BSDStats was in DragonFly as a default-to-disabled rc script. It’s been removed. It’s still available, and updatable, in the form of the dport. The bsdstats.org website should have more info about what it does. (though the site appears to be down right now)
If no surprises happen, the release candidate for DragonFly 5.2 will be built this weekend.
Late, odd-day post cause it wasn’t up like normal on Thursday: BSDNow 237 has no interview but a number of recent news items, including details on the Pale Moon / OpenBSD port issues that I was not aware of until now.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day! In the U.S., we drink green beer and wear kilts, cause nobody’s terribly sure what Irish means within an American context anymore.
- Can you identify this VMS roguelike? (thanks, Erik Blomberg)
- An amusing story about a practical use of the null garbage collector.
- A potential way to have spaces in filenames and not break the Unix command line.
- QueryParser. Well, at least Uber has a positive side effect. (via)
- Sortix. (via)
- Light Phone 2. Linked to mostly because of the e-ink screen. (via)
- futures of distributions, “programmer-archaeologists”. (via)
- Tidelift. Related to the previous link: a sort of umbrella organization to create financial incentives for open source maintenance. (via)
- Looking back on the Jupiter Ace (Forth Minicomputer). (via)
- Unix folklore: using multiple sync commands. (via)
- Actually using ed. (via)
- Pulled from the last item’s source link: people who use acme seem to be devoted to it – even more than vi/emacs users.
- But there’s always ed. (also via)
- While on the editor kick: Spacemacs, an enhanced Emacs.
Your unrelated mollusk-related death metal of the week: Slugdge.
The first news item about pfSense is not necessarily new, but new to me.
- The next major release of pfSense is going to be significantly different. (other info)
- OpenBSD Gaming Resource,
- PkgsrcCon 2018. (via)
- What is your experience with Dragonfly as a user desktop?
- speaking at mug.org 10 April 2018.
- FreeBSD to be Featured at SCaLE 16x.
- 8 months with TrueOS. (via)
- This Tuesday at SemiBUG: QubeOS vs OpenBSD.
- NetBSD Spectre/Meltdown summary. (via)
- Not merging stuff from FreeBSD-HEAD into production branches, or “hey FreeBSD-HEAD should just be production”
- Quickly build and test applications across different BSD kernels with tonixxx.
- *BSD projects and Google Summer of Code.
- Broadcom 43xx 1.0 driver for MBP mid 2014.
- OPNsense 18.1.4 released.
Aaron LI wrote a tool to update a running DragonFly system from an existing image – release or snapshot. I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s very promising. It’s up on Github so if this gets you excited, you know what to do.
This is a sort of nice non-report report, cause EFI booting just works fine, as you’d hope/expect.
Old games – but not too old, for this week’s theme.
- Those pesky Makefiles.
- Star Control lead devs fire back at Stardock lawsuit. I link to this just to point to the excellent open source game Ur-Quan Masters, which is available on every BSD.
- Liberating a X200. (via)
- The Worlds of Ultima.
- Anime Floppy Discs. (via)
- Fashion shows are better at the future than movies, according to this jwz post – and I agree.
- The Basic Toolbox. A good checklist.
- SPHINX, 1987.
- Adding Colors to man. (via)
- Freedombox. Not necessarily endorsing this setup, but running your own server is an excellent, excellent idea.
- Shaolin Chamber 36. Soundtrack music. (via)
- Related: The 36th Chamber of Shaolin, one of the best kung fu movies.
- Shell readability: main and Shell readability: function parameters.
- The world of Linux Handhelds in 2018. That and the source link comments take you to some tiny hardware, which is my reason for reading.
- Wing Commander II.
- What free software is so good you can’t believe it’s available for free? A good chunk of what’s named here is immediately available to you via ports/dports/pkgsrc, without advertising or nagging, or the need to register in some megacorporation’s app store. Think about how nice that is, for a minute.. (via multiple places)
- How to tell when a company thinks they dominate part of a market: they drop interoperability with other protocols.
