Month: November 2016

Odd options: console color

Did you know you can set the border color for the system console?  I didn’t.  syscons(4) lists a number of options, including scrollback length and some other features I never thought about changing.

Lazy Reading for 2016/11/27

A lot of this I picked up in previous weeks, knowing that the U.S Thanksgiving holiday was going to either dry up all links or give me a crapload. Junkbot competition results.  (via) It Came From Bell Labs – Story of the Plan 9 operating system.  (via) Modelling data structures as files and directories on […]

In Other BSDs for 2016/11/26

I use italics a lot this week. Reddit advertising of “PAM Mastery”. Related: Michael W. Lucas talks about open source and fiction.  Best pull quote: “imagine if I wrote a piece of fiction claiming that OpenBSD was contemplating a switch to GPLv3?“ $ git commit murder is an excellent title, by the way. Also also: […]

Binutils changeout

DragonFly has had binutils 2.24 and 2.25 both available for some time.  2.24 has been taken out and replaced by binutils 2.27, thanks to Rimvydas Jasinskas. The 2.25 version was and still is installed by default.  If you want to try out 2.27 instead, WORLD_BINUTILSVER=binutils227 is what you need.  I didn’t test that, of course.  The binutils changelog […]

EFI run-time ABI support in DragonFly

UEFI, which I casually sum up as the replacement for BIOS, has been seeing some support in DragonFly, but not within the installer.  Matthew Dillon and Sascha Wildner has ported over FreeBSD’s EFI ABI support, which I think means support for various EFI applications and features.  I haven’t booted a machine using UEFI in any significant way, […]

Lazy Reading for 2016/11/20

It took me three edits of this post to spell “Salvador” correctly. Dick Tracy Wrist-Mounted Lisp Machine.  It segues into a link to Atari 2600 keyboard controllers, which look painful. Cataclysm DDA, a new dark future roguelike. After 20 years, the Toasters have returned.  (via) A short history of shareware. “Guys it’s 2016, why are we […]

In Other BSDs for 2016/11/19

A much more well-rounded crop of BSD links this week. FreeBSD status report for 2016Q3. “Import (finally!) Tor Browser 6.0.5.” An obvious matchup. (via) “FreeBSD Flavors. Do We Need Them?“ Next SemiBUG meeting: December 20th. “How to remote connect to BSD server behind double NAT?” Review of NAS4Free 10.3.0.3.  I forgot about this… fork?  (via) […]

BSDNow 168: The Post Show Show

This week’s BSDNow episode is almost all FreeBSD, all the time.  No interview subject this week.  I’m going by the written summary because the video is showing as private…  but maybe I’m catching it just before posting?

re(4) users, please test

There’s a new version of re(4), the driver for Realtek network cards.  Sepherosa Ziehau put it together for testing.  He has it on a separate branch, so give it a try if you have appropriate hardware.  This will hopefully fix some of that hardware’s quirkiness.

SemiBUG meeting tomorrow night

SemiBUG is meeting tomorrow; Joe Gidi will present on managing Android devices with BSD.  My assumption is that it will be at Altair Engineering, in Troy, MI, again. The January meeting will be Michael W. Lucas talking about Ansible.  (Dunno if there’s a December meeting planned.)

[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report – Third Quarter 2016

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FreeBSD Project Quarterly Status Report – 3rd Quarter 2016

As focused as we are on the present and what is happening now, it is
sometimes useful to take a fresh look at where we have come from, and
where we are going. This quarter, we had our newest doc committer
working to trace through

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[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report – Third Quarter 2016

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FreeBSD Project Quarterly Status Report – 3rd Quarter 2016

As focused as we are on the present and what is happening now, it is
sometimes useful to take a fresh look at where we have come from, and
where we are going. This quarter, we had our newest doc committer
working to trace through

(Read more...)