BSD Real Quick Newsletter

Chris Coleman chrisc at
Fri Sep 29 14:53:53 PDT 2000

		   BSD Real Quick(TM) News Letter.
	             Things  Happening  in  BSD.
	      	      Presented by Daemon News

Hi Everyone,

I have been writing Real Quick newsletters for over two years now. 
They actually pre-date Daemon News.  They started out as the FreeBSD
Real Quick Newsletter and recently I have been writing four different
newsletters, one for each BSD.

I have decided to take a different approach to the newsletter.  Its going
to become more regular, unified, and more personalized.  I'll try to take 
the best of each week and summarize it here.  As always feedback is welcome.

Chris Coleman  <chrisc at>

Daemon News			 O'Reilly Networks -- Open Source Editor


A Sexier BSD: Mac OS X(XX) 
September 28, 2000

In these last couple of weeks the online community has been buzzing about   
one thing, and it's not the Olympics.
Sure, most of Australia's bandwidth is now taken up by International 
tourists checking their email on Sydney's Internet terminals, and the 
rest is taken up with the frenzied attempts of would-be-Olympic ticket 
holders trying to convince IBM's Olympics e-commerce site that they 
are more worthy of getting tickets than anyone else, but that's not all. 

It's bigger than the Olympics, it has more colours, more devoted fans 
and more people wearing shirts advertisingit. It's a new and improved 
UNIX BSD Distribution, and it's poised to take the world by storm. 



BSD System takes on Linux 
September 27, 2000

The buzz in operating systems today seems to center on Linux. But there's   
another OS generating a lot of interest - BSD. Both Linux and BSD are   
growing faster as server systems on the Internet than their competitors,  
including Microsoft's Windows NT and Windows 2000 combined, according to   
Nancy Stewart, senior analyst at, an Internet market research   
firm that surveys information technology executives on their purchasing   
plans. In addition, Linux and FreeBSD, an open-source version of the BSD OS,
 are expected to grow 177 percent as Web server systems by the end of  
2001, Stewart says, compared with a loss of 7 percent for Windows NT/2000 
and a loss of 11.2 percent for proprietary Unix, such as Hewlett-Packard's  
HP-UX and Sun Microsystems' Solaris. 



FreeBSD 4.1.1 includes RSA 
September 26, 2000

Finally the announcement for FreeBSD 4.1.1 is out. Changes are the   
inclusion of the RSA libraries and other security things that were made   
possible because of RSA. 



Open Packages Mailing Lists 
September 26, 2000

The project now has public mailing lists that people can   
join. Archives of the op-tech mailing list are also available on line. 



Delphi poll
September 25, 2000

There is a poll about to which platforms Delphi should be ported after 

For those not familiar with Delphi, it is a rapid application development 
tool (RAD). Thought by many, including myself, to be one of the best 
development tools around. 

The Linux port is expected in the coming months. 


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Is there a way to increase the difficulty of TCP Sequence Prediction? 
September 27, 2000

I scanned a newly made OpenBSD firewall running ipf, ipnat and all current   
patches using nmap. The result were good except that the TCP Sequence   
Prediction was only at (worthy challenge) this was a big blow to me as I  
anticipated the OpenBSD box would be much better than a local SuSE linux   
server that got a better (Good Luck) rating. Myself and another sysadmin   
have a friendly rivalry going on with the bsd vs linux debate. This last  
scan did not help my cause much. Any ideas on what I could do to increase   
the prediction difficulty? Thanks in advance. 


Plea for help 
September 27, 2000

Here's my problem - FreeBSD4.0 runs out of memory and crashes. Currently, I   
have one box with FreeBSD, P-2/450 w/256MB RAM. It crashed Monday morning   
and was rebooted, a couple hours later it crashed again.  It's been up for   
1+17:50 now according to top. Free was 135 MB, I tar -cvzf'ed the customer 
directories to a backup, now top is showing 23M Active, 186M Inactive, 33M   
Wired, 7156K Cache 17M Buf, 1324K Free. Something is drastically wrong   
here. The boot message says to look on the errata page for problems/fixes,   
but this isn't mentioned at all. Any clues/fixes as to why it doesn't free   
up the inactive RAM? 


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