DragonFly has an automated installer, called PFI, for “pre-flight installer”. It’s not well-known, and there isn’t a man page to link to for it that I can find. Because of that, I jump at any chance I can get to link documentation or example configs.
I realized I’ve been working on the Digest for almost a decade and a half now, and I have readers outside of just DragonFly. I’ve always been grateful for the attention people pay to my aggressive trips down the rabbit hole.
I’m also always hungry. Hungry for more information, sure, but also for a sandwich. If you want to send me a link, that’s great, but until now you couldn’t really send me a sandwich. I’ve set up a Patreon page, so now you can.
Oddball and quirky links, the best part of Lazy Reading.
- Exploring the Future Beyond Cyberpunk’s Neon and Noir. (via)
- WebPerl. (via)
- 808, the trailer. (via)
- The mysterious heart of the Roland TR-808 drum machine. (also via)
- Letter of Recommendation: Detroit Techno. (also via)
- “1970 January -1 and December 35“.
- “The El Paso time zone rebellion“.
- The Periodic Table of Data Structures, PDF. (via)
- The original Unix
ed(1)didn’t load files being edited into memory.
- Using nmap on your home network.
- The ‘Tapper’ videogame patent.
- “Unexpected objects to find Unix“.
- PRACTICAL COMPILER CONSTRUCTION. (indirectly via)
- The BNC Connector and How It Got That Way. (via)
- The Single Board Computer Database. (via)
- Cambridge UNIX historians (Cambridge, United Kingdom) Go, if you are near. (via)
Your unrelated music link of the week: Justin Broadrick interview.
It’s a mad rush to get these all posted in time for the weekend.
- Absolute FreeBSD, 3rd Edition. Best place to buy, with ILUVMICHAEL 30% off coupon code.
- Related: Auction Winners.
- Ensuring Perl’s Viability on FreeBSD: A NYCBUG-NY.PM Collaboration, coming up on November 7th.
- FreeBSD amd64 syscalls. (via)
- “Does anyone know if parsec works on OpenBSD?“
- The BSD Club discussion forum. (via)
- “What are some UNIX design decisions that proved to be wrong or short sighted after all these years?“
- DNS over TLS in FreeBSD 12.
- libcrypto ASN.1 header removed in OpenBSD.
- Show OpenSMTPD queue and force sending queued mails.
- Valuable News – 2018/10/20.
- FreeBSD 12 beta 1 out.
- “What I learned from porting my projects to FreeBSD“. (via)
- Configuring FreeBSD for Infrastructure. (via)
- OPNsense 18.7.6 released.
- The OpenBSD Foundation receives the first Silver contribution from a single individual.
- Ohio LinuxFest 2018 Recap.
- NetBSD on the RISC-V is alive. (via)
- How to make routers with NetBSD’s NPF and Lua (Tokyo, Japan 2019/02/07) (via)
- “TrueNAS support is pretty great“.
There’s a fix for memory contention in NUMA (meaning Threadripper in this case) configurations on DragonFly; the commit has before-and-after numbers. They are somewhat context-free, so I can’t easily translate to what this means for performance.
BSDNow 269, along with convention reports and other items, covers something I never expected: System V daemons on BSD.
The performance page on dragonflybsd.org has been updated with numbers on symmetric multiprocessing performance. (Scroll to the 2018 section.)
- MINITEL ALL, opening November 6th in New York City. They’ll have running consoles!
- It is a badge and a fully functional computer: Supercon badges.
- “We are captives to our phones, they are having a deleterious effect on society, and no one is coming to help us. On the upside, this is a great phone.” (via)
- Pen mouse.
- Unix in East Germany (1990) (via)
- Arcan versus Xorg – Approaching Feature Parity. (via)
- The Bounty of the Public Library. I have found University level education is there, for free, as long as the format can work for you.
- Garbage collection and the underappreciated power of good enough.
- How Lisp Became God’s Own Programming Language. (via)
- Floppy in watch. Surely I’ve linked to this before.
- Freedesktop.org: its past and its future. (via)
- Legion of Lobotomized Unices. (via)
- Maybe the worst conference talk I’ve ever been to.
- What laptop are you using?
- Why you should be willing to believe that
ed(1)is a good editor.
- High-res graphics on a text-only TRS-80. (via)
- Winamp 5.8 Release – First update in 5 years. And of course Webamp. (via)
Well, I cleared my tab backlog, but not my RSS backlog…
- NetBSD machines at Open Source Conference 2018 Kagawa. (via)
- OpenBSD’s unveil(). (via)
- OpenBSD on the Desktop: some thoughts. (via)
- Fuzzing the OpenBSD Kernel.
- vmm(4) gets support for qcow2.
- n2k18 Hackathon report: Ken Westerback (krw@) on disklabel(8) work, dhclient(8) progress.
- New mandoc feature: -T html -O toc.
- Locking OpenBSD when it’s sleeping.
- SoloBSD 11.2-STABLE-1009.
- Tor on OpenBSD part 1 and part 2.
- Unveiling OpenBSD pflogd(8). (via)
- OpenBSD on the Lenovo A485. (via)
- Questions on building FreeBSD fileserver for video production.
- A Unix Shell poster from 1983. Might be BSD, might not. (via)
- Valuable News – 2018/10/13.
- The byproducts of reading OpenBSD netcat code. (via)
- Slant, an OpenBSD system monitor. (via)
- OpenBSD 6.4 Released.
- “OpenBSD Foundation gets a second Iridium donation from Handshake!“
- BSD and home automation.
- OPNSense 18.7.5 released.
- Upgrading OpenBSD (on Vultr)
- Upgrading OpenBSD with Ansible. (via)
If you were looking to install DragonFly into part of your already-in-use hard drive, here’s some conversation about the process.
This week’s BSDNow has a lot of “You will not regret knowing this” material – ZFS performance measurement, 2FA SSH, and using Netcat in various ways.
Matthew Dillon’s moved tty_token from a global to per-CPU token in most cases in DragonFly. This is good for performance as with any global->local shift, but I can’t tell you what aspect it improves.
Did you use the digi(4), rp(4) and si(4) serial device drivers in DragonFly? I don’t think so, but you definitely can’t now.
Here’s your reminder: MeetBSD is happening October 19-20 in Santa Clara, CA. That’s the end of this week. Go, if you are near.
A good, oddball week.
- Happy #CIDRDay!
- Exploring OmniOS in a VM.
- Endless amounts of Commodore 64 games, in-browser. (via many places)
- Dangit, I missed posting about the Roguelike Celebration. (via)
- Software Heritage, archiving code. (thanks, Siju)
- Classic computers in Lego. Cuter than I thought possible. (via)
- Spleen – Monospaced bitmap fonts. A teeny terminal font, working down to 5×8. Designed on OpenBSD? I don’t know the tools used. (thanks, Frederic)
- Engineered Arts, a company that builds robots for interaction. What a fun job to have! (via)
- Bellingcat’s Online Investigation Toolkit. (via)
- 2018 IFComp entries. (via)
- everything you ever wanted to know about terminals (via)
- Oddness: the zoneinfo file on your computer right now could be affected by Earth speeding up.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Draculagate, a book funded by Kickstarter. Watch the video.