Hey, my stickers arrived! You can order your own.
No theme, though I’ve been thinking about IPv6 lately. Mostly in a “oh man all that PLC equipment at work can barely do IPv4 this won’t be easy” sort of way.
- The Art of Monitoring. Accidentally pretty reports. (via)
- IPv6 usage projections. IPv6 usage is finally taking off. (via)
- Legacy IP. (same source as previous)
- Related: ARIN is down to just /24s for allocation.
- I’m sure everyone’s heard of the Oculus, but this Wearality thing looks a lot more affordable. (via, via)
- Stuff in Space. The neat part is that it’s in realtime. Search for “iss” and the one marked ZARYA, as far as I can tell, is the International Space Station. There’s people in there right now! (also via)
- “Ah, finally got my Emacs setup just how I like it” (via)
- TEMLIB, a SPARC v8 in software. (via)
- The Web We Have to Save. There are people whose entire online presence and business exists only on the ‘free’ platforms of other companies. That would worry me. (via)
- Three Dead Protocols. I like how the unironic enthusiasm comes through. Also haha, butts and sl pranks. (via)
- Announcing Apple IIgs System 6.0.2. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: The Dr. Fun comic archives.
I seem to have In Other BSDs exactly 1 day off from the OPNsense release schedule, so far.
- A wild Puffy appeared! (via)
- FreeBSD 10.2-BETA2 Now Available
- Reducing RAM usage in pkgin
OPNsense 15.7.2 ReleasedOPNsense 15.7.3 Released
- Lumina Desktop 0.8.5 Released
- Sudo Replacement Hits the Tree “doas”
- Making my RPI serial console work (on NetBSD)
- pkgsrc-2015Q2 packages for OS X now available
- mandoc: becoming the main BSD manual toolbox (BSDCan 2015 presentation)
- Bit the bullet and installed a pfSense router at work
- This ThinkPad Batteries thread is full of good information.
- The x201/x220/x230 series of ThinkPads seem to be universally recommended for BSD; especially OpenBSD. (My x220 at work, while it does not run a BSD, is fantastic)
- A bug that takes 45 intervening years to have an effect.
- NUMA in FreeBSD.
- CloudABI discussion/explanation, to some extent.
- recoverdisk(1), a program I did not know about. (via)
Michael W. Lucas is having an “open dinner” tomorrow, in Scottsdale, AZ. That means you get to talk about his tech books and BSD and conventions and whatever else enters collectively enters everyone’s heads, I assume, over dinner. (you buy your own food; the talking’s free) It sounds like a potential little mini-convention; you should go.
BSDNow 098 is up with the normal collection of news and links, plus an interview with David Meyer of Xinous – which I infer is using FreeBSD to underpin their main project. I always find the decision/planning around major commercial open source interesting, cause the open source aspect changes the game, so to speak.
There was a newer release of OpenSSL (1.0.1p) last week, so there’s a new revision of the DragonFly release – 4.2.3. There’s little major change other than the security fix for OpenSSL.
Those readers who can count past 2 may notice that there wasn’t a 4.2.2. We went straight from 4.2.1 to 4.2.3. That’s my fault. I screwed up tagging and Git doesn’t like repeated, deleted tags.
This is Thoughtful Consideration week.
- The Anti-Mac Interface. The future of interfaces is in some ways the opposite of good interface design circa 1986. (via)
- What was the technology stack driving the original Ultima Online servers? The resemblance to a classical MUD is not a surprise when you think about it. (via)
- The Harmful Consequences of Postel’s Maxim. I see this more as the 2.0 problem, which I don’t yet have a good link to describe. (via)
- My Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science Books: Part Four
- CCCamp 2015 preordering is open. (via)
- Calvin and Markov. Markov chains are simple but fun. (via)
- On Port 80. Platforms that run on user content, but aren’t controlled by users, go downhill over time. It’s a repeating pattern. (via and via)
- A floppy drive with a survival mechanism. (via)
- keepachangelog.com. (via)
- The UNIX System: Making Computers More Productive. (via)
- Post-memes. (via)
- The 2015 Postel Network Operator’s Scholarship is open, with entertaining selection criteria.
