BSD Operating Systems

Title: BSD Operating Systems
Language: English
Who: Fred Morcos
When: April 23, 7 pm
Where: LBS3, FH3

BSD operating systems are free and open source software systems directly descending from AT&T UNIX as opposed to being compatible clones like GNU/Linux. Current flavors of BSD may be quite specialized and intimidating to a beginner, or due to GNU/Linux’ fame may be unjustly overlooked as viable and very competent alternatives on appliances, desktops and servers. This workshop aims to introduce the whos and whys in BSD-land.

We will start with a brief overview of BSD history, then we will move on to more technical topics regarding each of the current major open source BSD operating systems available.

If time permits, we will go into a little bit of detail with installing and setting up a FreeBSD system from scratch, including disk encryption, RAID, ZFS, ports and package management.

Finally, we will walk through a demo of PC-BSD’s and FreeNAS’ ease of installation and use.

If you are keen on doing so, you can follow the demonstrations in VirtualBox or any other virtualization solution you feel comfortable with. Make sure you have installation ISOs ready with you (we will also provide images during the workshop): I suggest PC-BSD, but you can also follow through with FreeBSD if you feel adventurous on the command-line.

I would recommend some prior UNIX or GNU/Linux usage experience as a prerequisite to this workshop. Nevertheless, if you feel interested in operating systems and motivated enough, then by all means join in!

A big thanks goes to Fred Morcos for preparing and giving the presentation! Click the link below to find the slides and setup commands of the workshop.

You can browse the Slides from the presentation, or you can check up on the shell commands used during the installation procedure. See you next time!

Author: Daniel Knittl-Frank

I studied Software Engineering in Hagenberg. My master thesis dealt with cross-platform portability of .NET applications under Mono on Linux, specifically with the HeuristicLab optimization framework.

I do most of the boring stuff at fhLUG, such as organizing events and taking care of the website. Talks I gave covered several diverse topics, including LaTeX, Git, the Neo keyboard layout, regular expressions, and shell scripting.

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