Feedback

1. Do you want to see articles in BSD mag that wouldn’t be necessarily BSD specific, but apply to Linux as well?

The majority of readers has nothing against to *nixes’ articles, because generic systems and techniques are in use to support BSD. Generally, all what is useful and can be applied to BSD is welcome (no matter from what other unix system it comes). Also apps such as Nagios, that can be integrated into BSD environment, should be covered in the magazine. However, in such articles the scripts and examples should be BSD specific. On the other hand the BSD article can contain some fundamental info about how the same thing can be applied on other nixes systems (as a kind of curiosity). Nevertheless, BSD Magazine is dedicated to BSDsystems and will remind as such. So, the right proportions between BSD specific and non-specific articles should be preserved.

The readers are very much interested in the subject: how BSD can better interact with other systems (as it often has to)?. This, indeed, can be sometimes a real challenge for not only sysadmins but also for common users. If any of you have some experience in this matter, please contact us, so we could work together on excellent tutorial or case study article.

Other, listed by our readers, interesting but not BSD specific topics are:

  • Shell comparison or series about available shells
  • Apps such as: Nagios, Cacti, OCSInventory, Snort on BSD
  • Rendering a “matrix” movie with pixie or renderman
  • Zpanel implementation on BSD
  • Home Automation with BSD
  • Astronomy software like Xephem on BSD
  • OpenCL

2. What ideas do you have about articles that should be covered in BSD Magazine?

Bellow are the topics, which readers listed as interesting for them. We divided it into few main categories. If you will find on that list a topic in which you consider yourself an expert or you have some interesting experiences in any of listed fields, please contact us to share your knowledge with the rest of BSDcommunity. We cooperate not only with professionals and companies but also with common users. Our only requirement is knowledge and experience which you can offer to our readers.

Security

  • Firewalls
  • VPN
  • Intrusion detection
  • Anti-virus
  • Penetration testing
  • Track security patches
  • Setting up jails

Networking

  • Network-related articles
  • DNS
  • Mail servers
  • File server such as SAMBA, NFS, FreeNAS
  • Routing (OSPF, BGP configuration and monitoring)
  • NAT and PAT
  • Customize and tune the IP stack

LDAP

  • How to replace Active Directory with LDAP
  • Beginner’s guide to LDAP
  • OpenLDAP on BSD

Real World Examples

  • Example of real enterprise environments
  • Data acquisition with Scilab
  • Case studies of BSD developments

Databases and Warehousing

  • Oracle
  • High availability
  • MySQL clustering

Administration

  • Backup strategies for ZFS
  • Installing and configuring ports
  • X11 configuration
  • Setting up thin clients with Kerberos, disk-less
  • Infrastructure designing and architecture
  • Optimization
  • Backup strategies, package/port management, performance profiles
  • Examine the boot process
  • How to fix a broken boot block
  • Day-to-day administration
  • Web servers
  • Monitoring servers
  • Advanced uses of ZFS
  • Preparing software packages with different package managers
  • NAS and SAN
  • Benchmarking
  • Active/Passive failover, snapshots and replication

Development

  • SCALA
  • How can I make a new port
  • How do I fix a broken port
  • Setting up your own QT environment
  • Tutorials on different programming languages and shell scripting
  • Rhaspberry Pi

Kernel

  • Exploring the kernel
  • Kernel and module development
  • High-level overview of the kernel for a newbie
  • Kernel hacking
  • Tuning/optimization
  • Internal explanation
  • What are developers working on; what can users expect in the future
  • Examine subsystems such as WiFi or USB

Others

  • Openfire (instant messaging)
  • How to use BSD in a Windows world
  • BSD vs GPL license
  • Online banking
  • Examine different flavors of BSD as well as application use (firewall, web server, etc)
  • Gaming
  • Visio alternative
  • Interviews with developers and leaders
  • Book reviews
  • Compatible hardware reviews (NICs, motherboards, power sources, HDs)
  • Cloud implementation
  • CAD workstation
  • Laptops

Visualization and virtualization

  • How to build a virtual server with VMware or open source alternative
  • Virtualization with Xen, VirtualBOX or VMware

3. Are you interested in OS X articles? If so, then about what topics?

A majority of readers said no to OS X articles. The main reason is apple policy and non Open Source Software character of this system. Because of these reasons some of BSD users don’t consider it as a part BSD family.

However, those who was willing to see OS X articles, had some interesting propositions of topics, that are worth consideration. These topics are:

  • How to integrate apple-specific technologies into the rest of the BSDecosystem
  • Making use of OS X crossover technologies (those that are the same but have a slightly different interface or implementation in OS X)
  • Service-level interaction with BSD server backends
  • Setting up and maintaining AFS shares with netatalk
  • How to control and configure multiple distributed OS X workstations in an enterprise environment (since OS X stations do start to replace MS Win through growing popularity)

4. Are you more interested in beginner/intermediate articles, or articles intended for BSD experts?

  • Beginner 15%
  • Intermediate 28%
  • Expert 15%
  • Mix of all levels 42%

Your opinions/suggestions:

  • what you will learn and what you should know is a good structure to build first expectations
  • some additional references for beginners next to more advanced articles, so they could do a “home work” and got back to the article after it
  • series of articles, each one a level up, like tuition course

The majority of readers would like to see in each issue the articles on various level. Most of the articles should be dedicated to broadly interpreted intermediate level. It would be good if around one article per issue was on expert level and one on beginner. A handful suggestion is to place next to the advanced articles the box with some references for beginners, which will help them to understand the article during the second read.