Category: FreeBSD

In Other BSDs for 2016/01/30


Another week with plenty of links.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/23


I’m always happy when I can compile news for at least 4+ different BSDs at once.

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DMA spreads


DMA, the DragonFly Mail Agent, is available in dports and FreeBSD ports, and is now available for NetBSD through pkgsrc-wip.  (Thanks, Christian Koch)

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/16


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.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/09


I had so many tabs open of things to post that I lost some until the last minute.

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In Other BSDs for 2016/01/02


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.

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End of year donations


Even though DragonFly is not incorporated as a non-profit, there’s been a rash of unsolicited donations in the last few weeks, all of which are appreciated.  For end-of-year – or start-of-new-year donations – there’s also the 501(c)3 organizations behind FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, too.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/12/26


There’s some DragonFly links I snuck in here because why not?

In Other BSDs for 2015/12/19


Yet another week that I started 2 weeks ago; this end-of-calendar-year is full of BSD goings-on.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/12/12


I had this built up well ahead of time.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/12/05


I was going to make comments about this being a light week, and then suddenly I had overflow.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/11/28


I informally grouped by topic, cause it has proved an exceptionally rich week for BSD links.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/11/21


Another week where there’s so much to link to, it overflows into next week.

In Other BSDs for 2015/11/14


This is the sort of BSD link week I like, with lots of range and depth.

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Locales everywhere


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)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/11/07


Not even checking source commits this week; there’s already plenty of news.

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BSDTalk 258: Chris Henschen


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/31


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.”

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/24


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)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/17


Another good week for BSD releases and events.

 

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/10/10


I didn’t get to run through as much of the source commits as normal this week, but there’s still plenty to read.

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DragonFly and African digital libraries


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.

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BSDNow 109: Impish BSD


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/09/26


This took some catching up.

 

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iwm(4) added to DragonFly


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/09/19


Lots of activity; I didn’t even really need to look at source commits.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/09/12


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.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/09/05


Will I need to add a NextBSD tag?  Time will tell.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/29


Put together at the last minute.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/22


Some catchup here from stuff I missed last week:

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/15


A short week, cause I’m short on time.  Sorry!

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/08


Terse link week!

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BSDNow 101: I’ll Fix Everything


The 101st BSDNow episode has the normal arrangement of news, plus an interview with Adrian Chadd after he made a decision he will regret forever.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/08/01


It’s an unexpectedly diverse list this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/25


A lot of variety this week.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/18


I seem to have In Other BSDs exactly 1 day off from the OPNsense release schedule, so far.

 

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BSDNow 098: Our Code is Your Code


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/11


This is a week for unexpected BSD news – OpenBSD and Microsoft, a new 4.4BSD variant, and so on.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/07/04


Insert fireworks graphic here.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/20


I compiled this all bit early, so hopefully nothing exciting happens between now and when it gets posted.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/13


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/06/06


A more compact week.

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NYCBUG tonight: John Baldwin and NUMA


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/30


A short but more interesting list this week, I think.

 

Your Not BSD link of the week: Never fix anything.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/23


A calmer week, probably because of the U.S. holiday.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/16


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.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/05/02


I’ve already mentioned the Hammer2/OpenBSD Summer of Code project (one of several), but here’s more:

(No mailing list links this week; I’m way behind in my reading because of work.  Sorry!)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/04/25


It’s been a relatively calm week, for once.

 

 

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In Other BSDs for 2015/04/18


I couldn’t help the commentary on some of these links.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/04/11


At the last minute, as usual.

Lastly: nvi2, a multibyte folk of nvi, seen in multiple places.  This may be good for every BSD to adopt.  (every other BSD, I mean.)

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BSDNow 084: pkg remove freebsd-update


This week’s BSDNow talks with Baptiste Daroussin about developing and using pkg, for ports and for packaging the base FreeBSD system.  (Baptiste has been seen on #dragonflybsd, since pkg is on DragonFly, so I’m sure there’s some relevant bits there, too.)  There’s also the usual news summary.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/04/04


If you’re part of a BSD user group, please let me know your schedule.  I’m able to catch NYCBUG announcements cause I’m on their announce@ mailing list – but I could use more.

In Other BSDs for 2015/03/28


It’s been a quiet week in BSD-land, at least in terms of me finding links.

A PHP upgrade note


The other day, I updated some packages using pkg.  The default version of PHP went from 5.4 to 5.6.  I ended up doing what /usr/dports/UPGRADING says and making a list of all PHP packages on my system, before removing PHP and its dependencies.  I then reinstalled the packages that used PHP, bringing the needed packages back in at the right version.  pkg 1.4 didn’t handle the transition cleanly, unfortunately.  I also had to specify mod_php56 because pkg was trying to get the 5.4 version despite it not being default.

None of these are insurmountable problems, but it never hurts to be forewarned.  pkg 1.5 is on the horizon and may have an easier time with sorting these types of dependency/version changes.  This may apply to FreeBSD in addition to DragonFly.

In Other BSDs for 2015/03/21


Not done in a last-minute rush before the weekend, yay!  Done early cause I have to work over the weekend, boo!

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In Other BSDs for 2015/03/14


I goofed up and didn’t complete last weeks’ In Other BSDs before it published, so you get some extra this week.

BSDNow 80: The PC-BSD Tour II


The newest BSDNow video goes into PC-BSD and booting, and interviews Justin Gibbs about the FreeBSD Foundation.

