Valuable News – 2018/11/17

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. Whenever I stumble upon something worth mentioning on the Internet I just put it here so someone else can

Today the amount information that we get using various information streams is at massive overload. Thus one needs to focus only on what is important without the need to grep(1) the Internet everyday. Hence the idea of providing such information ‘bulk’ as I already do that grep(1).

UNIX

OmniOS Community Edition r151028b Available.
https://omniosce.org/article/release-028b

XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6195 Available.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/xigmanas/files/XigmaNAS-11.2.0.4/11.2.0.4.6195/

OpenBSD Jumpstart Updated to Latest 6.4 Release.
http://www.openbsdjumpstart.org/#/3

FreeBSD Adds evdev Support to amd64/i386 Kernels.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=340387

OpenBSD/arm64 on QEMU with networking.
https://cryogenix.net/OpenBSD_arm64_qemu.html

FreeBSD Adds amdsmn(4)/amdtemp(4) to Attach to AMD Ryzen 2 Hostbridges.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=340425

FreeNAS 11.2-RC2 Available.
https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/library/freenas-11-2-rc2/

BSD Now 272 – Detain the Bhyve.
https://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/128086/detain-the-bhyve-bsd-now-272/

FreeBSD News and Links Roundup – Edition 2018-46.
https://www.freebsdbytes.com/2018/11/freebsd-news-and-links-roundup-edition-2018-46/

Assembly language on OpenBSD amd64 and arm64.
https://cryogenix.net/OpenBSD_assembly.html

Getting Started with FreeBSD Presentation.
https://rmcwic2018.cs.du.edu/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Getting-Started-FreeBSD-RMCWiC.pdf

Tuning FreeBSD for Routing and Firewalling Presentation.
https://people.freebsd.org/~olivier/talks/2018_AsiaBSDCon_Tuning_FreeBSD_for_routing_and_firewalling-Paper.pdf

Docubyte Guide to Computing.
https://www.docubyte.com/works/guide-to-computing/

MeetBSD 2018 – Michael W. Lucas – Why BSD?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bgDVe-xNQn0

Hardware

Fujitsu Completes Prototype of ARM Processor That Will Power Excascale Supercomputer.
Fujitsu moves from SPARC to ARM architecture.
https://www.top500.org/news/fujitsu-completes-prototype-of-arm-processor-that-will-power-excascale-supercomputer/

Inspur NF5486M5 Delivers 106 x 3.5″ Hard Drive System.
https://www.servethehome.com/simply-huge-106x-3-5in-hard-drive-system-the-inspur-nf5486m5/

Researchers discover seven new Meltdown and Spectre attacks.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/researchers-discover-seven-new-meltdown-and-spectre-attacks/

EOF
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ZFS Boot Environments Reloaded at NLUUG Autumn Conference 2018

Today I was honored to give ZFS Boot Environments Reloaded talk at the NLUUG Najaarsconferentie 2018 (the NLUUG Autumn Conference 2018).

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Dunno for how long the conference page will be available so below you will find both conference page and its program.

NLUUG 2018 NL Site

… and the program.

NLUUG 2018 NL Program

There were lots of interesting talks, I really liked the Salt workshop at the end of the day. I wanted to also attend Ansible presentation in the morning but having spend almost 17 hours in the car driving from central Poland to Netherlands I really needed some sleep πŸ™‚

You are invited to download the PDF Slides – https://is.gd/BECTL – available here.

As I just finished the talk the video from the talk is not yet available, but I will update the post when it will be.

Besides obvious things that ZFS Boot Environments can do I also talked about upcoming FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE improvements in this area. Currently FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE is planned to be released around Christmas later this year and is at the BETA4 stage currently.

Also here is the abstractΒ that I added at the conference page about the presentation.

Abstract

As long as sysadmins need to maintain, change and update operating systems there is always need to protect against problems that may occur during these operations. Various solutions were used starting from simple backup/restore procedures or copying the contents of system filesystems into spare disks to snapshots and clones recently. None of these solutions were transparent enough or bulletproof enough to provide complete and consistent protection again failures in the change or update process.