- Warcraft 3 in a browser. (via)
- The ARMiga Project. (via)
- The minimig-mist, also a recreated Amiga. (via previous link)
- Go garbage collection. It’s humor, not real. (via profmakx on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
This is a week for unexpected BSD news – OpenBSD and Microsoft, a new 4.4BSD variant, and so on.
- Running a Plan 9 network on OpenBSD. (via)
- FreeNAS 10: Early M2 Preview.
- More BSDCan trip reports, from Warren Block, Christian Brueffer, Kamil Czekirda, and Shonali Balakrishna.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/07/06.
- Microsoft Now OpenBSD Foundation Gold Contributor. Probably related to OpenSSH-in-Powershell.
- Also, SunSSH replaced by OpenSSH.
- OPNSense 15.7.1 out. 15.7 is apparently a release branch, so this is what you follow.
- pkgsrcCon 2015: A year of pkgsrc 2014 – 2015. All the presentations are online, in fact. (via)
- EuroBSDCon 2015 Preliminary Program Published.
- A new (to me) BSD: “LiteBSD is a variant of 4.4BSD operating system adapted for microcontrollers.” It’s BSD on some super–teeny hardware. I don’t know what I’d do with it, but I’d love to get something like that working.
- OpenBSD and Valgrind, instructions.
- If you’ve got Bitcoin and an urge to donate to OpenBSD, pace yourself.
- July 20th, Calgary: OpenBSD hackathon/discussion.
- pkgsrc 2015Q2 released.
- Moving pkgsrc-wip away from Sourceforge. Turns into a long argument about CVS.
- Yay cross-pollination! (and thanks to Sascha Wildner for turning up WARNS levels and fixing things, for years.)
- FreeBSD ports is now also using a quarterly model.
- FreeBSD now has the CloudABI model, sorta like Capsicum.
- FreeBSD Vagrant images can now be automatically uploaded to Google Compute Engine, VMware, and (new to me) Hashicorp Atlas.
- Fractal cells, a new BSD-based quick startup platform. Launching at end of month. (via)
Here’s how you test the console frame buffer on DragonFly, even though X is the way to go.
Some time ago, I acquired a Chromebook with the help of all you kind readers. Here’s a mini-report on how DragonFly works as a desktop.
The hardware: what I have is an Acer c720 Chromebook. The C720p is the touchscreen model, and is equally well-supported by DragonFly. A larger-capacity M.2 SSD (which is relatively easy to install) is the only real need, as the installed one is only 16G. It’s easy enough to see what the laptops look like; it’s nothing fancy but it’s suitably light.
The software: There’s a wide-ranging and complete install/tweak guide for the c720 and c720p on the DragonFly site. Note that it goes down to the point of even changing the keymap for the special keys on the keyboard.
Things I don’t like:
- The mousepad needs a physical click, not a tap, which decreases accuracy.
- There’s only 2G of RAM, and not expandable. You will notice this if you tend to open a lot of tabs when web browsing.
- I’ve had mousepad trouble, but I’m the only one reporting it, so I think it’s just bad hardware luck on my part.
Things I do like:
- pkg is a godsend, making installation and upgrades almost effortless. I’ve gone binary-only so far.
- Many things Just Work – for example, the xfce4 battery plugin.
- xscreensaver works great; even the 3D modules. I don’t know why it entertains me so.
- I haven’t run the battery out to make sure, but it looks like it would last a few hours. Suspend/hibernate are not supported, but low power modes are.
- There’s a lot of multi-touch shortcuts built into the touchpad.
It’s an excellent BSD laptop, for light use, at low cost. The next step up would be into Thinkpad territory, which raises the cost or increases the age – and may not be as consistently supported.
Something I’ve wanted for a long time: DragonFly stickers. Or ‘decals’, if you want to sound fancier. Markus Pfeiffer has them set up on Stickermule.
I just created an account there, and apparently I can supply a referral link which gets you and me both a $10 credit, if you use that. It’ll make you sign up, then you’ll probably have to go back in with the direct link for the DragonFly sticker.
I don’t know why I’ve been finding so many roguelike links lately, but it’s to our benefit.
