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[20170408] Let's get meta: an interview with me (hubertf) about my NetBSD blog
BSD Magazine has approached me about my (this!) NetBSD blog, and in their section that introduces "Unix" blogs, they wanted an interview with me. And here we are!

The article starts out with printing a blog article of my choice, which is from the recent series on the NetBSD scheduler. This is followed by the actual interview with yours truly, asking about myself, how i started with blogging in general, why I do it and my best and worst posts. Things go to a wider focus then, musing about why Unix is the best since sliced bread, what role NetBSD plays today with its 7.1 release and in the future, and what my personal plans are in that regard. See pages 44-48 of March 2017's BSD Magazine (registration required for PDF download!) for the full text.

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[20100701] BSD Magazine archive available
Olga Kartseva writes: ``BSD Magazine archives available without subscribing to BSDMag newsletter for freebsd-announce subscribers!'' Here are direct PDF links: Enjoy - and remember: more NetBSD content is good content, authors are always welcome!

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[20090701] BSDmagazine needs YOUR help!
Karolina Lesisska sent out a cry for help: apparently the Polish BSD magazine will be closed unless sales go up really soon (by monday, worst). So be sure to go and get a copy from your nearest book store right now!

What, you're still there?! Well, as a reaser on what you'll get, there are a bunch of articles available in PDF format, which include an article on Installing NetBSD by Patrick Pippen, and an interview with Simon Burge, Antti Kantee and Greg Oster by Federico Biancuzzi. Get your subscription today!

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[20090220] Jan 2009 issue of BSD Magazine is out!
BSD Magazine is a rather new publication. The Jan 2009 issue is out now, and it has a special focus, following the title ``Explore NetBSD''!

Karoina Lesinska was kind enough to provide me with detailed information, and here's what I can report about the contents of the mag and the included DVD:

  • There's a 3/4 page announcement of NetBSD 5.0, or what it will contain once released. Includes the long list of news & goods already announced elsewhere.

  • NetBSD install, by Patrick Pippen. He talks about how to go through the NetBSD installer (sysinst), including language and keyboard selection, selecting and partitioning the harddisk to install to, installing bootblocks, selecting the installation media, installing the base system, selection of the system password encryption algorithm, and setting the root password and shell.

    Beyond that, the article also gives help on getting started after the installation. Format of the text is interesting, with parts of the pkgsrc setup description being included as comments in the typescript, but the contents' still there.

  • BSD live, by Jan Stedehouder, compares BSD-based Live CDs. Includes NetBSD-based ones like NewBIE and NetBSD Live. No Jibbed, thought. :( The article gives an overview of the contents of each Live CD, and includes lots of screenshots for an early impression of the look & feel.

  • Play Music on Your Slug with NetBSD, by Donald T. Hayford. A previous issue of the BSD Mag described how to install NetBSD on the Linksys NSLU2 (AKA slug), and this article explains how to set the system up so it can act as a web-based mp3 player that you can hook up to the stereo.

  • Interview about NetBSD WAPBL, with Simon Burge, Antti Kantee and Greg Oster. Federico Biancuzzi asks the NetBSD developers who worked to get journaling into NetBSD about what it is, how it is integrated in the current file system implementation, what features there are, benchmark results, ideas for future improvements, how to set it up, space requirements, interaction with backups. Furthermore, the development and testing process with its interaction with the RUMP subsystem is discussed, and finally under what license the implementation is available.

  • Besides those articles that focus on NetBSD and/or pkgsrc, they are also mentioned in further articles, including "Multi-User Conferencing" by Eric Schnoebelen and Michele Cranmer, "Installing Prelude IDS" by Henrik Lund Kramshoj, and "If it moves! crypt it" by Marko Milenovic.

  • Last, the included DVD is bootable on i386 to install NetBSD from CD. It also contains the 2008Q2 snapshot of pkgsrc, precompiled binary packages for 4.0/i386 and bootable ISO images for amd64, i386, and the i386pkg CD from the NetBSD 4.0 release.

    Last, there's a snapshot of NetBSD-current as of Sep 7 2008, with bootable ISOs for installing on i386 and amd64, plus sources.

    There's a full page in the mag describing the contents of the DVD in detail, and where to get more information if needed, so noone's left out in the rain.

Remember that authors of BSD related contents are always scarce, and if you have an idea of an article, don't hesitate to contact BSD Magazine.

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[20080428] BSD Magazine: 1st issue is out now!
After the DaemonNews paper magazine is long gone, there's a new paper magazine BSD Magazine now! Dru Lavigne lists the contents in her blog article on the mag, shamelessly ripped off here:

  • Dru Lavigne, FreeBSD 7.0 Installation and Configuration
  • Michael Lucas, FreeBSD's bsnmp
  • Jan Stedehouder, Pushing BSD an an Open Source Desktop
  • Svetoslav Chukov, PC-BSD Overview
  • Richard Bejtlich, Sguil 0.7.0 on FreeBSD 7.0
  • Jay Kruizenga, How to Dual-Boot Vista with BSD
  • Peter Hansteen, Keep Smiling, Waste Spammers' Time
  • Henrik Lund Kramshoj, Defense in Depth and FOSS
  • Donald Hayford, NetBSD on the NSLU2
  • Girish Venkatachalam, OpenBSD pf
  • Eric Schnoebelen, Instant Messaging with jabber/XMPP
  • Federico Biancuzzi, Interview with FreeBSD Developer Jeff Roberson
  • Mikel King, What is in a Certification
  • Henrik Lund Kramshoj, Review of the Book of PF
Besides the articles, the mag contains a DVD with FreeBSD 7.0.

I guess this is a very good thing, and an opportunity to show what NetBSD is and can do. I'm sure the publishers will be happy to receive more articles about NetBSD -- contribute!

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