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 apologize for ending with a question.
I hope you have some time for reading this week.
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.
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- “look I come from debian so having a stable reliable system that _also_ has software that isn’t years out of date in the repos is a shocker” (about the ports system)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.
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)
There’s lots to read through this week – just for BSD! I’ll have even more tomorrow.
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:
I managed to be on the road and so did not post about the milestone 100th episode of BSDNow, which has an interview with Sebastian Wiedenroth about both pkg and pkgSrcCon, along with all their other news.
I’m glad to see 100 episodes together of a video podcast for BSD; if you had asked me a few years ago if that was possible, I’d have dismissed the idea. Not for lack of news, obviously, but because I didn’t think anyone would have that level of dedication. Investing time and care is what sets people apart, and they’ve done it.
It’s an unexpectedly diverse list this week.
I seem to have In Other BSDs exactly 1 day off from the OPNsense release schedule, so far.
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)
I compiled this all bit early, so hopefully nothing exciting happens between now and when it gets posted.
A calmer week, probably because of the U.S. holiday.
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.)
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.
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.
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!
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.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Your not-BSD BSD link of the week: Badass Space Dragon.
Short week this week, mostly due to a lack of interesting source changes.
Lots of material this week.
Remembered to do this all at the last minute, after I got the new server up.
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.
Get ready for some reading.
I have been building up quite the variety this week.
- Bitrig 1.0 has been released.
- Writing NetBSD Sound Drivers in Haskell. (PDF, via)
- ruBSD 2014, happening December 13th in Moscow. (via)
- How to configure full disk encryption in PC-BSD 10.1. (via)
- BSD Magazine for November 2014. (via) Why don’t they put new issue announcements in their RSS?
- A week of pkgsrc #5.
- FreeBSD Foundation’s 2014 year-end fundraising.
- FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials is hitting the printers. There’s a quiet mention of the next two books in that series, too.
- Two new kernel errata for OpenBSD.
- BSDCan 2015 (June 2015) has opened up its call for papers, now through Jan 19th, 2015. (via)
- A conversation about UTF-8, Unicode, and file systems.
- A conversation about random vs. phrase passwords.
- New Directions in Operating Systems conference notes. Lots of BSD stuff in there. (via)
- nih-0.13.0 is out for pkgsrc.
- BSD presentations (including DragonFly) at the X Developers Conference. I mentioned the event itself before, but that link wasn’t open to non-subscribers until later, as pointed out to me.
- Coreboot on the BSDs.
- More talk about embedded OpenBSD on cheap machines, including thin client machines repurposed into routers.
- Noticed in that previous link: <$100 Ubuquiti EdgeRouter-Lites can run OpenBSD? FreeBSD too, apparently.
- Is it time to give BSDs a try?
- Fixing PC-BSD upgrade issues.
Despite the US holiday, here’s a pile of BSD material.
There’s a few more days of freeze for the pkgsrc-2014Q3 release of pkgsrc. Normally I’d save this for the weekend In Other BSDs, but that’d be too late.
Low on the source links this week, but there’s plenty else.
Update: from talk@nycbug, George Rosamond gives a nice APU setup summary.
This has been a very hectic week for me, but I still have links for you.
Why is it so warm out? I want autumn to start.
I went from 1 link to lots all in one night.
Another long list. These are making my Friday nights take some extra effort.
I was thinking this was going to be a short week, but nope.
Finally, a much more eventful week. I already noted LibreSSL’s release.
Another ‘quiet’ week – lots of commit activity in the other BSDs, but not a lot to point at directly.
I have a backlog from stuff I missed last week while traveling, so we all benefit!
Some leftovers from last week since I’m catching up, so get ready to read.
Updated late this week because of circumstances.
I’ve got “coverage” of most every BSD this week.
Remember: If you have a particular port that’s not building in DragonFly, there may be a patch in pkgsrc that could be brought over, as John Marino points out.
I have a list of commits I’ve saved between the various BSDs of licenses getting corrected to the 2-clause BSD license; that would definitely be a good cross-BSD project to sync.
Another week with lots of links.
Links everywhere this week!
Read the first item, if nothing else.
Lots of links, yet again.
As you read this, I’m at NYCBSDCon – or at least should be.
- FOSDEM 2014 videos are up. The second item listed is about the new version of ports, which includes dports. (via)
- Crochet-FreeBSD, a system for building bootable FreeBSD images for a variety of platforms including x86, ARM, and VM. (via Markus Pfieffer on IRC, indirectly)
- Effective Spam and Malware Countermeasures. Seen previously at BSDCan. ‘Greytrapping’, mentioned in the article, is new to me.
- Email delivery headaches. Mailing many people is somehow almost always a low-level irritation.
- DiscoverBSD’s 2014/02/03 roundup.
- Another n2k14 hackathon report. DragonFly uses that DHCP client he’s talking about.
- PC-BSD on eWeek.
- bsd-cloudinit – FreeBSD on OpenStack. (via)
- OpenBSD gained some VAX hardware. The only VAX hardware I ever saw was 6 feet tall; I can’t imagine these are easy to ship.
