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Valuable News – 2019/05/09

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.

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 adds support for newer Lenovo ThinkPad models in acpi_ibm module.
Tested on ThinkPad T480 and ThinkPad X1 Yoga 2nd Generation.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=346647

Install PyroCMS on FreeBSD 11.
https://www.vultr.com/docs/how-to-install-pyrocms-on-freebsd-11

Google Summer of Code 2019 FreeBSD Projects.
https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/6583387272249344/#5695528845705216

Writing Exploit Resistant Code with OpenBSD.
https://lteo.net/blog/2019/04/27/carolinacon-15-writing-exploit-resistant-code-with-openbsd/
https://lteo.net/assets/pdf/lteo-openbsd-carolinacon15-20190427.pdf

Packet Filter Rule Editor for OpenBSD pf Firewall.
https://github.com/sonertari/PFRE
https://github.com/sonertari/PFRE/wiki

Packer/Ansible Configuration for Generation of Immutable OpenBSD Image.
https://github.com/yannh/openbsd_immutable_router

ZFS vs XFS.
https://linuxhint.com/zfs_vs_xfs/

Google Summer of Code 2019 NetBSD Projects.
https://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/announcing_google_summer_of_code1

Installing PostgreSQL 11.2 Server on OpenBSD 6.5.
https://dev.to/nabbisen/installing-postgresql-11-2-server-on-openbsd-6-5-4oh9

Science of Why You Hate Your Open Office.
https://www.fastcompany.com/90342214/the-science-of-why-you-hate-your-open-office

FreeNAS 11.2-U3 and 11.2-U4 Vulnerabilities.
https://www.ixsystems.com/community/threads/freenas-11-2-u3-vulnerabilities.75353/

OmniOS Community Edition r151030 LTS.
https://omniosce.org/article/release-030

Hardware

PINE64 PINEBOOK Pro Laptop Available.
Rockchip RK3399/4GB RAM/1080p IPS/m.2 NVMe SSD Slot/USB 3.0.
https://www.pine64.org/pinebook-pro/

Seagate Ships 16 TB PMR Hard Drives.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14297/seagate-starts-shipments-of-16-tb-hard-drives-preps-18-tb-smr-hdds

DDN Announces Intent to Acquire Nexenta.
https://nexenta.com/company/media/press-releases/ddn-acquires-nexenta-expands-ai-enterprise-footprint-enter-iot-5g-markets
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/05/07/ddn_is_buying_nexenta/

Intel (Hopeless) Process Technology Update – 10nm Server Products in 2020H1 and Accelerated 7nm in 2021.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14311/intel-process-technology-update-10nm-server-products-in-1h-2020-accelerated-7nm-in-2021

28 Cores in Mini-ITX – ASRock EPC621D4I-2M Motherboard for Xeon Scalable.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14299/the-asrock-rack-epc621d4i2m

ASRock EPC621D4I-2M Motherboard Review – Xeon Scalable Mini-ITX Motherboard.
https://www.servethehome.com/asrock-rack-epc621d4i-2m-motherboard-review/

Cray and AMD will build 1.5 Exaflop Frontier Supercomputer.
https://www.servethehome.com/cray-and-amd-win-big-contracts-for-1-5-exaflop-frontier-supercomputer/

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Silent Fanless FreeBSD Server – Redundant Backup

I brought up this topic in the past. It was in the form of more theoretical Silent Fanless FreeBSD Desktop/Server post and more hands-on Silent Fanless FreeBSD Server – DIY Backup article.

One of the comments after the latter was that I compared non-redundant backup solution (single disk) to redundant backup in the cloud. Today – as this is my main backup system – I would like to show you redundant backup solution with two disks in ZFS mirror along with real power usage measurements. This time I got ASRock J3355B-ITX motherboard with only 10W TDP which includes 2-core Celeron J3355 2.0-2.5 GHz CPU and small shiny REALAN H80 Mini ITX case. It looks very nice and comes from AliExpress at very low $33 price for new unit along with free shipping.

Build

Here is how the REALAN H80 case looks like.

realan-H80-render

The ASRock J3355B-ITX motherboard.

asrock-J3355B-ITX.jpg

Same as with the earlier build the internal Seagate BarraCuda 5TB 2.5 SATA drives costs about $200. The same Seagate Backup Plus 5TB 2.5 disk in external case with USB 3.0 port costs nearly half of that price – only $120 – at least in the Europe/Poland location. I took the decision to buy external ones and rip off their cases. That saved me about $160.

Here is the simple performance benchmark of these 2.5 disks.

% which pv
pv: aliased to pv -t -r -a -b -W -B 1048576

% pv  /dev/null
1.35GiB 0:00:10 [ 137MiB/s] [ 137MiB/s]
^C

% dd  /dev/null bs=8M
127+0 records in
127+0 records out
1065353216 bytes transferred in 7.494081 secs (142159287 bytes/sec)
^C

About 135MB/s per disk.

The ripped of parts of Seagate Backup Plus USB cases.

external-case-parts.jpg

What made me laugh was that as I got different cases colors (silver and gray) the disks inside also had different colors (green and blue) :>

disks-bottom

… but their part number is the same, here they are mounted on a REALAN H80 disks holder.

disks-mounted

For the record – several REALAN H80 case real shots (not renders). First its front.

realan-H80-front

Back.

realan-H80-back.jpg

Side with USB port.

realan-H80-side-usb

Bottom.

realan-H80-bottom.jpg

Top.

realan-H80-top

Case parts.

realan-H80-parts.jpg

Generally the REALAN H80 looks really nice. Little lower REALAN H60 (without COM slots/holes in the back) looks even better but I wanted to make sure that I will have room and space for hot air in that case – as space was not a problem for me.

Cost

The complete price tops at $220 total. Here are the parts used.

PRICE  COMPONENT
  $49  CPU/Motherboard ASRock J3355B-ITX Mini-ITX
  $10  RAM 4GB DDR3
  $13  PSU 12V 7.5A 90W Pico (internal)
   $2  PSU 12V 2.5A 30W Leader Electronics (external)
  $33  Supermicro SC101i
   $3  SanDisk Fit 16GB USB 2.0 Drive (system)
 $120  Seagate 5TB 2.5 drive (ONE)
 $120  Seagate 5TB 2.5 drive (TWO)
 $350  TOTAL

That is $110 for the ‘system’ and additional $240 for ‘data’ drives.

Today I would probably get the ASRock N3150DC-ITX or Gigabyte GA-N3160TN motherboard instead because of builtin DC jack slot (compatible with 19V power adapter) on its back. This will eliminate the need for additional internal Pico PSU power supply …

The ASRock N3150DC-ITX with builtin DC jack.

asrock-N3150DC-ITX.jpg

The Gigabyte GA-N3160TN with builtin DC jack.

gigabyte-GA-N3160TN.jpg

The Gigabyte GA-N3160TN is also very low profile motherboard as you can see from the back.

gigabyte-GA-N3160TN-back-other.jpg

It may be good idea to use this one instead ASRock N3150DC-ITX to get more space above the motherboard.

