This week’s BSD Now covers the usual roundup of news. Of note: experimental FreeBSD binary updates, and as you can guess from the title, another method of segregating your web browser from the rest of your environment.
I need to always preview these posts, cause cutting and pasting text sometimes brings along formatting elements not visible in the editor, but play heck with the actual layout.
- D&D Map Sketcher. (via)
- Web desktops. (via multiple places)
- Land of the Rising Sound | A Roland Retrospective. (via)
- What Ever Happened To Hearing Aid Beige?
- 120,000pt Helvetica. (via)
- Related: Robin Sloan’s delicious and expensive olive oil.
- Long Egg Production. It’s in German, so I can’t tell what this is.
- Historic Tale Construction Kit. (Thanks, Ben Collver)
Dragged right out of my RSS feeds.
- Chai-Fi, the minimalistic wpa_supplicant.conf “manager” for FreeBSD. (via)
- Valuable News – 2020/06/29 and Valuable News – 2020/07/06.
- Classic ThinkPad Thermal Paste Change. Bookmarked cause I’ll eventually need it. There’s a Lenovo fan control for BSD buried in there too.
- FreeBSD Virtual Bug Squash event, happening today.
- Deep Integration of Filesystem Extended Attribute Support. (HardenedBSD)
- OPNsense 20.1.8 released.
- TrueCommand 1.3 out.
- OpenBSD upgraders need to delete libperl.a.
- Diablo (Hell/Hell co-op) – PlayOnBSD. (via)
- Emulex – Cheapest 10GE for Your Homelab on FreeBSD. (via)
- Tutorial sites treating FreeBSD like a Linux distro.
- Via previous link: Everyone should buy the USEBSD sticker.
Daniel Fojt has fixed something that has bothered me for years: you no longer need to manually create wlan interfaces; devd does it for you.
Some retrocomputing as a mini-theme this week.
- Download files listed in a http index with wget. Eventually you will need this.
- A Conversation With the Mysterious Dubstep Sensation Hannibal Rex.
- Stretching the c64 Palette. (via)
- Announcing Perl 7. (via)
- Rainbow – an attempt to display colour on a B&W monitor. (also via)
- Bluetooth (sound) latency is astonishingly bad. 50ms is all it takes. (via)
- On Contact Tracing and Hardware Tokens. This would be the right guy to evaluate this.
- modernish, a shell library? I am not sure what to call it. (via)
- General-purpose OS, special-purpose OS, and now: vendor-purpose OS.
- NeXTSTEP on the HP 712 Part 2: Getting Software. (via)
- Real VT102 emulation with MAME. (via)
- Commodore SX-64 keyboard restoration. (via)
- Linux Kernel Is Still Seeing Driver Work for the Macintosh II. Of course this isn’t surprising to a BSD person. (via)
- A decidedly non-Linux distro walkthrough: Haiku R1/beta2. (via)
- No lack of documentation. Linked for the image, and for the note that Twitter threads are bad for information storage. Don’t do it.
This should be prime convention season, darnit.
- Smallest device running BSD?
- Android in FreeBSD bhyve. (via)
- The FreeBSD binary package manager cheatsheet. Applies to DragonFly too. (via)
- BSDCan 2020 Charity Auction Results.
- BSDCAN 2020 talk on Using OpenBGPd as a Control Plane for an ISP.
- Graphical view of the x86 OpenBSD boot process.
- Command Line Bug Hunting in FreeBSD. (via)
- The Era of Fragmentation, Part 4: The Anarchists. Touches early BSD UNIX.
- Announcing FreeBSD Fridays: A Series of 101 Classes. (via)
- pkgsrc-2020Q2 released.
- End of support for NetBSD 7.
- ChiBUG has a poll up about meeting. Vote, if you are near.
This week’s BSD Now, by accident or design, covers booting different BSDs on different hardware – take a look.
Thanks to Daniel Fojt, awk(1) has jumped from the 2012 version in DragonFly, to the 2020 version. The commit message shows the highlights so you don’t have to read through the whole history. Given that DragonFly’s awk is the One True awk, that eight years are only a small percentage of the overall history.
Did you know there’s a default size limit to pf’s routing table? I did not, but it makes sense that there is one. If for some reason you bump into this limit (difficult for home use, I’d think), here’s how you change it.
Minor computer history theme this week.
- Odeon theaters in LEGO.
- The guy who created the View-Master also was the first to figure out plastic trash cans.
- Home Computer Cultures and Society Before the Internet Age. (via)
- roguelike celebration 2020 is happening virtually.
- The Gigatron, a no-microprocessor retrocomputer. Available as a solder-yourself kit.
- The Smithsonian’s Computer Oral History Collection. Grace Hopper, others, recorded. (via)
- The ACM has free access to its books for the next few days; go now, before it ends. See the source post for this for some ideas on what to read.
- A special item in that list, the Antikythera Mechanism. I had never seen recreations of the device before. (via)
- The Return of the 90s Web.
- Comments on that last link.
- 5 days with the MX Ergo. I link these things just for the X notes.
- Speaking of which, Input events on X have an old world and a new world.
- The Rise and Fall of Commercial Smalltalk. The one thing from Xerox PARC that didn’t take over the world. (via)
- Recent Database Tech. (via)
- The Shareware Scene, Part 5: Narratives of DOOM.
Overflow again, finally.
- BSD Resources, a list of BSD-based products. Missed one. (via)
- FreeBSD Day shifted. (via)
- Throw-Away Browser on FreeBSD With “pot” Within 5 Minutes. See also. (also via)
- WireGuard Merged Into OpenBSD. (via)
- Related: Trying out WireGuard’s kernel support in OpenBSD’s -current snapshots. (via)
- Getting Started with NetBSD on the Pinebook Pro. (via)
- More FreeBSD HPE Microserver homelab answers.
- Rubenerd Show 411: The FreeBSD cat(1) episode.
- Valuable News – 2020/06/22.
- Renaming and replacing zroot filesystems using mfsBSD.
- My FreeBSD Laptop Build. (via)
- The End of OS X. Touches a bit on early BSD history. (via)
- FreeBSD on the Intel 10th Gen i3 NUC. (via)
- TLS defaults changed in ldapd(8).
The most recent BSD Now covers a number of different topics, some of which you may have already seen linked. There’s some reader questions too, which I’m sure you have not seen.