Lazy Reading: down memory lane

Entertainment, this week.  There’s several items here that will be more entertaining if you’re over 25.  Or maybe 35.  Get clicking!

Lazy Reading: code repos, events, open source stuff


  • I find this erasure of the separation between remote code repository and local code editor very interesting.   It may upset more traditional people.
  • If you haven’t been watching the BSD Events Twitter stream, Dru Lavigne’s written a nice summary of the next few months, including BSD Exam dates/locations.
  • The XFCE 4.8 release announcement hinted at some problems with BSD.  It’s apparently because udev, a Linux-only product, is the only consistent way to access various items, so XFCE’s power and volume controls use it.  There’s no udev on BSD, so we get left out.  I’d normally end this with a call for a compatibility layer, but udev is the latest in a series of jumps from framework to framework in Linux, so I don’t know if it would actually do any good.  (Thanks, sjg on #dragonflybsd for the link)
  • The Economist has an article on open-source that does a hype-free job of describing the state of open source today.  It points out two trends that I don’t think are covered enough: the large amount of open-source work funded by companies, and the hidden costs of training and integration.  One downside of the “software is free, training costs money” model for open source is that it creates an economic incentive for byzantine configurations and difficult setups.  That idea could use some exploration, but I don’t think many people want to, precisely because it’s negative.  The article doesn’t go that far, but they should.

Firewall shuffling

Sepherosa Ziehau is planning to get rid of ipfilter.  It’s one of 3 firewall-ish programs in DragonFly right now, along with ipfw and pf.  Currently, pf is getting the most attention with Jan Lentfer’s porting work, though npf is also on the horizon.   However, ipfilter is currently in use at, so its removal may be on hold until it can be shown that ipfw or pf can stand in for it.  It looks like it will work out.

Avalon returns, also known as, is back up at a new location, with new disks and new connectivity.  pkg_radd should work by default again, as should