For those of you looking to rent a place to run DragonFly, Nuno Antunes has very helpfully written out his procedure for installing DragonFly on a Digital Ocean ‘droplet’.
As mentioned previously, Sepherosa Ziehau is printing up some DragonFly T-shirts for WeChat users. He’s going to have a few left over, so he is sending them to me to hand to non-China people. If you want one, leave a note saying so in the comments. Here’s the front and back.
You need to provide some way for me to contact you – preferably email, and the size you’d want. (Use the Land’s End Men’s Shirts chart for sizing, because why not.) I’ll only have a few, so no guarantees.
Update: I have more responses than probable shirts at this point – sorry! I’ll get in contact with each of you once the shirts come in and arrange delivery.
It’s tonight at 7 PM, with the details found on the NYCBUG mailing list. RSVP as soon as you can if you are near enough to go – and you should go.
A good chunk of this is brought over from last week, cause there was so much.
- Ramsey Theory in the Dining Room. Not the shouty chef. (via)
- Superpersistent bootkit. (PDF, via, via)
- Raspberry Pis stuffed into classic computer shells. (via)
- I Dreamed of a Perfect Database. “This is a risk of working alone, without anyone to tell you you’re insane.” A Paul Ford article. (via)
- Project: Keyboard Conversion. More ambitious than I expected. (via)
- It’s called fdisk because…
- Computer Man [Extended Version]. Very 1980s. (via)
- The story of one latency spike. (via)
- Peering into inodes.
- After a ten-year hiatus, NetHack 3.6. (via)
- Big Data? No Thanks! Even if you don’t agree with the position, the images are neat. (via)
- Roll your own toy Unix-clone OS. (via)
- King’s Hand, which turns Go programs into utility scripts. (via)
- Why doesn’t findstr use the standard regular expression library? Another grep variant.
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- “look I come from debian so having a stable reliable system that _also_ has software that isn’t years out of date in the repos is a shocker” (about the ports system)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.
Hammer now defaults to ‘noatime’, meaning the date and time of last access are not updated on every file action. Note that creation and modification date and time are still recorded. This will help with speed and disk activity.
This may cause a problem with any software expecting this to change – mutt, possibly? We will find out. This change was done after the 4.4 branch, so it’s not in the current release of DragonFly.
If you are a WeChat user and want a DragonFly BSD shirt, send your Chinese address and mobile number to email@example.com, or scan this image to join the WeChat DragonFly BSD group.
This is exclusive to China right now, as it’s being done by DragonFly developer Sepherosa Ziehau – who, as you might guess by now, is based in China.
BSDNow 119 is up, with even lengthier news summaries than usual, and an interview of Paul Goyette about his testing work with NetBSD.
John Marino has created two custom make variables – .MAKE.DF.OSREL and .MAKE.DF.VERSION. (They return the current DragonFly versioning, if you can’t tell from the name.) Apparently, if you build all 22,000 or so ports together, about 15% of the total time is just awk looking up the system version, and this removes that repeated task.
Matthew Dillon has added two Hammer2 directives – ‘info’ and ‘mountall’. See his commit message for a explanation of each. This predates the 4.4 branch, so it’s available in the current release. The usual caveat applies: Hammer2 is for development only; don’t use this to store data you want to use.
I am taking this moment away from my significant backlog of things to post to note that there have been a lot of games fixes in DPorts lately. Thanks to Rimvydas, many small bugs that kept games from compiling on DragonFly are now fixed. The easiest way to see is to look at the commits from December 8th and back, but the best way is to pick one and play.
Sharp-eyed users will note that release is happening with version 4.4.1, rather than the 4.4.0 you’d expect. That’s because I tagged 4.4.0, built the images, and then OpenSSL 1.0.1q was released. Rather than make everyone who installs DragonFly need to immediately update, Sascha Wildner brought in the OpenSSL update to the 4.4 branch, and I built 4.4.1 instead.
Another done-early week. I’m already filling in next week’s Lazy Reading.