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PSU

As in the earlier Silent Fanless FreeBSD Server – DIY Backup article I used small 12V 2.5A 30W compact and cheap external PSU instead of the large 90W PSU from FSP Group. As these low power motherboard does not need a lot of power.

New Leader Electronics PSU label.

silent-backup-psu-ext-label.jpg

The internal power supply is Pico PSU which now tops as 12V 7.5A 90W power.

silent-backup-psu-pico-12V-90W.jpg

Power Consumption

I also measured the power consumption with power meter.

silent-backup-power-meter.jpg

The whole box with two Seagate BarraCuda 5TB 2.5 drives for data on ZFS mirror and SanDisk 16GB USB 2.0 system drive used about 10.4W in idle state.

I used all needed settings from my earlier The Power to Serve โ€“ FreeBSD Power Management article with CPU speed limited between 0.4GHz and 1.2GHz.

The powerd(8) settings in the /etc/rc.conf file are below.

powerd_flags="-n hiadaptive -a hiadaptive -b hiadaptive -m 400 -M 1200"

I used python(1) [1] to load the CPU and dd(8) to load the drives. I used dd(8) on the ZFS pool so 1 disk thread will read [2] and write [3] from/to both 2.5 disks. I temporary disabled LZ4 compression for the write tests.

[1] # echo '999999999999999999 ** 999999999999999999' | python
[2] # dd  /dev/null bs=1M
[3] # dd > /data/FILE < /dev/zero bs=1M
POWER   CPU LOAD         I/O LOAD
10.4 W  IDLE             IDLE
12.9 W  IDLE             1 DISK READ Thread(s)
14.3 W  IDLE             1 DISK READ Thread(s) + 1 DISK WRITE Thread(s)
17.2 W  IDLE             3 DISK READ Thread(s) + 3 DISK WRITE Thread(s)
11.0 W  8 CPU Thread(s)  IDLE
13.4 W  8 CPU Thread(s)  1 DISK READ Thread(s)
15.0 W  8 CPU Thread(s)  1 DISK READ Thread(s) + 1 DISK WRITE Thread(s)
17.8 W  8 CPU Thread(s)  3 DISK READ Thread(s) + 3 DISK WRITE Thread(s)

That’s not much remembering that 6W TDP power motherboard ASRock N3150B-ITX with just single Maxtor M3 4TB 2.5 USB 3.0 drive used 16.0W with CPU and I/O loaded. Only 1.8W more (on loaded system) with redundancy on two 2.5 disks.

Commands

The crypto FreeBSD kernel module was able to squeeze about 68MB/s of random data from /dev/random as this CPU has built in hardware AES-NI acceleration. Note to Linux users – the /dev/random and /dev/urandom are the same thing on FreeBSD. I used both dd(8) and pv(1) commands for this simple test. I made two tests with powerd(8) enabled and disabled to check the difference between CPU speed at 1.2GHz and at 2.5GHz with Turbo mode.

Full speed with Turbo enabled (note 2001 instead of 2000 for CPU frequency)..

# /etc/rc.d/powerd stop
Stopping powerd.
Waiting for PIDS: 1486.

% sysctl dev.cpu.0.freq
dev.cpu.0.freq: 2001

% which pv
pv: aliased to pv -t -r -a -b -W -B 1048576

% dd  /dev/null
1.91GiB 0:00:31 [68.7MiB/s] [68.1MiB/s]
265+0 records in
265+0 records out
2222981120 bytes transferred in 33.566154 secs (70226864 bytes/sec)
^C

CPU limited to 1.2GHz with powerd(8) daemon was able to squeeze about 24MB/s.

# service powerd start
Starting powerd.

% which pv
pv: aliased to pv -t -r -a -b -W -B 1048576

% dd  /dev/null
568MiB 0:00:23 [25.3MiB/s] [24.7MiB/s]
71+0 records in
71+0 records out
595591168 bytes transferred in 23.375588 secs (25479195 bytes/sec
^C

Below I will show you the data from dmesg(8) about the used USB and 2.5 drives.

The dmesg(8) information for the SanDisk Fit USB 2.0 16GB drive.

# grep da0 /var/run/dmesg.boot
da0 at umass-sim1 bus 1 scbus3 target 0 lun 0
da0:  Removable Direct Access SPC-4 SCSI device
da0: Serial Number 4C530002030502100093
da0: 400.000MB/s transfers
da0: 14663MB (30031250 512 byte sectors)
da0: quirks=0x2

… and two Seagate BarraCuda 5TB 2.5 drives.

# grep ada /var/run/dmesg.boot
ada0 at ahcich0 bus 0 scbus0 target 0 lun 0
ada0:  ACS-3 ATA SATA 3.x device
ada0: Serial Number WCJ0DRJE
ada0: 600.000MB/s transfers (SATA 3.x, UDMA6, PIO 8192bytes)
ada0: Command Queueing enabled
ada0: 4769307MB (9767541168 512 byte sectors)
ada1 at ahcich1 bus 0 scbus1 target 0 lun 0
ada1:  ACS-3 ATA SATA 3.x device
ada1: Serial Number WCJ0213S
ada1: 600.000MB/s transfers (SATA 3.x, UDMA6, PIO 8192bytes)
ada1: Command Queueing enabled
ada1: 4769307MB (9767541168 512 byte sectors)

The whole /var/run/dmesg.boot content (without disks) is shown below.

