I've got a long backlog of things to link to, so here's the start: ifconfig now has an 'lscan' option, to show long SSIDs. "Long" means 14+ characters, in this case. (Can you use emoji to create a SSID? That breaks character count and it's just plain hard to read. Hmm.)
Tonight, KnoxBUG has Ken Moore presenting on Lumina, at iX Systems. Go, if you are near Tennessee. (It's a day early because of Halloween.)
This is another one of those 'wide variety' weeks, so settle in; I am confident at least one of these links will grab you.
- ASCII: A Love Letter. (via)
- Leveling Up. There's a book offer there.
- The Inside Story of Texas Instruments’ Biggest Blunder: The TMS9900 Microprocessor. Written by one of the people involved. (via)
- A survey of CPU caches. (via)
- Home Assistant, an open-source home automation platform. (via)
- Vim after 15 Years. (via)
- MNT Reform: DIY portable computer. (via)
- Show HN: Vixl44 – Create pixel art inside your terminal using vim movements. (via)
- Mastodon 2.0. (via)
- F-Droid 1.0 released. (via)
- Screen Savers. Screen savers are arguably unnecessary at this point, so they have become a sort of art form, separated from their original utility. I like that. (via)
- A Research UNIX Reader: Annotated Excerpts from the Programmer’s Manual, 1971-1986. (via)
- The Xerox Alto, Smalltalk, and rewriting a running GUI. Read the comments. (via)
- Alan Kay Demos the Original, PARC GUI from Rescued Disc. (via)
For once, I was able to work ahead and get this done early!
- Using the Linux find command with caution. It says "Linux" but most platforms have find(1).
- What are BSD's nonfree firmware blobs?
- Linux to bsd.
- Are BSD binaries portable across the different BSD flavors?
- What's the current state of optimus support for the BSDs?
- (Video) FreeBSD 11.1 - Configuring And Installing A Custom Kernel
- Playing with the pine64. (via)
- FreeBSD/EC2: Community vs. Marketplace AMIs.
- pfSense as Edge firewall/router with DMZ, Sophos SG UTM as internal firewall/router.
- Kernel ASLR support in NetBSD. (via)
- The BSDCan 2018 site is up.
- OPNsense 17.7.6 released.
- OpenBSD gives a hint on forgetting unlock mutex. (via)
- Issues the BSD license does not have.
This week's BSDNow turns the tables, and the interviewer is you. Well, viewer questions for the staff, specifically. There's also the usual news summaries.
You can make them, but you can't mount them. Tomohiro Kusumi's note that mkfs_hammer2 works on Linux is of little wide practical use, but it's a sign of progress to a larger goal.
I should have linked this with yesterday's post: Sepherosa Ziehau put together some extended benchmarks on his changes between DragonFly 4.8 and 5.0, and their effects on latency using nginx to serve a lot of requests.
An optimization that applies to you only if you are on DragonFly, running nginx, and dealing with many requests: there's a sysctl that specifically increases available sockets, which will decrease latency; Sepherosa Ziehau's commit message gives stats.
Some overflow, some new.
- books chapter thirteen, books chapter fourteen
- Why I’m Using Bitmarks on my Products.
- The 68000 Wars, Part 5: The Age of Multimedia.
- Star Control 2 creators finally making sequel. Don't forget the original game is effectively free and available.
- Comprehensive Guide about Vim. (via)
- Gameboy hello world. (via)
- Connector Alignment Chart.
- Inside the vintage Xerox Alto's display, a tiny lightbulb keeps it working. (via)
- The PorPor Books Blog: SF and Fantasy Books 1968 - 1988.
- Termination of Transfer tool. (via)
- Web Audio Modem. (via)
- Retro Pi Cases. Put a Pi in a teeny Amiga 500. (via)
- Technology that is perfect despite being obsolete? (via)
Cobbled together Friday night because my new job oddly has less hours of work but less time to screw around. That's for the best.
- OpenBSD Jumpstart. (via)
- dtrace and ZFS update (for NetBSD, via)
- syspatch(8) Binary Updates Now for the Latest Release Only.
- Monitoring OpenBSD router.
- Sneaking in two threads (wait, more) about the DragonFly 5 release.
- FreeBSD 11.0 EOL.
- Why did OpenBSD silently release a patch before the embargo? Scroll to the end of the link for this item. Here's the explanation. (via)
- FreeBSD: Building software from ports (2/2).
- Syspatch for one release only. (via)
This week's BSDNow has David Carlier of Afilias interviewed, plus a EuroBSDCon travel report and more.
SSH in DragonFly 5, by default, does not make a password authentication request on outgoing ssh sessions. You can manually add the option or change the config. Or use public keys, which is really the best idea if at all possible.
Because of the major version number change, there's no packages built for DragonFly 4.9. Your options are to either update to 5.1 (which you probably meant to do anyway if you are running current) or manually point to the newest packages. Or just build from dports. For clarity, this does not affect you at all if you are running 5.0 release. It only affects you if you are running DragonFly-current and have not updated in a while.
Michael W. Lucas is talking tonight at SemiBUG's monthly meeting, and will be presenting on Tarsnap. Go, if you are near Michigan.
DragonFly 5.0.0 has been released. HAMMER2 is available in the installer. Multi-volume/clustering support isn't in there yet, but support for deduplication/snapshots/booting and so on all are. My post to users@ has upgrade instructions.
I have more links to post but I just plain ran out of time.
- The /bin/true Command and Copyright. (via)
- Pencil and Paper Games. (via)
- A Little Story About the `yes` Unix Command. (via)
- Open Source Game Clones. I linked this years ago, but it's updated. Still iffy on it. (via)
- Pixels camp 2017. (slides)
- Who implemented the Windows NT blue screen of death?
- Apple2fpga: Reconstructing an Apple II+ on an FPGA. (via)
- A Eulogy for Eudora.
- The Scrolling Orbs. Trackballs predated mice - significantly.
- The Balanced Ternary Machines of Soviet Russia. (via)
- A DDoS threat that didn't happen.
All at the last minute, this.
- rcmds removed from FreeBSD. (Thanks, Jeremie)
- Michael W. Lucas will be presenting on Tarsnap at the next SemiBUG meeting - the 17th.
- There may be a OpenBSD porting workshop with NYCBUG in early December.
- The anatomy of ldd program on OpenBSD.
- How to create BSD bootable USB Stick ?
- EuroBSDcon 2017: "travel notes" after the conference. (via)
- pfSense 2.4.0-RELEASE Now Available! (comments)
- OpenBSD 6.2 released.
- openbsd changes of note 629.
- FreeBSD and APRS, or "hm what happens when none of this is well documented.."
- I'm thinking about OpenBSD again. (via)
- Transition to Zstandard-compressed packages has begun.
There's no in-reference in this week's BSDNow, but I think they already did the "it goes to 11" reference. Among other news items, they've caught ClonOS, which I did not know about.
Tomohiro Kusumi has made the userspace tools for HAMMER1 compilable on Linux, so you could create a HAMMER1 volume on a Linux system. No, it's not the ability to read/write HAMMER1 in Linux, unfortunately - just some manipulation of volumes. I don't know what his future plans are for HAMMER1|2 on Linux, if any.
DragonFly has also gained the vmx(4) virtual network driver. This is in DragonFly-current now and will be in the 5.0 release.