- Computer graphics from the 1970s/1980s. (via)
- How the Atari ST almost had Real UNIX. (via)
- Worg, the Org-Mode Community. So many people sing the praises of orgmode. (via)
- The 68000 Wars, a history of Commodore, parts one, two, three, four. (via)
- Novena: A Laptop With No Secrets. Not easy to build or use, but I’m glad it exists. (via)
- XINU OS – Xinu Is Not Unix. (via)
- Eavesdropping on the Hidden World. (via)
- “How the heck do you people google for Windows problems?“
- dd – Destroyer of Disks. Not all these apply consistently to various BSDs. (via)
- I can appreciate some of what Facebook’s doing with new offices, but a big room doesn’t have to be so ugly. (And I don’t even like FLW!) (via)
- What’s so special about 2147483648?
- Dwarf Fortress 0.42.01 is out.
- Let’s Encrypt is in public beta. (via many places)
- How I stay happy making open source software. (via)
- Taco Bell Programming. I agree with some of the sentiments, though Taco Bell mostly just means crap, not reusability. I prefer my tacos to be Mighty.(via)
Your unrelated music clip of the week: Coldcut – More Beats n Pieces.
Your unrelated community funded game of the week: Psychonauts 2. A sequel to one of my favoritest games ever.
I was going to make comments about this being a light week, and then suddenly I had overflow.
- The 2015 NYC Tech Meta-Party is December 14th. Lots of BSD people there; I wish I was.
- The Call for Papers for BSDCan 2016 is out. (also via)
- Early days of Unix and design of sh. Stephen Bourne’s recent NYCBUG talk; make time to see this if you missed the BSDCan 2015 show.
- FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems, the early access draft, is available.
- Hosted NetBSD (and others) from Serveraptor. We need a list of hosting orgs where you can run BSD.
- One of the three OpenBSD users. (via)
- PXE boot OpenBSD from OpenWRT. (via)
- NetBSD gains sqlite3db and also DTC.
- PHP5.4 is being retired from pkgsrc.
- IBCS2 support in FreeBSD is removed, for now at least.
- OpenBSD now has an etherip(4) device. (No man page to link to as of this typing)
- iXSystems at Fossetcon 2015.
- Preparing multitouch support – request for tests
- Is That Linux? No, It’s PC-BSD. (via)
- How to Install Ajenti with Nginx and SSL on FreeBSD 10.2. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/11/30.
- Distrowatch reviews NetBSD 7. (via)
- FreeBSD and FreeNAS in Business by Randy Westlund.
I’m combining two items because news happens faster than I can post: Tomohiro Kusumi has added a ‘dm-flakey’ target to the disk mapper, so you can simulate an unreliable disk, reliably.
BSDNow 118 is up, and it has an interview with Mark Heily about relaunchd, along with a number of other BSD news things that I haven’t even read yet because I didn’t expect the episode before today.
DragonFly has historically performed very well with NFS. I don’t have hard numbers to point at (an interesting exercise if someone wanted it), but in any case: DragonFly now can tune up to a much larger iosize, which means better NFS performance. DragonFly <-> DragonFly NFS performance can now max out a GigE link, or with anything else that can handle the larger iosize. That plus additional readahead, also in that commit, means easier netboots.
BSDTalk has a 65-minute recording of Ed Maste and George Neville-Neil at vBSDCon 2015 presenting “Supporting a BSD Project“. Note that it’s a recording of the presentation itself and not an interview after the fact. I don’t think vBSDCon has had any released video, or I don’t immediately remember seeing any, so this may be the only way to experience this talk.
I have a huge backlog of things to post, so this is originating from the 17th: Matthew Dillon has been working for some time on hardlinks and Hammer 2. Hardlinks are the same file, presented in multiple places. This can be a problem when your filesystem keeps infinite, writable snapshots. The solution he just commited is called ‘xlink’ and the commit message has details.
I am all over the map this week.
- How The Ballpoint Pen Killed Cursive. I learned D’Nealian; my mother wrote Spencerian. Technical lettering in college and signing labs as a grad student destroyed my style. Anyone know a good source of fountain pens that are cheap/usable? I don’t want to go down the crazy route. (via)
- Triple redundancy in a Boeing 777. An Ada program compiled with 3 different compilers and run on 3 different processors. (PDF, via)
- If you’re curious about gold (the software, not the metal) and how linkers work, given DragonFly’s recent switch, the author of gold, Ian Lance Taylor, wrote a 20-part series about the topic. (Linked here before some years ago, but it’s worth reading now.)
