Category: Conventions

BSDCan 2012 call for papers


BSDCan 2012 is happening on the 11th and 12th of May, 2012, with 2 days of tutorials beforehand.  It’s at the University of Ottawa. The call for papers is out.  These are proposals for talks, not academic papers.  The deadline for submissions is Jan 29th, unlike what the site says as of this writing.

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Going to 28C3?


Are you going to Chaos Communication Congress 28?  There’s going to be a number of DragonFly developers there, so it’s a good time to meet up.  They’re in EFNet #dragonflybsd IRC, so speak up there if you want to find them.

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FreeBSD Foundation end of year donations


The FreeBSD Foundation is putting out their end of year donation notice.  Donate if you can; the support for active developers there helps everyone.

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BSDLOSDR available


As Brooks Davis kindly posted to users@, FOSDEM 2012 will have a “BSD Licensed Operating System Developers Room”.  This has the most value to you if you’ll be near Brussels, February 4th and 5th.

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Lazy Reading for 2011/11/13


I’m going for more verbose linking.  Because my opinion layered over a bunch of linkblogging is just what you wanted on a weekend, isn’t it?  If not – too late!

  • NYCBUG posts audio of their regular presentations, and I’m linking to this one by James K. Lowden, titled “Free Database Systems: What They Should Be, And Why You Should Care“.  He was one of the more colorful speakers at NYCBSDCon 2010, so this should be good.
  • It’s Slashdot, so whatever, but this “In Favor of FreeBSD On the Desktop” linked story had a few good comments – BSD hasn’t done enough to differentiate itself from Linux.  “BSD: In Need of a Narrative“.  Or perhaps, “Who cares if it’s clang or it’s gcc – what do you build with it?
  • I read this essay about social networks (via), and the last paragraph is an excellent summation.  Read it, then cancel your Facebook/Google Plus/whatever accounts.
  • Xv6 is a modern version of Sixth Edition UNIX, used at MIT for teaching operating system design.  (via)   The source is available via git, and as a numbered PDF.   The book for the class should make interesting reading.  Oh, you can see the class details, too.
  • FOSDEM 2012 in Brussels, February 5th, 09:00 – 17:00: “Open Source Game Dev”.   Get on the mailing list if this interests you.  Microsoft operating systems still rule the market for games, really, even indie work, so it’s neat to see something that is both open source and game oriented.  There will be BSD “devrooms” there, too.
  • If you are looking for a particular Unicode character (and there’s lots to choose from), Shapecatcher lets you draw what you are looking for and looks for matches.  (via)  I’ve needed that here a few times for people’s names, and it’s fun just to see what comes up from a random scribble.

Your unrelated link of the week: The New Shelton Wet/Dry.  Titles, content, and images are all picked from unrelated sources, but it forms an oddly compelling digest of multiple topics.  Slightly NSFW, sometimes.

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A new Hammer presentation


Francois Tigeot recently presented a set of slides about Hammer at a recent Irill conference.  PDFs of the slides are available at his site, in English and French.

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BSDDay 2011 in Slovakia


Did you know that there’s a BSDDay 2011 in Bratislava, Slovakia, on November 5th?  Well, I do thanks to a random Google search and now you do too.  You and I both need to keep watching BSD Events.

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BSDday Argentina 2011 and how to find out more


Go, look at the BSDday Argentina 2011 site.  Follow the appropriate link for the languages you understand – it’s a console simulation!  (via)

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28c3 CFP


The Call for Papers for the 28th Chaos Communications Congress is out, as Matthias Rampke noted.  Each year, there seems to be at least a few DragonFly people there…

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Lightning Talk for DragonFly, September 9th,


Ferruccio Zamuner is doing a lightning talk about DragonFly at the sixth annual Italian Perl Workshop, September 9th in Turin, Italy.   I mentioned this back in May, but now there’s a concrete date, and it’s about a week and a half away.

