Tomorrow’s NYCBUG meeting is “Setting up a convenient working environment“, with Ivan Ivanov. Go, if you are near. It will be streamed but I don’t have a link for that at the time I’m writing this.
I’ve seen a similar config other places, but it never hurts to note: scrolling in X requires just a few xorg config lines.
I am starting to think I need an Apple ][ tag.
- COLOR vs COLOUR in the Acorn.
- World’s oldest orrery. Source has pictures in the attachments.
- Vintage Tech, a series of Believer columns about older technology like ballpoint pens, and fortune cookies; enjoyable reads.
- John Cleese, advertising for Compaq. (via)
- Purposeful noise in 3D rendering.
- Black Box Record Club, Vinyl Me, and Vinyl Moon, all record delivery services. (via)
- Secretly Public Domain: Update. Further details on a significant change in knowledge.
- Mining Bitcoin on an Apple II, a highly impractical guide. (via)
- Juiced.GS, a quarterly Apple II journal.
- Chaos Communication Camp 2019 video. (via)
- No CLI Ads. (via)
- Ola Bini’s Letters from Detention. The reason I link to the commentary is the pull quote; the idea that “[C]ode and architecture are more important than laws.” Laws are public; code often isn’t. Which is an argument for open source, certainly.
- Many ways to pop balloons. Not sure if that’s the actual intent.
- ASCII-Mapper. (via)
- Bookhunter, the comic. (via)
- The Sound of D&D.
- Transporting a portable system: Unix to an IBM minicomputer (1983) [pdf]. (via)
- Turing Tumble – Build Marble-Powered Computers. Like Rocky’s Boots, but physical. (via)
- Obscure plugin game consoles. (via)
- The Hathi Trust, another source for out-of-copyright books comparable to Gutenberg. (via)
- GNOME Terminal Cursor Blinking Saga. (via)
I have a number of BSD user group notifications here – please tell me if you have a group and I’m not regularly posting about it.
- NYCBUG meeting on the 4th: Setting up a convenient working environment, with Ivan Ivanov. I’ll post a reminder.
- ChiBUG is meeting on the 17th. RSVP on the mailing list if you are going. I’ll post a reminder.
- vBSDCon 2019 is happening next weekend, on September 5-7, in Reston, VA. Go if you are near; every report I read about last year’s event said it was a rollicking good time. The schedule is up.
- FreeBSD on RISC-V as a voting machine test. BSD is common for embedded, high-security hardware – and people tend to not know because it’s embedded, high-security hardware. (via)
- What happened to Bitrig? I haven’t heard anything in some years.
- ‘Cube 2: Sauerbraten‘ on FreeBSD.
- Checking your pf.conf file without leaving the editor.
- The Sudo Mastery hardcover.
- Gcc 4.2.1 to be removed before FreeBSD 13, a firm timeline. (via)
- Add [FreeBSD] kernel-side support for in-kernel TLS. (via)
- Project Trident 12-U4 now available.
- GSoC 2019 Report: Adding NetBSD KNF to clang-format, Final.
- GSoC 2019 Report: Implementation of compat_netbsd32 DRM ioctl/Getting DRM applications running under compat-linux.
- Adapting TriforceAFL for NetBSD, Part 3.
- Enchancing [sic] Syzkaller Support for NetBSD, Part 3.
- Making sense of OpenBSD ‘
pfctl -ss‘ output for firewall state tables.
- Valuable News – 2019/08/26.
- OPNsense® partners with Sunny Valley Networks.
- OPNsense 19.7.3 released.
- [ports] Datadir added to default postgres flags.
- link-local address change.
- Using FreeBSD with Ports (1/2): Classic way with tools.
The pleasingly-symmetrical BSD Now episode 313 is up now. If you use TLS (and you do), it may be interesting. Also, a link to a Thinkpad and BSD test – also of interest to many.
The radeon driver support on DragonFly now matches Linux 4.7.10. Update and test, especially if you have one of the chipsets mentioned.
First, history: DragonFly has had binaries of dports available for download for quite some time. These were originally built using poudriere, and then using the synth tool put together by John Marino. Synth worked both to build all software in dports, and as a way to test DragonFly’s SMP capability under extreme load.
Matthew Dillon is working on a new version, called dsynth. It is available now but not yet part of the build. He’s been working quickly on it and there’s plenty more commits than what I have linked here. It’s already led to finding more high-load fixes.
I’m covering all my areas of interest this week, or nearly so.
- Famous computer history quotes, some probably new to you.
- The Bit Player, a movie about Claude Shannon, and a review of it.
- A new Cyriak video, Breakfast. Another attempt to describe fractal infinity, I think. (via)
- D&D plus Shakespeare. (via)
- The Design of Dungeons and Dragons. Talking about the books themselves, not the game. (via)
- Noise Machines, including the nonrepeating sound of a data center. (via)
- Oddball analog smartphones.
- Voyager 1 and 2 are still talking, still active, and possibly the highest-latency communication problem possible. (via)
- Old video game advertisements. (via)
- Absolute scale corrupts absolutely. Lots of great pull quotes in this.
- Tumblr, the Day After. As a counterpoint to the last link, WordPress and Tumblr are two social networks that do not financially depend on either damaging privacy or encouraging outrage.
