Monday, December 22, 2008

bsdtalk168 - Michael Lauth from iXsystems

Can you believe it has been three years of BSDTalk?

News: BSDCan is now accepting proposals for talks.

Interview with Michael Lauth, CEO of iXsystems. We talk about his experiences with running a business using BSD.

File Info: 17Min, 8MB.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

bsdtalk167 - DCBSDCon with Jason Dixon

A bsdconferences channel has been created on YouTube.

I speak with Jason Dixon about DCBSDCon, which will take place in February 2009. For more info see

File Info: 10Min, 5MB.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

bsdtalk166 - Asterisk Open Source Community Director John Todd

An interview with Asterisk Open Source Community Director John Todd, who also happens to be a user of BSD. We talk about Asterisk on BSD, and his choice of OpenBSD for his systems.

File Info: 23Min, 11MB

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Thursday, November 20, 2008

bsdtalk165 - Julian Elischer

An interview with Julian Elischer at MeetBSD in California. We talk about his early days with BSD and his work using BSD at various companies. He is currently with IronPort, which was bought by Cisco.

File Info: 35Min, 16MB.

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Sunday, November 16, 2008

bsdtalk164 - At MeetBSD with some of the FreeBSD Core Team

A conversation with some of the FreeBSD Core Team at MeetBSD California 2008. I speak with Brooks Davis, Kris Kennaway, Robert Watson, Peter Wemm, and Philip Paeps about the recent core team election, FreeBSD 7.1 and 8, Developer Summits, and the move to Subversion.

File Info: 38Min, 18MB.

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Saturday, November 15, 2008

bsdtalk163 - A Tour of iXsystems

A brief description of my visit to iXsystems in California prior to MeetBSD 2008.

File Info: 8Min, 4MB.

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Tuesday, November 11, 2008

bsdtalk162 - BSD on a eeePC 900A

I look forward to attending MeetBSD this weekend.

A brief description of my first attempts to get BSD on a eeePC 900A. I try OpenBSD 4.4, DragonFlyBSD 2.0.1, PC-BSD 7.0.1, and FreeBSD 7.

File Info: 10Min, 5MB.

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Sunday, October 12, 2008

bsdtalk161 - Live from NYCBSDCon Sunday

A copy of Sunday's live stream from NYCBSDCon 2008. I want to thank Mikel from for providing a backup streaming server in case my systems failed. I would not have dared to attempt live streaming without them.

File info: 25Min, 12MB.

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Saturday, October 11, 2008

bsdtalk160 - Live from NYCBSDCon Saturday

A copy of Saturday's live stream from NYCBSDCon 2008. I wander around during lunch talking to random people. Voices include Jason Dixon, Pawel Jakub Dawidek, Kris Moore, Matt Olander, George Neville-Neil, Phillip Koblence, and Jason Wright.

File info: 40Min, 18MB.

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Thursday, October 02, 2008

bsdtalk159 - Kris Moore

Interview with Kris Moore. We talk about the recent release of PC-BSD 7.0.

File Info: 12Min, 6MB.

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Thursday, September 25, 2008

bsdtalk158 - Interview with Chess Griffin

Interview with Chess Griffin, host of the LinuxReality podcast. We talk about his use of Linux and recent exploration into the BSDs.

File Info: 24Min, 11MB.

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Monday, September 15, 2008

bsdtalk157 - Questions for you

  • Things have been very busy at the beginning of the school year, so I'm sorry that I haven't been producing as many shows as usual.
  • Registration is open for NYCBSDCon and the list of speakers is available. Are you going?
  • I plan on streaming live during the conference. Do you have any suggestions for live streaming software that is known to work well on the BSDs? Are there any live CDs like Dyne:bolic?
  • I've come into possession of a Soekris 5501. What are your suggestions for soekris-friendly projects to test?
File Info: 6Min, 3MB.

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Monday, August 18, 2008

bsdtalk156 - NYCBSDCon Update with Isaac Levy and Steven Kreuzer

An update on NYCBSDCon 2008 with Isaac Levy and Steven Kreuzer. More information on the conference can be found at

File Info: 15Min, 7MB

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Monday, July 21, 2008

bsdtalk 155 - Martin Tournoij from

A brief interview with Martin Tournoij, one of the founders of

File info: 7min, 3MB

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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

bsdtalk154 - Matthew Dillon

An interview with Matthew Dillon. He gives a fairly technical description of the HAMMER filesystem features that will make it in the DragonflyBSD 2.0 release.

File info: 30Min, 14MB.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

bsdtalk153 - Michael W. Lucas

Interview with Michael W. Lucas at BSDCan 2008. We talk about some of his books and strategies for writing technical publications.

File Info: 12Min, 6MB.

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Wednesday, June 04, 2008

bsdtalk152 - A Few FreeBSD Core Team Members

An interview with a few of the FreeBSD Core Team members: Warner Losh, George V. Neville-Neil, Murray Stokely, Hiroki Sato, Robert Watson, Brooks Davis, and Philip Paeps. The interview was recorded at BSDCan2008 in Ottawa, Cananda.

File Info: 26Min, 12MB.

