DragonFly’s dhclient will now retry failed interfaces and handle being re-run gracefully. This is a blessing for anyone who has had a flaky link. Matthew Dillon’s made two other improvements for booting that will also improve boot time when networks go missing.
Here’s a nice advantage for dports and DragonFly: since it’s an overlay on FreeBSD ports, it’s possible to move to newer or different versions of software without waiting for it to happen in FreeBSD. For example: there’s a newer version of the xorg intel driver now in dports - newer than what’s in ports.
If you are tracking DragonFly master, your next kernel build should be full, not quick.
If you have a DragonFly system with an iwn wireless chipset, and you are having trouble connecting and running in the 5Ghz part of the spectrum only, here’s a tip: the -ht switch may fix it.
For once, a shorter week.
- One of the better telemarketer things I’ve ever read… and I realized what he was trying halfway through, cause I maintain the same models. (via)
- Password Gropers Take the Spamtrap Bait. Peter Hansteen is the same person who found the Hail Mary Cloud.
- Pseudo Automata, Fakes & Robot costumes. (via a Kickstarter email)
- Input, a non-monospaced coding font, with a preview. (via)
- Unix: Gaining network insights with tcpdump.
- Are you near Shenzen? This hacker camp may interest you.
- UNIX Wildcards Gone Wild. (via joris on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
- Continuous Integration and Delivery Illustrated. Sometimes drawn versions are better than any text. (via)
- Ten Years of OpenStreetMap. OSM is one of those things that I’m happy it just exists.
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Wrenchies. I like Farel Dalrymple’s style.
Bonus unrelated: New Cyriak video!
A calm week, for once.
- mandoc 1.13.1 is out.
- The July/August issue of the FreeBSD Journal is out.
- A week of pkgsrc #2.
- Thinking about coming to FreeBSD from Arch.
- Steam client on FreeBSD?
- NetBSD sysinst now supports extended partitions, from an older GSoC project.
- NetBSD has a nouveau importing script.
- NetBSD has Embedded Kermit.
- NetBSD 7 has been branched.
- FreeBSD xen can now manage physical hardware.
- OpenBSD distribution is moving, so last chance on some of the merch.
- If you just want to donate to OpenBSD, here’s a conversation about it. (hint: CDs)
- tcpdump on OpenBSD is ancient; if you need circular logfiles, there’s manual ways to do that.
- Now’s a good time to check on the roadmap for Lumina, PC-BSD’s desktop environment.
- A video conversation about FreeNAS and TrueNAS.
BSDNow has reached the milestone of 50 episodes, and this week’s show has VPN setup as a tutorial, Robert Watson interviewed, and of course more discussion on most every flavor.
There’s been good progress in Francois Tigeot’s work on Haswell graphics support in DragonFly. If you have one of those newer units, you should be able to use the i915 driver with it now – as long as you keep acceleration off. (You won’t notice any difference in 2D anyway.)
This week’s Lazy Reading started as overflow from last week.
- Cron checker. Cron commands to English. (via)
- Unboxing the Magnus supercomputer. Aw, Crays don’t look as cool as they used to. (via)
- OpenVMS gets a new lease on life. (via) Also, there are public OpenVMS installations like deathrow (via) and pub1 (via).
- Unix: Controlling privileged access.
- Unix: Top networking commands and what they tell you.
- runit instead of systemd, on Void Linux. A ray of hope. (via)
- The future of iced coffee. Why can’t someone put the same treatment into tea? (via)
- What ORMS have taught me: just learn SQL. (via)
- Docker security with SELinux. Containerization, which is all the rage these days, does not enforce the same security wall as with a virtual machine – containers can ‘leak’ to their parent operating system. I’m not sure enough people realize this. (via)
- A very tiny, monospace, bitmap font. Check the screenshot of it being used on a 320×200 screen. (via)
- lowRISC. Open source System on a Chip.
- The Worst API Ever Made. I can’t judge if that’s really so, but it’s always fun to watch trainwrecks. (via)
- My history with Forth & stack machines. Forth is a crazy language, in a good way. (via)
- Lawless Legends, an Apple][ FRPG – in development. (via)
- A Mac IIci
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Quantum & Pixel. Another Boulet comic, this time exploring 2D physics.
