Is WPA finally coming to OpenBSD ?

Well, accord­ing to recent com­mits by devel­oper Damien Bergamini it sure looks that way … http://marc.info/?l=openbsd-cvs&m=118615999512959&w=2 Good news for the road­war­ri­ers amongst us.


Customizing an OpenBSD install

One of OpenBSD’s cool fea­tures is the install process itself. It’s fast and cus­tomiz­able. I often have the need to install iden­ti­cal OpenBSD sys­tems, such as fire­walls or clus­ter mem­bers and the install process makes this extremely easy. Every file­set that you can choose through the OpenBSD installer is a sim­ple tar­ball that is extracted


A very useful TRAMP.

The TRAMP that I am refer­ring to is the Trans­par­ent Remote Access Mul­ti­ple Pro­to­col mod­ule for emacs, my favorite edi­tor. Using TRAMP I can edit files remotely from within emacs using either smb, ftp, rsync, sftp, scp, rsh, rcp or ssh as trans­port pro­to­cols. Now, the abil­ity to edit files remotely is noth­ing new or


Why reading CVS commit logs matters

Let me tell you a lit­tle secret — part of my suc­cess with OpenBSD has to do with the fact that I read their CVS com­mit logs. Why ? Imag­ine if you could track every bug fix, every fea­ture enhance­ment, every dri­ver addi­tion or every doc­u­men­ta­tion change done by the OpenBSD devel­op­ers ? Well, you can


Canonical’s Landscape is flawed.

Canon­i­cal, the com­pany behind Ubuntu, has announced a beta ver­sion of it’s new cen­tral­ized man­age­ment soft­ware called Land­scape. Land­scape is tar­geted at large scale deploy­ments of Ubuntu and since man­age­abil­ity mat­ters to me I was intrigued by the pos­si­bil­ity to con­sid­er­ably ease the admin­is­tra­tion of deployed Ubuntu sys­tems. Land­scape can do a lot of stuff


OpenBSD installer for the lazy

Cor­po­rate server rooms are not nice places to hang out. They’re very noisy and cold (at least in front of the racks) and they gen­er­ally lack the com­fort of the ergonomic office chair at my desk. Nor­mally any kind of food or bev­er­ages are strictly for­bid­den in server rooms so I have to leave my


Thoughts on OpenBSD manageability

I care about man­age­abil­ity because it directly influ­ences my job and defines how much time I have to spend on triv­ial tasks like patch­ing or upgrad­ing oper­at­ing sys­tems. My goal is to spend as lit­tle time as pos­si­ble doing triv­ial & repet­i­tive stuff so that I have more time for things that I con­sider more


New router platform

PC Engines, a com­pany that designs embed­ded PC hard­ware, has a succ­ses­sor to it’s bril­liant WRAP (Wire­less Router Appli­ca­tion Plat­form) line of boards. The new line of boards, called ALIX, will have a 433 or 500 MHz AMD Geode LX CPU and either 128 or 256 MB SDRAM Accord­ing to their web­site the fol­low­ing con­fig­u­ra­tions are


Using trunk(4) for cheap failover.

My home gets more and more depen­dent on an func­tion­ing Inter­net Con­nec­tion — espe­cially after I switched to VoIP. My wife would kill me if her pre­cious phone went offline because our DSL provider has prob­lems I decided to add some redun­dancy to my home net­work. My neigh­bor had a WLAN router which I could


Portable” OpenBSD ?

Most mod­ern cell­phones can be equipped with mem­ory cards and act like an USB stick when they are attached to a com­puter. Most mod­ern com­put­ers can be booted from USB — can you see where this is going ? My Sony Eriks­son W800i is equipped with a 1 GB mini-SD card which is more than enough