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Thursday, May 29, 2008

bsdtalk151 - Sean Cody from Frantic Films VFX

Interview with Sean Cody at BSDCan2008. We talk about his use of BSD at a visual effects studio.

File Info: 13Min, 6MB.

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Monday, May 19, 2008

bsdtalk150 - Alex Feldman from Sangoma

A quick book review of "Building a Server with FreeBSD 7" by Bryan J. Hong.

Interview at BSDCan2008 with Alex Feldman from Sangoma.

File Info: 9Min, 4MB.

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Saturday, May 17, 2008

bsdtalk149 - Justin Gibbs from the FreeBSD Foundation

I'm having a great time at BSDCan 2008 in Ottawa.

Interview with Justin Gibbs from the FreeBSD Foundation.

File Info: 11Min, 5MB.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

bsdtalk148 - Jeremy White, Founder of CodeWeavers

News: OpenBSD 4.3 Released.

I'm looking forward to seeing everyone this month at BSDCan.

Interview with Jeremy White, Founder of CodeWeavers. We talk about the recent availability of an experimental build of Crossover Games for BSD.

File Info: 16Min, 7MB

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

bsdtalk147 - FreeBSD Developer Alexander Motin

Interview with FreeBSD Developer Alexander Motin. We talk about mpd, the netgraph based Multi-link PPP Daemon. For more information, see

File Info: 16Min, 8MB

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Monday, April 07, 2008

bsdtalk146 - James Cornell

What are your favorite BSD web sites?

A story about shopping for BSD.

Another interview with Sysadmin James Cornell. We talk about BSD, OpenSolaris, and Linux on the desktop.

File Info: 20Min, 9MB.

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

bsdtalk145 - Adam Wright from No Starch Press

Intro: Some musings on the consistency and simplicity of BSD.

A brief interview with Adam Wright from No Starch Press, recorded by Micheal Dexter on behalf of BSDTalk. They talk about recent and future BSD books.

File Info: 8Min, 4MB.

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Friday, March 21, 2008

bsdtalk144 - Dan Langille

Interview with Dan Langille. We talk about his new job with Afilias, and BSDCan 2008.

File info: 22Min, 10MB.

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Monday, March 10, 2008

bsdtalk143 - BSD Hobbiest Deborah Norling

Interview with Deborah Norling. We talk about her use of BSD on old hardware, accessibility on the BSDs, and Simh (

File info: 23Min, 10MB.

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Note: The first set of audio files that I posted were accidentally exported from an intermediate working set that didn't have the audio levels adjusted. I have posted the proper files. My apologies to Deborah, and to the listening audience.

Friday, February 29, 2008

bsdtalk142 - FreeBSD Lead Release Engineer Ken Smith

Interview with FreeBSD Lead Release Engineer Ken Smith.

File Info: 16Min, 7MB.

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Monday, February 25, 2008

bsdtalk141 - PBI 4 with Kris Moore

Interview with PC-BSD founder Kris Moore about the new features in PBI 4.

File Info: 10Min, 5MB.

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Tuesday, February 05, 2008

bsdtalk140 - The Mult Project with Kristaps Dzonsons

Interview with Kristaps Dzonsons.

We talk about the Mult project, which is "an on-going research project to create a high-performance instance multiplicity system." You can find more information at He also gives a quick update on Sysjail.

File Info: 30Min, 14MB.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

bsdtalk139 - Dru Lavigne

Interview with Dru Lavigne. We talk about her new book "The Best of FreeBSD Basics" and also get an update on some other projects including BSD Certification.
See the following links for more information:

File Info: 14Min, 7MB.

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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

bsdtalk138 - Central Syslog

DesktopBSD 1.6 and FreeBSD 6.3 released.

Setting up a central syslog server.
  • If you are concerned about the security of your logs, use a dedicated machine and lock it down.
  • Keep clocks in sync.
  • You may need to change log rotation schedule in /etc/newsyslog.conf. You can rotate based in size and/or time. This can be as much a policy decision as a hardware decision.
  • On central log host, change syslogd flags to listen to network. Each BSD does this differently, so check the man pages. Also, check out the -n flag for busy environments.
  • Make sure host firewall allows syslog traffic through.
  • Be careful to limit syslog traffic to just the trusted network or hosts. FreeBSD man page refers to syslogd as a "remote disk filling service".
  • For heavy logging environments, it is important to have a dedicated network. A down syslogd server can create a lot of "ARP who-has" broadcasts.
  • Most network devices such as printers and commercial firewalls support sending to a central syslog server. Take a look at "Snare" for Windows hosts.
  • To send messages from a Unix host, specify the host name prepended with @ instead of a file for logging in /etc/syslog.conf. For example, change /var/log/xferlog to You can also copy and edit the line to have it log to both a local file and a remote host.

File Info: 7Min, 3MB

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Friday, January 04, 2008

bsdtalk137 - Open Community Camp with Marten Vijn

Happy New Year. I had fun bringing some old Cobalt RaQ2 devices back to life with NetBSD 4.0.

Interview with Marten Vijn about

File Info: 13Min, 6MB

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