One of such holy grails is ZFS Boot Environments solution. It protects entire system (and even additional data when needed) against almost any change or update process. As ZFS Boot Environments matured in Solaris/Illumos systems and then on FreeBSD UNIX other systems started to copy its principles to provide similar solutions such as snapper with BTRFS in SUSE or Boot Environment Manager for DragonFly BSD with their HAMMER filesystem.

The presentation aims to walk through the history of these solutions with the focus on practical ZFS Boot Environments solutions and examples.

Β 
Hope you will enjoy it.

EOF

Valuable News – 2018/11/11

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. Whenever I stumble upon something worth mentioning on the Internet I just put it here so someone else can

Today the amount information that we get using various information streams is at massive overload. Thus one needs to focus only on what is important without the need to grep(1) the Internet everyday. Hence the idea of providing such information ‘bulk’ as I already do that grep(1).

UNIX

In Other BSDs for 2018/11/03.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2018/11/03/22010.html

In Other BSDs for 2018/11/10.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2018/11/10/22045.html

FreeBSD News and Links Roundup – Edition 2018-44.
https://www.freebsdbytes.com/2018/11/freebsd-news-and-links-roundup-edition-2018-44/

FreeBSD 12.0-BETA4 Available.
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2018-November/089982.html

Capsicum.
https://oshogbo.vexillium.org/blog/57/

DRoVirt – Disaster Recovery / Replication for oVirt/RHV.
https://github.com/Storware/drovirt

Subcarpathian BSD User Group / Podkarpacka Grupa UΕΌytkownikΓ³w BSD.
http://www.sbug.org
https://twitter.com/sbugpl/status/594905141494620160

The History of Unix – Rob Pike.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_2NI6t2r_Hs

Hardware

HiFive1 – RISC-V Dev Board.
https://www.sparkfun.com/products/15026

FanlessTech – 2018 Fanless Mini PC Roundup.
http://www.fanlesstech.com/2018/11/2018-fanless-mini-pcs-roundup.html

Intel CPUs impacted by new PortSmash side channel vulnerability.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/intel-cpus-impacted-by-new-portsmash-side-channel-vulnerability/

Life

Terror-free Slovakia completely refuses Islam and won’t allow a single mosque.
https://voiceofeurope.com/2018/11/terror-free-slovakia-completely-refuses-islam-and-wont-allow-a-single-mosque/#.W-g0gaTNMBE.twitter

Other

Lazy Reading for 2018/11/10.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2018/11/11/22042.html

EOF

Valuable News – 2018/11/02

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. Whenever I stumble upon something worth mentioning on the Internet I just put it here so someone else can

Today the amount information that we get using various information streams is at massive overload. Thus one needs to focus only on what is important without the need to grep(1) the Internet everyday. Hence the idea of providing such information ‘bulk’ as I already do that grep(1).

UNIX

FreeBSD 12.0-BETA2 Available.
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2018-October/089897.html

Configuring FreeBSD for Infrastructure.
https://therollbak.com/configuring-freebsd-for-infrastructure/

In Other BSDs for 2018/10/27.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2018/10/27/21988.html

Systemd is bad parsing and should feel bad.
https://blog.erratasec.com/2018/10/systemd-is-bad-parsing-and-should-feel.html

Attach Bluetooth keyboard to NetBSD machine.
https://dressupgeekout.blogspot.com/2018/10/attaching-bluetooth-keyboard-to-netbsd.html

Porting Keybase to NetBSD.
https://dressupgeekout.blogspot.com/2018/10/porting-keybase-to-netbsd.html

The D in Systemd stands for ‘Dammmmit!’ Nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn vulnerable Linux box.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/26/systemd_dhcpv6_rce/

NetBSD on RISC-V is alive!
https://twitter.com/zmcgrew/status/1055682596812730368

IBM Acquires Red Hat.
AIX is dead. AIX sysadmins better get used to Linux.
https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/red-hat-ibm-creating-leading-hybrid-cloud-provider

