This is the first Lazy Reading in a while that I hadn’t already started before the previous week’s Lazy Reading was displayed.
- Wrong and Right Reasons to be Upset about Oculus. Gets at something that’s been bothering me: too many new companies have acquisition as an exit strategy. Over time, that becomes the only strategy. (via many places)
- How one college went from 10% female computer-science majors to 40%. I can confirm this works, via the small sample of the class I taught recently. (via I lost track, sorry)
- Toward a better programming. Makes some good points about programming, though it unfortunately ends not with solutions but with a ‘buy my stuff’ push. (via)
- Michael W. Lucas reviews “Applied Network Security Monitoring”, the book.
- 7 Habits of Highly Successful UNIX Admins.
- thread patterns, about surviving mailing list overload. You will recognize exactly what’s being described if you’ve read any mailing list for more than a year of your life. (via #dragonflybsd)
- How pinball and boardwalk amusements gave rise to video games.
- RPN calculation, a description and history.
- I don’t know if this conspiracy theory with Red Hat, systemd, and the military-industrial complex is even realistic, but it’s kinda fun to see, in a “look at that mess over there in that other operating system” kind of way. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the day: The Very Hungry Rust Monster.
- BSDCan 2014 will have the BSD Professional Certification exam available (as beta)
- “The Design And Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System” second edition, is up for pre-order. (comments are rude/funny.)
- The DiscoverBSD summary for 2014/03/31.
- The PC-BSD Digest 24.
- reop, an follow-up from OpenBSD’s signify
- The FreeBSDNews link roundup.
- Michael W. Lucas follows up on a prank with a description of how to get a BSD convention going.
- Peter N. M. Hansteen wants feedback on his BSDCan tutorials.
- Joystick support always sounds like a good idea.
- The Playstation 2 is back as a NetBSD platform.
- Turn partitions into disk images on FreeBSD.
- You can possibly create x86 USB images with NetBSD. (you couldn’t before?)
- NetBSD imported starsign, for signing data. Since it’s an external program, I tried searching for its origin… Google failed spectacularly, with astrology links galore.
- NetBSD also added dust, which appears to be a sensible utility. (Update: both this and starsign apparently written by Alistair Crooks.)
- I didn’t know serial ports could go this fast.
- pkgsrc-2014Q1 is out.
- Pkgsrc is looking at signing packages, too.
- Some conversation about building machines with a bunch of network ports. From openbsd-misc, but probably applies across the board.
- Video of the April 1 NYCBUG presentation on random number generation is available.
In a thread about video cards on DragonFly, Francois Tigeot listed good ATI cards to try, and pointed out the VESA driver is probably your best bet right now with NVidia cards.
The acpi_thinkpad module (section? code?) has been updated. Update if you are on DragonFly 3.7, or be patient if you are on 3.6.
NYCBUG is presenting Yevgeniy Dodis at NYU (Warren Weaver Hall, room 101, 251 Mercer Street, NYC) at 7:15 PM tonight, speaking about building your own random number generator in both correct and incorrect ways.
I wrote up some thoughts for the next release of DragonFly. There’s some project work in there for anyone interested. The next release should be near the end of May.
I’m hiring a sysadmin at my workplace:
I suddenly can’t remember if I pad my dates with zeros.
- Certain people will love this: After Dark in CSS. Flying toasters! (via)
- MicroMUSE, a story about Gopher and MUDs and nostalgia. Do any of the things I’ve built in MUDs still exist? I don’t know, but I kind of hope so. (also via)
- Crafting link underlines on Medium. I find it interesting for the obsession over ‘doing it right’. (via)
- Stupid UNIX tricks. Follow the email thread.
- UNIX: More networking basics for the beginner.
- Accidentally Turing-complete. This resembles the start of a number of science fiction stories. (via)
- Why Facebook will never innovate. My title. (via)
- Developers should know how to run their own server. Again, my title. (also via)
- Hack ‘N’ Slash, where you are supposed to hack the game.
- The Art of Atari. Art that describes a certain time and technology all at once. I’m sure I’ve linked to something like this before.
- Explain Git with D3. Animations to show what happens in Git operations. (via)
- The current Humble Bundle weekly sale is all
open sourcegames created with open source tools. I don’t know how many of them can run on a BSD, but it’s still nice to see them. Humble Bundles can be quite the deal, too.
