MIDI support has been (re) added in DragonFly, if I read this recent commit correctly. You may have supported hardware and not even realize it.
BSDTalk 257 is 15 minutes of conversation with Christos Zoulas, available now.
For some reason, I had this complete days ago, and I've already started on next week's links.
- The Apple II by Stephen Wozniak, a PDF. The initial color range makes me nostalgic. (via)
- Why Commodore disk drives were so slow. (via previous link)
- Know where you stand: the `pwd` program. A code reading, September 28th, in New York City. (via)
- In the same vein as Endless Sky from a few weeks ago, here's mention of Dune Legacy, a remake of Dune II, the earliest RTS - or at least the base model. Following links there brought me to Dune Dynasty, Dune 2: The Golden Path, and OpenRA, all of which are cross platform and also may run on a BSD - F/DF ports exist for OpenRA and F/DF/O for Legacy. (You understand my shorthand there, don't you?)
- The sad state of web app deployment. (via)
- Facebook has decided it is time I had a baby. Have you ever avoided a search term because you knew that the advertising you'd see for the next few days/weeks would echo it back to you? (also via)
- DigiPal, which sounds like a strangely named PDA, is a digital palaeography site focusing on medieval handwriting in England just before the Norman invasion. I find this interesting because I've been listening to this History of England podcast. (via)
- The US Long-haul Fiber Map. Also seen as "How many people can go offline at once, because of a misdirected backhoe?" (via)
- Similar: Undersea cable maps, or "How many people can go offline at once, because of a dragged anchor?" (via)
- Software Defined Networks - Four Years Later. YouTube recording, from RIPE 70. (via)
- Just some quick points about DHCP.
- New Forum - Version 7 UNIX. (via)
- Hacker News and Subreddit simulators. Startlingly accurate for being fancy Markov generators... which says something about the real content. (via)
- rough idling.
This took some catching up.
- MidnightBSD 0.7 is out. (via)
- OPNsense 15.7.14 Released.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/09/21.
- New email gateway release 3.4 “rocky”, based on FreeBSD 10.2. (via)
- FreeBSD on recent Lenovo Thinkpad W541. (via)
- *BSD and thinkpads. (via)
- Broadwell support in OpenBSD.
- LibreSSL 2.3.0 Released.
- Two OpenBSD hackathon summaries.
- "sid is a Static Intrusion Detection and integrity checking system" for NetBSD.
- sesutil additions on FreeBSD.
- rmt over ssh on OpenBSD.
- BSD 2.11, I assume emulated?
- Network drivers are a cross-pollination success story for BSD.
- New source/port change summaries for OpenBSD, on GMane.
- "Cheap hardware for router, perhaps fileserver?"
There's been a lot of improvements to DragonFly and graphics support recently, and Francois Tigeot gave a talk at the 2015 X.Org Developer's Conference outlining just how much has changed. He's posted the slides.
BSDNow 108 is up at the Jupiter Broadcasting site, though not listed ont he episodes page. It has an interview with Andrew Pantyukhin, and I haven't watched it yet to find out what else.
It has finally happened: There's no more IPv4 addresses left to allocate, at least for ARIN - and that's going to affect most people reading this. Ask your ISP for IPv6 access. The next step is being forced to implement either wonky 6to4 mappings, or just plain IPv6 networks.
If you happen to still be running DragonFly 4.0 - that's two releases ago and not supported - you may be noticing less ports are building. There's been enough significant changes in DragonFly since that release that it's reducing the number of buildable ports. DragonFly 4.0 to 4.2 is not a difficult jump, so jump when you can. The converse of this, of course, is that there's even more building on 4.2 and DragonFly-current.
Matthew Dillon brought over the FreeBSD iwm(4) driver to DragonFly, with some changes. This is useful to anyone with Intel "Dual Band Wireless AC" 3160, 7260, or 7265 units.
It's a in-depth reading week, so make time!
- Restoration of First Edition Unix Kernel Sources. I linked to a Google Code version of this before, but Google Code is shutting down. (via)
- Dark corners of Unicode. In-depth and also might make you despair a little. (via)
- In Search of SYNful Routers. (via NANOG)
- ALTERNATE REALITY GAMES COULD STILL TAKE OVER THE WORLD (AND YOUR LIFE).
- Joint Statement of Internet Engineers and Pioneers. Amicus brief for the FCC's Open Internet Order, but also a good explanation/history in itself. (via)
- XPRIZE's Jono Bacon on the next great challenge. "...the thing that is beautiful about open source is that anybody can play a role in a bigger picture." (via)
- Inside the Computer (EDSAC). Video. (via)
- 5 MB harddrive being shipped by IBM - 1956. (via)
- "Whens the last time you saw a snow crash?"
