This is a compact list, but there’s plenty to see.
A reminder: tell me about bugs.
I’m on mailing lists for KnoxBUG, SEMIBUG, and NYCBUG, so I know to post about upcoming events. I know there are more out there – can any members point me at the appropriate announcement mailing lists?
BSD Now 291 is up. The show notes lead with an involved BSD-in-production story that I just realized affected me; some simple hosting I take care of for a non-profit was involved in the move they describe.
GCC 5.0 is no longer needed in DragonFly, so it’s not being built, and can be removed on your next ‘make upgrade’. As a bonus, buildworld is a little faster.
Tonight, for anyone near Knoxville, TN: KnoxBUG’s monthly meeting is tonight. Nick Principe is presenting “So you want to setup a performance test environment“.
Lots of link clustering this week.
- Porting PuTTY to Windows on Arm, related to PuTTY 0.71 released. (via and via)
- Also: Pretty PuTTY – Better PuTTY Settings. (via)
- A Pi-Powered Plan 9 Cluster. I am not sure what this really gets you in practice, but it’s neat to see Plan 9 used like Plan 9 – meaning, across multiple machines. (via)
- A dedicated tablet for running 80s SGI demos! The Alice 4. (via)
- Repacking Social Media Into 1980s Nostalgia. (via)
- Before Adventure, Part 1: Hide and Seek (1972) and Before Adventure, Part 2: Mugwump, Hurkle, Snark (1973). Surely you have heard those words before.
- Also Before Adventure, Part 3: Caves (1973). “Visualize you are living in 1973, where there are almost no computer games at all…” Eeek!
- How I’m able to take notes in mathematics lectures using LaTeX and Vim. A crash course in using the heck out of Vim snippets. (Thanks, Heiko Kuhrt)
- bpkg is a bash package manager. Everything gets its own package manager now. (via)
- The Chinese ThinkPad rebuilding industry – I’ve mentioned it before. (via)
- Ceci n’est pas une pipe.
- Programmer migration patterns. ‘And I would have had to add a fifth category of programmer specialization, “configuring emacs.”‘
- Timeline of events with the Domain Name System. (via)
- The types of attachments we see in malware email (March 2019 edition) and What sorts of good email attachments our users get (March 2019 edition).
- Do do this at home, home automation evolution.
Heading towards spring, and I have weekend work, so pasting in everything I’ve got handy:
This week’s BSD Now hops through Free, Net, Open, and Sec for BSDs this week, as the show notes will tell you.
On DragonFly, booting from a USB stick means your boot volume is usually /dev/da8. That’s a rather arbitrary distinction. As a bonus from the recent part-by-label device change, you can now find the boot disk in /dev/part-by-label/, named by the booted kernel rather than a device number. The commit message has a slightly better explanation.
SEMIBUG’s monthly meeting is tonight, with Nick Holland presenting OpenBSD History. Go, if you are near Michigan.
There’s a bounty entry for Aarch64 support for DragonFly, on the bounties page. This is a difficult goal, but I think worth it. Add to it if you agree.
There’s a number of long-running BSD series out there nowadays, some of which I’m linking to here. That’s a nice change.
A reminder: If you are near Japan, AsiaBSDCon 2019 is on March 21-24, in Tokyo. Go if you are near.
That somewhat symmetric title is to note a new device feature on DragonFly: if you use disklabel to label a disk, its parts will automatically appear under /dev. So, if you label a disk MYVOLUME, and it has 3 parts, a, b, and d, you will automatically gain a /dev/part-by-label/MYVOLUME.a, /dev/part-by-label/MYVOLUME.b, and a /dev/part-by-label/MYVOLUME.d.
BSD Now 289 is up, titled “Microkernel Failure“. Among other things, the show notes has links to all 18 existing parts of the FreeBSD desktop series that’s been going on for some time.
Thanks to Aaron LI, you can now (actually, since December) run ifconfig without involuntarily loading associated kernel modules, with the -n option. See his commit message for an example.
I’m finally cleaning out some things I never got to post when new: last October, the DragonFly installer gained the ability to ask for terminal type, when used over a serial cable. Thanks to Diederik de Groot for that one.
(A rare combination… but when you need it, you won’t have an alternative.)
The binary package repository for DragonFly-current has been updated with the latest build of all packages, thanks to tuxillo and others on EFNet #dragonflybsd doing a lot of work.
Tuxillo noted: there’s new rust, thunderbird, firefox, nginx, several llvm versions, and a new chrome (version 72). freerdp is temporarily broken; use remmina with the rdp plugin instead. openvpn isn’t upgraded yet cause the build was with libressl, which is a broken combination – it’ll all be built with openssl in a future run.
Issues go here, submissions of work go there.