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 [...]
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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 [...]
We are very close to the next release. As always, it comes down to building third-party software. Lots of material here to read, until then. E-TeX: Guidelines for Future TeX Extensions – revisited. It’s interesting to look at a software project that has had 20 years to run, with a very specific problem domain, and see that ther [...]
Here’s a status report on the 3.4 release, pulled right from my mailing list post: We have the ability to use pkgsrc or dports (building from source in either case) now Several people have committed the remaining last-minute fixes I’m not going to have pkgsrc binaries built for the release. dports binaries – John Marino and [...]
By now, everyone living in the BSD world would have known that Michael W. Lucas new book on OpenBSD is going to be release soon. By soon, I mean there\'s a couple of weeks more to go. If you have been following Michael\'s blog or read his technical books, you would probably have a taste of his writing style. Which (Read more...)
DPorts is based off of FreeBSD’s ports, but it’s possible to add software packages to it that don’t exist in FreeBSD’s ports system and have them build as any other packages. This is briefly detailed in this GitHub bug report, along with a number of the ports that already exist that way.
Matthew Dillon wrote a note about SSDs, HDDs, and swapcache that may be useful for anyone building a system soon. Conversations about SSDs, swapcache, and so on have happened before.
FreeBSD Foundation Directors Marshall Kirk McKusick and George Neville-Neil were recently interviewed by BSDTalk. This 34 minute podcast discusses the work of the FreeBSD Foundation. It is available in mp3 and ogg formats.
A new PC-BSD forum has been created: pkgng Discussion. If you have problems installing software using pkgng or running an application installed using pkgng, post the details there so that the developers can fix the issue.
The PC-BSD team will be launching a new webstore designed to take the hassle out of knowing which hardware works well with PC-BSD. A wiki page has been created where users can add the models of the motherboards, video cards, network cards, wifi cards, and laptops they have found to work great with PC-BSD. When adding to the wiki, only (Read [...]