I wrote up some thoughts for the next release of DragonFly. There’s some project work in there for anyone interested. The next release should be near the end of May.
I’m hiring a sysadmin at my workplace:
I suddenly can’t remember if I pad my dates with zeros.
- Certain people will love this: After Dark in CSS. Flying toasters! (via)
- MicroMUSE, a story about Gopher and MUDs and nostalgia. Do any of the things I’ve built in MUDs still exist? I don’t know, but I kind of hope so. (also via)
- Crafting link underlines on Medium. I find it interesting for the obsession over ‘doing it right’. (via)
- Stupid UNIX tricks. Follow the email thread.
- UNIX: More networking basics for the beginner.
- Accidentally Turing-complete. This resembles the start of a number of science fiction stories. (via)
- Why Facebook will never innovate. My title. (via)
- Developers should know how to run their own server. Again, my title. (also via)
- Hack ‘N’ Slash, where you are supposed to hack the game.
- The Art of Atari. Art that describes a certain time and technology all at once. I’m sure I’ve linked to something like this before.
- Explain Git with D3. Animations to show what happens in Git operations. (via)
- The current Humble Bundle weekly sale is all
open sourcegames created with open source tools. I don’t know how many of them can run on a BSD, but it’s still nice to see them. Humble Bundles can be quite the deal, too.
- The Ultimate Frontend Build Tool: make. I see articles like this every so often that can be summed up as “hey, make is reliable and hard to beat – on the specific tasks it is suited for.” (via)
- AD&D cover art on Pinterest. (via) One of the artists involved in that just died. (via)
- DNSSEC-verified SSL Certificates, the Standard Way. Michael W. Lucas explains something I wish was more common: a way to use SSL without paying money to a CA.
Your unrelated link of the week: The creepiest animatronic work I’ve seen yet. (via Orbital Operations)
A quiet week this week.
- BSD author Michael W. Lucas has a project announcement mailing list.
- OpenBSD after version 5.5 will no longer support FTP for installation of sets.
- OpenBSD 5.5. preorders are available.
- NetBSD has imported mDNSResponder-258-14.
- OpenSSH 6.6 is out. I haven’t kept track of which BSDs have updated.
- DiscoverBSD’s 2014/03/24 summary.
- Another RetroBSD device.
- PC-BSD Weekly Digest 23.
BSDTalk 239 is 55 minutes of talk with Baptiste Daroussin at vBSDCon 2013 about ‘pkgng’ on FreeBSD. The BSDTalk post doesn’t mention it, but it is the same pkg tool that DragonFly uses, so Baptiste’s plans are relevant to DragonFly too. (I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet so I don’t know how much he talks about DragonFly, specifically.)
BSDNow episode 030 is out with an interview of Warren Block about FreeBSD documentation, along with a conversation on a number of other topics, including setting up a BSD machine as your access point (highly recommended, along with home router setup) and setting up a BSD (FreeNAS) as a Synology replacement. They also totally scooped me on Michael W. Lucas giving an OpenBSD talk – which might be because I forgot to sign up for his announcement mailing list.
Timezones are a human invention to describe the natural world, so they are changed according to human whims. That’s a grand way to note this change in timezones that is global but I noted in a DragonFly commit of tzdata2014b – look at the last entry.
One of the requirements to get NSS/LDAP working on (most) any unixlike system is to have dynamic binaries; meaning they are dependent on various libraries to run. Since you’re talking about programs for login when you’re talking about NSS/LDAP, that means if the libraries aren’t available, you can’t log in. DragonFly has static binaries just to avoid that problem.
Francois Tigeot proposed switching to dynamic binaries and building a /rescue directory with static backups, as is the case with I think FreeBSD and NetBSD. If you follow the thread, it looks like the best path is to use initrd instead. Initrd stands for INITial Ram Disk, and is the first volume the computer sets up to boot from BIOS. Since initrd gives the computer enough space to load all the needed modules (like Hammer2…), it works without making the computer dependent on various libraries or having a bloated /rescue directory.
(Someone correct me if I have the details wrong.) As long as we’re talking about things that would help DragonFly in a larger environment, can someone work on a VM balloon memory driver, too?
Aaaaaaaaa link overflow!
- The Story I’ll Tell at the Web’s 25th Birthday Party.
- When Will the Next Dot.com Bubble Burst? The comment from Gary Helms is correct.
- The truth about content management systems. It’s one of those basic mistakes that everyone gets to learn in some form. (via I lost track, sorry)
- The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s do better. I agree with the sentiment that smaller communities are necessary, and that Facebook is an unsustainable place for them. I’m seeing more specific communities retreating from social media to mailing lists – and it’s better. (via)
- UNIX: Network Basics for the Beginner.
- Boulet takes on tech support. We’ve all gotten that call from an older family member.
- The Turino XL, a computer with over 45 x 1017 bytes available.
- Worse. Bundling and the negative effects that come with it. (via)
- This World of Ours, a James Mickens logout column from December 2013 that I missed.
- Actually, if you look at his Microsoft Research page, he has links to his past articles at the bottom, plus a link to his 2011 presentation about why web browsers are horrible.
