I am all over the map this week.
- How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive. I learned D’Nealian; my mother wrote Spencerian. Technical lettering in college and signing labs as a grad student destroyed my style. Anyone know a good source of fountain pens that are cheap/usable? I don’t want to go down the crazy route. (via)
- Triple redundancy in a Boeing 777. An Ada program compiled with 3 different compilers and run on 3 different processors. (PDF, via)
- If you’re curious about gold (the software, not the metal) and how linkers work, given DragonFly’s recent switch, the author of gold, Ian Lance Taylor, wrote a 20-part series about the topic. (Linked here before some years ago, but it’s worth reading now.)
- “We got around three“. A lesson in the persistence of Fortran.
- Former Atari Employee Posts Work Email Log from 1982-1992. The source of the link has many choice comments pulled out.
- Four examples of excellent interface design. In games, of course. The only one I’ve tried is Brogue, previously linked here, and its terminal controls don’t feel like terminal controls.
- The Storage Engine: Timeline. History of data storage, an online exhibit at the Computer History Museum. There are some delightful pictures and stories. (via)
- Raspberry Pi Zero: The $5 Computer. Pretty soon it’s going to be possible to sneeze and accidentally lose several computers because you blew them off the table. (via, also here)
- Also, a comparison of price between similarly-powered computers: everything circa 1980 and the Pi Zero now.
- C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Sub-$10 Computer Is Better? Topical! “Which runs BSD better?” is the question you should ask, cause price is almost immaterial. (via)
- A browser-based optics sandbox. Funny how this used to require a standalone program. (via)
- The Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for your support. They provide infrastructure to software you use.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Sunday Comics Kickstarter.
Your unrelated open source game of the week: 0 A.D. Works on FreeBSD and OpenBSD and can run on DragonFly if you can fix gloox. (via)
I informally grouped by topic, cause it has proved an exceptionally rich week for BSD links.
Since DragonFly 4.4 has been branched, bleeding-edge DragonFly is now at version 4.5. As John Marino detailed in his post, that means pkg on 4.5 systems will look in a new place for downloads. (“dragonfly:4.6:x86:64”, since it always uses even numbers)
To cover for this, set ABI to point at DragonFly 4.4 packages in pkg.conf for now. They’re freshly built and functionally the same, anyway. Once there’s a 4.6 download path, that ABI setting can be removed. Packages for DragonFly-current are available now and probably at the mirrors by the time this posts.
Update: as John Marino pointed out to me, anyone on DragonFly-master who upgrades now will be at version 4.5. This means pkg will get the new (4.5) packages on the next pkg upgrade. That means a mix of old and new packages unless you either reinstall anything (pkg update -f) or hardcode the 4.4 download path until you are ready to switch everything.
So: DragonFly-current users should either hardcode the 4.4 path for now or force an pkg upgrade for everything. DragonFly 4.2-release users are unaffected.
Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. isn’t slowing down BSDNow, cause there’s a new episode up with Bryan Cantrill talking about the awfulness that is Linux interfaces, along with a bunch of summary news items written out on the page.
Did you need to use SLIP on DragonFly? Do you remember what SLIP is? Well, it’ll work with a USB modem on DragonFly, even if you are making a face right now and saying, “SLIP? Who uses that?”
The release candidate for DragonFly 4.4 is built and available for download. The main site has it as an ISO or IMG file, and the mirrors should have it soon if not already.
Here’s a question I need feedback on: if we compressed these images using xz instead of bzip2 – would that inconvenience you?
The default linker in DragonFly has been switched to gold, the newer version of ld. (get it, go-ld?) It’s faster, cleaner, going by the commit message. It’s possible to switch back to the old one if needed. This predates the recent branch for 4.4, so it will be default in the release, too.
The next release of DragonFly is coming due, since it’s been 6 months. I just tagged 4.4RC, and I’ll have an image built soon. Current estimate is that we’ll have the 4.4-RELEASE at the end of the month.
This is one of those weeks where everything gets covered. Settle in, there’s lots to click.
- For Better or For Worse. About Go, but also about language design in general. (via)
- The Birth of ZFS. See comments in the source link about Oracle’s version vs. the BSD version.
