I didn’t even realize Summer of Code was upon us again.
Sepherosa Ziehau’s improvements to re(4), bringing it to Realtek’s 1.95 release, have been committed.
(Does Realtek have a public repo for this? A few minutes of Googling did not turn one up for me.)
This week’s BSD Now talks about a number of NetBSD things including rc.d as you might guess, and covers Project Trident. Listen/read in if you are unfamiliar.
Thanks to tuxillo and others, there’s a new build of dports on the way for DragonFly 5.4 that includes packages that weren’t building before – mongodb, kodi, mysql80, and I imagine more that I don’t know about. If the synth build is still running when you read this, you can look at its status page. If it isn’t running, the packages are of course in the normal place and you can use ‘pkg upgrade’ to get them.
Yay, got to use the roguelike tag!
- ARPANET: Celebrating 50 Years Since “LO”. There’s a transcript farther down the page if you don’t want to watch the video; I am always grateful for transcripts. (via)
- THROBAC, a computer using Roman numerals. I had no idea this could exist.(via)
- Aspell to check spelling.
- Drist release with persistent ssh.
- Open protocols can evolve fast if they’re willing to break other people.
- Why I like middle mouse button paste in xterm so much.
/dev/null, an old Unix trick. Muscle memory.
- Bad PC cases.
- Cygwin 3.0.0-1. (via)
- Level Design and Shaping a Roguelike Experience. I linked to Cogmind 4 years ago, and it has significantly grown since then. Note to self: play. (via)
- Ask laarc: What apps do you love and/or use habitually?
- Ultima VII. Deep dive into a deep game.
- Dwarf Fortress diaries: 3, a gruesome winter, 4 – Messages from Zon, 5 – culture war, dingo war, and 6 – Through the Interesting Door.
- Landley’s Computer History Page. There’s a lot of history there. Plus BSD history! (via)
- Using gmail with mutt. (via)
- Writing a Rust Roguelike for the Desktop and the Web. (via)
- Restoring My 90’s Era 386 (Work in Progress). Back when heatsinks were much less necessary. (via)
- Split keyboards, a five year experience and review. Source comments led me to Keyboardio, which is nice hardware… and can be reprogrammed by the end user! That’s the way it should be.
Built entirely from open tabs.
The system call brk() in DragonFly has been replaced with sbrk(). It won’t affect you from an end-user perspective other than making sure you upgrade everything on the next release – but it is a system call change, so I’m noting it.
This week’s BSD Now, the satisfyingly-numbered 286, covers a number of topics – including 2 things I have always been entertained by: small X tools and Windowmaker.
Tobias Florek had a soft model made of Fred, the DragonFly mascot, years ago. He is moving and found a few unsold units. If you are in Europe (for shipping), and are interested in them, contact Tobias at email@example.com.
If you don’t remember them: here’s the pictures.
SemiBUG’s normal meeting place is not available this month, so there’s an informal get-together at Leo’s next door, like last month. It’s happening tonight at 7 PM.
Update: I put the wrong publish date on this – “tonight” is the 19th for this, not the 17th.
Do you have Realtek hardware for your network link? Specifically, re(4)? Then Sepherosa Ziehau has a patch for you to try.
There’s some extended reading in these links; I hope you have some time on your hands for a deep dive today.
- Warp: playing offline. Saving an architecture to play a game.
- SET THE FLUX CAPACITOR FOR 12/30/1899. (via)
- PC Speaker to Eleven. (also via)
- Listening to the internet…
- Quotes from 1992.
- Wikimedia is hiring.
- A touchpad is not a mouse, or at least not a good one.
- Related: Making more use of keyboard control over window position and size.
- The IBM PC. Harvard Business Review on open platforms.
- Lighting up my DasKeyboard with Blood Sugar changes using my body’s REST API. (via)
- bd, bn, bp, ls, w, e, & me. Buffers over files in Vim.
- Emacs X Window Manager. I am losing track of what controls what. (via)
- Previous: NeXT computer hardware emulator. (via)
- MIT Hacker Tools. Generalized how-to-use UNIX tools. Much better than the usual overview articles you see, probably because it’s an actual course. (via)
- Computer hardware notes. A collection of one person’s hardware anecdotes, stretching from Crays, decades ago, to modern events. (via)
- Betamaxed, about version control systems. An even-handed appraisal, not just an anecdote. (via)
Your unrelated video of the week: DOCTOR WHAT. (via)
This is all backlogged links; I have even more tabs open.
Two minor things that were keeping me from mounting Windows shares on boot of my DragonFly system: the right location for nsmb.conf and using proper capitalization. I’m writing it here to save someone else 10 minutes of search.
This week’s BSD Now (video) gets into a recent article about FreeBSD planning, plus a note about a famous book, plus of course more.
Some time back, Ján Su?an fixed up some firmware issues on DragonFly. He’s published a first stab at attaching firmware information to files; it’s up for review now and he’d like feedback. Please tell him what you think, if you’re interested in this topic.
‘mazocomp’ has updated the DragonFly mirrors list to include HTTPS links where appropriate, which would be most everywhere. An excellent idea.
While I’m talking about mirrors, there’s some new DPorts pkg mirrors too.
Sascha Wildner has added makefs(8) to DragonFly, with changes of course. This chunk of code has already traveled around two other BSDs.