- The Ultimate Frontend Build Tool: make. I see articles like this every so often that can be summed up as “hey, make is reliable and hard to beat – on the specific tasks it is suited for.” (via)
- AD&D cover art on Pinterest. (via) One of the artists involved in that just died. (via)
- DNSSEC-verified SSL Certificates, the Standard Way. Michael W. Lucas explains something I wish was more common: a way to use SSL without paying money to a CA.
Your unrelated link of the week: The creepiest animatronic work I’ve seen yet. (via Orbital Operations)
A quiet week this week.
- BSD author Michael W. Lucas has a project announcement mailing list.
- OpenBSD after version 5.5 will no longer support FTP for installation of sets.
- OpenBSD 5.5. preorders are available.
- NetBSD has imported mDNSResponder-258-14.
- OpenSSH 6.6 is out. I haven’t kept track of which BSDs have updated.
- DiscoverBSD’s 2014/03/24 summary.
- Another RetroBSD device.
- PC-BSD Weekly Digest 23.
BSDTalk 239 is 55 minutes of talk with Baptiste Daroussin at vBSDCon 2013 about ‘pkgng’ on FreeBSD. The BSDTalk post doesn’t mention it, but it is the same pkg tool that DragonFly uses, so Baptiste’s plans are relevant to DragonFly too. (I haven’t had a chance to listen to the podcast yet so I don’t know how much he talks about DragonFly, specifically.)
BSDNow episode 030 is out with an interview of Warren Block about FreeBSD documentation, along with a conversation on a number of other topics, including setting up a BSD machine as your access point (highly recommended, along with home router setup) and setting up a BSD (FreeNAS) as a Synology replacement. They also totally scooped me on Michael W. Lucas giving an OpenBSD talk – which might be because I forgot to sign up for his announcement mailing list.
Timezones are a human invention to describe the natural world, so they are changed according to human whims. That’s a grand way to note this change in timezones that is global but I noted in a DragonFly commit of tzdata2014b – look at the last entry.
One of the requirements to get NSS/LDAP working on (most) any unixlike system is to have dynamic binaries; meaning they are dependent on various libraries to run. Since you’re talking about programs for login when you’re talking about NSS/LDAP, that means if the libraries aren’t available, you can’t log in. DragonFly has static binaries just to avoid that problem.
Francois Tigeot proposed switching to dynamic binaries and building a /rescue directory with static backups, as is the case with I think FreeBSD and NetBSD. If you follow the thread, it looks like the best path is to use initrd instead. Initrd stands for INITial Ram Disk, and is the first volume the computer sets up to boot from BIOS. Since initrd gives the computer enough space to load all the needed modules (like Hammer2…), it works without making the computer dependent on various libraries or having a bloated /rescue directory.
(Someone correct me if I have the details wrong.) As long as we’re talking about things that would help DragonFly in a larger environment, can someone work on a VM balloon memory driver, too?
Aaaaaaaaa link overflow!
- The Story I’ll Tell at the Web’s 25th Birthday Party.
- When Will the Next Dot.com Bubble Burst? The comment from Gary Helms is correct.
- The truth about content management systems. It’s one of those basic mistakes that everyone gets to learn in some form. (via I lost track, sorry)
- The Facebook experiment has failed. Let’s do better. I agree with the sentiment that smaller communities are necessary, and that Facebook is an unsustainable place for them. I’m seeing more specific communities retreating from social media to mailing lists – and it’s better. (via)
- UNIX: Network Basics for the Beginner.
- Boulet takes on tech support. We’ve all gotten that call from an older family member.
- The Turino XL, a computer with over 45 x 1017 bytes available.
- Worse. Bundling and the negative effects that come with it. (via)
- This World of Ours, a James Mickens logout column from December 2013 that I missed.
- Actually, if you look at his Microsoft Research page, he has links to his past articles at the bottom, plus a link to his 2011 presentation about why web browsers are horrible.
- Why I Use Vim. Describes a “climbing up, sliding down” learning curve, which puts me in mind of one of my favorite diagrams. (via)
- How to boost your Vim productivity. Some interesting tips in this, plus bits on tmux. (via)
- Coffee and its Effects on Feature Creep. Sort of a basic economics lesson. (via)
I have a list of commits I’ve saved between the various BSDs of licenses getting corrected to the 2-clause BSD license; that would definitely be a good cross-BSD project to sync.
- DiscoverBSD has a free KVM VPS for the taking – if you write about the BSD-specific thing you are doing with it.
- Also, DiscoverBSD’s news summary for the 17th.
