LinuxFest NorthWest will be held April 27-28 at Bellingham Technical College in Bellingham, WA. This event is free to attend. We’ll be giving out cool swag, PC-BSD DVDs, and FreeNAS CDs at the FreeBSD booth in the expo area. If you are attending the event, drop by and say hi.
Last week, Kris announced on the developers mailing list that the PC-BSD source repo has switched from subversion to github. For those of you who like to compile new features in order to test them before they are incorporated into a release or a rolling release, the instructions for getting source have been updated. Any references to svn in t [...]
Now’s the time to put in your application for Summer of Code projects, if you’re a student. The application period runs until May 3rd. There’s already been some proposals on the mailing lists; now they can be put in officially. I’ll point out the last link is from a returning GSoC student, and has a lot of detail; ( [...]
Once you\'ve installed your OpenBSD system, packages are there to make your life easier. A works for me/life is good guide for your weekend reading. Installing OpenBSD is easy, and takes you maybe 20 minutes. Most articles and guides you find out there will urge you to take a look at the files in /etc/ and explore the man pages (Read [...]
The second RC build for the FreeBSD-8.4 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386 and pc98 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.
I think spring has arrived; everything’s turning green, and a young man’s thoughts turn to computer hardware upgrades. Time to move to 64-bit! Anyway, lots of links this week. These are getting more and more content-filled over time, but I don’t think anyone minds… For the Bitcoin enthusasts: ‘…when my [...]
If you administer one of the DragonFly mirrors, there’s a new /dports directory that can be mirrored. See that second link for details.
Ivan Uemlianin expressed a desire to read about the boot process, and how BSD works in general. I made a short list of suggestions.
Peter N. M. Hansteen has a long writeup about using and creating ports on OpenBSD, which is apparently a reprint of an article he wrote for BSD Magazine back in 2008. I don’t remember if I read it, so it’s new to me, in any case. Port and package creation across the BSDs is juuuust close enough that reading (Read more...)
BSDCan 2013, which is happening in a few weeks, is going to have a “Documentation Lounge“, which is essentially a docs sprint, but with a much more relaxed-sounding name. Anyway, it’s a good thing to contribute to.
John Marino published a ‘cheatsheet‘ (also, typo fix)for DragonFly 3.5 users who want to try dports, using DragonFly 3.4 packages.
John Marino has a concise explanation of why dports mostly uses gcc 4.4 still to compile, even if you’re building DragonFly itself with the default 4.7. It’s a reason to not use NO_GCC44 – yet.
Eric Radman sent along a plug for a utility he is working on called entr(1). The desciption is “Run arbitrary commands when files change.” The site for it has several nifty examples – run make when *.c files change, or convert Markdown files to HTML as soon as they are modified. The really nice thing about it is that it [...]
This is interesting: Verisign is sponsoring a new BSD convention (PDF link) in October, in Dulles, Virginia, USA. Apparently the use of BSD systems at the company is increasing, and they want to host something for it. The pkgNG presentation may be very interesting for DragonFly users. See the announcement. A new convention to support incr [...]
Author Michael Lucas has kindly donated a signed copy of the very first production copy of Absolute OpenBSD, 2nd Edition to an auction benefitting the OpenBSD Foundation: OpenBSD Foundation benefit Auction: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=200913454300 A special auction has been arranged with Michael Luc [...]
FreeBSD is internationally recognized as an innovative leader in providing a high-performance, secure, and stable operating system. Our mission is to continue and increase our support and funding to keep FreeBSD at the forefront of operating system technology. But, we can’t do this without your help! Last year with yo [...]
NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is this weekend, 4/20/2013. Fancy as it sounds, it’s really a single-day hackathon around open software and hardware, with the problems to fix coming from NASA and therefore probably very unique. It’s happening in a bunch of places around the world, but there’s one right here [...]
Peter Hansteen has an extensive writeup of how he has managed the bsdly.net spam blacklists. Normally I’d stick this article in the Lazy Reading links, but the article is good enough to call out separately. It’s excellent not just for the mechanical aspects of how the blacklists were maintained, but for his strict description o [...]
The FreeBSD Foundation is pleased to announce that Pawel Jakub Dawidek has been awarded a development grant to further improve the Capsicum framework. The grant is jointly funded by Google\'s Open Source Programs Office.The project includes the integration of previous work, implementation of new programmer-friendly capability system calls, im [...]