Old games – but not too old, for this week’s theme.
- Those pesky Makefiles.
- Star Control lead devs fire back at Stardock lawsuit. I link to this just to point to the excellent open source game Ur-Quan Masters, which is available on every BSD.
- Liberating a X200. (via)
- The Worlds of Ultima.
- Anime Floppy Discs. (via)
- Fashion shows are better at the future than movies, according to this jwz post – and I agree.
- The Basic Toolbox. A good checklist.
- SPHINX, 1987.
- Adding Colors to man. (via)
- Freedombox. Not necessarily endorsing this setup, but running your own server is an excellent, excellent idea.
- Shaolin Chamber 36. Soundtrack music. (via)
- Related: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, one of the best kung fu movies.
- Shell readability: main and Shell readability: function parameters.
- The world of Linux Handhelds in 2018. That and the source link comments take you to some tiny hardware, which is my reason for reading.
- Wing Commander II.
- What free software is so good you can’t believe it’s available for free? A good chunk of what’s named here is immediately available to you via ports/dports/pkgsrc, without advertising or nagging, or the need to register in some megacorporation’s app store. Think about how nice that is, for a minute.. (via multiple places)
- How to tell when a company thinks they dominate part of a market: they drop interoperability with other protocols.
It’s a week for good quotes to pull from linked stories.
I always like hearing about small systems, in this case potential single-purpose DragonFly firewalls.
BSDNow 236 has a very eclectic range of items this week, including talk about pledge, cd, Bitcoin, Lua, Salt, SMTP, and so on. No interview, but I’m not sure how you’d even fit that in.
If you are using virtio drivers, there’s no longer a need for ‘device virtio_pci’ in your kernel config. It’s autoloaded as a dependency. If you run a custom kernel, remember to take it out. You’ll want to do that now if you’re on 5.1, or later at the next version upgrade if you are on 5.0.
The cdce(4) driver has been ported to DragonFly from FreeBSD, by Markus Pfeiffer. It’s for networking over USB, whether it’s USB on both ends or Ethernet on one.
There’s no speaker scheduled, but NYCBUG is having a meeting this Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Go, if you are near.
Overflow that started 2 weeks ago. Maybe I should go intraweekly for Lazy Reading?
For some reason, BSDNow 235 wasn’t available on its normal Thursday, but it’s up now, with an interview of Goran Mekic, responsible for CBSD.
The first link about TorBSD is important: many of the major security issues in computing trace back to having only one vendor or product or whatever, used by everyone.
If you are using gpt(8) to format a disk, Matthew Dillon’s added a “init” option. It’s similar to ‘fdisk -Ib’, though don’t ask me how to use it because I have always been bad at manual disk formatting.
The default options on the math/py-numpy port slowed it down. Francois Tigeot noticed, and committed a change that takes advantage of all processors. Read his note to users@ for details.
For your Monday entertainment: the boot log from DragonFly on a system with 11 sockets, 10 cores per socket, for 110 CPUs. Plus 8 TB of RAM.
(Skip past the control codes at the start)
10 months until Christmas!
Another across-the-BSDs week.
BSDNow 234 is up, and has an interview with Benno Rice of FreeBSD. There’s also chatter about jails, Summer of Code, FreeBSD’s new Code of Conduct, libhijack, and so on.
A new DragonFly user found setting keybell=”visual” in rc.conf caused a crash on the next terminal beep. In this case, the user is Deaf and so prefers something other than an auditory bell. The issue is fixed in development and release, but I always like seeing variations on “many eyes make bugs shallow“.
Nick Holland is giving a talk tonight on “Scripting Tips & Hacks” at SemiBUG. “Nick has been scripting roughly since scripts were hard-coded into
plugboards.” Go, see, if you are near Michigan.
Oh, hey, that’s a nice thing to say. (via tuxillo on EFNet #dragonflybsd)