powerful replacement for ASP web scripting? Darrell Brogden walks us through compiling and installing PHP, an open source web scripting language that you can embed into HTML.

Discovering System Processes (BSD DevCenter)
Dru Lavigne introduces us to Unix system processes in part one of a two-part series.

OpenBSD as a File Server (BSD DevCenter)
David Jorm shows us how OpenBSD makes the perfect file server for cross-platform client networks, including Windows, Macintosh and Unix as well as for complex internetworks.

Security Alerts: OpenBSD Non-exploit and More (Linux DevCenter)
Noel Davis reviews the published exploits from Unix and open source. This week's Insecurities column includes a satirical non-exploit against OpenBSD

OpenBSD Kernel Compilation and Optimization (BSD DevCenter)
Recompile your OpenBSD kernel to achieve optimum performance. David Jorm walks us through the process and shows us basic speed hacks.

OpenBSD as a Database Server (Databases DevCenter)
David Jorm explains the basics of setting up OpenBSD as a database server using MySQL/PostgreSQL and PHP.

OpenBSD and the Future of the Internet (BSD DevCenter)
David Jorm shows us how to setup OpenBSD to use IPv6.

An Overview of OpenBSD Security (BSD DevCenter)
David Jorm explains the default security features implemented by OpenBSD and why they are important to Internet enabled computers.

OpenBSD in a Datacenter Scale Environment (BSD DevCenter)
David Jorm details an actual installation of OpenBSD in the wild and how it survives powering a high profile site.

Setting Up a Firewall Under OpenBSD (BSD DevCenter)
A tutorial on the basic components that make up a firewall and how to set them up.

Operating Network Services Under OpenBSD (BSD DevCenter)
Learn how to configure the basic network services for a Mail and Web Server.

Introduction to OpenBSD Networking (BSD DevCenter)
Learn how to setup the basic networking features of OpenBSD and turn it into a secure Internet router for your home network.

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