[talk] the next con: content (2 of 2)

Malcolm Matalka mmatalka at gmail.com
Thu Aug 13 12:12:09 EDT 2015

Den 13 aug 2015 16:28 skrev "George Rosamond" <george at ceetonetechnology.com
> February 2014's con was focused on the "BSDs in Production" and was
> themed broad enough to allow us to choose content while feeling
> consistent :)
> And like last con, our audience is not the BSD scene local and remote,
> but rather the non-BSD people in the metropolitan area. No one can take
> anything away from the current BSDCons' importance, but we are doing
> something different here, again. Our con is not an opportunity for the
> 'usual suspects' to meet at different cities around the world. Rather,
> our con is about talking to the broader community around NYC.
> There are two theme ideas I'm personally thinking about that have been
> discussed.  Yes, the term "beyond" is purposeful.
> 1. The BSDs Beyond x86: ARM, MIPS
> The obvious connection for people on this topic is the Raspberry Pi, but
> I can imagine that will barely be mentioned.
> There is very significant work happening on armv7 and what is now known
> as aarch64 (64-bit ARM). It's not just about small hardware, but about
> powerful, low-energy consuming hardware that should begin creeping into
> data centers soon. The big firms are working on it, and even Amazon
> acquired an ARM hardware firm a while back.
> There are other angles. There is some *really* cheap hardware that is
> useful for testing network drivers, porting to the Chromebook, etc.
> Ideally, we'd get some hardware manufacturers to bring in some gear to
> make this a more hands-on event.
> 2. The BSDs and Security: Beyond the Obvious
> IMHO the security angle is way overplayed, and we should be angling this
> outside the box.
> There are a few topics that come to mind.
> OCAML being one. Capsicum/tame (fbsd/obsd, respectively). ASLR.

As an ocaml fan, what are you referring to when you say ocaml here?

> Interesting lessons in porting Tor Browser (essentially Linux software)
> to OpenBSD in regards to portability, footprints (er, bloat).
> Upstreaming portable BSD code, specifically thinking about OBSD's
> arc4random and libressl (libretls now? :).
> Another topic might be on entropy. In light of the FBSD breakage in the
> fall in -current and the critiques of Linux RNG, how do we know it's
> working?  What is good entropy? How do we know it's good? How many
> stupid ways do bad non-crypto developers try to replace a system's RNG?
> Finally, as always, we are going to work hard to keep the event as "BSD
> agnostic" as possible. All the BSDs should be represented, but also
> having more general speakers not tied to one project or another is a
> positive.
> Anyways, please feel free to jump into this topic.
> g
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