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Last Build Date: Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:55:41 +0000


DragonFly 5.2RC this weekend

Tue, 20 Mar 2018 04:55:41 +0000

If no surprises happen, the release candidate for DragonFly 5.2 will be built this weekend.

BSDNow 237: AsiaBSDCon 2018

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 15:41:22 +0000

Late, odd-day post cause it wasn’t up like normal on Thursday: BSDNow 237 has no interview but a number of recent news items, including details on the Pale Moon / OpenBSD port issues that I was not aware of until now.

Lazy Reading for 2018/03/18

Sun, 18 Mar 2018 12:32:35 +0000

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  In the U.S., we drink green beer and wear kilts, cause nobody’s terribly sure what Irish means within an American context anymore. Can you identify this VMS roguelike?  (thanks, Erik Blomberg) An amusing story about a practical use of the null garbage collector. A potential way to have spaces in filenames …

In Other BSDs for 2018/03/17

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 12:37:00 +0000

The first news item about pfSense is not necessarily new, but new to me. The next major release of pfSense is going to be significantly different.  (other info) OpenBSD Gaming Resource, PDF document from a previous comment here. PkgsrcCon 2018.  (via) What is your experience with Dragonfly as a user desktop? speaking at 10 …

Shell tool for updating DragonFly

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 22:01:02 +0000

Aaron LI wrote a tool to update a running DragonFly system from an existing image – release or snapshot.  I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s very promising.  It’s up on Github so if this gets you excited, you know what to do.

DragonFly, VirtualBox, and EFI

Wed, 14 Mar 2018 01:39:00 +0000

This is a sort of nice non-report report, cause EFI booting just works fine, as you’d hope/expect.

DragonFly’s network stack at AsiaBSDCon 2018

Tue, 13 Mar 2018 00:11:10 +0000

Sepherosa Ziehau presented on DragonFly’s network stack at the just-concluded AsiaBSDCon 2018.  He posted a link to the badges, his paper, and his slides.

Lazy Reading for 2018/03/11

Sun, 11 Mar 2018 13:08:34 +0000

Old games – but not too old, for this week’s theme. Those pesky Makefiles. Star Control lead devs fire back at Stardock lawsuit.  I link to this just to point to the excellent open source game Ur-Quan Masters, which is available on every BSD. Liberating a X200.  (via) The Worlds of Ultima. Anime Floppy Discs.  …

In Other BSDs for 2018/03/10

Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:09:50 +0000

It’s a week for good quotes to pull from linked stories. Interview with MidnightBSD Founder and Lead Dev Lucas Holt.  (via) Meltdown-mitigation syspatch/errata now available.  For OpenBSD. a2k18 Hackathon Report: Ken Westerback on dhclient and more. John Carmack on OpenBSD, C++ & machine learning.  “Linux is a lot of things, but cohesive isn’t one of …

Small systems to stick on a shelf

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 21:41:22 +0000

I always like hearing about small systems, in this case potential single-purpose DragonFly firewalls.

BSDNow 236: How a cd works

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 03:35:09 +0000

BSDNow 236 has a very eclectic range of items this week, including talk about pledge, cd, Bitcoin, Lua, Salt, SMTP, and so on.  No interview, but I’m not sure how you’d even fit that in.

Kernel config change for virtio

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:47:03 +0000

If you are using virtio drivers, there’s no longer a need for ‘device virtio_pci’ in your kernel config.  It’s autoloaded as a dependency.  If you run a custom kernel, remember to take it out.  You’ll want to do that now if you’re on 5.1, or later at the next version upgrade if you are on …

USB-Ethernet ported to DragonFly

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 01:24:10 +0000

The cdce(4) driver has been ported to DragonFly from FreeBSD, by Markus Pfeiffer.  It’s for networking over USB, whether it’s USB on both ends or Ethernet on one.

NYCBUG social meeting, this Wednesday

Mon, 05 Mar 2018 22:03:53 +0000

There’s no speaker scheduled, but NYCBUG is having a meeting this Wednesday at 6:30 PM.  Go, if you are near.

Lazy Reading for 2018/03/04

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 14:02:38 +0000

Overflow that started 2 weeks ago.  Maybe I should go intraweekly for Lazy Reading? The Multics history of Unix.  I link it for the Dennis Richie anecdote.  (via) Unix: Building a Development Environment from Scratch.  (PDF, via) A Life Lesson in Mishandling SMTP Sender Verification. is huge and poorly configured – it’s the AOL email …

BSDNow 235: I C You BSD

Sun, 04 Mar 2018 00:40:28 +0000

For some reason, BSDNow 235 wasn’t available on its normal Thursday, but it’s up now, with an interview of Goran Mekic, responsible for CBSD.

In Other BSDs for 2018/03/03

Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:06:50 +0000

The first link about TorBSD is important: many of the major security issues in computing trace back to having only one vendor or product or whatever, used by everyone. An Open Letter to BSD-powered Companies and Projects.  (via) NetBSD GPU support (Intel HD 4400). Device Driver Development for BSD. Hypervisor on dfly? Unfortunately, StackOverflow is …

gpt init option, for DragonFly

Thu, 01 Mar 2018 00:26:23 +0000

If you are using gpt(8) to format a disk, Matthew Dillon’s added a “init” option.  It’s similar to ‘fdisk -Ib’, though don’t ask me how to use it because I have always been bad at manual disk formatting.

Note for numpy users

Wed, 28 Feb 2018 01:21:48 +0000

The default options on the math/py-numpy port slowed it down.  Francois Tigeot noticed, and committed a change that takes advantage of all processors.  Read his note to users@ for details.

Never too many cores

Mon, 26 Feb 2018 15:54:26 +0000

For your Monday entertainment: the boot log from DragonFly on a system with 11 sockets, 10 cores per socket, for 110 CPUs.  Plus 8 TB of RAM. (Skip past the control codes at the start)