More user group news: Helsinki, Finland, has a new BSD User Group: HelBUG. First meeting is February 7th. There’s no mailing list/site that I know of, yet.
DragonFly has a donation page and a Paypal account. There’s no 501c3 benefit for U.S. residents to donate; DragonFly doesn’t exist as a non-profit. People have still been donating in smaller sums over time. It’s not enough to offset the colocation fees ($4k/year) plus the hardware there, but the money does get used for specific tasks. Matthew Dillon wrote a description of his upcoming plans: more storage, plus some interesting details on how much wear the existing SSD disks have sustained.
Last anything for the year! I packed in as much reading material as I could.
- “Bits, in this case, are actual physical objects.” About the newest MAME.
- piu-piu-SH, a horizontally-scrolling shooter for the console. (via)
- Reviving the Apple 410 Color Plotter. (via)
- Print Color PDF Apple II Print Shop Christmas Cards. (via) The microm8 idea sounds interesting overall.
- Computer latency: 1977-2017. Maybe I need an Apple][ category?
- winss, a process-supervision init system for Windows based on s6, an init system designed for Unixish systems. (via)
- Repairing a 1960s mainframe: Fixing the IBM 1401’s core memory and power supply. Nice pictures! (via)
- The 2018 internet resolution everyone should have: Bring back your browser bar. (via)
- The Hardest Computer Game of All Time. (via)
- The text adventures of 1991.
- The little ssh that (sometimes) couldn’t. (via)
- About the Use of Dot-Slash in Commands. (also via)
- The Wayland Zombie Apocalypse is Near. Linked mostly cause I didn’t know Samsung kept an open source blog. (also via)
- Evil Coding Incantations. Mentions the wat presentation, which I have linked here before, but if you haven’t seen it… (also via)
Last of the year!
- iXSystems’ Best of 2017. Some useful links, like the Community Hardware Recommendations guide.
- If you want to create a BSD-based Vagrant BSD system, Rickard von Essen has Packer templates for all the BSDs – including DragonFly. (via)
- More TS-440S hijinx, or “ok, what if you wanna homebrew a digital hookup?”
- “Cyan Beastie on my laptop :)”
- Looking for a BSD snapshot tool for live boot
- How to choose your *BSD OS to begin with? (via)
- What BSD do you all use for your desktop computer?
- NetBSD 7.1.1 released.
- FreeBSD Q32017 Status report.
- StorageCrypter Ransomware: Security Threat or Clickbait? BSD vendor, linked to for the Shodan report on all the places people are running Samba, Internet-exposed.
- Eleven syscalls that suck. Linux syscalls, of course. Eleven syscalls that rock the world seems to mention the BSDs. Hmm. (via)
- You may be able to catch the last 34c3 livestreams today, or watch recordings – there are some BSD-specific talks there. (via)
I’m a bit late posting this, since I’ve been on the road, but: BSDNow 226 is up, diving into recent FreeBSD status and Foundation reports, OpenBSD work, and other details.
I’m throwing in some end-of-year lists cause now’s the time for it.
- The Best Bandcamp Metal albums of 2017. #1 on the list, Power Trip, is my new favorite band.
- Polygon’s 50 best videogames of 2017. Some not-what-you-would-expect games in there. (via)
- AF_UNIX comes to Windows. (via multiple sources)
- The Comprehensive List of Window Managers for Unix. (via)
- Uncle Miod’s Machineroom. (via a comment in the previous source)
- XScreenSaver 5.38. Note that the Android release is now a manual download.
- Repairing a 1960s-era IBM keypunch. (via)
- The Quest for a Desktop email client. (via multiple)
- ScummVM 2.0 released. (via)
- Ron Mueck’s Giant Skulls. I’ve linked to this artist before.
- Games on the Net Before the Web, Part 2: MUD.
- Games on the Net Before the Web, Part 3: The Persistent Multiplayer CRPG.
- Vim: My Shiniest Gems (via)
- How to Setup a Unix News Server (1999). Nostalgia, at this point. (via)
- Squinting at ASCII.
- Oops. (via)
Last minute, of course.
- OpenBSD 6.2 + CDE. (via)
- How to run a PFSense home router in a (linux) hypervisor on your desktop. (via)
- “Is TrueOS like the Ubuntu of the BSD’s?”
- Trouble mounting root during install from DVD.
- Do any of the BSDs support AMD RX 580 GPUs and the new Ryzen 5 CPUs?
- Qualcomm Atheros qca9565.
- OPNsense 17.7.11 released.
- PCEngine/BSD recommendations. Check the whole thread.
The Semibug Christmas dinner is tomorrow. They need reservations, so if you want to go and haven’t told anyone yet – hurry!
Lots and lots this week!
- Creating a Christmas card on a vintage IBM 1401 mainframe. (via)
- TIC-80: a fantasy computer for making, playing and sharing tiny games. (via)
- FPGA-Based Disk Controller for Apple II. (via)
- 52 weeks of Unix Newsletter. You too can subscribe. (via)
- Neural Network on a Commodore 64 (1987). (via)
- Pancake – a CLI/Emacs web/gopher/file browser. Linked really because of the gopher mention. (via)
- File crash consistency and filesystems are hard.
- Computers suck: episode 17787 of 31279.
- What media/pop culture “easter eggs” are format-specific? (via
- The Internet Archive. Neat hardware!
- Debugging an evil Go runtime bug. (via)
- Use pax. Already installed! (also via)
- Stuff the kids know and stuff they don’t.
- Internet protocols are changing. A good summary of what’s coming/here. (via)
- An epic treatise on scheduling, bug tracking, and triage.
Last minute, because for some reason I didn’t see much BSD stuff until Friday night.
No interview but a lot of topics in this week’s BSDNow.
If your DragonFly-current system was built between December 6th and 10th, you should upgrade. There’s a memory corruption bug that may bite you otherwise – but it only existed for those 4 days.
You could, if you are running DragonFly-current, create a vkernel using HAMMER2, and try out HAMMER2 even if your underlying disk is HAMMER1. Odd, but useful.