- The Open Container Project. No mention of a BSD. I don’t know if that’s necessarily bad.
- Random Numbers in the original Doom. Is that true? That seems a bit crazy. (via)
- The NANOG65 call for presentations is out.
- More falsehoods programmers believe about time. A followup to a previous link.
- @Play 82: The Talks of the International Roguelike Developers Conference US, 2015. Some fascinating links/talks on video there.
- Stick to 64-bit counters.
- LIFE IS TERRIBLE: LET’S TALK ABOUT THE WEB – James Mickens. I don’t think I saw/linked to this one before. Why is a Microsoft researcher one of the funniest nerd people online? (via)
- The first port of UNIX. (PDF, via)
- Vim Colors (via)
- Releasing a Commercial ASCII Roguelike, a Post-Mortem. (via)
- Cold brew tea.
- From TextMate to Vim. (via)
- Shortest network cable evar. I once had a coworker confuse inches (“) and feet (‘) when ordering, so we ended up with a box of 200 6-inch Ethernet cables. (via)
Insert fireworks graphic here.
- OpenBSD from a veteran Linux user perspective. (via)
- Call for Testing: Valgrind on OpenBSD.
- 10.2-PRE-RELEASE and 11.0-CURRENT Images Available for Testing. (PC-BSD)
- BSDCan 2015 trip reports: Zbigniew Bodek and Vsevolod Stakhov.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/06/29.
- DistroWatch Weekly talks about running FreeBSD on a Raspberry Pi 2 computer. (via)
- BSD Magazine: “Web server security”.
- FreeNAS 10: A developer’s perspective.
- NetBSD on NVIDIA Jetson TK1 (Tegra K1)
- New binary releases for NetBSD on Raspberry Pi
- BSD dmesg collection service
- OPNSense 15.7 is released.
- finding bugs in tarsnap
- FreeBSD gets a graphical front-end for pkg-ng. (probably works for DragonFly dpkg too) (via)
- User account administration for Linux/BSD
- moving from Linux to BSD and the Acer C720. I already replied all over that.
BSDNow 096 has the usual new links, even more BSDCan 2015 video links, and an interview with Jun Ebihara about some of NetBSD’s lesser-known architectures.
(I like trying to guess the interview subject from each week’s obscure title; I was going to guess RetroBSD… which would make a good topic to explore.)
There’s a minor update for DragonFly 4.2 – this covers a problem with i915 support, so it’s worth upgrading if you have an Intel video chipset.
NYCBUG is having a chronologically appropriate speaker: Steven Kreuzer, talking about the Precision Time Protocol. It’s 6:45 PM (EDT) tonight, at the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge in New York City.
I’ll quote right from the summary for the 14-minute-long BSDTalk 254: “An interview with Ken Worster who is presenting on topics which include PFSense and FreeNAS in schools at the Technology Teacher ME conference in Bethel Maine.”
I came up with a whole bunch of links at the last minute despite traveling and being sick. I’m dedicated to your idle reading!
- In defence of curl | sudo bash –. Not really in defense because nobody’s that crazy. (via)
- Leap “smearing”.
- HyperRogue – A non-Euclidean roguelike. (via)
- Hack RUN. A… greenscreenlike?
- 30 years of Amiga. Coming up in about a month. (via)
- “Why Agile, Lean and Six Sigma must die …” (via)
- You probably already saw “Inceptionism: Going Deeper into Neural Networks“, but there’s already a t-shirt. (via)
- Finding the needles.
- If We’ve Won, Why Are We Still Explaining Open Source? (via)
- hhighlighter, syntax coloring for the output of other programs.
- UNIX Recovery Legend. (via) There’s more documents of similar vintage to look at.
- “The Hacker’s Diet: How to lose weight and hair through stress and poor nutrition”. While I hadn’t read this before now, I’ve been doing a similar pattern for some months now, and I’ve lost 30 lbs/13.5 kg.
- The Curta Calculator. A neat bit of machinery that I’ve never seen.
- Retro Thinkpad idea. I would buy this, for the keyboard alone.
