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FreeBSD 12.2

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BSD
  • FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE Announcement

    The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE. This is the third release of the stable/12 branch.

  • October 2020

    27 October: FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE is now available. Please be sure to check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 12.2. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

Also: This summer in KDE-FreeBSD | [bobulate]

Bring old hardware back to life with OpenBSD

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BSD

OpenBSD is one of the main BSD distros. It is well-known because it is made with security in mind, with almost no security bugs in the default installation and a lot of cryptography tools available to users. Another cool feature, at least for me, is the fact that you can run it on a huge variety of hardware, from new computers to very old machines.

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Also new: FuguIta 6.8

ext4 (and FUSE) on FreeBSD

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BSD

FreeBSD has a FUSE kernel module (Filesystems in User Space, I think), which allows it to use other filesystems – in user space – than it would normally do. Today it saved my bacon.

I do a lot of development work on a FreeBSD machine, with Linux as the target platform: that’s what you get (punishment?) for writing Linux installers, I guess. I have a handful of development and test VMs, all in VirtualBox, all with a ZFS volume (a reserved chunk of disk) as virtual disk. This normally gives me a lot of freedom in what I do with my VM’s HDDs: I can manipulate them easily from the host system. For testing purposes, that’s usually either zeroing them out or putting some partition table on them beforehand.

For whatever reason, today VirtualBox was giving me no end of trouble: as I boot each Linux VM, it gets a ton of I/O errors reading the disk, then ends up wedged somewhere in what looks like Plymouth in the guest, and then VBox tells me there was an error and gives up on the VM. It’s not physical I/O errors, since I can read all the data from the ZFS volume with dd, but how can I reach the data?

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Linux vs. BSD: 10 Key Things You Need to Know

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Linux
BSD

Both Linux and BSD (Berkeley Software Distribution) are free, open-source, and based on Unix. Both systems also use many of the same applications and strive towards the same goal – developing the most stable and reliable operating system.

But, despite all the similarities, these are two distinct operating systems with plenty of differences. Keeping this in mind, we have put together a detailed read going over 10 key differences between Linux vs. BSD to give you a better understanding of the two systems.

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Audiocasts/Shows: Ubuntu Podcast, ZaReason Review and BSD Now

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GNU
Linux
BSD
  • Ubuntu Podcast S13E31 – Cheers with water

    This week we’ve been upgrading computers and Ebaying stuff. We discuss the Windows Calculator coming to Linux, Microsoft Edge browser coming to Linux, Ubuntu Community Council elections and LibreOffice office getting Yaru icons. We also round up our picks from the general tech news.

  • Review - The Verix 9100 Linux Laptop from ZaReason

    Time for another laptop review! This time I have the Verix 9100 in the studio sent over from ZaReason, an awesome local Linux laptop vendor that has some great hardware available.

  • BSD Now #373: Kyle Evans Interview

    We have an interview with Kyle Evans for you this week. We talk about his grep project, lua and flua in base, as well as bectl, being on the core team and a whole lot of other stuff.

FreeBSD Can Now Be Built From Linux/macOS Hosts, Transition To Git Continues

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BSD

The FreeBSD project has published their Q3-2020 report on the state of this leading BSD operating system.

Among the highlights they made during the third quarter include:

- The FreeBSD Foundation issued additional grants around WiFi and Linux KPI layer improvements, Linux application compatibility improvements with the Linuxulator, DRM/graphics driver updates, Zstd compression for OpenZFS, online RAID-Z expansion, and modernizing the LLDB target support for FreeBSD.

- FreeBSD Foundation staff members have been working to improve the build infrastructure, ARM64 support, migrating their development tree to Git, rewriting the UNIX domain socket locking, and run-time dynamic linker and kernel ELF loader improvements.

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Original/source:

  • FreeBSD Quarterly Status Report - Third Quarter 2020
    FreeBSD Project Quarterly Status Report - Third Quarter 2020
    Introduction
    
       This report covers FreeBSD related projects for the period between July
       and September, and is the third of four planned reports for 2020.
    
       This quarter brings a good mix of additions and changes to the FreeBSD
       Project and community, from a diverse number of teams and people
       covering everything from architectures, continuous integration,
       wireless networking and drivers, over drm, desktop and third-party
       project work, as well as several team reports, along with many other
       interesting subjects too numerous to mention.
    
