TSR – The Server Room – Shownotes – Episode 23 – 24

Interview With George Neville-Neil from FreeBSD – Part I. – II.

A Pre-Recorded Interview in two halves ( as the whole interview was 45 minutes) made with George Neville-Neil talking about BSD and Many other things.

George’s Website:


Episode 23


I will play the first half of a pre-recorded full 45 minute interview I made with George Neville-Neil some time ago.

Once both halves aired ( in the form of Episode 23 and 24) I will upload the whole 45 minute video interview with George to the Show’s video archive website at:


I will also have some epilogue to share with You all at the end of Episode 24 / The end of the second half of the interview together with my impressions and personal opinion.

Episode 23 – Prolouge + Part 1. of Interview
Episode 24 – Part 2. of Interview + Epilogue/Personal Opinion

Episode 24


… (( something more )) …

George is a well-versed individual with a lifelong passion for computers and operating systems including BSD/FreeBSD.

He is the co-author of the book The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System 2nd Edition with Kirk McKusick.

He has a long list of publications and presentations / teaching history.

And amongst the odds of all the above… He is a great person and lot of fun to talk to.

George’s extensive set of work on Open Source
(extracted from his website)

  • FreeBSD, the premiere open source operating system, at the heart of many of the systems that run the Internet.
  • PTPd, the Precision Time Protocol Daemon, a BSD licensed implementation of the IEEE-1588 protocols, used to closely synchronize LAN connected hosts.
  • PCS, the Packet Construction Set, an easily extensible Python library used to write network testing and validation tools. 
  • Packet Debugger, a tool, based on PCS, for interactively working with packet streams such as those collected with tcpdump. 
  • Conductor is a system for controlling distributed systems during tests.  It is meant to replace testing by hand with multiple ssh sessions or depending on a ton of random shell scripts to execute network based tests with multiple clients.

To Know More About FreeBSD You can check the below links (( including the FreeBSD Journal which is a magazine from the FreeBSD Foundation ))




Podcast about BSD:


Links from the conversation with George:

RC2014 Website

RC2014 is a simple 8 bit Z80 based modular computer originally built to run Microsoft BASIC. It is inspired by the home built computers of the late 70s and computer revolution of the early 80s. It is not a clone of anything specific, but there are suggestions of the ZX81, UK101, S100, Superboard II and Apple I in here. It nominally has 8K ROM, 32K RAM, runs at 7.3728MHz and communicates over serial at 115,200 baud.






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