- “We got around three“. A lesson in the persistence of Fortran.
- Former Atari Employee Posts Work Email Log from 1982-1992. The source of the link has many choice comments pulled out.
- Four examples of excellent interface design. In games, of course. The only one I’ve tried is Brogue, previously linked here, and its terminal controls don’t feel like terminal controls.
- The Storage Engine: Timeline. History of data storage, an online exhibit at the Computer History Museum. There are some delightful pictures and stories. (via)
- Raspberry Pi Zero: The $5 Computer. Pretty soon it’s going to be possible to sneeze and accidentally lose several computers because you blew them off the table. (via, also here)
- Also, a comparison of price between similarly-powered computers: everything circa 1980 and the Pi Zero now.
- C.H.I.P. vs Pi Zero: Which Sub-$10 Computer Is Better? Topical! “Which runs BSD better?” is the question you should ask, cause price is almost immaterial. (via)
- A browser-based optics sandbox. Funny how this used to require a standalone program. (via)
- The Software Freedom Conservancy is looking for your support. They provide infrastructure to software you use.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Sunday Comics Kickstarter.
I informally grouped by topic, cause it has proved an exceptionally rich week for BSD links.
- A FreeBSD AMI Builder AMI. (via)
- Status of pledge(2).
- Multiple Perl modules for OpenBSD’s pledge(2).
- Going full pledge.
- iXSystems at LISA 15.
- Current Status of OpenBSD / OpenBGPd at RIPE 71 by Peter Hessler.
- Zedboard and BSD. (via)
- FreeBSD on the QCA953x (“Honeybee”) from Qualcomm Atheros.
- Onion Omega and FreeBSD.
- Yay cross–pollination!
- Tools for cleaning up KNF-formatted code.
- You should try FreeBSD. (via)
- Switching from OS X to FreeBSD – Both desktop and laptop. Very thorough, and a useful guide if you are contemplating the same thing. (via)
- Interview: Renato Westphal
- Hackfest OpenBSD Presentations.
- “The Devil & BSD: Leaving Linux Behind” (via)
- freebsd vs arch linux
- NetBSD has the Blum Blum Shub RNG, which I thought was a name selected for comedy effect, but no, it’s the names of the creators.
- Wireless, finally – with NetBSD on my Raspberry Pi
- You can no longer not encrypt ssh traffic, on FreeBSD. I am linking that mostly so I can use that convoluted English statement.
- rsnapshot on FreeBSD. (via)
- OPNsense 15.7.20 Released.
- Inline Intrusion Prevention. An upcoming OPNSense feature.
- Multi-tenant/VLANs behind a virtualized pfSense firewall in ESXi. (via)
- OpenBSD support in psutil 3.3.0. (via)
- Comments on the previously-linked “Why did I choose the DragonFlyBSD Operating System?“. Hey, someone mentioned the Digest!
Since DragonFly 4.4 has been branched, bleeding-edge DragonFly is now at version 4.5. As John Marino detailed in his post, that means pkg on 4.5 systems will look in a new place for downloads. (“dragonfly:4.6:x86:64”, since it always uses even numbers)
To cover for this, set ABI to point at DragonFly 4.4 packages in pkg.conf for now. They’re freshly built and functionally the same, anyway. Once there’s a 4.6 download path, that ABI setting can be removed. Packages for DragonFly-current are available now and probably at the mirrors by the time this posts.
Update: as John Marino pointed out to me, anyone on DragonFly-master who upgrades now will be at version 4.5. This means pkg will get the new (4.5) packages on the next pkg upgrade. That means a mix of old and new packages unless you either reinstall anything (pkg update -f) or hardcode the 4.4 download path until you are ready to switch everything.
So: DragonFly-current users should either hardcode the 4.4 path for now or force an pkg upgrade for everything. DragonFly 4.2-release users are unaffected.
Thanksgiving holiday in the U.S. isn’t slowing down BSDNow, cause there’s a new episode up with Bryan Cantrill talking about the awfulness that is Linux interfaces, along with a bunch of summary news items written out on the page.
Did you need to use SLIP on DragonFly? Do you remember what SLIP is? Well, it’ll work with a USB modem on DragonFly, even if you are making a face right now and saying, “SLIP? Who uses that?”
