Daniel Bilik has found there’s an issue with i915 acceleration, Baytrail CPUs, and some AUTODEEP low-power states. This will only affect you if you are using that specific hardware combo and setting certain low power modes. Interestingly, it affects other platforms, too, as it appears to be a symptom of how the video is addressed, not a DragonFly-specific bug.
BSDNow 131 is out, and has an interview of Jamie McParland, on I assume the topic of BSD in school environments, guessing by the title and guest’s email address. It has the normal summary of news items, including explanations of load average I think many people would find useful.
I almost missed this: There’s a NYCBUG meeting tonight, at 6:45 PM, at the Stone Creek Bar and Lounge in New York City. The presentation will be from Raul Cuza, titled “BSD init(8) and rc(8): Room for Improvement?“. I imagine there will be an opportunity to complain about systemd’s very existence, at this meeting.
UNIX tools are this week’s unintentional theme.
- The many load averages of Unix(es). (via)
- So you want to write a package manager. (via)
- Headshot: A visual history of first-person shooters. (via)
- Tolkien Ipsum. (via)
- Civilization: 25 years, 33M copies sold, 1B hours played, and 66 versions. (via)
- The Weird Global Appeal of Heavy Metal. Insert comment about stuffy old newspaper here. (via)
- “Newton fax modems as packing material“
- The Ephemeral Software Collection.
- Are there any nice Unix shells newer than fish?
- An Empirical Study of the Reliability of UNIX Utilities. (1989, via)
- What was the first terminal command that really wowed you?
- Do Artists Need Websites? This is why businesses only on Facebook bother me. (via)
- How I Vim. (also via)
Your unrelated robot link of the week: Every new Boston Dynamics robot is creepier than the last.
Look at the ZFS discussions if you want to feel smug as a BSD user.
- Should I use BSD? If so, why?
- Delphi development in FreeBSD.
- OpenBSD and Comic Sans problems. (a sort of background to that?)
- Garbage podcast 14, for February 19th, which I missed linking to before.
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/02/22.
- February 2016 status and sponsorship questions.
- OPNsense 16.1.4 released.
- USB-stack broken on Chromebook 2 (CB30)
- GPL Violations Related to Combining ZFS and Linux. (also found here, via and via)
- Related to that: FreeBSD and ZFS, from the FreeBSD Foundation, quietly pointing out that BSD has been the best place for ZFS for a long time.
- iXsystems Partners with Veeam. (Note to self: get quote before buying that VNXe3150 tray expansion, next week…)
- FreeBSD Storage Summit 2016.
- Speaking on BSD: The Waiting Is the Hardest Part. The photo is funny.
- Setting up your own Package Cluster in MidnightBSD.
Normally I’m just linking to BSDNow, but there’s even more BSD-themed media coming up today: BSDNow 130 is out, titled “Store all the Things“, with an extended summary of the recent Storage Summit.
Bill Yuan has added ‘ipfwsync’ to ipfw3 in DragonFly. As you may expect from the name, it’s a way to sync ipfw3 configurations across multiple devices.
I see this bite people irregularly over the years: if your default shell on login can’t run, what do you do? I’ve seen it happen because of a missing /usr/lib, and it can happen with out-of-date library references, too. There’s several different ways to deal with it:
- Run a shell that can’t have this problem, like /bin/tcsh (the root default).
- Or, rebuild in single-user mode from the console.
- Or, perform the bullet-proof upgrade.
That last one may be useful if your dports setup gets mangled, somehow – though ‘pkg upgrade’ has always worked for me.
Francois Tigeot has again updated Intel i915 video support in DragonFly, bringing it even with what’s in Linux 4.2. This will be very useful for Broadwell and Skylake users, and even Broxton, apparently the newest Atom platform.
I earn the roguelike tag this week.
- “I built Space invaders into Dwarf Fortress.” Featuring the Almighty Dwarven Calculator. (via)
- Free Lovecraft stories. (via)
- Imagining your future projects is holding you back. Talking about fiction, but this applies to open source work too. (via)
- Happy 25th, Webcam!
