The scheduler has been rewritten by Matthew Dillon – again! Except this time, it’s very close to the original CSRG implementation. The eventual goal is to allow other schedulers to be used, on the fly.
Matthew Dillon hints that using polling may be a way to get a finicky PCMCIA network card to work.
Hiten Pandya describes ‘
makewhatis -o local-manpages.txt‘ as a quick trick to make a reference list of available utilities.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert is looking for people willing to test his DRM/DRI changes; if you’ve got a 3D card (ATI Radeon, Matrox, etc.), contact him for instructions on testing.
George Georgalis put together a little note on getting a cvsup daemon running.
The Handbook is at 828 7″x9″ pages, going by what Jeremy Reed produced. (Link goes to a PDF.)
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert posted these steps for trying out gcc 4.0, which is in DragonFly but not yet part of the build process.
The street where shiningsilence.com is hosted (my house) has been having electrical outages over the course of today; they’re lasting longer than my UPS can handle, so access may be intermittent if the power goes out again.
Chris Coleman has BSDUpdates.com, with free binary security upgrades for FreeBSD 5.3. There’s a good description on BSDNews about the service, though it doesn’t cover how it works in-depth. “BSDUpdates” suggests that this may be extended to the other BSDs at some point; it’d sure be handy for DragonFly once the development pace slows.
It’s a little late to mention this, because it’s either complete or close to complete, but Matthew Dillon and others have been removing SPL sections in code (there were more than 500 locations) and replacing them with critical sections. This is an important step on the road to Giant Lock-free SMP.
Joerg Sonnenberger is working on pkgsrc for DragonFly, as are a number of other developers; you can obtain his latest changes at: (Caveat emptor!)