A relatively short week; I’m on the move today.
- DiscoverBSD’s roundup for 2014/08/04.
- FreeBSD installed. Your next 5 moves should be… (via)
- switched from arch linux to openbsd, reference advice?
- “make the Linux network stack as good as FreeBSD’s“. I’m leery of that statement. This comment may lead to more useful data.
- FreeBSD ZFS snapshots with zfstools.
- An old Macintosh IIci 25Mhz running Apache under NetBSD. Link was down when I checked it… probably from everyone else hitting it. (via)
- MeetBSD 2014 is happening November 1-2 in San Jose, California. (via)
- *NIX programming survey. (via)
If you have a i915 video chipset (which appears to be most every recent laptop), Francois Tigeot would like you to try his huge patch. It doesn’t support Haswell chips yet, though it lays some of the groundwork for it.
NYCBUG is holding a OpenBSD Ports ‘class’ on August 6th (day after tomorrow). You can make a port of something you need, or work on something existing, hackathon style. See the announcement for details – you need to warn someone you are coming for building access.
There’s a lot to read this week… I’m not sure how that happened.
- Schwa, two decades later. I had this, then.
- Famous Women of Computer Science. At least some of the names should be familiar to you. (via)
- Anil Dash on the shifting meaning of “public”. An outgrowth of the jerktech problem.(via)
- The History of Autocorrect. (via a newsletter)
- -2000 lines of code. An early Macintosh story. (via)
- Bill Atkinson’s name in the previous link made me think of Burger Bill (Rebecca, now) Heineman, which led to this: Mentions of Wolf3D for the Apple ][gs. It's findable, even.
- And that Sheppyware link reminds me of Sweet16, a really nice ][gs emulator for the Mac. Excuse me as I wander down the halls of memory...
- Cool-old-term. Requires qt5 and I don’t know if it works on BSD… but it’s neat looking. (via)
- Sculpting text with regex, grep, sed, awk, emacs and vim. There’s some more good resources in the source for this link.
- At the same site: SSH Hacks.
- hicat, cat with syntax highlighting. (via)
- I’ve mentioned ISO 3103 before, or at least I thought I did, but there are apparently 25 more tea-related standards.
- That led me to find George Orwell, Christopher Hitchens, and Douglas Adams all had Opinions on Tea. I must have linked to one of them before, but I can’t find it. Douglas Adams is correct, though: most people in the U.S. have never had a decent cup of tea. (via)
- Origins of common UI symbols. (via)
- Movie Film, at Death’s Door, Gets a Reprieve. This interests me because it’s in the town where I live, but there’s something else. The vast, vast quantities of film out there was filmed in the last 100 years or so. Most of that film is still readable, though the older nitrate films are fragile. If all that video was digital, how would we access it? I don’t have a single digital storage item in my house older than 10 years, except maybe a Zip disk or two, and there’s no way I can read them. (via)
- How recursion got into programming: a comedy of errors. I expected the article to quote itself in the middle or something similar; Internet jokes are warping my expectations. (via)
- Software, it’s a thing. Talking about how software exists when it is used, not just as a saved file but rather as a multitude of activities – and how that relates to preserving that history. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Mmmm… diagrams. That describes me. The subject and artist, Scott McCloud, has a book called Understanding Comics that is an excellent discussion of perception and communication. His exploration of visual “closure” is good for anyone who has to think about interfaces.
I was thinking this was going to be a short week, but nope.
- Using pkgsrc for HPC. Follow the thread for discussion of pkgsrc as a self-contained tool system, including the compiler.
- Debugging Firefox on pkgsrc.
- CDE is in pkgsrc-wip.
- tmux in NetBSD got updated.
- pcc in NetBSD got an update, too.
- NetBSD can work on a Kobo Touch?
- FreeBSD’s 40G XL710 driver reached version 1.0.
- FreeBSD has “pkgfs, a file system implementation for reading files out of a compressed tarball, aka package.” From Juniper.
- FreeBSD has Chromebook2 support.
- The FreeBSD Foundation semiannual newsletter is out.
