FOSDEM 2017 BSD presentations

This is another one of those events that’s coming up too soon to wait on my normal BSD Saturday summary post.  FOSDEM 2017 is looking for ‘BSD devroom’ talks, with the suggested length being 45 minutes.  The deadline is December 10th, in 3 days.  Submit a proposal if you will be there.

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Chromium and dbus, separated

This is a minor thing, but I bet someone will find it useful: Chromium in dports has been patched to remove the forced dependency on dbus, which will be useful to anyone using DragonFly and a ‘lighter’ window manager.  You still need to specify this preference in your make.conf to have it happen.

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smbfix

If you had trouble mounting a Windows share with mount_smbfs, the problem has been fixed – and in _release, too.  I don’t know when it started.

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Good news for multiple processors

Matthew Dillon has made a number of locking improvements, that speeds up performance on systems with multiple processor.  Here’s his commit with some numbers.  Note that he’s testing with these built-in utilities.   This probably helps multiple cores too, and some attention is shown to Hammer, too.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/12/04

Dig up more on James Burke (linked below) if you can, and if you have the time.  His Connections show was a delight.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/12/03

I have a pretty significant backlog of links for this week – to the point I had to open a separate browser window to sort out open tabs.

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Go and DragonFly requirements

If you are moving to the newest 1.8 version of Go, the language, you need to be on at least the last release of DragonFly 4.4, or 4.6.  You’ve probably upgraded by now anyway, or at least I hope you have.

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BSDNow 170: Sandboxing Cohabitation

The cohabiting part of this week’s BSDNow is about someone running FreeBSD and Gentoo on the same ZFS drive.  No interview but lots of material from the recent EuroBSDCon and MeetBSD conventions.

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Odd options: console color

Did you know you can set the border color for the system console?  I didn’t.  syscons(4) lists a number of options, including scrollback length and some other features I never thought about changing.

KnoxBUG tomorrow: Warren Block and “Doc Fail”

Tennessee area BSD user group KnoxBUG is meeting tomorrow, and Warren Block will be the guest speaker.  He’ll be talking about documentation.  Going by the linked announcement, there will be both prizes and blame, so something for everyone!

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Chef course discount for Cyber Monday

It’s a Cyber Monday deal, so I can’t wait until the normal weekend roundup: BSD Magazine is offering their Devops with Chef on FreeBSD course for 30% off today only.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/11/27

A lot of this I picked up in previous weeks, knowing that the U.S Thanksgiving holiday was going to either dry up all links or give me a crapload.

Your unrelated link of the week: The Secret World of Stuff.  (via)

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In Other BSDs for 2016/11/26

I use italics a lot this week.

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Binutils changeout

DragonFly has had binutils 2.24 and 2.25 both available for some time.  2.24 has been taken out and replaced by binutils 2.27, thanks to Rimvydas Jasinskas.

The 2.25 version was and still is installed by default.  If you want to try out 2.27 instead, WORLD_BINUTILSVER=binutils227 is what you need.  I didn’t test that, of course.  The binutils changelog will tell you what’s different in 2.27.

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BSDNow 169: scheduling your NetBSD

Even the U.S. holiday doesn’t stop the regular posting of BSDNow episodes.  #169 is up now.  I like the Let’s Encrypt vs. the FreeBSD cluster story, cause that’s an interesting and intricate problem.

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EFI run-time ABI support in DragonFly

UEFI, which I casually sum up as the replacement for BIOS, has been seeing some support in DragonFly, but not within the installer.  Matthew Dillon and Sascha Wildner has ported over FreeBSD’s EFI ABI support, which I think means support for various EFI applications and features.  I haven’t booted a machine using UEFI in any significant way, so I don’t have a good explanation – but I am sure this is useful for people with new hardware.

Update: some explanation plus a note that it’s experimental and you could brick your machine.

Lazy Reading for 2016/11/20

It took me three edits of this post to spell “Salvador” correctly.

Your unrelated food link of the week: Salvador Dali wrote a cookbook.  (It’s getting reprinted.)

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In Other BSDs for 2016/11/19

A much more well-rounded crop of BSD links this week.

