Odd batch of links this week.
- Not ‘other BSD’, but I didn’t have another good place for it: DragonFly 4.8 release discussion.
- LionBSD. Security-oriented FreeBSD packaging, at first look. (via)
- Changing Send/Receive Bandwidth on FreeBSD.
- Setting the Record Straight: containers vs. Zones vs. Jails vs. VMs. (via)
- The FreeBSD phone link from BSDNow, earlier this week, led me to these two other projects: FreeBSD Robot + Teensy 3.1 and MiniBSD laptop computer.
- *BSD for Dell XPS 13 (9350)
- OPNsense 17.1.4 released.
- vmm(4)/vmd(8) support for seabios and linux guests.
- “Httpd and Relayd Mastery” off to copyedit.
- NetBSD and Summer of Code, FreeBSD and Summer of Code. Deadline is in a few days!
- Upcoming NYCBUG events – next meeting is this Wednesday.
Your BSD-related fiction book of the week (year? decade?) :’git commit murder‘ is out, set at a (fictional) BSD convention.
I apologize for ending with a question.
- Why Linux can’t be distributed with ZFS included. “Because it’s not BSD” is the facile answer. (via)
- pkgsrcCon2016 call for presentations. (via)
- HardenedBSD delivers security PIE. (via)
- NetBSD machines at AsiaBSDCon 2016. (via)
- OPNsense 1.16.11 released.
- Build a FreeBSD 10.3-release Openstack Image with bsd-cloudinit. (via)
- libressl – more vague promises.
- The BSD family of operating systems.
- Does BSD distributions contain any GNU software?
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/04/18.
- Question about NetBSD — How to update Compiled Binaries
- BSD at LinuxFest Northwest
- Year of the OpenBSD desktop
- Installing ElectroBSD by exploiting “HardenedBSD”. (via)
- FreeBSD and NetBSD Google Summer of Code projects. (via multiple places)
- This may be a facetious question, but: are the new hyperconverged servers just… servers for people that don’t know what their operating system can do?
I hope you have some time for reading this week.
- BSDCan: OpenBSD presentations.
- Linux Emulation goes to the great bitbucket of the sky.
- How do I find what is in the ports tree without installing?
- OpenSSH 7.2 released Feb 29, 2016. (via)
- Upcoming Features in GCC 6. Will this make it to a BSD other than maybe DragonFly? Dunno. (via)
- FreeBSD 10.3: Third Beta Available.
- DiscoverBSD for 2016/02/29.
- X11 Forwarding with Kali Linux and bhyve. (via)
- Are BSD OS’ developed in the the open? If a device uses a lot of BSD, can it run XYZ?
- Who is the figurehead/rep/person who wrote BSDL? Ugh.
- Bryan Cantrill on Jails and Solaris Zones. (via)
- LibreSSL not affected by DROWN attack.
- OpenBSD 5.9 network improvements.
- Pre-orders for 5.9 are up! OpenBSD, if you weren’t sure.
- OPNsense 16.1.5 released.
- “it would have largely boiled down to the choice between a BSD family operating system or a Linux family operating system.“
- FreeBSD and NetBSD are in Google Summer of Code 2016.
- Revisiting How We Put Together Linux Systems. So many of these Linux problems aren’t even present on BSD. (via)
- NetBSD Core Team changes.
- NetBSD machines at Open Source Conference 2016 Tokyo/Spring.
Accidental topic this week: very, very old computers.
- Computer Show. Modern show, looks like it’s exactly from the mid 1980s. (via multiple places)
- Computing Britain. From the BBC, freely downloadable computing history audiofiles, quite worth it. (via)
- Phones for the People. I don’t think it’s as egalitarian as it is described, but it is interesting to see the variety. (via)
- RTC Quickstart. RTC is an alternative to the not-private-and-not-open Skype. Why don’t more people use it?
- More secure Wi-Fi routers. This would be the best Internet of Things approach. (via)
- You Wouldn’t Base64 a Password. (via)
- Blue screens of death, some of which you’ve surely seen before. (via)
- The first Apple ][ viruses. (via)
- Dark Castle and Macintosh System 6 Emulator. (via)
- Vim and Composability (via)
- A Simpler Vim Statusline. (via)
- Vim: Convenient Code Navigation for Your Projects. (via)
- Unix commands: The joy of curl
- Ohmu. I like the visualization.
- Wander (1974) — a lost mainframe game is found! (via)
- Lost mainframe games (also via)
- The lack of historic knowledge is so frustrating. AKA “learn from past mistakes”.
- The SCELBI, rebuilt. (via)
- CSIRAC, the oldest computer that’s still physically assembled – from 1949! (via)
- Cardboard computers. (via)
- Long long long term data storage. (via)
- Google Code-In starts on my birthday, and Google Summer of Code 2016 has been announced.
- INOC-DBA: dial an ASN, get the network operations center responsible for it. One of the ways people make the complex creature called the Internet continue to function. (via)
- sandstorm.io, self-hosting which I’ve linked to before, and known, which I haven’t. More tools that people will eventually regret not using. (via)
Your comics link of the week: Cartozia Tales #1, with more added. I subscribed to this series long ago, and it’s a lot of fun.
DragonFly committer Joris Giovannangeli has a Google Summer of Code project. He’s bringing Hammer2 to OpenBSD, in single-node form. It’s a very difficult project, but Joris is a very talented worker.
I goofed up and didn’t complete last weeks’ In Other BSDs before it published, so you get some extra this week.
