BSD Magazine October 2010 Issue

Check out my article in this issue, entitled  I.T. Certifications and The Value I Got In It


  • Commissioning FreeBSD with the Drupal Content Management Framework – Part 1

    With nearly 6000 modules and PHP support Drupal offers a sophisticated web development platform as well as a thriving community. Drupal, originally conceived by Dries Buytaert, has a reputation of being an extremely capable DContent Management System (CMS) albeit with a steep learning curve. While many criticisms concerning the complexity of the interface will be addressed in the forthcoming Drupal 7 release (which is currently in the alpha stage), Drupal 6 excels in stability, flexibility and high quality code. The developers also subscribe to a transparent policy towards security issues, and have a dedicated security team which ensures that core modules remain high quality. Used as the basis of many high profile sites.

  • Building VPNs on OpenBSD

    A VPN is a network made up of multiple private networks situated at different locations, linked together using secure tunnels over a public (insecure) network, typically the Internet. VPNs are becoming increasingly popular, as they allow companies to join the LANs of their branches or subsidiaries into a single private network (site-to-site VPNs) or to provide mobile employees, such as sales people, access to their corporate network from outside the premises (remote-access VPNs), thus making accessing and sharing internal information much easier.

    – Daniele Mazzocchio
  • Closed-source and unsupported drivers with FreeBSD

    Sooner or later you come to a conclusion that you need to have an enhanced mobility throughout your home place. And you decide to purchase an Wi-Fi card and put it into a home gate-keeper. Do you know about troubles that could bring this simple transaction like WiFi network card purchase?Some might ask – is it necessary to buy a WiFi-card instead of a simple AccessPoint (AP)? At first glance you can figure out that there exist the fine models of ADSL-modems with wireless capabilities and that could work as AP. However, it should be noticed that: a) not all home connections to an Internet-provider go through a „copper” like phone- or cable-line; b) you simply need to add a WiFi-capability to an already working gate; c) a WiFi-card itself costs several times cheaper of AP.

    – Anton Borisov
  • I.T. certifications and the value I got in it

    Joshua shares his experience with our readers, this time about certifications.

    – Joshua Ebarvia


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BSD Magazine September 2010 Issue

Check out my article in this issue, entitled The Difference Between FreeBSD and Ubuntu in a Not So Technical Way

The September 2010 Issue of BSD Magazine is out now!

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  • Installing a Citrix Client on FreeBSD

    As our computing needs change, so does our criteria for selecting an operating system. Today, my job and my family are in different cities.

  • Writing shellcode for Linux and *BSD

    A shellcode is a sequence of machine language instructions which an already-running program can be forced to execute by altering its execution flow through software vulnerabilities (e.g. stack overflow, heap overflow or format strings).

  • How To Convert Text to Voice Using Festival and Lame in FreeBSD

    In 2007 I built a web-based IM/ Chat Service which was later launched as an iPhone web app. Making a long story short I retired the service in 2008 and that was that.

  • FreeBSD Squid proxy with Parental Controls How-To

    Traditionally, web pages were served via a webserver such as Apache and transmitted via the network on port 80 to a web-browser.

  • Network monitoring with Nagios and OpenBSD PART 2

    So our OpenBSD-based network now includes redundant firewalls (, domain name servers (, a mail gateway ( and a web proxy cache (

  • The Difference Between FreeBSD and Ubuntu in a Not So Technical Way

    As a system administrator, I have been using various distributions of Linux and FreeBSD. I am comfortable in a mixed environment of *nix operating systems to provide network services.


Register now for the Top 10 Ubuntu Server Questions Answered Webinar

Ever wondered what is unique about Ubuntu Server Edition, or how to set up Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud? Do you know how to upgrade your Ubuntu server or for how long you can get updates?

Find out the answers to these questions and other top 10 Ubuntu server questions.

The webinar will be held twice on Thursday 16th September, at 12:00 PM London (BST) and at 2:00 PM New York (EDT). When you register below, we will email directions on how to attend either session.

Click here to register

Webinar @ Philippine Time

Thursday, September 16, 2010 at 7:00PM PHT

Friday, September 17, 2010 at 2:00AM PHT

Register now for Ubuntu Enterprise Cloud Webinar

Canonical (the big company sponsor of Ubuntu ) will be having another great webinar. It’s all about Ubuntu’s enterprise cloud. If you are interested in the topic, you might want to register now.

The webinar will be on August 12, 2010 at 12:00 BST London (Aug 12, 7:00PM Philippine time) and 14:00 EDT (Aug 13, 2:00am Philippine Time)

Choose the time you are comfortable with. See you there!

You can register here at

BSD Magazine August 2010 Issue

Check out my article in this issue, entitled Making the Unknown Giant Visible and Known

The August 2010 Issue of BSD Magazine is out now!

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  • Introduction to MidnightBSD

    MidnightBSD was founded in 2006 by Lucas Holt. The project is a FreeBSD 6.0 fork with an emphasis on creating a desktop focused BSD.
    While there are other BSD desktop projects (most notably PC-BSD and DesktopBSD), we wanted to create an entire desktop centered BSD from the kernel all the way up to the standard applications. We want a BSD that a grandmother could install and use.