- The Docker Monitoring Problem. Good for an explanation of containers. (via)
- Cmder. Slowly, the UNIX workflow style is taking over everything – even Windows. (via)
- The Early History of the more Command. “I named the program more. This was a daring move at the time, since it was such a long name for a UNIX command, and was also a real English word.” (via)
- Early Phishing. Click the PDF link on the upper right for the content. (also via)
- Where SCCS came from. (also also via)
- Alta Vista, 5 servers, 1996. (via)
- Dragonfly Key Exchange, RFC 7664. Nothing to do with DragonFly. (via swildner on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- ex reference manual, from Bill Joy. (PDF, via)
- xv6, “a modern reimplementation of Sixth Edition Unix” (via)
- Something to think about for “supported” older versions of software, especially in those long-term support versions of various Linux distributions.
- ADOM is now available on Steam. Runs on BSD, sorta.
- The AS7007 Incident. I knew of things like the Morris Worm, but not this event. (via)
- Does the Internet route around damage? I also did not realize the size of the RIPE ATLAS network.
- System Shock, a font reappears! (via)
- JF Ptak Science Books. A historical bookseller blogs – a lot! (via, via)
Your eighties video link for the week: The 80s.mp4. (via)
Your unrelated browser toy of the week: A browser-based optics sandbox. (via)
Another week where there’s so much to link to, it overflows into next week.
Imre Vadász fixed top so that hitting ‘c’ filters displayed processes by command name. I am mentioning this not because it’s a huge change, but because I forget about all the interactive elements that are possible with top.
Does that count as alliteration? Anyway, Matthew Dillon has increased the size of the starting window in TCP. If you are on a higher-latency link and/or fetching lots of small files, you should notice better performance.
This week’s BSDNow has the usual news, plus an interview of George Wilson talking about ZFS. There’s a new Beastie Bits section that contains a bunch of short links to BSD material… Hey! That’s my niche!
If you are on bleeding-edge DragonFly (4.3), you will need to rebuild both kernel and world to keep them in sync, after Sepherosa Ziehau’s commit. This won’t affect you at all if you are on 4.2.x.
I don’t think I linked to this anywhere else: Why did I choose the DragonFlyBSD Operating System? By Siju George, at BSD Magazine.
The disk scheduler apparatus in DragonFly has been removed. This may not affect you much, since alternate scheduling setups were never utilized much with it. It may fix some rare Hammer cleanup issues, though, and you may need to adjust your custom kernel config, if you have one.
Reminder: Stephen Bourne, known for the Bourne Shell, among many other things, will be talking at NYCBUG this Thursday. Plan to get there early, cause it’ll be busy.
If you are anywhere near Detroit, the inaugural SEMIBUG meeting is the night of the 17th – that’s tomorrow, as of this posting. Go, visit, and I’ll be jealous since there’s no BSD user groups near me.
It might snow around here today, and I am looking forward to it.
This is the sort of BSD link week I like, with lots of range and depth.
John Marino sent a helpful link to show the cross-platform work he’s been involved in: He brought the locale work from Illumos into DragonFly over the summer (look for his name on commits), and now it has been brought from DragonFly into FreeBSD, with Baptiste Daroussin reporting on the process. If there’s any OpenBSD/NetBSD developers reading, with an interest in locales, this may be useful..
(someone correct me if that’s not the right Illumos link)
It’s Thursday and there’s a new BSDNow: Controlling the Transmissions. The interview this week is with Hiren Panchasara, about “improving TCP”, though I haven’t yet listened to it for details. There’s also the normal news roundup.
If you are using bleeding-edge DragonFly (4.3) on a machine with Intel video, the i915 module has been renamed. This means you will probably need to rebuild xf86-video-intel from source to have it match. There should be a matching binary package soon.
If you are on DragonFly 4.2, this does not affect you.
Sascha Wildner has brought over support for the Realtek 8168H. This may be useful because at least one low-cost server provider – Kimsufi, I think? – uses them by default in their product line.
If you are using clang with DragonFly, and you want to always run the newest version, you can set options in compilers.conf, and use ‘clangnext‘.
Reminder: Michael W. Lucas’s talk on SSH (based on his recent book) is happening on the 10th, at the Farmington Hills Public Library.
When I say the links are wide-ranging this week, I mean it.
Not even checking source commits this week; there’s already plenty of news.
“BSD Schooling” is the name of this week’s episode of BSDNow, and as you might guess from the title, Brian Callahan is the interview subject, talking about BSDs and education. It also points out interviews elsewhere, like Brian Acton of WhatsApp talking about how useful BSD is to work with, and another one where the CTO of HP appears to have the wrong idea of licensing. (also, an interesting but not surprising Stallman quote)
John Marino’s made a number of updates to contributed software in DragonFly recently, and here’s the list:
libelf (not contrib as John pointed out), libexecinfo, xz, libedit, binutils, grep, tcsh, libdialog, and (tn)ftp.
