Predrag Punosevac posted his writeup of using LDAP and DragonFly, which I’m noting here for the next person that needs LDAP authentication.
This week’s BSDNow episode, 8,000,000 Mogofoo-ops, includes an interview with Brendan Gregg of Netflix, along with more recent convention video links. It also mentions GNOME3 working on FreeBSD – it’s working on DragonFly too.
With a recent commit from Sascha Wildner, DragonFly now loads XHCI (meaning USB3) by default. If you had previously tried to install DragonFly via USB stick, and it inexplicably refused to mou t the installer drive… It may work much better now.
The 4.0 release of DragonFly is out! Quoting from the release page:
Version 4 of DragonFly brings Haswell graphics support, 3D acceleration, and improved performance in extremely high-traffic networks. DragonFly now supports up to 256 CPUs, Haswell graphics (i915), concurrent pf operation, and a variety of other devices.
The more eagle-eyed downloader will notice it’s version 4.0.1, not 4.0.0. That’s because
nobody trusts .0 releases I tagged 4.0.0 just before a few useful commits went in, and it’s better to retag to make sure everyone got them. See also my message to kernel@/users@
I’ve placed an image slider over on the right side of the website; it’s all BSD-related books. Each image is linked to a page about the book where you can buy it. It’s not paid advertising, or perhaps advertising at all; there’s no in-kind benefit. It’s specifically books I think people would find interesting to read, and we’d all benefit by the expansion of the BSD ‘ecosystem’.
The most recent edition added is Michael W. Lucas’s FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials, which is out in ebook form today, and printed form soon.
Lots to read this week.
- The Open Source Financial Developers Association has a very complete calendar of open source events around NYC. (via)
- Google Code-in 2014 has announced its mentoring orgs.
- Also, Google Summer of Code 2015 has been announced.
- Facebook’s New Data Center Is Bad News for Cisco. Somewhat free of technical data, but I do like the idea of more software-defined networking. (via)
- NSA vs. encryption, 40 years ago. (via)
- schmutz. Ah, the joys of Unicode. (via)
- Sort of related: this is just mean. (via IRC, I think)
- SSHelper. I’m going to buy a new phone just so I can use this. I want my handheld computer to actually be a computer, darnit. This is from the guy who created Apple Writer, of all things. (also via)
- List of Physical Visualizations. (via)
- After Docker. Docker and similar items appear to be an attempt to change an operating system from a place where you work to a thin wrapping around a program you run. Dunno if I like that. (via)
- Barbie, computer engineer, which has created more responses.
- A brief history of graphics. Video game graphics, specifically.
- The Nostalgia Nerds Who Rescue Old Games From Oblivion. Similar. (via)
- I like the concept behind “Let’s Encrypt“, though I quibble with the tools selected. (via)
- A video about the Internet in 1995. (via)
- “With varying degrees, everyone has this drawer in their house.“
- IFComp winners will provide a great deal of reading/playing time.
Your unrelated link of the week: Snowpocalypse 2014. I grew up there and now live not too far away. That’s really not that much snow for the area; it’s just that it fell so quickly.
I actually got this started early, for once, instead of completing in a panic on Friday night.
- The Move from Linux to FreeBSD. (via)
- BSDTalk247 – FreeBSD: The Next 10 Years with Jordan Hubbard. I meant to post this before; lost track.
- /var/tmp now links to /tmp on OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD now has perl 5.20.1 in base.
- Making FireFox less insecure on OpenBSD.
- You can peek at what ‘roles’ are being put together for PC-BSD installs. Or just watch this video.
- PC-BSD and TrueOS version 10.1 released, Lumina 0.7.2 tagged.
- Linux Top 3: PC-BSD 10.1 Linux Mint 17.1 and Mageia 5.
- FreeBSD now supports the Trendnet TEW-646UBH wireless adapter.
- BSD Router Project (bsdrp) version 1.53 is out.
- NetBSD has updated tcpdump/libpcap.
- retiring crypt
- shtk 1.6 now available.
- NYCBSDCon made about $1k for each of the BSDs.