OpenBSD with GPS synchronised NTP.
https://iain.learmonth.me/blog/2018/2018w437/

SoloBSD 11.2-STABLE-1028 based on HardenedBSD 1100056.7.
https://www.solobsd.org/index.php/2018/10/28/solobsd-11-2-stable-1028/

New vmwgfx graphics driver for FreeBSD 12 virtualized in VMware.
https://twitter.com/johalun/status/1056549585106227201

Using nmap on your home network.
https://www.networkworld.com/article/3314832/linux/using-nmap-on-your-home-network.html

The pkgsrc now has 20000+ packages for SmartOS.
https://us-east.manta.joyent.com/pkgsrc/public/reports/trunk/x86_64/20181028.2118/meta/report.html

GhostBSD 18.10 Available.
http://ghostbsd.org/18.10_release_announcement

New OpenBSD FAQ chapter – Virtualization.
https://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq16.html

HardenedBSD 12-STABLE Progress.
https://groups.google.com/a/hardenedbsd.org/forum/#!msg/users/bgbJ-ABBR8g/mXlkVBR1CAAJ

FreeBSD Boot RISC-V in 1 Second.
https://twitter.com/iamtommythorn/status/1055631675235852288
https://youtu.be/FnWpRBaWF18

FreeBSD 10.4 is unsupported (End-of-Life) as of 2018/11/01.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/ports?view=revision&revision=483654

FreeBSD rc(8) now has new keywords: enable/disable/delete.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=339971

BSD Now 269 – Tiny Daemon Lib.
https://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/127726/tiny-daemon-lib-bsd-now-269/

BSD Now 270 – Ghostly Releases.
https://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/127856/ghostly-releases-bsd-now-270/

NextCloud on OpenBSD – Updated.
https://h3artbl33d.nl/blog/nextcloud-on-openbsd-updated

OpenBSD as Authoritative DNS Nameserver.
https://cryogenix.net/openbsd_nameserver.html

Hardware

System76 on US Manufacturing and Open Hardware.
https://blog.system76.com/post/179592732883/system76-on-us-manufacturing-and-open-hardware

GlobalFoundries Establishes Avera Semiconductor – Custom ASIC Chip Company.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13541/globalfoundries-establishes-avera-semiconductor

SiFive Introduces 7 Series RISC-V Cores with E7/S7/U7 Series.
https://www.cnx-software.com/2018/11/02/sifive-7-series-risc-v-cores-e76-s76-u74/

Life

20 top lawyers were beaten by legal AI. Here are their surprising responses.
https://hackernoon.com/20-top-lawyers-were-beaten-by-legal-ai-here-are-their-surprising-responses-5dafdf25554d

12 Year Old Girl Built Robot That Can Find Microplastics In Ocean.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/12-year-old-girl-built-robot-can-find-microplastics-ocean-180970607/

Other

Every story in the world has one of these 6 basic plots.
http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20180525-every-story-in-the-world-has-one-of-these-six-basic-plots

Facebook Exodus: Nearly half of young users have deleted the app from their phone.
https://www.cnbc.com/2018/09/05/facebook-exodus-44-percent-of-americans-age-18-29-have-deleted-app.html

Graveyard Keeper: How the graphics effects are made.
http://www.gamasutra.com/blogs/SvyatoslavCherkasov/20181023/329151/Graveyard_Keeper_How_the_graphics_effects_are_made.php

EOF

Valuable News – 2018/10/27

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. Whenever I stumble upon something worth mentioning on the Internet I just put it here so someone else can

Today the amount information that we get using various information streams is at massive overload. Thus one needs to focus only on what is important without the need to grep(1) the Internet everyday. Hence the idea of providing such information ‘bulk’ as I already do that grep(1).