       As the world is still affected by the epidemic, we hope that this
       report can also serve as a good reminder that there is good work that
       can be done by people working together, even if we're apart.
    
       We hope you'll be as interested in reading it, as we've been in making
       it. Daniel Ebdrup Jensen, on behalf of the quarterly team.
    

[Old] History of FreeBSD: Part 1: UNIX and BSD

Announcing NetBSD 9.1

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BSD

The NetBSD Project is pleased to announce NetBSD 9.1, the first update of the NetBSD 9 release branch. It represents a selected subset of fixes deemed important for security or stability reasons, as well as new features and enhancements.

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Also: NetBSD 9.1 Released With Parallelized Disk Encryption, Better ZFS, X11 Improvements

OpenBSD 6.8

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OS
BSD

This is a partial list of new features and systems included in OpenBSD 6.8. For a comprehensive list, see the changelog leading to 6.8.

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Also: OpenBSD Marks 25th Anniversary By Releasing OpenBSD 6.8 With POWER 64-Bit Support

FreeBSD 12.2-RC3 Now Available

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BSD

The third RC build of the 12.2-RELEASE release cycle is now available.

Installation images are available for:

o 12.2-RC3 amd64 GENERIC
o 12.2-RC3 i386 GENERIC
o 12.2-RC3 powerpc GENERIC
o 12.2-RC3 powerpc64 GENERIC64
o 12.2-RC3 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
o 12.2-RC3 sparc64 GENERIC
o 12.2-RC3 armv6 RPI-B
o 12.2-RC3 armv7 BANANAPI
o 12.2-RC3 armv7 CUBIEBOARD
o 12.2-RC3 armv7 CUBIEBOARD2
o 12.2-RC3 armv7 CUBOX-HUMMINGBOARD
o 12.2-RC3 armv7 RPI2
o 12.2-RC3 armv7 WANDBOARD
o 12.2-RC3 armv7 GENERICSD
o 12.2-RC3 aarch64 GENERIC
o 12.2-RC3 aarch64 RPI3
o 12.2-RC3 aarch64 PINE64
o 12.2-RC3 aarch64 PINE64-LTS

Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
to change the password for both users after gaining access to the
system.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

    https://download.freebsd.org/ftp/releases/ISO-IMAGES/12.2/

The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the "releng/12.2" branch.

A summary of changes since 12.2-RC2 includes:

o Report what console the boot loader is telling the kernel to use and
  allow toggling between them.

o Allow slow USB devices to be given more time to return their USB
  descriptors.

o Allow using zstd and encryption in the loader.

A list of changes since 12.1-RELEASE is available in the releng/12.2
release notes:

    https://www.freebsd.org/releases/12.2R/relnotes.html

Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
updated on an ongoing basis as the 12.2-RELEASE cycle progresses.

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LLVM 11.0.0 Release

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Development
BSD

I am pleased to announce that LLVM 11 is now finally available.

Get it here: https://releases.llvm.org/download.html#11.0.0

This release is the result of the LLVM community's efforts over the
past six months (up to 2e10b7a3 on trunk plus commits up to 176249bd
on the release/11.x branch).

One highlight is that the Flang Fortran frontend is now part of the release.

And as usual, there are many bug fixes, optimizations, new compiler
diagnostics, etc.

For details, see the release notes:

https://releases.llvm.org/11.0.0/docs/ReleaseNotes.html
https://releases.llvm.org/11.0.0/tools/clang/docs/ReleaseNotes.html
https://releases.llvm.org/11.0.0/tools/clang/tools/extra/docs/ReleaseNotes.html
https://releases.llvm.org/11.0.0/tools/flang/docs/ReleaseNotes.html
https://releases.llvm.org/11.0.0/tools/lld/docs/ReleaseNotes.html
https://releases.llvm.org/11.0.0/tools/polly/docs/ReleaseNotes.html
https://releases.llvm.org/11.0.0/projects/libcxx/docs/ReleaseNotes.html

The release would not be possible without the help of everyone who
reported, investigated and fixed bugs, pointed out patches that needed
merging, wrote release notes, etc. Thank you!

Special thanks to the release testers and packagers: Ahsan Saghir, Amy
Kwan, Andrew Kelley, Bernhard Rosenkraenzer, Brian Cain, Diana Picus,
Dimitry Andric, Florian Hahn, Martin Storjö, Michał Górny, Neil
Nelson, Nikita Popov, Rainer Orth, Shoaib Meenai, Sylvestre Ledru, and
Tobias Hieta!