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Lazy Reading for 2011/08/28


This week has taught me one thing for sure: Always make sure your backup generator is working.  And over-plan battery capacity.  That’s actually two things, but what the heck.  I’m tired, for reasons that can probably be inferred!  I’m not the only one suffering these problems, it seems.

  • There is a certain subset of readers here that will find this fascinating: a video of a game postmortem.  Specifically, Elite.  (via)  Needs Flash.
  • This is as good an article as any I’ve seen describing where the tablet computer market is going, at The Economist.
  • Remember RetroBSD, mentioned here previously?  Here’s some discussion of it.
  • EuroBSDCon’s 2011 conference is open for registration, but the early bird discount only lasts until the end of August, so jump on it soon if you’re thinking of going.  It’s the 10th anniversary of the event!
  • PHP 5.3 is coming to pkgsrc as default, soon?  The PHP 5.2 -> 5.3 transition seems to mess up a lot of code because of some changes in the way things are handled, or at least that’s my experience, so watch out.
  • Make sure you aren’t running mod_deflate on your Apache 2.x server.
  • Kristaps Dzonsons, the fellow behind mdocml (which is in DragonFly now and mentioned here before) is working on a mdoc manual.  It’s an actual book, with examples.  It’s titled “Practical UNIX Manuals: mdoc”, which sounds like part of a series, though I don’t know if there’s anything else.  I’d sure like it if there was.  (via Undeadly.)  Look very closely at the mdoc web page and you will see the markup, too.  Neat!
  • Breakout treated as a musical instrument, in 1983.  That’s too glib a summary of this explanation of an old book studying the game Breakout and playing it.  Really, read the article, and remember that the book described would just be lost in a sea of blog posts noise today.  (via)

Your unrelated comic link of the week: Wonderella.  This is the comic that ruined Batman for me.  I can’t unthink it.

 

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EuroBSDCon 2011 registration open


EuroBSDcon 2011, which is happening in Maarssen, The Netherlands 2011/10/6 to 2011/10/9, is now open for registration.  This is the 10th anniversary!

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BSD-Day Argentina: call for papers


BSDday Argentina 2011 is happening the 4th and 5th of November, in Buenos Aires City, Argentina.  The Call for Papers is out, if you’d like to contribute.

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CCC Camp for all


About a month from now (August 10-14), the CCC Camp is being held outside Berlin.  Bring a tent and (I assume) something capable of getting a wireless connection.  It only happens every 4 years, so jump on it now.  There will be at least one DragonFly-using person there – Matthias Schmidt is going.

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BSDCan audio now available


Audio recordings of the events at BSDCan 2011 are now available, in mp3 form.  If the file names aren’t descriptive enough, you can go through the speaker list and match up.  (found indirectly via Facebook)

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BSDDay Argentina 2011


BSDDay Argentina is starting to look for speakers.  The official site doesn’t list 2011 dates yet, but it’ll be in November, in Buenos Aires.  (via Damian Vicino)  Alex Hornung gave a DragonFly presentation there last year…

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Lazy reading for 2011/06/12


A nice big pile of links this week.  Some of these may have cropped other places by now, but oh well.

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BSDTalk 204: Ingo Schwartze, Kristaps Dzonsons


Fresh from BSDCan 2011, an interview with Ingo Schwartze and Kristaps Dzonsons, mostly about mdocml.  (Which is already present in DragonFly.)

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EuroBSDCon paper deadline looms


EuroBSDCon 2011, which is being held at Maarssen, The Netherlands, is October 6th through 9th of this year.  If you want to get a paper in, the deadline is in a week – May 30th.  Get a move on if you want to present!

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DragonFly in Turin in September


Ferruccio Zamuner will be doing a talk about DragonFly at the Italian Perl Workshop in Turin, in September.  It’s a free event.  He’s working on slides, and is looking for feedback on them (I assume once he has them.)

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EuroBSDCon 2011: Netherlands


The 10th EuroBSDCon is happening in Maarssen, The Netherlands, October 6th through the 9th.  The call for proposals is up until the end of the month.