# cat /var/run/dmesg.boot
Copyright (c) 1992-2018 The FreeBSD Project.
Copyright (c) 1979, 1980, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994
        The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.
FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE-p7 #0: Tue Dec 18 08:29:33 UTC 2018
    root@amd64-builder.daemonology.net:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC amd64
FreeBSD clang version 6.0.0 (tags/RELEASE_600/final 326565) (based on LLVM 6.0.0)
VT(vga): resolution 640x480
CPU: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU J3355 @ 2.00GHz (1996.88-MHz K8-class CPU)
  Origin="GenuineIntel"  Id=0x506c9  Family=0x6  Model=0x5c  Stepping=9
  Features=0xbfebfbff
  Features2=0x4ff8ebbf
  AMD Features=0x2c100800
  AMD Features2=0x101
  Structured Extended Features=0x2294e283
  XSAVE Features=0xf
  VT-x: PAT,HLT,MTF,PAUSE,EPT,UG,VPID,VID,PostIntr
  TSC: P-state invariant, performance statistics
real memory  = 4294967296 (4096 MB)
avail memory = 3700518912 (3529 MB)
Event timer "LAPIC" quality 600
ACPI APIC Table: 
WARNING: L1 data cache covers less APIC IDs than a core
0 < 1
FreeBSD/SMP: Multiprocessor System Detected: 2 CPUs
FreeBSD/SMP: 1 package(s) x 2 core(s)
ioapic0  irqs 0-119 on motherboard
SMP: AP CPU #1 Launched!
Timecounter "TSC" frequency 1996877678 Hz quality 1000
random: entropy device external interface
kbd1 at kbdmux0
netmap: loaded module
module_register_init: MOD_LOAD (vesa, 0xffffffff80ff4580, 0) error 19
random: registering fast source Intel Secure Key RNG
random: fast provider: "Intel Secure Key RNG"
nexus0
vtvga0:  on motherboard
cryptosoft0:  on motherboard
acpi0:  on motherboard
unknown: I/O range not supported
cpu0:  on acpi0
cpu1:  on acpi0
attimer0:  port 0x40-0x43,0x50-0x53 irq 0 on acpi0
Timecounter "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 0
Event timer "i8254" frequency 1193182 Hz quality 100
atrtc0:  port 0x70-0x77 on acpi0
atrtc0: Warning: Couldn't map I/O.
atrtc0: registered as a time-of-day clock, resolution 1.000000s
Event timer "RTC" frequency 32768 Hz quality 0
hpet0:  iomem 0xfed00000-0xfed003ff irq 8 on acpi0
Timecounter "HPET" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 950
Event timer "HPET" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 550
Event timer "HPET1" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 440
Event timer "HPET2" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 440
Event timer "HPET3" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 440
Event timer "HPET4" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 440
Event timer "HPET5" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 440
Event timer "HPET6" frequency 19200000 Hz quality 440
Timecounter "ACPI-fast" frequency 3579545 Hz quality 900
acpi_timer0:  port 0x408-0x40b on acpi0
pcib0:  port 0xcf8-0xcff on acpi0
pci0:  on pcib0
vgapci0:  port 0xf000-0xf03f mem 0x90000000-0x90ffffff,0x80000000-0x8fffffff irq 19 at device 2.0 on pci0
vgapci0: Boot video device
hdac0:  mem 0x91210000-0x91213fff,0x91000000-0x910fffff irq 25 at device 14.0 on pci0
pci0:  at device 15.0 (no driver attached)
ahci0:  port 0xf090-0xf097,0xf080-0xf083,0xf060-0xf07f mem 0x91214000-0x91215fff,0x91218000-0x912180ff,0x91217000-0x912177ff irq 19 at device 18.0 on pci0
ahci0: AHCI v1.31 with 2 6Gbps ports, Port Multiplier supported
ahcich0:  at channel 0 on ahci0
ahcich1:  at channel 1 on ahci0
pcib1:  irq 22 at device 19.0 on pci0
pci1:  on pcib1
pcib2:  irq 20 at device 19.2 on pci0
pci2:  on pcib2
re0:  port 0xe000-0xe0ff mem 0x91104000-0x91104fff,0x91100000-0x91103fff irq 20 at device 0.0 on pci2
re0: Using 1 MSI-X message
re0: Chip rev. 0x4c000000
re0: MAC rev. 0x00000000
miibus0:  on re0
rgephy0:  PHY 1 on miibus0
rgephy0:  none, 10baseT, 10baseT-FDX, 10baseT-FDX-flow, 100baseTX, 100baseTX-FDX, 100baseTX-FDX-flow, 1000baseT-FDX, 1000baseT-FDX-master, 1000baseT-FDX-flow, 1000baseT-FDX-flow-master, auto, auto-flow
re0: Using defaults for TSO: 65518/35/2048
re0: Ethernet address: 70:85:c2:3f:53:41
re0: netmap queues/slots: TX 1/256, RX 1/256
xhci0:  mem 0x91200000-0x9120ffff irq 17 at device 21.0 on pci0
xhci0: 32 bytes context size, 64-bit DMA
usbus0 on xhci0
usbus0: 5.0Gbps Super Speed USB v3.0
isab0:  at device 31.0 on pci0
isa0:  on isab0
acpi_button0:  on acpi0
acpi_tz0:  on acpi0
atkbdc0:  at port 0x60,0x64 on isa0
atkbd0:  irq 1 on atkbdc0
kbd0 at atkbd0
atkbd0: [GIANT-LOCKED]
ppc0: cannot reserve I/O port range
est0:  on cpu0
est1:  on cpu1
ZFS filesystem version: 5
ZFS storage pool version: features support (5000)
Timecounters tick every 1.000 msec
hdacc0:  at cad 0 on hdac0
hdaa0:  at nid 1 on hdacc0
ugen0.1:  at usbus0
uhub0:  on usbus0
pcm0:  at nid 21 and 24,26 on hdaa0
pcm1:  at nid 20 and 25 on hdaa0
pcm2:  at nid 27 on hdaa0
hdacc1:  at cad 2 on hdac0
hdaa1:  at nid 1 on hdacc1
pcm3:  at nid 3 on hdaa1
uhub0: 15 ports with 15 removable, self powered
ugen0.2:  at usbus0
uhub1 on uhub0
uhub1:  on usbus0
uhub1: 4 ports with 4 removable, self powered
Trying to mount root from zfs:zroot/ROOT/default []...
random: unblocking device.
re0: link state changed to DOWN

ZFS Pool Configuration

To get higher LZ4 compression ratio I use larger blocksize (1MB) on this ZFS mirror pool. Here is the ZFS pool status.

% zpool status data
  pool: data
 state: ONLINE
  scan: scrub repaired 0 in 44h14m with 0 errors on Mon Feb 11 07:13:42 2019
config:

        NAME                STATE     READ WRITE CKSUM
        data                ONLINE       0     0     0
          mirror-0          ONLINE       0     0     0
            label/WCJ0213S  ONLINE       0     0     0
            label/WCJ0DRJE  ONLINE       0     0     0

errors: No known data errors

I get 4% compression (1.04x) on that ZFS pool. Its about 80% filled with lots of movies and photos so while such compression ratio may not be great it gives a lot of space. For example 4% of 4TB of data is about 160GB of ‘free’ space.

% zfs get compressratio data
NAME                                    PROPERTY       VALUE  SOURCE
data                                    compressratio  1.04x  -

Here is the ZFS pool configuration.

# zpool history
History for 'data':
2018-11-12.01:18:33 zpool create data mirror /dev/label/WCJ0229Z /dev/label/WCJ0DPHF
2018-11-12.01:19:11 zfs set mountpoint=none data
2018-11-12.01:19:16 zfs set compression=lz4 data
2018-11-12.01:19:21 zfs set atime=off data
2018-11-12.01:19:34 zfs set primarycache=metadata data
2018-11-12.01:19:40 zfs set secondarycache=metadata data
2018-11-12.01:19:45 zfs set redundant_metadata=most data
2018-11-12.01:19:51 zfs set recordsize=1m data
(...)

