The latest @Play column on GameSetWatch talks about something I didn’t know existed: a NetHack tournament. Given NetHack’s difficulty, the scores it describes are insane.
Month: October 2008
I don’t recall if I mentioned this before, but the Google Summer of Code software (the part that Google manages) is now an open source project, for anyone to participate in. If and when DragonFly participates next year, this application is how it will be managed.
On an entirely personal note, I was having a conversation with my coworkers today about the change in technology within my lifetime; when I was young, there was no world wide web, no digital music, no timeshifting of TV programs, etc. etc. My workplace has an intern young enough to have never encountered these things.
Now, I noticed this musicmaking tutorial on Youtube. In 1985, this would have been done in a room filled with electronics, probably hand-built, with cabling run all over the place. Now, the software that accomplishes that, with a single computer, is expressly designed to simulate those old analog connections. It’s very wierd, and probably meaningless to those under 30.
Also, yay dubstep.
Via Google, I found this Linux blog where the author installs DragonFly vith the new LiveCD; his install stops probably because of network issues, but it’s worth looking at just because you get to see a screenshot of the very pretty desktop wallpaper used on the LiveCD.
Also, discussion of Git vs. Mercurial for DragonFly spread to comp.version-control.git, which led to a very technical and surprisingly even-handed (for the Internet) discussion of the virtues of each program. (via Hasso Tepper in EFNet #dragonflybsd)
“Voting” is closed on the source control system question; the immediate result is that people could use both Git and Mercurial read-only repositories, since both systems have a lot of users.
Dru Lavigne went to the Free Software and Open Source Symposium in Toronto; she has writeups from every session she attended:
- CSIA and Copyright Policy
- Komodo: Making Proprietary Products Open Source
- Teaching Open Source: Community’s Perspective
- Teaching Open Source: Next Steps
- Enabling Healthy Open Source Communities
- The Convergence of Open Access and Open Source
- Creative Commons and Creative Copyright Licensing
- Innovation in Open Source Development
- Subverting Proprietary Economics
- Community Building and the Architecture of Participation
I love these.
- A new issue of the OSBR: “Building Community“. (via)
- Android is out as Open Source (Apache license), seen many places.
- The latest @Play column about roguelikes: Much About Monstania
- Interesting to me: another “Perl on Rails“.
- Heise has an article about Linux’s ext4 and its segue into btrfs, which has been mentioned here before in contrast to Hammer.Â (via)
- While talking about the howling void, there’s a post there about Git vs. Subversion.Â Matthew Dillon is in there asking about opinions on Git vs. Mercurial, for use with DragonFly.
- The Evolution of the Unix Time-sharing System*, an oldie but goodie.
I think I stumbled on this while looking at NYCBSDCon sponsors: Reconnoiter is a network monitoring application that is designed to monitor very large networks.Â It was started on OpenBSD, and works on a number of operating systems.Â Interesting for multiple reasons.
The OpenBSD Journal has a number of interesting news items, so I’m just going to list the links and titles of each.Â All worth reading.
Hasso Tepper, who has been committing a number of laptop-related fixes lately, has added a page to the DragonFly wiki with some tips on how to reduce power usage and heat on your DragonFly laptop.
I don’t normally link to Windows-bashing here for various reasons, but this parody of Windows 7 is darn good.
Do you have a Realtek 8101E card?Â Are you running bleeding edge DragonFly?Â If so, Sepherosa Ziehau would like you to test out his recent changes.
Edwin Groothuis pointed out in a blog post that FreeBSD’s ino_t type being 32 bit, not 64 bit, was a major obstacle to having Hammer on FreeBSD. He also noted that there’s some work that may change that.
The audio from NYCBSDCon presentations is available thanks to Nikolai Fetissov. Matthew Dillon’s Hammer presentation audio is available, along with others. I’ll link to the video/slides as soon as they are available. An idea of what Jason Dixon’s “BSD versus GPL” (,mp3) may be like as video can be gleaned from his previous work: BSD is Dying (Google Video, via).
Matthew Dillon also points out on his return from NYCBSDCon that some of the funding behind various BSD projects and developers comes from the financial institutions melting down recently; DragonFly is, luckily, unaffected.
(my IRA lost “only” 15% on Friday. Yeesh.)
Sascha Wildner is updating DragonFly to tzcode2008g, which will modernize our time system, along with making 64-bit time_t possible. It also apparently fixes a recently reported problem in Python. Sascha links to this time page in his message, with more time zone link information than ever I’ve seen.
Oh, and Sascha updated timezone data, too.
BSDTalk 161 has 25 minutes of streamed audio from Sunday’s NYCBSDCon session.
BSDTalk 160 is a longer-than-usual 40 minutes of audio right from NYCBSDCon.Â An interesting listen, especially if like me you wanted to go, but didn’t.Â (Stupid expensive NYC hotels…)
Matthew has a small project for anyone who wants it: automatic creation of slaved pseudo file systems, for mirroring.Â Do this, and you make everyone’s life easier.
Matthew Dillon warns that there is a relatively unlikely chance of a crash with Hammer committing bad data to disk if you ‘continue’ in the debugger.Â Don’t do that, for now; it will be fixed soon.
Did you know there was a “Berlin International Roguelike Development Conference 2008“?Â Me neither, but there’s video to prove it.Â (via)
Today is apparently crazy links day.
I don’t normally link to things like this, but these are useful: Woot! is running a special on a 2-pack of 5-outlet Power Squids.Â (Sorry, non-120v-3-prong European readers; won’t help you much…)Â Today only, like most Woot! specials.
Hasso Tepper brought in a fix from OpenBSD for ssh; apparently empty banners on some types of network equipment would cause a disconnect.Â This isn’t major, but there may just be someone out there reading this for whom knowing about that saves a lot of frustration.
This entry on the OSBR blog links to the recent results of the OpenLogic open source survey.Â It also mentions some “free software for non-free platform” bundles that I hadn’t heard of, like OpenDisc and OSSWin.
Robert Luciani’s EuroBSDCon bachelor’s thesis presentation on DragonFly’s threading model is available as a PDF.Â (anyone have a mirror?Â That link is intermittent.)Â Previous versions have been linked here before.