Running a spam blacklist

Peter Hansteen has an extensive writeup of how he has managed the spam blacklists.  Normally I’d stick this article in the Lazy Reading links, but the article is good enough to call out separately.   It’s excellent not just for the mechanical aspects of how the blacklists were maintained, but for his strict description on how the process is simple, verifiable, and transparent.  That last item, transparency, is how many anti-spam groups fall down.

Lazy Reading for 2013/04/14

We are very close to the next release.  As always, it comes down to building third-party software.  Lots of material here to read, until then.

Your unrelated link of the week: A bunch of monster models, all taken at a convention called Monsterpalooza.  A bit grody, but still some very good construction work.  (via)

DragonFly 3.4 release status

Here’s a status report on the 3.4 release, pulled right from my mailing list post:

  • We have the ability to use pkgsrc or dports (building from source in either case) now
  • Several people have committed the remaining last-minute fixes
  • I’m not going to have pkgsrc binaries built for the release.
  • dports binaries – John Marino and Francois Tigeot are uploading now.

I’d like to have the release available with binary packages for dports immediately, because I anticipate a number of people wanting to try it out. So, the release will be delayed a few days while the packages upload.

Summer of Code reminder for students: talk now

For anyone who is a student considering Google Summer of Code this year: this timeframe we’re in right now is listed by Google as time for “students discuss project ideas with mentoring organizations”.  This is the perfect time to find out what the people in an organization are like, and get early feedback on your project ideas.

Chances are, if you’re submitting a proposal for an idea from an org’s project list, you’re one of a number of students all trying for the same thing.  The best way to get accepted instead of any other applicant is to be the person they already know.

Summer of Code links for everyone

The DragonFly page on the Summer of Code site is set up.  If you are a potential mentor that I’ve talked to before, I’ve already sent you an email with details.  If you are a potential mentor I haven’t talked to, you can email me or send a request via the DragonFly page.  (Google has a new ‘connections’ method for signup this year.)

If you’re an interested student, take a look at the DragonFly Projects Page.  Keep in mind that your proposal does not have to be one of those ideas – new projects are always welcome, and often have the advantage of being unique instead of being one of several similar proposals.  (hint, hint)

Lazy Reading for 2013/04/07

It’s a week past Easter and I’m actually tired of eating chocolate.  I never thought I’d say that.

Your unrelated link of the week: nothing.  I didn’t find anything off-the-wall enough to use here.  Geez. announced

Constantine Aleksandrovich Murenin has put together a new site,  His announcement to users@ goes into a lot of detail, but here’s a preview: it’s an OpenGrok site that has a forked version of OpenGrok that’s both speedy and takes BSD into account, along with other nice features.

Here’s the catch: it’s currently IPv6 only.  IPv4 will be on as a test just today, and on for good shortly after.  Read that announcement I mentioned for details.

Testing out the DragonFly 3.4 release candidate

If you have a DragonFly 3.2 system and you want to try the 3.4 release candidate, you can delete your local source, edit the Makefile to pull down 3.4 instead of 3.2, and run it.

cd /usr
rm -rf src
vi /usr/Makefile;
(in vi) :%s/DragonFly_RELEASE_3_2/DragonFly_RELEASE_3_4/g
(save, quit vi)
make src-create-shallow

… then proceed to make buildworld and so on, as normal.

The caveats: I haven’t tested this yet, and this assumes you don’t have any local changes in /usr/src that you want to save.  The usual warnings about lighting your computer on fire, etc., apply.