We do not need redundant_metadata as we already have two disks, its useful only on single disks configurations.

Self Solution Cost

As in the earlier post I will again calculate how much energy this server would consume. Currently 1kWh of power costs about $0.20 in Europe/Poland (rounded up). This means that running computer with 1000W power usage for 1 hour would cost you $0.20 on electricity bill. This system uses 10.4W idle and 12.9W when single disk read occurs. For most of the time server will be idle so I assume 11.0W average for the pricing purposes.

That would cost us $0.0022 for 11.0W device running for 1 hour.

Below you will also find calculations for 1 day (24x multiplier), 1 year (another 365.25x multiplier) and 3 years (another 3x multiplier).

   COST  TIME
$0.0022  1 HOUR(S)
$0.0528  1 DAY(S)
$19.285  1 YEAR(S)
$57.856  3 YEAR(S)
$96.426  5 YEAR(S)

Combining that with server cost ($350) we get TCO for our self hosted 5TB storage service.

   COST  TIME
$369.29  1 YEAR(S)
$407.86  3 YEAR(S)
$446.43  5 YEAR(S)

Our total 3 years TCO is $407.86 and 5 years is $446.43. Its for running system non-stop. We can also implement features like Wake On LAN to limit that power usage even more.

Cloud Storage Prices

This time after searching for cheapest cloud based storage I found these services.

  • Amazon Drive
  • Amazon S3 Glacier Storage
  • Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage
  • Google One

Here is its cost summarized for 1 year period for 5TB of data.

PRICE  TIME       SERVICE
 $300  1 YEAR(S)  Amazon Drive
 $310  1 YEAR(S)  Google One
 $240  1 YEAR(S)  Amazon S3 Glacier Storage
 $450  1 YEAR(S)  Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

For the Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage I assumed average between upload/download price because upload is two times cheaper then download.

Here is its cost summarized for 3 year period for 5TB of data.

PRICE  TIME       SERVICE
 $900  3 YEAR(S)  Amazon Drive
 $930  3 YEAR(S)  Google One
 $720  3 YEAR(S)  Amazon S3 Glacier Storage
$1350  3 YEAR(S)  Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

Here is its cost summarized for 5 year period for 5TB of data.

PRICE  TIME       SERVICE
$1500  5 YEAR(S)  Amazon Drive
$1550  5 YEAR(S)  Google One
$1200  5 YEAR(S)  Amazon S3 Glacier Storage
$2250  5 YEAR(S)  Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

Now lets compare costs of our own server to various cloud services.

If we would run our server for just 1 year the price will be similar.

PRICE  TIME       SERVICE
 $369  1 YEAR(S)  Self Build NAS
 $300  1 YEAR(S)  Amazon Drive
 $310  1 YEAR(S)  Google One
 $240  1 YEAR(S)  Amazon S3 Glacier Storage
 $450  1 YEAR(S)  Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

It gets interesting when we compare 3 years costs. Its two times cheaper to self host our own server then use cloud services. One may argue that clouds are located in many places but even if we would buy two such boxes and put one – for example in our friends place at Jamaica – or other parts of the world.

PRICE  TIME       SERVICE
 $408  3 YEAR(S)  Self Build NAS
 $528  3 YEAR(S)  Self Build NAS (assuming one of the drives failed)
 $900  3 YEAR(S)  Amazon Drive
 $930  3 YEAR(S)  Google One
 $720  3 YEAR(S)  Amazon S3 Glacier Storage
$1350  3 YEAR(S)  Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

… but with 5 years using cloud service instead of self hosted NAS solution is 3-5 times more expensive … and these were the cheapest cloud services I was able to find. I do not even want to know how much would it cos on Dropbox for example ๐Ÿ™‚

PRICE  TIME       SERVICE
 $447  5 YEAR(S)  Self Build NAS
 $567  5 YEAR(S)  Self Build NAS (assuming one of the drives failed)
$1500  5 YEAR(S)  Amazon Drive
$1550  5 YEAR(S)  Google One
$1200  5 YEAR(S)  Amazon S3 Glacier Storage
$2250  5 YEAR(S)  Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

… and ‘anywhere’ access is not an argument for cloud services because you can get external IP address for you NAS or use Dynamic DNS – for free. You may also wonder why I compare such ‘full featured NAS’ with S3 storage … well with rclone (rsync for cloud storage) you are able to synchronize your files with almost anything ๐Ÿ™‚

Not to mention how much more privacy you have with keeping all your data to yourself … but that is priceless.

You can also setup a lot more services on such hardware – like FreeNAS with Bhyve/Jails virtualization … or Nextcloud instance … or Syncthing … while cloud storage is only that – a storage in the cloud.

Summary

Not sure what else could I include in this article. If you have an idea what else could I cover then let me know.

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Valuable News – 2019/04/01

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.

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

Solaris – Network Configuration in SMF.
http://blog.moellenkamp.org/archives/57-Network-configuration-in-SMF.html

FreeBSD Mastery: Jails.
https://mwl.io/nonfiction/os#fmjail

Security Hole on OpenBSD in VMD/VMM.
https://twitter.com/m00nbsd/status/1109208948429725697

FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE to be released on 2019/07/09.
https://www.freebsd.org/releases/11.3R/schedule.html

Coder’s Bookshelf Humble Book Bundle.
https://www.humblebundle.com/books/coders-bookshelf-books
https://twitter.com/nostarch/status/1110240392363024384

FreeBSD nsysctl Tutorial.
https://alfix.gitlab.io/bsd/2019/02/19/nsysctl-tutorial.html

FreeBSD deskutils/sysctlview Updated to 1.0.
https://gitlab.com/alfix/sysctlview
https://twitter.com/alfsiciliano/status/1111469513516728320
https://bugs.freebsd.org/bugzilla/show_bug.cgi?id=236866

OpenBSD in Stereo with Linux VFIO.
https://jcs.org/2018/11/12/vfio

Let’s Encrypt with Dehydrated on FreeBSD.
https://chargen.one/high5/lets-encrypt-with-dehydrated-on-freebsd

DTrace QuickStart.
http://www.tablespace.net/quicksheet/dtrace-quickstart.html

Sun Microsystems Business Plan.
https://www.khoslaventures.com/wp-content/uploads/SunMicrosystem_bus_plan.pdf

The ping.gg – world’s simplest monitoring service.
https://ping.gg/

FreeBSD 12.0 VNET Jail Using bridge/epair and PF.
https://yom.iaelu.net/2019/03/freebsd-12-vnet-jail-using-bridge-epair-and-pf.html

Illumos Port of wireguard-go.
https://github.com/jclulow/wireguard-go-illumos-wip