The default linker in DragonFly has been switched to gold, the newer version of ld. (get it, go-ld?) It’s faster, cleaner, going by the commit message. It’s possible to switch back to the old one if needed. This predates the recent branch for 4.4, so it will be default in the release, too.
This is one of those weeks where everything gets covered. Settle in, there’s lots to click.
- For Better or For Worse. About Go, but also about language design in general. (via)
- The Birth of ZFS. See comments in the source link about Oracle’s version vs. the BSD version.
- The Docker Monitoring Problem. Good for an explanation of containers. (via)
- Cmder. Slowly, the UNIX workflow style is taking over everything – even Windows. (via)
- The Early History of the more Command. “I named the program more. This was a daring move at the time, since it was such a long name for a UNIX command, and was also a real English word.” (via)
- Early Phishing. Click the PDF link on the upper right for the content. (also via)
- Where SCCS came from. (also also via)
- Alta Vista, 5 servers, 1996. (via)
- Dragonfly Key Exchange, RFC 7664. Nothing to do with DragonFly. (via swildner on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- ex reference manual, from Bill Joy. (PDF, via)
- xv6, “a modern reimplementation of Sixth Edition Unix” (via)
- Something to think about for “supported” older versions of software, especially in those long-term support versions of various Linux distributions.
- ADOM is now available on Steam. Runs on BSD, sorta.
- The AS7007 Incident. I knew of things like the Morris Worm, but not this event. (via)
- Does the Internet route around damage? I also did not realize the size of the RIPE ATLAS network.
- System Shock, a font reappears! (via)
- JF Ptak Science Books. A historical bookseller blogs – a lot! (via, via)
Another week where there’s so much to link to, it overflows into next week.
- Inaugural SemiBUG meeting notes. Next meeting is December 15th, with Josh Grosse presenting on bulk package builds in OpenBSD.
- Yahoo and FreeBSD (1997). For those who enjoy correlation without clear causation, there’s a relationship between Yahoo’s fortunes as a company, and reducing their usage of BSD. (via)
- “…I use BSD for my websites for a reason.” Similar material sprinkled through the comments. (via)
- What are some active BSD-focused blogs or news sites you follow? My answer’s in there.
- Setting color temperature.
- Try to make Graylog2 working on FreeBSD (and failed)
- Various options for presentation software on the BSDs. (Follow thread)
- rough code and working consensus, working in a group at the recent u2k15 hackathon.
- Speaking of which, one more u2k15 report.
- NetBSD machines at Open Source Conference 2015 Tokushima.
- Samba QoS? (FreeBSD)
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/11/16.
- OPNsense 15.7.19 Released.
Imre Vadász fixed top so that hitting ‘c’ filters displayed processes by command name. I am mentioning this not because it’s a huge change, but because I forget about all the interactive elements that are possible with top.
Does that count as alliteration? Anyway, Matthew Dillon has increased the size of the starting window in TCP. If you are on a higher-latency link and/or fetching lots of small files, you should notice better performance.
This week’s BSDNow has the usual news, plus an interview of George Wilson talking about ZFS. There’s a new Beastie Bits section that contains a bunch of short links to BSD material… Hey! That’s my niche!
I don’t think I linked to this anywhere else: Why did I choose the DragonFlyBSD Operating System? By Siju George, at BSD Magazine.
Reminder: Stephen Bourne, known for the Bourne Shell, among many other things, will be talking at NYCBUG this Thursday. Plan to get there early, cause it’ll be busy.
It might snow around here today, and I am looking forward to it.
- Why I Quit Ordering From Uber-for-Food Start-Ups. Describes the two ways online tools are going – centralization, or decentralized. (via)
- The On-Line Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences. Some readers will find this intensely enjoyable. Some highlights: funny, familiar, and complicated. (via print )
- What can you do when you can’t chmod chmod?
- The best logos from the Commodore Amiga scene. (via)
- Why Do Big Irons Still Exist? (via)
- The 10 Best Hacking, Coding, Computing Games
- Freeciv turned 20 years old. Play it online, immediately. (via)
- Voyager needs an assembly programmer. (via)
- Retro computer trump cards. (via)
- Forays Into Norrendrin, your roguelike link for the week.