It’s a week for good quotes to pull from linked stories.
- Interview with MidnightBSD Founder and Lead Dev Lucas Holt. (via)
- Meltdown-mitigation syspatch/errata now available. For OpenBSD.
- a2k18 Hackathon Report: Ken Westerback on dhclient and more.
- John Carmack on OpenBSD, C++ & machine learning. “Linux is a lot of things, but cohesive isn’t one of them.” (via)
- A Year Away From Mac OS. “It turns out that when a huge portion of your system is open source your perspective changes.” (via)
- Found in comments in previous link’s source: OpenBSD game report on gog.com. I’ve wanted a BSD gaming site for years; I don’t have the time to do that too.
- Also found, a Reddit OpenBSD gaming group.
- OpenBSD vmm/vmd Update. (via)
- OPNsense 18.1.3 released.
- How do the different BSDs differ with regards to jails?
- AsiaBSDCon 2018 poster. (via)
- Sndio: a small audio and MIDI framework part of the OpenBSD project. (via)
- syspatches will be provided for both supported releases.
- Stack-register Checking.
- A week of NetBSD #1.
BSDNow 236 has a very eclectic range of items this week, including talk about pledge, cd, Bitcoin, Lua, Salt, SMTP, and so on. No interview, but I’m not sure how you’d even fit that in.
If you are using virtio drivers, there’s no longer a need for ‘device virtio_pci’ in your kernel config. It’s autoloaded as a dependency. If you run a custom kernel, remember to take it out. You’ll want to do that now if you’re on 5.1, or later at the next version upgrade if you are on 5.0.
There’s no speaker scheduled, but NYCBUG is having a meeting this Wednesday at 6:30 PM. Go, if you are near.
Overflow that started 2 weeks ago. Maybe I should go intraweekly for Lazy Reading?
- The Multics history of Unix. I link it for the Dennis Richie anecdote. (via)
- Unix: Building a Development Environment from Scratch. (PDF, via)
- A Life Lesson in Mishandling SMTP Sender Verification. Outlook.com is huge and poorly configured – it’s the AOL email of the 2010s!
- Whatever Happened to the Desktop Computer? (via)
- bhgv/Inferno-OS_Android – an Android port of Inferno OS. Phones seem a natural location for this. (via)
- What is Debian all about, really? Or: friction, packaging complex applications. Uses Debian, but applies to any packaging system. I like the “strong guarantee” language. (via)
- Analysis of SSHFS performance for large builds.
- Keyboard notebook – sized to fit under your keyboard, a good/simple idea. Kikkerland is like the U.S. version of Atypk.
- The Remarkable Number 1/89. (via)
- VF-1, a commandline Gopher client. (also via)
- Spacewar: Fanatic Life and Symbolic Death Among the Computer Bums. A Rolling Stone article from 1972 that ends with code. (via)
The first link about TorBSD is important: many of the major security issues in computing trace back to having only one vendor or product or whatever, used by everyone.
- An Open Letter to BSD-powered Companies and Projects. (via)
- NetBSD GPU support (Intel HD 4400).
- Device Driver Development for BSD.
- Hypervisor on dfly?
- Unfortunately, StackOverflow is a difficult-to-avoid site nowadays… Man pages don’t have this issue. (via)
- “Virtual machine templates for BSD flavours“. Includes DragonFly. (via)
- Mac OS versus FreeBSD: A Comparative Evaluation. Might be paywalled. (via)
- 44CON 2018 CFP Is Open. A security conference in the UK, later this year – not a 4.4 BSD conference that has somehow lasted multiple decades, darnit. However, the source link notes a need for OpenBSD material.
- A long two months. “On Friday we saw the patches Matthew Dillon put together for DragonFlyBSD for the first time. These were the first patches for KPTI that were very straightforward to read and understand, and applied to a BSD-derived kernel that was similar to those I’m accustomed to working on.” Hey, nice credit. (via)
- Pledge: OpenBSD’s defensive approach to OS Security. (via)
- NetBSD proposal for stop-the-world syscall. (via)