- OpenBSD packages are generally up to date. The place I found this linked has comments noting the need to run multiple versions of Ruby to test – even multiple subversions, like different revisions of 1.9.x. I think that points at a different problem…
- There’s mg, which is a ‘micro GNU/Emacs’, found in OpenBSD. There’s also apparently a portable version. (via)
- OpenBSD’s upd(4) needs testing.
- OpenBSD has switched to Unbound, and it is apparently easy to enable DNSSEC.
- I didn’t expect rcp to be removed from OpenBSD, or a Thulsa Doom reference.
- Two small package managers for OpenBSD: sqlport and pkg_mgr.
- The hp300, mvme68k and mvme88k ports are gone from OpenBSD.
- If you’re using pkgsrc, php-fpm may be a better module than mod_php.
- FreeBSD has a faster SHA2.
- pkgsrcCon 2014′s Call for Papers is up.
- PC-BSD Digest 22.
- Hubert Feyrer has linked some NetBSD-specific slides from AsiaBSDCon 2014.
- Michael W. Lucas’s NYCBSDCon 2014 talk is up on Youtube.
BSDNow episode 029 is up containing a full slate of material. There’s an interview of Gleb Kurtsou, along with a PEFS tutorial and several other items that are new to me.
If you noticed the lack of a GUI DVD image for the 3.6 release of DragonFly, I posted a followup note on the users@ list that talks about the steps to get X installed. It’s not much work, with pkg set up.
Sepherosa Ziehau has an IPv6 patch for you to try. What’s it do? I think it improves performance under multiple streams of traffic, but that’s from looking at the code and totally guessing.
A lot of this was done early; last week had a lot of interesting stuff turn up. Maybe because we’re coming out of a extreme winter in the northern hemisphere, and people are feeling a bit more energetic?
- How to Eat Your Entropy and Have it Too — Optimal Recovery Strategies for Compromised RNGs. One of the authors, Yevgeniy Dodis, is I think speaking at an upcoming NYCBUG meeting.
- This may not surprise you, but the GNU version of ‘true’ can sometimes return false.
- I still have a weakness for 80s vector graphics.
- Matching one of the links from last week, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game online. (via)
- The History of Information. Mesmerizing, like reading Wikipedia in serial order. (via)
- Drifting into Fragility, a look at complex system failure analysis at WETA. Notable for the offhand comment that they’re rendering on 49,000 cores. That’s… over 9,000! (Old joke but still fun.) (via)
- pleaserun, an attempt to abstract away the systemd vs. everything else argument. Also, a perfectly descriptive name. (also via)
- Unix: Pranks that sysadmins play.
- Token ring: still used. Eh, could be worse; could be frame relay.
- The Mid-Career Crisis of the Perl Programmer. The leading tl;dr segments are dead on, but the essay itself rolls out into a conversation about skills for older programmers and what choices you make. (via)
- Maury, Innovation, and Change. Open data and common APIs – in 1850. (via)
- How to save read-only files in Vim. A step better than the usual advice.
- UNIX Magic. (via)
Bonus timewaster: 2048. (via multiple places)
Another week with lots of links.
- DiscoverBSD’s summary for 2014/03/10.
- PC-BSD Digest 21 – 10.0.1 release.
- FreeBSDNews needs a new maintainer. (am I the old man of BSD blogs? Yeesh.)
- FreeBSDNews also has two FreeNAS videos.
- OpenBSD is starting on USB 3 support. I assume this is separate from USB4BSD?
- OpenBSD has moved to OpenSMTPD by default.
- Hubert Feyrer has a summary of recent ARM developments in NetBSD.
- The 2014Q1 freeze for pkgsrc starts effectively today, lasting two weeks.
- Eric Radman pointed out that non-linear editing is possible on the BSDs using Blender, and here’s a tutorial.
- FreeBSD had an ABI change, so rebuild carefully on master.
- Man pages added by Microsoft to FreeBSD. It makes sense, but it still makes me pause.
- Apache is out of OpenBSD base.
- The window manager cwm has been made portable, meaning it’s not just for OpenBSD now.
- IPX and AppleTalk have been removed from FreeBSD.
Uh oh, I don’t get the pun this time. Anyway, the newest BSDNow episode is an interview with Eric Turgeon of GhostBSD,
and a disk concatenation tutorial for NetBSD and a tutorial that isn’t uploaded yet. (Wait, now I get it.)
A recent commit from Sepherosa Ziehau has a 5% improvement in the number of network connections per second a x86_64 machine can accept. He’s also reducing the number of IPIs during network activity. If this seems somewhat esoteric, it’s because network speeds are getting so fast that the benefits come from reducing the accompanying CPU load.
