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Manual install of OpenBSD and syspatch

Posted on 2017-06-17 15:11:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

On some machines we are forced to perform the not recommended upgrade procedure. Since several years I'm applying this method on 2 of my machines without problems.

But, after the upgrade process of OpenBSD from 6.0 to 6.1, syspatch was no running as it should.

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OpenVPN on OpenBSD

Posted on 2017-06-05 18:14:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

I've read several articles concerning the setup of OpenVPN on OpenBSD. But I've decided to post this one because none I've read address the problem coming from the setuid.

Indeed, to avoid that OpenVPN stays in memory with the root user, you can configure it to setuid to an anther user, usually _openvpn.

Problem, when you close the connection, this user must have the correct rights to set back your networks configuration settings: route, resolv.conf.

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Log2table to protect your machines from intrusions

Posted on 2017-05-27 20:41:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

Log2table allows you to continuously monitor your logfiles. You can trigger actions when a specific message comes in your audited logfiles or when a specific number of occurences are present.

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Light webserver

Posted on 2017-05-01 14:49:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd

In this post I would like to share some feedback concerning the Fast Asynchronous Python Web Server I'm using for this web site.

Fapws is no more updated since 2012 !!! Should I migrate to something better: httpd ?

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Freeplane on OpenBSD

Posted on 2017-01-24 22:29:00 by Vincent in Open Bsd Project Management

As you can find in this blog, I'm a fervent user of freeplane to structure tasks, ideas, ...
With this new post on this blog, I will show you how simple it is to have such great tool on an OpenBSD desktop machine. So, you just need to have Xorg running. It can be via a windowing manager (Openbox, lumina, xfce, Gnome, ...)

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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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