Remember the commit that autocreates human-readable disk device names under /dev? (Here’s a reminder.) It’s now in 5.4 – technically, since 5.4.2. Anyway, it will automatically identify the root USB disk when you boot from a USB .img file, so you no longer have to guess which /dev/daX file it was – usually da8 but sometimes you got a surprise instead.
If you have been enjoying the Digest for many years, and you’d like to buy me a nice sandwich, you most certainly can.
Accidental theme of the week: old-school non-UNIX operating systems.
- John Horton Conway: the world’s most charismatic mathematician. You may know his name from Conway’s Game of Life. (via)
- I will probably never give my shell dotfiles the major reform they could use.
- Tarn Adams Uses This. Dwarf Fortress.
- Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity Episode Twelve – Pressure Cooker.
- ssh in https. Sneaking ssh in a port where https is already in use; clever.
- Playdate. The online game delivery is the real news; it’s more of an art project platform. (via)
- When you have reached Acme. The minimism of Vim, the overgrowth of Emacs, the brain-melting esotericism of Plan9. (via)
- RETRO: a Modern, Pragmatic Forth Programming Environment. (via)
- Retrocomputing for the masses. ZX80 recreation in the RC2014.
- Serenity OS: A love letter to ’90s user interfaces, with a custom Unix-like core. (via)
- Atari 800 vs. Commodore 64 – The Brief Tale of Two 8-Bit Home Computers. (via)
- Gopher and the Lynx Web. Don’t overcomplicate! (via)
- TempleOS: 1 – Installation. (via)
- OpenVMS/x86_64: VMSI announces first boot of VMS on x86 architecture. (via)
- IBM 360 Model 20 Rescue and Restoration. (via)
- Gallery of Programmer Interfaces. I have not heard of many of these. (via)
Watch for post-BSDCan slides and material and ideas to show up in the next few weeks.
- NetBSD 8.1-RC1 is out.
- BSDCan 2019 papers are showing up, plus this iXsystems recap.
- pfSense 2.4.4-RELEASE-p3 now available.
- WANT TO PLAY A GAME? Ooh, look at the simulated phosphor! (via)
- Valuable News – 2019/05/20.
- How does BSD benefit you personally?
- NetBSD For The ODROID-C2. (via)
- g2k19 hackathon report from Claudio Jeker.
- RunHyve. (via)
- FreeBSD 11.3-b1 is out.
- Automount Synology NFS shares from OpenBSD. (via)
- FreeBSD Desktop with MATE. Don’t run the script via fetch like it says. (via)
- OPNsense 19.1.8 released.
- FreeNAS as your server OS. I didn’t know there was a hypervisor option within FreeNAS.
BSD Now’s pre-milestone episode has a nice range of topics, along with a note that they are going to an audio-only format – except for the livestream.
I’m jumping ahead in my very full queue of DragonFly items to post to something new: Matthew Dillon has committed extensive work to the virtual memory system in DragonFly. He has a message to users@ that sums it up.
Images are available for download at various mirrors, too. If you’ve recently upgraded to 5.4, it’s the normal build process. There’s a brand new complete build of all packages uploaded, too, so plan on a ‘pkg update’.
Cobbled together early cause I have an unexpectedly busy weekend, so you are getting a straight dump of everything pending I had in RSS, Thursday night.
- How to Shop for a Mechanical Keyboard. (via)
- Coding is for everyone as long as you speak English. (via)
- Oddly shaped notebooks. (via)
- How to Hack an Expensive Camera and Not Get Killed by Your Wife. Years spent exploring one single bit of hardware. (via)
- Why Open Source Firmware is Important for Security. (via)
- Falsehoods programmers believe about Unix time. (via)
- NetHack 3.6.2 released. Aww, BeOS support dropped? (via)
- vis – A vi-like editor based on Plan 9’s structural regular expressions. (via)
- Connecting an Amiga to the world in 2019. (via)
- Cooking As A Service.
- Simple way to use ssh tunnels in scripts.
- Library Extension. Useful on a near-daily basis for me.
- Kermit command line to fetch remote files through ssh.
- OpenIndiana Hipster 2019.04 is out. (via)
- Experimental headers are no longer experimental.
- Millions of exposed RDP on the Internet.
I have more links than I expected.
- Brief netbsd.org outages tomorrow.
- SEMIBUG vmm hypervisor demo on the 21st.
- WireGuard on OpenBSD. (via)
- No itch to scratch.
- Simple shared folder with Samba on OpenBSD 6.5.
- Confusion with used/free disk space in ZFS.
- Valuable News – 2019/05/09.
- BSDCan 2019 Auction Items, and next Beaks novel.
- Video of live reading of “FreeBSD Journal” column.
- Overview of ZFS Pools in FreeNAS.
- Intel MDS. A problem not specific to any one BSD, really. (via)
- Bad utmp implementations in Glibc and FreeBSD. (via)
- syzkaller found a bug.
- Keep Crashing Daemons Running on FreeBSD. First three words are a potential band name. (via)
- HumbleBundle Spring Sale – OpenBSD Highlights.
This may never ever matter if you manage to avoid fdisk your whole life. But if you don’t pull that off, here’s the reminder: label your DragonFly slices with 108.
(Yes, I do in fact have a backlog of two months with DragonFly material. It’s been that constant.)