The MirBSD Korn Shell must-have bugfix releases R42b (for the current formal release series) and R41c (for the last bugfix-only stable series) have been issued. Debian testing/unstable users get the fixes through their package management, versioned 40.9.20120630-7 targetting wheezy (hopefully). Debian experimental users will receive a 42b-1 upload, closer to what other distro packages provide, soonish, targetting jessie.
There is one week left to submit your talk proposals for the BSD devroom at FOSDEM 2013. We still have quite a few slots open, so do not be shy! See the original announcement below:
FOSDEM 2013 will take place on February 2-3, 2013, in Brussels, Belgium. Just like in the last years, there will be both a BSD booth and a developer's room (on Sunday).
The topics of the devroom include all BSD operating systems. Every talk is welcome, from internal hacker discussion to real-world examples and presentations about new and shiny features. The talks will be 45 minutes including discussion. Feel free to ask if you want to have a longer or shorter slot.
If you want to do a talk, please submit your proposal to
bsiegert at google.com
and include the following information:
- Your name
- The title of your talk (please be descriptive, as titles will be listed with ~400 from other projects)
- A short abstract of one to two paragraphs
- A short biography introducing yourself
- Links to related websites/blogs etc.
The deadline for submissions is December 17, 2012. The talk committee, consisting of Daniel Seuffert, Marius Nünnerich and Benny Siegert, will consider the proposals. If yours has been accepted, you will be informed by e-mail within one week of the submission deadline.
The MirBSD Korn Shell R41 has finally been released. This is a major “everything” version with important fixes as well as new features and behavioural changes. Sorry for the delay.
See also the:
Packages for pkgsrc-2012Q2 are now available on ftp.NetBSD.org. They have been built for MirBSD-current on i386. This time, there is notably a much larger selection of software for X11, due to a successful build of gtk+2. All in all, there are about 6300 packages available.
I (bsiegert@) have been interviewed by OSWorld, a Polish news site about open source software. The interview took place at FOSDEM 2012. I talk about the project, about the community and about some of the great things when using open source. Check out the video.
Read the original article (in Polish) over at OSWorld. Thanks guys!
(Update: Corrected the HTML. Again.
While wtf(1) always has been a bit central to MirBSD, and the acronym database
has been accessible by CVSweb,
what we never had was a DAU compatible (and shellsnippets
compatible) lookup. This has now changed: the above link to
the acronyms file is a persistent link to its latest version
(well, latest when the website was last recompiled), tooltips
may very well follow soon, and we’ve got an online WTF lookup service.
Contributions to the acronym database are welcome, of course; just eMail them to tg＠mirbsd．org.
Not to stop there, our online
HTML manpage search is also new, shiny, and should replace
the “!mbsdman” DuckDuckGo hash-bang shortly. (Both of
these services offer a DDG search as fallback. Note that DDG is
an external service included herein by linking, under their
request to spread it, and not affiliated with The MirOS Project.
They do, however, donate some advertising money to Debian.)
For all those who didn’t know: only manpages for software in the MirOS BSD base system and for the MirPorts Framework package tools are listed, not for third-party applications installable using ports or, recently, pkgsrc®. Still, if you want to have a peek at a modern classic BSD’s documentation, you’re welcome. (Not to mention content like re_format(7) and style(9) and that some of our documentation is much more legible than others.)
And because writing all that perl(1) made me ill, not to mention I don’t even know that language, I’ve hacked a bit more in the mirmake(1) and mksh(1) parts of the MirWebsite, finally implementing pointing out where in the navigation sidebar the visitor currently is.
We also have exciting mksh porting news involving RT trying a larger number of ancient platforms than I dare count, me fixing bugs in Linux klibc and diving into other things, learning more about why I consider me lucky for hacking a BSD operating system… sorry, I want to keep this short as it’s mostly an announcement.
The MirWebsite source code is, of course, also available. Improvements welcome. Except for these three CGIs, our website is fully statically precompiled, and that’s a good thing. Please help in making the CGIs secure.
The current “state of the art” in MirBSD land was just uploaded. This snapshot carries a new patchlevel to show that things happened, such as a bootloader fix for systems with more than one hard disc; but be aware we’re not yet finished with all we think must be done. – The entropyKey software stack has been updated, by the way, and tg@’s shiny new second stick was inaugurated during this build, so it contains Moarrr Entropy™ in addition to e.g. the mksh(1) fix noted on the mailing list.
The MirOS infrastructure servers will be upgraded to patchlevel 10uB0 shortly.
What’s going on in MirOS Project land? Other than all developers being buried in dayjob work, of course… (sorry for that, guys; even tg@ has now succumbed to an ever-growing backlog but will be back, some time)
tg@ uploaded a new MirBSD-current/i386 snapshot (20111228) plus a full set of HTML manpages for all architectures (so they all are in the new amber style), and redid the usual combined i386+sparc cdrom10.iso Midi-ISO as well as the netboot.me kit. Older binary packages may no longer be supported: the old libgcc_s DLL is no longer provided in fixes10.ngz, and it may be time to reduce the amount of packages in MirPorts to concentrate on those worth the effort and receiving enough care.