- The FreeBSD quarterly report is out.
- a survey of FreeBSD ZFS snapshot automation tools
- Keeping pf.conf in sync. Many different suggestions.
- OpenBSD’s homegrown httpd is gaining fastcgi.
- Ted Unangst has summarized links to all the g2k14 hackathon reports.
- PC-BSD has something called syscache, which I’m seeing commits for but I haven’t found what it is exactly – a caching system for package info, I think?
- DIscoverBSD for 2014/07/28.
- BSDSec, a BSD-specific security site. (via)
- List of VPSs that support BSD. (via)
As you can probably guess somewhat from the title, BSDNow 048 has an interview about LibreSSL, with Brent Cook. There’s also the normal news roundup, and other recent events.
A frequent question people ask when trying Hammer is “How can I do software RAID to cover a disk failure?” Hammer provides for streaming one volume to another, so you can duplicate drives, but there isn’t an automatic failover mechanism as there is with a RAID setup. The first answer is usually “get hardware RAID“; my preferred solution. The remaining software solutions are vinum, ccd, and lvm for DragonFly.
I missed this last week because I was on the road: BSDNow 047 is up, titled DES Challenge IV, has some followup on recent topics like pf in FreeBSD and the recent OpenBSD hackathon, plus an interview of Dag-Erling Smørgrav.
It’s all multimedia day here, as BSDTalk 243 is also out with 16 minutes of conversation with Ingo Schwarze about mandoc. Mandoc is the man replacement in OpenBSD and built-but-not-yet-used in DragonFly. ‘man replacement’ is probably an oversimplification.
I was low on time but I still brought the links!
- This is why software sucks. Many people get tech news by skimming headlines, and don’t read details – so prominently writing an opinionated title is more effective sometimes than, say, reasoned argument.
- “selective disclosure” is a better term. (same author)
- The EFF’s Open Wireless Router project. Can they get a 48-port one built?
- UNIX: knowing your memory commands.
- The Open Source Identity Crisis. I agree with the article - some people still think open source developers are the coders, and then there’s everyone else… which is emphatically not the case any more. (via)
- Used/refurbished server sellers. This is going to be useful to someone.
- Programming with Punched Cards. (PDF, via)
- Escher: Choiceless programming. Weird. (via)
- Apparently I’ll link to anything about Dwarf Fortress; it’s a culturally distinct thing – so much so that it’s being used as an art exhibit. (via)
Part of this was done while traveling, but still a decent week for links.
- A BSD-licensed timeout(1).
- DiscoverBSD roundup for 2014/07/21.
- NetBSD has a start of a radeon driver.
- FreeBSD has a Phabricator site, which is getting linked in some commits.
- The OpenBSD cvsweb was down but appears to be back now.
- Lua in NetBSD went from version 5.1 to 5.3.
- Yay cross-pollination, sorta?
- “*BSD on the desktop for an intermediate Linux user?“
- NetBSD got a slight binary loading speedup.
- OpenBSD + OSX/iOS and IPsec/l2tp setup, the thread and the followup.
- Trying to establish the longest trust chain possible for an OpenBSD install.
- OpenBSD’s new httpd is now installed by default. Lynx is no longer. (partially via)
- ldapd/OpenBSD users may need this thread when upgrading.
- DIAGNOSTIC does not slow down NetBSD.
- Bitrig is nearing 1.0, according to an email on their email@example.com list. But I can’t find a way to link to the summary of what they have done. There’s the Bitrig roadmap, I guess?
- An early draft (“prerelease”) of Michael Lucas’s next book, “FreeBSD Mastery: Storage Essentials“, is available.
- Undeadly has a lot of articles written by recent OpenBSD Hackathon participants. Instead of linking to specific ones, I’ll just point you at the site. (undeadly.org can’t tag or search to a summary page.)
- BSD, the movie. (via).
Thanks to Zachary Crownover, rcreload is available in DragonFly. (It’s always good to see a new contributor name.)
Nuno Antunes brought in a significant number of fixes for libradius. He’s been doing other work recently on netgraph7 support, so I’m linking to this as a ‘signpost’ commit.