 

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BSDNow 168: The Post Show Show

This week’s BSDNow episode is almost all FreeBSD, all the time.  No interview subject this week.  I’m going by the written summary because the video is showing as private…  but maybe I’m catching it just before posting?

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re(4) users, please test

There’s a new version of re(4), the driver for Realtek network cards.  Sepherosa Ziehau put it together for testing.  He has it on a separate branch, so give it a try if you have appropriate hardware.  This will hopefully fix some of that hardware’s quirkiness.

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SemiBUG meeting tomorrow night

SemiBUG is meeting tomorrow; Joe Gidi will present on managing Android devices with BSD.  My assumption is that it will be at Altair Engineering, in Troy, MI, again.

The January meeting will be Michael W. Lucas talking about Ansible.  (Dunno if there’s a December meeting planned.)

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Lazy Reading for 2016/11/13

Some of this is overflow from last week.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2016/11/12

Started out with a short list, but I managed to find some extra links by Friday.

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Full-offload scan and what it means

Imre Vadasz is working on full-offload scan support for wlan, imported from FreeBSD.  That doesn’t change much from a user point of view, other that (I assume) reducing load and power usage a tiny amount.  I’m reinforcing something most people don’t think about: there’s tiny computers inside your computer with their own firmware and processors, that you don’t directly control.

BSDNow 167: Playing the Long Game

I’ve been on the road all week, so it seems like I just posted about the last episode.  BSDNow 167 is online, and it returns to the interview format.  Scott Long of Netflix is interviewed.  He’s part of the reason most of the Internet runs through BSD.

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nvme(4) added to the kernel

If you are using nvme(4), it’s no longer necessary to load the module.  Update your configs accordingly, if you are on DragonFly 4.7.

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nc(1) in DragonFly base

Because of libressl, nc(1) is now available in the base DragonFly system.  It was already available through dports, but it’s such a flexible tool that this is worth mentioning.

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Braswell and DragonFly

If you’re wondering about the new Braswell-series systems from Intel, Matthew Dillon has already run two with DragonFly.  He reported on the results.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/11/06

There’s got to be something surprising and/or useful for you in this week’s links; they are gloriously eclectic.

Your unrelated browser game of the week: Epitaph.  (via)

 

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In Other BSDs for 2016/11/05

Several pfSense links this week, which by complete coincidence is the same week that I’ve been adding network cards to my older pfSense devices at work to create radio links.

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Trackpad and Elantech support in DragonFly

One of my favorite things: when someone just appears out of nowhere and says, “I needed a change to my software so I did it and here it is to share”.  Harald Brinkhof wandered into DragonFly and the first thing he did was update support for trackpads.

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BSDNow 166: Pass that UNIX pipe

BSDNow 166: pot jokes!  No interview, but lots of topics.

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More EFI work

It’s now possible to put the /boot of your DragonFly system in the ‘a’ partition of a disklabel.  It’s perhaps not major, but it’s another step in EFI support.  EFI installs are possible now – if you do it manually.

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Infrastructure presentation tonight at NYCBUG

Reminder: Isaac (.ike) Levy’s “Infrastructure in a Post-Cloud Era” presentation is tonight, at NYCBUG’s November meeting. Go, see.

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MMC/SDCard use now possible

If you have a memory card slot of some sort on your laptop, DragonFly can now reliably access it.  Probably even boot from it, though I haven’t seen it happen.

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Time tidbits

Two things recently learned by Sascha Wildner’s timezone update in DragonFly: Everything (“GNU/Linux,  Android,  the BSDs,  Chromium OS, Cygwin, AIX, iOS, BlackBerry 10, MacOS, Microsoft Windows, OpenVMS, and Solaris”) uses the same time zone data, and there once was a “day of two noons“.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/10/30

I finished this waaaay early.

Your unrelated link of the week: Take On Me, shittyfluted.  Similar to sweding, and I’m so sorry.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/10/29

I get all the BSDs this week.

