Welcome to Beastielabs
This space will be used to report on my adventures with BSD (predominantly FreeBSD) and other Open Source software.
I will provide descriptions of configuration issues and installation procedures
(e.g. for FreeBSD on a Soekris 5501), that are not available in the "official"
documentation and for which other descriptions are really out-of-date.
I will also share my experiences with using IPv6, concerning both networks and applications.
Finally, I probably won't be able to resist the urge to offer opinions about
what is going on (and not going on!) in the various BSD projects
and comment on why I am still using FreeBSD for various applications and why I
am moving away from it for others, especially for networking, where I recently
have become more in favor of OpenBSD.
For now, you could take a look at my
page, dealing with issues that I encountered with FreeBSD.
Who am I?
I am Hans Ottevanger, a software engineer, consultant, entrepreneur and occasional educator based in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
I have been hacking Unix and especially BSD based systems for many years
(far before the source code escaped from Berkeley) and have been using FreeBSD
as my main platform for about 21 years now.
Even after all those years I still enjoy using FreeBSD, both as a general
purpose OS and as a software development platform. I am able and
willing to share most of my findings, hence this website.
Like many people who are currently involved in Open Source development, I have
been using Minix in a distant past, which of course was quite a different
beastie. I am still keeping a version for the Atari ST and TT alive,
especially as a vehicle for cross-development (just a hobby,
won't be big and professional like Linux 8-), I mainly do this on rainy
Sunday afternoons and while having to wait at remote airports).
For more information see my
Minix-ST Cross Development
Looking for a new challenge!
I am currently looking for a new challenge, possibly as a (temporary) employee.
Although I worked on development and optimization of HPC software the past
five years, I am also very interested in everything that goes on in the field of
system software and networking, especially from a Unix/Linux (and of course
BSD) point of view.
I could develop system and networking software or be involved in system
administration (scripts!), or both.
I can also imagine to do typical Software Engineering support tasks, like
Software Configuration Management (Subversion or Git) or makefiles, and
naturally, building (cross) development tools based on Open Source components.
I am not afraid to teach a few courses occasionally and I also could coach
If you are interested please contact me and I will send
you more information and my resume.
You can reach me via email as firstname.lastname@example.org.
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