If you were looking for something to do, finishing Francois Tigeot’s sound update would help a lot of people. He’s currently tied up with i915 support work. The patches need device cloning to work with devfs, and midi removal.
Tethering now works via the urndis(4) device, from a patch contributed by Sascha Wildner/tested by Yellow Rabbit.
(Updated for correct attribution)
I spent this week watching an older Cisco ASA slowly lose its ability to see parts of the Internet. How did I fix it? pfSense.
- Unix: How passwords can improve your life.
- Curated list of curated lists of awesome lists. I suppose this was inevitable. (via)
- Hooray for USB. Really, it’s so successful we don’t even think about it any more.
- A Game as Literary Tutorial. The influence of Dungeons and Dragons on writing. I’d describe it as a common nerd experience for people above 35 or so, similar to “your first computer”. (via)
- Computer virus catalog. Surprisingly pretty. (via)
- Why Outlook gets CTRL+F wrong.
- Open (source) for business. Why aren’t open source software interfaces more polished? (via)
- Cosmic rays: more likely a problem than you think. (via)
- Inside bit.ly’s Distributed Systems. (via)
- Huh, bzr appears to be dead, or as dead as any open source project can ever be. (via)
- Making sure software stays insecure. I had to remove a preinstalled antivirus program from a Windows laptop yesterday… It did nothing, but you’d think I was lighting the motherboard on fire from the warnings it put on screen. (via)
- The SIGCIS 2014 Workshop (on historical computing), happening in November in Michigan, has a call for papers out.
- Time Management with Tom Limoncelli. He wrote the definitive book on the subject. (via) There’s plenty more videos at his site; I suggest setting aside some time to watch it. (ha!)
More than the usual source commit messages this week.
- LibreSSL got another point release. And complaints. (via)
- NetBSD 7′s branch date is planned.
- FreeBSD 9.3 is released. EoL for 9.2 has been extended, too.
- Cloning a FreeBSD/ZFS Machine with ‘zfs send’.
- An OpenBSD hackathon means a lot of articles.
- Troubleshooting Large, Stalling git/ssh Transfers.
- pkg == systemd == government conspiracy. Surely, the writer can’t be real.
- Installing and Using TarSnap. A BSD-friendly service.
- DiscoverBSD’s 2014/07/14 roundup.
- OpenBSD has OpenSSH and put together LibreSSL. OpenSSL bought… libressh.org? Use whois libressh.org to see. (no link; use your own whois lookup.) (via)
- NetBSD has updated to dhcp 4.3.0.
- OpenBSD has imported ucpp. (hope that’s the right ucpp; there’s lots out there)
- One of those times it’s OK to store passwords in cleartext.
- PC-BSD is now using Samba 4.1 by default.
- OpenBSD has a new httpd(8). Bonus long-in-the-tooth joke, too.
- Yay, SSL library cross-pollination.
- Cross-cross-cross pollination, here. (someone do it in DragonFly, too)
- ssh (on OpenBSD) now supports Unix domain socket forwarding.
- EruoBSDCon 2014 is happening in Sofia, Bulgaria, in September. The FreeBSD Foundation is funding travelers.
- A FreeBSD 10 Desktop How-to.
While Matthew Dillon was testing the new up-to-256-processor support for DragonFly, he added a few sysctls, one of which helps qemu performance when emulating a lot of processors. I note it here in case it’s helpful to someone else.
BSDNow 046 interviews Brian Drewery, talks about tunneling through DNS ports (an useful trick to get around network paywalls, if it’s what I think it is), and of course more general discussion of BSD topics.
DRM (Direct Rendering, not Digital Rights) on DragonFly will normally eat all the memory it thinks it needs. However, vm.dma_reserved can now be set to a fixed limit in /boot/loader.conf. By default, vm.dma_reserved on DragonFly is set to 16M, and can be set higher. I think this is necessary when running higher-resolution screens… Don’t quote me on that, though.
Francois Tigeot has been working on making i915 video support work better; with his latest update, it’s worth trying the Intel-specific driver instead of vesa if you have both the 915 chipset and are running X.
