Sponsorships for “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS”

I recently put up a post musing offering sponsorships for tech books. The reaction I got, both in blog comments and private email, was overwhelmingly positive.

And people are eagerly awaiting FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS, by Allan Jude and yours truly.

So, I’ve decided to try selling sponsorships for FM:AZ.

Ebook sponsors ($20) get their . . . → Read More: Sponsorships for “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS”

The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track

I submitted several tech events to Penguicon, our local tech/SF/maker/assorted random WTF convention.

They accepted six: five talks and one panel.

So if you’re in Detroit on the weekend of 29 April-1 May, come by and see me bloviate about:

PAM: You’re Doing It Wrong the ZFS File System Networking for Systems Administrators Encrypted Backups . . . → Read More: The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track

New review on “Tarsnap Mastery”

nixCraft has posted a review of Tarsnap Mastery: Online Backups for the Truly Paranoid.

nixCraft makes a deliberate practice of listing pros and cons for each book they review. This is a good idea. The only con that they list is that “you most definitely need some basic Unix command-line knowledge.”

I can live with . . . → Read More: New review on “Tarsnap Mastery”

randi vs xmj

I’ve gotten a bunch of emails asking me for my opinion on the Randi – xmj FreeBSD issue.

Short short answer: I am withholding comment until we hear some kind of response from FreeBSD’s core team. Or until we don’t.

Short answer: This looks really bad for FreeBSD’s leaders and the Foundation.

If a volunteer . . . → Read More: randi vs xmj

“FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems” disclaimer

I’m going through the tech edits on FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems, integrating them into the manuscript so that it can go to copyedit.

As this book is available for early access purchase, without technical review, the manuscript starts with a disclaimer. The first step in prepping this manuscript is removing the disclaimer.

In my opinion, . . . → Read More: “FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems” disclaimer

“FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems” early draft available!

You can now get the in-progress but complete first draft of “FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems” at Tilted Windmill Press.

Buy it now, get 10% off. You get access to the early version as a PDF. When the final book is released, you’ll get the final EPUB, mobi, and print PDF versions.

This draft contains all . . . → Read More: “FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems” early draft available!

Inaugural SemiBUG meeting notes

Last night was the first semibug.org meeting, at the Hazel Park Raceway. Eleven people attended.

The next meeting will be at 7:00 PM, 1715 December 2015, at the Hazel Park Raceway.

The fourth floor of the HPR clubhouse was actually quite suitable for a user group meeting. HPR has horse races on Friday and Saturday . . . → Read More: Inaugural SemiBUG meeting notes

first semibug.org meeting next Tuesday

The first meeting for theSoutheast Michigan BSD User Group, aka SEMIBUG, will be next Tuesday, 17 November 2015, at the Hazel Park Raceway restaurant.

We’ll discuss what sort of meeting we want, when the regular meeting will happen, where it will be, and suchlike. We’ll probably also draft someone to fix the website. (By fix, . . . → Read More: first semibug.org meeting next Tuesday

Detroit-area BSD user group, take 2

Fifteen years ago, I tried to organize a BSD user group in southeast Michigan.

That effort failed because of a lack of a steady place to meet.

The memory of that failure has faded with time. So I’m trying again. This time, the Southeast Michigan BSD User Group, or SEMIBUG, has a web site and . . . → Read More: Detroit-area BSD user group, take 2

freebsd-update: “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update: cannot open files/.gz: No such file or directory”

This morning, I finally updated my web server to FreeBSD 10.2-p6 using freebsd-update. Normally I like freebsd-update, but this morning it decided to be cranky.

As usual, it was cranky because I didn’t know what I was doing.

First, I should say that I don’t need to update my hosts that often. If there’s, say, . . . → Read More: freebsd-update: “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update: cannot open files/.gz: No such file or directory”