January OSBR: Recent Research →
The theme for this month’s Open Source Business Resource is “Recent Research“. The topic’s broad, so there’s something for everyone. The article on licensing (BSD and otherwise) is of interest.
Lazy Reading: down memory lane →
Entertainment, this week. There’s several items here that will be more entertaining if you’re over 25. Or maybe 35. Get clicking! If O’Reilly was to publish any of the various parody books…
More pkgsrc-2010Q4 results →
I’ve had the bulk builds of pkgsrc-2010Q4 finish on 2.9 systems, for i386 and for x86_64. The uploads for 2.9/x86_64 seem to have completed…
Ads off the page →
I removed the Google ad off the sidebar; it was making me enough cash to buy a sandwich on a yearly basis. I’ve replaced it with a link to my Amazon wishlist. If you’re feeling generous, you can…
tws(4) added →
Sascha Wildner is continuing his huge driver-adding streak, this time with tws(4). It’s a port of the FreeBSD driver, for “LSI 3ware 9750 series SATA/SAS RAID controllers”. The commit message has
Phoronix benchmarks for Hammer →
A Phoronix test of DragonFly’s Hammer filesystem turned up, via Siju George. It’s not really a benchmark as much as it is a speed test, and it’s not a realistic comparison, but it’s interesting…
git, mirror-master down →
Avalon, the machine that works as the master mirror site for DragonFly, and also as git.dragonflybsd.org, is being moved. Binary package downloads and source updates won’t work in the meantime. If…
Future deduplication plans →
Ilya Dryomov wrote out some more details about his deduplication work, with some notes on what he plans next for this feature.
January OSBR: Business of Open Source →
The January issue of the Open Source Business Resource is titled “The Business of Open Source”. The first article, titled “Cost Optimization Through Open Source Software“, explains why iXSystems…
Live deduplication support added →
Ilya Dryomov has added live deduplication, or as he titles it, “efficient cp”. It’s experimental and turned on with a sysctl, so approach with caution.
XNS gone, nobody say anything →
Xerox Network Services is gone from DragonFly. Does anyone, anywhere, use this protocol? Ironically, I don’t recall this even being visible on the Xerox hardware products I have at work.
Lazy Reading: Clouds, disks, browsers, games →
The end of year holidays intruded, so I haven’t had one of these for more than a week. Sorry! Merry Christmas, happy new year, etc. Whenever I am tempted to throw family pictures or something…
Another package manager: nih →
Aleksey Cheusov is putting together a package manager for pkgsrc, called nih. (For “Not Invented Here”). It’s binary-only at this point, so you’d need to run distbb or pbulk to generate packages,…
MirBSD looking at pkgsrc, too →
MirBSD is apparently also interested in pkgsrc as an alternative to the exclusive-to-MirBSD Mirports. The more the merrier, I say.
Virtio driver progress →
Tim Bisson posted a note on the progress he and Pratyush have made on a virtio driver for DragonFly, ported from NetBSD. This is for use in virtualized environments; his post links to graphs…
Miscellaneous 48-core details →
As Matthew Dillon works on supporting his new 48-core system, he’s written some notes on power usage and scheduling/drivers that may be worth a read.
Thanks, JMicron →
Sepherosa Ziehau fixed a clock issue with the JMicron JMC250/JMC260 chipset, used with the jme(4) driver, and apparently JMicron helped out with hardware for testing this fix. So, thanks, Sephe,…
Watch out for scheduler changes →
Bleeding-edge DragonFly may suffer some instability issues; Matthew Dillon is making scheduler changes to accomodate larger numbers of CPUs. On the other hand: yay, better performance!
Run the JDK all you like →
Francois Tigeot figured out how to get it to work.
LOCALPATCHES a possibility →
I never really noticed this before, but it’s possible to include your own patchsets into pkgsrc and have them picked up as part of the build process, using $LOCALPATCHES.