New stuff coming soon

New stuff coming soon

There hasn’t been much new on the website lately. Only seven articles in three months.
That is pretty low. But have no fear. I’ve been working on many things, most of which
I’ve been unable to discuss for security reasons. But I have managed to type up a few
notes on some of the new projects I’ve been working on.


The biggest news is that FreshPorts is ready for a facelift.
New features will include the ability to add a port to your watch list with a single click and
uploading your pkg_info to create your watch list. The website is in the final stages of
beta testing and should be going live this month.

New Ports

A small group of us have been working on some new ports. Based on the initial testing, we’re sure
you will find these very useful.

  • net/newbiebot – this port contains a bot which sits in the IRC channel and intercepts and
    answers newbie questions. We’ve been extracting newbie questions from various IRC channels over the
    past 6 months. The questions, and answers have been put into a small database which the bot uses.
  • net/lagrid – When you’re on IRC, lag can be a real bummer. This port installs a daemon which sits
    on your FreeBSD box and constantly monitors the lag times between your IRC client and various IRC servers.
    If the lag becomes too high, it can automagically switch you to a better server. All of this is done
    transparently. You don’t even notice the change.
  • sysutils/lart – This port is aimed at the sysadmin and contains a collection of useful tools
    for dealing with errant and idiotic users. Sponsored by BOFH.
  • misc/likelinux – It’s annoying when Linux people ask for something “… you know, like in Linux”. Unfortunately,
    Linux often uses terms and expressions which are Linux-specific. likelinux is a translater which
    converts Linux phrases to plain English. For example, echo "masq" | likelinux outputs NAT.
    There is an optional utility which replaces vi with vim, adds color to the ls command, and installs bash
    as the default shell.
  • net/nextrelease – keeps track of the number of seconds until the next FreeBSD release. It carefully
    monitors the cvs-all mailing list to compare real versus actual results. The resulting estimate has proven
    to be much more accurate than any other source.

You can get these ports from an FTP server near you.

Rumours and gossip

I was in the Bay Area last month, and was fortunate enough to be invited to lunch with a few people
whose names you would recognize but whom I cannot name. There are big moves afoot to purchase a well
known organization by what some would call their arch rival. The offshoot of this will be a radical
license change which will annoy many license zealots but which will greatly please most software developers.
Watch this space for new information on this BSPL license.

4 thoughts on “New stuff coming soon”

  1. Just wanted to remind some trigger-happy users that the amount of seconds since Epoch marks April 1st.
    As for the newbie port, AI is very hard to implement in an environment where Intelligence is sparse. 🙂

  2. Iain Patterson

    This was a good post. A lot more subtle than, say, freshmeat’s joke.

    likelinux sounds like a good port though. Three jobs you don’t have to do yourself…

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