- WhatsApp donate $1MM to the FreeBSD Foundation.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/11/17.
- Workaday Software For BSD On the Desktop?
- Book Review: Book of PF, 3rd Edition.
BSDNow 064 (somehow, 64 seems a nicer milestone than 50) links to a huge pile of EuroBSDCon 2014 videos, including 2 DragonFly presentations. There’s also an interview with Justin Cormack, who must be cool; I can tell from his name. There’s a lot more material just written on the page after the video, so I’ll point you at the actual content instead of repeating.
A fellow whom I’ve only seen named as Bill is working on what he calls ipfw2, though technically what’s already in DragonFly is ipfw2, since it’s the second version of ipfw. Either way, he has a project page up describing what he’s done so far, and what he plans.
Markus Pfeiffer has made usb_pf work on DragonFly, which means it’s possible to dump USB traffic and filter it, similar to tcpdump. This can be handy when debugging a USB device, and that’s like 90% of all devices anyway.
Snow snow snow!
- DoomRL, a Doom roguelike. From Hasso Tepper, who correctly pointed out I haven’t been linking enough roguelike material lately.
- Unix: Catching up with Unix errors.
- True Stuff: Build Your Own Propeller Car. Not so much about the car as about the building part.
- Making Internet Local. A deep dive into what everyone calls ‘mesh networking’ and what that really means.
- “The alternative Windows Store” I guess sounds better than win64 package manager. Anyway, the idea of a ports collection is becoming universal.
- Command-line Unix-style note taker.
- Sample the Amen Break. Hey, a Squarepusher video gets in there. (via)
- Receiving NOAA Weather Images with SDR. Sounds fun to build, though I know I won’t get to it. (via)
- What is the URL to your technical blog? More things to read there.
- New Found Sounds, early synthesizers. (also via)
- XScreenSaver 5.31. “To make this work I had to add a UTF8 parser to my VT100 implementation”
- 100-year-old mechanical computer. It does Fourier analysis. (via)
- A bread-slicing machine. Looks dangerous and useful. (via)
- Stupid Hackathon. (via)
Totally last minute.
- People still add things to telnet?
- FreeBSD has removed faith(4) and faithd(8).
- FreeBSD ports now has stack smashing protection on by default.
- FreeBSD 10.1 is out. (And PC-BSD follows)
- PC-BSd is looking at ‘roles‘.
- Printing device trees in OpenBSD.
- Munin and pf queues.
- Contributing. (Applies to any BSD, really.)
- pkgsrc-2014Q3 packages for illumos available.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/11/10.
- from the annals of uvm, OpenBSD virtual memory.
- BSD Magazine: Hardened BSD.
- BSDFan, for Thinkpad fans on any? BSD.
- FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials” is less than a month away. The author’s giving a sudo talk soon, too.
If you look at your local DragonFly mirror, you’ll see ISO and IMG versions of DragonFly 4.0.0RC3. Please run, break, and report.
(Check the iso-images directory.)
Imre Vadaz’s recent change to dev/drm, adding kqueue support, has (from anecdotal reports in IRC) made video performance much better. It’s committed to DragonFly 4.0, so it’ll be in the next release.
BSDNow 063 has the normal news articles and links, and an interview of Kristaps Džonsons, one of the people working on mandoc. There’s also a tutorial on bandwidth throttling with pf.
For some reason, more historical links this week than usual.
- Thinking Forth. It sounds to be – though I haven’t read it yet – one of those books that transcends the target language. (via)
- Fuzix, a “new” OS. (They should just try something else small, like RetroBSD.) (via)
- The Best Small Computer in the World – 1968. (pdf, via)
- Vim after 11 years. (via)
- Terms of Service. I have other comics from the artist. (via)
- Recalculating Odds of RAID5 URE Failure.
- A brief history of spam and email crypto, from a former GMail worker.
- Kerberos Papers and Documentation (via)
- Amazon Echo, which continues the long trend of companies reinventing existing open source projects and making them creepier.