- Why I Use Vim. Describes a “climbing up, sliding down” learning curve, which puts me in mind of one of my favorite diagrams. (via)
- How to boost your Vim productivity. Some interesting tips in this, plus bits on tmux. (via)
- Coffee and its Effects on Feature Creep. Sort of a basic economics lesson. (via)
I have a list of commits I’ve saved between the various BSDs of licenses getting corrected to the 2-clause BSD license; that would definitely be a good cross-BSD project to sync.
- DiscoverBSD has a free KVM VPS for the taking – if you write about the BSD-specific thing you are doing with it.
- Also, DiscoverBSD’s news summary for the 17th.
- OpenBSD packages are generally up to date. The place I found this linked has comments noting the need to run multiple versions of Ruby to test – even multiple subversions, like different revisions of 1.9.x. I think that points at a different problem…
- There’s mg, which is a ‘micro GNU/Emacs’, found in OpenBSD. There’s also apparently a portable version. (via)
- OpenBSD’s upd(4) needs testing.
- OpenBSD has switched to Unbound, and it is apparently easy to enable DNSSEC.
- I didn’t expect rcp to be removed from OpenBSD, or a Thulsa Doom reference.
- Two small package managers for OpenBSD: sqlport and pkg_mgr.
- The hp300, mvme68k and mvme88k ports are gone from OpenBSD.
- If you’re using pkgsrc, php-fpm may be a better module than mod_php.
- FreeBSD has a faster SHA2.
- pkgsrcCon 2014’s Call for Papers is up.
- PC-BSD Digest 22.
- Hubert Feyrer has linked some NetBSD-specific slides from AsiaBSDCon 2014.
- Michael W. Lucas’s NYCBSDCon 2014 talk is up on Youtube.
BSDNow episode 029 is up containing a full slate of material. There’s an interview of Gleb Kurtsou, along with a PEFS tutorial and several other items that are new to me.
If you noticed the lack of a GUI DVD image for the 3.6 release of DragonFly, I posted a followup note on the users@ list that talks about the steps to get X installed. It’s not much work, with pkg set up.
Sepherosa Ziehau has an IPv6 patch for you to try. What’s it do? I think it improves performance under multiple streams of traffic, but that’s from looking at the code and totally guessing.
A lot of this was done early; last week had a lot of interesting stuff turn up. Maybe because we’re coming out of a extreme winter in the northern hemisphere, and people are feeling a bit more energetic?
- How to Eat Your Entropy and Have it Too — Optimal Recovery Strategies for Compromised RNGs. One of the authors, Yevgeniy Dodis, is I think speaking at an upcoming NYCBUG meeting.
- This may not surprise you, but the GNU version of ‘true’ can sometimes return false.
- I still have a weakness for 80s vector graphics.
- Matching one of the links from last week, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game online. (via)
- The History of Information. Mesmerizing, like reading Wikipedia in serial order. (via)
- Drifting into Fragility, a look at complex system failure analysis at WETA. Notable for the offhand comment that they’re rendering on 49,000 cores. That’s… over 9,000! (Old joke but still fun.) (via)
- pleaserun, an attempt to abstract away the systemd vs. everything else argument. Also, a perfectly descriptive name. (also via)
- Unix: Pranks that sysadmins play.
- Token ring: still used. Eh, could be worse; could be frame relay.
- The Mid-Career Crisis of the Perl Programmer. The leading tl;dr segments are dead on, but the essay itself rolls out into a conversation about skills for older programmers and what choices you make. (via)
- Maury, Innovation, and Change. Open data and common APIs – in 1850. (via)
- How to save read-only files in Vim. A step better than the usual advice.
- UNIX Magic. (via)
Bonus timewaster: 2048. (via multiple places)
Another week with lots of links.
- DiscoverBSD’s summary for 2014/03/10.
- PC-BSD Digest 21 – 10.0.1 release.
- FreeBSDNews needs a new maintainer. (am I the old man of BSD blogs? Yeesh.)
- FreeBSDNews also has two FreeNAS videos.
- OpenBSD is starting on USB 3 support. I assume this is separate from USB4BSD?
- OpenBSD has moved to OpenSMTPD by default.
- Hubert Feyrer has a summary of recent ARM developments in NetBSD.
- The 2014Q1 freeze for pkgsrc starts effectively today, lasting two weeks.
- Eric Radman pointed out that non-linear editing is possible on the BSDs using Blender, and here’s a tutorial.
- FreeBSD had an ABI change, so rebuild carefully on master.
- Man pages added by Microsoft to FreeBSD. It makes sense, but it still makes me pause.
- Apache is out of OpenBSD base.
- The window manager cwm has been made portable, meaning it’s not just for OpenBSD now.
- IPX and AppleTalk have been removed from FreeBSD.
Uh oh, I don’t get the pun this time. Anyway, the newest BSDNow episode is an interview with Eric Turgeon of GhostBSD,
and a disk concatenation tutorial for NetBSD and a tutorial that isn’t uploaded yet. (Wait, now I get it.)