In my work on FreshPorts, I’ve learned more than the average non-committer about the FreeBSD ports tree and its oddities. Just about everything learns about a port it gets from ‘make -V’. Even this method can be fraught with difficulty. In an attempt to get the fairest information possible, FreshPorts uses a chroot solution, [...]
This was a loooooong week, with me working 24 of the last 48 hours. It didn’t get in the way of the link-gathering, though! This report on what’s new in Unicode 7 is stranger than you’d expect. (via) gzip + poetry = awesome. This is a great way to visualize compression. (via) The Internet Archive (Read more...)
There’s a surprisingly large list this week. FreeBSD has updated netmap. FreeBSD supports VT-d DMAR hardware. Not totally sure what that is. FreeBSD supports the RealTek RTL8168G, RTL8168GU, RTL8411B, and RTL8168EP. FreeBSD updated byacc to version 20130925. FreeBSD has binary packages again. Managed Services using FreeBSD at NYI, a w [...]
FreeBSDFreeBSD 9.2-RELEASESome of the highlights:The ZFS filesystem now supports TRIM when used on solid state drives.The virtio(4) drivers have been added to the GENERIC kernel configuration for amd64 and i386 architectures.The ZFS filesystem now supports lz4 compression.OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8y.DTrace hooks have been [...]
BSDTalk 233 plays David Chisnall’s hour of presentation from vBSDCon 2013 about moving from gcc to llvm/clang.
BSDNow 9 is up and it’s all Current Events, going by the title. I’d describe it better but I haven’t even had a chance to watch it yet.
Allan, Kris, and TJ, the masterminds behind BSDNow, have released Episode 009 containing their interview of Henning Brauer (henning@) at EuroBSDCon 2013 in Malta. They also mention the recent work of Stefan Sperling (stsp@) on boot(8) support for keydisk-based softraid crypto volumes (undeadly will provide more in-depth coverage so [...]
This week the PC-BSD team has been busy working their magic pushing version 10.0 ahead at lightning speed, and some big things are starting to take shape. The PBI 10 format is about ready and we will begin populating the 10.0 appcafe starting next week. There are still a few small things to iron out with the approval system, but (Read mor [...]
Aleksandr Rybalko continues to make good progress on the FreeBSD-Foundation sponsored Newcons project. This project will provide a replacement for the legacy syscons system console. Newcons provides a number of improvements, including better integration with graphics modes, and broader character set support.FreeBSD\'s introduction [...]
November 1st 2013, Calgary, Alberta and elsewhere: The OpenBSD project has announced the release of OpenBSD 5.4, the project\'s 35th release on a steady six month release cycle. You can order a CDROM set to help support the project. Notable advancements include new or extended platforms like octeon and beagle, moving VAX to ELF f [...]
Next in line with his tale from the b2k13 hackathon in Berlin is Landry Breuil (landry@): I had no plans for this hackathon (as usual, you never manage to do anything you planned anyway) and all in all it went pretty well. Read more...
The next trip report is from Mike Ma:I recently had a fantastic trip to Malta in late September, and I attended FreeBSD devsummit together with EuroBSDcon 2013 for 4 days in total. I would like to first thank the FreeBSD Foundation. As a GSoC student this year, I was supported by the FreeBSD Foundation to make the trip happen. (Read more...)
The venerable (from 1979!) program, lpr, has been superseded by CUPS in many installations. Francois Tigeot suggested removing it, but it’s still directly usable in specific situations and easier to just shift out of the way. It’s staying, but it’s interesting to see how it still gets used. Update: Predrag Punosevac has de [...]
Multiple transmission queues are possible for the mxge(4) driver; I’m mentioning it because Sepherosa Ziehau’s post about this describes the exact tunables to configure this.
The next trip report is from Isabell Long:In the last week of September 2013, thanks to Foundation funding, I flew to Malta to partake in the FreeBSD DevSummit and EuroBSDcon. I spent a total of six days in Malta, experiencing the lovely weather, quite British culture, and food that on my first night included one of my favourites - (Read mor [...]
Official binary packages are now available for Pkg for FreeBSD 8.3, 8.4, 9.1, 9.2, 10.0 and head. See the announcement for more information.
I’m planning to branch DragonFly 3.6 this weekend. The actual release will come 2 weeks later. (Ignore what I wrote about a dports installer/image.)
BSDNow has Episode 8 out, containing an interview with Antti Kantee, a number of BSD news items (including some I missed entirely), and if you couldn’t tell from the purposefully misspelled title, a conversation about Tor and BSD.