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BSDTalk 203: Dan Langille, BSDCan, PGCon


The newest BSDTalk has a roughly 15-minute talk with Dan Langille about the upcoming 2011 BSDCan and PGCon events.

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AsiaBSDCon 2011 tutorials canceled


This shouldn’t be a surprise considering recent events: AsiaBSDCon 2011 has had some event cancellations; specifically the tutorials and meetings.  The paper presentations starting on the 19th, and the banquet, are still on, however.  (via)

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BSDCan 2011 announced


Dan Langille has announced the BSDCan 2011 schedule/list of events in several places.  There’s some fun stuff in there, like discussion of Sendmail from the guy who (originally) wrote it.  There’s a talk about Roff (it’s that old?)from Kristaps Dzonsons, whose mdocml also happens to just have been committed by Sascha Wilder to DragonFly’s contrib.

NYCBSDCon 2010 was crazy fun.  I hope I can make it to BSDCan…

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BSD Needs Books, the video


Michael Lucas’s “BSD Needs Books” talk from NYCBSDCon 2010 is online, in video form.  I got to see this as it happened, and it was a excellent talk.  Mr. Lucas is able to put some reasonable arguments together as to the why of things, since he’s been published multiple times, plus his sense of humor keeps it moving.

Hey, wait – there’s more from the conference on BSD TV!  How did I miss this?  Hopefully even more will show up; the facility was perfect for recording.

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BSD Magazine: ZFS


February’s BSD Magazine is headlining “ZFS on FreeBSD”, along with a bunch of other material, including an interview/example for the next BSDCan convention.  There’s some BSD-project-specific news in there from this site about DragonFly, along with MirOS, MidnightBSD, and FreeBSD.

Lazy Reading: code repos, events, open source stuff


Stuff!

  • I find this erasure of the separation between remote code repository and local code editor very interesting.   It may upset more traditional people.
  • If you haven’t been watching the BSD Events Twitter stream, Dru Lavigne’s written a nice summary of the next few months, including BSD Exam dates/locations.
  • The XFCE 4.8 release announcement hinted at some problems with BSD.  It’s apparently because udev, a Linux-only product, is the only consistent way to access various items, so XFCE’s power and volume controls use it.  There’s no udev on BSD, so we get left out.  I’d normally end this with a call for a compatibility layer, but udev is the latest in a series of jumps from framework to framework in Linux, so I don’t know if it would actually do any good.  (Thanks, sjg on #dragonflybsd for the link)
  • The Economist has an article on open-source that does a hype-free job of describing the state of open source today.  It points out two trends that I don’t think are covered enough: the large amount of open-source work funded by companies, and the hidden costs of training and integration.  One downside of the “software is free, training costs money” model for open source is that it creates an economic incentive for byzantine configurations and difficult setups.  That idea could use some exploration, but I don’t think many people want to, precisely because it’s negative.  The article doesn’t go that far, but they should.
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NYCBSDCon surplus


Apparently the surplus money from the recent NYCBSDCon is going to each of the BSD projects.  Great news!  Now, what to do with it…

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27c3: Everyone is going


Apparently there’s a lot of DragonFly people going to the 27th Chaos Communication Congress.  Of course, I don’t know if there’s any tickets left at this point.

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NYCBSDCon video


There’s a minute and a half of video up of NYCBSDCon 2010, showing off the nice facilities, food, and some of the talks.  (via)  You can see me shifting around in my seat at 1:28.

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FOSDEM 2011 call for papers


Marius Nünnerich posted a call for papers for FOSDEM 2011.  Submissions need to be in by December 20th; the Brussels conference itself is happening in February.

(Has anyone been to this?  What was it like?)

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NYCBSDCon 2010: notes


My NYCBSDCon 2010 summary, or How I Spent My New York City vacation:

More…

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Lazy Reading: Clouds, cookies, bugs, more


A catch-up week.