- Or making lovable things annoying. Seriously, phone alerts and “where are you?” alerts from a teddy bear? I hate it when people pepper me with that. (via)
- Noisy dead satellites. (via)
- Old UNIX releases/source
- Building a 10BASE5 “Thick Ethernet” network. I just barely remember seeing this hardware in the wild, so to speak. It was awful. (via)
- The Sixth Stage of Grief Is Retro-computing (via) Lose some time on this one.
- Forth in the USSR. (PDF, via)
Unrelated link of the week: Cartozia Tales. It’s a print comic in a limited series. Many stories, many artists. I’ve been getting the issues and it’s a lot of fun. Here’s an interview with the person coordinating the whole thing.
Snow finally hit my area yesterday, which makes me happy.
- PC-BSD 10.1-RC2 Released.
- FreeBSD 10.1-RC4 now available.
- Building an OpenBSD firewall and router
- Michael W. Lucas’s next book: “Networking for Sysadmins“. BSD-friendly, of course.
- See also: his sci-fi work, not BSD related.
- PC-BSD’s Lumina gains plugins. (one link of several)
- pkgsrc-2014Q3 packages for OSX now available
- OpenBSD adds SipHash.
- OpenBSD has enabled USB3.
- The signed Book of PF made $3000 at auction.
- FreeBSD now uses vt(4) instead of syscons by default.
- Improving bcd(6)
BSDNow 062 has an interview of Pawel Jakub Dawidek, and he talks about the Sun Microsystems-originated technologies found in FreeBSD. You figured that out already from the title, didn’t you?
The release candidate for DragonFly 4.0 came out last week, and normally the release would happen after a week. There’s still a few people reporting an odd freeze, so until we can find a cause, we’ll continue to wait.
Chrome runs on DragonFly now, apparently possible now because of this ported fix from Joris Giovannangeli.
Short this week because of the amount of time I was at work, but what I have is good.
- System/360, older computing pictures. (via)
- Everyone wants a ports system. EVERYONE.
- Salto, the Xerox Alto emulator. For those who saw the Alto code release last week. (via)
- Hidden Histories of the Information Age. (scroll all through for links)
- Goblins: The Fungal Body Politic. Fun if you are the right kind of nerd. (via)
- Why You Should Never Use MongoDB. Not a diatribe against MongoDB as you might expect, but an excellent, extended talk about data structure. (also via)
- Beginning to Observe Network Management Practices as a Third Party. (via)
Hardly any source commits to point at this week, but there’s still lots of stuff happening in BSD-land.
- MeetBSD is happening right now.
- OpenBSD 5.6 is being released right now too.
- Michael W. Lucas has released the cover to his upcoming FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials book.
- Peter N. M. Hansteen’s 3rd edition of the Book of PF is out, and he’s running an auction for the first author-signed copy – with profits to OpenBSD. This is a good strategy. I have a copy of the book and will write a review here as soon as I can finish it – only up to chapter 3 right now. The presentation that spawned the book is updated and available.
- FreeBSD 10.0 got an extension.
- Don’t run wsmoused and X at the same time in OpenBSD.
- NetBSD now has openresolv 3.6.1. It’s a resolv.conf management program I had not yet heard of.
- FreeBSD has significant changes to /dev/random,
- FreeBSD has gained TTM support in its AGP driver, and radeonkms in FreeBSD now supports AGP.
- NYCBUG, upcoming.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/27.
- The Apple Mac Takes Its Place In The Post-PC World. Unix-based computers are the best game in town, it appears. (via)
- Lumina Desktop Build in FreeBSD / TrueOS. (video)
BSDTalk 246 is available, and has 19 minutes of conversation about TOR, though I haven’t heard it yet to be sure.
Despite my complete lack of good planning, John Marino and Francois Tigeot have packages available for the DragonFly 4.0 release candidate that I assembled. Point at this directory to use them.
Your local mirror should have a copy of the release candidate for DragonFly 4.0.0 by now. Please try it out and report problems. Note that this is a x86_64 only version; there’s no i386 version though you may be able to manually build on i386.
Lots of light topic links this week.
