The latest @Play column on GameSetWatch talks about something I didn't know existed: a NetHack tournament. Given NetHack's difficulty, the scores it describes are insane.
I don't recall if I mentioned this before, but the Google Summer of Code software (the part that Google manages) is now an open source project, for anyone to participate in. If and when DragonFly participates next year, this application is how it will be managed.
Hasso Tepper has posted a patch that brings DRM code in DragonFly to the very latest version, right out of the DRM repository. Give it a try; it adds support for a number of recent chipsets that may have only worked poorly before.
"Rumko" found that after upgrading clisp to version 2.47, pkgmanager stopped working for him. Watch out if you've been using pkgmanager to handle pkgsrc.
On an entirely personal note, I was having a conversation with my coworkers today about the change in technology within my lifetime; when I was young, there was no world wide web, no digital music, no timeshifting of TV programs, etc. etc. My workplace has an intern young enough to have never encountered these things. Now, I noticed this musicmaking tutorial on Youtube. In 1985, this would have been done in a room filled with electronics, probably hand-built, with cabling run all over the place. Now, the software that accomplishes that, with a single computer, is expressly designed to simulate those old analog connections. It's very wierd, and probably meaningless to those under 30. Also, yay dubstep.
The discussion over Git vs. Mercurial continues; Jeffrey Hsu has even volunteered himself to maintain and synchronize the two repositories. He also pointed out that there is precedent for this already: the git-using Linux kernel work has a Mercurial mirror.
Via Google, I found this Linux blog where the author installs DragonFly vith the new LiveCD; his install stops probably because of network issues, but it's worth looking at just because you get to see a screenshot of the very pretty desktop wallpaper used on the LiveCD.
Matthew Dillon's posted the results of the Git vs. Mercurial voting, which worked out to an even tie. (Darnit, I didn't think to vote!) He's posted a followup, proposing to make both available. Also, discussion of Git vs. Mercurial for DragonFly spread to comp.version-control.git, which led to a very technical and surprisingly even-handed (for the Internet) discussion of the virtues of each program. (via Hasso Tepper in EFNet #dragonflybsd)
Thomas Nikolajsen just noticed (I missed it) that Matthew Dillon's Hammer slides from NYCBSDCon 2008 are now available on the Hammer page.
"Voting" is closed on the source control system question; the immediate result is that people could use both Git and Mercurial read-only repositories, since both systems have a lot of users.
Dru Lavigne went to the Free Software and Open Source Symposium in Toronto; she has writeups from every session she attended:
- CSIA and Copyright Policy
- Komodo: Making Proprietary Products Open Source
- Teaching Open Source: Community's Perspective
- Teaching Open Source: Next Steps
- Enabling Healthy Open Source Communities
- The Convergence of Open Access and Open Source
- Creative Commons and Creative Copyright Licensing
- Innovation in Open Source Development
- Subverting Proprietary Economics
- Community Building and the Architecture of Participation
Part 2 (Sunday) of Will Backman's NYCBSDCon2008 summary is now up.Â (Part 1, if you missed it.)
Daniel Phillips has posted again about his Tux3 work, with some more conversation.Â He and Matthew Dillon have been comparing filesystem notes, since they are working on (separate) filesystem projects - see previous posts for details.
Sascha Wildner's added a periodic(8) script to run 'hammer cleanup', a much-desired (by me) feature for Hammer filesystems. See the hammer(8) man page for details.
MeetBSD is happening at the Googleplex in Mountain View, CA, November 15th and 16th. It sounds like quite a party!
Sepherosa Ziehau's added support for the Broadcom 5906/5906M chipset(s?) to the bge(4) driver.
Matthew Dillon's collecting opinions on what source control system DragonFly should move to; the two 'finalists' are Git and Mercurial, though other suggestions are welcome. There's already a lot of people that have spoken up; I count 11 for git and 8 for mercurial so far.
I love these.
- A new issue of the OSBR: "Building Community". (via)
- Android is out as Open Source (Apache license), seen many places.
- The latest @Play column about roguelikes: "Much About Monstania"
- Interesting to me: another "Perl on Rails".
- Heise has an article about Linux's ext4 and its segue into btrfs, which has been mentioned here before in contrast to Hammer.Â (via)
- While talking about the howling void, there's a post there about Git vs. Subversion.Â Matthew Dillon is in there asking about opinions on Git vs. Mercurial, for use with DragonFly.
- The Evolution of the Unix Time-sharing System*, an oldie but goodie.
Hasso Tepper has synced sensorsd(8), the sensor framework in DragonFly, with the latest version in OpenBSD.
I think I stumbled on this while looking at NYCBSDCon sponsors: Reconnoiter is a network monitoring application that is designed to monitor very large networks.Â It was started on OpenBSD, and works on a number of operating systems.Â Interesting for multiple reasons.