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May 16, 2007 - 1 minute read - Comments

BSDcan 2007 starting Wednesday...

It appears that I’ve managed to get myself volunteered for the wireless networking for BSDcan. That’s interesting, especially when I haven’t set up a network for a conference before. Luckily, I’ve been able to get some assistance from the previous wireless maintainer.

In the past, the conference used NetBSD for the gateway machine and standard NAT and dhcp to provide the networking, so I went with the old standard. This is interesting simply because I haven’t used NetBSD before. It was a quick download and install, although it doesn’t install bash by default. Now BSD uses a ports collection - probably where Gentoo got the idea for a source repository. It wasn’t intuitively obvious how to add software, but a quick net search showed that all I had to do was install the package list (example given) and go to the correct directory and type ‘make install’. It actually worked first try - much easier than gentoo was :)

There were some challenges, but they were easy to overcome after sleeping on it.

Now all I have to do is get through the conference without my day job intruding too much.