- A 50 Year-old Teletype Powered by a Raspberry Pi. (via)
- Found via the same link: teletype restoration.
- Also found: the rotary VoIP phone. I’ve made rotaries work again via ATA, but only for inbound. This, I would love to do.
- How SimCity came to Unix. It’s available now as Micropolis.
- Which reminds me: Magnasanti, the biggest SimCity 3000 city ever. (video)
- The Xerox Alto source code has been released. There’s a nice history at that page. (via)
- Google Summer of Code 2015 has been announced.
- The great thing about regular expression languages is that there are so many to choose from!
- Computing is women’s work, in 1967.
- An interview with Tom Limoncelli. (About LISA)
- Why Hypercard had to die. I taught a Hypercard class to older students during college; it was surprisingly easy to get people with no computer experience to build things. I miss the old “computer as tool” approach Apple had back then.
- Shall we fork Debian? (via)
- Hints for writing Unix tools. (via)
- curl | sh. (via)
- PSA: don’t run ‘strings’ on untrusted files (via several places)
- An excellent description of the social ‘littlenets‘ concept. (via)
- Web frameworks from Wal-Mart. Not a sentence I thought I’d type.
Your unrelated animation of the week: Karateka. I remember discovering this, and laughing and laughing…
This week I was on top of the whole linking thing.
- A Minecraft plugin for FreeNAS.
- PC-BSD has a YouTube channel.
- LibreSSL 2.1.0 is out.
- OpenBSD 5.6 sneak peek.
- Question about the current state of FreeBSD
- Tanenbaum realizes BSD was a better idea. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/13.
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/20.
- FreeBSD Foundation goes to EuroBSDCon 2014.
- KDEConnect in PC-BSD.
- Behind OS X’s modern face lies an aging collection of Unix tools. (via)
- NYCBUG is looking for meeting space in 2015.
- The FreeBSD Forums are running new software.
- A 14 year old IP reference.
- NetBSD has imported openresolv 3.6.0.
- Getting snmpwalk to talk to snmpd on FreeBSD.
- PC-BSD (starts to) gain EFI support.
- Security Engineering for Linux Users. (via)
- vxlan, virtio console driver, added to FreeBSD.
- Setting a dedicated serial link on your OpenBSD system.
- Chromium has some issues in OpenBSD-current in some situations.
BSDNow episode 060 bypasses the pun and just commands you to obey. At least, I don’t know the reference if there is one. Anyway, there’s an interview of Olivier Cochard-Labbé of the BSD Router Project, along with the usual array of news.
It’s been possible to install and run clang on DragonFly for a long time, of course, and at least build world with it. However, John Marino is putting in significant work to make clang one of the system compilers, replacing the older gcc44 that’s in DragonFly now. (The newer gcc47 stays.) This won’t be part of the next release, but it should be available soon after.
Writing this now, and hoping I’ll get the server apart and back together fast enough nobody notices.
- BlackBerry: The Endgame. Points out that QNX is/was a problem for the ecosystem.
- Breaking Madden: Edge of Tom-morrow. I love these despite being indifferent to football.
- Measure your open source community’s age to keep it healthy.
- The Bot of Mormon.
- Trouble at the Koolaid point. Rethink the “ignore it and move on” response. (via)
- How tilde.club came together. There’s a potential tilde.club on every BSD machine.
- Following a Select Statement Through Postgres Internals. (via)
- The Imminent Decentralized Computing Revolution. (via)
- slfsrv, a GUI wrapper for command line programs. (via)
- NTK, the archive.
- The Shen of Programming. (via, via)
- TinyScreen, another Kickstarter project, with hardware so small it’s adorable. (via)
- My Philosophy on Alerting. (via) Linking for myself at some point.
The machine this site runs on just had a fan die, so somewhere in the next 24 hours, I’m going to be installing a new fan, and a new hard drive while I’m at it. Expect a few hours of downtime as I rebuild both hardware and software.
Done at the last minute, like always, but surprisingly extensive this week:
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/10/06.
- FreeBSD Cheatsheet.
- FreeBSD 10.1 RC2 is out.