UNIX

FreeBSD 12.0-BETA1 Available.
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-stable/2018-October/089821.html

ZFS Replication Tool zrepl 0.1.0-rc2 Available.
https://github.com/zrepl/zrepl/releases/tag/0.1.0-rc2

In Other BSDs for 2018/10/20.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2018/10/20/21945.html

OpenBSD – How to fix a broken ACPI.
https://www.echinopsys.de/en/blog/fix-broken-acpi-on-openbsd.html

DNS over TLS in FreeBSD 12.
https://blog.des.no/2018/10/dns-over-tls-in-freebsd-12/

FreeBSD switch default PHP version from 7.1 to 7.2.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/ports?view=revision&revision=482746

No more joy in FreeBSD.
https://twitter.com/pbiernacki/status/1054325671705669633
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/svn-src-head/2018-October/119022.html

OpenBSD 6.4 with nested virtualization at gridscale.
https://hazardous.org/archive/blog/2018/10/21/openbsd64-nested-vt-gridscale

DragonFly BSD Performance – SMP Scaling (2018).
What FreeBSD always was suposed to be.
https://www.dragonflybsd.org/performance/

OpenBSD switched default linker on amd64 from GNU to LLVM lld.
https://twitter.com/openbsd/status/1054465364657168384
https://marc.info/?l=openbsd-ports&m=154023755628845&w=2

How to install FreeBSD 11 on Google Cloud Compute.
https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/howto-deploying-freebsd11-unix-on-google-cloud/

VirtualBox 6.0 Beta 1 Released.
VirtualBox 6.0 will be a new minor release. Yes fuck logic.
https://forums.virtualbox.org/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=89946

FreeBSD commit to introduce /etc/src.conf knob to build userland with retpoline.
https://twitter.com/FreeBSDHelp/status/1053841202896764928
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=339511

OpenIndiana Hipster 2018.10 Available.
https://www.openindiana.org/2018/10/24/openindiana-hipster-2018-10-is-here/
https://wiki.openindiana.org/oi/2018.10+Release+notes
http://dlc.openindiana.org/

FreeBSD runs RISC-V in multiuser on lowRISC Nexys 4 DDR.
https://twitter.com/ed_maste/status/1054795743725268993

XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6154 Available.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/xigmanas/files/XigmaNAS-11.2.0.4/11.2.0.4.6154/

Barman 2.5 with Support for PostgreSQL 11.
https://www.postgresql.org/about/news/1897/

POWER9 Desktop.
https://twitter.com/hughhalf/status/1054642786727800833https://twitter.com/hughhalf/status/1054642786727800833

Installing Arcan on FreeBSD.
https://github.com/wolfspider/ArcanFreeBSDGuide

What I learned from porting my projects to FreeBSD.
https://github.com/shlomif/what-i-learned-from-porting-to-freebsd#what-i-learned-from-porting-my-projects-to-freebsd

GhostBSD 18.10 RC1/RC2 Available.
https://ghostbsd.org/18.10_RC1_release_announcement
https://ghostbsd.org/18.10_RC2_release_announcement

FreeBSD is not Linux distribution.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ps67ECyh0sM

OpenBSD 0-day Xorg/Xenocara LPE via CVE-2018-14665.
https://twitter.com/hackerfantastic/status/1055568290112831490

Microsoft are services run by UNIX systems.
Hotmail on FreeBSD.
MSN using Apache on Solaris.
bCentral ad servers running on FreeBSD.
https://twitter.com/unix_byte/status/1053848882793181188

OpenBSD Foundation reached its 2018 fundraising goal.
https://www.openbsdfoundation.org/contributors.html

Hardware

AMD EPYC 3251 Benchmarks and Review the Challenger We Need.
https://www.servethehome.com/amd-epyc-3251-benchmarks-and-review/

ASRock DeskMini A300 STX Motherboard.
https://smallformfactor.net/forum/threads/possibility-of-amd-on-stx-form-factor.6798/page-6#post-119036

Supermicro CEO Letter Addressing Recent Article.
https://www.supermicro.com/en/news/CEO-letter

Intel kills off the 10nm process.
https://semiaccurate.com/2018/10/22/intel-kills-off-the-10nm-process/

Need modest ARM Cortex-A CPU? Just apply online with $125,000.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/22/arm_cortex_a5_designstart/

Porting Coreboot to the 51NB ThinkPad X210 Mod.
https://mjg59.dreamwidth.org/50924.html