- How one company is bringing old video games back from the dead. (via)
- Using ed(1) as a password manager. (via)
- Don’t copy/paste commands from the web. (via)
- Fashion Tech 1992
This is the sort of BSD link week I like, with lots of range and depth.
- Many many more u2k15 reports.
- Slides about pledge(). There’s a very good point (and followup) in there.
- Why I Chose FreeNAS When I Started My Own Landscape Architecture Firm.
- Initial 802.11n wireless support for iwm(4).
- noice, a file browser that works on all the BSDs.
- New [OPNSense] images based on 15.7.18.
- first semibug.org meeting next Tuesday. I’ll post a reminder.
- Videos: BSD History.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/11/09.
- The ZFS ZIL and SLOG Demystified.
- SeaGL 2015 Recap. (via)
- DesktopBSD 2.0 M1 released. (via)
- xorg for NetBSD/amiga. This will make someone happy.
- ConnectX-4 Mellanox network card support in FreeBSD. Does well under load.
- Re-rooting on FreeBSD.
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)
It’s Thursday and there’s a new BSDNow: Controlling the Transmissions. The interview this week is with Hiren Panchasara, about “improving TCP”, though I haven’t yet listened to it for details. There’s also the normal news roundup.
If you are using bleeding-edge DragonFly (4.3) on a machine with Intel video, the i915 module has been renamed. This means you will probably need to rebuild xf86-video-intel from source to have it match. There should be a matching binary package soon.
If you are on DragonFly 4.2, this does not affect you.
Sascha Wildner has brought over support for the Realtek 8168H. This may be useful because at least one low-cost server provider – Kimsufi, I think? – uses them by default in their product line.
When I say the links are wide-ranging this week, I mean it.
- Do one thing… An excellent reading of an overabused saying.
- Saga, control over your work. (via)
- Dungeon Robber. A Gary Gygax dungeon game from 1979, recreated. Flash, unfortunately. (via)
- What do your photos know about you? JFIF data is always a surprise to people.
- IF Comp 2015 Roundup. (via)
- How do we see each other…? (via)
- pinboard tips for web design.
- Flying Toasters, again. (via)
- What People Mean When They Talk About ‘The Cloud’. (via)
- The Midnight Archive – Old Machines. (video, via)
- Blue Lion, a new OS/2 distribution. (via)
- 3 films talking about pre-WW2 computer work. (via)
- Telidon: Early 1980s Net Artists. I never heard of this and I wish I had. (via)
- Measuring Network Throughput. (via)
Not even checking source commits this week; there’s already plenty of news.
- Ken Westerback at u2k15.
- OpenBSD also is getting a hypervisor.
- Running BSDi BSD/OS on VirtualBox.
- Faces of FreeBSD 2015 – Michael Dexter
- OpenBSD vs. nVidia
- nosh: Linux/BSD init, with systemd compat. (via)
- MINIXCon, February 1st, 2016, in Amsterdam. (via)
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/11/02.
- LibreSSL 2.3.1 is out. (via)
- Cyrix 486 Booting OpenBSD 4.7 (via)
- starting from scratch bugs.
- OPNsense 15.7.18 Released
- Detroit-area BSD user group, take 2. SEMIBUG is a good name.
- OpenBSD has a fork of less.
- pfSense 2.2.5 is out, and the pfSense project is 11 years old.
- A new issue of BSD Magazine is out.
- OpenBGPd and route filters.
“BSD Schooling” is the name of this week’s episode of BSDNow, and as you might guess from the title, Brian Callahan is the interview subject, talking about BSDs and education. It also points out interviews elsewhere, like Brian Acton of WhatsApp talking about how useful BSD is to work with, and another one where the CTO of HP appears to have the wrong idea of licensing. (also, an interesting but not surprising Stallman quote)
No themes evolved this week.
- Git. You may have already seen this.
- The Container Ecosystem Project. Use it as a term reference. (via)
- How many bad ideas can be bundled together at once? (via)
- The threat of telecom sabotage and Submarine Internet Cable Vulnerabilties. (both via).
- Future Forms. For fans of Braun/Dieter Rams design, largely. (via)
- cOS on commodore 64: Modern user interface with optional touchscreen. (via)
- 99 Bottles Of Beer – find(1) version. (via)
- Classic Bug Reports. I like this one. (via)
- Any One Else Using It? (via)
- YOU WILL REGRET THIS! You will maybe get the joke if you played the original SimCity.