- Question about the BSD community as a whole.
- mandoc now contains man.
- PC-BSD now has a new Linuxulator and AppCafe.
- GhostBSD 4.0 is out.
- Frequent BSD author Michael W. Lucas is now a fulltime tech author.
- Speaking of that, the first draft of his FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials is up.
- Introducing sysupgrade for NetBSD.
- 37 year old bug, 22 year old fix, patched this month. (via)
- PC-BSD has branched 10.1.
- FreeBSD has netmap support in libpcap.
- FreeBSD’s ipfw has received some updates.
- A PC-BSD 10.0.3 review.
- Building packages at scale.
- MeetBSD 2014 is coming up in California.
- NetBSD 6.1.5 and 6.0.6 are out.
- The third quarter 2014 FreeBSD Status Report is out.
- Send in your OpenBSD dmesg.
- Importing pkg to NetBSD – an idea I support.
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.
John Marino updated wpa_supplicant (in dports). He then suggested moving it out of base into dports, so that it could be updated independently of the base system. (this update, for instance, took years.) Since wpa_supplicant is necessary to get some systems online – and it can’t be installed if missing if you don’t have a network link – it may be too risky. I think other packages could be moved out, myself.
Quiet for you, the reader, at least. My schedule is irregular because of work over the next few days – including the weekend – so regular posting may not resume until next week. Sorry!
For some reason, OpenSSL-using command line clients – but not any browsers – are choking on the RSS feed for this site when fetched via https. So, the site no longer defaults to https. It’s still available if you want to use it, and I’ll work on fixing the setup.
The way to see it is:
openssl s_client -connect www.dragonflydigest.com:443
You will notice an error in the output like this:
672060044:error:140790E5:SSL routines:SSL23_WRITE:ssl handshake failure:/usr/src/secure/lib/libssl/../../../crypto/openssl/ssl/s23_lib.c:184:
There’s lots of references to errors like this out there – many different, some for bugs long fixed. I daresay it’s a configuration screwup I haven’t figured out yet; I’ve noticed that adding -tls1 or -no_tls1 or -ssl2 or -ssl3 to the above command makes the problem go away.
I spent a good chunk of this weekend at work for various reasons, so it’s a slightly less long list. On the plus side, I know a bit more about setting up fiber links now.
- On the Design of Editors for Small Computers. Pre-vi, pre-emacs. (via)
- Rob Pike: Reflections on Window Systems. Video. (via)
- Writing a Simple Operating System – From Scratch. PDF. (via)
- tilde.club, an effort to resurrect the ~/username web page. Wish I had got in. (via many places)
- The “Mark I“, (one of) the first programmable computers, designed in 1937.
- Cool-retro-term, another analog terminal simulator. (via)
- A progress update on the Novena computer, with significant manufacturing detail.
- An interesting paper on Alan Turing. (PDF)
- disk seeks are slow don’t do them. SQLite internals. (via)
- BadUSB, which naturally leads to USB Condom.
Your unrelated image of the week:
I’m getting a new pet tomorrow.
- FreeBSD 10.1 beta 3 is out – though it may be superseded by the time this article is published.
- pkg is apparently supported in Salt and cdist. (via)
- DiscoverBSD’s September BSD release list.
- DiscoverBSD’s news roundup for 2014/09/29.
- The September BSD Magazine is out. (via)
- Undeadly has links to (all?) the EuroBSDCon 2014 OpenBSD papers.
- OpenBSD 5.6 is available for pre-order, and at a new store.
- Can’t tell if this is a joke or just dumb. No, it’s not a real problem.
- Here’s an OpenBSD conversation about routing table changes and flaky ISPs, though much of it could apply to any BSD.
- I daresay this counts as Shellshock fallout.
- pkgsrc-2014Q3 is out and announced.
- No more cvsup for FreeBSD.
Since the switch to https here, the RSS feed has been having trouble, as several people reported. I haven’t had time to look into it much so far. Though I suppose it’s only likely that you are reading this if you are unaffected by it.
The powersaving page on dragonflybsd.org has seen a bunch of updates; this should be handy even if you aren’t on battery power that often.