If for some reason you are seeing messages about your CPU overheating – and you know it is not, there’s a solution. Disable coretemp messages.
Note that if your CPU is actually overheating, turning these messages off won’t help. Don’t want anyone to be surprised when their computer melts…
Remember what I was saying about Sepherosa Ziehau and improving performance? Well, here he goes again, three times.
Start the week with this brief interview of Chris Henschen, of fP Technologies, taken at the most recent vBSDCon. Their database product, filePro Plus, was recently ported to FreeBSD.
No themes evolved this week.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Secret Coders. I have several other books by Gene Luen Yang; he’s good. (via)
Another week that quickly went from “Gee, I hope I have enough links” to “I have to set time aside just to process the backlog of possibilities.”
BSDNow 113 has the normal news roundup, plus an interview of Jordan Hubbard, talking about BSD, and specifically NextBSD.
For those of you with DragonFly and an Intel i915 chipset, Francois Tigeot has moved support up another notch, to match Linux 3.18. This will help Cherryview and Broadwell chipset users the most.
I think at this point, Sepherosa Ziehau is able to improve the DragonFly network stack by just standing near his computer and concentrating for a few minutes. For example, he’s unearthed another improvement to connect rate/reduction of CPU usage.
No themes this week.
Your unrelated food image of the week: Cheese Meets Bread: an International Love Story. I shall treat that as a sort of to-do list.
There’s a lot of developer interviews lately.
Your cross-platform software of the week: Syncthing. Runs on all the BSDs. (Via discussion on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
It’s been an oddly quiet week for news, plus I have been busier than usual at work due to snow hitting the northeast. But! It’s Thursday and there’s a new episode of BSDNow. There’s an interview of Adam Leventhal and the usual news roundup.
Accidental topic this week: very, very old computers.
- Computer Show. Modern show, looks like it’s exactly from the mid 1980s. (via multiple places)
- Computing Britain. From the BBC, freely downloadable computing history audiofiles, quite worth it. (via)
- Phones for the People. I don’t think it’s as egalitarian as it is described, but it is interesting to see the variety. (via)
- RTC Quickstart. RTC is an alternative to the not-private-and-not-open Skype. Why don’t more people use it?
- More secure Wi-Fi routers. This would be the best Internet of Things approach. (via)
- You Wouldn’t Base64 a Password. (via)
- Blue screens of death, some of which you’ve surely seen before. (via)
- The first Apple ][ viruses. (via)
- Dark Castle and Macintosh System 6 Emulator. (via)
- Vim and Composability (via)
- A Simpler Vim Statusline. (via)
- Vim: Convenient Code Navigation for Your Projects. (via)
- Unix commands: The joy of curl
- Ohmu. I like the visualization.
- Wander (1974) — a lost mainframe game is found! (via)
- Lost mainframe games (also via)
- The lack of historic knowledge is so frustrating. AKA “learn from past mistakes”.
- The SCELBI, rebuilt. (via)
- CSIRAC, the oldest computer that’s still physically assembled – from 1949! (via)
- Cardboard computers. (via)
- Long long long term data storage. (via)
- Google Code-In starts on my birthday, and Google Summer of Code 2016 has been announced.
- INOC-DBA: dial an ASN, get the network operations center responsible for it. One of the ways people make the complex creature called the Internet continue to function. (via)
- sandstorm.io, self-hosting which I’ve linked to before, and known, which I haven’t. More tools that people will eventually regret not using. (via)
Your comics link of the week: Cartozia Tales #1, with more added. I subscribed to this series long ago, and it’s a lot of fun.
Another good week for BSD releases and events.
BSDNow episode 111 is up, with an interview of Brandon Mercer, talking about OpenBSD and healthcare. There’s the usual news, plus several ‘how-to-build-something’ articles up for discussion.
Imre Vadász has put together an initial port of Wayland / Weston for DragonFly. You can look at his pull request for dports to see how to install, though I’d imagine this is only for people who like to experiment at this point. It’s still work in progress, as is Wayland itself.
Tomohiro Kusumi has added a dm-delay target, which means you can simulate poor disk performance, without having to have poor disks. His commit message includes some benchmarks that shows it doing a good job creating a bad job.
You will probably be able to guess some of my thinking processes this week based on these links.
Your unrelated tea link of the week: Health benefits of tea. Not the original title; I made it less clickbaity. (via)
I didn’t get to run through as much of the source commits as normal this week, but there’s still plenty to read.
