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Valuable News – 2019/03/18

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

Proper VirtualBox Shared Folders support for FreeBSD guests.
https://github.com/hashicorp/vagrant/pull/10717

FreeBSD 12.0 ZFS AMIs Now Available.
http://www.daemonology.net/blog/2019-02-16-FreeBSD-ZFS-AMIs-now-available.html

Booting FreeBSD now more secure with loader capable of authenticating/verifying kernel integrity with UEFI metadata.
https://twitter.com/Semihalf/status/1105052630810853376
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344840

How tracking storage issue lead to software change.
NFS Ganesha fully ported to FreeBSD system.
https://news.gandi.net/en/2019/03/tracking-a-storage-issue-led-to-software-change/
https://www.freebsd.org/cgi/ports.cgi?query=nfs-ganesha

FreeBSD backported (MFC) their Address Space Randomization (ASR) implementation to 12-STABLE.
https://twitter.com/lattera/status/1105518473952849923
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=345067

BSD Now 289 – Microkernel Failure.
https://www.bsdnow.tv/289

ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6 with OpenBSD.
https://flak.tedunangst.com/post/t6x1c

FreeBSD’s powerdxx 0.4.1 Power Daemon Released.
https://github.com/lonkamikaze/powerdxx/releases/tag/0.4.1

FreeBSD – Unix I Always Wanted.
https://kissitconsulting.com/blog/post/freebsd-the-linux-i-always-wanted

In Other BSDs for 2019/03/16.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/03/16/22653.html

Falling in Love with OpenBSD Again.
Well, it’s been a while – falling in love with OpenBSD again

HardenedBSD Foundation 2019 Meeting Minutes.
https://hardenedbsd.org/article/shawn-webb/2019-03-16/hardenedbsd-foundation-2019-meeting-minutes

Moving Back to Lighttpd (from Nginx).
https://chargen.one/high5/moving-back-to-lighttpd

Hardware

Toshiba HDD Roadmap: SMR/MAMR/TDMR/HAMR Technologies.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14077/toshiba-hdd-roadmap-smr-mamr-tdmr-and-hamr

Gamer uses eight (8!) 3DFX Voodoo2 GPUs to play Half-Life game.
Actually four (4) Quantum3D Obsidian 2 200SBi cards – each card contains two (2) Voodoo2 chips.
https://www.overclock3d.net/news/software/retro_pc_gamer_uses_eight_3dfx_voodoo_2_gpus_to_play_half-life/1

ASRock DeskMini 310 Mini PC Review – Cost Effective Mini-STX Platform.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14089/asrock-deskmini-310-review

ASUS PRIME N4000T Launched.
https://www.fanlesstech.com/2019/03/asus-prime-n4000t-launched.html

Chinese Enthusiasts Make and Fit Modern Motherboards in Classic ThinkPads.
https://boingboing.net/2019/03/17/demand-signals-r-us.html

ThinkPad X210.
https://geoff.greer.fm/2019/03/04/thinkpad-x210/

Life

Future You Masturbation.
https://www.howitactuallyworks.com/archives/future_you_masturbation.html

What the Hell is Going On?
Effects of Information Abundance.
https://www.perell.com/blog/what-the-hell-is-going-on

Other

Firefox Send – Free File Transfers while Keeping your Personal Information Private.
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2019/03/12/introducing-firefox-send-providing-free-file-transfers-while-keeping-your-personal-information-private/

Look Back at the History of Firefox.
https://itsfoss.com/history-of-firefox/

Google quietly added DuckDuckGo as search engine option for Chrome.
https://techcrunch.com/2019/03/13/google-has-quietly-added-duckduckgo-as-a-search-engine-option-for-chrome-users-in-60-markets/

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Valuable News – 2019/03/11

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

Restic and Backblaze B2 for Backups.
https://harshadsharma.com/2018/04/restic-and-backblaze-b2-for-backups

Support for Marvell Armada 38x added to FreeBSD.
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-arm/2017-June/016314.html

Increasing coverage of signal semantics in regression tests on NetBSD.
https://blog.netbsd.org/tnf/entry/increasing_coverage_of_signal_semantics

Creating Zones from Images on Tribblix.
https://ptribble.blogspot.com/2018/06/tribblix-creating-zones-from-images.html