Your off-topic link of the week: you have about a week to pay $35 to not die when the Earth is destroyed on July 5th. It’s the 18th time the world has almost ended, so it has to work out one of these times.
- A pfSense SG-2440 review at Maximum PC.
- pfSense 2.2.3 is out.
- Puppet and OpenBSD.
- I love cross-pollination.
- There’s a new BSD user group in Vancouver, Canada. “VanBUG”.
- TrueOS/PC-BSD/FreeNAS keep showing as building from the same source tree. That makes sense.
- Ingo Schwarze’s slides (PDF) from his recent CDBUG/NYCBUG presentations. (via)
- NetBSD 7.0_RC1 is out.
- Commit jokes are the best jokes.
- FreeBSD on Azure.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/06/22.
- BSDCan 2015 trip reports one and two.
- PC-BSD Documentation can now be Translated Using Pootle.
- out with the old, in with the less. Notable link to “Cascade of Attention-Deficit Teenagers“.
BSDNow 95 has an interview with Sean Chittenden of FreeBSD/Groupon, along with the usual roundup of BSD news – and more links to various BSDCan presentations.
If you wanted to try IPFW3 and NAT, nans_nans1 has done the experimentation for you, and wrote down the steps.
I had to do this early, too, so the link count is a bit low this week. Sorry!
- From the abacus to smartphone: The evolution of mobile and portable computers, a book by Evan Koblentz. (via)
- A/UX – The Long View. OS X in 1998. I wish I had been able to try this. (via)
- Monsters and Manuals, another RPG thinkblog.
- The NetHack Cross-Variant Summer Tournament. (via)
- Linux is not gnu/linux. Linking because it’s a bit off the deep end. (via)
- Why I dislike systemd. (via)
- OBYaVLENIYA KOMANDA 135 [Command 135 initiated] Numbers stations are one of those deep-dive things. (via)
- Meet Processing, the Lingua Franca of Creative Coding. (via)
- mdast-man: Compile markdown to man pages (roff) So often, the open source solution to something is not to produce more or better quality output, but to instead rearrange the tools for doing so. (via)
I compiled this all bit early, so hopefully nothing exciting happens between now and when it gets posted.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/06/16.
- YouTube review on “Networking For Systems Administrators”. (BSD-friendly)
- Signify shortcomings.
- BSDCan 2015, a review.
- BSDNow has an already-mentioned BSDCan presentation roundup, and various OpenBSD presentations are showing on the OpenBSD papers page, and there’s a video collection page too. (via)
- Best laptop for FreeBSD or variants? (via)
- Mandoc: becoming the main BSD manual toolbox [pdf] (via)
- PkgsrcCon 2015 is definitely happening.
- We’re about halfway through the pkgsrc-2015Q2 freeze.
- OpenBSD 5.8 has been branched. (Is that the right term?)
- NetBSD has internal storage on the EdgeRouter. OpenBSD can boot there too. Is there something switch like (12+ ports) that boots a BSD? Other than Juniper? (speaking of which, I worked on an EX4300 a few days ago and liked it.)
- Temperature handling in OpenBSD has been much improved.
- FreeBSD on BeagleBone Black units now support HDMI.
Now that DragonFly can (in most cases) offer video outside of X with KMS, not just text, more console options are possible. By default, your accelerated console will scale to 80×25, but you can now tell it how many columns you want and it’ll automatically scale to fit your resolution. Or you can turn it off.
Thanks to Sepherosa Ziehau, powerd will now start the shutdown process if you are down to 2% battery on your DragonFly laptop. It also will delay for 60 seconds if you just booted up and are desperately searching for a power cable.
‘Historic information week’ is this week’s accidental theme.
- Why traceroute uses UDP and not ICMP.
- W. Richard Stevens, a list of works. The previous traceroute link came from there, and there’s a lot more gems in those links.
- I agree with this description of web apps.
- grepcidr2, for finding networks within a given CIDR range.
- The Architecture of Open Source Applications, a book. The Sendmail chapter may be interesting, given that Sendmail is wrapped up in the history of Unix and the Internet. Also, it notes that ‘syslog’ exists as a sendmail side project that kept going. (via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- What is Code? From Paul Ford. Long, but excellent. (via several places)
- Why “Agile” and especially Scrum are terrible. (via)
- The Manuscripts of E.W. Dijkstra. This is just one of the excellent links hidden in the previous story.