If you’re on DragonFly 3.7, you will need to build world before building the kernel again if you are updating to some point in the last 24 hours. Sascha Wildner points out the related commit.
DragonFly has moved from the old USB stack to USB4BSD by default. That means:
- If you are already using USB4BSD, you will want to remove WANT_USB4BSD from your kernel config.
- If you have trouble, switch back to the old USB.
- There’s some drivers that are not yet converted; help with them would be appreciated.
- A full kernel/world build and ‘make upgrade’ will be needed in either case.
Sascha Wildner’s announcement email has all the gory details, including the kernel config changes to move back to the old USB setup. This is of course in master; 3.6 users are unaffected.
This week blew up with links fast.
- An 8-bit integer overflow turns Mahatma Gandhi into “255 points of pure nuclear rage“. That’s one of the more entertaining sentences I’ve ever typed here.
- “DevOps” is one of the new buzzwords lately. The most shallow approaches seem to equate it with automated deployment, but it really seems to be about project management within IT. It’s probably of most use within larger companies that have enough staff to build up department-internal silos. I don’t know if it’s a new strategy or a way to deal with the rigidity of larger corporate IT groups. (via)
- mosh: the answer to ssh annoyances. (via)
- Why I use Emacs. I like “retrogrouch.” (via)
- The Zen of Comprehensive Archive Networks. You know your system/program has really made it when it starts it own plugin/theme/library/mod/extension/app store collection. (via)
- Only 90s Web Developers Remember This. “DHTML was the Twitter Bootstrap of the time.” (via)
- What is a web framework? A temperate description. (via)
- Reflections on Eric Raymond’s “Myth of the Fall”. Makes a good point: open source is the best when it’s for architectural, interoperational reasons.
- Bitrot and atomic COWs. Will make you worried about your already-RAIDed data. (via #dragonflybsd)
- Thoughts on style, the TLS, and errors. I agree with the note about ‘affirmative
- Technology has changed. Tech items from a decade ago. Everything was silvery and round back then. (via)
- A little farther back in time, Thomas Dolby Explains How Synthesis Works To Kids & Ghosts. 1989, and yes, he plays that song. (via a mailing list for yetis)
- Related to nothing: it’s odd to see your great-grandfather mentioned in a random place on the web.
- The 2014 7-Day Roguelike Challenge has started. (via)
- Ow my eyes.
Your unrelated video of the week: This trailer for Crawl. This is a roguelike multiplayer cross-platform game, though I don’t know if it would work on BSD. The important thing: the voiceover narration is fantastic.
Links everywhere this week!
- ZFS 101. This might be the same material presented at NYCBSDCon; I’m not sure.
- Installing FreeBSD 10 to ZFS with a script.
- The DiscoverBSD summary for 2014/03/03.
- PC-BSD Weekly Digest 20.
- Theo De Raadt questions for a Slashdot interview.
- OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 is released.
- Introduction to FreeNAS development.
- GhostBSD activity. (via)
- FreeNAS is now 64-bit only. (via)
- OpenBSD package building on larger machines.
- pkgsrcCon 2014 is happening June 21-22 in London, UK.
- The schedule for BSDCan 2014 is out.
- Merkletrees. Don’t know what it’s for; just like the name.
- NetBSD has a versioning system called ‘bikeshed’. It appears to mostly be plans at this point.
- OpenBSD has added qlw(4), a driver for QLogic ISP SCSI HBAs.
- Apparently some quirks from decades ago still survive.
- Random is more random on BSD than on Linux. (see last paragraph) (via)
- If you keep an emergency towel, you may get this joke.
If you are upgrading packages on your DragonFly 3.6 system, and you have docbook installed, there’s an extra step needed because of the moving around of several docbook packages. If you don’t have docbook installed – nothing to see here.
Normally I’d save this for Lazy Reading, but I’m indirectly involved: the Rochester Institute of Technology now has a minor in Open Source and Free Culture. Here’s the press release. I taught one of the precursor classes, Humanitarian Free/Open Source Development (essentially open source development methods) last spring. Steve Jacobs was my advisor years ago and Remy Decausemaker was my (best) student from the HFOSS class. In any case, the courses are definitely worth it. (via)
I followed up with Google on why DragonFly isn’t in Summer of Code this year. It is exactly as I suspected: they want to get new organizations in. DragonFly’s been doing it for 6 years, so they are picking new orgs over returning ones. This is apparently the same reason NetBSD isn’t in this year, either.