- @Play 83: HyperRogue
- Mac System 1.0 (via)
- ASCII cows. (via)
- The website of Bob Bemer, the Father of ASCII. COBOL, too? (via)
- Bell Labs in the 1960s. Note how many women were there. Rementioning. (Thanks, BSD32x)
- The scarcity of college graduates with FOSS experience. The license isn’t the important part where students learn; it’s the workflow: coordinating with others, source control, discussion channels, etc. That’s what isn’t taught enough. (via)
- “Here’s a quant fact: the online space is measurably dumber than it was two years ago.“
- Wired Style: A Linguist Explains Vintage Internet Slang. (via)
- The Lonely Dungeon, the random RPG rulebook generator linked last week, now has random illustrations to go with it. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: The Voynich Manuscript and Codex Serahinianus, in PDF form. Ignore the “never-cracked ancient mystery” bit about the Voynich Manuscript, but it’s still interesting to look at.
Keep an eye out for BSD user group meetings in your area – just because I didn’t note it doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.
- “FreeBSD Filesystem Fun” at March 15th SEMIBUG. The next few months of SEMIBUG speakers are posted there, too.
- Deploying NetBSD on the Cloud Using AWS EC2: Part 1.
- NetBSD on Google’s Compute Engine.
- The OpenBSD Foundation 2016 Fundraising Campaign. (via)
- The Complexity of Doing Things Right in Distributed Board Elections. About the NetBSD elections.
- Using GPIO on the Raspberry Pi. (on NetBSD)
- flashrd 2.0 is out, and there’s a new mailing list location. Here’s the flashrd site to save you looking it up, if it’s new to you. (via)
- When Sony uses FreeBSD for Playstation 4, how much money do they save?
- htop now runs on several BSDs. (via)
- FreeBSD and the recent glibc CVE-2015-7547 vulnerability.
- OPNsense 16.1.3 released.
- PVS-Studio delved into the FreeBSD kernel. (via)
- Registration for AsiaBSDCon 2016 is open. (via)
- pfSense training now available in Europe.
DragonFly 4.4.2, a bugfix release to 4.4.1, is out. This was mostly prompted by the recent OpenSSL update, but other little fixes have made it in, too. It’s available for download and is probably available at your nearest mirror by now, if you want an image. The release page is updated, and there’s always the Git tag summary for 4.4.2 for the most exact details.
I have DragonFly shirts, helpfully printed up by Sepherosa Ziehau in China. I have a list of people that are interested in shirts, most of whom remembered to give a shirt size. I don’t have anyone’s email address or mailing address on that list.
If you are on that list, send me your mailing address.
The shirts are marked L/XL/XXL/XXXL, but they run smaller than U.S. versions of those sizes. I usually find a U.S. XL shirt baggy, but “XXXL” is the one that fit me, for instance. I’ll do my best to place the appropriate one. This is just an advance apology, since it’s too late to change anything if it turns out tight.
I’ll mail these out as I have the spare cash and time on hand. (I hope most of you live in the continental U.S.)
Rapid topic shifts this week.
- Planning for Disaster. Speed over correctness is all the rage, but also programming inconsequential websites is also all the rage.
- The Lonely Dungeon. Markov-style classic RPG generation, it sounds like.
- The book is out! “@Play: Exploring Roguelike Games”
- The Museum of Endangered Sounds. (via)
- Today in Dialup Visualization News.
- Sound Blaster history.
- Systemd and Where We Want to Take the Basic Linux Userspace in 2016. (via)
- Usborne 1980s computer programming books for kids become free downloads. (via)
- Internet Archive Does Windows. With many options. (via)
- Filter all ICMP and watch the world burn. (via)
- Old British Pathé industrial production films. (via)
Your unrelated tea link of the week: Cuppa Thugs.
Several book links this week.
- Openbsd router, can it run on arm? (via)
- Lumina Desktop Getting Ready for FreeBSD 11.0.
- “FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems” now available! Next two book titles are in there, too.
- “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS” Table of Contents.
- Winter arrivals. (related to previous post)
- Upcoming OpenBSD Security Router/Firewall/Load Balancer Release: Feature Requests Wanted (via)
- Noob gonna install some BSD later today.
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/02/08.
- PC-BSD Devs Release Lumina Desktop 0.8.8 Environment […]
- Kali Vs BSD
- January #MissionComplete Best Story
Thing I should link more regularly: Garbage, a podcast that isn’t specifically about BSD but happens to cover it a lot. I linked to it when it was starting, but didn’t catch new episodes (fixed by finding the RSS feed). There’s been a bunch since then, so you have plenty of listening material now.
