Some overflow, and thank goodness cause I don’t have a day without work this week.
BSD 254 has no interview but covers lots, including mostly-new-to-me BareOS. Also fun, this washing machine tidbit in their Beastie Bits.
Lots of NetBSD links this week relative to usual.
Update: how did I miss this? PkgSrcCon 2018 is happening now in Berlin, and there’s a livestream. (via)
BSDNow 253: no interview, but it covers a range of topics I’d be proud to fit in an Other BSDs post. Of special interest (to me) this week: talking about fanless systems, cause it’s hot in North America, and Pinebooks, cause I still have a small computer fetish.
The article I linked yesterday about Ravenports got me wondering about what package are most popular. avalon.dragonflybsd.org is the default binary package archive for pkg, and it has httpd logs back to 2013, so I collated some information.
I read out a list of packages, and weighed them according to how recently they were downloaded. I also mushed together all the py/ruby/p5/php numbered packages, and excluded lib*.
After all that… there’s a lot of noise. One install of any desktop environment pulls in hundreds of packages automatically, so it’s hard to tell what’s installed by a human and what’s installed by dependency. That being said, here’s some highlights. This is me applying an arbitrary value and then arbitrarily snipping out a list… but it’s fun to see if nothing else.
eerielinux has written an exploratory article about Ravenports. It’s worth a read; Ravenports has been growing actively. You can install it in parallel with dports on DragonFly, or on a number of other operating systems.
A tip for anyone using public keys in SSH: you can start up your xorg session using ssh-agent and then have all subsequent connections be authorized by the agent, saving you some hassle of password typing, etc. Put this in your ~/.xinitrc :
eval `/usr/bin/ssh-agent -c`
(insert line to start up your window manager here)
(Yoinked from Matthew Dillon on IRC) Realistically, you should also lock your terminal or otherwise prevent physical access to any workstation where you do this, since it means immediate SSH access to other systems using your identity, for anyone touching that keyboard.
If you’re using Windows, there’s always Pageant.
Some of this is overflow from last week.
The summary for BSDNow episode 252: “FreeBSD 11.2 has been released, setting up an MTA behind Tor, running pfsense on DigitalOcean, one year of C, using OpenBGPD to announce VM networks, the power to serve, and a BSDCan trip report.”
Lots of announcements, lots of reading. Note the first item listed is happening today.
- Book Fair, 23 June 2018. Michael W. Lucas is at the Scriptorium Book Fest today, in Michigan. Go if you are near and get a signed BSD book.
- Escape from System D, Episode V. Interesting cause it mentions BSD and interesting for spot-on characterization of Twitter/Hacker News feedback. (via)
- 25 years of FreeBSD. (via)
- NetBSD Summer of Code reports: libfuzzer, kernel address sanitizer, and kernel undefined behavior sanitizer.
- Valuable News 2018/06/17.
- FreeBSD Desktop, parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10. I linked to a few of the early ones before, but I want to present a complete (so far) list.
- FreeBSD 11.2-RC3 Available.
- OPNsense 18.1.10 released.
- httpd(8) Gains Simple Request Rewrites.
- SMT Disabled by Default in -current.
- More Mitigations for (potential) CPU Vulnerabilities.
- LDAP client added to -current. This, or a similar LDAP client, should be present in all BSDs.
- KDE on FreeBSD – June 2018. 5 is almost working in DragonFly, too, by the way. (via)
- itch.io Summer Sale + General itch.io Feature.
- “what’s good in openbsd superior than freebsd?“
- HardenedBSD 11-STABLE v1100055.4 Released. (via)
- “Today I stumbled upon a BSD Wikipedia page. Why should I choose BSD over a Linux based distro?“
BSDNow 251 has one of the more fun titles ever, and goes into HAMMER encryption, BSDCan details, and a number of other things that make for good BSD news.
SemiBUG meets tonight at 7 PM, and James Turner is presenting about BHCS. I rarely say this, but: I wish I was closer to Michigan. Go, if you are near.
Update: the files referenced during the talk.
Lots of different items, probably because of BSDCan.
I am typing BSDXXX phrases a lot, it seems. BSDNow 250 goes over the just-finished BSDCan. There’s a ton of events, so get reading/listening.
There was an optional ‘make initrd’ step in the DragonFly build process, where you can create a small binary to use for mounting encrypted root drives.
Aaron LI has removed mkinitrd in favor of ‘make initrd’, which builds a separate binary to use in exactly those situations. See the commit message for more detail. It incidentally creates a ‘/rescue’ directory and works as a rescue ramdisk, similar to other BSDs, if you should ever need it. (See updated MOTD for details)
BSDCan is running this weekend. There is, depending on what time you are reading this, a livestream.
BSDNow 249 is covering a really wide range of topics including an uncommon amount of NetBSD, so I’m going to do the easy thing and repeat the summary: “OpenZFS and DTrace updates in NetBSD, NetBSD network security stack audit, Performance of MySQL on ZFS, OpenSMTP results from p2k18, legacy Windows backup to FreeNAS, ZFS block size importance, and NetBSD as router on a stick.”
One of these links will be very useful to someone.
BSDNow 248 has an interview with Patrick Mooney, talking about bhyve, along with the usual news summaries.
Bug reports are usually unexciting, but it’s always fun to see someone working through a new idea, especially when it’s something enabled by doing it on DragonFly.