Thanks to bsiegert@’s amazing work, the pkgsrc® kit of anno 2007 could finally be deleted. The page about pkgsrc® on MirOS describes instructions to use instead. At some point, we may release a binary bootstrap kit along with the snapshots as set ready for pickup by the installer.
No MirGRML based on the latest Grml 2011.12 release will be made. We’ll be investigating a possible solution for a flavour of the popular GNU/Linux OS to accompany full Triforce Live CDs in the future (for now, we’ll keep the old MirGRML 2009.10 on them).
We hope to be able to return to investing more spare (heh…) time into development some time. For now, we apologise for the slowed down development and reaction even in important subprojects such as mksh. Occasionally, they do have updates, e.g. the latest Jupp/Win32 release, or fixes in CVS.
This is a very late announcement. Binary packages for pkgsrc-2011Q3 are now available on ftp://ftp.netbsd.org/pub/pkgsrc/packages/MirBSD/i386/10uAE_2011Q3/. The repository contains 5330 packages built on MirOS-current. Any MirOS BSD version from 2011 should work.
The packages are self-contained in /usr/pkg: The VARBASE has been set to /usr/pkg/var, and the package database is in /usr/pkg/db. This matches the MirPorts defaults and facilitates using pkgsrc and MirPorts side by side.
In this quarterly release, the new default for MirBSD is to use “modular” X11, i.e. install Xorg libraries and programs as packages instead of using the system X libs. This improves the compatibility with many newer programs, which expect for example that the X libraries have pkg-config files. This should not change anything for the user, however.
This is both a release announcement for the next installment of The MirBSD Korn Shell, mksh R40b, and a follow-up to Sune’s article about small tools of various degrees of usefulness.
I hope I don’t need to say too much about the first part; mksh(1) is packaged in a gazillion of operating environments (dear Planet readers, that of course includes Debian, which occasionally gets a development snapshot; I’ll wait uploading R40c until that two month fixed gcc bug will finally find its way into the packages for armel and armhf). Ah, we’re getting Arch Linux (after years) to include mksh now. (Probably because they couldn’t stand the teasing that Arch Hurd included it one day after having been told about its existence, wondering why it built without needing patches on Hurd…) MSYS is a supposedly supported target now, people are working on WinAPI and DJGPP in their spare time, and Cygwin and Debian packagers have deprecated pdksh in favour of mksh (thanks!). So, everything looking well on that front.
I’ve started a collection of shell snippets some time ago, where most of “those small things” of mine ends up. Even stuff I write at work – we’re an Open Source company and can generally publish under (currently) AGPLv3 or (if extending existing code) that code’s licence. I chose git as SCM in that FusionForge instance so that people would hopefully use it and contribute to it without fear, as it’s hosted on my current money source’s servers. (Can just clone it.) Feel free to register and ask for membership, to extend it (only if your shell-fu is up to the task, KNOPPIX-style scripts would be a bad style(9) example as the primary goal of the project is to give good examples to people who learn shell coding by looking at other peoples’ code).
Maybe you like my editor, too? At OpenRheinRuhr, the Atari people sure liked it as it uses WordStar® like key combinations, standardised across a lot of platforms and vendors (DR DOS Editor, Turbo Pascal, Borland C++ for Windows, …)
ObPromise: a posting to raise the level of ferrophility on the Planet aggregators this wlog reaches (got pix)
Our MirBSD online manual pages and other assorted BSD documentation (except of course the merely copied ncurses, lynx etc. documentation and the texinfo generated HTML pages) has just gained a major facelift. They look alike in lynx(1) – best web browser ever – and less(1)/man(1) now, and remind of a DEC VT420 on a CSS capable Buntbrause.
Thanks to our contributor XTaran for aid with the colour scheme!
Since these are generated from catmanpages, heuristics are used for things like where should bold/underline begin/end (since nroff(1) is not always the brightest… but working on that), and hyperlinks can only be generated for other manpage references (whose targets may or may not exist, for example if they aren’t part of MirOS base/XFree86®). But on the other hand, Valid XHTML/1.1 and CSS speaks for itself ☻☺
Zoltan Arpadffy has let us know that he has set up a MirBSD
installation at polarhome
in Stockholm, to aid its “purpose [to] serve the healthy part
of the already, rather badly MS infected Universe - and MirOS
is definetevly on that part”. He wrote that “MirBSD is a very
nice easy to use BSD system”, thanking us with “gratitude and
respect for developing a such a nice OS”. He also sent a list
of things he ran into while installing (although we can guess
some of them are related to using VirtualBox, which is not at
all supported, as base) so we can fix them, and offered help,
e.g. in adding ports of software they use.
Well, Zoltan, you’re definitively welcome ☺
polarhome.com is non commercial, educational effort for popularization of shell enabled operating systems and Internet services, offering shell accounts, mail and other online services on all available systems (currently on Linux, OpenVMS, Solaris, OpenIndiana, AIX, QNX, IRIX, HP-UX, Tru64, SCO OpenUnix, UnixWare, FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD, DragonFly BSD, MirBSD, Ultrix and OPENSTEP).
Well guys, talk to us – we know we have one to several hundred users world-wide but don’t really get a lot of feedback (so we assume you like it).