If you have a Broadwell system, the drm.i915.enable_execlists tunable added by Imre Vadász may keep your system stable. (thanks, zach on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
BSDNow 128 has an interview of Nick Wolff, the usual roundup of news items, and I’m sure something that matches the title of the episode, but I haven’t listened to it yet.
Rimvydas Jasinskas has consolidated/restored/updated a large number of papers into share/doc on DragonFly. I’m not going to link to his large number of commits, but instead point you at the directory where they all went. There’s a number of design documents in there that date back to 4.4BSD and beyond (and some much newer), which may interest or educate you. Of special note: The Guide to the Dungeons of Doom, for rogue, or the KAME IPv6 implementation notes.
These probably apply cross-BSD, but in this case, it’s DragonFly tips for printing with CUPS.
A bit nostalgic this week.
- Pardon My French, But This Code Is C.R.A.P., parts one and two. (via)
- dungeoncrawlers.org, a comprehensive list of exactly that. (via)
- Showrunner: the Game. Scroll down about halfway. A roguelike!
- Why so much Internet video is viral but no longer weird. For those who remember Portal of Evil or Stile Project or eBaum’s World, etc. (via)
- Results of the 2015 Underhanded C Contest. (via)
- The Malware Museum. (via)
- Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous. (via)
- Getting a Job After Coding Bootcamp. Good advice.
- My Bathroom Mirror Is Smarter Than Yours. (via multiple places)
- Digital Technology – Past and Present. (large PDF, via)
- Shmoocon 2016 Videos. (via)
- Old-School PC Fonts. (via)
Lots and lots this week!
- SCaLE 14x Recap.
- On ZFS in Debian. BSD is still a better place for ZFS. (via)
- Anyone using FreeBSD or another BSD in production? How do you like it?
- NetBSD/amd64 7.0 on kvm. (via)
- VIMAGE Coming Soon to FreeBSD.
- Initial FreeBSD RISC-V Architecture Port Committed.
- Has Anyone Tried to Put Dark Souls on BSD?
- LibertyBSD 5.8 is out. (related)
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/02/01.
- FreeBSD TACACS+ GNS3 and Cisco 3700 Router.
- FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report – Fourth Quarter 2015.
- OPNSense 16.1.1 and 16.1.2 out.
- Fighting fraudulent networks using secure connections (SSL) with OPNsense.
- Tor Browser 5.5 for OpenBSD.
- Sponsorships for “FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS”.
- Sponsorships and Hot Water. Sponsor! It has a direct effect.
- The Korn Shell anecdote. (via)
If you have a Core2 processor in a DragonFly system, it may not work with accelerated video. If that happens to you with this (admittedly old) processor, switch to VESA for now.
The slides from yesterday’s shell-fu presentation at NYCBUG have been posted.
NYCBUG is having a presentation tomorrow, February 3rd, 18:45, Stone Creek Bar & Lounge at 140 E 27th St. in New York City. The presenter will be Isaac Levy and the title is “shell-fu”. .ike is an energetic speaker and it’s worth your time if you are near enough.
BSDTalk 261 is up, and it’s a half-hour conversation with Kris Moore about jails, system management, and other I assume PC-BSD features.
I am proud of finding some of these links this week; they are not the usual “here’s what everyone else linked to” that you see.
- Evolution of Ethernet Speeds: What’s New and What’s Next. I did not know about 2.5G/5G speeds over existing cat5. (via)
- Why the Sun 2 has a message “Love your country, but never trust its government” (via)
- Most off-putting introduction to a new technology.
- Sanos PDP-11 Simulator with UNIX V7e. Boot SanOS which runs a PDP-11 simulator, which then runs UNIX v7. (via)
- best idea ever
- ***** – Five star cron job. Will run again. (via)
- The Amiga Graphics Archive. (via)
- The Bear Essentials: Developing a Commodore 64 Game, Part 1. (via)
- The anatomy of an ssh session. (via)
- Go 1.7 planning. I like peeking into other open source groups’ release planning.
- The New Sound Of Music 1979 (Part 1) The fun part of computer history, and it talks about the Radiophonics Workshop! (via)
- Your Development Environment is Probably an Eldritch Horror. (via)
Another week with plenty of links.
