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.
Month: June 2005
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.
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!)
The Libre Software Meeting is taking place in Dijon, France, July 5th to July 9th. DragonFly is not specifically referenced there, but it’s for open source in general.
I have a semi-functional electrical system and a partial network up, so regular newsposts should resume. Sorry about the extended hiatus – it wasn’t supposed to take this long!
Google is running a project called “Summer of Code” where students on summer break can write open-source code and get paid for it. Applications are closed at this point. FreeBSD and NetBSD are participating, along with a host of other excellent organizations. Hubert Feyrer’s blog has some details on the process so far.
DragonFly isn’t participating directly, but if you were itching for something to do, there’s projects available.
Matthew Dillon changed the way network card polling works; follow the thread for much discussion on implementation. This happened back at the end of May.
I’ll play catchup on all the interesting UNIXReview articles that have gone by:
– Cleaning Up Large Mailing Lists: Removing Bad Addresses (a perennial issue)
– Shell Corner: DVD-RAM Daily Backup (handy!)
– Book reviews:
Mapping Security : The Corporate Security Sourcebook for Today’s Global Economy
Classic Shell Scripting (A tortoise on the cover – good symbolism)
Buffer Overflow Attacks: Detect, Exploit, Prevent
I’m all moved, or at least I have all my possessions boxed up in one house. I’ve got a partial network going, so I will attempt to get caught up on all the DragonFly news that happened recently, though it will take a few days.
I have additional electrical work that needs to be done in my house, so shiningsilence.com may have the occasional outage in the next week or two – I don’t anticipate it being for more than a few hours at a time, however.
shiningsilence.com is moving tomorrow from one physical location to a new one – it’s just a few miles, but it means an outage. The domain will probably go down tonight when I package up hardware, and should hopefully return over the next few days as my new link is installed and DNS updates.