Bootstrap pkgsrc under 'bash on Windows'
Much bruha was made about
Windows running Linux userland recently.
Leaving out the fact that emulating other operating systems
is something that NetBSD does for ages, there is one
real challenge that every Linux user faces when he has set up
his operating system: getting software installed easily.
And of course there is only one truely portable answer to
that question: use pkgsrc, of course!
The process is pretty much straight forward,
and Ryo ONODERA has verified the prerequired
Windows versions and Linux packages, and has sent
instructions on how to bootstrap pkgsrc on Windows 10.
Now who's the first one to post a screenshot with
output of pkgsrc/misc/cowsay running "cowsay hello pkgsrc"? :-)
[Tags: bash, linux, microsoft, windows]
OpenHUB's NetBSD Project Statistics
This flew by on Twitter
(thanks ajcc @6LR61!), and I think it's neat
so I point to it here:
BlackDuck's OpenHUB has a number of NetBSD project statistics,
Statis include activity and vulnerability reports,
languages, lines-of-code statistics (with comment and blank lines),
30 day and 12 month activity reports with commit and contributor
numbers, number of contributers per month since 1993 and more.
In a nutshell, NetBSD consists of 5902 years of effort.
Have a look!
NetBSD and Google's Summer of Code 2016: Projects announced
This year, NetBSD is part of Google's
Summer of Code again, and
the students that will work on NetBSD projects
and what their project proposals this year are
Have a look at the links to learn more about the
students and the projects. To all the students - welcome to
Two more NetBSD Security Advisories: compatibility layers, Bozohttpd
Two more security advisories have been released:
[Tags: bozohttpd, compat, Security]
NetBSD Security Advisories: ntp, libXfont, calendar
NetBSD has released a number of security advisories:
See the advisories for more information on
NetBSD releases that are and are not affected,
the severity of the vulnerability as well as the date
by which which NetBSD release branch was fixed.
- 2016-001: Multiple vulnerabilities in ntp daemon
- 2016-002: BDF file parsing issues in libXfont
- 2016-003: Privilege escalation in calendar(1)
The advisories also contain an abstract of the problem
as well as in-depth technicals with solutions and
workarounds. Go and have a look!
[Tags: calendar, ntp, Security]
Article: The Complexity of Doing Things Right in Distributed Board Elections
David Maxwell has volunteered to guide the election process
of the NetBSD Foundation's Board of Directors for the upcoming election.
this article on LinkedIn
David writes about the challenges of voting in a distributed project,
and how they are adressed in the early stages of the
``A secure voting process shares a lot in common with cryptography. The creators have to understand the inputs, the quality of the randomness supplied, and the transformations applied to the data. The designer also needs to understand the properties which are meant to be guaranteed by the process, such as transparency and individual confirmation of the entire process in this case.''
for more information.
[Tags: board, linkedin]
Using GPIO on the Raspberry Pi
asked on port-arm
how to get GPIO ports going with NetBSD on the Raspberry Pi,
has collected the answers and
the link to the document
to the list.
In short, the key is to enable GPIO ports during boot
when the system has not raised the securelevel yet.
[Tags: gpio, raspberrypi]
NetBSD on Google's Compute Engine (Update #1)
posted to Twitter
got NetBSD going on
Google Compute Engine.
Similar to Amazon's AWS, Google Compute Engine, according to
``lets you create and run virtual machines on Google infrastructure. Compute Engine offers scale, performance, and value that allows you to easily launch large compute clusters on Google's infrastructure. There are no upfront investments and you can run thousands of virtual CPUs on a system that has been designed to be fast, and to offer strong consistency of performance.''
For more information, see
Update: Twitter link fixed
[Tags: aws, dmesg, google, googlecomputeengine]
NetBSD on KVM
KVM is one of many hypervisors that can run NetBSD.
In the past the combination did have some issues, but
this was fixed after the NetBSD 7 release now, and
NetBSD works on KVM. See
Emile 'iMil' Heitor's blog posting
about more details on the fix and how to start things.
[Tags: kvm, virtualization]
Hosted NetBSD (and others) from Serveraptor
Quoting shamelessly from their homepage,
``Serveraptor lets you create VM and install Operating Systems which are hard to find in other providers' offers. You can choose from all active BSD systems, Minix and some niche distributions of GNU/Linux. ''
Packages range from
Compsognathus and Deinonychus over
Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus
up to the Diplodocus, the latter of which comes with 8GB of RAM,
4 CPU cores and 80 GB disk storage. There should be something for everyone!
Check it out: www.serveraptor.com
(no dinosaurs were harmed in the making of this blog post!)
[Tags: hosting, serveraptor]