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More security rewiring

The switch to from OpenSSL to LibreSSL in DragonFly’s base and in dports has led to more cleanup, including the removal of an old, strange munitions/crypto import restriction.  Be careful upgrading if you’re on master, though!

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BSDNow 165: Vote4BSD

BSDNow 165 this week does not have an interview, but it goes in-depth on a number of recent BSD articles, including one on building kernel modules and some ‘high-end’ topics.  The vote in the title is to remind you to like .ike.

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net.inet.carp.setroute and what it does

If your DragonFly machine is using CARP, and you don’t want CARP messing with your default routes, the sysctl net.inet.carp.setroute can keep them from being changed.

Better Fortran

Rimvydas Jasinskas has been improving LTO – Link Time Optimization – support.  It’s led to a lot of commits, and those are just a few examples.

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Goodbye, COMPAT_43

COMPAT_43 is gone, but it hasn’t worked in a long time anyway.  Note that this is 4.3BSD, pre-everything.

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KnoxBUG, PacBSD, tomorrow

A reminder: KnoxBUG is having a meeting tomorrow at 6 PM, at the Blount County Public Library.  The presenter is Adam Jimerson, and he’s talking about PacBSD.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/10/23

I managed to clear some of my link backlog, finally.

Your unrelated link of the week: Retro Wave logo generator.  (via)

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In Other BSDs for 2016/10/22

Oddball links for BSD this week – but pay attention to the first one.

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BSDNow 164: Virtual COW/PI?

BSDNow 164 has a whole lot of conversation about things that start with V, plus an interview with Josh Paetzel of iXsystems about the upcoming MeetBSD, FreeNAS and other things.

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em(4), re(4), and network issues

If you are using em(4) or re(4) devices for networking, you may want to turn on polling.  MSI may or may not help for re(4), along with switching to the emx(4) driver.

LibreSSL not just available but default

Remember I posted that LibreSSL is in base DragonFly, but not default?  Well, it’s default now.  You can have a system without OpenSSL at all, by rebuilding DragonFly-current and using up-to-date dports.

Update: see John’s comments for clarification: LibreSSL is default; the change is that OpenSSL isn’t even built any more.  The result is still the same good news: you can have an OpenSSL-free DragonFly system now.

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SemiBUG tonight: Monitoring

I should have posted this sooner: SemiBUG is having a meeting in about half an hour at Altair Engineering.  Mike Wayne is presenting about monitoring.  Run now if you are near.

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DragonFly 4.6.1 images up

I’ve uploaded ISO and IMG files for DragonFly 4.6.1, so they should be available for download at your local mirror.  Note that there’s an uncompressed 4.6.1 ISO for those installing to a virtual server.

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DragonFly 4.6.1 tagged

I don’t have it uploaded yet, but DragonFly 4.6.1 is tagged.  Anyone with an existing 4.6.0 or earlier system can upgrade now.  Use the 4.6 release instructions if you are unsure on how to upgrade.  The 4.6.1 tag commit message has all the changes.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/10/16

Little yesterday, lots today:

Your unrelated extra lazy reading: IFComp 2016 games, a selection.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/10/15

A somewhat short week this week, for BSD.

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OpenSSL update, DragonFly update

OpenSSL in DragonFly 4.6 has been updated to 1.0.1u.  It’s time for a DragonFly 4.6.1, to catch up on this and other updates since the 4.6.0 release.  I plan to work on it this weekend.

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BSDNow 163: Return of the Cantrill

That’s Bryan Cantrill, of Joyent, interviewed in BSDNow 163.  Joyent has been a major supporter of pkgsrc, though I don’t know if many people realize that.  There’s the regular news roundup too, of course.

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vkernels go COW

It’s now possible to start up a vkernel(7) using a COW disk, meaning copy-on-write.  One image can be used and reused for multiple vkernels without changing, and all disk activity goes to memory instead.

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iwm(4) and power management

It looks like I summarized iwm(4) updates too early, cause Imre Vadasz added an actual powersave option.  I’d like to see someone with a power meter do some before-and-after testing.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/10/09

This week’s Lazy Reading came together in perhaps 10 minutes.

