No theme, just lots of links.
Unofficial history theme this week - but not UNIX-specific, for once. Your unrelated baking video of the week: Round Cake Production with Unifiller Depositors and Decorating Equipment.  I'm not recommending this as a food; it's just somewhat hypnotic to watch the robot production of something you usually imagine as lovingly handcrafted.
Unofficial accidental "time" theme this week.  Also charts!
The article I linked yesterday about Ravenports got me wondering about what package are most popular. 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. 18596 python27 13564 xorg-server 13499 perl5 13391 xterm 12098 xorg 8512 cups 8453 bash 8389 ffmpeg 8367 spidermonkey170 7884 python 7432 firefox 6997 sudo 6896 bind-tools 6702 openldap-client 5651 nano 5529 xfce4-conf 5052 xfce 4663 ruby 4447 vim 3133 tmux 2578 chromium 2248 zsh 2175 samba44 2132 python36 2007 mate-desktop 1765 mysql56-client 1699 fluxbox 1690 vim-lite 1517 CoinMP 1407 openjdk8 1395 samba46 1384 lumina 1367 kde 1355 mpg123 1353 spidermonkey24 1340 vlc 1338 thunderbird 1329 wpa_supplicant 1252 firebird25-client 1164 gimp 1103 zip 1083 youtube_dl 1044 php 941 freerdp 931 mercurial 927 lynx 866 evolution 848 gnome3 845 openjdk 842 openbox 842 epiphany 799 nmap 798 go 796 mutt 796 gnuchess 743 apache24 726 rxvt-unicode 722 irssi 652 firefox-esr 652 htop 649 rust 619 smartmontools 575 fvwm 529 windowmaker 477 openvpn 472 synth 451 fish 406 npm 403 inkscape 402 enlightenment 367 firefox-i18n 351 dwm 347 neovim 341 R 339 emacs25 320 emacs 320 unbound 312 tor 310 lua 300 cinnamon 300 wireshark 282 netcat 272 pidgin 258 postfix 258 joe 252 GraphicsMagick 251 dillo 249 icewm 242 mosh 236 rtorrent 225 weechat 219 audacious 218 smtube 216 calibre 190 xmms 187 pdksh 184 redis 184 openssh-portable 183 tk85 173 rdesktop 172 nedit 164 terminator 161 fetchmail 160 KeePassX 156 dnsmasq
There's a new facility in DragonFly: kcollect(8).  It holds automatically-collected kernel data for about the last day, and can output to gnuplot.  Note the automatic collection part; your system will always be able to tell you about weirdness - assuming that weirdness extends to one of the features kcollect tracks.  Here's some of the commits.
It's accidental how-to week!
Sepherosa Ziehau went to AsiaBSDCon 2017 and gave a talk on his work with DragonFly's networking.  He's published a report of his trip, which comes with a link to his paper, his presentation, and pictures of who he met. Note that the PDF and the Powerpoint slides links are different; one is the paper, one is the talk.  The Powerpoint slides contain the benchmarks linked here in comments, previously.
In what can be described as perfect timing, Sepherosa Ziehau has produced a document comparing FreeBSD, several different Linux kernels, and DragonFly, for networking.  He's presenting it in the afternoon track of Day 3 for AsiaBSDCon 2017, starting later this week. He's published a snippet as a PDF (via), which includes some graphs.    The one place Linux outperforms DragonFly seems to be linked to the Linux version of the network card driver being able to access more hardware - so DragonFly should be comparable or better there too, once the powers-of-2 problem is solved.  (This already came up in comments to a post last week.) Those graphs are available standalone, too, which means it's easier to see the fantastic performance for latency - see the thin blue line - that seems exclusive to DragonFly.   That, if anything, is the real takeaway; that DragonFly's model has benefits not just to plain speed but to the system's responsiveness under load.  "My CPU is maxed out cause I'm doing a lot of work but I hardly notice" is a common comment over the past few years - and now we can see that for network performance, too.
I had too many links for this as early as Tuesday. Your unrelated video link of the week: Rotoscoped Horse.  Taken from the old Muybridge photos.  (via)
I am proud of finding some of these links this week; they are not the usual "here's what everyone else linked to" that you see. Your unrelated graph link of the week: Visualizing HipHop trends from 1989 – 2015.  (via)
I didn't even notice, because this has been a difficult week for me, but I've hit over 6,000 posts on the Digest. I passed the 11-year mark too, a few weeks ago. Your unrelated video of the week: Tea Making Tips, from England in 1941.  This 60-year-old WW2-era film is actually one of the better how-to-deal-with-tea guides I've ever seen. (via)