x86_64: Rebuild!

If you’re running 64-bit DragonFly, and you’re on version 2.11, you will want to rebuild with the latest sources.  Peter Avalos found a bug with file descriptor passing, and Venkatesh Srinivas fixed it.  It will require a quickworld/kernel build – maybe a full buildworld and kernel?  I’m not sure.   Some pkgsrc packages might need recompilation, too if they also passed file descriptors around.

Lazy Reading for 2011/08/14

This is a shorter version of a Lazy Reading post, but it’s linking to some extensive writing.  Yay for having other people make up for my brevity!

Your unrelated link of the day: the comics of Lucy Knisley.  (follow the ‘Previous’ links for more)

August OSBR: open source business

The August issue of the Open Source Business Resource magazine is out, talking about starting open-source based businesses.  It also announces a name change, to “Technology Innovation Management Review”. The reason, according to the editor, is that the original purpose of the magazine was to explain how you could make money creating or using open source software.  People seem to have figured that out now…

The question now is how do you make your (probably open source using) business grow.   I totally believe that now based on the number of businesses that have sprung up based around open source software; it used to be much harder to find a commercial backer for a project that let you see the source code.  Now, it’s practically commonplace.  (examples added off the top of my head.)

Lazy Reading for 2011/08/07

I’m throwing this in as a late update as I catch up on what happened while I was on the road last week.

  • Venkatesh Srinivas is doing The Right Thing and making sure patches get applied to the original software, not just in pkgsrc.  (bitcoin, in this case.)  Thanks!
  • Hey, more reviews (they agree with mine) for Practical Packet Analysis, from other No Starch authors.
  • RetroBSD: a tiny version of BSD, based on 2.11BSD and running on MIPS hardware, is available.  That was the one that ran on PDP-11 systems, so the small footprint is no surprise.  (According to the site) It uses a tenth of the memory, can run its own C compiler, and can fork.  Apparently uClinux can’t do any of those things.

Your unrelated link for the day: Rotate Your Owl. (via)