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[20080530] Book: BSD UNIX Toolbox: 1000+ Commands for FreeBSD, OpenBSD and NetBSD
From the Business Wire press release: `` This handy, compact guide teaches you to use BSD UNIX systems as the experts do: from the command line. Try out more than 1,000 commands to find and get software, monitor system health and security, and access network resources. Apply the skills you learn from this book to use and administer servers and desktops running FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, or any other BSD flavor.

Expand your BSD UNIX expertise in these and other areas:

  • Using the shell
  • Finding online software
  • Working with files
  • Playing with music and images
  • Administering file systems
  • Backing up data
  • Checking and managing running processes
  • Accessing network resources
  • Handling remote system administration
  • Locking down security''
For more information, see the Business Wire press release and of course the publisher's information on the book.

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[20070622] NetBSD's tmpfs ported to FreeBSD
JMMV writes in his blog that NetBSD's tmpfs was ported to FreeBSD. The FreeBSD Wiki has a bit more information.

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[20070520] Application-level benchmarking NetBSD and FreeBSD
There was some public outcry some time ago when Gregory McGarry did a micro-benchmark Comparing of NetBSD 2.0 and FreeBSD 5.3 - microbenchmarks are useless, only application-level benchmarks show real differences, etc.

Leaving aside all the arguments, Thor Lancelot Simon did some musing on the subject, and taking two identical MacMinis, he ran them with an application that's common to many of us: compiling stuff. "Stuff" in that case was building a release of the NetBSD 4.0 release branch, using NetBSD-current (as of may 2007), and FreeBSD 6.2RC2. The results?

  • Build platform:   NetBSD 4.99.19 i386
    build.sh started: Tue May 15 18:24:20 EDT 2007
    build.sh ended:   Tue May 15 20:01:29 EDT 2007

  • Build platform:   FreeBSD 6.2-RC2 i386
    build.sh started: Tue May 15 18:25:28 EDT 2007
    build.sh ended:   Tue May 15 20:20:47 EDT 2007
    
I.e. 97 minutes build time on NetBSD, and 115 minutes on FreeBSD. Juggling numbers, one could say that NetBSD was about 20% faster in this case. Wow!

Maybe it should be noted that the building was done with 4 concurrent processes, to keep both cores of the MacMinis warm. On the NetBSD side, the SMP implementation is also the new "newlock2" based code by Andrew Doran that removes the kernel big lock for some paths inside the kernel, which may be responsible for the boost in performance.

See Thor's mail for more details.

(P.S.: This isn't intended as FreeBSD bashing, in case it's not obvious. Just a few facts...)

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[20051101] New FreeBSD logo (Update #1)
the FreeBSD folks now have a new logo, after sorting them out for quite some time (where from do I know this? :-). See the official results page

Update #1: I can't help but think of Looshkin the evil psychotic cat in Jamie Smart's "Bear" comic when seeing that new logo, sorry.

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[20051026] FreeBSD 5/6/7 kernel emulator for NetBSD 2.x
In an attempt to make FreeBSD drivers easier usable on NetBSD, Hans Petter Selasky has written some emulation layer to use FreeBSD drivers on NetBSD 2.x. See his posting for a lot more details.

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[20051014] Towers of Hanoi LKM, anyone?
I've stumbled across a long list of implementations for the Towers of Hanoi, and wonder if anyone wants to port the FreeBSD 3.0 LKM to NetBSD? Contains some other geeky implementations using sed, ping, awk, C, dc, csh, m4, Makefile, sed, sendmail, TeX etc.

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[20050727] FreeBSD on Xbox
So there is a BIOS(replacement) for the Xbox that can boot from a mbr, and there's a port of FreeBSD now. Cool! Anyone want to port NetBSD too? Go for it! Links: Xbox/FreeBSD, Xbox tech details wiki, official site (mirror), torrent of Live CD. Cheers!

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[20050512] ReiserFS for FreeBSD
After finding an attempt of a port of SGI's XFS to FreeBSD some time ago, I stumbled across an attempt to create a (read-only) version of Reiserfs for FreeBSD (faster mirror). Maybe someone from NetBSD wants to join this...

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[20050322] XFS on FreeBSD
Alexander Kabaev has uploaded a snapshot of his XFS filesystem port for FreeBSD. It's still read-only and of course(?) under the GPL, but this seems like a step in the right direction towards _some_ journaling filesystem on BSD. Would be cool if someone could work with Alexander to have this available on NetBSD too.

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[20050222] Article: FreeBSD vs. NetBSD: ready for primetime? (Updated)
From the folks over at BSDfreak, there is a comparison between FreeBSD and NetBSD with a desktop focus. Pretty interesting. Maybe some day the noted points in NetBSD will be addressed.

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