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Doing It de Raadt Way
Contributed by tbert on Tue Oct 15 07:24:31 2013 (GMT)
from the sometimes-even-de-weerd-way dept.

In Episode 006 Alan Jude and Kris Moore of BSD Now interviewed Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) at EuroBSDCon 2013 in Malta. You can watch the video of the interview on the BSD Now website.

The interview with Theo de Raadt:

  • 8:10 Beginning of Interview
  • 11:30 Introduction of Pro Police
  • 12:10 Description of OpenBSD community
  • 15:10 Kernel Mode Setting (KMS) Code
  • 18:50 Theo's EuroBSDCon Keynote Address
  • 23:50 Upcoming OpenBSD Projects
  • 25:30 End of Interview

Also in this episode:

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Hardware Needed Badly in Calgary Basement
Contributed by tbert on Fri Oct 18 12:26:38 2013 (GMT)
from the running-out-of-juice dept.

Theo deRaadt(deraadt@) wrote to misc@ asking for hardware:

If anyone in Calgary has a battery for a Dell Perc 6/i RAID controller available, we urgently need one.

That's a Dell RAID card, they are the 3.7V 7A batteries with the multicoloured wire.

(Urgently, as in I can't find anyone to get us one within 2 weeks; and the order placed a week ago still is not here).



Since this is an urgent request, we should stress that there is a strong preference for a local donor (i.e. in the Calgary area). If you think you can deliver a battery on very short notice, please contact Theo!

Update: Thanks to a kind donation to OpenBSD Theo received the needed battery.

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mandoc(1) Reaches 1.12.2
Contributed by tbert on Tue Oct 8 12:27:34 2013 (GMT)
from the two-and-a-half-manpages dept.

Ingo Schwarze (schwarze@) writes in with an update on mandoc:

I'm pleased to announce that version 1.12.2 of mandoc(1) has just been released from

This is intended as a stable production release, the code contained herein has been thoroughly tested in OpenBSD-current for a long time and is very close to what will be released with OpenBSD 5.4 on November 1, 2013.

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OpenBSD developers Gilles Chehade and Eric Faurot talk about OpenSMTPD on BSD Now
Contributed by weerd on Fri Oct 4 10:18:20 2013 (GMT)
from the open-up-your-mailserver dept.

A while ago, the BSD Now guys published episode 3 of their podcast. This time, they talk about M:Tier's openup tool for downloading and installing security updates (@ 5:30) and there's an interview with Gilles Chehade (gilles@) and Eric Faurot (eric@) about OpenSMTPD (@ 9:00).

You can download the presentation in various formats [ video | HD video | mp3 audio | ogg audio ] or watch the embedded version in your browser or directly on YouTube.

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SNMP Queries now Possible with snmpctl(8)
Contributed by tbert on Wed Oct 2 17:23:27 2013 (GMT)
from the we-have-ways-of-making-you-walk dept.

Reyk Floeter has committed support for SNMP queries for snmpctl(8)


I just committed a simple SNMP client implementation to snmpctl/snmpd.
You can use it as an in-tree alternative to net-snmp's

$ snmpctl walk
$ snmpctl walk version 1 oid printerWorkingGroup
$ snmpctl -n walk oid ifMIB community "blah"

- no SNMPv3/USM support yet
- no bulk support yet (bulkwalk)
- not so many fancy options.

snmpd does not support loading of external MIB files, so you have to
use net-snmp if you want to load additional MIBs for the symbolic name
parsing.  snmpctl only shows symbolic names there are found in snmpd's

Testing welcome, especially with non-snmpd(8) agents.


Since the initial commit, several subsequent commits have been made, notably implementing the snmp bulk walk command. As always, testing is essential to assure the quality of the coming release.

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OpenBSD EuroBSDCon Presentations Coming Online
Contributed by tbert on Tue Oct 8 07:03:51 2013 (GMT)
from the humphrey-bogart-in-the-maltese-puffy dept.

Now that EuroBSDCon is over, several OpenBSD developers have made their presentations available online:

More as they become available!

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OpenBSD 5.4 preorders started, release song available
Contributed by tbert on Wed Sep 11 15:02:59 2013 (GMT)
from the we-shut-up-and-hacked dept.

With this commit, Theo de Raadt (deraadt@) quietly enabled pre-orders for the upcoming OpenBSD 5.4 release.

The release song, "Our favorite hacks", is also available for download.

The release page's What's New section is still filling out, but reading the detailed change log leads to the inevitable conclusion: What's not to like? Whip out your credit card and order, now! Pre-orders will be processed on a first come basis.

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OpenBSD developer Peter Hessler Interviewed for Inaugural Episode of BSD Now
Contributed by tbert on Wed Sep 11 09:05:49 2013 (GMT)
from the the-enemy-of-my-enemy-is-my-friend-and-did-an-interview dept.

A new BSD resource by the name of BSD Now has started up, and our very own Peter Hessler(phessler@) is interviewed in their inaugural podcast about his Using BGP for Realtime import and export of OpenBSD SPAMD entries paper.

You can download the presentation [ video | HD video | mp3 audio | ogg audio ] or watch the embedded version in your browser. Peter's segment begins at approximately 49:00 in the episode, and lasts for around 45 minutes.

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A Small MPLS Test Network Built With OpenBSD
Contributed by tbert on Fri Sep 6 07:09:43 2013 (GMT)
from the ping-over-ospf-over-bgp-over-mpls dept.

Lawrence Teo recently posted a guide on how to run MPLS:

A few months ago, I wrote a diff to simplify the calculation of ICMP extension header checksums in the OpenBSD kernel. It so happened that the code is only used by the OpenBSD MPLS subsystem. I didn’t have access to an OpenBSD-based MPLS network at the time, nor was I familiar with MPLS in general; so in the spirit of the OpenBSD hacker mantra “shut up and hack,” I set out to build a small MPLS test network to test my diff. :)

Link to the complete article here.

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