DragonFly 4.8 is officially released! Download from your nearest mirror, where it should appear in the next 24 hours. If you’re upgrading your existing install, you can use the generic instructions in the release notes or in my users@ email; whichever you click first. Don’t forget to ‘pkg upgrade’!
We have released LibreSSL 2.5.2, which will be arriving in the LibreSSL directory of your local OpenBSD mirror soon. It includes the following changes: * Added the recallocarray(3) memory allocation function, and converted various places in the library to use it, such as CBB and BUF_MEM_grow. recallocarray(3) is similar to re [...]
Old-school UNIX and games this week. Managing an open source project. (via) There was a Coke machine connected to the ARPANET in the 70’s. The local version of this has a Beastie on the front. (via) Swan – GNU/Cygwin Xfce Desktop. At first glance, “XFCE for Windows” is a much more clear title. (Read more...)
More thinking topics than version changes this week, which is interesting. Comprehensive and biased comparison of OpenBSD and FreeBSD. It’s the PDF transcript from the FOSDEM 2017 “My BSD sucks less than yours” presentation, linked previously. (via) OPNsense 17.1.3 released. Ask HN: Why is BSD becoming more popular in em [...]
-----BEGIN PGP SIGNED MESSAGE----- Hash: SHA1 NetBSD Security Advisory 2017-00X ================================= Topic: Xen-amd64: weak privilege separation Version: NetBSD-current: source prior to Sun, Mar 5th 2017 NetBSD 7.1: not affected NetBSD 7.0 - 7.0.2: affected NetBSD 6.1 - 6.1.4: affected NetBSD 6.0 - 6.0.5: affe [...]
An article about a semctl(2) bug on DragonFly, “Make DragonFlyBSD great again!“, has popped up a few times, in comments here, some online forums, and in IRC. I’m linking to it so that I can also say: read all the way to the end and notice the date. The bug was fixed more than 6 months ago. This (Read more...)
Matthew Dillon picked up more NVMe M.2 hardware, tested it, and updated his report to match. Definitely a good read if you will be buying this hardware any time soon, and it’s not necessarily DragonFly-specific.
BSDNow 186 gets back into the convention grind after last week’s news about new roles: coverage of the recent AsiaBSDCon, and an interview of Philipp Buehler.
ELF auxiliary vector storage leaks piece of kernel stack. A potential information leak exists in the OpenBSD kernel which could result in data from the kernel stack being leaked to userland via the ELF auxiliary vector. The problem has been fixed in -current. For 5.9 and 6.0 the following errata patches are available. https://ftp.openbsd.o [...]
Google\'s golang, collaboratively developed by Unix and C pioneers like Ken Thompson, Rob Pike et al has been very BSD friendly (the language itself is BSD licensed) and it just got even friendlier for OpenBSD\'s pledge mechanism. To quote the diff: \"unix: add support for OpenBSD pledge Pledge, the privilege-restricting syscall a [...]
The last time SSH was updated in DragonFly, a DragonFly-specific customization, “PasswordAuthentication No”, was reverted to the default. This meant password logins through SSH worked on DragonFly – which is normal for perhaps every other UNIX-ish operating system, but DragonFly has traditionally defaulted to requiring a ke [...]
Michael W. Lucas will be presenting at SemiBUG tomorrow, talking about the OpenBSD web stack.
Technical details week for Lazy Reading. Dwarf Fortress creator Tarn Adams talks about simulating the most complex magic system ever. (via) mdp – A command-line based markdown presentation tool. \"ffscreencast is a shell wrapper for ffmpeg that allows fool-proof screen recording via the command line.” (via) 802.eleventy what? A [...]
Much better than last week, but there wasn’t any hurricane-force winds this week – which helps. Complexity and Strategy. Talks about Microsoft products, but think about this in terms of any long-lived operating system code base – e.g. any BSD, or specifically OpenBSD given their correctness goals. (via) Freenas 10 (now ca [...]
BSDNow 185 has existing host Kris Moore performing his last episode (because $dayjob) and Benedict Reuschling coming in to replace him. Allan Jude is unchanged, of course. As they correctly point out, 185 weeks of on-time video content is a tremendous achievement so far. This week’s episode is 55 minutes of talking with the old and [...]
Sepherosa Ziehau went to AsiaBSDCon 2017 and gave a talk on his work with DragonFly’s networking. He’s published a report of his trip, which comes with a link to his paper, his presentation, and pictures of who he met. Note that the PDF and the Powerpoint slides links are different; one is the paper, one is the talk. The Powerpo [...]
Verisign is hosting its 3rd vBSDcon, scheduled for September 8 - 9, 2017, in Reston, VA. A Call For Presentations is currently open and submissions are being accepted at vBSDcon.com. CFP administration is being conducted through EasyChair, which require accounts to upload submissions for consideration. Our call is open through April 30, 20 [...]
On behalf of the EuroBSDCon 2017 Program Committee, here is the Call for Proposals for the EuroBSDCon 2017 conference which will take place in Paris, France from 21st through 24th of September 2017: https://2017.eurobsdcon.org/call-for-proposals/ Closing date for the CfP is April, 30th. Please submit your proposals!
Ingo Schwarze (schwarze@) has written in with another (beautifully formatted) report on even more great mandoc(1) enhancements: Read more...