Your unrelated music video of the week: Danny Brown – When It Rain.  The music may not be what you are used to, but I like how “damaged VHS tape” is being used as a visual design choice.  (via)

In Other BSDs for 2016/10/08

This was an easy week to put together; there’s a lot of links this week.  Last week was slow – maybe it was because of EuroBSDCon?

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BSDNow 162: The Foundation of NetBSD

BSDNow 162 has an interview with Petra Zeidler of the NetBSD Foundation, the nonprofit organization that supports NetBSD-the-operating-system.  Plus the usual news, the highlight for me being a link to an explanation of what ^d really does.

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Recent iwm(4) updates

It’s been a quiet week, but there’s some activity: Imre Vadasz has been committing many improvements to iwm(4).  They haven’t been standalone enough for me to build a post around, but the most recent enables a low-power scan mode.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/10/02

Every third link is about old technology, and I swear it’s not on purpose.

Your unrelated comics link of the week: DHARBIN.  I briefly met the artist at TCAF a few years ago; he looks exactly like how he draws himself.  Here’s an affecting strip about pets and loss.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/10/01

A relatively uneventful week, at least for BSD.

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Hammer helps again

I’ll just say I did this:

cpdup -VV -v /var/hammer/usr/snap-20160928-0301/local/pgsql/data /usr/local/pgsql/

And managed to bring back my last year or so of RSS feeds and the like.  Phew!

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BSDNow 161: The BSD Bromance

BSDNow 161 has sort of 2 interviews this week.  has Allan Jude talking about his EuroBSDCon trip, plus Michael Shirk talking about Bro on FreeBSD.  Also, lots of news items right on the BSDNow page.

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Synaptics improvements

If you had trouble getting your laptop’s touchpad to work under DragonFly, try again.  (If you are running DragonFly-current)

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KnoxBUG: Mark Sumter: “Appreciating ZFS”

Mark Sumter’s giving a talk on ZFS at tonight’s KnoxBUG meeting. Hurry! I should have posted this sooner but work tied me up today.

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LibreSSL, DragonFly, and dports

It’s now possible to build dports using LibreSSL instead of OpenSSL.  Set SSL_DEFAULT in make.conf to the appropriate port name, and start building.  Use synth for fastest results, of course.

LibreSSL will eventually become the default library.  This is in addition to the previously-mentioned, already-completed in DragonFly 4.7, base system switch to LibreSSL.

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Lazy Reading for 2016/09/25

I manage to avoid a topic this week, really.  That’s good!

In Other BSDs for 2016/09/24

It’s the convention time of year!

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BSDNow 160: EuroBSD Dreamin’

BSDNow 160’s title is linked to Allan Jude being at EuroBSDCon, happening right now.  (Groff is there too!)  Episode 160 is available in any case, and I bet there will be some sort of interview(s) coming out of this.

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iwm(4) firmware updates, plus temperature?

For those running DragonFly 4.7, there’s new firmware for all iwm(4) devices.  Also, you can get temperature readings off the iwm wireless device now, if I’m reading this correctly.

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Who wants FUSE on DragonFly?

Tomohiro Kusumi is thinking about porting it.  Follow the whole thread for details.

3D printing on DragonFly

3D printing on DragonFly with a Fabrikator?  Yep, it works.  (from jh32 on EFNet #dragonflybsd)

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Lazy Reading for 2016/09/18

Partially assembled while I was in some multi-hour conference calls at work.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/09/17

I’ve never had as many hackathon links as I did for g2k16 over this week and last.

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Roguelike Celebration tomorrow

Roguelike Celebration, happening tomorrow (the 17th) in San Francisco.  Normally this would be in Lazy Reading, but that’s too late.  (via)

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Laptop on fire? Use powerd!

Matthew Dillon has added powerd, a utility that will automatically step down processor speed based on reported temperature.  The range is configurable, and there’s some other nice-to-have features.  This will save your CPU from melting, and probably also your thighs from being burned.

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BSDNow 159: Net Scaling Privacy (Flix Style)

This week’s BSDNow has no interview, but some good links, including a meaty one about HTTPS implementation at NetFlix with FreeBSD.

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