- FreeBSD x64 OpenVPN AD authentication with crypt. (via)
- A FreeBSD 10 Desktop How-to. (via)
- FreeBSD Virtual Machine: Installing VMware tools. A basic explanation for a frequent activity. (via)
- “why attention to detail matters when you’re a kernel developer.”
- Call for testing: Concurrent malloc(3) calls (to speed up firefox)
- Writing Assembly on OpenBSD (x86) (via)
- I’m going back to the future….
- OpenFire Active Directory integration. (via)
- Net ring-buffers are essential to an OS. (via) Check comments on the source link.
- Confessions of a Recovering NetBSD Zealot. From 2006 so may not be accurate. (via)
- How has NetBSD changed since 2006? A followup on that previous link.
- Interested in BSD ports or are we all wasting time here? (via)
- Faces of FreeBSD 2016: Sean Bruno.
- BSD at SCALE 14x. Goat sighting! They are looking for BSD talks for next year.
- Doc like an Egyptian: Managing project documentation with Sphinx. Sphinx is used for documentation on several BSD projects. (via)
- OPNsense 16.1 Released.
- FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems now escaping.
For those of you running DragonFly-current, the already-mentioned library privatization going on means that ports have to be rebuilt. You will want to do it yourself, or wait a little bit before upgrading if you want to install binaries.
BSDNow 126 has an interview with Ken Moore and Kris Moore of PC-BSD, along with the usual news roundup. There’s a DragonFly mention in the “open source work helps your career” news item that I did not know about but am happy to see.
That’s a pretty cryptic headline, isn’t it? John Marino has ‘privatized’ several libraries in DragonFly, so that they can’t get included involuntarily as part of a port build. That may mean you will need to perform a full rebuild of your system if you are tracking DragonFly-current.
(This is the way to fix ‘system’ languages like Perl was in FreeBSD 4.x – keep them clearly separate from the port version. It’s about a decade too late for that idea to work out, though.)
For those of you with i915 video on your DragonFly system, there’s another update bringing DragonFly support to match what’s in the Linux 4.1 kernel. ValleyView and Skylake processor owners will benefit, along with a slew of other bugfixes and improvements.
The links get weird this week; get ready!
- IN THE THEATER OF LITERATE DISASSEMBLY, PASTOR MANUL LAPHROAIG AND HIS MERRY BAND OF REVERSE ENGINEERS LIFT THE WELDED HOOD FROM THE ENGINE THAT RUNS THE WORLD! Note the Apple ][ section. (via)
- The World’s Worst Spam Support ISPs. (via)
- SSH – A brief analysis of the internet. (via profmakx on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- FOSDEM 2016 is coming up in a week. (via)
- Fractal fun on the web.
- A Quarter Century of UNIX. available as a PDF, too. (via)
- Novena on the Ben Heck Show.
- when preloads go sideways.
- The Art of the Command Line. Scroll down. Linux/bash-specific in many places, but potentially useful. (also via)
- The Original Mobile App Was Made of Paper. Volvelles! (via)
- The Creepy Beauty of VCR Errors. (via)
- DNS Censorship (DNS Lies) As Seen By RIPE Atlas. (via)
I’m always happy when I can compile news for at least 4+ different BSDs at once.
- How Three BSD Operating Systems Compare To Ten Linux Distributions. (via)
- [OpenBSD] Tracking -current, am I doing this correctly? (…and other questions)
- Group Test: Bsd Distros. (via)
- Basis Of The Lumina Desktop Environment. Have I linked this before elsewhere?
- NetBSD support for psutil. (via)
- BSD based core router on 10Gbps network.
- Sailor, a native and portable container system for NetBSD and Mac OS X. (via)
- Things I learned from OpenSSH about reading very sensitive files. Leads to some OpenBSD discussion. (via)
- FreeBSD nGinx FFmpeg camera recording and live streaming. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/01/18.
- FreeNAS Home Server Build. (via)
- OPNsense 15.7.25 Released.
Are you using a i915 video chipset? Are you using the DisplayPort? Imre Vadasz has added a tunable that may make it work better.
I’m taking an online course and don’t have as much clicking-about time, unfortunately.