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.
Markus Pfeiffer has imported FreeBSD’s if_lagg to DragonFly. It’s for talking LACP over multiple network ports, so that the traffic from those multiple ports can be aggregated – if what’s on the other end generally understands LACP. (Failover mode may not count.) Please test if you have that sort of surfeit of network ports.
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.
I have an excellent mix of links this week, I think. I like to have multiple links on multiple topics.
- Xenix 1.0, stuck on the 286. The second operating system licensed from Microsoft by IBM, and it was a type of Unix. (via)
- 50 Years of Moog. (via)
- Uselessd. (via)
- The End of Linux. (via)
- Revitalizing the Perl Power Tools. AKA the Unix Revitalization Project. It’s possible to contribute; this is something I’d like to see modernized. (via)
- Culture Stories: Introduction and Milk. I like the “I gave stuff away and eventually everyone did” part of the story. (via)
- mdp, a Markdown-based presentation maker. I like the concept and the animated gif used to demonstrate it.
- Remarkable, a Markdown editor with a WYSIWYD (what you see is what you did) component. Does it run on BSD? Dunno. Markdown is one of those deceptively good ideas that’s becoming accepted in part because it’s unowned.
- Edit: A Relaxing Mix of Vi and Acme. This is going to be the exact blend someone wanted and didn’t know it. (via)
- From Vim to Emacs+Evil chaotic migration guide. It’d be better as “Chaotic Evil”. You know what I’m alluding to, nerd. (via)
- Miss a Payment? Good Luck Moving That Car. Is building Faraday cages for your own things going to be a lucrative business 5 years from now? (via)
- Forth Salon. (via)
- The Craft of Text Editing. (via)
- Programming Sucks. (seen many places but this time via)
- Current Status: (via)
Not even trying source links this week; there’s plenty else to link.
- FreeBSD 10.2 Beta 2 is out. (has been out, but this is the announcement.)
- The Open Source Software Engagement Award. An excellent, excellent move by Colin Percival.
- Shuffling Partitions on FreeBSD.
- Outlining Thin Linux. The article linked to described a stripped down Linux that doesn’t have package dependencies just to run. That’s what BSD has been for several decades now…
- DiscoverBSD for 2014/09/22.
- pfSense has reached 2.2-beta.
- “Can you recommend a good laptop that runs BSD well?“
- NetBSD on the Raspberry Pi. (via)
- Bash and PC-BSD.
- The OpenBSD 5.6 theme song.
- EuroBSDCon 2014 is going on right now. (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.
Matthew Dillon hasn’t committed anything to DragonFly in several days… cause he just got married! Congratulations to the newly married couple.
Lots of links this week.
- Device names. (via)
- xscreensaver 5.30 is out, along with a story of how much work jwz put into the first version of Lament.
- One Thing Well mentions toybox, which I think is similar to busybox, but BSD-licensed.
- This hard drive still worked. (via)
- Unix: Scripting with templates.
- Road to Rust 1.0 (via joris on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Intel Edison. Processors have become a sort of monoculture in the last 5-10 years; it’s good to see variety coming back at the small scale. (via sjg on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Bézier Clock (via I forget, sorry)
- Bézier Method. (via)
- wasavi, vi in most any web browser text area.
- How to become a GOOD theoretical physicist by Gerard ‘t Hooft. (via)
- Impossible Cookware and Other Triumphs of the Penrose Tile. (via)
- HPN-SSH – high performance SSH, as anyone who has scp’d a large file would want. (via)
- Lost Lessons from 8-Big BASIC. BASIC programming was very … immediate.(also via)
- Booting directly into Vim. (via)
- Memory Management Reference. (via)
- ENIACinaction.com, about the first modern computer, in the 1940s. (via SIGCIS)
- The Ig Nobel prizes for 2014 are announced.
- XScreenSaver on YouTube.
- World’s longest traceroutes.
Low on the source links this week, but there’s plenty else.
