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[20081210] Wordle of my blog
OK, I haven't seen this before, and find it funny (click to enlarge):

What's that? According to the Wordle homepage, ``Wordle is a toy for generating "word clouds" from text that you provide. The clouds give greater prominence to words that appear more frequently in the source text.'' Just like the tag cloud of my blog... :-)

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[20080311] Beetlebum's pictures for the Chemnitz Linux Tag 2008
Oliver Herold wrote me that Johannes Kretzschmar, graphics artist and maker of beetlebum.de has made a series of pictures featuring Tux and the BSD Daemon for the past Chemnitz Linux Tag 2008. The images are available on F!XMBR for vieweing and also for download in high-resolution formats (Mirrors: my BSD daemon archive, Axel Gruner's site). The images are available under a Creative Commons license.

A few teasers:




Check F!XMBR for more!

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[20070801] Emulating OpenMoko on NetBSD using Qemu
OpenMoko is a mobile phone that was designed to run open source software (i.e. Linux :). There are some ideas to port NetBSD to that platform, but until there's hardware available, Noud de Brouwer pointed me at instructions on emulating the OpenMoko hardware in Qemu, using software available in pkgsrc-wip. Includes links to a number of screenshots, showing Qemu-Neo1973 running OpenMoko/Linux on NetBSD.

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[20070618] Remembering our old logo
BLDGLOG has an article that reminds me of our old logo... anyone got a bunch of daemons and a flag? :-)

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[20070508] Screenshots: Xen with HVM and Windows
In case you always wondered what NetBSD with Xen and hardware virtualization (HVM) looks like, check out these pictures showing installation of Windows XP and Windows 2003 on a system running a NetBSD 4.0_BETA2 Dom0 with Xen 3.0.4.

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[20061123] Digest: ssshfs, NAMP VMware image, Segvguard, BSDtalk and a daemonic bag
OK, I'm too lazy to put this into separate items, so here's the stuff from today in one digest:
  • There was some progress on puffs, the userland filesystem stemming from last year's Google SoC, some time ago. More example userland filesystems are now available with sysctlfs and ssshfs, see src/share/examples/puffs.

    Rumours say that ssshfs works pretty well, which is a final reason to ditch the (abandoned first cut of the) netbsd-4 branch and make a -current kernel to play with this. BTW, for those wondering what ssshfs is, see ssshfs.c:

     * simple sshfs
     * (silly sshfs?  stupid sshfs?  snappy sshfs?  sucky sshfs?  seven sshfs???)
     * (sante sshfs?  severed (dreams) sshfs?  saucy sshfs?  sauerkraut sshfs?) 

  • People complained that there's no ready-made VMware image with NetBSD available, and this has changed now. The #NetBSD blog points at a NAMP (NetBSD + Apache + MySQL + PostgreSQL + PHP) image that has quite a lot of software installed in 187MB size. See the arudius homepage for more information on NAMP.

  • Elad, chief security hacker of NetBSD's infrastructure has proposed to add PaX Segvguard as yet another building stone in NetBSD's security architecture:
         PaX Segvguard monitors the number of segfaults in a program
         per-user, in an attempt to detect on-going exploitation attempts
         and possibly prevent them.  One common attack PaX Segvguard can
         help mitigate is when an attacker tries to brute-force a function
         return address, when wanting to perform a return-to-lib attack.  

    See Elad's proposal for more details! Note that a start of the implementation is already in NetBSD-current, but that this is still work-in-progress.

  • BSDtalk did an interview with pkgsrc developer Johnny Lam (jlam@), it's available in mp3 and ogg.

  • Last, if you don't know what to wish for Xmas, there's something for the average BSD geek: a daemon-themed bag (which is probably not really authorized by the Daemon owner, but well).


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[20061115] Search-engine for pkgsrc in Firefox 2
The NetBSD.se team has a nice frontend to pkgsrc, and Viktor Homlund from the NetBSD.se team wrote me that there's a search-engine plugin for pkgsrc.se in Firefox 2 now available. Available are searches in comments, for maintainers and a general package search.

For those not sure what this is about: you probably know the Google search box in Firefox. This can replaced with other search engines in FF2, and there's your favourite cool aid now. See the upper right corner of this screenshot for how it looks, and what it returns.

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[20061113] NetBSD Live! CD 2007 available (Updated)
NetBSD doesn't have an official Live CD as part of the project, but there are several ones from 3rd parties. Jörg Braun from the german publisher "Computer und Literaturverlag" (C&L) has previously made a NetBSD Live! CD which was available via the C&L FreeX magazine. Jörg has now updated his Live CD to this millennium's state of NetBSD, and released the 2007 Edition of his NetBSD Live! CD. The CD is based on NetBSD 4.0_BETA/i386 and offers a full desktop environment by using a compressed filesystem, which includes KDE, Abiword, Dia, Inkscape, GIMP, Firefox, xmms and many more.

Please note that the CD was assembled the previous weekend, and that some newssites prematurely announced this. As a result, some people may have a file with the wrong checksum - the correct MD5 hash is "22a7496a2bb37910aeb312d053755a2a".

Thanks to Jörg Braun, Rosa Riebl all the folks at C&L for their longtime support of NetBSD, and also to Michael Schneider, Daniel Sieger, Martin Laubach and Florian Stöhr for their help in translating the German-language README file into english.

The CD is made available for everyone at no cost, please note that commercial distribution requires a license from C&L.

Available files include:

Enjoy!

Update: Chris from The Coding Studio let us know that he has a screenshot walkthrough of the Live CD's startup and operation. Show this to everyone who wonders what NetBSD looks like!

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[20060930] Buttons: NetBSD News Beat and my NetBSD blog
After updating the 'see also' section of the NetBSD Changes page today, I found that there's no nice "button" available for the NetBSD News Beat on www.onetbsd.org. While there, I also made one for my weblog, too. Here they are:

Enjoy!

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[20060828] The power of sudo(8)


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