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My prefered Desktop environment for OpenBSD

Posted on 2016-12-02 15:46:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

In my previous post, I've explained how easy it is to install a desktop environment on OpenBSD. I've used the Lumina Desktop Environment because it's a complete desktop environment (file manager, panel, task bar, ...). Moreover Lumina is developed on BSD systems (FreeBSD), it's new and it's a promising desktop environment.

In this post I'll explain how and why I'm using Openbox for my desktops, why Openbox is my preferred window manager, and I will share some tips.

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OpenBSD is perfect for desktop too

Posted on 2016-11-27 23:14:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

Some persons are amazed to see that OpenBSD is a perfect OS for desktops and lapttops. This post will show you how simple it is to install desktop's application on top of OpenBSD

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Block bad visitors with PF

Posted on 2016-11-06 17:04:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

Those days, when you fire-up a new machine, it takes few hours that bad persons are trying to connect to your machine via ssh, try default URL with default passwords, ...

This post will explain how OpenBSD can easily helps you to ban those persons out of your machine for quite a long time.

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NFS settings for a Linux client connected to an OpenBSD NFS server.

Posted on 2016-10-20 21:48:00 by Vincent in NFS

You are an happy owner of a NAS running on OpenBSD proposing NFS shared drives. And your life is perfect with OpenBSD client (maybe you have read one of my article on that subject). But this idilyc echosystem is in danger when a friend of you comes and connects is brand new Linux laptop on your NFS server.

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Specific keys on USB keyboards and OpenBSD

Posted on 2016-09-28 22:41:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

If you are using an USB keyboard, there is standard tool in OpenBSD which allows you to assing specific commands to each of those keys. No need to install extra package, it's already part of the default OpenBSD install

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Best practices for NFS on OpenBSD

Posted on 2016-08-22 19:41:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd NFS

Let me share my expertise for the best parameters of NFS client on a laptop running OpenBSD.

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Projects versus Programs

Posted on 2016-08-15 21:17:00 by Vincent in Project Management

Let me share with you my idea of the delta between Programs and Projects

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What can put a project in danger ?

Posted on 2016-08-13 21:23:00 by Vincent in Project Management

Because correcting small problems is easier (and cost less time, less energy, less money, ..) than big problems, it’s important to detect such troubles as soon as possible. Thus having, in head, a list of elements to absolutely avoid could improve some project's situations. At least it can be a trigger to immediately start corrective actions.

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MindMaps to better manage projects

Posted on 2016-07-28 21:17:00 by Vincent in Project Management

Can we use MindMaps to manage complex projects or programs ? The answer is YES !

MindMaps are complementary and fill gaps created by the common tools used by a Project/Program manager

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How OpenBSD find a place in my Hifi installation ?

Posted on 2016-07-26 21:14:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

I will explain how OpenBSD has become the key element in my Hifi installation. Close to Keff speakers, Arcam amplifier and Cambridge Audio DAC, I've placed a small OpenBSD machine. Why ? How ? I'll explain it.

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My simple Time Machine on top of NFS

Posted on 2016-07-24 13:58:00 by Vincent in NFS

In this post I'll explain what I did in order to have the concept of Time machine on my NFS server. As you can imagine this solution relies mainly on the HardLink concept and use rsync to perform the tasks. All of this is embedded in a small shell script. It works well on my OpenBSD machine, but should also works on any Unix-like machines.

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OpenBSD as an encrypted NAS

Posted on 2016-07-19 15:53:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd NFS

I'll explain how I've configured OpenBSD in order to have an encrypted Network Area Storage

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How I've tuned OpenBSD to become my house's firewall

Posted on 2016-07-14 15:25:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

In this post I'll explain what I did to filter the internet access in my house. You will see that the access is based on simple rules and is not the same for every users.

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Build a Read only system with OpenBSD

Posted on 2016-07-12 12:06:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

When you have machines that must run 24x7, you must take into account the problem of powercut. To my eyes there is 2 possible solutions:

  • use an UPS
  • have a readonly operating system

In this post, I'll describe how you can easily transform your OpenBSD machine into a Read-only system.

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First thing first, let's start with my Alarm system.

Posted on 2016-07-10 13:41:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

I'll explain how I've used OpenBSD to monitor my house. Which machine, which devices, how it's send SMS"

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