I have a number of BSD user group notifications here - please tell me if you have a group and I'm not regularly posting about it.
For anyone who might need it in the future: some notes on getting Synaptics touchpads and trackpoints working.
The pleasingly-symmetrical BSD Now episode 313 is up now.  If you use TLS (and you do), it may be interesting.  Also, a link to a Thinkpad and BSD test - also of interest to many.
The radeon driver support on DragonFly now matches Linux 4.7.10.  Update and test, especially if you have one of the chipsets mentioned.
First, history: DragonFly has had binaries of dports available for download for quite some time.  These were originally built using poudriere, and then using the synth tool put together by John Marino.  Synth worked both to build all software in dports, and as a way to test DragonFly's SMP capability under extreme load. Matthew Dillon is working on a new version, called dsynth.  It is available now but not yet part of the build.  He's been working quickly on it and there's plenty more commits than what I have linked here.  It's already led to finding more high-load fixes.
I'm covering all my areas of interest this week, or nearly so.  
Incidentally, my employer, REDCOM, uses FreeBSD as a base for its main product, is deployed in rough areas and in high-security government locations, and is one of the few electronics manufacturers still working entirely in the U.S..  REDCOM also has jobs to fill in New York, where I work.  Please, apply if you see a job that interests you - and tell me.
This week's BSD Now covers a lot of topics, including linking to a gentle explanation of package management, which surely no reader here needs to have explained?  Well, you are covered if so.
Here's something I haven't see before: at the time of me typing this, there are commits in DragonFly, FreeBSD, and I assume NetBSD (haven't found the commit), but the 2019-5612 CVE entry is still shown as reserved and not public.  This may change by the time you read this article, of course. Update: the original source, found by an intrepid reader.
Matthew Dillon posted an extensive writeup about the hardware changes for dragonflybsd.org; price to performance ratio has been improving so much for multiprocessor machines that we can jump forward both for hosting hardware and for a testbed. He also mentions his immediate thoughts on what to tackle next, since SMP has been so relentless improved in DragonFly.  It resulted in a very long conversational chain as people weighed in with opinions, so I've held off posting it until the conversation finished.  (I chimed in too.)
Again, way behind cause of being online only irregularly over the last week.   There's still plenty to look at - August is made for Lazy Reading.
This is a somewhat pre-made post coming off a week on the road, so I packed it chock-full.
If you upgrade DragonFly and one of the shared libraries used by pkg gets updated, you can't run pkg until you get files, but pkg is the program you use to bring in new files.  This chicken-and-egg problem is solved with pkg-static, a version of pkg built without shared libraries. You may have noticed some format flip-flopping between pkg and pkg-static if you had to run it after the most recent DragonFly upgrade; that is fixed.  There's a larger issue of certificate installation identified there; I don't know a solution to it, but I do want to mention this for next time pkg breaks for someone - pkg-static will work as backup, including to bring in a new version of pkg.