  • Ivan Voras askes for the ‘anti-cloud‘, a true decentralization of resources instead of the cloud-as-a-central-service-from-one-company, which is what it’s becoming now.
  • How not to design a protocol, about HTTP cookies.   (via)  I’ve heard from far more people worried about cookies and the need to clear or block them, than, say, people who realize the risks that programs like Firesheep expose.  Such is life.
  • Will be needed: a SSH VPN.  (via)  Did I link this already?
  • ‘radek’ sends along news of Giant DragonFlies.  Not the most scientific of articles, but a fun thought.
  • sshd, given actual form.
  • Dru Lavigne’s got a nice summary of MeetBSD, complete with pictures, audio, and video.  More conferences should be covered this completely, and quickly.
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BSDTalk: PC-BSD, Kris Moore


BSDTalk has a brand new interview from the just-finished MeetBSD, talking about PC-BSD 9 with Kris Moore.  (18 minutes)

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NYCBSDCon early registration extended


The early bird registration (a cheap $95) for NYCBSDCon has been extended an extra week to match how long they ran it previous years.  November 7th, it goes to $125 and walk-in will be $145.

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Conventions conventions conventions!


Hasso Tepper helpfully forwarded announcements for the Call for Papers for both EuroBSDCon 2011 and AsiaBSDCon 2011.

Also, there’s probably going to be DragonFly people at 27C3, and I know there’s going to be some at NYCBSDCon 2010.  The early registration discount for NYCBSDCon only lasts about 10 more days, so jump on it while you can; it’s crazy cheap.

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NYCBSDCon 2010: who’s going?


I’m going.  Venkatesh Srinivas is going.  Who else is interested?  (See the site.)

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BSDTalk 198: MeetBSD Cali 2010


BSDTalk 198 has 12 minutes of conversation with Matt Olander and James T. Nixon, about MeetBSD.  (which is November 5th and 6th.)

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BSD Certification Professional requirements out


The Professional Certification requirements are now published.  (via)  The tests happen at various conventions  around the world, so plan ahead and you should be able to find one near you.

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London BSD meetup


Sevan Janiyan sent along news of a  London *BSD meetup happening on August 26th, at The Cleveland Arms in Bayswater, starting at 7 PM.

Of course, you already knew because you watch the BSDEvents feed, don’t you?  Well, you should.

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Messylaneous: books, conventions, videos, conventions


Link dumps just so I can get caught up.

Places to go, exams to take


Dru Lavigne has listed conventions she’ll be at over the next few months, so if you feel like taking a BSDA exam or just plain helping out at a BSD booth, check the list.

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New pkgsrc Hackathon planned


There’s an online hackathon (the 14th!) planned for July 30th through August 2nd for pkgsrc (and probably some NetBSD material too) at FreeNode/#netbsd-code on IRC.  Aleksej Saushev’s post has more details. At least it’s cheap to attend!

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BSD-Day 2010 in Hungary


November 20th, 2010 is the date for BSD-Day, in Budapest.  Gabor Pali has a note out inviting developer to attend and give talks.  There’s more details on a FreeBSD wiki page.

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More mandoc madness


Undeadly has an article up about recent work on mandoc in a mini-hackathon.  It’s mentioned in context with OpenBSD in the article, but mandoc is also present in DragonFly, and is a potential groff replacement.  (And I think groff is the last item in base requiring C++?  I may be wrong.)  Plus, as I’ve said before, I like mandoc’s output.  It would be nice to use that for our online man pages, for instance.

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NYCBSDCon call for papers


NYCBSDCon, happening November 12-14th, in New York City, at Cooper Union, has a call for papers out.  (via here and also George)   They’re due by the end of July.

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NYCBSDCon date set


November 12-14th, in New York City, at Cooper Union.

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BSDTalk 192: pf, Henning Brauer and Peter Hansteen


There’s a new BSDTalk podcast up, again from BSDCan 2010.  This one interviews Henning Brauer and Peter Hansteen about pf, for 20 minutes.