The Tanzanian Digital Library Initiative is using DragonFly (and FreeBSD) as part of their library setup, and Michael Wilson, the project coordinator sent a note to users@ describing this. They are looking to spread through the continent, so get in contact if you want to be part of the project.
BSDNow 110 is now available. It’s back to the text summary format, so I can tell you easily that it includes an interview with Benno Rice, about Isilon and their interactions with FreeBSD.
There’s a new version of the Intel video driver in dports – xf86-video-intel-2.99.2015.09.09. If you update to this and you experience an xorg-server crash, Matthew Dillon found that changing the acceleration method from SNA to XAA fixes the problem. Don’t change it unless you actually see the problem, of course.
NYCBUG is having “true(1) and false(1), The Classical Code Reading Group of Stockholm, NYC*BUG Mix Tape Edition” happen this Wednesday the 7th. You may remember a similar event at the end of August. This will be led by George Brocklehurst from the original event, with NYCBUG members present. If you missed the previous one, try this out – by all accounts, these code readings are inordinately fun.
Completely unrelated: I rebuilt a baking (Hoosier) cabinet over the past few months, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
There’s lots to read through this week – just for BSD! I’ll have even more tomorrow.
The package x11-themes/dragonfly-wallpapers exists, thanks to John Marino, and gives you DragonFly-themed backgrounds in KDE. Or probably any other window manager, if you install it and point your wm at the directory.
Update: John Marino helpfully posted a link to the images. It’s not yet built as a binary, but it’s not exactly time-consuming to build from source.
BSDNow 109 is up at the Jupiter Broadcasting site, though not yet at the bsdnow.tv domain. This week’s interview is with Warner Losh, which is where the ‘imp’ reference comes from.
MIDI support has been (re) added in DragonFly, if I read this recent commit correctly. You may have supported hardware and not even realize it.
BSDTalk 257 is 15 minutes of conversation with Christos Zoulas, available now.
For some reason, I had this complete days ago, and I’ve already started on next week’s links.
- The Apple II by Stephen Wozniak, a PDF. The initial color range makes me nostalgic. (via)
- Why Commodore disk drives were so slow. (via previous link)
- Know where you stand: the `pwd` program. A code reading, September 28th, in New York City. (via)
- In the same vein as Endless Sky from a few weeks ago, here’s mention of Dune Legacy, a remake of Dune II, the earliest RTS – or at least the base model. Following links there brought me to Dune Dynasty, Dune 2: The Golden Path, and OpenRA, all of which are cross platform and also may run on a BSD – F/DF ports exist for OpenRA and F/DF/O for Legacy. (You understand my shorthand there, don’t you?)
- The sad state of web app deployment. (via)
- Facebook has decided it is time I had a baby. Have you ever avoided a search term because you knew that the advertising you’d see for the next few days/weeks would echo it back to you? (also via)
- DigiPal, which sounds like a strangely named PDA, is a digital palaeography site focusing on medieval handwriting in England just before the Norman invasion. I find this interesting because I’ve been listening to this History of England podcast. (via)
- The US Long-haul Fiber Map. Also seen as “How many people can go offline at once, because of a misdirected backhoe?” (via)
- Similar: Undersea cable maps, or “How many people can go offline at once, because of a dragged anchor?” (via)
- Software Defined Networks – Four Years Later. YouTube recording, from RIPE 70. (via)
- Just some quick points about DHCP.
- New Forum – Version 7 UNIX. (via)
- Hacker News and Subreddit simulators. Startlingly accurate for being fancy Markov generators… which says something about the real content. (via)
- rough idling.
Your unrelated video link of the week: The Wizard of Speed and Time – Mike Jittlov (1988).
This took some catching up.
There’s been a lot of improvements to DragonFly and graphics support recently, and Francois Tigeot gave a talk at the 2015 X.Org Developer’s Conference outlining just how much has changed. He’s posted the slides.
BSDNow 108 is up at the Jupiter Broadcasting site, though not listed ont he episodes page. It has an interview with Andrew Pantyukhin, and I haven’t watched it yet to find out what else.
It has finally happened: There’s no more IPv4 addresses left to allocate, at least for ARIN – and that’s going to affect most people reading this. Ask your ISP for IPv6 access. The next step is being forced to implement either wonky 6to4 mappings, or just plain IPv6 networks.
If you happen to still be running DragonFly 4.0 – that’s two releases ago and not supported – you may be noticing less ports are building. There’s been enough significant changes in DragonFly since that release that it’s reducing the number of buildable ports.
DragonFly 4.0 to 4.2 is not a difficult jump, so jump when you can. The converse of this, of course, is that there’s even more building on 4.2 and DragonFly-current.