- OpenBSD updated to ldns 1.6.17.
- Seen via a pkgsrc list: Berlios.de is closing down its hosting, so this may affect you if you usually grab your pkgsrc packages from there.
- The proper way to break the FreeBSD ABI.
- Robert Watson’s privilege ideas.
- How to switch between mfi(4) and mrsas(4) on FreeBSD. mrsas(4) sounds like MRSA to me, which is a bit more worrisome
- FreeBSD supports MegaRAID Fury cards.
- The plan for ATF removal in NetBSD.
- DragonFly takes the FreeBSD patch(1) updates, and that’s fine, because FreeBSD made those changes to an import of DragonFly’s patch(1). Hooray for cross-pollination!
For once, I got this mostly done before late Friday night!
Running late putting this together… Back to bullets!
Odds and ends for the quieter holidays.
I had a sometimes-great, sometimes-difficult trip to New York City over the past few days, and while I was there, I met the ball of energy that is George Rosamond of NYCBUG (which is having a huge party right now.) He and I talked for a bit about various aspects of the BSD ecosystem, and one thing he noted was that people aren’t generally aware of all the licenses in use for the different software packages on the system, or even the individual licenses in the system files.
There is an ACCEPTABLE_LICENSES setting in pkgsrc, where software licensed under terms not in that list won’t install. That’s useful, but frustrating, because it keeps people from getting what they asked for – a software install. Something that would be useful – and it could be cross-BSD very easily – would be a license audit summary.
There’s meta-data on every package in FreeBSD’s ports and DragonFly’s dports and pkgsrc and OpenBSD’s port system. Why not say ‘pkg licenses’ in the same way you can say ‘pkg info’, and get a summary of the licenses you have installed in the system? (or pkg_licenses, etc. You get the idea) This wouldn’t prevent people from installing software, but it would give a very quick view of what you were using.
> pkg licenses
Software package License
foo-2.2.26 Apache license
It could be extended to the base system, but I’d like to see this in all the packaging systems as a common idea, in the same way that ‘info’ in a packaging command always shows what’s installed.
Not as much pulled directly from the source lists this time, which is good.
Not sure why, but there wasn’t a lot of things this week to pick out.
There’s a surprisingly large list this week.
- FreeBSD has updated netmap.
- FreeBSD supports VT-d DMAR hardware. Not totally sure what that is.
- FreeBSD supports the RealTek RTL8168G, RTL8168GU, RTL8411B, and RTL8168EP.
- FreeBSD updated byacc to version 20130925.
- FreeBSD has binary packages again.
- Managed Services using FreeBSD at NYI, a whitepaper.
- NetBSD has imported OpenBSD’s support for ASIX AX88178a and AX88179 USB network interfaces, in the axen(4) driver.
- NetBSD supports the Broadcom BCM56340 iProc based switch.
- OpenBSD supports unattended installation. See Also on Undeadly.
- OpenBSD has softraid booting documentation. Someone will find this useful, I’m sure.
- OpenBSD 5.4 is released.
- Inspecting Packets with OpenBSD and pf, the presentation from vBSDCon.
- Lua in pkgsrc has been modified.
- Ocaml in pkgsrc has been updated to 4.0.1.
- The BSD Router Project has hit 1.5. (via)
- PC-BSD 10 alpha images are available for testing.
- PC-BSD is doing weekly updates, an idea I support, unsurprisingly.
- No BSD systems in Google Code-In this year, darnit.
Matthew Dillon wrote a roundup post summarizing all the changes he’s made to DragonFly to improve SMP performance in the last few weeks. He’s removed almost all contention from DragonFly. This means better performance, scaling upward depending on the number of processors.
‘monster’, the system that builds all 20,000 items in dports, can complete the run in 15 hours. Compare this to the 2 weeks it used to take me to build the 12,000 packages in pkgsrc. This is admittedly on different hardware and different packaging systems, but it gives a sense of the scale of the improvement.
Once again, doing this at the last minute:
As a followup to news that the git feed of pkgsrc through dragonflybsd.org is not being updated, Max Herrgard wrote out how to fetch pkgsrc via CVS, or tarball, or another git feed. CVS is still the ‘official’ way.
The pkgsrc repository in git for DragonFly is currently frozen. This is because many people have switched over to dports, and also because it’s a lot of work to keep it functional. If you do want to pull newer pkgsrc material, use cvs and grab it from a NetBSD server.
As the message notes, don’t go switching to DragonFly-current right now, cause there’s a lot of new material in there and it may not be quite safe. (There’s an ABI change that will require all new builds of your ports, for instance.)
Less straight source links this week.
Related to DragonFly: Patrick Welche updated glib2 in pkgsrc, and is interested in hearing how it works for DragonFly users. If you have pkgsrc on your system and it’s not a quarterly release, try building t.
DragonFly has generally shifted over to dports for 3rd-party software management, away from pkgsrc. Because of that, I haven’t been building binary packages of the quarterly pkgsrc releases. Pierre Abbat asked why on users@, and here’s my explanation of the change.