Solaris 11.4 – Periodic Scrubs of ZFS Filesystems.
http://blog.moellenkamp.org/archives/37-Periodic-scrubs-of-ZFS-filesystems.html

Spacewalk for Linux Management – Part 1 – Guide for Uninitiated.
https://medium.com/@glmdev/spacewalk-for-linux-management-2701ac34df4a

Spacewalk for Linux Management – Part 2 – Setting Up Spacewalk Channels.
https://medium.com/@glmdev/setting-up-spacewalk-channels-f1db33a4e2a

FreeBSD upgrades Clang/LLVM compiler to 8.0.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344779

ReactOS 0.4.11 Released.
https://www.reactos.org/project-news/reactos-0411-released

FreeBSD on ThinkPad X280.
https://adminblog.foucry.net/2019/03/05/FreeBSD-ThinkPad/#englishversion

FreeBSD implements minidump support for RISC-V.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344830

SMoTherSpectre: transient execution attacks through port contention.
More security attacks based on SMT (Hyper Threading)
https://nebelwelt.net/blog/20190306-SMoTherSpectre.html

SPOILER: Speculative Load Hazards Boost Rowhammer and Cache Attacks.
All Intel Core CPUs are vulnerable. AMD and ARM Chips are Secure.
https://arxiv.org/pdf/1903.00446.pdf

BSD Now 288 – Turing Complete Sed.
https://www.bsdnow.tv/288

In Other BSDs for 2019/03/09.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/03/09/22620.html

FreeBSD Journal 2019 January/February.
http://cdn.coverstand.com/33057/571964/0954264cc0879c4080609529d858340492e14096.2.pdf
https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/past-issues/getting-started-with-freebsd/

Writing a Book with Unix.
https://joecmarshall.com/posts/book-writing-environment/

FreeBSD adds separate aggregation limit for non-rotating media for ZFS.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344934

The mandoc 1.14.5 Released.
https://undeadly.org/cgi?action=article;sid=20190310175719

ZFS by Josh Bicking (@jibby0) about ZFS history/terminology/basics.
https://ritlug.com/talks/2019/03/07/w8-zfs/
blob:https://mozilla.github.io/ea5095f4-a7e1-461b-a496-f22893b4f95f

FreeBSD bhyve – Snapshot Save and Restore.
https://reviews.freebsd.org/D19495

FreeBSD ACPI fix for HP (and possibly ASUS/Toshiba/Dell/other laptops) that fixes suspend/resume/poweroff.
https://twitter.com/FreeBSDHelp/status/1104926425126068224
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=344982

Hardware

Thunderbolt 3 becomes USB 4 as Intel interconnect goes royalty-free.
https://www.osnews.com/story/129551/thunderbolt-3-becomes-usb4-as-intels-interconnect-goes-royalty-free/

USB4 Specification Announced – 40 Gbps – Type-C – Thunderbird 3 Support.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/14048/usb4-specification-40-gbps-type-c-tb3

Can Supermicro rule the gaming and desktop motherboard markets?
https://www.kitguru.net/tech-news/andrzej/can-supermicro-rule-the-gaming-and-desktop-motherboard-markets/

Supermicro M11SDV-4CT-LN4F Review Low-Cost AMD EPYC 3101.
https://www.servethehome.com/supermicro-m11sdv-4ct-ln4f-review-low-cost-amd-epyc-3101/

Life

Birmingham school stops LGBT lessons after parents protest.
https://www.theguardian.com/education/2019/mar/04/birmingham-school-stops-lgbt-lessons-after-parent-protests

How to speak like a leader, not like an engineer?
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=19349676

Other

CNCF Survey – Use of Cloud Native Technologies in Production Has Grown Over 200%.
https://www.cncf.io/blog/2018/08/29/cncf-survey-use-of-cloud-native-technologies-in-production-has-grown-over-200-percent/

Windows 10 Decrapifier – 1803/1809.
https://community.spiceworks.com/scripts/show/4378-windows-10-decrapifier-1803-1809

Windows 10 Decrapifier – 1709.
https://community.spiceworks.com/scripts/show/3977-windows-10-decrapifier-1709

Serious Chrome Zero Day – Google Says Update ‘Now’.
Serious Chrome zero-day – Google says update “right this minute”

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 – 2019/02/15

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

How to Secure FreeBSD (server minimal edition).
https://www.adminbyaccident.com/freebsd/how-to-secure-freebsd/

