Dru Lavigne has posted a pile of links to various things –
click through and eat up an hour or two.
posted his setup to blacklist IPs which repeatedly scan via FTP or SSH.Â Some discussion ensued.
Long-time readers will remember a
previous discussion like this.
pkgsrcCon for 2008 is happening June 13th-15th in Berlin.Â If you are planning to present a paper there, their call for papers is up.Â You have until May 25th.
DragonFly has two new committers, as an end-of-year treat:
Matthias Schmidt and Nicolas Thery.Â Welcome, both of you.Â (Also, don’t forget ‘ walt‘ earlier this month.)
Sepherosa Ziehau has
imported the msk(4) driver, which supports the Marvell Yukon II networking chipset, orginally from FreeBSD.
Matthias Schmidt has tried synchronizing with FreeBSD’s /etc/periodic; he reports no issues on his DragonFly system.Â He also helpfully
summarizes all the improvements in his post.
The latest BSDTalk has a16-minute
interview with Peter N. M. Hansteen, who recently wrote The Book of PF, and apparently possesses a lot of middle names.
It’s also the 2-year anniversary of BSDTalk – Congratulations to Will Backman.
Chris Turner posted
his thoughts on improving vn(4).
Peter Avalos has added the
CAM_NEW_TRAN_CODE kernel option, which apparently is very helpful in an unspecified way if you are using SCSI disks via CAM.
The December issue of the
Open Source Business Resource is out.
Also, Cisco is looking for some
FreeBSD developers. Given Cisco’s recent announcement that they were moving to an open source operating system for their equipment, and that Juniper’s system is already BSD-based…Â Hmm.
I group these together because they were both found by Dru Lavigne at
BSDCan 2008, held in May, in Ottowa, has the initial call for papers out.Â They have space for informal talks and presentations too.
Matthew Dillon chimed in with
his description of how a binary update system for DragonFly could work, with an emphasis on using existing tools.
20 years old today, and a new release of 5.10 is out, along with a new version of Parrot, which includes the nascent Perl 6.Â (Via OnLAMP)
I’d be happy to note other major programming language changes – I don’t follow, say, Ruby as closely.Â Please tell me if there’s something of note.
An oldie but goodie: don’t forget that it’s possible to set up multiple
virtual sound channels in DragonFly.
Matthias Schmidt has put together what I think is A Good Thing: a binary updates system for DragonFly.Â There’s still some details to work on, but he has
working code already.
Welcome Thomas Nikolajsen, newest DragonFly committer. (Or at least I missed mentioning him before.)
Thanks, anonymous commenter! Not only do I
lack reliable short-term memory, but I can’t even use a search function.
announced plans for a Unix-based operating system for their network equipment, near the same time as Juniper (who already has a BSD-based system for their equipment) announces third-party development abilities ( PR here)Â (Via the howling void)Â Of course, “open” is a relative term.
Having used a variety of Cisco equipment, I can say I’d like to see their system versions at least a little more sane, as it can get quite difficult to sort out all the various point releases.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has
made libthread_xu the default threading model for DragonFly. You can switch to it immediately with a symlink if you are not running the bleeding edge code. Caveat emptor, however.
Joerg Anslik found a
strange error that turns out to have been a problem in handling floating point states; it’s fixed, but you will need to recompile kernel and libc_r if you are running bleeding edge code.
spotted this entertaining (and sad) blooper on the ITWorld Canada site.
Murray Stokely has some
nice details on BSD-related non-profit corporations, in terms of spending and money earned in both this year and last.
Open Source Census is apparently open for testing; it looks to be an attempt to quantify the usage of open source software, worldwide – a difficult goal, but nothing worthwhile is ever easy.Â (Via A Year in the Life…)Â Someone want to see if their Discovery Tool works on DragonFly?
Matthias Schmidt ported
PAM support in cron and pam_nologin from FreeBSD, which has some obvious benefits.
‘walt’ is the
newest DragonFly committer.Â Hello, ‘walt’!Â Maybe someday I’ll know your last name so I can use it in a post!
It’s not done yet, but other people would
like the features.
As we approach the end of the fiscal year, keep in mind that it’s possible to give money in potentially tax-reducing ways to
FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD.
GCC 4.1 seems to have an
overflow bug. 4.2 has a bug where code just gets skipped. 4.3 is not yet out. This seems to be a problem with no answer yet.
Update: commenters have pointed out GPL v3, which comes with GCC 4.3, should not cause problems, contrary to the offhand mention in Stanislav Sedov’s post, linked above.
suggested this interesting alternative to libevent.
Larry Wall’s most recent State of the Onion on
perl.com gives an interesting rundown of his experience with scripting languages. No Perl experience required to get the history lesson. His description of PHP is especially good:
We’ve also seen the rise of PHP, which takes the worse-is-better approach to dazzling new depths, as it were. By and large PHP seems to be making the same progression of mistakes as early Perl did, only slower.
Dru Lavigne has a
review of The Book of PF up. PF, for those late to the party, is the stateful packet filter that originated in OpenBSD but is also used in DragonFly.
If you still have any applications using PHP 4 on your system,
you should upgrade to PHP 5.x soon.
Hasso Tepper has been looking at the
bugs database for DragonFly and started to categorize some of the remaining issues.Â If you posted any of these bugs (i.e. through a mail to the bugs@ mailing list), please check through his message and mention if the issue is still current.
Matthew Dillon has
committed Matthias Schmidt’s pkg_search program to DragonFly, so the tool will always be accessible.
Robert de Bock has a
number of OpenSSH tricks up on Undeadly.Â The first one, ‘ Using SSH Keys‘, should be required reading.
Dmitry Komissaroff has a new version of
his Bluetooth port available for testing.
The Call for Papers is out for the
2008 USENIX technical conference,Â andÂ registration is open for Software Development West 2008.Â The papers for USENIX are due in early January.
Matthias Schmidt wrote a ‘ pkg_search‘ utility that runs a bit more easily than ‘bmake search’ for finding packages in pkgsrc. It’s available from his site, which has a number of other utilities and papers on it worth reading.
Francois Tigeot posted a
writeup on how to get Qemu running well on DragonFly.
It was recently noted that the BBC created
their own version of an “On Rails” system, using Perl.Â While it’s not that dramatic, as similar and highly polished systems already exist, it’s interesting to see that larger corporations seem to always progress towards, not away from, open source and sharing code.