Matthew Dillon changed powerd on DragonFly so that the system is set to max performance if powerd is killed. Now you’ll know why your fans turned on!
It’s a manageable list this week.
- Markov Chains Explained. It’s useful to at least know what Markov chains are, because there are some silly text tricks that can be done, and it’s a good term to use so that you sound smart. (via)
- Rob Pike’s 5 rules of programming. (via)
- Similar: Epigrams in programming. (via)
- snowdrift.coop, a new funding service for open source projects. It’s not launched yet, but it appears to be using a ‘shares’ approach which could be interesting. (via IRC)
- Unix: never go topless.
- On the cruelty of really teaching computing science. Good quote where I found it, too.
- Don’t tell people to use VIM (because) You’re Using It Wrong. Notes how trendy “use Vim!” articles have become. (via)
- The levels of Emacs proficiency. (via)
- The genre-defining video games we forgot. A surprisingly in-depth documentary.
- Eulerian Video Magnification. Heartbeat reading with common cameras. (via a newsletter)
- Sometimes you think of something that should exist, and then you immediately find out it does exist - foot switches for emacs.
- Explaining X11 for the rest of us. (via)
- Awesome-awesomeness. Curated lists of resources for various languages. Two things struck me: one is that Github is being used more like a document repository than a code repository, sometimes, and the other is that this is such a huge list, it almost overwhelms the original purpose of showing what to use next. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Formicapunk. Boulet’s version of analog technology.
Finally, a much more eventful week. I already noted LibreSSL’s release.
- DiscoverBSD’s news summary for 2014/07/07.
- PC-BSD Digest 31 – there’s now a PC-BSD IRC channel.
- Your server can probably tell you the temperature.
- Future of pf in FreeBSD? Follow the thread. (via)
- DragonFly’s pf alterations discussed for OpenBSD. It wouldn’t be easy without some of the underlying DragonFly architecture, but something for everyone to remember: Henning Brauer is generous with his time and will help people updating pf.
- mfiutil on FreeBSD.
- ia64 processor support is gone from FreeBSD.
- NetBSD now has BIND 9.10.0-P2.
- FreeBSD now has bmake-20140620.
- OpenBSD now has lynx 2.8.8rel2.
- OpenBSD’s relayd now has a new filter language.
- pkgsrc 2014Q2 binaries are out now for several platforms.
- FreeBSD has a new core team.
- More cross-pollination – also from Android?
- OpenBSD-current users will need to update their kernel.
The portable (meaning ready to be brought into other operating systems) version of LibreSSL is out.
If you’re looking to use LDAP on DragonFly, follow this thread (read the first, keep going) as people talk about implementing it, what they installed, etc. I haven’t tried it myself, yet.
The mfi(4) driver has had some data corruption problems on “Thunderbird” series RAID controllers. There’s a newer driver, mrsas(4), that replaces mfi(4) for these controllers and does not have these issues, but switching may mean new drive locations and therefore some work to get booting correctly again. Sascha Wildner has an extensive writeup about what this entails, and how to switch now if you have that hardware (recommended).
I was out sick for a few days this week (Norwalk virus ain’t fun), and so there’s a whole lot of links to follow.
- The History of the Pocket Knife. I link to it because the pictures are pretty, and because a multitool is one of the more useful physical tools you can have. (via)
- Ooh, a new James Mickens video! This is a sort of antidote to the overoptimistic Scott Hanselman video. Computers are a Sadness, I am the Cure. (via)
- Book review: The Art of Unix Programming.
- Computing Across America.
- Again, not DragonFlyBSD.
- Some interesting thoughts and actions on copyright. I bought the bumper sticker the author’s talking about, directly from him.
- Uh oh.
- Multi-process architectures suck. Yet that’s everything we work on these days. (via)
- The March Towards Go. I keep meaning to sit down and actually try a project in Go. (via)
- UNIX Tricks. Some Linuxisms in there, but oh well. (via)
- Vim as Language. Not a bad description. Related by association: I get tired of seeing the little-avatar-plus-name-plus-job-title that gets stuck on so many blog posts. (via)
- An interview with Damien Conway. He’s a very smart and direct person, so the interview is worthwhile. (via)
- Patching the Newton. Some interesting early history. I remember holding a Newton and saying “This should work like a phone.”