- Popular Unix Text Editors & How to Exit Them. (via)
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.”
- Buy an x220.
- A week of pkgsrc #12.
- 20Gb of Internet traffic on OpenBSD won’t work.
- Nouveau runs on NetBSD with hardware GL support.
- English-only in OpenBSD.
- Help! Can’t install NetBSD 7 – problem with .iso file
- Steam on the BSDs (not wine)
- mge/etherswitch support in FreeBSD, especially for some Marvell chips.
- Bluetooth LE Security Management channel support in FreeBSD.
- mpsutil in FreeBSD has been updated. (for LSI Fusion-MPT 2/3 controllers )
- add BSD to OS options in the forum user profile.
- NetBSD 5.x is reaching end-of-life.
- The Tor Browser for OpenBSD has been updated.
- The 3rd quarter FreeBSD status report is out.
- OpenBSD interviews: Ted Unangst, Brandon Mercer, Antoine Jacoutot, joshua stein, Landry Breuil, Henning Brauer, and Stefan Sperling.
- Or just look at Undeadly’s complete list.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/10/16.
- Lumina Desktop 0.8.7 is released.
- FreeNAS ‘what’s new’ issue 26. FreeNAS is 10 years old.
- A new FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS review.
BSDNow 113 has the normal news roundup, plus an interview of Jordan Hubbard, talking about BSD, and specifically NextBSD.
Via EFNet #dragonflybsd, “Booting DragonFlyBSD with Hammer on a GPT drive“.
For those of you with DragonFly and an Intel i915 chipset, Francois Tigeot has moved support up another notch, to match Linux 3.18. This will help Cherryview and Broadwell chipset users the most.
I think at this point, Sepherosa Ziehau is able to improve the DragonFly network stack by just standing near his computer and concentrating for a few minutes. For example, he’s unearthed another improvement to connect rate/reduction of CPU usage.
No themes this week.
- Raiders of the Lost Web. (via)
- The first chapter of “The Go Programming Language” (PDF).
- The Cray Files. (via)
- Turning a conference into a conference call. (via)
- 3 Envelopes for sysadmins.
- A Beginner’s Guide to the Synth. (via)
- The Little Printf. (via)
- The Tech Model Railroad Club – Hackers at 30. See comments at via link about the IBM 407.
- Guide to Deploying Diffie-Hellman for TLS. (via)
- The real meaning of ‘systemd’.
Your unrelated food image of the week: Cheese Meets Bread: an International Love Story. I shall treat that as a sort of to-do list.
There’s a lot of developer interviews lately.
- DragonFly BSD + FreeBSD (via)
- Hubert Feyrer has a roundup of the recent NetBSD interviews.
- OpenBSD 5.8 is released.
- OpenBSD turns 20.
- OpenBSD developers: Dmitrij D. Czarkoff (via)
- OpenBSD developers: Vadim Zhukov (via)
- OpenBSD developers: Marc Espie (via)
- OpenBSD developers: Bryan Steele (via)
- OpenBSD developers: Ingo Schwarze (via)
- OpenBSD developers: Gilles Chehade (via)
- OPNSense 15.7.17 released.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/10/19.
- EuroBSDCon 2014 Videos Online. The date is not a typo.
- GhostBSD’s graphical ZFS installer. (via)
- Grace Hopper Convention 2015. (FreeBSD Foundation)
- W^X enabled in OpenBSD Firefox port. (via)
- Announcing NetBSD 7.0 for USB Flash Drives. (via)
- pkgsrc-wip has finished the move to git. It should be easier to contribute.
- FreeBSD on 96-core (dual socket) ThunderX system. (via)
- Compilers in the BSD base system. (via)
- Michael W. Lucas is giving a talk on SSH on November 10th, in Farmington Hills, Michigan.
- Robert Bourne is returning to NYCBUG to talk on November 19th. Catch this if you can; it’s worth it.
- I already scheduled reminder posts for both those events.
Your cross-platform software of the week: Syncthing. Runs on all the BSDs. (Via discussion on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
It’s been an oddly quiet week for news, plus I have been busier than usual at work due to snow hitting the northeast. But! It’s Thursday and there’s a new episode of BSDNow. There’s an interview of Adam Leventhal and the usual news roundup.
