This is all backlogged links; I have even more tabs open.
Two minor things that were keeping me from mounting Windows shares on boot of my DragonFly system: the right location for nsmb.conf and using proper capitalization. I’m writing it here to save someone else 10 minutes of search.
This week’s BSD Now (video) gets into a recent article about FreeBSD planning, plus a note about a famous book, plus of course more.
Some time back, Ján Su?an fixed up some firmware issues on DragonFly. He’s published a first stab at attaching firmware information to files; it’s up for review now and he’d like feedback. Please tell him what you think, if you’re interested in this topic.
‘mazocomp’ has updated the DragonFly mirrors list to include HTTPS links where appropriate, which would be most everywhere. An excellent idea.
While I’m talking about mirrors, there’s some new DPorts pkg mirrors too.
Sascha Wildner has added makefs(8) to DragonFly, with changes of course. This chunk of code has already traveled around two other BSDs.
As I had hoped, BSD Now was at FOSDEM 2019 and they provide a recap, along with links to some BSD events there, and of course other news.
NYCBUG is meeting tomorrow night, and the presentation is “Shell as a deployment tool“. Go, if you are near.
I suppose if the Digest is going to be looked at with a text-mode browser, I had better make sure it’s readable. I’ll work on that.
There’s got to be something here that will interest you; I’ve gone full eclectic.
- Proof of concept, if not execution, of the Bloomberg-reported hardware hack, from 35c3. (via)
- Sort of related: Factors in authentication. U2F will become widespread, or at least I hope it will.
- Killing Technology. Metal band patches. (via)
- On using Acme as a day-to-day text editor.
- MDT9100. (via)
- The technical differences between HTTP and gopher.
- It’s no longer possible to write a web browser from scratch, but it is possible to write a gopher browser from scratch. Should there be a gopher version of the Digest? Probably more utility in the idea than the usage.
- Accounting machines, the IBM 1403, and why printers standardized on 132 columns. Surely you’ve seen the 1403 green-bar paper, somewhere.
- Deface, a plugin to encrypt Facebook posts … against Facebook. A simple but useful idea. (via)
- Inside the Apollo Guidance Computer’s core memory.
- Is It Time to Rewrite the Operating System in Rust? I link cause of the UNIX and pre-UNIX history, not Rust. (via multiple places)
- BRIEFCASE PORTABILITY.
Your unrelated music link of the week: Barry Beats, hip hop sampler in Cornwall.
Inadvertent theme: release news.
- Our Software Dependency Problem. Hard thinking about something many, many people don’t think hard enough about. This talks about software, but it’s directly analogous to ports/dports/pkgsrc. I’m leading with this even though it’s not directly about BSD, cause it affects anyone using a packaging system.
- I mentioned it before, but FOSDEM 2019, happening right now in Brussels, has a BSD Devroom with a lot of things happening in it; you could spend your entire Saturday in there.
- And something that has me quite excited: The Pinebook Pro, among other hardware announcements for FOSDEM. BSD is being mentioned right there as something to install on it, rather than as an aftermarket hack like with Chromebooks – heartwarming, I tell you. (via)
- Unix flowers. Look for birthtoken while you are at it. (via)
- FreeNAS has Plugins? A casual look at it seems to push some features into pfSense territory.
- Next NYC*BUG: 2/6.
- OPNsense 19.1-RC1 released. Wait, 19.1 is out.
- join-ing any open wifi network is now possible.
- FreeBSD Training @ SCaLE 17x (March 8, 2019) (via)
- NetBSD Virtual Machine Monitor. (via)
- ClonOS 19.01-RELEASE (first public release). (via)
- Valuable News – 2019/01/18 and Valuable News – 2019/01/25 and Valuable News – 2019/02/01.
- HardenedBSD 2018Q4 Status Report. (via)
- Florian Obser on unwind(8).
- MightnightBSD Roadmap.
- SoloBSD 19.01-STABLE.
- fnaify 1.2 released.
- At The Gates, 4x strategy game running on BSD. (via)
If you were having trouble booting a DragonFly installer – or rather, you could boot but never find a disk to install on, this commit adding support for Sunrise Point, Lewisburg, Union Point, and Cavium ThunderX chipsets may fix your issue.
The hosts of BSD Now are off to FOSDEM 2019, but they stayed on schedule by recording an interview with Niclas Zeising of the FreeBSD graphics team, available now. He’s speaking at FOSDEM, too, along with a bunch of other BSD Devroom stuff.
It’s been a quiet week and I’ve finally caught up on my backlog of things to post, so I’ll take this moment to say: thank you, for reading. Especially, thank you to the Patreon supporters who have thrown in a few dollars; it’s actually paid forward to others I support on Patreon and bought me a nice coffee drink.
(Not waiting for In Other BSDs for this) The semi-OpenBSD-themed podcast garbage has ended. Take some time now to catch up on back episodes since I can’t imagine it’ll be hosted forever – there’s 40+ to listen to.
Sorta unofficial retro game theme this week.
- Ascending NetHack by breaking the RNG. (via)
- “This is an archive of the source code for various versions of the QED editor.” A Git archive with commit dates that predate the creation of Git, cause QED dates to pre-UNIX. (also via)
- aphelia: A light, single-file, minimalist window manager for X11. (via)
- SyncTERM connecting to lobste.rs. (via)
- chezmoi: manage your dotfiles securely across multiple machines. Not necessarily advocating this over plain version control systems. (via)
- Monotonic clocks are not monotonic. Many people get to make this discovery, in many places. (via)
- A NES Emulator written in Emacs. (via)
- A computer built into a mouse. (via)
- Journalbook, a private, completely-offline notes browser app.
- Insects as food, a comprehensive PDF. (via)
- Xenix tales: 8086 and Xenix 386 networking. (via)
- Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode one – crushed legs and eagle guts.
- Dwarf Fortress diary: The Basement Of Curiosity episode two – flailing in a pool of dwarf pus.
- Getting an IBM AS/400 Midrange computer on the internet. (via)
- A Bit about Alphabit. A Commodore64 demo.
- When a cabinet and an automaton love each other very much…
- halting problem :: History of GNOME / Episode 2.0: Retrospective.
- kitty – the fast, featureful, GPU based terminal emulator. Blurs the line between terminal and windowing environment.
- Going old school: how I replaced Facebook with email. (via)
- Random Role Playing Game Inspiration. (via)
- 30th anniversary of the Macintosh SE/30. I would not argue with Best Mac Ever assessment. (via)
- 2018 Hard Drive Reliability Stats by Manufacturer and Model. The Backblaze report. (via)
- How You’ve Been Making Tea Wrong Your Entire Life – BBC. Some of this seems obvious? (video, via)
Your unrelated audio link of the week: Centuries of Sound. The major sounds of a given year, starting in 1859. Yes, 1859. It’s like time travel for your ears, with liner notes. (via)
There’s some convention stuff scattered in here; we’re heading towards the active season…
This week’s BSD Now talks about OpenRSync (OpenRsync? Dunno the capitalization on that), convention news, and someone building a “Sun Workstation”.