Teaching down south →
‘Sdävtaker’ posted a call for course proposals, for the ECI 2010 conference happening the last week of July at Buenos Aires University. Proposals are due by March 12th, and Portugese, Spanish, or…
Google Summer of Code presentation templates →
If you need to talk about/sell the Google Summer of Code idea to people, Google now has a set of templates for GSOC presentations. Use them to drum up interest, or persuade someone to mentor/be a…
alc(4) driver added →
Samuel J. Greear and Matthew Dillon have ported the alc(4) driver, for wired Ethernet. This supports the “Atheros AR8131 PCI Express Gigabit Ethernet controllers and Atheros AR8132 PCI…
Messylaneous for 2010/02/16 →
It’s like someone turned on the activity faucet; there’s so much to post about lately! PkgsrcCon 2010 is May 28th to 30th, in Basel. The date’s been declared, but not much else – yet. Chunks of…
Cheap SSD at Newegg, today →
For those of you wanting to try swapcache: Newegg is running a deal today: 30G OCZ SSD for $90. That’s after a mail-in rebate, though.
Bigger /boot →
The installer now sets a /boot size of 768M by default; more space for kernels and modules, plus disks these days can take it. Incidentally, if you’re compiling new versions of your kernel, it’s…
BPF problem fixed →
Guy Harris found a problem with non-blocking reads from a BPF device that’s common to DragonFly, FreeBSD, and Mac OS X. It’s fixed in DragonFly.
Disklabel goes 64 →
The disklabel64 program will permanently be ‘disklabel’ from now on, with the original disklabel sticking around as disklabel32. This is for a number of reasons, including 4k physical sector size…
New committer: Constantine A. Murenin →
Welcome DragonFly’s newest committer: Constantine A. Murenin. He’s responsible for the sensors framework, and is already busy.
tmpfs added →
Naoya Sugioka’s tmpfs work has been added, with some further changes. There’s a skeletal man page to look at.
HAMMER config details →
Pulled from a larger conversation: a description of the settings for a HAMMER filesystem, and what they mean. I can tell from experience that extremely active disks will need extra cleanup time…
Summer of Code FAQ, calendar, more →
Google’s posted a FAQ for Summer of Code in 2010, which includes a timeline. There’s also a 2010 calendar, which is perhaps most useful in “Agenda” view. Keep those dates in mind if you are…
Default PostgreSQL and Python changes →
Postgres will be 8.4, and Python 2.6, as default installs from pkgsrc. This affects anyone following pkgsrc-current, but if you are using pkgsrc-2009Q4, it won’t matter for a few months yet.
A BSD cartoon →
Brought to you by iXsystems: a BSD-themed cartoon. We haven’t had one since the one that ran on bsdnews.com… 5 years ago? (via) Updates each Friday.
Bizarre boot issue →
Matthew Dillon fixed a strange error on boot that had been plaguing some systems. The problem appears to be some sort of timing issue related to SMP and to other factors as strange as which USB port…
NFS now defaults to readdirplus →
NFS on DragonFly now defaults to readdirplus mounts, which improves directory read speeds. Testing for speed and compatibility is advised.
Outage Wednesday →
Most of the dragonflybsd.org machines will be down for a short period Wednesday; this is for an upgrade that includes an SSD for the recent swapcache work. Everyone should notice a speedup, since…
A week’s worth of posts for you →
I can’t keep up with all the things to post. I desperately want to clear my inbox, so here’s a week’s worth of posts all smushed together. Enjoy! Naoya Sugioka’s tmpfs work is almost ready to…
Jeff Roberson on BSDTalk →
That was fast – there’s another BSDTalk already! BSDTalk 186 has Jeff Roberson, FreeBSD committer. He’s talking about schedulers and softupdates for a good half hour.
Hackathon also for pkgsrc, Feb 19-22 →
Seen via email and Hubert Feyrer’s blog: There’s a NetBSD hackathon planned for February 19th through the 22nd. The meetup is via IRC. Since it’s NetBSD, it’ll include pkgsrc, and if it includes…