Thinkpad X62.
https://geoff.greer.fm/2017/07/16/thinkpad-x62/

How IBM ThinkPad Became Design Icon.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90145427/how-ibms-thinkpad-became-a-design-icon
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=18273305

HP Spectre 13.3 x360 – Quad-Core i7 with 22.5 Hour Battery Life.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13509/hp-launches-ultra-thin-hp-spectre-13-x360

Life

Not exercising worse for your health than smoking, diabetes and heart disease, study reveals.
https://edition.cnn.com/2018/10/19/health/study-not-exercising-worse-than-smoking/index.html

Other

Warhol and the Amiga.
https://www.warhol.org/exhibition/warhol-and-the-amiga/

Soviet Tesla – Electric Lada from 30 Years Ago That Was Mass Produced.
http://englishrussia.com/2018/09/04/soviet-tesla-electric-lada-from-30-years-ago-that-was-mass-produced/

NASA finds perfectly rectangular iceberg in Antarctica as if it was deliberately cut.
https://www.physics-astronomy.org/2018/10/nasa-finds-perfectly-rectangular.html

Apple and Samsung fined for deliberately slowing down phones.
https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2018/oct/24/apple-samsung-fined-for-slowing-down-phones

EOF

Valuable News – 2018/10/20

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. Whenever I stumble upon something worth mentioning on the Internet I just put it here so someone else can

Today the amount information that we get using various information streams is at massive overload. Thus one needs to focus only on what is important without the need to grep(1) the Internet everyday. Hence the idea of providing such information ‘bulk’ as I already do that grep(1).

UNIX

OpenBSD vmm(8) now runs CentOS 7 Linux.
https://twitter.com/l8n8dude/status/1050696721129504768

Freedesktop.org – Its Past and Its Future.
https://lwn.net/Articles/767258/

Linux elementary OS 5 Juno Available.
Still no desktop icons.
https://medium.com/elementaryos/elementary-os-5-juno-is-here-471dfdedc7b3

Unix in East Germany (GDR) from 1982.
https://groups.google.com/forum/m/#!topic/comp.unix.wizards/QX_dxElrVNs

FreeBSD 12.0-ALPHA10 Available.
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-snapshots/2018-October/000464.html

Oracle VM VirtualBox 5.2.20 Available.
https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/oracle-vm-virtualbox-5220-now-available

Arcan versus Xorg – Approaching Feature Parity.
Arcan versus Xorg – Approaching Feature Parity

Kubernetes with IBM AIX container technology.
https://twitter.com/cgibbo/status/1052650460585185280

Fonts on Unix.
Really great in depth guide to fonts on UNIX systems.
https://venam.nixers.net/blog/unix/2017/06/04/fonts-on-unix.html

OpenBSD 6.4 Released.
https://www.openbsd.org/64.html

PostgreSQL 11 Released.
https://www.postgresql.org/about/news/1894/

2ndQuadrant contributes major features to PostgreSQL 11.
https://www.2ndquadrant.com/en/about/news/2ndquadrant-contributes-major-features-postgresql-11/

OpenBSD Mail Smarthost Runbook.
https://paulgorman.org/technical/openbsd-smarthost-runbook.txt.html

Upgrading OpenBSD with Ansible.
https://chown.me/blog/upgrading-openbsd-with-ansible.html

FreeNAS 11.2-RC1 Available.
https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/library/freenas-11-2-rc1/

FreeBSD HEAD is now known as 13-CURRENT.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=339436

FreeBSD has initial driver for ACPI NFIT enumerated NVDIMMs.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=339391

CAM drivers in FreeBSD over time.
https://github.com/bsdimp/device-data/blob/master/cam.md

OpenBSD on the AMD Ryzen powered ThinkPad A485.
https://deftly.net/posts/2018-10-15-openbsd-on-lenovo-a485.html

Hardware

RISC-V: More Than Core.
https://semiengineering.com/risc-v-more-than-a-core/

Backblaze 2018 Q3 Hard Drive Stats: Less is More.
https://www.backblaze.com/blog/2018-hard-drive-failire-rates/