- BOOTSTRA.386 – A Bootstrap theme that will entertain you, or maybe give you painful flashbacks. (via multiple places)
Your unrelated link of the week: The 1987 Crystal Light National Aerobic Championship. Imagine there was no Internet access other than what you can telnet to, and nothing on TV other than this. That’s 1987.
Another ‘quiet’ week – lots of commit activity in the other BSDs, but not a lot to point at directly.
- PostgreSQL/FreeBSD performance and scalability on a 40-core machine. (PDF link, via) There’s comparison to DragonFly’s results, mentioned here before. DragonFly’s solution of shared page tables is dismissed because it would require work to do, though I think that’s a symptom of FreeBSD’s more complex locking model rather than complexity of what’s in DragonFly.
- pkgsrc-2014Q2 is out.
- Here’s some notes on the systemd compatibility GSoC/OpenBSD project.
- The FreeBSD ixgbe(4) driver understands RSS, and so does igb(4).
- FreeBSD GENERIC kernels can now use vt(4), the replacements for syscons.
- FreeBSD images can now boot UEFI.
- FreeBSD 9/10 users using the WITH_NEW_XORG option have a temporary binary ports repository to use, to handle the change in the drivers.
The 44th BSDNow episode is out, with an interview of Craig Rodrigues, a tutorial on creating pre-patched OpenBSD ISOs, and the usual discussion of news items, including DragonFly’s recent pf changes.
(I don’t get the pun in the title this time, darnit.)
Matthew Dillon changed the default keep-policy in DragonFly to:
set keep-policy keep state (pickups, sloppy)
This is to match other BSDs (which? I don’t know) and reduce overhead, according to the commit.
A note for everyone: use Hammer default on a very busy filesystem, and you will eat a lot of disk space since all file changes are recorded. (I’ve done this to myself a few times.) Francois Tigeot has a list of tips on how to keep that from happening.
I am pasting the announcement verbatim because NYCBUG is having some hardware issues with their mailing list archive. It’s interesting for both subject matter and because you get to see the inside of about.com. RSVP soon so you can get in!
2014-07-02 - Introduction to Timekeeping, Steven Kreuzer
6:45, about.com (1500 Broadway enter on 43rd Street, 6th Floor)
Notice: RSVP to rsvp at nycbug.org and bring photo ID. RSVPs must be
received by 2 PM, day-of.
Time is a funny thing. You can spend it, save it, waste it and kill it,
but you can’t change it and there is never any more or less of it.
Everyone knows what it is and uses it every day but no one can seem to
In this talk I will provide a brief introduction to time, timekeeping,
and the uses of time information, especially in scientific and technical
The max number of CPUs on DragonFly just went from 63 to 64. This is really just a side effect of preparation to move up that limit, but I am entertained by the single-digit bump.
I bring the audio and the visual today.
- The History of Mana. (via)
- Where “Von Neumann architecture” comes from. (via)
- Futuristic User Interface 16. (video)
- Floppy table. The storage space is clever.
- As I’ve said before, every software project grows until it has its own package manager for installing other software. This time, it’s Rust. (via)
- Also, sooner or later someone says, “Hey, I could build an operating system in $myfavoritelanguage!” It’s like building a house because you’ve got a favorite hammer rather than a need to live somewhere. (via)
- Best of Vim Tips. (via) Some interesting tips in the source link comments, too.
- vimawesome.com. Pretty! (via)
- The Internet of Newsletters. A reaction (and a good one) to social media. (via)
- Charlie Stross’s keynote YAPC speech.
- “I no longer see the matrix anymore, all I see is dwarf, sad dwarf, crazy dwarf“
- Awww, it’s cute.
- Raising Lazarus – The 20 Year Old Bug that Went to Mars. And a counter-argument. (both via)
- Modern tech in 1977 Atari style. (via) Did I link this before? I feel like I did, but maybe that’s because of the subject matter.
- Sorta related: Betamaxx. (via)
- “Undefined behavior can result in time travel“.
- Lisp implementation in sed. (via)
- Unix: having fun with diff.