- It’s the Future. The web page creation process has become complicated.(via)
- Yes, A video game contributed to Unix Development. (via)
- Finding Your Groups.
- Unix is not an acceptable Unix. The “one thing well” part of Unix tools is frequently misunderstood, perhaps on purpose. This is one of those. (via)
- Age, Pleasing Apple, and Trying To Climb Out of the Hole. Getting old, running your own business, and programming, is all together a daunting prospect.
- The Apple Collector. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Fully Computerized.
I’ve uploaded DragonFly 4.0.6 ISO and .img files. (Does that capitalization make sense?) They should be available at your nearest mirror, or will be shortly. I am still working on the 4.2 release candidate images.
News is a bit light this week, probably because BSDCan was eating up people’s attention. I am assuming video will be up soon; I want to see the keynote.
- Tarsnap GUI for the desktop. (via)
- The pkgsrc-2015Q2 freeze is starting tomorrow.
- USB thermometer support, OpenBSD and FreeBSD.
- Intel is building BSD-specific utilities, if I read this right.
- BSDCon Brasil has expanded their convention and have room to present more papers.
- Putting FreeBSD 11 onto a Raspberry Pi 2.
- Blobs blobs blobbity people care about concept more than reality.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/06/08.
- FreeNAS in production.
- Test the new OpenBSD audio(4) driver.
- xhyve, a port of FreeBSD bhyve to Mac OS X.
- autonet, a simple wifi network chooser for OpenBSD.
- Signify: Securing OpenBSD from Us to You. (via)
The more eagle-eyed may have noticed a branching for DragonFly 4.2, and for DragonFly 4.0.6. The 4.2 branch is currently only a release candidate, so don’t necessarily change over yet – it’s for testing, not release.
Note that packages for 4.2 are not yet built, so you’ll have to manually specify a package path to install with pkg on 4.2 – for now.. That won’t be the case for the actual release, of course. DragonFly 4.3 users will have to specify PKG_PATH manually to use 4.2 images until new ones are built. 4.2 release candidate users will be fine. (see comments for correction.)
The 4.0.6 release is mostly to get the recent OpenSSL update into a 4.0.x build.
I am working on image building for both.
This week’s BSDNow has a talk with DragonFly’s very own Sepherosa Ziehau, about the huge amount of work he’s done on the network stack.
Matthew Dillon’s already using a 4K monitor on DragonFly, and he’s written notes on the various performance tweaks that went with it.
The direct memory access reservation on DragonFly has been set to 128M. It used to be 16, but anyone using a system for more than a text console would want the greater memory reservation. It can be set back to 16M, which is useful probably if you are one of those text console users, or if you have a strangely underpowered video card.
Even sysctl accesses can be made to handle multiprocessor environments. This can actually make a difference when you’ve got a lot of processors building a lot of software, as in all of dports.
This week is more eclectic than usual.
- How to boost your Vim productivity. As usual, the comments on the link location are nearly more useful than the target story. (via)
- Telegrams: still possible, even desirable, and legally binding. (via)
- An in-depth explanation of host names from Matthias Rampke on the DragonFly users@ list.
- PreTTY Screenshots. (via)
- The ultimate guide to analog control panels in sci-fi movies. (via)
- My Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science Books: Part Three
- “TIS-100, a game about rewriting corrupted code to fix a fictional ’80s computer.“
- On Tricks, Empty Rooms, and Basic Trap Design. (via)
- Goblinpunch, an endless supply of D&D-ish RPG ideas. (also via)
- VoIP honeypot results.
- The Underhanded C Contest winners. (via)
A more compact week.
- usesthis.com has a BSD category. (via)
- Another BSD technology comes to Windows.
- BSD Unix: Power to the people, from the code. 15 year old article. (via)
- Next CDBUG meeting is June 17th.
- BSD Magazine for May.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/06/01.
- FreeBSD 8.4 is reaching end-of-life.
