bsdtalk132 – Richard Stallman

Interview with Richard Stallman. He requested that the interview only be distributed in a free format, so the mp3 file is just a quick message. Please download the ogg version for the full interview.

File Info: 28Min, 16MB.

Ogg Link:

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A later note from RMS:
In the interview, I said that all the BSD systems " include, in
their installation systems--in some cases I believe it's called a ports system...--they all include some non-free programs". What I meant is that the non-free programs are included in the set of programs that the ports system can install. The ports system software as such is free. For me, distributing a recipe to fetch and install a non-free program is pretty much ethically equivalent to distributing a copy.

bsdtalk128 – Sysjail Revisited with Michael Dexter

  • EuroBSDCon starts this week in Copenhagen, Denmark. I wish I could be there.
  • OpenBSD 4.2 is available for pre-order.

Interview with Michael Dexter. We talk about the new sysjail and the recent system call wrapper issues.

File Info: 22Min, 10MB.

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bsdtalk127 – Why I like the CLI

Why I like the CLI:
  • Uses minimal resources. Less space, less memory, fewer dependencies.
  • Transparency. GUI hides internals, limits options.
  • Similar between Unix-like systems. GUI tools seem to change every week.
  • Remote management. SSH rocks.
  • Everything is text. Configs, devices, output. CLI is natural complement.
  • Pipes and scripts. One time is hard, a thousand times is easy.
  • Only need a few tools. Grep, sed, awk, vi, cron.
  • Text config files. Easy to version, share, and comment.
  • Requires reading skills instead of clicking skills.
  • Much faster when you know what you are doing.

File Info: 12Min, 6MB.

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bsdtalk125 – Matthew Dillon

The NetBSD Foundation would like to announce its 2007 fundraising campaign. See for more details.

Interview with DragonflyBSD's Matthew Dillon. We talk about the 1.10 release and the design of a new filesystem.

File Info: 20Min, 10MB

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bsdtalk120 – BSD Hacker Isaac “Ike” Levy

News: There has been a call for papers for the first Turkish conference on BSD systems. More info about BSDConTR07 can be found at

Interview with BSD Hacker Isaac "Ike" Levy. To hear more of Ike and other NYCBUG audio, visit

File Info: 26Min, 13MB.

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bsdtalk119 – Playing with IPv6

I ramble on about how I have been experimenting with IPv6. For more details, see

File Info: 15Min, 8MB.

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bsdtalk118 – Sidsel Jensen from EuroBSDCon

I'm sorry the podcast was unavailable for a few days due to a server upgrade problem.
Congratulations to SDF for 20 great years of public Unix access.
Congratulations to NetBSD on a great new web site.

Interview with Sidsel Jensen from

File info: 9Min, 5MB.

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bsdtalk117 – One Time Passwords

  • Important when you don't trust the computer you are using, such as a library computer or internet kiosk.
  • Available by default in Free/Net/Open BSD.
  • FreeBSD uses OPIE, Net/Open use S/Key.
  • One time passwords are based on your pass phrase, a non-repeating sequence number, and a seed.
  • Initial setup should be done directly on the server.
  • "skeyinit" for Net/Open, "opiepasswd -c" for FreeBSD.
  • Enter a pass phrase that is not your regular account password.
  • Find your current sequence number and seed with "opieinfo" or "skeyinfo", for example: "497 pc5246".
  • Generate a list of the next 10 passwords and write them down, using "opiekey -n 10 497 pc5246" or "skey -n 10 497 pc5246".
  • When you log in from a remote machine that might have a keystroke logger, you can now use a one time password instead of your regular password.
  • For OpenBSD, log in as account:skey, for example "bob:skey", which will cause the system to present the s/key challenge.
  • For NetBSD, the system will always present you with the s/key challenge if it is configured for your account, although you can still use your regular password.
  • FreeBSD by default will force you to use a one time password if it is configured for your account.
  • If you want both OPIE and password authentication, FreeBSD allows you to list trusted networks or hosts in /etc/opieaccess.
  • Instead of carrying a list of passwords around, you can use s/key generators on a portable device that you trust, such as a palm pilot.
  • For more info, check the man pages.
File info: 6Min, 4MB.

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bsdtalk116 – Rick Macklem and NFSv4

I was interviewed recently at

Interview with Rick Macklem about his work with NFSv4.
More information at

File info: 13Min, 6MB.

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