- Visualizing Algorithms. Presented with explanation and methodology, as it should be, as opposed to a random gallery of pseudo-mathy crap. (via)
You unrelated comics link of the week: The Imitation Game, the story of Alan Turing, written by Jim Ottaviani and illustrated by Leland Purvis. I have other work by both authors – they are excellent – and Alan Turning should be a name already familiar to you.
This week seems relatively quiet; possibly because school is out and the weather in the northern hemisphere is nice?
- PC-BSD 10.0.0.2, the release, is out.
- The PC-BSD text installer now supports full-disk encryption.
- Where KDE is Going, part 1. (via)
- Another OpenBSD GSoC project summary.
- procfs in OpenBSD is probably going to be removed.
- Hooray for more cross-pollination.
- Thanks to Emulex for supporting BSD.
- csup is gone from FreeBSD; mentioned for nostalgia purposes.
- FreeBSD now has fine-grained CTL locking.
- The EuroBSDCon 2014 schedule is up. (hey, there’s DragonFly in there!)
BSDNow 043 talks with Marc Espie of OpenBSD about packaging, goes through updating your BSD system (all of them? I haven’t watched yet), and discusses a number of other links.
If you are upgrading a DragonFly 3.6 system to 3.8, make sure you have the absolute latest version of 3.6 first. A few people have had a crash during install of the new initrd, which leaves the system in an unbootable state.
(Why, yes, that is why shiningsilence.com was down for some hours today… With Matthew Dillon and Sascha Wildner’s help, I was able to copy bits of /boot and /usr from a live CD back on disk and get online again.)
Did you try to install DragonFly relatively recently and it never made it past the bootloader? Apparently there’s a bug in some BIOS when using a smaller USB drive to install. The loader checks multiple places for information, and if it checks somewhere that’s ‘farther’ than the end of the disk (i.e. 6G on a 4G USB key), the machine locks up.
Matthew Dillon and Kyle Davis spent a good number of hours figuring this out today, and Matt committed a fix. So, if you were bit by this problem, try a -LATEST image about 24 hours from now and see if it works.
O’Reilly is running a 50% off special on a variety of books on electronics, with coupon code WKECTRC. I’m posting it now because it only lasts for this week.
Update: another offer just popped up in my email – 50% off various “web performance and operations” books with the code CFVLTY4.
Again, a backlog from last week means this week is fat.
- Non-classical processor behavior: How doing something can be faster than not doing it. Confusing but interesting.
- Rudd Canaday’s blog. One of the people behind UNIX, though not as well known. His stories have some very interesting glimpses into early computing. (via)
- Ergonomics of the Symbolics Lisp Machine. Lisp machines get talked about as if they were the last remnants of a superior, extinct precursor race. Maybe they are? I’ve never touched one. (via)
- Mapping the decentralization movement. I can get behind this idea. (via)
- KnightOS, an operating system for z80 calculators. (via)
- The SSD Endurance Experiment. (via)
- The first Photoshopped image. (via)
- Does your capacitive load purr?
- The very worst subject lines.
- Facebook has built its own switch – and it looks a lot like a server. Not a surprise to anyone familiar with the Open Compute idea, but the source article for the link has some useful references to equipment that you can actually get, unlike the Facebook doodad.
- UNIX: $42,000. (this and other links via this thread.) (update: that link was to a FTP server at Bell Labs, which appears to be down… darnit.)
- The end of Freshmeat, and a surprise link to the origins. (via)
- Aggregate hardware and software use patterns from The Setup. A sort of crowdsourced ‘effective tools’ report. Not necessarily perfect – Aeron chairs are popular, for instance, but I’d pick something else.. In an odd coincidence, a former teacher/coworker of mine is #3 on The Setup right now. (via)
- Happy World Productivity Day.
- A three-sided die, which I didn’t think was possible.
- 8088 Domination, part 1 and part 2. Full-motion video on a 4.77 Mhz 8088 chip from 1981.
- The Early History of Smalltalk. It’s a long read, but a good one. (via)
Your unrelated links of the week: My side hobby I never mention here is baking. I looked up a word I didn’t know, found out about an ice cream type I’ve never seen, started reading about odd things to do with eggs and pressure cookers, and now I’m confused by the possibilities. No narrative point here; I just need to get in the kitchen.
