Summer convention season is coming; start scheduling!
Some DragonFly links are sneaking in here just to get them cleared out.
- May 17th: Ike Levy speaks at SemiBUG. Go if you are anywhere near; Ike’s a good speaker and passionate about BSD.
- Speaking of scheduling: BSDCan 2016 is less than a month away.
- Why OpenBSD Is Important to Me. (via)
- BSD Unix: Power to the people, from the code. (via)
- FreeBSD PowerPC 32bit pkg repository (unofficial). ~19,500 packages, more to come. (via)
- As a Linux user, where should I start with experimenting with BSD?
- DragonFly i915 driver updated to Linux 4.3. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/05/09.
- Cons of staying on an old -RELEASE version ?
- More p2k16: ajacoutot@ on Gnome, rc and rcctl improvements, krw@ on pdisk, softraid and more.
- SROP mitigation committed. (OpenBSD)
- The 50th Quarterly pkgsrc Release, pkgsrc-2016Q1. Also, stats.
- Thomas Levine’s notes from the recent NYCBUG presentation on Urchin.
- NetBSD on the Sega Dreamcast, presented on a Dreamcast.
- How BSD was built, and how it lost the lead to Linux.
- Running Tor in a NetBSD rump unikernel. (via)
- Running FreeBSD / OpenBSD / NetBSD as a virtualised guest on Online.net.
- Meet Joe Maloney – Lead System Architect for PC-BSD. I like the transition from volunteer to employee.
- LinuxFest Northwest 2016: The Devil in the Details: Switching to BSD from Linux. Apparently one of the most popular videos.
I think I manage to link at least one story for every BSD type this week, or close to it.
This week’s BSDNow has some news catchup, since they’ve been on the road, and an interview with Brooks Davis of FreeBSD-on-Cheri. (CheriBSD?)
I apologize for ending with a question.
I’d save this for an In Other BSDs note, but that’s a whole week away: FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS is published, available in electronic and printed editions. I suspect this would be interesting to non-BSD users, too.
This is one of those weeks where a bunch of release all tumble together by chance.
Tomohiro Kusumi would like to port Hammer (1) to FreeBSD, as noted in this bug discussion. It’s not even begun to happen, but if you can contribute, please do.
The GNN in the title is George Neville-Neil, interviewed on BSDNow 136 about the TeachBSD project, plus the usual collection of recent BSD news. The show title comes from this station advert.
I’m a bit short this week, but I’ve been on the road and unable to click around as much as I’d like.
By the time you read this, I will have already been at my second job for 5 hours.
BSDNow 134 is out, with a news roundup and an interview of Mark Felder, talking about FreeBSD ports.
(Which may extend to DragonFly, indirectly, through dports; I haven’t listened yet.)
Has anyone been watching the AsiaBSDCon video? I have not been awake/unbusy at the right times.
I hope you have some time for reading this week.
Look at the ZFS discussions if you want to feel smug as a BSD user.
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.
Several book links this week.
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.
Another week with plenty of links.
I’m always happy when I can compile news for at least 4+ different BSDs at once.
DMA, the DragonFly Mail Agent, is available in dports and FreeBSD ports, and is now available for NetBSD through pkgsrc-wip. (Thanks, Christian Koch)
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.
I had so many tabs open of things to post that I lost some until the last minute.
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.
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.
There’s some DragonFly links I snuck in here because why not?
Yet another week that I started 2 weeks ago; this end-of-calendar-year is full of BSD goings-on.
I had this built up well ahead of time.
- Today’s world is amd64, armv7, and soon aarch64. Everything else is dead, Jim. The author is/was a OpenBSD developer. (via, via)
- Show Your Support for FreeBSD. (Foundation) Donation time of year.
- As an everyday user of Linux, should I switch to BSD, why or why not?
- vCenter Web Client Plug-in for TrueNAS Now Available.
- OpenBSD Xen support. (via)
- “look I come from debian so having a stable reliable system that _also_ has software that isn’t years out of date in the repos is a shocker” (about the ports system)
- pkgsrc is moving to dash as a bootstrap shell, to replace pdksh.
- The 2015Q4 quarterly pkgsrc freeze is coming.
- BSD Magazine issue 75, with a focus on FreeBSD development tools, is available.
- DistroWatch Weekly reviews OpenBSD 5.8. (via)
- n2k15: sashan@ on PF mpsafe progess.
- n2k15: tedu@ on rebound, malloc hardening, removing legacy code.
- OPNsense 15.7.22 Released.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/12/07.
I was going to make comments about this being a light week, and then suddenly I had overflow.
I informally grouped by topic, cause it has proved an exceptionally rich week for BSD links.
Another week where there’s so much to link to, it overflows into next week.
This is the sort of BSD link week I like, with lots of range and depth.
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)
Not even checking source commits this week; there’s already plenty of news.
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.
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.”
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)
Another good week for BSD releases and events.
I didn’t get to run through as much of the source commits as normal this week, but there’s still plenty to read.
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.
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.
This took some catching up.
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.
Lots of activity; I didn’t even really need to look at source commits.
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.
Will I need to add a NextBSD tag? Time will tell.
Put together at the last minute.
Some catchup here from stuff I missed last week:
A short week, cause I’m short on time. Sorry!
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.
It’s an unexpectedly diverse list this week.
A lot of variety this week.
- tame(2) WIP, process sandboxing for OpenBSD.
- pbi vs pkg
- Is there a BSD that fits my needs?
- Which BSD is right for me?
- Hyperthreading + SMP + Intel graphics on OpenBSD
- EuroBSDCon 2015 Registration Is Open
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/07/20.
- Brute-force OpenSSH attacks. The default config is not vulnerable to this on DragonFly. FreeBSD’s config with PAM may be the only one. (via)
- Domesticating applications, OpenBSD style. (via)
- c2k15 reports on Undeadly: one, two, three, four.
- Here is a non-BSD containers explanation, and then here’s Docker on FreeBSD.
- Michael W. Lucas is giving a talk on August 20th at the Livingston County BSD User’s Group meeting. (That’s in Michigan, not the NY county where I work, darnit.)
- FreeBSD now has a Code of Conduct.
- Backgammon bug from at least 4.1a BSD, 3+ decades ago.
- Tag jumping in mandoc. (I like this idea)
- OpenBSD on Linode. Similar techniques might work for any BSD install. (via, via)
I seem to have In Other BSDs exactly 1 day off from the OPNsense release schedule, so far.
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.
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)
Insert fireworks graphic here.
I compiled this all bit early, so hopefully nothing exciting happens between now and when it gets posted.
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.
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.
A short but more interesting list this week, I think.
Your Not BSD link of the week: Never fix anything.
A calmer week, probably because of the U.S. holiday.
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.
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!)
It’s been a relatively calm week, for once.
I couldn’t help the commentary on some of these links.
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.)
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.
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.
It’s been a quiet week in BSD-land, at least in terms of me finding links.
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.
Not done in a last-minute rush before the weekend, yay! Done early cause I have to work over the weekend, boo!
I goofed up and didn’t complete last weeks’ In Other BSDs before it published, so you get some extra this week.
The newest BSDNow video goes into PC-BSD and booting, and interviews Justin Gibbs about the FreeBSD Foundation.
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.
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.