I like my GNU/Linux distros to be boring and uneventful. Specifically: Releases that happen at 2 - 5 year intervals and where package version numbers are frozen in time on release. This lets me work on the things I want to work on and not spending my time on fixing the distro. Can't remember where I heard this one: "The bleeding edge is stained by the blood of the users."

Oh, derp. I'm so stupid. I thought "Oh I should apply package updates and then after doing so I stupidly restarted the computer that was doing kernel stuff. As I saw the SSH connection close in the other window I immediately thought "Wait, what? Oh yeah; I was using that computer." Now to start over...

I am currently building Linux-libre for amd64, arm64, armhf, i386, or1k, powerpc, ppc64, ppc64el, and riscv64. Should I add anything else? jxself.org/linux-libre/

GNU Linux-libre 5.7 (the freedom-respecting version of Linux) is now available in my APT repository: jxself.org/linux-libre/ Enjoy!

I'd like to thank someone -- who asked to stay anonymous -- with donating 2 build servers for Linux-libre. You know who you are.


It's Monday. Go make a programming language.

An odd sight: A golden number 5 just floated by within view of my window. It was a balloon. Someone must have lost it. Number 5 is alive?

RE: "i.MX8M is the most open and best documented chip we could find"

Even compared to i.MX6 which did not need the proprietary software junk?


The original stated goal crowdsupply.com/mnt/reform/upd was "deliver more performance and usability to you, at a better thermal/power envelope"

Maybe change "most open and best documented" to "i.MX8M is the most performant chip we could find"?

I left my desk behind. I've had it for over 25 years. It's been a nice solid and dependable desk over the years. But it's also big and heavy and so I avoided moving it to the new home by buying a new one. But the new one isn't as big and as nice as my old desk. Now I wonder: Will I miss my old desk? Do I miss it currently?

My roommate called to say he's out of the old apartment now and that I can call the leasing office to let them know. Moving out of the apartment after 22 years feels like the end of an era.

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I found 9 old hard drives in a box while moving. They range from 500MB to 80GB. I'm going through them them one by one to see what's on them. First one had nothing on it. Looks to have been reformatted. I'm wiping the drive with GNU Shred because I don't recall what used to be on it. Then repeat.

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A Full Break of the Bitstream Encryption of Xilinx 7-Series FPGAs

(submitted by Nokinside)

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I ate the last of the bread today. As my food supply dwindles I find myself debating on rationing more strongly or risk going outside.

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Bradley and I recorded an episode of the Free as in Freedom Podcast at @SeaGL. It was much fun, and now feels all the more precious that it happened at all. We've posted the "live-on-tape" show:



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RT @robmusic_@twitter.com

Youngest shouts at me to urgently come to the toilet as it was smoking. This is what I find! #LockdownLaughs

The Incompatible Timesharing System (ITS) is super weird in a lovable way. Did you know that Puff, the Magic Dragon lives in ITS? In the ITS vocabulary, the idea of a "daemon" is instead called a "dragon" so of course they'd put Puff in there. This is before operating systems got all boring and "professional" and whatnot.


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