(Honestly, I can use the break.)
Sascha Wildner has updated arcmsr(4), which brings in support for the Areca ARC1214, ARC1224, ARC1264, ARC1284, and ARC1883 models, from FreeBSD. Please test if you have the appropriate hardware.
A public service announcement: Check your backup power systems when the weather is bad. It has been so cold that the always-running heater blocks cooked away the coolant in my workplace’s backup generator in between the weekly inspections, and when the power died a few days ago, the generator failed to start. This led to the paradoxical sensor warning: “High coolant temperature” when the outside temperature was below freezing.
- Scott Hanselman wrote “Microsoft killed my Pappy“, where he attributes dislike to Microsoft to being old anger from antitrust suits, etc. Those were more the outcome of frustration over Microsoft quality, as I recall. Microsoft is doing some things right nowadays – generally using open source techniques and sorta working with standards – but then again, so are all the other large tech silos.
- Those who do not know jails are doomed to reinvent them. That’s my description of these container/docker/etc ideas floating around Linux. Yes, I know I’m oversimplifying. (via)
- speaking.io, about public speaking. Posted mostly for my own future edification. (via)
- UNIX: Making better use of the find command.
- More history on stpcpy(3) than you ever knew.
- Unix: How to get along with your coworkers.
- James Iry’s History of Programming Languages. Some the jokes aren’t exactly new, but it made me laugh. (via #dragonflybsd)
- The End of Facebook. I know I should have the Digest on Facebook, but I’m not sure how much of an audience I’d be able to reach without paying to play. (via)
- I Still Don’t Want to Be Part of Your Fucking Ecosystem. I find the lack of adherence to standards – or even agreement on common formats – very frustrating. (via)
- Twitch Plays Pokemon, the explanation.
- A brief history of one-line fixes. Written in honor of Apple’s recent blunder. The conclusion is good, too.
Your unrelated link of the week: Muppets, NYC, and tea. I know it’s an ad, but it fits my interests perfectly.
Another week where I barely need to look up source code commits.
- PC-BSD Weekly Digest 18 and Digest 19.
- OpenBSD’s signify tool has been backported to OpenBSD versions < 5.5.
- Video of an OpenBSD install.
- xorg, unprivileged on OpenBSD. (via)
- This is a good idea: FreeBSD 10′s release.sh mapped out.
- bcrypt() updates in OpenBSD and what it means for you. (also)
- iXSystem’s NYCBSDCon 2014 recap. (via nycbug-talk)
- A description of those expensive/busy WhatsApp FreeBSD servers. (via)
- FreeBSD and Linux, a comparative analysis. (via #nycbug)
- NetBSD is bringing in BIND 9.10.0b1. (a beta?)
- NetBSD is also in the process of moving from gcc 4.5 to 4.8.
- Yes, You Too Can Be An Evil Network Overlord. I still haven’t set up the Netflow system that I want to set up, dangit.
- pkg will require libucl. This affects FreeBSD and will affect DragonFly too.
- OpenBSD has an experimental USB installer. This may be new to the upcoming release – I don’t know.
Sascha Wildner brought in ACPICA 20140214, and his commit message has a list of the updates.
The DragonFly Mail Agent is being suggested as a possible sendmail replacement for FreeBSD.
I am late posting this: the most recent episode of BSDNow has, along with the regular array of items, an interview of Chris Buechler, of the commercial support company behind pfSense.
DragonFly wasn’t accepted for Summer of Code, which frankly I expected to have happen last year – we’ve been participating every year since 2008. However, FreeBSD and (for the first time) OpenBSD are listed as participating mentoring institutions, so you can still get your BSD/GSoC going.
I’ve tagged version 3.6.1 of DragonFly, and built ISO/img files of it. They should be available by now on mirrors if you need them, or you can just upgrade as normal. See the linked tag commit message for what’s changed.
Pardon me as I wander through a lot of topics.
- Where to keep your pubic hair. I worry about this (syntax, not hair storage) when I’m writing titles here. (via)
- Top 100 most searched for out-of-print books in 2013. This is a UK site, so it’s UK-specific, I assume. I am thinking of it because I saw copies of the entertainingly illustrated “UNIX System Administrator’s Handbook” at NYCBSDCon. I have copies of the 3rd edition; the 4th edition in print now is the “UNIX and Linux…” version, and I don’t know if the illustrations survived. (via)
- Also found while looking at the previous links: UNIX Systems Advanced Administration and Management Handbook. No idea of the contents, since it’s nearly 20 years old, but the cover hints that it might be interesting more for the style of how it was assembled and what it covers, rather than the technical aspects. I am entertained by ‘first edition’ AD&D manuals the same way.
