This was done early; there’s been a lot of interesting reads on the feeds, so to speak.
- Ask Tilde: What small internet protocols do you like?
- 2022 IGF nominees: on history, intimate and/or personal, miscellaneous, fireworks.
- Animation Storage, animations from the 60s-70s. (via)
- Aleister Crowley, sysadmin.
- A Web Around the World, Part 3: …Try, Try Again, and Part 4: From Telegraphy to Telephony.
- Year 2038 problem is still alive and well. (via)
- Yarchive, a lot of archived USENET. There are some gems in the computer section, like this. (via)
- The benefits and costs of writing a POSIX kernel in a high-level language. Easier to debug, less memory control. (PDF, via)
- The Plausibly Deniable DataBase (PDDB).
- Precursor: From Boot to Root.
- Warez: The Infrastructure and Aesthetics of Piracy. (PDF, via)
- Ubuntu limits the console kernel log level even on servers. I’d rather have noise than missing info.
- Refurb weekend: Texas Instruments Silent 700 Model 745 teletype.
- 50 Years of Text Games: HUTSPIEL and Dr. Dorothy Clark.
Software releses is the mini-theme, I guess.
BSD Now this week leads with a link to the Quora article about Mac OS X’s journey to UNIX certification, which you should read if you have not already. There’s more links of course, including one on getting streaming commercial media playing on FreeBSD.
If you enjoy reading my posts, whether the DragonFly-specific material during the week or the weekend rollups, I have a Patreon account where you can effectively tip me.
I’m not trying to turn this into real income, so I haven’t been plugging it – but a number of people have been contributing and I really appreciate it. I have my own reoccurring Patreon pledges, and this is a good time to point you at Linda Medley (cause I have a number of her books), ABBADON (for Kill Six Billion Demons), and Cooking Issues (cause their podcast is fun). None of that is BSD or even computer related.
I know I’ll need this again, so I am making a post out of it. If you are running a DragonFly system through NVMM using the excellent site instructions, and you want X apps to display on a local Windows workstation, you need to:
- Install VcXsrv (or your X server of choice) on Windows and start it up.
- Install xauth and xterm on the DragonFly host.
- On the DragonFly host, set these three options in /etc/ssh/sshd_config. They are already there but commented out with different arguments.
- Reload sshd: ‘service sshd reload’.
- ‘Enable X11 Forwarding’ under Connection -> SSH -> X11 in the puTTY setup dialog.
Connect to the DragonFly host with puTTY, type ‘xterm’, and a terminal window should appear on your Windows desktop within a few seconds. This could be turned into a shortcut with puTTY to avoid having redundant terminals, but I’m not writing that out yet.
I use date(1) just rarely enough that I can never remember the right arguments to create a human-readable result. Now, there’s an -I arg to date(1) that uses a word instead of a format string to get ISO8601 output.
No theme this week other than of course BSD.
This will happen before the normal In Other BSDs post, so I am posting it now: there’s a GhostBSD virtual meetup happening tonight.
This week’s BSD Now talks about a reoccurring topic for me: how UNIX happened. It links to that Kernighan talk that you should watch, too.
I realize my title is a little bit buffalo buffalo buffalo, but it makes sense: getopt(3) now has a double colon option to indicate an optional argument. I link to it because I like seeing the length of the trip to DragonFly. It started as a GNU option, then showed up in NetBSD, brought to FreeBSD, and now I’m posting about it.
SEMIBUG’s meeting tonight has Susan Hurst presenting on database implementation, via Jitsi. 7 PM Michigan time.
Old hardware is the mini-theme.
I missed posting about BSD Now last week, so if you didn’t check either: BSD Now 440: BSD Inside Zone and BSD Now 441: Migration to BSD. Lots of links in both to follow.
Note the first three items are events with deadlines happening now.
This is pretty esoteric, but all of DragonFly’s syscalls can be found in the links Aaron LI provided in this post. There’s code in there that dates back to Berkley UNIX.
BSDCan 2022 is now going to be online, which also means the CFP has been extended so any last-minute-I’ll-go-now-that-its-virtual people can get their proposals in.
(Posting now because waiting for the normal In Other BSDs post will only give you 48 hours of prep time for a proposal.)
If you are using AMD graphics on DragonFly, Aaron LI’s “how I set this up” post may be useful to you.