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EuroBSDCon 2010 call for papers


EuroBSDCon 2010 is happening October 8th-10th in Karlsruhe, Germany.  (I’ll let you guess the year.)  The Call for Papers is out now.  The website lists it as “Call for Speakers“, but you have to write an abstract so I suppose that’s close enough.  (via lots of places)

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BSD meetup in London


Sevan Janiyan passed along a note: there’s a *BSD meetup at the Barrowboy and Banker pub
by London Bridge, in London, the 27th of May. I’d love to attend, both because it’s BSD and because it’s a pub. That pesky Atlantic gets in the way.

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BSDCan 2010 videos online


FOSSLC has videos of the presentations from the recent BSDCan.  (via)  I’m listening to Will Backman’s keynote right now about the BSD community based on his BSDTalk work.

Update: Dru has a list of videos and pictures.

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BSD Events link added


Have I managed to forget all this time to add Dru Lavigne’s excellent BSD Events Twitter feed to my link list on the Digest?  Yes, I did – fixed.

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AsiaBSDCon videos up


Videos of the presentations at AsiaBSDCon 2010 are up; FreeBSD – The Unknown Giant has a number of them.  Constantine A. Murenin’s Quiet Computing presentation is interesting, especially because it runs on DragonFly.

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BSDday Argentina paper details


Sdävtaker has posted about the pre-call for papers, for BSDday Argentina.  Check his post for topic and submission details.

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Images and volunteering


Two items, via Dru Lavigne: Thunderflash is a new site with images for use in virtual machines, and there could be more of a BSD representation there.  Also, if you live near South Carolina in the U.S., Dru could use 4 volunteers at the BSD booth at the SouthEast LinuxFest.

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Talks at pkgsrcCon 2010 – submit now


Do you want to give a talk at pkgsrcCon 2010 in Basel, Switzerland, May 28-30?  Make sure to mail in the details.

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pkgsrcCon 2010 coming up


pkgsrcCon is happening May 28th-30th in Basel, Switzerland.  The event web page has note on location and hotel information.  (thanks, S.P.Zeidler)

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BSDTalk 187: Sam Smith


The newest BSDTalk has a 25-minute conversation with Sam Smith, who helped organize EuroBSDCon 2009 and other UKUUG events.

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Messylaneous for 03/24/2010


In an effort to catch up…

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BSD videos now captioned


The BSD Conferences channel on YouTube now has updated captioning, which will be useful if you don’t follow spoken English too well.

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Messylaneous for 2010/03/14: complaints, events, iPad


I’ve been building this one up:

  • Marc Espie’s post about autoconf holds true; Linux is in danger of becoming a monoculture in itself, similar to Windows.
  • The BSDCan 2010 schedule has been posted.  (via)  Will this be the year I finally make it to BSDCan?  Maybe.
  • This post about communities (in general, online, not just software) is interesting.  So far DragonFly has managed to avoid the drama-with-a-capital-D that afflicts other communities over time.  Here’s a reason to not want growth…
  • Always have working backups.  ALWAYS.  (via)
  • I once went through almost exactly this, except it was a phone system that spanned several U.S. states and China/Mexico.  Asterisk is awful, except that every commercial phone system is worse.
  • A very on-target assessment of the iPad from a longtime Apple developer makes me think of something: will the iPad be good for open source?  Not as a platform, but as a way to push developers to open source systems, where program development doesn’t require approval from a single company with unclear guidelines.  Even the single interface port on an iPad is proprietary, and requires licensing.
  • It’s really nice to read about a successful open-source software business that did not hinge on investors or being bought out, but rather on, you know, actually doing business, as seen in this writeup of OpenNMS.  (via)
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More BSD in Argentina


Damian Vicino has posted about plans for an expanded second “BSDDay-AR” (a BSD event in Argentina) this year.  If you want to show and give a talk, let him know.  It’s always good to hear about a BSD event expanding.

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Hackathon also for pkgsrc, Feb 19-22


Seen via email and Hubert Feyrer’s blog: There’s a NetBSD hackathon planned for February 19th through the 22nd.  The meetup is via IRC.  Since it’s NetBSD, it’ll include pkgsrc, and if it includes pkgsrc, it affects DragonFly.  If you’re interested, show up – even being there to report on packages that compile or don’t (on DragonFly) would help.

