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Last Build Date: Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:13:49 +0000


Who has a floppy drive?

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 21:13:49 +0000

If you are running DragonFly-current, you can get your floppy drive running again.  This is actually hard to test; floppy drives are becoming an endangered species.

Lazy Reading for 2017/12/10

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 13:54:53 +0000

Accidental theme this week: the 1990s. Normalization of deviance in software: how broken practices become standard.  Matches every place I’ve ever worked.  (via The Advent of Void.  I wish someone would do this with BSD packages.  (via) wiby, a 90s-only search engine.  (via) What Have We Learned from the PDP-11?  (via) VPN recommendations. Games on …

In Other BSDs for 2017/12/09

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 13:51:22 +0000

Last minute, as always! The anatomy of tee program on OpenBSD.  (via) Leaving Amazon AWS.  (via, I think) FreeBSD Port-Knocking. s2k17 Hackathon Report: Stefan Sperling (stsp@) on wireless (iwm(4), athn(4) and more) progress. DiscoverBSD for 2017/12/03. Cross-BSD pollination.  (DragonFly->OpenBSD, via) FreeBSD 11.0 is end-of-lifed. OPNsense 17.7.9 released. BSDCan 2018 Call for Papers is out.  (via) …

Network driver changes: ix, faith

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 22:50:27 +0000

The ix(4) driver in DragonFly has been updated to match a new vendor release, and the faith(4)/faithd(4) driver is gone.

BSDNow 223: Compile once, debug twice

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 01:51:24 +0000

BSDNow 223 covers a wide range: debuggers, Rust, Docker, EuroBSDCon 2017, pine64, and some network tools for FreeBSD and OpenBSD.

NYCBUG get-together tonight

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 15:37:51 +0000

There’s a NYCBUG get-together tonight at Suspenders in Manhattan, New York City, 7 PM.  There’s no technical presentation, but who cares?  Start the end-of-year-drinking!

Boggle, banner, tetris added

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 22:38:47 +0000

Rimvydas Jasinskas has added the OpenBSD versions of banner(1), boggle(6), and tetris(6), along with additional fortune(6) material. Odd note: tetris(6) originated with a 1989 International Obfustcated C Code Contest winner, according to the man page, but I can’t find it in the 1989 list.

DragonFly 5.0.2 released

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 14:07:35 +0000

DragonFly 5.0.2 is released.  As you may guess from the version number, this is a bugfix release.  The release tag has the full details.  Update through the normal process of a buildworld/buildkernel, at your leisure.

Lazy Reading for 2017/12/03

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 13:56:34 +0000

Some overflow from last week, thank goodness. Reprogramming a $13 consumer wifi-enabled outlet.  (via) A minimalist guide to tmux.  (via) Rules to the Game of Dungeon.  Simultaneous to D&D creation. The Shocking Truth Behind Arnold Nordsieck’s Differential Analyzer.  (via) Sharper Pixels.  “Premium retro gaming”. Perl 6 Advent Calendar.  (via) Command Line, Console and UI Based Open Source …

In Other BSDs for 2017/12/02

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 13:46:07 +0000

Totally last-minute. “Permissive licensing is wrong!” – Is it? (1/2) Reflections on Hackathons. Cheap temp and humidity sensors.  Probably BSD-compatible, given the list. OpenBSD Router Boilerplate.  (via) Suggestions on High-end Laptop for dual-booting with BSD/Windows. The LLVM Thread Sanitizer has been ported to NetBSD. Linux user picking a BSD for Personal Computer. DiscoverBSD for 2017/11/27. Two-factor …

BSDNow 222: How Netflix Works

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:35:52 +0000

No interview this week for BSDNow 222, but lots of procedure details on FAMP, server moves, and bhyve.

No more Dungeon Master

Sat, 02 Dec 2017 00:18:07 +0000

This is not as catastrophic as it may seem.  I did not know this, but there’s a utility called dm(8), for Dungeon Master, used to control game access on a BSD system.  It’s now gone on DragonFly, since its controls aren’t needed, and its setuid ability definitely isn’t needed.

World without sharing

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 03:17:23 +0000

Thanks to Rimvydas Jasinskas, it’s possible to ‘make NOSHARED=yes buildworld‘ and build a complete DragonFly world without shared libraries.

scfb support in DragonFly

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 20:26:16 +0000

If you’re booting DragonFly in UEFI mode, and you have unsupported video (i.e. NVIDIA), there’s the scfb driver for xorg.  It doesn’t support NVIDIA chipsets either, but it gives more options than the generic vesa driver.  It appears to be present in all the BSDs to some extent.

KnoxBUG tonight: Samba in a mixed network

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 13:08:09 +0000

KnoxBUG has a meeting tonight, and John Hixson will be presenting “Setting up Samba for a Mixed Network of Windows and Mac“.  Go, if you are near Knoxville.

DragonFly on Vagrant with shared folders

Mon, 27 Nov 2017 18:31:41 +0000

For your ease of use: a Vagrant box with shared folders enabled.  (via)

Lazy Reading for 2017/11/26

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 13:57:09 +0000

Roguelike/UNIX theme this week. Apple ][ colors.  (via) Ultimate ADOM. The Secret History of Cricket Magazine.  Unlike any other publication ostensibly for children.  (via) The Xerox Alto Struts Its Stuff on Its 40th Birthday.  (via) Apparently doors run on UNIX now. A Net Before the Web, Part 4: The Rogue, the Yuppie, and the Soldier, …

In Other BSDs for 2017/11/25

Sat, 25 Nov 2017 13:53:29 +0000

One month to Christmas! Anyone with ARM laptop experience? Hitler Quote Controversy In the BSD Community.  I haven’t noticed anything. Semibug Christmas dinner: 19 December 2017. Official OpenBSD 6.2 CD set – the only one to be made! p2k17 Hackathon report: Antoine Jacoutot on ports+packages progress. Lumina 1.4.0 released. DiscoverBSD for 2017/11/20. Any interest in …

Digging into /usr/share/examples

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 17:09:22 +0000

If you are like me and have a long weekend, dig into /usr/share/examples.  Not all of it is necessarily up to date, but there’s examples there on running rconfig, diskless, different pf and ipfw examples, and so on.  Actual documentation is in corresponding man pages – and there’s examples on how to write them, too.

Remember: don’t kldload i915 too soon

Fri, 24 Nov 2017 04:06:05 +0000

I just wasted an hour trying to figure out why xorg had strange output but no errors on this laptop, and it’s because I had i915_load=”YES” in /boot/loader.conf instead of i915_load=”YES” in /etc/rc.conf.  I’m almost nearly sure I’ve mentioned that before, but if not: here you go. (though if you never plan to run X, …