ODROID-H2 mini PC board with Celeron J4105.
https://liliputing.com/2018/10/odroid-h2-mini-pc-board-with-celeron-j4105-gemini-lake-cpu-coming-next-month.html

Zotac Zbox PI225 pico Mini PC Review.
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/zotac-zbox-pico-mini-pc,review-5857.html

Business card-sized Japanese phone bucks the giant-phone trend.
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2018/10/this-business-card-sized-japanese-phone-bucks-the-giant-phone-trend/

Life

It’s better to be born rich than gifted.
https://www.washingtonpost.com/business/2018/10/09/its-better-be-born-rich-than-talented/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.1283300b875f

Good Sleep, Good Learning, Good Life.
https://www.supermemo.com/en/articles/sleep.

Microplastics found in 90 percent of table salt.
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/environment/2018/10/microplastics-found-90-percent-table-salt-sea-salt/

Other

Ideas for scaling PostgreSQL to multi-terabyte and beyond.
https://www.cybertec-postgresql.com/en/ideas-for-scaling-postgresql-to-multi-terabyte-and-beyond/

Make Firefox Great Faster Again.
https://twitter.com/romanzolotarev/status/1053568896945569792

EOF

Valuable News – 2018/10/13

The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems. Whenever I stumble upon something worth mentioning on the Internet I just put it here so someone else can

Today the amount information that we get using various information streams is at massive overload. Thus one needs to focus only on what is important without the need to grep(1) the Internet everyday. Hence the idea of providing such information ‘bulk’ as I already do that grep(1).

UNIX

XINUOS Releases New SCO OpenServer 5 Definitive 2018 based on FreeBSD.
http://www.prweb.com/releases/xinuos_releases_new_sco_openserver_5_definitive_2018/prweb15816407.htm
https://xinuos.com/menu-products/openserver-5-2018

Running FreeBSD on OSX using xhyve (bhyve port).
https://dan.langille.org/2018/10/02/running-freebsd-on-osx-using-xhyve-a-port-of-bhyve/

Proper way to update FreeBSD Jails between point releases.
https://orville.thebennettproject.com/articles/the-proper-way-to-update-freebsd-jails/

OpenBSD vmd(8) now supports qcow2 external snapshots which means read only base image with changes written to external files.
https://twitter.com/canadianbryan/status/1049354743573893120
https://marc.info/?l=openbsd-cvs&m=153901633011716&w=2

OmniOS Community Edition r151026w/r151024aw/r151022bu Available.
https://omniosce.org/article/releases-026w-024aw-022bu

FreeBSD 12 on my PINE64 Pinebook.
https://twitter.com/allanjude/status/1049498429301424128

Tanzanian Digital Library Initiative makes extensive use of FreeBSD and DragonFly BSD.
http://tandli.com/about-tdli/technologies/

Biscuit is monolithic POSIX-subset operating system kernel in Go for x86-64 CPUs.
It was written to study the performance trade-offs of using a high-level language with garbage collection to implement a kernel with a common style of architecture.
https://github.com/mit-pdos/biscuit

SoloBSD 11.2-STABLE-1009 from HardenedBSD 1100056.6 Available.
https://www.solobsd.org/index.php/2018/10/09/solobsd-11-2-stable-1009/

XFS vs EXT4 – Comparing MongoDB Performance on AWS EC2.
https://scalegrid.io/blog/xfs-vs-ext4-comparing-mongodb-performance-on-aws-ec2/

NVMM – NetBSD Virtual Machine Monitor provides hardware-accelerated virtualization support on NetBSD.
http://m00nbsd.net/4e0798b7f2620c965d0dd9d6a7a2f296.html

FreeBSD architectures over time based on http://dmesgd.nycbug.org collection.
https://twitter.com/bsdimp/status/1050045542632308738

FreeBSD 12.0-ALPHA9 Available.
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-snapshots/2018-October/000461.html

DragonFlyBSD 5.3 Offering Some Performance Improvements.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=dragonfly-53-1280v5

