2011

Exploring Active Directory with Free Software

    

In an Active Directory environments, you have (Windows) computers joined to a domain that does a lot a magic to allow you to use services without really thinking of it. You have Network Browsing, Exchange auto discovery… I’m going to use general I.T. tools to explore the Active Directory and guess what we can connect to with our non-Microsoft system.

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Let OpenBSD speak french

    

Nowadays, most free software is localized. I don’t really care about using a french GUI but it sometime helps to automatically set tools like spellcheckers. Here’s the variables set I use so that most of my (graphical) applications speak french on OpenBSD (5.0): # vi .profile LANG=fr_FR.UTF-8 MM_CHARSET=UTF-8 LC_ALL=$LANG LC_COLLATE=POSIX; export LANG MM_CHARSET LC_ALL LC_COLLATE VoilĂ , c’est fait.

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Automount USB stick on OpenBSD

    

In my previous “using OpenBSD as a workstation” review , I was told by Landry that auto-mount of USB stick can be done with hotplugd(8). Let’s see if we can achieve something useful…

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Hercules Wireless Pico USB HWNUp-150 working on OpenBSD

    

Unfortunately, the Broadcom BCM4315 wireless adapter from the Dell Inspiron Mini 10 is not supported by OpenBSD (as of 5.0). So I looked for a wireless USB adapter. First I looked at my favorite online shops to see what was available. Then I searched for the chipset of the adapter I’ve selected. The Hercules Wireless N USB Pico (HWNUp-150) looked perfect as it is really small. Having a look at urtwn(4), I read that, in theory, this adapter should work.

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Run OpenBSD from USB on MacBook Pro

    

I own a MacBook Pro (5,5 with Core 2 Duo) and wish to test running OpenBSD on it. But I don’t want any impact on my OS X installation. So I’m going to install and run OpenBSD from a USB stick. What I used A mid-2009 MacBook Pro (MacBookPro5,5); A Corsair VoyagerGT 16GB; An OpenBSD 5.0 (/snapshots/) CD; The rEFIt 0.14 boot selector.

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