- TrueOS, CD-sized. Warning: lots of ads on that page. (via)
- FreeBSD with a swap file instead of a swap partition. (via)
- FreeNAS in VMWare Workstation, part 1. Lots of screenshots, little explanation. (via)
- FreeBSD 10.1 Beta 1 is available.
- A summary of the OpenBSD GSoC systemd compatibility program.
- DiscoverBSD news summary for 2014/09/15.
- Minix 3.3, with NetBSD userland and pkgsrc.
- pkgsrc is now frozen in preparation for pkgsrc-2014Q3.
- A pkgsrc pbulk cwrappers test.
- PC-BSD gains pc-sysconfig, a system configuration utility.
- Lumina supports OpenBSD now too.
- FreeBSD has upgraded to OpenPAM “Ourouparia”.
- OpenBSD has dropped sendmail.
- openbsd-misc@ had discussion about low-power servers, with the APU mentioned often. (see below for update)
- From talk@nycbug, some cheap BSD laptop ideas. (look for “Cheap Laptops…” thread)
Update: from talk@nycbug, George Rosamond gives a nice APU setup summary.
There’s been so much work in DragonFly recently that makes a desktop easier (i915 support, dports, and so on), that I decided to resurrect an older Dell machine and use it as my desktop.
The Dell that I’m using is a leftover from someone else’s workplace; it’s 7 years old, and has “only” 4G of RAM and a Core 2 DuoE6600 CPU in it. It works, however.
Setting up DragonFly and installing xorg and so on is pretty straightforward. Using dports makes it crazy quick to add all the packages. I went for XFCE4 because I could. Starting X gave me some trouble at first; the default config couldn’t find the mouse and would eventually crash.
Running ‘X -configure’ created a xorg.conf file I could edit, and these lines in /etc/rc.conf gave me a working mouse:
moused_enable="YES" moused_type="auto" moused_port="/dev/ums0"
The crashing problem with my radeon-driven video card was fixed by turning off the acceleration – uncommenting this line in xorg.conf did it:
Video performance isn’t as nice as I would like it with acceleration, but this is an older machine anyway.
I couldn’t get sound working. Francois Tigeot has a branch of DragonFly that contains newer sound drivers brought over from FreeBSD, here:
git://leaf.dragonflybsd.org/~ftigeot/dragonfly.git (pcm_2014_september branch.)
It doesn’t support device cloning, so I can run Youtube videos and XMMS, but not audio from both at the same time. (for instance; not that you’d want to do this other than by accident)
I installed x11/webfonts, and web pages look a bit better after changing my default font preferences.
And… that’s about it. It’s a working desktop. Digging up a half-height video card that has working acceleration is a next step, but I can’t imagine that’ll be expensive. I wish I had done this a long time ago.
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.
Markus Pfeiffer has made it possible to control your laptop’s backlight using ACPI – if you have a i915 chipset and DragonFly. xbacklight does not work, but setting hw.acpi.video.lcd0.brightness does.
I need to get a legit certificate for this domain. I’ve never done serious https cert shopping – who has, and what’s your opinion of the vendors? (“Not Network Solutions” I can already guess).
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)
I’m doing this little extra feature because I ran into several news items over the past week or so that made me say “what the hell?” out loud to my monitor.
Fedora To Get a New Partition Manager. All? Almost all? Linux distributions use gparted, which is open source and can be updated. Why not add to that? Also, it’s yet another preannouncement about how this new replacement tool will work – it’s not functional yet.
Text streams should be the fallback interface in Unix. Every 2 or 3 years someone gets this idea in some form – somehow it doesn’t overcome 40+ years of text usage.
Revisiting How We Put Together Linux Systems. Nobody can find fault with ideas like easier package management and signing. (Though maybe having the same upgrade mechanism for base + 3rd party software isn’t a good idea) However. this answer, coming from part of the group behind systemd, ties all software installation into having a btrfs volume – even requiring a virtual btrfs volume if there isn’t one installed. Incompatible software versions are dealt with by turning /usr into a sort of container. That kills any sort of need to interoperate with other software. And of course it assumes there is no Unix but Linux. (via)
Grump grump grump.