BSDNow Interview now live

Well, that didn’t take long.

My interview yesterday with BSDNow.tv is up, as Episode 68: Just the Essentials. We talk about FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials. Plus my next projects, Networking for Systems Administrators and Tarsnap Mastery, plus my next FreeBSD and OpenBSD books.

And, of course, crushing Peter Hansteen.

Because it’s not enough that I . . . → Read More: BSDNow Interview now live

Sudo talk now on YouTube

My talk Sudo: You’re Doing It Wrong is now live on YouTube. (Thanks to TJ for letting me know.)

The talk is based on my book Sudo Mastery.

This talk went better than my NYCBSDCon talk. Probably because I hadn’t confused “buzzing with caffeine, adrenaline, and sleeplessness” with “raging tonsilitis.” The Q&A at the . . . → Read More: Sudo talk now on YouTube

SMLR on “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials”

The Sunday Morning Linux Review folks have a review of FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials in show 141. The review starts at about 39:30, but the whole show is worth listening to. As always.

For my own reference, here’s a couple key quotes that I’ll probably use for marketing later. (I either write them down here, . . . → Read More: SMLR on “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials”

Next tech book: Tarsnap Mastery

Now that “Networking for System Administrators” is out for review, it’s time for me to dive into my next tech project: Tarsnap Mastery. Tarsnap is an encrypted online backup service run by Colin Percival, retired FreeBSD Security Officer.

Colin has asked me to write some Tarsnap documentation for years. Now that I’ve moved my personal . . . → Read More: Next tech book: Tarsnap Mastery

“Networking for System Administrators” – Tech reviewers wanted

I’ve completed the manuscript for Networking for System Administrators. I’m now looking for a couple types of technical reviewers: people who know TCP/IP and networking, and people who are likely to read this book.

Normally I’d ask for feedback in a few weeks. But the holiday season is at our throats, and we all need . . . → Read More: “Networking for System Administrators” – Tech reviewers wanted

“FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials” print available!

You can now get FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials in print on Amazon.

If you buy the print from Amazon, you can get the Kindle version for $2.99. Sadly, that’s the closest thing to a proper print/ebook combo I’ve been able to do.

For completeness’ sake: you can also buy it directly from my CreateSpace store. . . . → Read More: “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials” print available!

FreeBSD fetch(1) broken on SSL links?

I went to download Tarsnap on a FreeBSD 10.0-p12 machine, and got hit with this error:

# fetch https://www.tarsnap.com/download/tarsnap-autoconf-1.0.35.tgz Certificate verification failed for /C=GB/ST=Greater Manchester/L=Salford/O=COMODO CA Limited/CN=COMODO RSA Certification Authority 34380830376:error:14090086:SSL routines:SSL3_GET_SERVER_CERTIFICATE:certificate verify failed:/usr/src/secure/lib/libssl/../../../crypto/openssl/ssl/s3_clnt.c:1179: fetch: https://www.tarsnap.com/download/tarsnap-autoconf-1.0.35.tgz: Authentication error

Looking at the last line of the error, you might think that Colin password-protected the Tarsnap source . . . → Read More: FreeBSD fetch(1) broken on SSL links?

FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials at printer

Last night I received the print proofs of the new FreeBSD book.

I found two errors: a missing tab in a footnote, and an extra page before the index. I’ve fixed those, double-checked the file, and sent it to the printer. It should be available in print in the next week.

I’ll have four . . . → Read More: FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials at printer

FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials ebook released

The book is finished, and available at most major ebook retailers. It’s still working its way through the system at Kobo, and Smashwords hasn’t fed iBooks yet, but it’s coming.

More details at the FM:SE page on my web site.

Working on print this week.

Book Review: Book of PF, 3rd Edition

No Starch Press was kind enough to send me a review copy of the new 3rd edition of Peter Hansteen’s Book of PF. The first two editions are the standard reference work on the OpenBSD packet filter, and this is a topic I’ve written about in some depth before, so I’m fully prepared to eviscerate . . . → Read More: Book Review: Book of PF, 3rd Edition