[Ukfreebsd] Notes from yesterdays meeting in Cambridge

Jon Schneider jon at axismilton.ltd.uk
Fri Apr 1 11:17:13 BST 2016

Wow that's a lot of good stuff and I wish I had come now.

I already have http://agner.org/optimize/ in my bookmarks. There's some 
good stuff on that site.


On 01/04/2016 02:34, Sevan Janiyan wrote:
> The atlassian stack & the agile organisational cancer
> Working abroad & visa conditions
> Implications of solely supporting UTF-8
> Brendon Gregg's 2000x performance win
> http://dtrace.org/blogs/brendan/2011/12/08/2000x-performance-win/
> Private Libraries & keeping the POSIX namespace clean
> Switching to pkgng in pkgsrc (the devil's in the plumbing)
> Ruslan's adventures in FreeBSD,from writing soundcard drivers to porting
> to RISC-V with DTrace for arm64 inbetween
> "Does NetBSD support arm64?" - "Does NetBSD support 256TB of addressible
> space"
> RISC-V vs low-RISC - switch to generic components?
> Dealing with bugs in your CPU implementation
> Fujitsu SPARC vs Oracle SPARC - (no LDOM in Fujitsu but cheaper)
> PowerPC instructions - https://twitter.com/ppcinstructions
> Returning multiple values from a function in a C program
> rust support in pkgsrc
> Tinderbox & poudrierre (FreeBSD ports) vs pbulk (pkgsrc) - lack of
> parralelism is crippling
> Scanning a tree to index & the fastest way to do it per commit
> FreeBSD make fetch-index saves time
> svn commit hooks
> Portability of NetBSD
> "Support for a new board is always a week away"
> What's in OpenBSD 5.9 release
> ASLR on 32bit archs
> BSDCam
> Theo is coming to Cambridge
> http://agner.org/optimize/
> It takes 3 days to do a complete bulk build of the pkgsrc tree, on a
> bottom of the range Dell PowerEdge R-210 running FreeBSD/amd64
> Running a MIPS & ARM core both on a single FPGA
> Migration away from FreeBSD at Yandex or the lack of
> Yandex DNScrypt https://habrahabr.ru/company/yandex/blog/280380/
> Power8 for rent http://www.soyoustart.com/en/power8/
> Building vim + patches
> Init systems & POLA
> pcre and recent vulnerabilities
> the difficulty of attempting to measure the speed of a regular expression
> PIE on NetBSD with pkgsrc
> emacs doesn't play well with PIE in some cases
> Lisp enthusiasts & shiny symbolics workstations
> Symbolics - partly? responsible for the free software movement, first
> registered .com, developed http 1.1 (first implemented in CL-HTTP)
> Everything is painful in svn
> Debian packaging mess (patches aren't even kept under source control)
> Cheap 10Gbe switch - Allan's cheapo netgear switch?
> NetBSD Nick on IRC with nickname nick1
> Sennheiser hd25 vs Bayer HD-100 headphones
> Chainloading kernels on Power8 - boot from Linux kernel, kexec FreeBSD
> kernel
> Ditch that & use coreboot?
> Coreboot on chromebooks?
> Can mutt connect to microsoft exchange?
> Does outlook support IMAP
> Difficulties of running FreeBSD as a desktop vs the ease of OpenBSD -
> working X server out of the box?
> NetBSD in Japan
> OpenBSD drops it, Windows picks it up - Linux ABI support is coming to
> Windows
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