Month: September 2020

Something to read

I have nothing to post about, for the first time in a while, so here is a treat I have been saving: Request for biographies.  (follow the whole thread) It’s a long thread from the SIGCIS mailing list for biographies of various people important to computing/mathematics, and there are some real gems in there.  Your …

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Lazy Reading for 2020/09/27

More in-depth reads this week. Introducing Precursor.  This is neat. The unrealized potential of federation. 250M hard drive, 1979. X-COM, an in-depth history. Bergling’s Art Alphabets. The 20 greatest home computers – ranked!  Your opinion on this is probably already set.  (via) Software, maintenance, and me. Computer graphics circa 1981, a film.  (via) “I’ve narrowed …

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DragonFly 5.8.3 released

DragonFly 5.8.2 was missing two CVE fixes – CVE-2019-1547 and CVE-2019-18408.  They are fixed and the new 5.8.3 release has them.
See my users@ post for upgrade details.

DragonFly 5.8.2 released

I tagged and built 5.8.2 today, and it should be appearing on a mirror near you, momentarily.   The tag commit has a list of the changes, and of course there’s a users@ post to match.  It’s a bugfix release, so no major changes – but …

Finding where a file came from

Here’s a recommendation (and a usage lesson) on pkg-provides, a tool for matching a file to the installed pkg that brought it.  It goes with the pkglocate article some weeks ago; it seems like this should be standard functionality.  Thanks to Nel…

FreeBSD Subversion to Git Migration: Pt 1 Why?

 FreeBSD moving to Git: WhyWith luck, I’ll be writing a few blogs on FreeBSD’s move to git later this year. Today, we’ll start with “why”?Why?There’s a number of factors motivating the change. We’ll explore the reasons, from long term viability of…