I have a backlog from stuff I missed last week while traveling, so we all benefit!
- PC-BSD 10.0.2-RC2 is out.
- PC-BSD will be at SouthEast LinuxFest.
- Here’s the roadmap for Lumina, PC-BSD’s new desktop environment.
- DiscoverBSD’s summary for 2014/06/16.
- FreeNAS vs. NAS4Free. Didn’t need to be 8 pages. (via)
- Peter’s pf tutorial is very popular.
- The freeze for pkgsrc-2014Q2 has started. (I’m a bit late on this one.)
- pkgsrc has a new Pkgsrc Management Committee.
- This thread, “Best pdf viewer in pkgsrc?” may be useful even if you aren’t on pkgsrc.
- NetBSD gained vmx(4) from OpenBSD.
- NetBSD now has pigz 2.3.1, which apparently stands for ‘parallel gzip‘.
- Here’s one OpenBSD/GSoC project status update; I haven’t seen others.
- Another OpenBSD desktop project started.
- BoringSSL. (via) Already, benefits.
- Ways to test pf.
- FreeBSD/gnats has gone away, and none too soon.
- Again, I love to see cross-pollination.
- The July and August NYCBUG meetings: timekeeping and OpenBSD ports. Here’s some notes on what to expect for the August meeting.
BSDNow’s 42nd video is up, with an interview of Bryce Chidester and a tutorial on chaining SSH connections.
The dports binary packages built for DragonFly 3.4 are removed. If you have a 3.4 system, you can build from source, or preferably just upgrade. Note that the 3.4 release images are still out there if needed.
I tagged DragonFly 3.6.3, at Sascha Wildner’s suggestion. Why do that when there’s a 3.8.1 out? This way there’s a version of 3.6 that has all the fixes included, including the recent OpenSSL updates. This ‘final versioning’ should probably be done for every release. I’ll work on final images.
The 3.8.1 tag was planned for tonight; I’m waiting to find out if there needs to be a new set of binary ports for 3.8.1 before I tag.
I tagged DragonFly 3.8.1; you can see a list of the changes in the tag message. New images are built. If you are already running 3.8.0, a normal
make src-update and rebuild will get you everything.
Sascha Wildner has added the mrsas(4) driver, which works on a variety of LSI Thunderbolt devices – a variety of RAID cards, names for which are listed in the commit message. Note that as of right now, these devices by default get taken by the mfi(4) driver, so you need to take extra steps to get mrsas(4) used.
The obvious joke should be “how can you tell?” Anyway, the csprng in DragonFly has been updated and IBAA is being used more often, and there’s more updates on the way.
I’ve been short on this week (worked 19 hour day Tues/Wed, ug), so the list is short.
- All Is Lost, the results of feeding the worst possible player stats into the NBA Y2K game. I don’t watch basketball or play sports games, but the forced scrambling of the game is entertaining. The author did a similar thing to Madden NFL. The animated GIFs are the best. (via)
- UNIX Uniforms. (via)
- UNIX: Root Cause Analysis. Always makes you sound fancy to say that.
- jwz says: stop centralizing things.
- The Burroughs B6500 Status Report. That’s some oooooold computing there. (via)
- textql: SQL queries on CSV/TSV, which is something I’ve silently wished for before. (via)
- Not sure what this is or the source, but it’s neat looking.
- PC-BSD 10.0.2 prerelease is out for testing.
- Build a FreeBSD 10.0-release Openstack Image with bsd-cloudinit.
- DiscoverBSD roundup for 2014/06/09. Also, there’s now a @_DiscoverBSD.
- Dan Langille is using pkg, and his recent posts on seeing download sources, or custom packages in poudriere may be useful. (Applies to DragonFly and FreeBSD.)
- Speaking of that, pkg could probably work with pkgsrc packages – that would be interesting. No link for that; I’m just thinking out loud.
- Li-Wen Hsu’s BSDCan 2014 con report.
- Michael W. Lucas talks about FreeBSD disk partitioning.