- It’s about time. DDOS attacks and NTP. A summary of the recent trend.
- Ten Things We Forgot to Monitor. The authors very kindly include the scripts they use to monitor these things now. (via)
- Less Commonly Used UNIX Commands. From a variety of places, so only a subset of this list is available on any given system. (via)
- The Death of Xenix. That was Microsoft UNIX, for those who don’t remember. (via)
- Unix: Using pushd and popd for faster navigation. One of those habits I’ve never been able to establish.
- Introducing BPasswd2. By Alex Hornung, one of the DragonFly developers. I’ve been meaning to post this for some time.
- Typeset In The Future, examining typefaces all through a sci-fi movie, down to the buttons. (via)
- World War G. (via)
Your unrelated comics link of the week: Top Shelf is now selling their excellent comics without DRM, so they can be stored/read however you like.
Read the first item, if nothing else.
- You may have seen that Facebook bought WhatsApp for $19B; take a look at the graph here to see that WhatsApp has more than double the user count of Facebook, and then look at these two posts on NYCBUG talk noting that WhatsApp uses FreeBSD to serve all those people.
- DiscoverBSD’s 2014/02/17 summary.
- DiscoverBSD has an interview of Kent Riboe, maintainer of BSDEater.org, which appears to be a BSD RSS feed aggregator. I find the last sentence problematic: “…people shouldn’t need to read first half on one site and then click it to read the following part somewhere else.” I’d like people to read my words on my site, at some point, especially given that 75% of the text on bsdeater.org appear to be me.
- GNOME 3 on OpenBSD, on Undeadly. There’s more effort than I realized being put into this.
- How to build FreeBSD/EC2 images. (via)
- Synopsys bought Coverity. Coverity provided free source code analysis for FreeBSD; no idea if that will continue. (via swildner on #dragonflybsd)
- PC-BSD needs testers for a new upgrade method.
- Goodbye nve(4), hello nfe(4).
- FreeBSD has Synchronous Audio Interface (SAI) support. (Freescale-specific)
- NetBSD has imported SQLite 184.108.40.206.
- Some discussion of OpenBSD rootkits, or the lack thereof.
- Power failure resistance.
- LIBC_BUILTINS is no longer used in pkgsrc.
Grep /var/run/dmesg.boot for PMM, and if it turns up, Sepherosa Ziehau has a patch he’d like you to try.
If you have i915 chipset-based video on DragonFly, and you get a “Output xxx has no Monitor section” complaint in your xorg logs, look at this fix using xrandr.
I was remiss in not posting this before it happened, but Issac (.ike) Levy of NYCBUG went to Tokyo to talk about the translation efforts for pfSense, on the 17th. He posted a summary of his talk and slides.
Normally I would be posting this in an “In Other BSDs” Saturday item, but the summary page includes links on Open Network Hardware, which .ike and I talked about at NYCBSDCon. I wanted to create a separate post for it, but he’s got all the links piled in with his talk summary already.
The hardware I want to see as a real product is the Intel ONP Switch Reference Design. (PDF) Having a device that looks like a switch but is actually a normal computer with a lot of network ports – that can run BSD – opens up a huge range of network possibilities.
As I mentioned on kernel@, I’m going to roll a point release of DragonFly soon. Push in your changes if you want to get them in!
Antonio Huete put together a list of goals for the next release on the DragonFly bugtracker. Some of them are pretty ambitious, some of them are relatively easy, but they are all very useful.
This site, shiningsilence.com, is now available on IPv6. Thanks to Markus Müller for getting me to actually complete the process.
Trivia fact that I told someone about at NYCBSDCon: the habit of using (via) to correctly attribute links comes from a still-online-but-not-functioning site called The Nonist. The fellow putting it together had the most wonderful ability to find esoteric, interesting items to read about. I can’t match his talent for images. The Wayback Machine has a copy of the Nonist site so you can see it in its original glory.
To the (text-only) links!
- English minus the non-Germanic words. (via)
- ‘Tainted Love’, played via floppy drive.
- Unix: When to look for a new job.
- The Dreamliner’s latest in-flight emergency. I’m not that interested in the article, but I like the quote from the place where I found it linked: “The Internet of Rebooting Things”.