    – Lukas Holt, Caryn Holt
  • The FreeBSD Ubuntu challenge

    FreeBSD makes a great server, but can it rise to the challenge of running Compiz as a workstation?
    One of the many criticisms of Open Source software (indeed even FreeBSD) is that it is not ready for the desktop.

    – Rob Somerville
  • Network monitoring with Nagios and OpenBSD PART 1

    So our OpenBSD-based network now includes redundant firewalls, domain name servers, a mail gateway and a web proxy cache. (Read previous issues of BSD Magazine) All the services provided by these machines are particularly critical and can’t afford even minimal downtime. Redundancy may give us the time to recover a failure before having angry users trying to knock down our door, but it doesn’t free us from the responsibility to detect and solve ongoing problems.

    – Daniele Mazzocchio
  • Replacing Microsoft Exchange Server

    Installing set of open-source programs without lack of functionality Instead of Microsoft Exchange Server. This way Groupware-part will be replaced on Horde Groupware.

  • Maintenance Systems over BSD

    I was talking in previous articles about how to run applications widely used in the Industry that can be supported by BSD apart of classical IT services.
    As clear example of this is SAP Suite. SAP covers all possible asset management to control the cost related to production and also maintenance but as per tighted cost in investments today, the Plants must run 24/7 with maximum reliability and productivity possible.

    – Joseba Mendez
  • Low Resource PCs with FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is my pick for best modern operating system to use on older PCs. I can’t believe how many used PCs end up as landfill while students, educators, low income families and others go without a computer at all.

    – Laura Michaels
  • Making the Unknown Giant Visible and Known

    FreeBSD has the moniker Unknown Giant. I confirm that it is true in my place. I have asked system administrators, computer enthusiasts, and hobbyist about FreeBSD and they didn’t even know what I’m talking about.

    – Joshua Ebarvia

Canonical’s Webinar: Successful Desktop Migration

Here is the information I received from Canonical

Oh, for the good old days of Microsoft monopoly! Sure, there were constant
problems with viruses and Blue Screens of Death, but admit it: you enjoyed
raging against the Windows machine.

But then, you always were a glutton for punishment. Others, however, are
turning to desktop alternatives like Mac OS X and Ubuntu.

Yes, Ubuntu.

Millions of people have dumped Windows in favor of Ubuntu as their preferred
desktop, and a growing number of enterprises must now grapple with the
challenge of how to effectively deploy the industry’s leading Linux desktop.

But not your business? Think it’s “Windows as far as the sysadmin can see”?
Think again. You’ve got Ubuntu. Probably lots of it.

It’s time to discover how your business can easily and successfully deploy
Ubuntu Desktop Edition.

Join experienced Canonical engineer Boris Devouge to learn desktop migration
best practices and methodologies. You will find out how to avoid common pain
points, as well as tips and tricks for testing, piloting and deploying Ubuntu
Desktop Edition in your business. It will also make you popular. All the cool
kids run Ubuntu.

In fact, Boris will walk you through real migration scenarios from peers who
have also embraced Ubuntu. Have questions? He’ll answer them, live during the

Date: Thursday 29th July 2010
Times: 12:00 BST (London) and 14:00 EDT (New York)

If you are responsible for enterprise desktops you won’t want to miss this

I have registered for the event and last night (Philippine Time, 7:00PM), I have participated in Canonical’s Webinar entitled, Successful Desktop Migration.

So for those who were not able to join, you can view the recorded presentation at

You can choose either from  Recorded Session I with Boris DeVouge and Matt Barker, or Recorded Session II with Roberto Salazar and Sam Herren.


BSD Magazine July 2010 Issue

Check out my article in this issue, entitled FreeBSD Experience and Success Story

The July 2010 Issue of BSD Magazine is out now!

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  • Building a Desktop Firewall with pf and fwbuilder

    This article is an excerpt from the Firewalls and VPNs chapter of the book The Best of FreeBSD Basics (ISBN 9780979034220), published by Reed Media Publishing.

    – Dru Lavigne
  • OpenBSD Some Interesting One Floppy Systems

    One floppy systems are very practical, as they usually have a specific goal, which cannot be said about all Live CD’s.

  • Remote Installation of the FreeBSD Operating System without a Remote Console

    This article documents the remote installation of the FreeBSD operating system when the console of the remote system is unavailable. The main idea behind this article is the result of a collaboration with Martin Matuska with valuable input provided by Pawel Jakub Dawidek

  • OpenBSD as a Mail Server

    In a previous document, we built redundant firewalls using the CARP and PFSYNC protocols; these were the first building blocks of a hypothetical, penBSD-based, small private networkthat we are going to build step by step across several documents.

  • Performance Comparison ITTIA DB and SQLite

    ITTIA DB SQL and SQLite are used by software developers to manage information stored in applications and devices. Designed to be hidden from the end-user, these embedded relational database management systems are linked into the application or firmware as self-contained software libraries.

    – Sasan Montaseri
  • Interview with Jeff Roberson

    – Jesse Smith
  • FreeBSD Experience and Success Story