Overflow from two weeks running, cause of travel.
Overflow that I couldn’t catch up to before last weekend’s In Other BSD’s posting time. I try to always have these by 9 AM Eastern time Saturday. (Same for Lazy Reading on Sunday) I mentally imagine everyone sitting down with a drink and nothing else to do but click links, those mornings. At least, I hope that’s what it is.
I have more to post but just plain couldn’t get it all pasted!
BSDNow 257 (which is not as exciting a number as last week but still prime) has no interview but manages to hit all the right notes – every major BSD is mentioned and also links to recent convention reports.
A few of the links are not directly BSD-ish, but related.
Some overflow, and thank goodness cause I don’t have a day without work this week.
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.
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?“
Lots of different items, probably because of BSDCan.
Matthew Dillon’s added some patches to DragonFly related to securing floating point state, following similar work in OpenBSD. There isn’t a reported catchy-name issue to match it, like Spectre/Meltdown – yet.
(If anyone has a good link to the similar OpenBSD commits, please share; I did not find them on a cursory search.)
Update: the fix is now in 5.2 and an update is recommended.
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.
I have the normal list of links, but here’s a feature. At first glance, this looks like Netgate, the commercial entity behind pfsense, is not using FreeBSD for their new product. However, Jim Thompson of Netgate steps up and give a full-on explanation, and points out there’s already code out there to do this – it needs contributors.
Note the eleventy-jillion hackathon reports.
Your thinkpiece for the week: The cultural shift from not selling out to blowing up. There’s a BSD analogy possible there.
This came together very nicely.
Some nice tech explanations this week.
Opinion time: The Reddit / Hacker News forums have reached the anything/everything point where there’s no longer a focus. Lobste.rs is worth visiting, though, for BSD content and in general.