- Android is becoming unforkable. (via) The article doesn’t mention Cyanogen or Replicant when it’s talking about ‘alternative’ strategies for Android development; I’m curious what to make of them.
- Broken by design: systemd. (via)
- A followup: Why systemd is winning. (via) ‘winning because nobody else showed up to the game’. Not a direct quote, but a summary.
- Bunnie Huang’s Name That Ware February 2014 is a mystery to me, but it’s oddly pretty.
- 3D versions of D&D Monster Manual creatures from Patrick Farley. (via)
- A Vim tutorial and primer. (via)
- ICMP types in IPv6.
- An objective points-based system for keyboards. “KLACKY keyboards feel great but they will get you knifed in the back by the people who work near you.”
- Hello boss… Something happened…
- All IBM training videos should be this awesome.
Your unrelated link of the week: If I met you at NYCBSDCon last week, did I seem like a mature adult? I’m not. Here’s Deer Fart.wmv.
Lots of links, yet again.
- Michael W. Lucas intends to have more BSD books out this year – at least 2. He goes into great detail on his plans. He hints at other authors with material on the way.
- BSD-linked Twitter accounts. I like finding accounts of individual developers, so you can see what projects people are working on. (plz suggest)
- The PC-BSD Weekly Digest 16 and number 17.
- The latest freebsdnews.net summary.
- Another BSD-based product I didn’t know about.
- FreeBSD has a new version of netmap.
- NetBSD and FreeBSD have brought in version 2.0 of ATF, the Automated Test Framework.
- FreeBSD has imported OpenBSD’s RNDIS framework.
- More cross-BSD fixes.
- Found through this OpenBSD sendmail upgrade: Sendmail, Inc., is now owned by a company called Proofpoint? A ‘security-as-a-service’ provider. I don’t know how to feel about this.
- OpenBSD has Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230, 2200/105/135 support.
- OpenBSD supports qle(4), the QLogic ISP24xx fibre channel HBA.
- First Impressions of FreeBSD 10 on Distrowatch. (via)
- The minimum acceptable OpenSSL for pkgsrc has been bumped up.
- Undeadly has several n2k14 hackathon reports.
- Ahem. (via Freenode #nycbug)
I knocked my own server out of commission today – sorry! I thought it was because I was experimenting with an IPv6 tunnel – but no. It appears to be a long-running Minecraft server. Once that was gone, it all got better.
We’ve got Go builders running for DragonFly, but nobody actively maintaining Go itself on DragonFly. The dports version builds, but there’s a Go release coming up and having native support would be much better than relying on chance FreeBSD build compatibility.
The current error as I type this is a TLS problem that sounds like a simple fix, if only I knew where it was.
For BSDTalk 238, Will Backman has recordings from NYCBSDCon 2014. I think I’m in there, even though I haven’t listened to it yet.
Here’s a potential DragonFly and Summer of Code project: adding support for more than 63 cores to DragonFly. Matthew Dillon has already outlined how.
HOPE X, the 2600 conference, is happening July 18-20 in NYC. It’s not specifically BSD-themed, of course, but given that I heard about it at NYCBSDCon means there will be BSD people there.
There seems to be a lot of ACPI-related updates lately: Sascha Wildner has updated ACPICA in DragonFly to what I think is the very latest version. See his commit for the differences.
John Marino updated daemon(8) on DragonFly. For some reason, I didn’t know it was a standalone program. I knew about the idea of daemons as helpers based inside the computer, which is why so many server programs end with a ‘d’ – sshd, ftpd, and so on. Inexplicably, I never actually saw the program itself.
A low week this week, but I have been on the road… I will hopefully have a large NYCBSDCon report up later today, to make up for a skimpy Lazy Reading.
The Industrial Internet of Things. Most of what’s out there that should be wired isn’t, and it’s because the companies making the equipment like to pretend the Internet never happened. Also, modbus is horrifying.
Bluetooth Low Energy: what do we do with you? I’m surprised more people aren’t excited about BLE; it has a lot of potential.
Your unrelated link of the week: a new Cyriak film! Starts cute, ends horrifying, but that’s no surprise.
Here I think out loud about NYCBSDCon, presented from my cleaned-up notes taken on my phone during the event. Get ready, cause there’s a lot of words here.
The event was very popular, to the point of overflowing the venue, Suspenders. The venue was excellent, though. The entire bar/restaurant was turned over to the convention for the day, and it made it easy to eat and drink – especially with the drink tickets that came with admission. The food was fantastic.