The tilde.institute of OpenBSD Education.
https://tilde.institute/

OpenBSD on CloudSigma – Easy Installation with Wizard Menu.
https://dev.to/nabbisen/openbsd-on-cloudsigma—wizards-easy-installation-4k91

Obtaining Active-Passive ProxySQL on FreeBSD.
https://blog.pythian.com/obtaining-an-active-passive-proxysql-on-freebsd/

Stupid ZFS Tricks – Expanding RAIDZ.
https://medium.com/@MartinCracauer/stupid-zfs-tricks-expanding-zraid-79e716d41fad

SoloBSD 19.03-STABLE based on HardenedBSD 1200058.4 Available.
https://www.solobsd.org/index.php/2019/03/26/solobsd-19-03-stable/
https://github.com/HardenedBSD/hardenedBSD-stable/releases/tag/HardenedBSD-12-STABLE-v1200058.4

OpenBSD as Full Featured NAS.
https://www.vincentdelft.be/static/post/post_20190203/openbsd-as-nas.pdf

BSD Now 291 – Storage Changes Software.
https://www.bsdnow.tv/291

FreeNAS 11.2-U3 Available.
https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/library/freenas-11-2-u3/

Goal Services in SMF on Solaris 11.4.
http://blog.moellenkamp.org/archives/59-Goal-services-in-Solaris-11.4.html

FreeBSD Status Report 2018 Q4 is Available.
https://www.freebsd.org/news/status/report-2018-09-2018-12.html

Quake 1 and Quake 2 for … IBM AIX.
https://twitter.com/astr0baby/status/1112100008818548736
ftp://ftp.software.ibm.com/aix/freeSoftware/games/

How to Use NetBSD on Raspberry Pi.
https://opensource.com/article/19/3/netbsd-raspberry-pi

Using OpenBSD Router with AT&T U-Verse.
https://jcs.org/2019/03/21/uverse

How I Created My First FreeBSD Port.
https://aikchar.dev/blog/how-i-created-my-first-freebsd-port.html

Interim Support Guarantee for FreeBSD 12.
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-announce/2019-April/001872.html

Hardware

Pinebook – The $100 Laptop.
The $100 Laptop!

Life

How to Deliver Constructive Feedback in Difficult Situations.
https://medium.dave-bailey.com/the-essential-guide-to-difficult-conversations-41f736e63ccf

Other

Oracle Swings Axe on Cloud Infrastructure Corps Amid Possible Bloodbath at Big Red.
https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/03/25/oracle_headcount_cut/

IBM purged ‘grey hairs’ and ‘old heads’ as it launched ‘Millennial Corps’ – lawsuit.
https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/03/27/ibm-purged-gray-hairs-and-old-heads-as-it-launched-millennial-corps-lawsuit/

FreeCS is free reimplementation of Counter-Strike 1.5 game.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/freecs-1-5/files/
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=FreeCS-Open-Counter-Strike

Open Source Game Clones.
https://osgameclones.com/

EOF

Valuable News – 2019/03/04

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 implements parallel mounting for ZFS filesystem.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344569

FreeBSD imported OpenSSL 1.1.1b into base system.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344602

Almost PHP 7.2 Composer with OpenBSD 6.4.
https://dev.to/nabbisen/almost-php-72-composer-with-openbsd-64-100o

Google Summer of Code – FreeBSD – Foundation of the Internet.
https://summerofcode.withgoogle.com/organizations/6583387272249344/

Top 10 most popular Docker images each contain at least 30 vulnerabilities.
https://snyk.io/blog/top-ten-most-popular-docker-images-each-contain-at-least-30-vulnerabilities/

The pfSense 2.5.0 moving to FreeBSD 12.
https://forum.netgate.com/topic/140586/heads-up-snapshots-moving-to-pfsense-2-5-0-on-freebsd-12-expect-initial-instability

FreeNAS 11.2-U2.1 Available.
https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/library/freenas-11-2-u2-1/

BSD Now 287 – rc.d in NetBSD.
https://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/129591/rc-d-in-netbsd-bsd-now-287/

OPNsense 19.1.2 Released.
https://forum.opnsense.org/index.php?topic=11849.0

GhostBSD: Solid Linux Like Open Source Alternative.
https://www.linuxinsider.com/story/GhostBSD-A-Solid-Linux-Like-Open-Source-Alternative-85859.html

OmniOS Community Edition r151028q/r151026aq/r151022co Available.
https://omniosce.org/article/028q-026aq-022co

Solaris 11.4 – Filesystem Latencies with fsstat.
http://blog.moellenkamp.org/archives/36-Filesystem-latencies-with-fsstat..html

Solaris 11.4 – Latency Distribution with iostat.
http://blog.moellenkamp.org/archives/34-Latency-distribution-with-iostat.html

Building illumos-gate on AWS (2019 version).
https://ptribble.blogspot.com/2019/02/building-illumos-gate-on-aws-2019.html

NetBSD Foundation participating in Google Summer of Code 2019.
https://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/the_netbsd_foundation_participating_in

OpenZFS Leadership Meeting – 2019/02/26.
https://youtu.be/EXstK9ckcZQ

Some Facts about why OpenBSD Rocks.
https://why-openbsd.rocks/fact/

Rich sh (POSIX shell) Tricks.
http://www.etalabs.net/sh_tricks.html

Looking at NetBSD from OpenBSD user perspective.
https://www.tumfatig.net/20190301/looking-at-netbsd-from-an-openbsd-user-perspective/

DTrace %Y print format with nanoseconds on Solaris 11.4.SRU6.
https://milek.blogspot.com/2019/03/dtrace-y-print-format-with-nanoseconds.html?m=1

In Other BSDs for 2019/03/02. `
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/03/02/22593.html

Tribblix – minimal plus pkgsrc.
https://ptribble.blogspot.com/2018/07/tribblix-minimal-plus-pkgsrc.html

LLDB from trunk is running on NetBSD once again.
https://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/lldb_from_trunk_is_running

My FVWM BSD Desktop.
https://www.unitedbsd.com/d/35-my-fvwm-bsd-desktop

Hardware

Supermicro M11SDV-8C-LN4F with AMD EPYC 3251 8C/16T 50W Mini-ITX Review.
https://www.servethehome.com/supermicro-m11sdv-8c-ln4f-review-amd-epyc-3251-mitx-platform/

AMD Athlon 240GE/220GE Review – Retaking Low Ground.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/amd-athlon-220ge-240ge-vega-cpu,5988.html
https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2019/02/usb-3-2-is-going-to-make-the-current-usb-branding-even-worse/
USB 3.2 increases bullshit and confusion.
USB 3.0 5Gb/s devices are now USB 3.2 Gen 1.
USB 3.1 10Gb/s devices are now USB 3.2 Gen 2.
USB 3.2 20Gb/s devices will be USB 3.2 Gen 2×2.

