ICANN49, Singapore

For those who haven’t noticed in any of the other media, I attended the ICANN49 conference in Singapore last week. We live in interesting times, with the NTIA announcement taking the spotlight, but lots of developments in (DNS) security and DNSSEC in particular. For now though, here’s some pictures.


New PGP key

As my old PGP key has passed it’s 15th birthday and improvements in cryptology in the meantime, it is about time to roll my key.

The old key is:
pub 1024D/0xAB2F5A5B15256990 1998-07-03
Key fingerprint = FB58 9797 299A F18E 2D3E 73D6 AB2F 5A5B 1525 6990

And the new key:
pub 2048R/0x517BE614A5C1EEC7 2013-09-24 [expires: 2018-09-23]
Key fingerprint = 6AFC 44AA 53E9 82A4 4BC7 1DB7 517B E614 A5C1 EEC7

The new key is signed with the old key, so make sure to check the signatures when importing the new key. The old key will be valid for a while, but I would prefer to use the new key.

Vendor Summit at EuroBSDCon 2013

For the third year in a row, we’ll be organizing a Vendor Summit during the Developer Summit prior to the EuroBSDCon conference, this year in Malta on September 26 and 27. In previous years, we’ve had a number of presentations by companies, like NETASQ, pfSense and Netflix, on how they successfully built their products and services on top of FreeBSD, and how contributing code back to the community actually can save them money in the long term by reducing internal maintenance costs.

This year, I’d like to change to focus more towards an open discussion between vendors and other large consumers, not only so you can learn from each other, but also so the FreeBSD community can learn more on how their product is used. We’ve long heard that binary packages were the Achilles heal of FreeBSD. Are we on the right track with PKGNG? Java-support is another issue, but is there anything else you are missing that maybe some other company may have an existing solution for they may be able to contribute, but hadn’t thought about anyone else was looking for? Or maybe you have an problem that’s too big for one company to fix, but can be fixed if some of you together fund a project to do so. The FreeBSD Foundation might be able to help.

This is an invitation-only event, please contact me at erwin@freebsdfoundation.org if you would like to attend. If you have anything to present or any topic you would like to discuss, please contact me as well. This will be an informal event, but we welcome a few short presentations.

Ports and Packages Summit at EuroBSDCon 2013

The FreeBSD project has provided pre-built ready-to-install binary packages for many years on a best-effort basis. While these packages do work in a large number of cases, there are too many inconsistencies and failure combinations, from the unpredictable update frequency to dependency handling across upgrades, for them to be used on a wider scale. After many months of work, we’re nearing a paradigm shift in both the format of the packages, and the building and distribution of the packages with the new PKGNG tools.

At the upcoming Developer Summit at the EuroBSDCon conference in Malta on September 26 and 27, there will be another Ports and Packages Summit, which will center on a round-table brainstorm that begins with a summary of the tremendous progress made in the last 12 months, and closes with a discussion of the roadmap on how to improve binary package creation, distribution, installation and upgrading. Please contact me if you have any topics you’d like to present or discuss. It will be an informal gathering, no formal slides or presentations are required.

As always, the DevSummit is an invitation-only event, so also contact me at erwin@FreeBSD.org if you want to participate.

Cloud services

After reading Jens Rohde’s post listing all his social media and other cloud activities, I thought I’d list mine as well.

  • WordPress (self-hosted) for blog and website, and some pictures as well.
  • Apache::Gallery (self-hosted) for all kinds of pictures, though not as much recently as I’d like to.
  • Twitter: yes, I’m there (and still don’t like them for punishing me with a 6 character minimum username as a first mover).
  • Facebook: yup, there as well, but don’t expect me to read it, it’s mostly a passive account.
  • Pocket: formerly Read-It-Later, the previous name describes it pretty well; really nice iPad app.
  • Newsblur: RSS feeds after Google shut down Reader. Great iPhone/iPad apps. I looked into tt-rss several times to host myself, but last time I looked, it did have a really nice web interface and iPhone web app, but neither of those work great on the larger touch screen on an iPad. A lot of development has happened since, so this may have changed.

Let me end with a shout out to Sparkleshare. Not so much social, but added as a bonus item. While I do use Dropbox as well, mostly for sharing between computers and iPhone/iPad, Sparkleshare is built around git and is independent of where it is hosted. If you want to use a more “cloudy” service, like github, it’s supported, but you can also set up your own server and no longer be bound by space limits (except for the harddisks you buy) or depend on a 3rd party provider with a random server in a random datacenter in some random country governed by a very long EULA and thus a lot more secure for you personal, financial, or otherwise sensitive documents. Unfortunately, no phone or tablet apps. For those without an always-on server somewhere, the Bittorrent Sync, just released in alpha, might be a better alternative.

Until the cows come home

Which I’m sure they won’t be for a long time after being release into the fields for the first time after a long winter.

Welcome to Japan (while still in mainland China)


Luxury hotel amenities


Casablanca by night (fall)