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As you can kinda sorta guess from the show title, BSDNow 16 is about encryption. One of the things noted there that I hadn’t heard of is that FreeBSD ports is getting a ‘stable’ branch for the first time – I suppose I need to read even more mailing lists.
Things are very quiet this week; I’ve had nothing to post for some days – DragonFly or even for other BSDs. The end of the year has most people distracted, I think. This makes it a good time to bring up something that’s been bothering me: the state of software firewalls in BSD. The pf utility is a BSD advantage; I’v [...]
Halfway to Christmas; time to buy presents if you haven’t already! DragonFly on Hacker News. I haven’t read through the comments fully. The Meaning of “Doom”. This article makes a very good point; Doom was one of the first game that encouraged user participation in the creation of the game. Not the creation when it [...]
Another week where I could get away without any commit links, just cause there’s so much BSD stuff out there. Randomness changes in FreeBSD. Saw commits before, but this is a good summary. (via) Cipher changes summary for OpenBSD. The DiscoverBSD summary. Faces of FreeBSD for this week: Brooks Davis. PC-BSD’s weekly summary. Fu [...]
BSDNow episode 15 keeps the pun titles going. Josh Paetzel is apparently replaced by Santa Claus in the interview? There’s also FreeNAS coverage, and lots else.
For those of you doing last-minute holiday shopping – like me: see previous years of gift links. There’s also a number of comics lists, book lists, and game guides. And of course, donations.
The bnx(4) and bge(4) network drivers now have APE support, thanks to Sepherosa Ziehau. What’s that mean? Other than an opportunity for punning jokes, I don’t know.
If you have a DragonFly 3.4 system that has already been switched over to dports, and you upgrade it to DragonFly 3.6, you might see an odd problem. Rebuild pkg, and it will work. I’ve only seen a few reports, so I don’t know if this is even likely to happen to most upgraders.
ISA device support is really gone. Well, except for keyboard and some spots where it can’t be be removed. I don’t think I’ve even seen an ISA card in some years…
John Marino has moved DragonFly from binutils 2.22 to 2.24. I think this may require a full buildworld when upgrading… not sure. Anyway, binutils has a changelog if you are curious.
BSDNow episode 14 is up – and actually has been for a few days; I’ve been on the road. There’s an interview with George Wilson about OpenZFS and a bunch more stuff I haven’t had a chance to watch yet. (see previous note about being on the road.)
I had a sometimes-great, sometimes-difficult trip to New York City over the past few days, and while I was there, I met the ball of energy that is George Rosamond of NYCBUG (which is having a huge party right now.) He and I talked for a bit about various aspects of the BSD ecosystem, and one thing he noted (Read more...)
Links are a bit rushed this week cause I’ve been on the road, but here you go. explainshell – help for arbitrary shell commands. It’s a really good idea, implemented in a pretty way. (via) True X-Mouse Gizmo for Windows. I’m also saving this for later, just like the person who found this link. From the (Read more.. [...]
Happy birthday to me! Is Your Stack Protector Working? On Undeadly, so it’s OpenBSD. ChaCha20 and Poly1305 in OpenSSH. (via) The next PC-BSD 10.0 image is available. Reid Linnemann is the latest in the Faces of FreeBSD series. NetBSD has updated file. FreeBSD’s iwn(4) driver has some updates (also in DragonFly). FreeBSD now ( [...]
No Starch Press noticed that I keep talking about Michael W. Lucas’s BSD-related books, and I’ve linked to Peteris Krumins’s catonmat site before, so they sent a copy of Krumins’s new “Perl One-Liners” book to me. Here’s the hook for me: Perl was the first language I wrote a program of any rea [...]
If you have a Hammer volume that is offline, meaning that you don’t have the pseudo-file-systems null-mounted anywhere, it won’t get cleaned up in overnight processing. You just have to manually specify it.
If you have a bge(4) network card and it’s giving you problems every time you configure it, there’s a fix on the way.
Rett Kent has volunteered for maintaining i386 support under dports. Good luck! 3rd-party software management is difficult.
This post from Konrad Neuwirth asking how to do a minimal installation of DragonFly led to this list of all the ‘knobs’ you can set to make your installation smaller, from John Marino. (And your buildworld faster, if that’s appealing to you.) I also pointed at rconfig and PFI, which are criminally underdocumented.
Now that I’m going into more descriptive detail with these, I’m going to try without the bullet points. It’s less of a Wall Of Text that way. Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me When I Was Learning How to Code. Really, very good advice. (via) ‘vr’ mentioned the Space Cadet and Symbolics Macivory keyboards in com [...]