Lenovo 595 Gram Portable Display – ThinkVision M14 USB-C Monitor.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14034/lenovo-unveils-thinkvision-m14-usbc-monitor-at-mwc-2019

Chuwi To Launch Core M Powered AeroBook.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14038/chuwi-to-launch-core-m-powered-aerobook-and-ubook-models

Supermicro A2SDi-8C+-HLN4F with Intel Atom C3758 Review.
https://www.servethehome.com/supermicro-a2sdi-8c_-hln4f-review/

No, ARM hasn’t lost to X86… not yet.
https://geektillithertz.com/wordpress/index.php/2019/02/27/no-arm-hasnt-lost-to-x86-not-yet/

AMD Celebrating 50 Years of Innovation.
https://www.amd.com/en/events/50th-anniversary

AMD Ryzen V1000 and EPYC 3000 at Embedded World 2019.
https://www.servethehome.com/amd-ryzen-v1000-and-epyc-3000-at-embedded-world-2019/

Life

Books I Recommend.
https://blog.jessfraz.com/post/books/

Senator Portantino Reintroduces SB 328 Landmark Bill on School Start Time.
https://sd25.senate.ca.gov/news/2019-02-19/senator-portantino-reintroduces-sb-328-landmark-bill-school-start-time

Top 10 Design Flaws in Human Body.
https://getpocket.com/explore/item/top-10-design-flaws-in-the-human-body

Other

We Need Chrome No More.
https://redalemeden.com/blog/2019/we-need-chrome-no-more

EOF

Valuable News – 2019/02/25

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

The Scanned versus Issued numbers for ZFS Scrubs (and Resilvers).
https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/solaris/ZFSScrubScannedVsIssued

The rclone is command line program to sync files and directories to and from many cloud services.
https://rclone.org/

Make ZFS Snapshots work with Samba as Windows Shadow Copies (VSS).
https://github.com/zfsonlinux/zfs-auto-snapshot/wiki/Samba

Dynamically linked binaries will be built as PIE on FreeBSD.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344179

Book of Secret Knowledge.
Collection of awesome lists/manuals/blogs/hacks/one liners/cli/web tools and more.
https://github.com/trimstray/the-book-of-secret-knowledge

FreeBSD ZFS AMIs Now Available.
http://www.daemonology.net/blog/2019-02-16-FreeBSD-ZFS-AMIs-now-available.html

OpenBSD Desktop Using Window Maker.
https://www.tumfatig.net/20190215/an-openbsd-desktop-using-windowmaker/

Wine Developers Release Hangover Alpha to Run Windows x86_64 Programs on 64-Bit ARM.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Hangover-0.4-Alpha-Released

Unix Architecture Diagrams – Modern FreeBSD.
https://dspinellis.github.io/unix-architecture/arch.pdf

Hacker News Discussion – Why don’t companies use FreeBSD as much in production as Linux?
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=12199394

Pinboard tags for various BSDs.
Social Bookmarking for Introverts.
https://pinboard.in/t:freebsd/
https://pinboard.in/t:openbsd/
https://pinboard.in/t:netbsd/
https://pinboard.in/t:dragonflybsd/
https://pinboard.in/t:bsd/

Bastille – Quickly Create and Manage FreeBSD Jails.
https://bastillebsd.org/
https://freshports.org/sysutils/bastille

FreeBSD Starter Kit.
https://github.com/BastilleBSD/starterkit

FreeBSD nsysctl Tutorial.
https://alfix.gitlab.io/bsd/2019/02/19/nsysctl-tutorial.html

OpenBSD and iSCSI Part 1 – Target (Server).
https://dataswamp.org/~solene/2019-02-21-iscsi-server.html

OpenBSD and iSCSI Part 2 – Initiator (Client).
https://dataswamp.org/~solene/2019-02-21-iscsi-client.html

New Bhyve on FreeBSD vCPU limit will be 254.
https://reviews.freebsd.org/D18815

FreeBSD adds kernel support for Intel userspace protection keys feature on Skylake Xeons.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344353

Looking at MySQL 8 with PostgreSQL Goggles On.
https://www.cybertec-postgresql.com/en/looking-at-mysql-8-with-postgresql-goggles-on/

FreeNAS 11.2-U2 Available.
https://www.ixsystems.com/blog/library/freenas-11-2-u2/

Free Algorithms book by Jeff Erickson.
http://jeffe.cs.illinois.edu/teaching/algorithms/#book

Mutatio is simple script to keep to date with OpenBSD updates and to download new snapshots.
https://github.com/joedicastro/mutatio

PXE Booting of FreeBSD Disk Image.
https://blog.cochard.me/2019/02/pxe-booting-of-freebsd-disk-image.html

XigmaNAS 11.2.0.4.6536 Available.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/xigmanas/files/XigmaNAS-11.2.0.4/11.2.0.4.6536/

XigmaNAS 12.0.0.4.6536 Beta Available.
https://sourceforge.net/projects/xigmanas/files/XigmaNAS-Beta/XigmaNAS-12.0.0.4.6536/

HAXM in pkgsrc.
HAXM is hardware-assisted virtualization engine (hypervisor).
https://mail-index.netbsd.org/netbsd-users/2019/02/13/msg022207.html
https://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/the_hardware_assisted_virtualization_challenge

FreeBSD Imports Linux debugfs Support.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344485

FreeBSD Find Out All Installed Hard Disk Information.
https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/freebsd-hard-disk-information/

In Other BSDs for 2019/02/23.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/02/23/22569.html

In Other BSDs for 2019/02/16.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/02/16/22529.html

Hardware

Western Digital RISC-V SweRV Core Design Released for Free.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13964/western-digitals-riscv-swerv-core-released-for-free

The Last POWER1 CPU on Mars is Dead.
https://www.talospace.com/2019/02/the-last-power1-on-mars-is-dead.html

Lasers vs. Microwaves – Billion Dollar Bet on the Future of Magnetic Storage.
Seagate and Western Digital are pursuing rival technologies to push limits of hard disks.
https://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/hardware/lasers-vs-microwaves-the-billiondollar-bet-on-the-future-of-magnetic-storage

AMD EPYC 3201 8-Core 30W Benchmarks Review and Milestone.
https://www.servethehome.com/amd-epyc-3201-8-core-benchmarks-review-and-milestone/

Samsung 983 ZET (Z-NAND) SSD Review.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13951/the-samsung-983-zet-znand-ssd-review/

History – SUN Modular Data Center also known as Project Blackbox.
https://gigazine.net/gsc_news/en/20061018_blackbox/
http://data-centers.in/portable-data-center/

First Intel 4.0 GHz – Pentium Gold G5620 at Retail.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13976/intels-first-40-ghz-pentium-pentium-gold-g5620-listed-at-retail

Journey to Next Gen ARM Neoverse N1 and E1 Cores.
https://www.servethehome.com/arm-neoverse-n-e-tech-day/