For questions or comments about the release, please contact the
community on the mailing lists.

Onwards to LLVM 12! And take care.

Thanks,
Hans

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Also: LLVM 11.0 Finally Available With Flang Fortran Compiler, Continued C++20 Work

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WordPress 5.6 Second Beta and WordPress Survey

  • News – WordPress 5.6 Beta 2 – WordPress.org

    WordPress 5.6 beta 2 is now available for testing! This software is still in development, so we recommend that you run this version on a test site.

  • News – Take the 2020 WordPress Annual Survey (and view the 2019 results)! – WordPress.org

    For many years, WordPress enthusiasts have filled out an annual survey to share their experiences and feelings about WordPress. Interesting results from this survey have been shared in the annual State of the Word address and/or here on WordPress News. This survey helps those who build WordPress understand more about how the software is used, and by whom. The survey also helps leaders in the WordPress open source project learn more about our contributors’ experience. To ensure that your WordPress experience is represented in the 2020 survey results, Take the 2020 Annual Survey! (English) You can also take the survey in French, German, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish! The survey will be open for at least 6 weeks, and results will be posted on this blog. [...] The WordPress Professionals group consists of those who: work for a company that designs/develops websites; use WordPress to build websites and/or blogs for others; design or develop themes, plugins, or other custom tools for WordPress sites; or are a designer, developer, or other web professional working with WordPress. This WordPress Professionals group is further divided into WordPress Company Pros (those who work for a company that designs/develops websites) and WordPress Freelancers/Hobbyists (all other professional types) subgroups.

FreeBSD 12.2

  • FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE Announcement

    The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE. This is the third release of the stable/12 branch.

  • October 2020

    27 October: FreeBSD 12.2-RELEASE is now available. Please be sure to check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 12.2. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

Also: This summer in KDE-FreeBSD | [bobulate]

Games: Stadia, Graveyard Keeper and Wildermyth

  • Stadia Pro for November has Sniper Elite 4, Risk of Rain 2, Republique and new releases | GamingOnLinux

    Google has announced the latest set of Stadia Pro games, along with new titles about to release like Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice and Watch Dogs: Legion. PLUS news of Ubisoft+ coming to Stadia soon. What is Stadia? A quick primer for people not following: it's a game streaming service that uses Debian Linux under the hood along with the Vulkan graphics API. Playable on Linux in Chromium / Chrome browsers. You can either buy games, or subscribe to Stadia Pro to claim games each month (or do both).

  • Graveyard Keeper - Game Of Crone expansion is out now | GamingOnLinux

    Graveyard Keeper - Game Of Crone is an expansion to the medieval graveyard building and management sim that's like a morbid take on Stardew. This fresh expansion adds in another bunch of hours (6-12 they said approximately) to play through, along with a whole new story to follow where you help a bunch of escaped prisoners build up a camp. "You’ll have to help the escaped prisoners of the Inquisition survive in the wilderness by providing them with everything they need. To develop their camp to a fortified settlement while keeping in mind its benefits. To protect those who entrusted you with their lives, from the sword and fire. And also - to untangle the circumstances of the cruel game, which turned into the Great Blast and the return of the Ancient Curse."

  • Papercraft styled tactical-RPG 'Wildermyth' has a big new campaign out | GamingOnLinux

    Wildermyth is the character-driven, procedurally-generated tactical RPG with an art style resembling papercraft and it's brilliant. Now it's also bigger with a big campaign update out. In Wildermyth you play through various generated campaigns, each of which mixes things up like characters and events and so every play-through is different. You're supposed to see it as something resembling a classic tabletop RPG experience. Mixing together a party-based RPG with overworld exploration, random events and tactical turn-based combat there's a lot to love about it.

  • Godot Web export progress report #3

    Howdy Godotters! It's-a me! Fabio! It is time for an update on the Godot export for the Web. In the last few months, a lot has been going on regarding the Godot export for the Web. Most of the enhancements mentioned in the previous report have now been merged into the master branch, and backported to 3.2 (included in 3.2.4 beta 1). This sadly does not yet include the virtual keyboard support, since implementing it without impacting the experience on touchscreen-enabled devices that also have a physical keyboard has proven harder than expected. There is great news, though, on the other topic mentioned in that report, which is... GDNative support on HTML5 exports! Additionally, a new prototype version of the Godot Web Editor is now available for you to try out.

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