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Last Build Date: Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:19:04 +0000

 



BSDNow 234: Code and Community

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 22:19:04 +0000

BSDNow 234 is up, and has an interview with Benno Rice of FreeBSD.  There’s also chatter about jails, Summer of Code, FreeBSD’s new Code of Conduct, libhijack, and so on.



BSD Pizza night in Oregon, tonight

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:10:42 +0000

Here’s everything I know about it.



New user and new bug

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 18:13:55 +0000

A new DragonFly user found setting keybell=”visual” in rc.conf caused a crash on the next terminal beep.  In this case, the user is Deaf and so prefers something other than an auditory bell.  The issue is fixed in development and release, but I always like seeing variations on “many eyes make bugs shallow“.



SemiBUG tonight: Nick Holland

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:11:32 +0000

Nick Holland is giving a talk tonight on “Scripting Tips & Hacks” at SemiBUG.  “Nick has been scripting roughly since scripts were hard-coded into plugboards.”  Go, see, if you are near Michigan.



A note about vkernels

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:04:21 +0000

Oh, hey, that’s a nice thing to say.  (via tuxillo on EFNet #dragonflybsd)



DragonFly porting notes, again

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 19:43:55 +0000

Remember: there’s a separate document about porting FreeBSD drivers to DragonFly.  I note it cause it’s useful and because Rimvydas Jasinskas just updated it.



Lazy Reading for 2018/02/18

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 13:37:18 +0000

The links this week aren’t necessarily long, but they are definitely “make-you-think” material. The Sixth Stage of Grief Is Retro-computing.  Paul Ford.  The story abounds with good quotes, and good summaries of the strangeness that was LISP, or Plan 9, or etc.  (via) That led me to the Squeak website, cause I always had a vague …



In Other BSDs for 2018/02/17

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:09:26 +0000

Reached overflow again!  That secretly makes me happy. Discord channels for BSD’s? SemiBUG’s speaker schedule for the next few months is published.  Note next meeting is on the 20th. SVS to mitigate meltdown.  (NetBSD) Unix Architecture Evolution from the 1970 PDP-7 to the 2018 FreeBSD.  Another FOSDEM video, which I note because it shows code …



BSDNow 233: High on ZFS

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:55:24 +0000

This week’s BSDNow has a ZFS explainer about what the theoretical maximums on storage could be, plus a whole lotta DTrace.  (Needed a Sun reference in their title this week.)



DWARF in your DragonFly

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:20:46 +0000

This isn’t really a dramatic event, but Rimvydas Jasinskas has added support for DWARF-4 line number tables in binutils 2.27.  I am linking it to remind everyone that a little bit of Tolkien, in the form of elves (elfs?) and dwarfs (dwarves?) lives in your computer.  We need a ORC standard.  Oh.  Hobbit?  Hobbit.



exFAT support in DragonFly

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 00:29:39 +0000

Tomohiro Kusumi has brought in exFAT support to DragonFly from FreeBSD.  Useful for cross-platform drives when FAT32 isn’t enough, and NTFS brings its own problems.



Lazy Reading for 2018/02/11

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 14:09:22 +0000

Some really fun things this week. A C89 compiler that produces executables that are also valid ASCII text files.  A fun, crazy read.  (via) Miniature Macintosh Plus.  Also crazy.  (via) Vintage Computer Festival Pacific Northwest, going on now. Centralise Your Bash History.  (via) Computer Role-Playing Games Book released.  (via multiple) The Case for Automatic Updates.  …



In Other BSDs for 2018/02/10

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 14:02:32 +0000

Very much last-minute; compiled 20 minutes before bed Friday night. a2k18 Hackathon preview: Syncookies coming to PF.  (via) An Empirical Study on the Reliability of UNIX Utilities (1989).  Some of it is early BSD.  How much still applies?  (via) The Origin of the word Daemon.  (via) “SSH Mastery 2/e” copyedits back.  BSD-based. Sponsoring a Scam.  …



BSDNow 232: FOSDEM 2018

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 04:36:46 +0000

BSDNow 232 this week covers FOSDEM 2018, cause both hosts were there. There’s other news items, too.



HTTP, Spectre, Meltdown

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 23:53:07 +0000

Sepherosa Ziehau published a PDF that shows the impact of Spectre and Meltdown mitigations on network performance.  It’s as bad as anticipated.  If this is a problem for you, remember the sysctl machdep.isolated_user_pmap turns these changes on and off.



HELBUG launch tomorrow

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 21:07:57 +0000

Another BSD User Group event tomorrow, the 7th: HELBUG, a brand new BUG starting in Helsinki, Finland.  The announcement has details on where to find it and what they’ll be doing.  Go, if you are near.



NYCBUG: Reproducible Builds, February 7th

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 00:02:45 +0000

This Wednesday, NYCBUG has Christos Zoulas speaking on “Reproducible Builds on NetBSD“.  See the announcement for details.  Go, if you are near New York City.



Lazy Reading for 2018/02/04

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 13:46:20 +0000

I finally worked through my Lazy Reading link backlog. Computer-generated books, a list. Every Icon, eventually drawing every 32×32 monochrome image possible.  I remember a 8×8 physical hardware version of this called All Possible Images, some years ago.  Google doesn’t remember it, though, or chooses to give me links to API docs instead. Frankenbook, Shelley’s …



In Other BSDs for 2018/02/03

Sat, 03 Feb 2018 13:57:15 +0000

Whee! The history of NetBSD/atari and support for ATARI compatible Milan.  Not in English, but it’s a slide deck so lots of pictures.  (via) The OpenBSD Foundation 2018 Fundraising Campaign.  “If a penny was donated for every pf or OpenSSH installed with a mainstream operating system or phone in the last year we would be …



BSDNow 231: Unix Architecture Evolution

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 00:43:17 +0000

BSDNow has made it so far that I have to double-check the episode number!  In 231, they cover some history and some upcoming software work.