Accidental topic this week: very, very old computers.
- Computer Show. Modern show, looks like it’s exactly from the mid 1980s. (via multiple places)
- Computing Britain. From the BBC, freely downloadable computing history audiofiles, quite worth it. (via)
- Phones for the People. I don’t think it’s as egalitarian as it is described, but it is interesting to see the variety. (via)
- RTC Quickstart. RTC is an alternative to the not-private-and-not-open Skype. Why don’t more people use it?
- More secure Wi-Fi routers. This would be the best Internet of Things approach. (via)
- You Wouldn’t Base64 a Password. (via)
- Blue screens of death, some of which you’ve surely seen before. (via)
- The first Apple ][ viruses. (via)
- Dark Castle and Macintosh System 6 Emulator. (via)
- Vim and Composability (via)
- A Simpler Vim Statusline. (via)
- Vim: Convenient Code Navigation for Your Projects. (via)
- Unix commands: The joy of curl
- Ohmu. I like the visualization.
- Wander (1974) — a lost mainframe game is found! (via)
- Lost mainframe games (also via)
- The lack of historic knowledge is so frustrating. AKA “learn from past mistakes”.
- The SCELBI, rebuilt. (via)
- CSIRAC, the oldest computer that’s still physically assembled – from 1949! (via)
- Cardboard computers. (via)
- Long long long term data storage. (via)
- Google Code-In starts on my birthday, and Google Summer of Code 2016 has been announced.
- INOC-DBA: dial an ASN, get the network operations center responsible for it. One of the ways people make the complex creature called the Internet continue to function. (via)
- sandstorm.io, self-hosting which I’ve linked to before, and known, which I haven’t. More tools that people will eventually regret not using. (via)
Your comics link of the week: Cartozia Tales #1, with more added. I subscribed to this series long ago, and it’s a lot of fun.
Another good week for BSD releases and events.
- Why do you love FreeBSD?
- Announcing FreeNAS-10 ALPHA
- tame(2) is now pledge(2), and Call for testing: pledge(2) in -current
- The OpenSMTPD audit, a debrief
- OPNsense 15.7.16 Released
- EuroBSDcon-2015 Recap
- NetBSD-7.0 developer interviews: Pierre Pronchery, Antti Kantee, Christos Zoulas, Mateusz Kocielski
- Tom’s Hardware Reviews the FreeNAS Mini
- Call for testing: FreeBSD i915 driver (via)
- bhyve gains a sysctl-like interface.
- By chance, DMA in FreeBSD is newer than what’s in DragonFly.
- A summary from the recent BSDCon Brasil.
BSDNow episode 111 is up, with an interview of Brandon Mercer, talking about OpenBSD and healthcare. There’s the usual news, plus several ‘how-to-build-something’ articles up for discussion.
You will probably be able to guess some of my thinking processes this week based on these links.
- “If you work for Facebook, quit.“
- Related: Facebook “Shadow Profiles”. A DragonFlyBSD “fan group” spontaneously appeared on Facebook at one point, but didn’t actually exist – they auto-create Facebook pages for other people’s work, but don’t make it clear that the actual owner isn’t involved.
- Building an Analog Computer. (via)
- The Joy of Non-Smoking Breaks. Has anyone read “the Healthy Programmer”, mentioned in the text?
- Zipf’s Law, which I didn’t know existed.
- SP800-199, “Guidelines for the Secure Deployment of IPv6” from NIST. Very complete. (via)
- In defense of client certificates.
- Coding like it’s 1999. (via)
- Haunted by Data. More Maciej Ceglowski. (via)
I didn’t get to run through as much of the source commits as normal this week, but there’s still plenty to read.
- Why do you use *BSD?
- Service to read BSD 4.2 UNIX reel tape to file?
- vnStat, a network monitoring tool.
- Is OpenSMTPD worthy of OpenBSD inclusion? (via)
- Assigning programs to specific video ports.
- Recent OpenSMTPD errata and you
- The Rise and Fall of the Operating System. Talks about rump kernels, developed on NetBSD, I think. (via)
- junk filled files.
- EuroBSDCon 2015 OpenBSD Presentations Online.