- Vimer – Convenience wrapper for gvim/mvim –remote(-tab)-silent. (via)
- Compilation-bookmarks for emacs. In the interest of equal time. (via)
- Vim Galore. Unequal again. (via)
- Freeciv-Earth play anywhere on earth. (via)
- My payphone runs Linux now. More a hardware hacking story.
- Electronics That Last: How I Built an Heirloom Laptop. More hardware. (via)
- NANOG 66, February 7-10, San Diego, CA.
- FOSSAsia 2016, March 18-20, Singapore.
- The Axe Attack on the Early GPS Navigation System. (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: Golem Arcana. For the miniatures gamer with a handheld.
There’s a lot of convention links this week, which is mostly an accident. If any of them are near you, go! BSD conventions are always fun, in my experience.
- FreeBSD on EdgeRouter Lite – no serial port required.
- Nearly 19 years of FreeBSD 2.2.1. (via)
- CharmBUG, a BSD user group in Baltimore, Maryland, has a new mailing list. See also the Meetup page. (via)
- AsiaBSDCon 2016 is coming up in Tokyo, March 11-13. (also via)
- You have only a few days left to meet the BSDCan Call for Papers deadline. (also via)
- The HOPE convention is July 22-24. (also plundered via)
- And if you haven’t clicked on it yet, here’s NYCBUG’s upcoming schedule.
- outrageous roaming fees, about the recent CVE-2016-777|8.
- OpenBSD laptops.
- Xen Support Enabled in [openbsd]-current.
- The Penguicon Lucas Tech Track.
- OPNSense 15.7.24 Released.
- BSD Is Ready for SCALE 14X.
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/01/11. (says 2015 but it’s a typo.)
- Best of 2015 in BSD Magazine.
I almost missed it again! BSDNow 124 is up, with an interview of Igor Sysoev about nginx, plus the normal roundup.
Note: keep in mind this is a client bug – it’s an information leak when you as a client connect out to somewhere else. A server, as an endpoint, is not affected.
I am prewriting most of this post because I have a significant hardware changeout happening this weekend at work; let’s hope for quiet.
- The Website Obesity Crisis. The Digest is <300K, which isn’t too bad. (via)
- 2015 CCC Videos. (via)
- Bourne Basic – a BASIC interpreter implemented in pure Bourne shell. From 1987, originally in comp.sources.misc. (via)
- The NLNOG Ring – join if you qualify.
- The Apple ][ Library: The 4 AM Collection. Indirectly linked to before, but worth it again. (via)
- From the same location, the BurgerTime crack. (via)
- 2015 Year In Review. The “The Coffee” section is important.
- Linux and Unix SysAdmins New Year’s Resolutions. (via)
- The Long Death of CGI.pm. (via)
- Synchronise remote SSH authorised_keys. (via)
- How to C in 2016. (via)
- The story behind casual contributors. Relevant to open source.
- D&D Meets the Electronic Age. (via)
- All of UNIX. (via)
- Piet. (via)
Your unrelated food link of the week: The teas to make you forget all about coffee. Not as smug as the usual tea article, thank goodness.
I had so many tabs open of things to post that I lost some until the last minute.
- The FreeBSD Foundation is going to external sources to resolve community issues, as followup on recent conflict. (I agree with this plan)
- Upcoming meetings for NYCBUG (and other convention dates). Feb. 3rd is the next.
- NixOS on FreeBSD. (via)
- The TorBSD project has a long list of potential BSD porting projects. (thanks, George!)
- AWS tools on OpenBSD.
OpenBSD has imported click.I misread.
- 2016 Resolution – DiscoverBSD Talks. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/01/05.
- New review on “Tarsnap Mastery”
- Who wants to sponsor some BSD books?
- “FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems” disclaimer
- FreeBSD Jails the hard way. (via)
- New NVIDIA drivers for FreeBSD.
- I Moved to Linux and It’s Even Better Than I Expected. Late 90s flashback! Mostly applies to a BSD desktop too. (via)
- The ‘hidden’ cost of using ZFS for your home NAS. (via)
- FreeBSD on the raspberry pi. (via)
- Netflix’s async sendfile now in FreeBSD-current. (via)
John Marino has opened up his new utility for testing: Synth. It’s made for building custom package repositories, similar to poudriere, but much less setup work. If you’ve ever said “I like binary installs, but I want my own build options”, this is for you. The README includes screenshots to show all the things it can do.