- Waldenponding, a term new to me.
- Paul Ford Uses This. I’ve linked to his excellent writing before.
- Chesses, variations on chess. Immediately understandable, and playable if you have a second player right there. (via)
Incidentally, my employer, REDCOM, uses FreeBSD as a base for its main product, is deployed in rough areas and in high-security government locations, and is one of the few electronics manufacturers still working entirely in the U.S.. REDCOM also has jobs to fill in New York, where I work. Please, apply if you see a job that interests you – and tell me.
- DistroTest.net, which happens to have runnable online versions of GhostBSD, FreeBSD, HardenedBSD, MidnightBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, OPNSense, and DragonFly. (via)
- The VBSDCon schedule (Sept 5-7, very soon!) is up.
- Update webmin/usermin if you have them installed.
- Impact of Tariff Increases. Eventually relevant even if you aren’t a U.S. reader.
- Project Trident 12-U3 and 19.08 now available.
- Valuable News for 2019/08/14 and 2019/08/19.
- Porting wine to amd64 on NetBSD, third evaluation report.
- USBNET: A story of networking and threads that won’t stop pulling.
- Getting the GNU gdbserver to work.
- Fuzzing NetBSD Filesystems via AFL. [Part 2].
- GSoC 2019 Report: Adding NetBSD KNF to clang-format, Part 2.
- Brutal Doom 64 on OpenBSD.
- OpenBSD -stable gets package updates! Release OpenBSD doesn’t normally get packages?
- Blueprint and progress status for mixed environment multilevel backup. Really, the thing to see is a spreadsheet.
- When a hacker tries to infiltrate an OpenBSD machine. Pufferfish reference.
- CFT: CBSD project switched to its own cloud images.
- Instant Workstation.
This week’s BSD Now covers a lot of topics, including linking to a gentle explanation of package management, which surely no reader here needs to have explained? Well, you are covered if so.
Here’s something I haven’t see before: at the time of me typing this, there are commits in DragonFly, FreeBSD, and I assume NetBSD (haven’t found the commit), but the 2019-5612 CVE entry is still shown as reserved and not public. This may change by the time you read this article, of course.
Update: the original source, found by an intrepid reader.
Matthew Dillon posted an extensive writeup about the hardware changes for dragonflybsd.org; price to performance ratio has been improving so much for multiprocessor machines that we can jump forward both for hosting hardware and for a testbed.
He also mentions his immediate thoughts on what to tackle next, since SMP has been so relentless improved in DragonFly. It resulted in a very long conversational chain as people weighed in with opinions, so I’ve held off posting it until the conversation finished. (I chimed in too.)
Again, way behind cause of being online only irregularly over the last week. There’s still plenty to look at – August is made for Lazy Reading.
- Never fast enough. (Scroll way down) There’s a nonlinear payoff for software speed … for tools.
- Related: Fast Software, the Best Software.
- Also related: Performance Matters.
- On the flip side of that, limiting and slowing social software is a good idea. (via)
- freemium.cc, free tools for makers.
- https://thehistoryofweb.design/. The URL is perfectly descriptive. (via)
- Typography Terms. Gadzook! (via)
- Why is modern web development so complicated? A long yet hasty explanation: Part 1. (via)
- Why Checklists Fail. Linked cause checklists are usually super-effective. (via)
- The Roguelike Toolkit (RLTK), implemented for Rust. The comments in the source page have some interesting further links.
- Dwarf Fortress Diary: The Basement Of Curiosity – Episode 22: Goatbusters.
- The Last Working Olivetti Mainframe Sits In a Tuscan High School. Comments led me to this neat-looking Olivetti calculator from the year before I was born. (via)
- There are even bots crawling gopherspace.
- We all spend half our day using a keyboard. Do you use any specific keyboard? Which one? Why? Far more suggestions than you need.
- USB-C Easy Bake Oven. Interesting for how power is handled. And cookies. (via)
- Backblaze Hard Drive Stats Q2 2019. (via)
- I chanced upon an ancient cache of code… (also via)
This is a somewhat pre-made post coming off a week on the road, so I packed it chock-full.
- The UNIX Philosophy in 2019. (via)
- Converse to previous: Brian Will – Replacing the Unix tradition.
- Summer Sun and microsystems.
- How does a “real” Unix system feel compared to *BSDs and Linux?
- GSoC 2019 Report Update: Incorporating the memory-hard Argon2 hashing scheme into NetBSD.
- Valuable News – 2019/08/05.
- Removal of route-collector mode in bgpd(8).
- tpmr(4) driver added to -current.
- OPNsense 19.7.2 released.
- Linux kernel’s inability to gracefully handle low memory pressure. Linked cause you know what performs well under memory restriction? Any BSD. (via)
- Devine Lu Linvega’s Uses This entry. Interesting to see his workstation details because his workstation is 2 machines, with Plan 9 variations, and segregated on work vs. distraction. (and sometimes FreeBSD.)
- NetBSD light weight theme.
- Wanting to install Trident to boot from my USB stick…
- LibreSSL 3.0.0 Released. (via)
- Play Windows Games On FreeBSD. Encapsulating setup. (via)