- More New, Original Web Dev Jokes.
- Designing for accountability, designing for broken-ness. The three failure modes listed at the end are interesting.
Lots of activity; I didn't even really need to look at source commits.
- OpenBSD (U)EFI bootloader howto. (via)
- System XVI: A replacement for systemd. (via)
- Book Review: FreeBSD Mastery – Storage Essentials. (via)
- The FreeBSD Journal Reaches New Milestone.
- BSDCam 2015 Trip Report: Mariusz Zaborski.
OPNsense 15.7.12 Released. OPNsense 15.7.13 Released.
OpenBSD GPT support enabled.
- Moving to FreeBSD. (via)
- FreshBSD v4: beta version of the commit log search engine. (via)
- Looking for a laptop with a good CPU and solid out of the box OpenBSD experience.
- The pkgsrc-2015Q3 freeze has started,
- BSD News for 2015/09/14.
I mentioned Endless Sky in the last Lazy Reading post as a game that might run on DragonFly. 'Romick' took that as a challenge and got it working; he's posted the steps he took so that anyone else can do so.
Noticed both in a commit message and in tonight's BSDNow, Imre Vadasz has added Panel Self Refresh (power saving) capabilities, set with a sysctl.
BSDNow 107 has the usual roundup of news, including some things I appear to have completely missed, and an interview of Aaron Poffenberger, who apparently gets BSD material into Linux conventions.
BSDTalk 256 (or as I like to think of it, BSDTalk 16^2) is out with 16 minutes of interview of Allan Jude at vBSDCon, about his work on the FreeBSD Mastery: ZFS book.
"OPNsense: On the Shoulders of Giants" is happening right now in New York City, at Stone Creek Bar & Lounge: 140 E 27th St., with Issac '.ike' Levy. .ike is the one who persuaded me to go to pfSense for my border devices at work, so it's interesting to see what he has to say about OPNSense. Of course, it may be too late by the time you read this - sorry! I thought I had pre-scheduled this post but apparently I did not.
John Marino's committed libc versioning. He has a post describing it, along with a note that anyone DragonFly-current should do a full buildworld/kernel and also update all installed packages. (Update: those new packages are on the way.)
This week just sorta blew up with the links.
- as2914.net, visualization of the Internet, seen "from the as_path of 2914". (via)
- The IPv4-pocolypse has started. (via)
- Make things astronautty. (via)
- Related: NASA Ames: This used to be the future. (via)
- Slack, the Ultimate Workday Distractor. Repent! Oh, wait, this is a different Slack.
- Endless Sky, a space exploration game similar to Escape Velocity. Cross-platform, so it miiiight work on BSD.
- Naev, a similar concept.
- “IT began with Ada - Women in Computer History 2 September 2015 - 10 July 2016". You probably have to be in Europe (Paderborn) to catch this, but there's lots of old computer hardware you can get close to. (via)
- Speaking of old (and expensive)... (via)
- Anderson.vim: Dark vim colorscheme based on colors from Wes Anderson films. That's... specific. (via)
- A hardware flaw in a new Cisco switch. See first comment on the source page.
- When the Unix load average was added to Unix. (via)
- The history of Clarus the Dogcow. (via) I have a "bootleg"? Clarus shirt I picked up at... Macworld years and years ago. I'm sorta hipster-proud of it.
- Ted Unangst rants about compiler-inserted backdoors. Follow the links he helpfully supplied in an article update to show responses to his views. (Something more articles should have.)
- One Weird Old Productivity Tip.
- Cynical interpretations of various project milestones.
- How do you get network connectivity from the worst PC in the world? Ugh. I used one of those, once.
- Time Cube is gone, Thyme Cube is still alive. I'm... vaguely sad? that Time Cube doesn't exist any longer. (verbatim via)
- Computer Science Courses that Don't Exist, But Should. Some of these ideas are actually pretty good, not just humor. (via)
This was a quieter-than-normal week, probably because of the North American holiday at the start of it, but I found enough articles by the end.
- Andrew Tanenbaum (creator of Minix) encourages you to go to BSDCon Brasil 2015. (though it has already happened by the time I saw this.)
- ctwm, an extension to twm in NetBSD.
- Lumina, and by extension at least PC-BSD, gains a Start menu.
- gpart can't yet replace fdisk in FreeBSD.
- The rge(4) driver is removed in FreeBSD.
- FreeBSD has gained the sesutil(8) utility, for managing SCSI Enclosure Services (SES) devices. It turns the light on and off!
- A history of modern init systems.
- DiscoverBSD for 2015/09/07.
- Clarifying NextBSD's Near Term Expectations.
- (OPNSense) System Health – whats next?!
- FreeNAS News, issue 23.
- Defeating Cryptolocker attacks with ZFS.