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Chaos Communication Congress notes


Matthias Schmidt is posting to Twitter about his time at 26c3 with other DragonFly developers, on his own feed and in @dragonflybsd.  (if you are reading this via a Twitter link, you may already know that.)  Follow the #26c3 tag if you want to see all the news about the event.  A quick scan shows some interesting mobile phone security problems have been discovered.  There’s streaming video too.

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Dan Langille on BSDTalk 181


BSDTalk 181 has a 16 minute conversation with Dan Langille, mostly about the upcoming BSDCan and PGCon.

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More people for the 26C3 meetup


There’s more people showing up for DragonFly at the 26th Chaos Communication Congress, in Berlin December 27th-30th.  I’ve posted about it before , but it’s worth mentioning as the end of the year draws close.  Speak up if you can join in.

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AsiaBSDCon Call for Papers


AsiaBSDCon, which is happening the 11th through 14th of March, 2010, has issued the normal call for papers.  (and they nicely posted it to users@)  This looks to be the 4th year of this convention – have any readers here been to it?

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BSDCan 2010 proposals


BSDCan 2010, coming up the 13th-14th of May, has put out the call for papers.  The website says proposals start December 19th, but I suppose that’s just the day you start handing them in.

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BSDCan 2010: May 13-14


BSDCan 2010 will be May 13th and 14th in Ottawa, Canada, with 2 days of classes beforehand.  Maybe I’ll actually make it this year, like I wish every time…

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DragonFly meetup at CCC


If you’re going to the CCC, there’s several DragonFly people going, and they are working to rent an apartment for the several days of the event.  Follow up with Matthias if you’re going too.

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EuroBSDCon 2009


EuroBSDCon 2009 is happening the 18th through 20th of September, in Cambridge, UK.   There’s usually at least 2-3 DragonFly folks showing up at these – anyone planning to go?

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BSDTalk 174: Kris Moore


BSDTalk 174 is up, with 16 minutes of conversation with Kris Moore of iXSystems (neé PC-BSD), from BSDCon 2009.

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Hammer presentation at BSDDay


Sdävtaker is giving a “Hammer administration” presentation at BSDDay, May 29th and 30th in Argentina.  (His presentation is the second day.)

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“Thousands of times more secure than bcrypt”


Mr_Bond on #dragonflybsd passed along a link to Colin Percival’s post about scrypt, a “provably as strong as possible” encryption function that is designed to withstand brute force attacks.  This was presented at BSDCan 2009, but his post has more details and links.

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BSDDay, May 29-30, plus poster


Sdävtaker posted a note about BSDDay, a BSD convention happening in Argentina, on the 29th and 30th of May.  There’s also a poster.  (PDF)

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DCBSDCon videos


Murray Stokely very kindly passed me a link to his summary of the 8 videos now online showing presentations from the recent 2009 DCBSDCon.

Of particular interest is Robert Luciani’s talk about M:N threading in DragonFly.  Yes, that’s the same Robert Luciani who is participating in Summer of Code with DragonFly to profile kernel contention on multiprocessor systems.

BSDTalk 172: Dan Langille of BSDCan


BSDTalk has interviewed Dan Langille, a driving force behind the yearly BSDCan event.  The convention is coming up on the 8th and 9th of May.  (13 minutes)

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BSD event tracking


There’s a lot of BSD-related events and conferences happening; enough that it’s difficult to track them all.  Dru Lavigne has a very good idea: Twitter them at @bsdevents.

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BSD in Argentina


‘Sdävtaker’ posted a note about BSDday-AR, happening in Buenos Aires on May 29th and 30th.  There’s a Spanish version of the site; no English yet.

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AsiaBSDCon schedule posted


Hiroki Sato has posted that the schedule for AsiaBSDCon 2009 is now available.  It’s happening in March, and registration will be available soon.  There’s still time to get a paper in, if you hurry…

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