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OpenBSD 5.3 Released!
Contributed by pitrh on Wed May 1 17:14:18 2013 (GMT)
from the do-androids-dream-of-electric-pufferfish dept.

May 1st 2013, Calgary, AB, CA and elsewhere:

The OpenBSD project today formally released OpenBSD 5.3, the project's 34th release on the steady six monthly release cycle.

Notable news in the present release include the a production ready release of OpenSMTPD, a much-renovated dhclient(8), a slew of new drivers for various hardware, OpenSSH release 6.2 as well as numerous improvements in all parts of the system. The OpenBSD 5.3 release page has more information, with further details given at the changelog page.

The new release is available as an inexpensive CD set and as a free download from mirror sites in several countries worldwide.

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You've Installed It. Now What? Packages!
Contributed by pitrh on Mon Apr 22 14:27:16 2013 (GMT)
from the good things come in small packages dept.

Once you've installed your OpenBSD system, packages are there to make your life easier. A works for me/life is good guide for your weekend reading.

Installing OpenBSD is easy, and takes you maybe 20 minutes. Most articles and guides you find out there will urge you to take a look at the files in /etc/ and explore the man pages to make the system do what you want. With a modern BSD, the base system is full featured enough that you can in fact get a lot done right away just by editing the relevant files and perhaps starting or restarting one or more services. If all you want to do is set up something like a gateway for your network with basic-to-advanced packet filtering, everything you need is already there in the basic install.

Then again, all the world is not a firewall, and it is likely you will want to use, for example, a web browser other than the venerable lynx or editing tools that are not vi or mg. That's where packages and package systems come in. I'll skip a little ahead of myself and make a confession: The machine I'm writing this piece on reports that it has some 381 packages installed.

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OpenBSD Foundation benefit Auction / Absolute OpenBSD 2nd Ed.
Contributed by pitrh on Wed Apr 17 11:36:38 2013 (GMT)
from the do-I-hear-one-billion-dollars dept.

Author Michael Lucas has kindly donated a signed copy of the very first production copy of Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition to an auction benefitting the OpenBSD Foundation:

OpenBSD Foundation benefit Auction:

A special auction has been arranged with Michael Lucas and No Starch Press to raise funds for the OpenBSD Foundation. See the link above.

This will be an auction of the guaranteed first copy off the press of Michael Lucas's Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd edition, which is due before the end of this month. This copy will be personally signed by the author, and accompanied with a certificate of authenticity. A DRM free digital version will also be made available to the winner.

The auction is handled by Computer Shop of Calgary. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the OpenBSD Foundation.

Auction says Credit Cards or PayPal is accepted, but I am sure we could arrange alternate methods. Hey, the OpenBSD crowd is clever enough to each have a stash of BitCoins, no? Cost you nothing, right? Just a tiny handful would do wonders!

Enjoy the fun!

Austin Hook

OpenBSD project leader Theo de Raadt added:

I would like to thank Michael for coming up with this idea.

For those who missed the fine print, this will go to the OpenBSD Foundation. The donations the Foundation receives go exclusively towards funding OpenBSD project costs.

This will join donations that fund approximately 90% of our hackathon costs (where much of our development happens), and around 90% of our network costs.

The other people who donate don't get an item like this (unless they are bidding against you and win).

This is the perfect chance to grab a unique piece of OpenBSD history, and support the project while you're at it.

Update: The auction is over, and has raised $1,145.00 US for the OpenBSD Foundation! Congratulations to the winning bidder, and another round of thanks to Michael Lucas for making this happen.

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BXR.SU, OpenGrok service for BSDs in publicly private (IPv6-only) beta
Contributed by pitrh on Thu Apr 4 05:20:02 2013 (GMT)
from the all-cross-indexed dept.

Constantine A. Murenin writes in about his new BSD source code search engine:

Publicly private beta? Instead of devising a new scheme on handing out invitations for a new and improved OpenGrok for the BSDs, why not require IPv6 for the beta?

Welcome BXR.SU Super User's BSD Cross Reference, which is launched 2013-04-01 as an IPv6-only OpenGrok service for FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD and DragonFly BSD.

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LOLCODE Scripting Added to OpenBSD Kernel
Contributed by tbert on Mon Apr 1 10:27:31 2013 (GMT)
from the in-ur-base-scripting-yr-kernel dept.

Given the need for constant feature implementation, and the difficulty normal users have altering their running kernels, the OpenBSD project, after nearly a year of testing and rejecting candidates, is proud to announce the selection of LOLCODE as the in-kernel scripting language.

Example code implementing a basic firewall function is found below:


BTW Filter packets based on source address


    IZ IPHDR->srcip ""?
            BTW Have matched a blacklisted address; drop packet
            BTW Just pass the packet


One of the factors driving the adoption of LOLCODE was the unparalleled ability for writing interpreters for other languages, meaning that your options for kernel hacking are virtually limitless.

LOLCODE scripts are loaded/unloaded through the new lolctl(8) command, which accesses the new lol(4) device.

This should be currently available in snapshots; as always, widespread testing is key to a quality release!

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KMS for Intel GPUs has landed in -current
Contributed by phessler on Wed Mar 20 09:58:40 2013 (GMT)
from the kernel-mood-settings dept.

Jonathan Gray (jsg@) just committed KMS support for inteldrm(4):

Significantly increase the wordlist for ddb hangman, and update our device independent DRM code and the Intel DRM code to be mostly in sync with Linux 3.8.3. Among other things this brings support for kernel modesetting and enables use of the rings on gen6+ Intel hardware. Based on some earlier work from matthieu@ with some hints from FreeBSD and with lots of help from kettenis@ (including a beautiful accelerated wscons framebuffer console!) Thanks to M:Tier and the OpenBSD Foundation for sponsoring this work.

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OpenSMTPD 5.3 released
Contributed by jj on Tue Mar 19 08:51:43 2013 (GMT)
from the can-I-have-cheese-with-my-spam dept.

At AsiaBSDCon, Eric Faurot (eric@) has announced the release of OpenSMTPD 5.3 which is the first stable and production-ready release of OpenSMTPD.

It will also be shipping with OpenBSD 5.3.

We would like to thank the OpenBSD/OpenSMTPD community for their help in testing the snapshots, reporting bugs, contributing code and packaging for other systems.

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AsiaBSDCon 2013 wrap-up
Contributed by phessler on Tue Mar 19 08:45:55 2013 (GMT)
from the bento-box-fugu dept.

AsiaBSDCon 2013 wrapped up on Sunday, and many of the attendees are traveling back to their home countries or extending their time with a holiday in the beautiful country of Japan.

There was a substantial OpenBSD presence at the conference, with 5 talks (including all talks in room 'B' on Sunday).

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OpenBSD 5.3 Pre-Orders Have Started
Contributed by pitrh on Sun Mar 17 20:27:27 2013 (GMT)
from the Puffy-in-the-springtime dept.

It's the sure sign of (Northern hemisphere) spring that we've all been waiting for:

Pre-orders of the upcoming OpenBSD 5.3 release are now accepted via the project's Orders page.

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