- “The launchd on FreeBSD/NetBSD/OpenBSD train is never coming“. (via)
- There seems to be some sort of merging between PC-BSD and FreeNAS build scripts – or something more complex is happening?
- FreeNAS 10 Hackathon.
- My FreeNAS Lab.
- Putting OpenBSD in the cloud.
- Replacements for OpenBSD 5.7 disc 2 have been shipped.
- There’s two new LibreSSL mailing lists.
- Yay, cross-pollination!
- OpenBSD now supports RTL8188CE wifi cards via rtwn(4).
- Duovero Gumstix boards are (or will be?) supported on FreeBSD.
- SRIOV support for Intel 10G cards on FreeBSD.
Those changes I mentioned yesterday for text console support? They’re in DragonFly-master now, along with a loader tunable to turn it on and off.
If you are using a DragonFly system with accelerated video, and you have noticed that you can’t return to a text console after exiting xorg – Sascha Wildner/Imre Vadasz have a branch for you to try. Please do so if you have time and are on master; this is the last big item to fix before the next release.
That’s Non Uniform Memory Architecture, and John Baldwin is talking about how it works on FreeBSD, tonight/now, in New York City for NYCBUG. There’s several more events this month with NYCBUG, so look at the announcement for tonight’s location and more dates.
You can now get temperature readings from your Radeon card under DragonFly.
Emulation is this week’s accidental topic.
- MAME and the New Emulation Reality. (via)
- A Piece of Apple II History Cracks Open. (via)
- Venture capital vs. community capital. An interesting view of history. (via)
- Introduction to Keyboard Programming. (via)
- #define __ENABEL_EPSPERAMENTLE_TAPDOLE_ORATORS (comment from this article.)
- Math Blaster Copy Protection. (via)
- Rogue in Space.
- Einstein, a NewtonOS emulator. (via)
- SSH client suggestions.
- Radio hams do battle with ‘Russian Woodpecker’ (1982). There’s a lot of analog ghosts out there. (via)
- An incomplete list of words that are now startups. (via)
- “If something isn’t on the web … I find it hard to get excited about it.” (also via)
- The SIGCIS Workshop 2015 call for papers is out.
Your comics link of the week: Behold! The Dinosaurs!
A short but more interesting list this week, I think.
- ZFS Mastery is out in print and electronic versions.
- BSD management with Puppet.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/05/25.
- Dell Networking OS 9 powered by NetBSD.
- Lumina Desktop Status Update/FAQ.
- PC-BSD 10.1.2: an Interview with Kris Moore.
- A FreeBSD Foundation visit to the (a?) NYI datacenter.
- “Patrol Read” support in OpenBSD.
- syslog-ng and ELK on OpenBSD.
- Yay for compatibility!
- The Linuxulator on FreeBSD now does 1:1 threads and x86_64.
- See this “Low Cost 10G Router” post on NANOG? Follow the very long thread, and you’ll notice a reoccurring theme: set up a BSD machine.
- Bitrig at NYCBUG on 2015/05/06, video.
Your Not BSD link of the week: Never fix anything.
There’s a new ‘ifconsole’ option for /etc/ttys on DragonFly that may help you if your serial output device is a bit strange.
I always try to guess the interview topic from the episode title, but I wasn’t able to predict the several mini-interviews in this week’s BSDNow episode.
If you were running a version of DragonFly 4.1 (i.e. the master version, not release) built between the 20th and 25th, rebuild. There’s a UFS bug introduced in that short timeframe.
If you are running 4.0.x release or built your version of DragonFly-master outside of that date range – you are unaffected.
I guess the accidental theme this week is Unix.
- The truth about Unix: The user interface is horrid. From 1981, which says something. (via)
- Terminal: Beyond Ctrl + A and Ctrl + E. Linked because I needed to know what the nondestructive version of Ctrl-U was. (Ctrl-A)
- Tools don’t solve the web’s problems, they ARE the problem. I’ve been considering a static generator for this site, for similar reasons. (via)
- How to name things: the hardest problem in programming. A dry topic talked about in a very human way. (via)
- Floppy Drive Organ.