New York City is a huge city with lots to see, so I imagine anyone visiting from out of town could bring along family and have the family be entertained while the conference is going on. I managed to sneak in a trip to The Compleat Strategist and Desert Island Comics on the day before the convention, for example.
There were enough “famous” BSD people here that having, say, the roof fall in would have been a serious community setback. One good explosion would have taken out the people behind this digest, BSDTalk, PC-BSD, BSDNow, etc.
The NYCBUG people are very open about how the whole process works, to the point of posting how the finances worked out. “Excess” money is getting split up between the various BSDs, too, to the tune of some hundreds of dollars. This was increased by Michael W. Lucas auctioning a signed copy of his Absolute OpenBSD 2nd edition book, which ended up being bought for $500. I expect the financial results will be posted on the NYCBUG website at some point soon.
I nabbed a printed copy of the brand-new FreeBSD Journal, which just launched. George Neville-Neil said that this is the only printed version that will ever exist, because printing is awful – I completely agree. I need to cover this more in a separate post.
I experimented with not bringing my laptop and typing everything through my phone. It reduced my typing speed, but I was able to take notes and pre-write large chunks of this post as things happened. I have been thinking more and more in terms of setting things up with a tablet or phone as my ‘client’ and keeping.all useful data on my server, rather than work on a laptop with BSD installed. I’d like to be working in a BSD environment, but that’s hard to accomplish natively in a handheld format. Running things remotely from a BSD system might provide the equivalent, though. Not sure how well that would work – probably good content for another post.
The first presentation was ZFS/PC-BSD/FreeNAS, from Dru Lavigne. The PC-BSD Life Preserver application is a really nice way to view filesystem snapshots. ZFS is really feature-rich, though it has high resources requirements compared to Hammer. (of course I would say that.) Dru Lavigne’s ZFS presentation slides are already up.
Ray Percival came all the way from Dallas to present “Interconnections with BSD”. Ray pointed out at dinner the night before that he is effectively able to autodeploy a firewall or other network device by remotely installing a BSD. From Ray’s presentation : “Network engineers are discovering automation and calling it software defined networking.” That is talking about the configuration side only though, not control plane, as an audience member pointed out. I still like the idea. Ray made this point about support: you can buy expensive support from commercial vendors and talk to hit or miss support. With open source, you can usually talk directly to the person who makes the software itself. That doesn’t happen with vendors.
Something I took away from that and from the conference in general: BSD helps you avoid vendor lock-in. I was worried about having UNIX-familiar workers as backup at work, but: it doesn’t get better with proprietary tools.
Andrew Wong’s presentation about ZFS+FreeBSD+PostGres is from a software engineer point of view, not a sysadmin view. He described himself as “the enemy”.
Scott Long gave some details about how much traffic NetFlix pushes out (about a third of the Internet) and how much of it is on FreeBSD (almost all of it, yeesh). The NetFlix plan is to deploy multiple relatively low-end FreeBSD systems out to ISPs to act as local content caches. No virtualization, a light set of management tools through AWS, and when a box goes bad, they just take it out; no RAID or ZFS or other fancy steps. They have 5 people managing 1000 machines.
Scott made the point that they are aggressively talking to hardware vendors about support, and getting good responses back. If you’re involved in some commercial venture with FreeBSD, talk to George Neville-Neil about the BSD hardware consortium; they’re working on a coordinated conversation with vendors to make sure BSD (probably FreeBSD only, but that’s a start) gets treated as a first-class citizen.
Jeff Rizzo described the many ways that NetBSD can be build, on most any supported platform and even not on NetBSD. It sounds like the up-front work of getting build.sh to work in every circumstance has saved a lot of labor, later.
Michael Lucas had a very entertaining talk about DragonFly where he managed to name-drop DragonFly. One of the points he made: when you write out a detailed justification for using open source products at your workplace, share it with the world, please.
I bought the lower-priced-than-they-needed-to-be shirts and stickers they had available, and managed to not win one of the cool PCEngines PFSense systems, with a fancy etched case.
There was also a number of demos going on during the afternoon break, though the only one I took any notes on was the one that I need to replicate at work: a PF /CARP failover setup. They look like this on the inside.
Like I said for the last NYCBSDCon in 2010, it’s totally worth going. I now have a long, long list of things I want to do and ideas to try, all from meeting people face to face and talking about what we can do. It’s energizing, far more than meeting over IRC. A third of the people there had no prior BSD experience. George Rosamond mentioned that he was thinking they could do this perhaps every 6 months.