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BSDNow 079: Just Add QEMU


The newest BSDNow episode talks with Sean Bruno about poudriere and QEMU.  He’s using those tools on FreeBSD, but poudriere is useful for building dports on DragonFly, too.  The usual news collection is there, too.

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Book release party in NYC tomorrow night


NYCBUG is having a book release event for “The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System” with George Neville-Neil, one of the authors. It’s happening tomorrow night, at the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St. George Neville-Neil will be talking about DTrace, and there’s copies of the book to buy/win.

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BSDtalk 251: 10 Gigabits per Server


The just-posted BSDTalk 251 is 47 minutes long, and comes from vBSDCon 2013, with three people interviewed about Verisign and FreeBSD.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/28


Well, this week just sort of took off for BSD links.

A late update: NYCBUG’s upcoming meetings and presentations, with the next one on March 4th, this week.  If you have a local BSD user group, I would like to know about it!

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/21


There’s some DragonFly material in here, though I normally confine that to the rest of the week.  It’s inextricable from the rest of the links.

In Other BSDs for 2015/02/14


Happy Valentine’s Day!

Your not-BSD BSD link of the week: Badass Space Dragon.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/02/07


This week is relatively quiet.

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BSDNow 075: From the Foundation


BSDNow 075 has an interview with Ed Maste about what the FreeBSD Foundation has been up to, and I’m guessing from the “Part 1” in the title there’s going to be more information in a subsequent show.  There’s also a roundup of various BSD news items — more than usual, I think.

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Many wireless updates


Matthew Dillon brought in some wireless networking updates – the ath(4), iwn(4), and wpi(4) drivers are updated.  There’s porting notes if you need them, too.  In related news, rum(4) is also improved.  The updates apparently benefited DragonFly and FreeBSD at the same time.

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BSDTalk 250: WhatsApp


There’s two important numbers in this new, nearly-an-hour-long BSDTalk: Half a million billion, which are the number of people using FreeBSD via WhatsApp, and 250, which is the number of BSDTalk episodes so far.  That’s a great milestone for BSDTalk.  Oh, and the recording is from MeetBSD 2014, with Rick Reed talking.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/31


I’m not sure how I ended up with so much BSD material this week, but hey, we all benefit!

Your extended read: scaling linux-based router hardware recommendations, from the NANOG operators list.  Follow the thread.  It’s theoretically about Linux, but people name BSD solutions all through it.  Hmm…

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In Other BSDs for 2014/01/24


Short week this week, mostly due to a lack of interesting source changes.

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Book review: FreeBSD Essentials: Storage Mastery


Normally if I talk about a filesystem here, I talk about Hammer, which is not a surprise.  However, I often read and review Michael W. Lucas’s BSD-oriented books, and he has written FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials.  I’m reviewing it here because it’s obviously BSD-related, and some portions are directly relevant for other BSDs.

Disk setup and layout isn’t something that normally consumes much attention past the initial install – until something goes wrong, or until a system needs a new configuration.    Installers tend to hide that initial layout, anyway.

Vendors take advantage of this.  Much of the specialized storage vendors out there are selling you a computer with disks in it – something you can build yourself.  You don’t (or at least I hope you don’t) buy a firewall when you can do the same with pf or ipfw; the same goes for disk management.

There’s plenty of coverage of GEOM, GELI, GDBE, and the other technologies specific to FreeBSD.  I for one did not know how GEOM worked, with its consumer/producer model – and I imagine it’s complex to dive into when you’ve got a broken machine next to you.  If you are administering FreeBSD systems, especially ones that deal with dedicated storage, you will find this useful.  He doesn’t go into ZFS, but he does hint at a book on it later…

If you’re not a FreeBSD user, there’s also material that’s common to any BSD – an explanation of disk architecture, of UFS, RAID, and SMART.  Knowing what SMART is and does is essential, in my opinion.  You may be able to cobble this material together from other sources online, but it’s packaged nicely here, with Lucas’s easy writing style.

It’s a self-published book, and as such the download nets you three different formats.  It’s currently $10 and DRM-free, directly from the author.  You can also order physical versions, if you like paper.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/17


Lots of material this week.

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Which wireless cards for DragonFly?


The short answer is ath(4) and iwn(4), via this post.  There’s an update coming for the wireless infrastructure in DragonFly; Matthew Dillon and Adrian Chadd (on the FreeBSD side) are working together for improvements.

While I’m mentioning recommendations, the Silicon Image 3132 chipset is apparently excellent for eSATA drives on DragonFly.

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/10


I got this done early, for once.

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ZFS and Hammer conversation


There’s a FreeBSD Forums thread about ZFS and Hammer, as several people have pointed out to me.  It’s interesting to see, but there isn’t a lot of quantitative discussion.  (It’s a forum post, not a white paper, though.)

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In Other BSDs for 2015/01/03


Remembered to do this all at the last minute, after I got the new server up.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/27


The list is shorter this week; I blame the Christmas holiday.

 

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/20


I sort of lost a day this week because of an accidental 20-hour workday, but I still have the links:

Note: corrected VPS hosting link.

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BSDNow 068: Just the Essentials


BSDNow 068 has a large number video links to various BSD conference videos, a bunch of other article links,, and an interview of Michael W. Lucas about his new FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials book.

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In Other BSDs for 2014/12/13


Get ready for some reading.

In Other BSDs for 2014/12/06


I have been building up quite the variety this week.