- Cold Weather, Gogol And The Rise Of The Russian Samovar. I don’t need one, but I’ve always thought samovars are interesting.
- Unix Shells: Bash, Fish, Ksh, Tcsh, Zsh. (via)
- When Poll is Better than Interrupt. (PDF, via EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- A Repository with 44 Years of Unix Evolution (via)
- Backblaze hard drive stats for 2015Q1. (via)
- Crystals and computer viruses. (via)
- Inadvertent collection.
- Bash history format.
- Vim Tips For Intermediate Users. (via)
- Why isn’t our fax working? (Hint: a power issue.) (via)
- The Problem with the Roguelike Metagame. (via)
A calmer week, probably because of the U.S. holiday.
- FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS is out (eBook format).
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/05/18.
- PC-BSD 10.1.2 is out. (Update: hotfix)
- freebsd-wifi-build (via)
- bhyve on Pluribus, a platform I’m unfamiliar with. (via)
- pkgSrcCon is happening July 4-5 in Berlin.
- I like cross-pollination.
- Diagnosing softraid failures on OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD now has ntpd on by default.
- OpenSMTPD vs. Logjam.
- spamd/pf rule changes.
- Various OpenBSD remote update methods.
- FreeNAS status report.
- iXSystems is gaining a dev blog.
A recent commit from Matthew Dillon means users of Intel Haswell or later CPUs will see reduced power usage, if I’m reading this commit correctly.
This week’s BSDNow episode talks with Jed Reynolds about ZFS on Linux and FreeBSD, and includes other news bits including about DragonFly’s swap encryption, OpenBSD defaulting to having openntpd on by default, and plenty more.
Hammer will perform daily housekeeping tasks each night. If you’re up late enough, it may kick off while you are working. If you want to stop the process after it’s already started (since it’s disk-intensive), John Marino has added the ‘abort-cleanup‘ command.
- The Rise and Fall of Japan’s PC-98. I always wondered what PC-98 was. (pdf, via)
- Beyond the PDP-11: Processor support for a memory-safe C abstract machine. Written this year, despite the title. (pdf, via)
- Gonix – Unix tools written in Go. (via)
- Without Systemd (via several places)
- Your cyberpunk games are dangerous.
- Web Mandlebrot. (via)
- Which SSD should you buy?
- A Tmux crash course: tips and tweaks. Different from the last tmux crash course I posted. (via)
- Drinking Myself To Permadeath In Brogue.
- Eventually everyone hates computers. (via)
- wego, command-line based weather report – with ASCII graphics!
- The programming talent myth. (via)
- A Tiny Orchestra in the Living Room. I like the graphics. Also, I am nostalgic for the smell of audio equipment. (via)
- On the Taxonomy of Spaceships. (via)
This includes all the BSD material I didn’t have time to get posted last week. I hope you have some time for reading today; there is a lot here.
- Royal activity affecting your open source files.
- Windows guest support (or at least the start of it) in bhyve.
- Bad memory blacklisting in FreeBSD. I’d be worried about keeping partially bad RAM in place, but this is probably being used on a larger scale.
- 25 year old col bug, fixed.
- The start of NUMA support in FreeBSD.
- Alpine POC and Routerboard support in FreeBSD.
- FreeBSD now supports more than 8 audio channels.
- NetBSD is starting to gain EdgeRouter support.
- NetBSD gains in-kernel splash screen support.
- Openresolv 3.7 is in both FreeBSD and NetBSD.
- EU study recommends OpenBSD. (Thanks, PCTF)
- Now, sshd in OpenBSD defaults to ‘PermitRootLogin=no‘ (like in DragonFly!)
- Device Developer’s Conference, happening in the UK over the next month or so. (via openbsd-misc)
- OpenBSD has released, shipped, and there’s some discs with errors being replaced, though there’s a workaround.
- From 0 to an OpenBSD install, with no hands and a custom disk layout. (via)
- Livingston County, Michigan has a BSD user group starting up.
- PC-BSD 10.2.1-RC1 comments.
- BSDCon Brazil 2015 has a call for papers out.
- New to BSD, Questions about Firewall configuration.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/05/11.