- DiscoverBSD news for 2015/03/09.
- FreeBSD Flame Graphs. (via)
- pkgsrc-2014Q4 binaries for illumos/SmartOS, plus support policy.
- 15 years of FreeBSD Foundation.
- autofs(5) on FreeBSD.
- DisplayLink adapters now work on FreeBSD.
- USB now consistently works on Raspberry Pi devices with FreeBSD.
- W^X in your browser, via the OpenBSD Foundation.
- OpenBSD and Summer of Code.
- Pre-orders for OpenBSD 5.7 are possible.
- Encrypted replication in PC-BSD.
- Better i386 NetBSD radeon support.
- The pkgsrc-2015Q1 freeze starts in a few days.
- 3-way cross-pollination.
Lots to read this week.
- The Open Source Financial Developers Association has a very complete calendar of open source events around NYC. (via)
- Google Code-in 2014 has announced its mentoring orgs.
- Also, Google Summer of Code 2015 has been announced.
- Facebook’s New Data Center Is Bad News for Cisco. Somewhat free of technical data, but I do like the idea of more software-defined networking. (via)
- NSA vs. encryption, 40 years ago. (via)
- schmutz. Ah, the joys of Unicode. (via)
- Sort of related: this is just mean. (via IRC, I think)
- SSHelper. I’m going to buy a new phone just so I can use this. I want my handheld computer to actually be a computer, darnit. This is from the guy who created Apple Writer, of all things. (also via)
- List of Physical Visualizations. (via)
- After Docker. Docker and similar items appear to be an attempt to change an operating system from a place where you work to a thin wrapping around a program you run. Dunno if I like that. (via)
- Barbie, computer engineer, which has created more responses.
- A brief history of graphics. Video game graphics, specifically.
- The Nostalgia Nerds Who Rescue Old Games From Oblivion. Similar. (via)
- I like the concept behind “Let’s Encrypt“, though I quibble with the tools selected. (via)
- A video about the Internet in 1995. (via)
- “With varying degrees, everyone has this drawer in their house.“
- IFComp winners will provide a great deal of reading/playing time.
Your unrelated link of the week: Snowpocalypse 2014. I grew up there and now live not too far away. That’s really not that much snow for the area; it’s just that it fell so quickly.
Low on the source links this week, but there’s plenty else.
- TrueOS, CD-sized. Warning: lots of ads on that page. (via)
- FreeBSD with a swap file instead of a swap partition. (via)
- FreeNAS in VMWare Workstation, part 1. Lots of screenshots, little explanation. (via)
- FreeBSD 10.1 Beta 1 is available.
- A summary of the OpenBSD GSoC systemd compatibility program.
- DiscoverBSD news summary for 2014/09/15.
- Minix 3.3, with NetBSD userland and pkgsrc.
- pkgsrc is now frozen in preparation for pkgsrc-2014Q3.
- A pkgsrc pbulk cwrappers test.
- PC-BSD gains pc-sysconfig, a system configuration utility.
- Lumina supports OpenBSD now too.
- FreeBSD has upgraded to OpenPAM “Ourouparia”.
- OpenBSD has dropped sendmail.
- openbsd-misc@ had discussion about low-power servers, with the APU mentioned often. (see below for update)
- From talk@nycbug, some cheap BSD laptop ideas. (look for “Cheap Laptops…” thread)
Update: from talk@nycbug, George Rosamond gives a nice APU setup summary.
I followed up with Google on why DragonFly isn’t in Summer of Code this year. It is exactly as I suspected: they want to get new organizations in. DragonFly’s been doing it for 6 years, so they are picking new orgs over returning ones. This is apparently the same reason NetBSD isn’t in this year, either.
(Honestly, I can use the break.)
DragonFly wasn’t accepted for Summer of Code, which frankly I expected to have happen last year – we’ve been participating every year since 2008. However, FreeBSD and (for the first time) OpenBSD are listed as participating mentoring institutions, so you can still get your BSD/GSoC going.
Here’s a potential DragonFly and Summer of Code project: adding support for more than 63 cores to DragonFly. Matthew Dillon has already outlined how.
I put in the application for Google Summer of Code 2014, for DragonFly. Will we get in for a 7th year? I hope so!
(I still want more mentors; contact me if you’re interested.)
I already asked this question on kernel@, but I’ll repeat it here. Who is interested in mentoring for DragonFly, for Google Summer of Code 2014? The org application period is starting today, and it would be neat to do this for a seventh year in a row.
Markus Pfieffer has committed Larisa Grigore’s Google Summer of Code work, “SysV IPC in userspace”. It’s been a bit since the event finished, but it’s in DragonFly now.
Google has a post up about the 10th anniversary of Summer of Code, with next year’s version of the event getting some changes – an increase in the students allocated and in the student stipend, and more events. I’m planning to apply for DragonFly, for 2014.
Google is also doing the Code-In, for 13 to 17-year-old students, again. DragonFly participated in the first year (the only BSD to do so), but sat out last year. I’m not currently anticipating DragonFly being involved for 2013, cause of reasons. (It’s a lot of work!)
I had this to post, and managed to miss it: Daniel Flores, whose Summer of Code project was Hammer compression, posted a final report.
This will not be a surprise to anyone seeing the work being done, but: All 5 DragonFly/Summer of Code students for 2013 passed, as noted today in emails from Google. It was possibly our best year yet in terms of buckling down and just plain working.