How to check your data integrity?
https://dataswamp.org/~solene/2017-03-17-integrity.html

Step by Step: All in One Recovery Backup Appliance with FreeNAS 11.1 U6 Bhyve and Veeam.
https://forums.freenas.org/index.php?threads/step-by-step-all-in-one-recovery-backup-appliance-with-freenas-11-1u6-bhyve-and-veeam.70449/

BSD Now 267 – Absolute FreeBSD.
https://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/127546/absolute-freebsd-bsd-now-267/

Learning Notes on FreeBSD Jails.
https://genneko.github.io/playing-with-bsd/system/learning-notes-on-jails/

MidnightBSD 1.0 Released.
https://midnightbsd.org/notes/

POWER9 functional simulator works on FreeBSD amd64.
https://twitter.com/kevinbowling1/status/1051009520346918913

Eleven bash Tips You Might Want to Know.
Eleven bash Tips You Might Want to Know

Laptop Recommendations for DragonFly BSD.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2018/10/12/21932.html

In Other BSDs for 2018/10/13.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2018/10/13/21906.html

HOWTO Bhyve (Windows and Linux) from viBSD.
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLoIdhcVxgUKTN6Y76OpdbrVAlqd8ZkxCf

FreeNAS 11.2-BETA2 Available.
https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/library/freenas-11-2-beta2/

Hardware

Raptor Computing Reveals More Details About Blackbird Low-Cost POWER9 Board.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Raptor-Blackbird-Details

Helios4 ARM Based Open Source NAS SBC For Linux/FreeBSD.
https://technewsone.net/helios4-arm-based-open-source-nas-sbc-for-linux-freebsd/

How Does an Intel Processor Boot?
https://binarydebt.wordpress.com/2018/10/06/how-does-an-x86-processor-boot/

Secure Partitions in ARM Trusted Firmware-A.
https://osfc.io/talks/secure-partitions-in-trusted-firmware-a

ARGON One – Most Versatile Raspberry Pi Mini Computer.

Libre GPU effort based on RISC-V/Rust/LLVM/Vulkan by developer of earth-friendly computer.
https://hub.packtpub.com/a-libre-gpu-effort-based-on-risc-v-rust-llvm-and-vulkan-by-the-developer-of-an-earth-friendly-computer/

ROG Strix GL702ZC is world’s first laptop with 8-core AMD Ryzen 7 1700 CPU.
https://www.asus.com/Laptops/ROG-Strix-GL702ZC/

IBM ThinkPad Laptop Power Series 850.
http://www.osnews.com/story/30782/IBM_ThinkPad_Power_Series_850
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PowerPC_Reference_Platform

Rambus – No Need to Reinvent the Wheel – How Easy It Is to Build with RISC-V.
https://www.rambus.com/blogs/no-need-to-reinvent-the-wheel-how-easy-it-is-to-build-with-risc-v/

TSMC – First 7nm EUV Chips Taped Out and 5nm Risk Production in Q2 2019.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13445/tsmc-first-7nm-euv-chips-taped-out-5nm-risk-in-q2

Raptor Computing Reveals More Details About Blackbird Low Cost POWER9 Board.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Raptor-Blackbird-Details

RAS Differentiates IBM Power Systems Platform.
http://ibmsystemsmag.com/power/businessstrategy/competitiveadvantage/ras-differentiates-ibm-power-systems/?platform=hootsuite

Life

What’s a senior engineer’s job?
https://jvns.ca/blog/senior-engineer/

How to Get Things Done When You Don’t Feel Like It.
https://queue.acm.org/detail.cfm?id=3280677

Other

These Magical Sunglasses Block All Screens Around You.
https://www.wired.com/story/irl-glasses-screen-blocking/

Firefox removes core product support for RSS/Atom feeds.
https://www.gijsk.com/blog/2018/10/firefox-removes-core-product-support-for-rss-atom-feeds/

Relative performance of C and Rust.
http://dtrace.org/blogs/bmc/2018/09/28/the-relative-performance-of-c-and-rust/

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