This week’s BSDNow episode has an interview with Josh Paetzel about ZFS, and lots of end-of-year/start-of-new-year prognostication.
The first link will bring you a lot more reading.
- How Mobile Carriers Skirt Net-Neutrality Rules. From a collection of interesting writing by Ingrid Burrington. (via)
- ASCII table – Pronunciation Guide. (via)
- UNIX manual, edition 0. (via)
- Vim Regex. (via)
- weather.agi. (I had a coworker who did TV weather reports in southern California for years; said it was a very boring job.)
- Structured Logging, a concept I can’t disagree with. (via)
- Where Have All the Gophers Gone? Why the Web Beat Gopher for Mindshare. (via)
- 46 years of Facebook friendship: the UNIX epoch strikes again. (via)
- A survival guide for Unix beginners. Yeah, Linux, but whatever. (via)
- Settling into Unix. Same author as previous. (via)
Your off-topic link of the week: The food timeline. This is one of those old-school sites without fancy formatting, created mostly though one person’s focus on a topic, and astonishingly in-depth. This sort of thing makes me so happy to see.
That first link is important. DragonFly, as a project, hasn’t had issues like that yet, but that’s more a side effect of it being a smaller project rather than anything else.
- The Developer Formerly Known as FreeBSDGirl. (via)
- updated: An initial followup from freebsd-core.
- Plotting Out the BSD Year. (via or via)
- BSD: A Brief Look Back at 2015.
- OpenBSD Jumpstart. (via)
- Can it run BSD? The story of a MIPS-based PIC32 microcontroller. (via)
- Want to build a local router on my raspberry pi – considering BSD.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/12/28.
- Ubuntu vs FreeBSD Hosting: Is There A Difference? (via)
- “So errors of a measly 292g years go unreported.“
- pkgsrc-2015Q3 Branch Statistics.
- pkgsrc-2015Q4 released.
- ZFS boot environments are now available in the FreeBSD boot loader.
- plasma_saver for FreeBSD. (this should be portable, hint hint)
- Installfest on January 6th for NYCBUG.
I missed posting this before: A new episode of BSDNow, with new items plus an interview with Alex Rosenberg, “Former Manager of Platform Architecture at Sony”. I assume that means Sony has or had a significant BSD installation, which I totally did not know about.
Francois Tigeot has updated DragonFly to match the video support found in the Linux 4.0 kernel. This will benefit you most if you are running Skylake, Cherryview, or Valleyview chipsets. Don’t ask me how to tell; the improvement has been so rapid I’ve lost track of which model codename is which.
Last of the year, and all the links are terse!
- How Tor Works: Part One. (via)
- Building Up Perlin Noise. (via)
- On choosing the Z80 over the 6502. (via)
- Ulix – a Literate Unix. (via)
- SSH Tips. (via)
- Selectric bug (via)
- Scripted Amiga Emulator. (via)
- Wakka wakka bang splat. (via)
- Perl 6 is out. (via)
- Geometric animated GIFs. (via)
- Search-oriented tools for Unix-style mail. (via)
- Things I won’t work with. Chemistry, not software. (via)
There’s some DragonFly links I snuck in here because why not?
- OpenBSD Innovation List. (via)
- How to block traffic based off country – pFSense (via)
- pfSense 2.2.6 is released.
- Orchestrating multiple FreeBSDs?
- Hacking the PS4, part 3: FreeBSD Kernel exploitation. (via)
- PIC32-RetroBSD Open Source Hardware Board running Unix like RetroBSD OS. (via)
- Is there a way to cite the FreeBSD handbook and other documentation in APA format?
- Newbie testing out new OS’s
- OPNsense 15.7.23 Released
- [PSA] 1920×1080 on DragonFlyBSD 4.4 under QEMU/KVM.
- The DragonFly 4.4 release article on linuxfr.org – always in-depth.
- Faces of FreeBSD 2015: Erin Clark.
- n2k15: bluhm@ on MP networking (out from under biglock)
- n2k15: vgross@ on deep surgery in TCP/IP stack code
- n2k15: krw@ on fdisk, installboot, dhclient, GPT fixes
- n2k15: reyk@ on hosting a hackathon, vmd, and the switch
- n2k15: mpi@ on MP networking progress
- n2k15: stsp@ on 11n mode wifi, testing
- OpenBSD’s sndiod: now with privsep
- Problems with Systemd and Why I Like BSD Init. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/12/21.
