Next time you’re building or installing world on your DragonFly system (running master), your computer will do a better job letting you know the status.
Matthew Dillon pulled in a new USB update from FreeBSD to DragonFly. What does it change? I’m not completely sure, but he did it to get apcupsd working, so that may be a hint.
If you have a HDMI-connected monitor, but no sound, this trick about increasing available memory may help.
The newest BSDNow video goes into PC-BSD and booting, and interviews Justin Gibbs about the FreeBSD Foundation.
Hey, look what I have! There’s a pfSense pair of classes available to take. I went through them and found them worthwhile. pfSense is easy enough to use that a dedicated person can puzzle through most of the settings, eventually, but I don’t have “eventually”, and I want to encourage BSD products in my workplace… so here we are.
DragonFly 4.0 has had a minor point release, to 4.0.4. There was a bug in the initial install where the rescue image installed on disk would be incorrect. This was fixed after the first time a build/installworld was done, but might as well have it start out right. There’s some other small fixes, and the release commit will show you the summary. Download from your nearest mirror or update normally.
John Marino has removed Sendmail from DragonFly (as part of the base system), and replaced it with DMA, the DragonFly Mail Agent. If you just need delivery to local users, DMA will do the trick.
The announcement message covers what you need to do to deal with it (potentially nothing), and there’s more in-depth documentation to cover how to switch if you need more full-featured software.
This is the Lazy Reading mix I like – some history, some commentary.
- How to make your Unix prompts more useful and interesting.
- An exploration of the mtr utility.
- Sweet 16: The 6502 Dream Machine. (via)
- SMS cards: The technology inside IBM’s 1960s mainframes. (via)
- Vim is a Game. (via)
- DoS by lightbulb. (via)
- Public vs. private cloud.
- Euclid’s algorithm in the Shell. (via)
- The Joys of Unix – Cryptolog in 1978 (via)
- The Web’s Grain.
- The day the rabbits died.
- How many IP addresses can a DNS query return? (via)
Your unrelated link of the week: Perfect cup of tea renders all other tea pointless. A sloppy joke, so let me share these recipes for masala chai and hobnobs instead. I’m hungry.
- Which would be better as a free desktop; PC-BSD or OpenBSD?
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/03/02.
- M0n0wall alternatives at DiscoverBSD.
- BSD Magazine for February. (I think.)
- A preview of PC-BSD’s upcoming 10.1.2 release.
Michael W. Lucas’s Tarsnap Mastery book is out, in electronic form. While not a strictly BSD news items, it’s a service built on BSD, so worth looking at if you care about that – or about encryption.
The newest BSDNow episode talks with Sean Bruno about poudriere and QEMU. He’s using those tools on FreeBSD, but poudriere is useful for building dports on DragonFly, too. The usual news collection is there, too.
NYCBUG is having a book release event for “The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System” with George Neville-Neil, one of the authors. It’s happening tomorrow night, at the Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St. George Neville-Neil will be talking about DTrace, and there’s copies of the book to buy/win.
The just-posted BSDTalk 251 is 47 minutes long, and comes from vBSDCon 2013, with three people interviewed about Verisign and FreeBSD.
The temperatures climbed up to almost not freezing this week! It feels so warm.
- exa, a modern replacement for ls. I like the website. (via)
- Value of windowing is questioned. (via)
- Good PuTTY defaults for a happy SSH’ing life (via)
- The History of Graphic Design and Computational Form. Long, with many excellent examples. (via)
- Stirring Tea. (via)
- What Blogging Has Become. Think of this site. (via)
- All My Blogs Are Dead. Why I self-host whenever possible. (via)
- Why the Web Won’t Be Nirvana. Wrong, in 1995. (via)
- Futures of Text. (via)
- The Sierpinski triangle page to end most Sierpinski triangle pages. (via, including the link text)
- GPG and Me (via many places)
- Trinity, KDE3 continued.
- MATE, Gnome2 continued.
- What laptop to [sic] you use?
- “…then came Cisco, and the rest is history”: a ‘history friendly’ model of the Local Area Networking industry. Why there’s so many “Cisco shops”. (PDF, via)
- Chinese DNS Poisoning. It’s China, which means Chinese Government DNS Poisoning. (more) (via)
- How to be an open source gardener. Excellent, excellent advice. (via)
Your unrelated video link of the week: The Chemistry of Cookies.