GCC 8/9 vs. LLVM 7/8 Compiler Performance on POWER9 Raptor Talos II.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=power9-gcc-clang&num=5

FreeBSD Foundation – Love what FreeBSD has done for your organization?
Send your testimonial to FreeBSD Foundation!
https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/about/testimonials/

SPARC and TOD Modules on Illumos.
https://ptribble.blogspot.com/2019/02/sparc-and-tod-modules-on-illumos.html

Customizing OpenBSD xenodm.
https://www.tumfatig.net/20190208/customizing-openbsd-xenodm/

Modern Data Lake with Minio.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1MhWE2C59L7A5Oyv6x_PL1JGltykWjS6s/view

Nord – arctic north-bluish color palette.
https://arcticicestudio.github.io/nord
https://github.com/arcticicestudio/nord

NetBSD Desktop Part 6 – vi Editor – tmux – Unicode ${TERM}.
https://www.unitedbsd.com/d/12-netbsd-desktop-pt-6-vi1-editor-tmux-and-unicode-term

Customized Resolution for OpenBSD in VirtualBox.
https://www.tumfatig.net/20190131/customized-resolution-for-openbsd-in-virtualbox/

The mblaze is Maildir focused command line mail client.
https://github.com/chneukirchen/mblaze

Sony Pictures releases OpenColorIO under BSD license.
http://opencolorio.org/

Tricks QNX Uses to Outperform Other Microkernels.
https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=9872640

LinuxQuestions.org 2018 Members Choice Awards – Winners from 2018 Year.
https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/2018-linuxquestions-org-members-choice-awards-128/?daysprune=-1

LinuxQuestions.org 2017 Members Choice Awards – Winners from 2017 Year.
https://www.linuxquestions.org/questions/2017-linuxquestions-org-members-choice-awards-126/?daysprune=-1

FreeBSD Implements ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization).
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=343964

HardenedBSD has ASLR while FreeBSD just got (only) ASR.
https://twitter.com/lattera/status/1094717146402377728

Handy AT&T UNIX Quick Guide from 1982.
https://twitter.com/mattblaze/status/1092222055754489856

Setup QEMU with HAX Acceleration on NetBSD.
http://polprog.net/blog/netbsd-hax/

OpenBSD imported OpenRsync (with pledge/unveil support) into its base system.
https://twitter.com/openbsd/status/1094750961107697664
https://undeadly.org/cgi?action=article;sid=20190211081518
https://cvsweb.openbsd.org/cgi-bin/cvsweb/src/usr.bin/rsync/
https://github.com/kristapsdz/openrsync/blob/master/README.md

FreeBSD on ARM64 on Scalable Cloud Platform.
https://community.scaleway.com/t/freebsd-on-arm64/6678

The gotop activity monitor inspired by gtop and vtop written in Go.
https://github.com/cjbassi/gotop

Thoughts on SPARC Support in Illumos.
https://ptribble.blogspot.com/2019/02/thoughts-on-sparc-support-in-illumos.html

OpenNebula 5.7.80 Beta Contextualization Packages for FreeBSD Guest.
“With this beta version, we are excited to announce initial support for the FreeBSD guests!”
https://opennebula.org/beta-contextualization-packages/

OmniOS Community Edition r151028o/r151026ao/r151022cm Available.
https://omniosce.org/article/028o-026a0-022cm

First Impressions of Project Trident 18.12 from DistroWatch.
https://distrowatch.com/weekly.php?issue=20190211#trident

First Draft of FreeBSD Mastery: Jails by Michael W. Lucas is complete.
https://mwl.io/archives/4048

IBM Looks at Adding Support for LLVM/Clang to AIX.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=news_item&px=IBM-Looking-At-AIX-LLVM-Clang
https://lists.llvm.org/pipermail/llvm-dev/2019-February/130175.html

Minio – Minimalist Object Storage Technology.
http://storagegaga.com/minio-the-minimalist-object-storage-technology/

Deploying Kubernetes on SmartOS.
https://youtu.be/rA0pcmqpRx4

The sysctlview GTK tool to explore FreeBSD sysctl-mib-tree is now committed to FreeBSD Ports.
https://freshports.org/deskutils/sysctlview/

KDE Plasma in FreeBSD Ports is updated to 5.15.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/ports?view=revision&revision=492811
https://www.kde.org/announcements/plasma-5.15.0.php

