Feb 10, 2015

Call to Action: Plan an #InstallFreeBSD Event

The Call to Action

Hello.

This is a call for individuals to organize #installFreeBSD events in their locales. The purpose of these events is to increase awareness of our favorite operating system because it's worth knowing about and using the best damn operating system in the world.

The events should be planned ahead of time and open to the public to maximize the impact of sharing FreeBSD with the wider world. It would be great to use a shared agenda that will allow each event to engage its participants in an intentional but leave room for flexibility.

These events should take place the week of Monday, March 30. It's several weeks away, which allows plenty of time to collaborate on putting these together.

Why #InstallFreeBSD?

The idea isn't new; we've all heard about the fun that goes on at Linux parties. But the same curiosity and fervor for learning and playing together is inherent to hackers of all stripes, and FreeBSD is no exception. So why not showcase another valuable tool and give the curious some firsthand experience?

My own investment in FreeBSD began with FreeBSD 4.5. It ran on a Toshiba Satellite 4015CDT, a Pentium II system with 64 MiB RAM, and served files across the network and allowed me to tinker. Later, I ran FreeBSD 5.1 through 7.2 on an IBM PC 365 with dual, overclocked 1 MiB Pentium Pro chips for the same reason. Needless to say, it wailed. (I wonder if how it would run FreeBSD 10.1, and it's still in storage—but I digress…

Feb 3, 2015

Game Review: Voltron: Defender of the Universe (1985)

After searching for years, I finally found a downloadable copy of Voltron: Defenders of the Universe for Commodore 64. It's not the most entertaining or most polished but, for a child of the Eighties and a retro-gamer, this poorly-marketed game was quite a find.

Jan 5, 2014

Propose for LINUX kernel and PERL

To Dear PERL and LINUX kernel development community:

My propose to you at your list: is possible to write operate system in PERL? I am student in university, looked for interest project to conclude my study on LINUX kernel.

This semester, I take beginner PERL course and learn power of procedural language. I automate many daily task with use of it. Very impressive ability to make many thing work, interpret or can compile also.

Also about LINUX, I talk to much fellow students and professors, and take a operate system course use FreeBSD and LINUX. FreeBSD okay, but they say LINUX kernel is too big and bloat, run poor with too many developer. And too much quick decision from leader with ego is too big and bloat too, kekeke.

LINUX kernel can perform more good if written in not C and C++ but Perl? Just certain portion of LINUX kernel to rewrite? For instant, schedule or support of multithread? If so, should use Perl5 or Perl6, focus to x86 or x86-64? Can you want to join me this my project? But to hear your expertise.

Am excited to learn and begin study project. Can you want to join this my project? Please direct reply of email to myself.

Much thank to you,

Dec 23, 2013

Richard M. Stallman: Why We Should “Say LiGNUx”

Dear fellow Linux kernel hackers:

It has come to my attention that Richard M. Stallman, founder of the Free Software Foundation and creator of the GNU project, has once again set out to fragment our grassroots community.

Jul 4, 2013

Why I Abandoned OpenBSD and Why You Should Too…

Dear OpenBSD developers and users:

Regretfully, I have decided to abandon OpenBSD and thought I would share my reasoning with this list. I thought the 4th of July was a good date to do so since my reasons address national security implications. As a group of people who take development, security, and privacy seriously, I know you will want to know why I made the drastic decision to abandon OpenBSD and never look back.

Jul 1, 2013

OpenBSD Doesn't Support 64-Bit Intel

Hi guys.

I’m a civil engineer by day and use OpenBSD at night, but I’m trying to do high-end CAD on my home PC and OpenBSD doesn’t support 64-bit Intel chips.

Don't believe me? It says so very clearly at the OpenBSD/amd64 page: “All versions of the AMD Athlon 64 processors and their clones are supported.” But does not mention or list any Intel chips. Not one.

Wtf? I can do CAD on my i7-980X under Windows 7 SP 1, but I’d rather use something secure and responsibly coded like OpenBSD. Except that I can't.

Why for the life of this platform are we not on the only future direction for the platform? And I mean that literally. Neither AMD nor Intel sells 32-bit chips anymore. If OpenBSD remains stuck at 32 bits, people will stop using and developing for it.

Who makes the decision to keep OpenBSD off of 64-bit Intel? And why the hell are they doing so?

-jash

Feb 23, 2013

Eric S. Raymond Unsubscribes from LKML

Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 06:01:04 -0500
Subject: Re: [GIT PULL] Load keys from signed PE binaries
From: <esr@thyrsus.com>
To: <majordomo@vger.kernel.org>, <linus@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>

Well then...

unsubscribe linux-kernel

On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 8:58 AM, Linus Torvalds <linus@linux-foundation.org> wrote:

> Guys, this is not a dick-sucking contest.

Dec 13, 2012

A Brief History of the Berkeley Software Distributions

It seems that there's some confusion around the Berkeley Software Distributions and where they came from. It's a bit difficult to keep track amidst all of the infighting and forking caused by various personal, political, and legal issues. I've covered the BSD family quite a bit, but never its history. I'll do so now so that we can all get on the same page.

The history of the Berkeley Software Distributions all starts with 386BSD…