- A week of pkgsrc #10.
- PC-BSD 11.0-CURRENTMAY2015 images now available
- Yes, You Can Virtualize FreeNAS
- pfSense is now available as a “VMware Ready Virtual Firewall Appliance“.
- Michael W. Lucas’s Tarsnap talk is online.
- As is the cover to his upcoming FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS book.
- BSDTalk 253 has 30 minutes of conversation with George Neville-Neil about “The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System”, 2nd edition.
This week’s BSDNow episode talks with Mike Larkin about memory protection in OpenBSD, along with the normal news summary.
Sepherosa Ziehau has introduced a new sysctl:
Set this to zero and you won’t get endless ARP events from networks you aren’t on. For example, I’m hooked up to a cable modem. I only get a public routable IP address, but the network used for the cable modem network itself bleeds ARP packets out where my DragonFly machine can see it. Since it’s on a different network segment than the address I receive through DHCP, it always fails and the system logs it. For example:
May 11 05:20:52 www kernel: arplookup 100.68.112.145 failed: host is not on local network
I can’t do much about it since that layer 2 leakiness is going to happen, but I can shut it up with this sysctl – and thank goodness, cause I’ve been seeing these messages since first using a DOCSIS modem in… 2001 or so?
Accidentally very roguelike this week.
- It’s ALWAYS DNS!
- scroll, a console game that is also a pager. (via)
- Reenix: Implementing a Unix-Like Operating System in Rust (PDF, via)
- Yet another Dwarf Fortress story.
- Rogue’s Item ID in Too Much Yet Not Enough Detail. Mentions the 1st Edition Dungeon Master’s Guide Appendix N, which despite having that book for most of my life, I hadn’t noticed. Time to read!
- And I accidentally found that tor.com has already gone through these books and written about them.
- One of the least well-known books on that Appendix N list is The Face In The Frost. Possibly my favorite book ever; look for it.
- Hipsterhammer, Warhammer 40k musings. I haven’t played a minatures game in years. Blame computers. (All three links via)
- The theme continues: phantasia(8), a Tolkien-influenced game I didn’t even realize came preinstalled on DragonFly and probably most other BSDs.
- 90’s electronics in animated GIF form. (via)
- Prochronisms. (via)
- FPS Toilet Museum. I love that the Internet can still enable single-minded things like this. (via)
- git push –force (linked for the image)
- 5 Unusual Unix Commands for Cinco De Mayo
- My Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science Books: Part Two
- PathPicker – dump output containing filepaths into it, get a file selection dialog. It’s a command line utility. (via)
Francois Tigeot has committed his Broadwell work, which has a longer-than-I-realized list of benefits. Does anyone have a 4k screen to try?
BSDNow 088 has an interview of Ed Schouten about FreeBSD, and all the normal roundups. Also “DragonFlyBSD has officially won the race to get an Intel Broadwell graphics driver”.
Maybe I need to start doing In Other BSDs posts on Wednesdays, cause BSDNow often has the links I’m already saving for the weekend.
If you’re running DragonFly-master and you have an Intel video chipset, Francois Tigeot has an update for you. It brings accelerated Intel video up to match the Linux 3.14 version, adds Broadwell chipset support, and should generally improve performance. He lists how to test right in the message.
I started sparse because this was a busy week, but I’ve still got a pretty good amount of reading for you.
- Comparing code layout. Not the code, but the visual arrangement. This could certainly be explored further.
- Schemaverse, a space strategy game implemented entirely within PostgreSQL. (via)
- The Cray 2 Computer System. (pdf, via)
- How to Operate the Apple II Plus. (via)
- “Analog“. (via)
- noTCP. (via)
- My Top 100 Programming, Computer and Science Books: Part One
- distribution, for ASCII histograms. I can think of many times this would have been useful.
- Disinformation Visualisation: How to Lie with Datavis. (via)
- How to pronounce hexadecimal. Not the word itself, but the numbers derived. Don’t actually do this. (via)
- Penrose binning. (via)
- Also, Go by Example. Linked because I like the description for it at the source.
- The Words the Media Industry Prefers. The narrative made me laugh. (via)