Arch Linux Easy ZFS (ALEZ) Installer – ZFS Boot Environments on Linux.
https://github.com/danboid/ALEZ

Middleton BIOS for ThinkPad X61/T61/R61/X300.
https://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/Middleton%27s_BIOS

Long Slow Death of Commercial Unix.
“Apple MacOS and iOS are both derived from FreeBSD – and that installed base isn’t going anywhere.”
https://www.networkworld.com/article/3339381/data-center/the-long-slow-death-of-unix.html

Proposal for new RPKI validator – OpenBSD rpki-client(1).
https://medium.com/@jobsnijders/a-proposal-for-a-new-rpki-validator-openbsd-rpki-client-1-15b74e7a3f65

The dm-pkg is simple script to use dmenu on FreeBSD to install package.
https://github.com/nicholasbernstein/dm-pkg/blob/master/dm-pkg
https://youtu.be/NBhFNLyu3TU

Red Hat Satellite chooses PostgreSQL instead MongoDB.
https://www.redhat.com/en/blog/red-hat-satellite-standardize-postgresql-backend

PostgreSQL 11.2/10.7/9.6.12/9.5.16/9.4.21 Released.
https://www.postgresql.org/about/news/1920/

FreeBSD User Tries Out NetBSD 8.0.
https://youtu.be/OxB70pg5Tsg

BSD Now 285 – BSD Strategy.
https://www.bsdnow.tv/285

USE Method – FreeBSD Performance Checklist.
http://www.brendangregg.com/USEmethod/use-freebsd.html

In Other BSDs for 2019/02/09
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/02/09/22487.html

Lazy Reading for 2019/02/10.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/02/10/22508.html

Hardware

Work on ARM – Issue 81.
https://www.worksonarm.com/blog/woa-issue-81/

Blackbird POWER9 Micro ATX Motherboard from Raptor.
https://www.raptorcs.com/content/BK1B01/intro.html

AMD Ryzen 5 2500X and Ryzen 3 2300X Review.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13945/the-amd-ryzen-5-2500x-and-ryzen-3-2300x-cpu-review/

FOSDEM 2019 – Pinebook Pro – PinePhone Dev Kits.
https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=7093&pid=44316#pid44316

PINE64 Community.
https://twitter.com/thepine64/status/1021864868893405185
https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=7158

Why More Organizations Will Move Toward Offline Tape Based Storage Strategy in 2019.
https://www.comparethecloud.net/articles/why-more-organisations-will-move-toward-an-offline-tape-based-storage-strategy-in-2019/

New Hardware from PINE64.
https://blog.hackster.io/new-hardware-from-pine64-a7c95e26684d

Life

Salary Negotiation – Make More Money – Be More Valued.
https://www.kalzumeus.com/2012/01/23/salary-negotiation/

People Who Struggle to Get Out of Bed Are More Intelligent.
People who went to bed after 11 P.M. and got up after 8 A.M. earned more money and enjoyed a happier lifestyle.
https://www.housebeautiful.com/lifestyle/news/a7911/people-struggle-to-get-out-of-bed-smarter/

Why Childhood Indoctrination Messes Up Kids.
https://youtu.be/WHunC3Z-ccE

I Cut the ‘Big Five’ Tech Giants From My Life. It Was Hell.
https://gizmodo.com/i-cut-the-big-five-tech-giants-from-my-life-it-was-hel-1831304194

Other

PKI for Busy People.
https://rehn.me/posts/pki-for-busy-people.html

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 – 2019/02/01

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 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 powerdxx 0.4.0 Released.
https://github.com/lonkamikaze/powerdxx/releases/tag/0.4.0

FreeBSD ZFS vs. TrueOS ZoF vs. DragonFly BSD HAMMER2 vs. ZFS on Linux Benchmarks.
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?page=article&item=bsd-initial-zof

Install FreeBSD 12.0 plus KDE Plasma and Basic Applications.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qq3H8pflU0

The sysctlview is GTK tool to explore FreeBSD sysctl-mib-tree.
https://gitlab.com/alfix/sysctlview

The Laarc.io is new Lobste.rs and Hacker News companion.
… and it runs FreeBSD too.
https://laarc.io/

Thunderbolt 3 on AMD motherboard using FreeBSD Bhyve PCIe passthru on Linux guest.
https://twitter.com/michael_yuji/status/1089769779961851904