- AsiaBSDCon 2016 is happening March 10-13, 2016, in Tokyo. The call for papers is out and due by January 8th. Tutorial proposals are due at the end of the month.
Christmas doesn’t stop BSDNow from happening, and this week – along with the normal news summary – has an interview with Trent Thompson about virtualization on FreeBSD. Specifically, iohyve, the new management system.
(Linking directly to the broadcast site instead of the page with the full summary on the BSDNow site, because that summary page isn’t up as of me posting this.)
A number of people have reported problems with qemu and DragonFly, both running locally and on a host. It turns out to be a problem with the getcontext(), setcontext(), and swapcontext() functions, but Matthew Dillon fixed it in a way that doesn’t affect performance very much.
That apparently wasn’t good enough, so he added _quick versions of those same functions, so it became not just a fix, but an improvement.
In related qemu news: qemu-devel can use vknetd similar to a vkernel, now.
For those of you that are very bandwidth-constrained, or just impatient, there are xz-compressed images of DragonFly 4.4 available. (see ‘download live image’ area) The mirrors should have them too.
The latest episode interviews Robert N. M. Watson and George V. Neville-Neil for 36 minutes, about teachbsd.org. Also, BSDTalk has been running for 10 years! It’s been long enough I couldn’t remember if it started before the Digest.
Finally, a week of links you can get through in one sitting.
- Old stuff that rocks. (via)
- The itch.io app for indie games. It’s open source – could run on BSD, maybe? (via)
- How I Paid My Rent by Publishing the Most Disgusting Things on the Internet. I remember PoE! The ‘Chet’ he refers to is 1/2 of Old Man Murray. (via)
- Untangling the Tale of Ada Lovelace. (via)
- Chw00t: Breaking unices’ chroot solutions. (via)
- Tiny Letters to the Web We Miss. (via)
- Works that Work, a magazine. Cabinet-ish. (also via)
- Six months with a dumbphone.
- The Feynman Lectures on Physics. (Thanks, Siju)
- Procedural Castle Generation, which I find compelling for some reason. (via)
Yet another week that I started 2 weeks ago; this end-of-calendar-year is full of BSD goings-on.
- FreeBSD on the desktop? Am I crazy? (via)
- lists.freebsd.org holy jeebus….
- I am a newbie trying to switch from pfSense to OpenBSD.
- How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love The Windows Operating System Family. (via)
- You Make FreeBSD Possible.
- Adventures in Open Source Software: Dealing with Security. A pkgsrc talk.
- TrueNAS templates are now included with a number of monitoring tools.
- Michael Lucas’s SSH talk on YouTube. Not necessarily BSD-specific, but still good.
- BSD for the desktop user: A review of PC-BSD.
- What makes the BSD family more secure than GNU/Linux?
- SO_REUSEADDR and SO_REUSEPORT, a BSD-origin explanation. (via)
- The pkgsrc-2015Q4 freeze has started.
The DragonFly installer has been modified to produce disk arrangements that will generally match between UFS and Hammer installs, plus directories where you usually don’t want Hammer history or backups (like /tmp or /usr/obj) are now under /build and null-mounted to where you’d expect, since null-mounting works transparently well on DragonFly. Matthew Dillon has a note explaining the whole thing.
The official title for BSDNow 120 is “I’m talking about the man in the middle” which is too long for an article title here. It’s a Michael Jackson reference and a type of attack against encryption, if you are unclear. Anyway, the episode has the usual news roundup and an interview of Pawel Jakub Dawidek.
For those of you looking to rent a place to run DragonFly, Nuno Antunes has very helpfully written out his procedure for installing DragonFly on a Digital Ocean ‘droplet’.
As mentioned previously, Sepherosa Ziehau is printing up some DragonFly T-shirts for WeChat users. He’s going to have a few left over, so he is sending them to me to hand to non-China people. If you want one, leave a note saying so in the comments. Here’s the front and back.
You need to provide some way for me to contact you – preferably email, and the size you’d want. (Use the Land’s End Men’s Shirts chart for sizing, because why not.) I’ll only have a few, so no guarantees.
Update: I have more responses than probable shirts at this point – sorry! I’ll get in contact with each of you once the shirts come in and arrange delivery.