- An interview of Jeff Rizzo about NetBSD 7. (via)
- What to expect in NetBSD 7.
- NetBSD-7.0 developer interview: Leonardo Taccari (via)
- FreeBSD using radius for login (via)
- What does the OpenBSD crowd think of Intel SGX? (via)
- Closing a door, via many places, which had a link to this BSD-related note.
- Verisign youtube channel has vBSDcon videos (via)
BSDNow 110 is now available. It’s back to the text summary format, so I can tell you easily that it includes an interview with Benno Rice, about Isilon and their interactions with FreeBSD.
There’s a new version of the Intel video driver in dports – xf86-video-intel-2.99.2015.09.09. If you update to this and you experience an xorg-server crash, Matthew Dillon found that changing the acceleration method from SNA to XAA fixes the problem. Don’t change it unless you actually see the problem, of course.
NYCBUG is having “true(1) and false(1), The Classical Code Reading Group of Stockholm, NYC*BUG Mix Tape Edition” happen this Wednesday the 7th. You may remember a similar event at the end of August. This will be led by George Brocklehurst from the original event, with NYCBUG members present. If you missed the previous one, try this out – by all accounts, these code readings are inordinately fun.
Completely unrelated: I rebuilt a baking (Hoosier) cabinet over the past few months, and I’m quite happy with how it turned out.
- The $9 computer is shipping today. Well, some days ago by when you read this. (via)
- What Happens Next Will Amaze You. Maciej Ceglowski’s talks are always excellent. (via)
- Vim Creep. (via)
- Hacking Graphing Calculators. “As powerful as Game Boys, and mostly used for the same reason”.
- ASCII to My Heart. (via)
- Awesome Open Source Documents. (via)
- Roundup: Retro computers in your browser. (via)
- Breakouts, 36 Breakout variants. This will keep you busy for a while. See previous Breakout links here. (via)
- The price of the Internet of Things will be a vague dread of a malicious world. (via)
- The History of the Design of Unix’s Find Command. The comments at the source of the link are interesting.
- A vim Tutorial and Primer. Again, the comments at the source of the link are possibly a better read.
- 18 cardinal rules of systems administration.
- 30 years a sysadmin. Same author as previous article.
- Brian Kernighan interview. Steve Jobs is getting treated like a saint; BWK is barely known. They both helped the same number of people, but Steve Jobs made more money. (via)
- Content Addressable Memory intro. Why routers are both underpowered and faster than general hardware at some tasks. (via)
- Your phone’s homescreen is dead. The gradual removal of user-initiated actions in computing. (via)
- Why have digital books stopped evolving? Lack of competition, I’d say. (via)
- aRrgh: a newcomer’s (angry) guide to R. (via)
- Predicting and controlling NetHack’s randomness. (via)
There’s lots to read through this week – just for BSD! I’ll have even more tomorrow.
- FreeBSD cloud use cases?
- Nvidia and X.
- The September issue of BSD Magazine is out.
- Reporting bugs and the BSD community.
- (Net)BSD newbie, some questions
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/09/28.
- Faces of FreeBSD: Allan Jude. You may have already seen that face on BSDNow.
- OPNsense 15.7.15 Released.
- FreeNAS: A Worst Practices Guide.
- A status report on Michael W. Lucas’s two upcoming FreeBSD Mastery books, plus his other work.
- tame testing.
- More l2k15 Hackathon reports.
- NASA’s Pleiades Supercomputer and pkgsrc. They even document it.
- Rebase when pushing to pkgsrc-wip’s new Git home.
- pkgsrc-2015Q3 is released.
- DTrace in NetBSD, though only simple scripts work right now.
- NetBSD gains PCI Extended Configuration Space support.
- Home server advice often boils down to “how are your backups?“
- OpenBSD parts in Toyota Highlander.
- Teaching to contribute to BSD. (from a just-run class)
The package x11-themes/dragonfly-wallpapers exists, thanks to John Marino, and gives you DragonFly-themed backgrounds in KDE. Or probably any other window manager, if you install it and point your wm at the directory.
Update: John Marino helpfully posted a link to the images. It’s not yet built as a binary, but it’s not exactly time-consuming to build from source.
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.
MIDI support has been (re) added in DragonFly, if I read this recent commit correctly. You may have supported hardware and not even realize it.