Done at the last minute, like always, but surprisingly extensive this week:
Because I missed last week, there’s two BSDNow episodes to catch (assuming you are using me as notification for new ones.) Episode 58, Behind the Masq, has an interview with Matt Ranney and George Kolaand, and a tutorial that includes DNSMasq, for the title source. Episode 59, the title of which I can’t reprint accurately, has an interview with Hiroki Sato and the usual number of articles.
Francois Tigeot gave talks at EuroBSDCon and XDC 2014, and he’s posted slide and video links. He covers DragonFly and Postgres and video drivers, or at least I assume so cause I haven’t watched them yet. There’s other BSD-specific material available too, according to his post.
This week’s BSDNow has an interview about mentoring with Steve Wills of FreeBSD, the usual array of news. This week has more small device news than normal – NetBSD on Raspberry Pi and pfSense on a mini-ITX system. And a mention of my desktop article! I’m relevant!
BSDTalk 245 is up, with 7 minutes from Will Backman, the host. He’s setting up new storage for the (long!) history of BSDTalk podcasts, and he asks what people are using for ~ on the Internet.
At least, I assume NYCBUG’s meeting is tonight. It’s at BXL Cafe, and you can see the details in the announcement email. No RSVP required this time, because it’s a bar, so perhaps all you need is a liver.
Not even trying source links this week; there’s plenty else to link.
Update: EuroBSDCon is livestreaming! (via)
I normally post these on Thursday night, but I didn’t see it in my RSS feed. I think this one feed is behind. In any case, Episode 056 is a lengthy interview with Peter Wemm about the FreeBSD project infrastructure. Allan and Kris are at EuroBSDCon, so I expect there will be some European BSD people getting interviewed in upcoming episodes.
There’s a new bash vulnerability that could be a problem for a network-facing machine that happens to use bash. (See here for test.) As a BSD user, you can feel somewhat smugly superior since the default shell is tcsh and therefore it may not affect you – unless you’ve installed it from dports.
John Marino has already updated dports. A new binary is forthcoming, though you can always rebuild by hand if you don’t want to wait.
Update: oh, wait, not done.
Low on the source links this week, but there’s plenty else.
Update: from talk@nycbug, George Rosamond gives a nice APU setup summary.
BSDNow 055 has the normal news items, and an interview with Adrian Chadd, who has dome a lot of work on FreeBSD network device drivers (and some coordination with DragonFly, too, thank you Adrian), plus a lengthy news roundup.
I didn’t even notice, because this has been a difficult week for me, but I’ve hit over 6,000 posts on the Digest. I passed the 11-year mark too, a few weeks ago.
- Wee Ada Lovelace. From a wee series, though this is the only computer-related one.
- Being Productive with Emacs, part 1. (via)
- The guy who didn’t invent email but really wants everyone to think so. (via)
- Git Pretty. It’s a chart! (via)
- How is a binary executable organized? Let’s explore it! Linux binaries, but mostly still applies. (via)
- The network nightmare that ate my week. (via)
- In a weird coincidence, the person who wrote that last link, Garrett Wollman, used to be a FreeBSD core team member and also knows a former coworker of mine, Scott Fybush. No point, just a strange connection when a faceless web page on the Internet resolves into someone you know indirectly through other channels.
- Modernizing “less”. I’d be happier if it improved function, and was sent upstream. (via)
- Breaking Madden: Jadeveon Clowney’s quest for 201 sacks in a game. I’ve posted links to prior gamebreaking attempts by this author before. I like how he’s doing his best to subvert the digital world presented by the game.
- The Semantics of Software. “There are many parts to a praise-worthy open source project”. Read that section especially. (via)
- The math is a bit beyond me, but I’d like to model the wifi signal in my home this way. (via)
- “I want a sensible phone, not a smart phone“. This is why I’m still using a 4-year-old HTC Incredible – though it’s showing its age. (via)
- Sweat the small stuff. I like the attention to detail, and the animated examples of what he’s doing with his software. (via)
Your unrelated video of the week: Tea Making Tips, from England in 1941. This 60-year-old WW2-era film is actually one of the better how-to-deal-with-tea guides I’ve ever seen. (via)
This has been a very hectic week for me, but I still have links for you.
In a bit of perfect timing, PC-BSD’s desktop environment, Lumina, has been ported to DragonFly, thanks to mneumann! It’s not in dports yet, but it should be buildable from source…
BSDNow 054 has an interview with Ken Moore of PC-BSD about the just-released-as-a-port Lumina desktop environment, along with a slew of news items and a Lumina walkthrough.
I finished almost this entire thing just on September 1st. I blame school season restarting. Speaking of which, O’Reilly’s running a 50% off ebooks sale.