Strategic thinking, or what I think what we need to do to keep FreeBSD relevant.
http://www.leidinger.net/blog/2019/01/27/strategic-thinking-or-what-i-think-what-we-need-to-do-to-keep-freebsd-relevant/

Installing FreeBSD with Dual-Boot on ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation.
https://market-ticker.org/post=234936

HardenedBSD 2018Q4 Quarterly Update.
https://github.com/HardenedBSD/freebsd-quarterly/blob/hardenedbsd/2018q4/2018q4/hardenedbsd.md

ClonOS to be Rolled Out.
ClonOS is web UI for controlling/deploying/managing FreeBSD Jails containers and Bhyve/Xen VMs.
https://hype.codes/clonos-be-rolled-out

Making OpenBSD Boot Logo with Spleen.
http://akpoff.com/archive/2019/making_an_openbsd_boot_logo_with_spleen.html

Setting the Boot Logo on ThinkPad.
http://akpoff.com/archive/2019/setting_the_boot_logo_on_a_thinkpad.html

FreeBSD Foundation Update – 2019/01.
https://www.freebsdfoundation.org/news-and-events/newsletter/freebsd-foundation-update-january-2019/

New ASLR code in review on FreeBSD.
https://reviews.freebsd.org/D5603

Credativ Group massively expands U.S. footprint with OmniTI acquisition.
https://omniti.com/remembers/2019/credativ-massively-expands-us-footprint.html

Alpine Linux moved back from LibreSSL to OpenSSL.
https://lists.alpinelinux.org/alpine-devel/6308.html

Avoiding Duplicate cron Jobs.
https://dan.langille.org/2019/01/13/avoiding-duplicate-cronjobs/

Upgrade Process Using GPT.
https://oshogbo.vexillium.org/blog/62/

BSD Now – Episode 283.
https://bsdnow.fireside.fm/283

Iocage 1.1 Release.
https://github.com/iocage/iocage/releases/tag/1.1

Bareos 18.2.5 Released.
https://www.bareos.com/files/press/english/bareos_18.2_final_en.pdf

OPNsense 19.1 Released.
https://forum.opnsense.org/index.php?topic=11398.0

FreeBSD CI Weekly Report 2019-01-27.
https://lists.freebsd.org/pipermail/freebsd-testing/2019-January/001777.html

OpenIndiana Monitoring with Icinga.
https://community.icinga.com/t/openindiana-monitoring/248

Reimplement BIO_ORDERED handling in nvd(4) on FreeBSD.
Sync write latency from ~2.0 ms to ~1.1 ms by not sleeping without reason till next HZ tick.
ZFS pool with 8 ZVOLs writing 4KB blocks shows ~950 IOPS instead of ~750 IOPS before.
https://svnweb.freebsd.org/base?view=revision&revision=343562

ZFS Feature Matrix.
https://zgrep.org/zfs.html

Setting Up Quick Minimal Jail on FreeBSD (ZFS).
https://markdownshare.com/view/981a46a3-8fba-4793-9b8f-b576760312bc

In Other BSDs for 2019/01/26.
https://www.dragonflydigest.com/2019/01/26/22439.html

Hardware

You can now get FreeBSD daemon on the WASD keyboards.
http://www.wasdkeyboards.com/index.php/products/keycap-mod-packs/os-cherry-mx-keycaps-set-of-2.html

OpenBSD Escape Key with Puffy for Cherry MX Keyboard.
https://www.etsy.com/listing/190868529/custom-esc-keycap-for-cherry-mx-swtich

New Pinebook Pro from PINE64.
More powerful but keyboard layout still sicks.
https://forum.pine64.org/showthread.php?tid=7093&pid=43850#pid43850
https://liliputing.com/2019/01/pinebook-pro-linux-laptop-coming-this-year-for-199-and-up.html
https://baldnerd.com/pine64-pinebook-pro-rk3399-laptop/

Intel to Discontinue Itanium 9700 ‘Kittson’ Processor – Last of the Itaniums.
https://www.anandtech.com/show/13924/intel-to-discontinue-itanium-9700-kittson-processor-the-last-itaniums

Life

Do they have work/life balance? Investigating potential employers with GitHub.
https://codewithoutrules.com/2019/01/31/does-company-have-worklife-balance/

EOF