AMD Hiring 10 More People for Their Open Source Linux Driver Team.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=AMD-Hiring-10-More-Open-Source

Samsung Galaxy Fold – First Folding Smartphone.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13981/samsung-announces-the-galaxy-fold-the-first-folding-smartphone

Supermicro making push into high end gaming motherboards.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/supermicro-making-a-push-into-high-end-gaming-motherboards/

Intel believe that ARM Macs could come as soon as 2020.
https://appleinsider.com/articles/19/02/21/intel-officials-believe-that-arm-macs-could-come-as-soon-as-2020

Apple move to ARM based Macs creates uncertainty.
https://www.axios.com/apple-macbook-arm-chips-ea93c38a-d40a-4873-8de9-7727999c588c.html

Toshiba Collaborates with Showa Denko for MAMR 18 TB HDDs.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13991/toshiba-collaborates-with-showa-denko-for-mamr-hdds

Life

Why I hate the weekends…
http://www.cdahmedeh.net/blog/2017/4/15/why-i-hate-the-weekends

Study finds no evidence cough medicines work with 1/7 patients experiencing negative side effects.
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/health/cough-medicine-work-help-persistent-symptoms-weeks-asthma-a8531286.html

How We Lost Our Ability to Mend.
https://dieworkwear.com/post/182126040434/how-we-lost-our-ability-to-mend

Four day week trial – study finds lower stress but no cut in output.
https://www.theguardian.com/money/2019/feb/19/four-day-week-trial-study-finds-lower-stress-but-no-cut-in-output

Google says the builtin microphone it never told Nest users about was ‘never supposed to be a secret’.
https://www.businessinsider.com/nest-microphone-was-never-supposed-to-be-a-secret-2019-2?IR=T

How Jan and Martina Died.
https://www.occrp.org/en/unfinishedlives/how-jan-and-martina-died

Other

By Summer 2019 Firefox will Block by Default All Cross-Site Third-Party Trackers.
https://twitter.com/jensimmons/status/1098335173089873920

EOF

 

Valuable News – 2019/02/08

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

Hack DigitalOcean to Run OpenBSD with Native IPv6.
https://mitchriedstra.com/2018/11/openbsd-and-ipv6-on-digital-ocean.html

Haiku OS Ports More Networking Drivers From FreeBSD.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Haiku-More-FreeBSD-Network

Integration of LLVM Sanitizers with NetBSD Base System.
https://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/integration_of_the_llvm_sanitziers

Final Report on Clang/LLD State on NetBSD.
https://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/final_report_on_clang_lld

Dotfile Madness.
https://0x46.net/thoughts/2019/02/01/dotfile-madness/

Netflix Continues Experiencing Great Performance in Using FreeBSD for CDN.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=Netflix-FreeBSD-2019

Netflix and FreeBSD – Using Open Source to Deliver Streaming Video – FOSDEM 2019.
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/netflix_freebsd/attachments/slides/3103/export/events/attachments/netflix_freebsd/slides/3103/FOSDEM_2019_Netflix_and_FreeBSD.pdf

FreeNAS 11.2 Reviewed in DistroWatch Feature Story.
https://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20190204#freenas

FreeBSD in Audio Studio.
https://fosdem.org/2019/schedule/event/freebsd_in_audio_studio/

Work from HardenedBSD has made it back into FreeBSD.
https://twitter.com/ed_maste/status/1092604515075932166
https://reviews.freebsd.org/D18319

NomadBSD 1.2 Mini Review.
https://geekhack.org/index.php?topic=99246.0

OPNsense 19.1.1 Released.
https://opnsense.org/opnsense-19-1-1-released/

How to Install GNOME on FreeBSD.
https://www.techrepublic.com/article/how-to-install-gnome-on-freebsd/

HardenedBSD 1100056.13 Available.
https://hardenedbsd.org/article/op/2019-02-06/stable-release-hardenedbsd-stable-11-stable-v110005613

HardenedBSD 1200058.3 Available.
https://hardenedbsd.org/article/op/2019-02-06/stable-release-hardenedbsd-stable-12-stable-v12000583

The tailflix is replacement for tail -F that asks you if you are still watching.
https://github.com/walaura/tailflix

BSD Now 284 – FOSDEM 2019.
https://fireside.fm/s/FYhhasNR+YZcPrD44

How BSD/FreeBSD different from Linux?
https://www.geekboots.com/story/how-bsdfreebsd-different-from-linux

Restore FreeBSD from ZFS Snapshot.
https://hashbang0.com/2019/02/07/restore-freebsd-from-a-zfs-snapshot/

Setup mfsBSD for receiving ZFS snapshots on systems with low memory.
https://hashbang0.com/2019/02/07/setting-up-mfsbsd-for-receiving-zfs-snapshots-on-systems-with-low-memory/

LibreOffice 6.2 Released.
https://wiki.documentfoundation.org/ReleaseNotes/6.2
New Tabbed UI and Groupedbar Compact UI Available.

Preliminary Support for cloud-init is now available in vm-bhyve.
https://twitter.com/serveraptor/status/1093813549347102720
https://github.com/churchers/vm-bhyve/pull/291

In Other BSDs for 2019/02/02.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/02/02/22464.html

Hardware

What is Wrong with Raspberry Pi.
https://ownyourbits.com/2019/02/02/whats-wrong-with-the-raspberry-pi/

So Long, Itanium.
https://www.talospace.com/2019/02/so-long-itanium.html

PA-RISC was possible AmigaOS target.
http://www.amigareport.com/ar303/feature3.html

Seagate HAMR Hard Drives and 24 TB HDDs on Track in 2020.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13935/seagate-hdd-plans-2019

AMD Radeon VII Review – Unexpected Shot at the High End.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13923/the-amd-radeon-vii-review/

Life

Holocaust Paradox: Long Lives for Those Who Survived.
https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-01-28/holocaust-health-paradox-survivors-lived-longer

Let Children Get Bored Again.
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/02/opinion/sunday/children-bored.html

Other

Finding Lena the Patron Saint of JPEGs.
https://www.wired.com/story/finding-lena-the-patron-saint-of-jpegs/

Firefox 66 to block automatically playing audible video and audio.
https://hacks.mozilla.org/2019/02/firefox-66-to-block-automatically-playing-audible-video-and-audio/

EOF

Valuable News – 2018/12/14

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

For The Love Of UFS.
https://youtu.be/oqbc7ICylcw

Introspection of My Thoughts on GhostBSD 18.10.
https://youtu.be/ESAlQjEvEHo

Visual Defragmenter for the Commodore 64.
https://www.pagetable.com/?p=978

From Bedrooms to Billions.
http://www.frombedroomstobillions.com/about-the-film

From Bedrooms to Billions: Amiga Years.
https://vimeo.com/ondemand/amiga

10 of the Best Video Game Documentaries.
https://www.vintagewave.net/blog/2018/11/30/10-of-the-best-video-game-documentaries