Your unrelated link of the week: the final answer on how to say GIF . (video source – watch the outtakes, too.)
Why is it so warm out? I want autumn to start.
Not the first time that pun has been deployed, of course, but: BSDNow 053 has a Hammer tutorial, along with an interview of Reyk Floeter about OpenBSD’s httpd, along with the usual recent news and some links to some things I haven’t seen, like pfSense tricks.
I went from 1 link to lots all in one night.
BSDTalk 244 is 28 minutes of conversation with Ken Moore about Lumina, the new BSD-specific desktop environment for PC-BSD. I’ve been watching the PC-BSD source updates, and there’s a lot of activity.
It’s not about taxes, but reverse SSH tunnels. Episode 052 is also an interview with Shawn Webb about ASLR in FreeBSD, along with the normal commentary and news.
They also catch BIND’s removal in FreeBSD and OpenBSD, but not in DragonFly, which I just realized I should have linked before.
Another long list. These are making my Friday nights take some extra effort.
I didn’t get the pun until I said the title out loud. BSDNow 051 has an interview with Eric Le Blan of Xinuos, a webserver-building tutorial, and of course more material.
BSDNow has reached the milestone of 50 episodes, and this week’s show has VPN setup as a tutorial, Robert Watson interviewed, and of course more discussion on most every flavor.
A relatively short week; I’m on the move today.
BSDNow 049 is titled “The PC-BSD Tour”, and gives exactly that during the show. They also talk about some recent news items that I missed, and point at some interesting things, like some recent BAFUG videos that made it online.
NYCBUG is holding a OpenBSD Ports ‘class’ on August 6th (day after tomorrow). You can make a port of something you need, or work on something existing, hackathon style. See the announcement for details – you need to warn someone you are coming for building access.
I was thinking this was going to be a short week, but nope.
As you can probably guess somewhat from the title, BSDNow 048 has an interview about LibreSSL, with Brent Cook. There’s also the normal news roundup, and other recent events.
The July issue of BSD Magazine is out, and it contains several articles about pkg, for use on FreeBSD, PC-BSD, and DragonFly. The article on DragonFly and pkg was written by Siju George.
Rust has been ported to DragonFly by Michael Neumann. His blog has implementation details, and you can pull from his repo to get a buildable version. This may be useful, as he notes, for anyone wanting to build Rust on other BSDs.
I missed this last week because I was on the road: BSDNow 047 is up, titled DES Challenge IV, has some followup on recent topics like pf in FreeBSD and the recent OpenBSD hackathon, plus an interview of Dag-Erling Smørgrav.
It’s all multimedia day here, as BSDTalk 243 is also out with 16 minutes of conversation with Ingo Schwarze about mandoc. Mandoc is the man replacement in OpenBSD and built-but-not-yet-used in DragonFly. ‘man replacement’ is probably an oversimplification.
Part of this was done while traveling, but still a decent week for links.
More than the usual source commit messages this week.
There’s an open source meetup at a hackerspace near me, happening tomorrow. Well, today by the time most people read this. Anyway, it’s at Interlock, starting at noon. I don’t think I’ll make it, but I’m always happy to see this stuff happen in my own town.
BSDNow 046 interviews Brian Drewery, talks about tunneling through DNS ports (an useful trick to get around network paywalls, if it’s what I think it is), and of course more general discussion of BSD topics.
HOPE X starts tomorrow in New York City and runs through the weekend. There will be some BSD people there. (see first line of link.)
There’s a recently talked about bug in SYSRET that apparently affects a lot of operating systems, including Linux and several BSDs. It looks like DragonFly is not affected, but Matthew Dillon has put in changes just in case.
Finally, a much more eventful week. I already noted LibreSSL’s release.
The portable (meaning ready to be brought into other operating systems) version of LibreSSL is out.
BSDNow episode 45 is up. This one is an interview with Josh Paetzel of iXSystems. No tutorial this week because Allan Jude is at the devsummit in the UK, an event I totally did not know existed.
Another ‘quiet’ week – lots of commit activity in the other BSDs, but not a lot to point at directly.
The 44th BSDNow episode is out, with an interview of Craig Rodrigues, a tutorial on creating pre-patched OpenBSD ISOs, and the usual discussion of news items, including DragonFly’s recent pf changes.
(I don’t get the pun in the title this time, darnit.)
Matthew Dillon changed the default keep-policy in DragonFly to:
set keep-policy keep state (pickups, sloppy)
This is to match other BSDs (which? I don’t know) and reduce overhead, according to the commit.