Charles Musser updated rtadvd and added rtadvctl for DragonFly, based on what’s in FreeBSD (which is based on KAME? I’m not sure). This is most useful if you are using IPv6.
Matthew Dillon brought over the FreeBSD iwm(4) driver to DragonFly, with some changes. This is useful to anyone with Intel “Dual Band Wireless AC” 3160, 7260, or 7265 units.
It’s a in-depth reading week, so make time!
Your unrelated link of the week: Announcing the 2016 APPLE CABIN CALENDAR! “Turts”. For real purchase, though this might only be funny to someone who is familiar with the food and advertising it parodies.
Lots of activity; I didn’t even really need to look at source commits.
I mentioned Endless Sky in the last Lazy Reading post as a game that might run on DragonFly. ‘Romick’ took that as a challenge and got it working; he’s posted the steps he took so that anyone else can do so.
Noticed both in a commit message and in tonight’s BSDNow, Imre Vadasz has added Panel Self Refresh (power saving) capabilities, set with a sysctl.
BSDNow 107 has the usual roundup of news, including some things I appear to have completely missed, and an interview of Aaron Poffenberger, who apparently gets BSD material into Linux conventions.
BSDTalk 256 (or as I like to think of it, BSDTalk 16^2) is out with 16 minutes of interview of Allan Jude at vBSDCon, about his work on the FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS book.
“OPNsense: On the Shoulders of Giants” is happening right now in New York City, at Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St., with Issac ‘.ike’ Levy. .ike is the one who persuaded me to go to pfSense for my border devices at work, so it’s interesting to see what he has to say about OPNSense. Of course, it may be too late by the time you read this – sorry! I thought I had pre-scheduled this post but apparently I did not.
John Marino’s committed libc versioning. He has a post describing it, along with a note that anyone DragonFly-current should do a full buildworld/kernel and also update all installed packages. (Update: those new packages are on the way.)
This week just sorta blew up with the links.
- as2914.net, visualization of the Internet, seen “from the as_path of 2914”. (via)
- The IPv4-pocolypse has started. (via)
- Make things astronautty. (via)
- Related: NASA Ames: This used to be the future. (via)
- Slack, the Ultimate Workday Distractor. Repent! Oh, wait, this is a different Slack.
- Endless Sky, a space exploration game similar to Escape Velocity. Cross-platform, so it miiiight work on BSD.
- Naev, a similar concept.
- “IT began with Ada – Women in Computer History 2 September 2015 – 10 July 2016“. You probably have to be in Europe (Paderborn) to catch this, but there’s lots of old computer hardware you can get close to. (via)
- Speaking of old (and expensive)… (via)
- Anderson.vim: Dark vim colorscheme based on colors from Wes Anderson films. That’s… specific. (via)
- A hardware flaw in a new Cisco switch. See first comment on the source page.
- When the Unix load average was added to Unix. (via)
- The history of Clarus the Dogcow. (via) I have a “bootleg”? Clarus shirt I picked up at… Macworld years and years ago. I’m sorta hipster-proud of it.
- Ted Unangst rants about compiler-inserted backdoors. Follow the links he helpfully supplied in an article update to show responses to his views. (Something more articles should have.)
- One Weird Old Productivity Tip.
- Cynical interpretations of various project milestones.
- How do you get network connectivity from the worst PC in the world? Ugh. I used one of those, once.
- Time Cube is gone, Thyme Cube is still alive. I’m… vaguely sad? that Time Cube doesn’t exist any longer. (verbatim via)
- Computer Science Courses that Don’t Exist, But Should. Some of these ideas are actually pretty good, not just humor. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Wonderella, a consistently funny superhero parody. As an added bonus, the author apparently can’t stop making (non-comic) one-liner jokes, so he stuffs them all in his Twitter feed instead of the usual case of Twitter as promotional tool.
This was a quieter-than-normal week, probably because of the North American holiday at the start of it, but I found enough articles by the end.
BSDNow 106 is up. The interview is with Nigel Williams about, you guessed it, multipath TCP. There’s the normal roundup and not a pun to be seen anywhere. I feel so confused!
If you missed last night’s DNSSEC presentation at CDBUG, here’s the slides.
John Marino is working on versioning libc, and as part of that process, libc is no longer loaded into executable memory. Here is I think an explanation of lib versioning that may apply, and of course moving things that aren’t supposed to execute, out of executable memory areas, is good for security. There’s more on that topic, too – W^X may be a similar example.
This is a complicated topic that I’m not part of, so suggest better descriptions in the comments, please.