I Told You So. Again!
OpenSSL is Written by Monkeys.
https://www.peereboom.us/assl/assl/html/openssl.html

In Other BSDs for 2018/12/08.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2018/12/08/22175.html

Portability of tar features.
https://dev.gentoo.org/~mgorny/articles/portability-of-tar-features.html

How Douglas Engelbart Invented the Future.
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/innovation/douglas-engelbart-invented-future-180967498/

More Cavium Thunder X2 Commits Landed in FreeBSD.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=341742
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=341743
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=341744

The tuxmachines.org Reviews GhostBSD 18.10.
http://www.tuxmachines.org/node/118061

Awesome UNIXยฎ.
Exploration of the world of UNIXยฎ including UNIX history and its relevance of today.
https://github.com/sirredbeard/Awesome-UNIX

FreeBSD 12 is Running Great On Dell PowerEdge R7425 EPYC Server.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=freebsd12-dual-epyc

OpenSSH – Configuration to Keep Connection Alive.
https://dev.to/nabbisen/openssh-configuration-to-keep-connection-alive-to-suppress-timeout-3pa6

OPNsense Security Device Build.
https://cormier.co/post/opnsense-security-device-build/

OpenBSD on Laptop.
https://www.c0ffee.net/blog/openbsd-on-a-laptop/

Borg Backup 1.1.8 Released.
https://github.com/borgbackup/borg/releases/tag/1.1.8

FreeBSD Graphics Blog – Getting Started With drm-kmod.
https://freebsddesktop.github.io/2018/12/08/drm-kmod-primer.html

All HaikuOS kernel memory is now W^X.
https://git.haiku-os.org/haiku/commit/?id=cb0977326dd79327ff3e342816e0dd118019b058

FreeBSD adds ACPI based NUMA support for arm64.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=341744

Installing MariaDB Server on OpenBSD.
https://dev.to/nabbisen/installing-mariadb-server-on-openbsd-5lm

OmniOS Community Edition r151{028f/026af/022cd}.
https://omniosce.org/article/release-028f-026af-022cd

FreeNAS 11.2 – Whats New?
https://youtu.be/uAbEFqnRJz0

Unprivileged Linux Users With UID Greater Then INT_MAX (2147483647) Can Execute Any Command.
https://thehackernews.com/2018/12/linux-user-privilege-policykit.html

OpenBSD on Microsoft Surface Go.
https://jcs.org/2018/08/31/surface_go

Sunny Valley Networks sponsored netmap(4) support for vtnet(4) to make it functional on FreeBSD.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base/stable/11/sys/dev/netmap/if_vtnet_netmap.h?revision=341478&view=markup

BSD Now 275 – OpenBSD in Stereo.
https://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/128321/openbsd-in-stereo-bsd-now-275/

Oracle VM VirtualBox 6.0 RC1 Available.
https://blogs.oracle.com/virtualization/oracle-vm-virtualbox-60-release-candidate-1-now-available

KDE4 and QT4 Deprecated in FreeBSD.
KDE4 will be removed at the end of this year (before 2019/01).
QT4 will be removed in the middle of 2019/03.
https://euroquis.nl/bobulate/?p=2007

Clang updated to 7.0 in FreeBSD 13-CURRENT.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=341825

PowerVM iSCSI Support.
https://www.ibm.com/developerworks/community/wikis/home?lang=en_us#!/wiki/Power%20Systems/page/iSCSI%20Support%20on%20PowerVM

Support for MacBookAir 7.1/7.2/8.1 added in FreeBSD.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=341820
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=341988

OPNsense 18.7.9 Available.
https://forum.opnsense.org/index.php?topic=10650.0

Why should I have written ZeroMQ in C not C++ (Part I).
http://250bpm.com/blog:4

BSD Now 276 – Ho Ho Ho – 12.0.
https://www.jupiterbroadcasting.com/128421/ho-ho-ho-12-0-bsd-now-276/

Hardware

ARMed Attack – Intel/AMD Do Not See Torpedo Headed Their Way.
https://seekingalpha.com/article/4227086-armed-attack-intel-amd-see-torpedo-headed-way

Gigabyte MZ31-AR0 Review Single Socket AMD EPYC Motherboard.
https://www.servethehome.com/gigabyte-mz31-ar0-review-a-single-socket-amd-epyc-motherboard/

Super Micro says review found no malicious chips in motherboards.
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-supermicro-chips/super-micro-says-review-found-no-malicious-chips-in-motherboards-idUSKBN1OA12R

Why I’m usually unnerved when modern SSDs die on us.
https://utcc.utoronto.ca/~cks/space/blog/tech/SSDDeathDisturbing

First Pictures of 10nm Intel Ice Lake Xeon Server Chips.
https://www.servethehome.com/first-pictures-of-intel-ice-lake-xeon-server-chips/

Intel Architecture Day 2018 – Future of Core/Intel GPUs/10nm/Hybrid x86.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13699/intel-architecture-day-2018-core-future-hybrid-x86

Life

Reason Many Ultrarich People Are Not Satisfied with Their Wealth.
https://www.theatlantic.com/family/archive/2018/12/rich-people-happy-money/577231/

Your Apps Know Where You Were Last Night and Theyโ€™re Not Keeping It Secret.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/12/10/business/location-data-privacy-apps.html

Golden Age of Rich People Not Paying Their Taxes.
https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/12/rich-people-are-getting-away-not-paying-their-taxes/577798/

Other

Qualcomm says native Firefox browser is coming to Windows on ARM.
https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/6/18129456/qualcomm-snapdragon-pc-firefox-web-browser-64-bit-native-mozilla

Browser Diversity Starts with Us.
https://www.zeldman.com/2018/12/07/browser-diversity-starts-with-us/

Firefox Dilemma.
https://blog.tawhidhannan.co.uk/tech-zoomed-out/industry/firefox-dilemma/

Firefox 64 Released.
https://hacks.mozilla.org/2018/12/firefox-64-released/

Midori Browser 7.x Available.
https://www.midori-browser.org/2018/11/30/lorem-ipsum/

Google transferred ownership of Duck.com domain to DuckDuckGo.
https://www.namepros.com/blog/confirmed-duck-com-transfers-to-duckduckgo.1113728/

50 CVEs in 50 Days – Fuzzing Adobe Reader.
https://research.checkpoint.com/50-adobe-cves-in-50-days/

Windows 10 is still telling Microsoft what you’re doing even if you don’t want it to.
Microsoft baffles Windows 10 users by apparently collecting data about recently opened websites and apps when users have opted against sharing that information.
https://www.zdnet.com/article/is-windows-10-still-telling-microsoft-what-youre-doing-even-if-you-dont-want-it-to/

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