Ruminations on the Digital Realm

Jan Stedehouder

BSD Magazine released

In the fall of 2007 I wrote two 30-day series about PC-BSD and DesktopBSD respectively. I was impressed by the ease of use and the level of maturity,not of the software but of the people developing and using BSD.

When I was finished I ran across a blogpost by Dru Lavigne who pointed at a new BSD Magazine to be released in the spring of 2008. Contacting the editor was easy enough and the decision was made to write an article about the two *BSD’s I had tested extensively.

On thing that made the experience all the more exciting were the e-mail based interviews with the key developers Peter Hofer (DesktopBSD), Kris Moore (PC-BSD) and Matt Olander (iXsystems). I am just the curious writer, but these are the guys that actually work on providing us with two great desktop-oriented *BSD’s.

Anyway, the first issue of BSD Magazine is out and it looks superb. It comes with a dvd containing FreeBSD 7.0, pfSense 1.2 firewall and some more. The articles have something for readers on all levels. Dru Lavigne helps you to install FreeBSD 7.0 in the section ‘get started’. Joy Kruizenga explains how to install BSD alongside Vista in the section ‘how-tos’.If you happen to have the Linksys NSLU2, you might want to read Donald Hayford’s article on how to install NetBSD on it. The scope and quality is really amazing and I feel a bit proud to be among this group of writers. Humbled too, because everyone else appears to have tons more knowledge about BSD as well.

I can only recommend getting the first issue or subscribing for BSD Magazine. There aren’t many magazines out there that deal with BSD and this magazine deserves to remain for a long. The annual subscription for four issues is $ 39,99 for the USA and € 29,99 for Europe and the rest of the world. To quote l’Oreal: “you’re worth it.”

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