dragonflybsd.org upgrade →
www.dragonflybsd.org runs using ikiwiki, which I just updated to the latest version. Everything looks OK, but tell me if I’m wrong.
Things to eat up your day →
It’s a holiday weekend, at least in the United States, so I’m posting few things that take time to view. Murray Stokely mentioned this in a comment, but it’s juicy enough to warrant a post: the
GEM and KMS progress for GSoC →
Yay, acronyms! GSoC student David Shao has an extensive page up describing the state of his work so far.
Messylaneous for 2010/05/27: destroying flash,... →
I had a sudden buildup of things to link to. It’s three items, but there’s enough info here to eat a few hours… Flash Destroyer: (destroying hardware, not like what Apple’s trying) found via …
More event tracing work →
Aggelos Economopoulos posted more details on his event tracing library, accompanied by a rash of commits. He’s interested in feedback.
Big network stack changes →
Some recent bugs motivated Matthew Dillon to change DragonFly’s network stack. It’s a pretty radical simplification, so things like IPv6, ICMP, pf, etc. will need to be tested. There’s already
Long-term swapcache results →
Matthew Dillon’s been running swapcache on an Intel X-25 SSD on a very busy (in terms of disk) machine for some months now. Over a long period, the disk activity will wear down the SSD, but it’s…
New HOWTO: swapcache →
Dylan Reinhold has contributed a HOWTO document on setting up swapcache. Thanks, Dylan!
Last-ditch disk effort →
YONETANI Tomokazu pointed out something that could be useful in the future: when you start getting drive errors, before you throw it out, try lowering the speed. Maybe it’s a cable problem, if…
BSD Magazine: Industrial →
Not the music, but the setting. The May issue of BSD Magazine is out, though there isn’t a page for it on the website yet. Instead, I’ll point at the PDF. (I posted about the last issue twice,…
Projects and money available →
As described on the kernel@ mailing list, there’s several code bounties out now, formed in part from GSoC projects that didn’t get a slot. All of them have money waiting behind them. (I’d sure…
Someone is wrong on the Internet! →
As McLone points out, the filesystem comparison page on Wikipedia is missing some Hammer details. Anyone want to fill in the pertinent numbers? (Title ref.)
More Gource and BSD →
Paul Onyschuk went and created a very neat and very long Gource movie using one of the oldest codebases out there: NetBSD. It’s available on Vimeo. His original data is available if anyone…
Messylaneous for 2010/05/18: Facebook, fsck →
A brief history of fsck (via) Is “A Brief History of X” a meme all by itself? Searching on it gave me this book of course, but also this interesting article about Internet history. I’ve…
Old release users: update pkg_radd →
I’m removing the links for the old (DragonFly 2.3 and older) pkg_radd paths on avalon.dragonflybsd.org. If you have one of those older systems, you can update one line in pkg_radd if it’s useful…
BSD meetup in London →
Sevan Janiyan passed along a note: there’s a *BSD meetup at the Barrowboy and Banker pub by London Bridge, in London, the 27th of May. I’d love to attend, both because it’s BSD and because it’s a…
BSDCan 2010 videos online →
FOSSLC has videos of the presentations from the recent BSDCan. (via) I’m listening to Will Backman’s keynote right now about the BSD community based on his BSDTalk work.
Idle page zeroing committed →
Venkatesh Srinivas has been working on idle page zeroing; his work has been committed, and if enabled, should contribute to a teeny speedup. What’s it do? It gets memory ready for use when the…
Potential pf update →
The version of pf in DragonFly is somewhat long in the tooth, but Jan Lentfer’s volunteered himself for the herculanean job of updating it. Go, Jan! Let’s hope this large task is more Nemean…
Have you tried BSDStats? →
Marc G. Fournier posted some statistics gathered from his BSDStats service. It’s possible to activate this right now on DragonFly. Just put monthly_statistics_enable="YES" in /etc/rc.conf. For…
BSD Magazine: Embedded →
A new issue of BSD Magazine is out – this issue’s theme is “Embedded BSD“.
BSD Events link added →
Have I managed to forget all this time to add Dru Lavigne’s excellent BSD Events Twitter feed to my link list on the Digest? Yes, I did – fixed.
Rolling everything back →
If you have a Hammer filesystem, and you want to roll the entire thing back to a previous snapshot – all files, everywhere – it can be accomplished with one command.
Note on NAT →
Did you know… ipfw/natd appears to be broken in DragonFly 2.6? Using pf is a better choice, at least, but I found it out the hard way.
AsiaBSDCon videos up →
Videos of the presentations at AsiaBSDCon 2010 are up; FreeBSD – The Unknown Giant has a number of them. Constantine A. Murenin’s Quiet Computing presentation is interesting, especially…
Some pkgsrc reports →
I’ve put a few of the reports from pkgsrc builds on DragonFly out. They’re all using pkgsrc-2010Q1, on i386/DragonFly 2.6, i386/DragonFly 2.7, and x86_64/DragonFly 2.7. The links in the…
Back in action →
Sorry – temporary power outage from high winds killed shiningsilence.com for about a day. Back now!
2.6.3 announcement up →
The ISO images have been filtering out to the mirrors for a while already, but the 2.6.3 release is officially announced on the DragonFly website and release page.
BSDday Argentina paper details →
Sdävtaker has posted about the pre-call for papers, for BSDday Argentina. Check his post for topic and submission details.
pkgsrc-2010Q1 available in binary form →
Binary packages built for DragonFly 2.6 and 2.7 from the most recent pkgsrc quarterly release, 2010Q1, are now available. The utility pkg_radd will access them, or you can download directly.
There goes BIND →
As previously foreshadowed, BIND has been removed from the DragonFly base system. Instead, it’s installed from pkgsrc. Note that this includes tools like nslookup or host. Instructions after…
3 things for pkgsrc →
From my email to users@: I almost have pkgsrc-2010Q1 builds done for every architecture, so I’ll point the default load location for pkg_radd to them within the next 24 hours. Are you still…
2.6.3 out and about →
DragonFly 2.6.3 is tagged and available, as previously planned. You can update to it normally, or go to a 2.6.3 ISO; available at various mirrors.
BSDTalk 189: TheorArm and Robin Watts →
The latest BSDTalk brings you TheorArm and Robin Watts, with discussion of the ARM architecture; my favorite processor type that I’ve never used. TheorArm was recently relicensed from GPL to BSD…
May OSBR: Communications Enabled Applications →
The May issue of the Open Source Business Resource is out, and the theme is “Communications Enabled Applications”. Sounds obscure, but it’s about deriving a business advantage from networks. In…
Apache options change in pkgsrc →
If you use Apache, as many people do, some of the default building choices have changed in pkgsrc. Read Matthias Scheler’s post for details.