I am pasting the announcement verbatim because NYCBUG is having some hardware issues with their mailing list archive. It’s interesting for both subject matter and because you get to see the inside of about.com. RSVP soon so you can get in!
2014-07-02 – Introduction to Timekeeping, Steven Kreuzer
6:45, about.com (1500 Broadway enter on 43rd Street, 6th Floor)
Notice: RSVP to rsvp at nycbug.org and bring photo ID. RSVPs must be
received by 2 PM, day-of.
Time is a funny thing. You can spend it, save it, waste it and kill it,
but you can’t change it and there is never any more or less of it.
Everyone knows what it is and uses it every day but no one can seem to
In this talk I will provide a brief introduction to time, timekeeping,
and the uses of time information, especially in scientific and technical
This week seems relatively quiet; possibly because school is out and the weather in the northern hemisphere is nice?
BSDNow 043 talks with Marc Espie of OpenBSD about packaging, goes through updating your BSD system (all of them? I haven’t watched yet), and discusses a number of other links.
BSDDay 2014 is happening August 9th in Argentina, and the call for talks is out – there’s been DragonFly speakers and visitors there before.
I have a backlog from stuff I missed last week while traveling, so we all benefit!
BSDNow’s 42nd video is up, with an interview of Bryce Chidester and a tutorial on chaining SSH connections.
BSDNow 041 is out with an interview of Benedict Reuschling, along with a lot of news discussion and some interesting NAS notes. Hey, I’m mentioned!
BSDNow 040 has an interview with Karl Lehenbauer at FlightAware, a tutorial on OpenBSD’s packaging system, and more from BSDCan 2014.
BSDTalk 242 has 17 minutes of conversation with Chris Buechler (of pfSense fame), recorded at BSDCan 2014.
NYCBUG is having a meeting tomorrow night with the theme “Cloud and Colocation“. However! Suspenders, the usual restaurant location, has closed. (Aw, I liked it) This meeting is happening at the About.com offices, which means you can’t just show up – send email if you plan to attend.
Some meaty links this week.
BSDNow episode 039 is up, with an interview of Jon Anderson about capsicum and casperd, a tutorial about encrypting DNS traffic, and a slew of other links including ones to the recent BSDCan event presentations.
Michael W. Lucas is doing a webcast for O’Reilly today, at 1 PM Eastern. The title is “Beyond Security: Getting to Know OpenBSD’s Real Purpose. You can also get his “Absolute OpenBSD” book, 2nd edition, for 50% off with the coupon code DEAL. I think that’s a today-only offer, so jump on it now.
BSDTalk 241 has Will Backman getting 26 minutes of conversation with Bob Beck at BSDCan 2014, the same fellow who presented the much-linked First 30 Days of LibreSSL talk.
Here’s a mascot I like: Groff the BSD Goat, who apparently made a debut at BSDCan 2014.
A relatively calm week – probably because there were many people at BSDCan.
The May BSD Magazine is out, and Siju George has written an article about using Hammer on DragonFly. It’s a free download to read.
This week’s full-length BSDNow episode has an interview of Brian Callahan (NYCBUG) and Aaron Bieber (COBUG) about BSD user groups, along with a number of other topics.
If ever there was a golden moment, this would be it: with the news that networking hardware from the US is suspect, as is China’s, the best networking setup seems to be one you can look at yourself. Someone get those OpenCompute Networking machines going! More port density! Running BSD!
(Suggestions on how I can get a system with 24+ 1G ports are welcome; I need that at work immediately.)
Another week, another linkpile. I’d probably have more links if it wasn’t for Lost Alpha coming out.
Your unrelated link of the week: Dragonfly (the bug) closeups.
Some leftovers from last week since I’m catching up, so get ready to read.
Episode 037 of BSDNow is coming from the going-on-right-now BSDCan. It’s mostly an interview with Matthew Ahrens.
I missed this last week: BSDNow episode 36 is out with an interview of David Chisnall of FreeBSD, plus a RAID tutorial, and other stuff as always.
Short week, cause I’m on the road…
It’s Day Against DRM, and O’Reilly and No Starch Press are having significant sales on – of course – DRM-free ebooks. That represents a good slice of the BSD-centric books out there.
NYCBUG has a presentation from John Baldwin, happening on the 7th (tomorrow!), all about Bhyve, the BSD hypervisor.
Updated late this week because of circumstances.
BSDTalk 240 is 35 minutes with George Neville-Neil talking about NTP and the precision time protocol.
BSDNow 035 is up with a whole lot of pf content, including an interview of Peter Hansteen, of “Book of PF” fame. There’s a 3rd version of that book coming out soon.
BSDNow 034 is about Network Attached Storage – specifically with an interview of John Hixson at iXSystems about FreeNAS development.