Another set of benchmarks

There’s more benchmarks for DragonFly vs. other systems on Phoronix.  It has the same problem as previous benchmarks; some of the benchmarks may have no connection to reality (what does the “Himeno Poisson Pressure Solver” actually test?), and almost every system has a different version of the gcc compiler.  So it’s meaningless in terms of comparative or absolute performance.  On the other hand, DragonFly doesn’t do badly.

You can also look at the comments to see someone absolutely freak out over the very existence of things that aren’t Linux.  I’m not sure if it’s actually trolling, since the comments are so exactly wrong.

Lazy Reading for 2012/12/09

This is a mini-theme Lazy Reading, where I find small groups of related things.

Your unrelated link of the week: The Museum of Ridiculously Interesting Things.  Also known as ‘old weird crap’, but that’s OK – still interesting.

ISO639 update, of all things

I knew about files like /etc/services, for common IP port usages, and /usr/share/zoneinfo, for time zones, but I didn’t know that DragonFly (along with other systems) keeps a list of agreed names for various human languages defined by ISO639 in /share/misc/iso639, and it’s maintained at least in part by the Library of Congress.  At least I didn’t know until Sascha Wildner updated it.

Updated: Birthstones and flowers.  Don’t know why.

Lazy Reading for 2012/12/02

It’s been a quiet week, but that’s OK.  I have sick kids, sick coworkers, and a certification test this Monday…

Your unrelated link of the week: GET LAMP.  I thought I had linked to it before, but I’m probably thinking of It Is Pitch Dark.  It’s a documentary by Jason Scott of textfiles fame about text adventures.

New book forthcoming on DNSSec

Michael W. Lucas announced his next book will be about DNSSec, which is good.  It’s also self-published, which I like to see.  I don’t know if it necessarily makes him more money, but I like to see more exploration of this new way of publishing.

If you look at his announcement, there’s a link to something else: vendor-free SSL certificates.  These are possible?  That’s one of those things I didn’t even realize I wanted; having to deal with a certification authority is annoying.