Matthew Dillon is planning for a January release for 1.4; while a good number of bugs have been found and squashed, there’s still a problem with network interface removal that needs to be fixed before release. However, a second release candidate will be assembled tonight.
Month: December 2005
I have a lot of little items mostly about the 1.4 transistion, so I’m just going to dump them all out:
* There’s a 1.4 cvsup file that will track the 1.4 release. This will be in the 1.2 release too, as soon as I figure out how, or someone tells me how to commit to a tag.
* the ‘.sh’ suffix requirement for rc scripts is dropped from 1.4 onward; this may happen to 1.4 too. This is needed for some pkgsrc scripts that do not end in .sh.
* cvsup is going to be replaced , one way or another.
* DragonFly will never be binary-compatible with FreeBSD 5+.
* Please, won’t somebody fix rcorder?
dragonflybsd.org will be down temporarily; I’m pasting Matthew Dillon’s mailing list message below as it’s silly to link to a message about downtime on the site that’s going down:
There was a lot of lightning last night and then a small explosion outside that sounded like the transformer on the telephone poll. Then the lights starts to flicker continuously and the UPS started clicking in and out and… well, I decided to shut everything down overnight :-)
There will probably be some more downtime tonight. I have a UPS monitor but I never hooked up the client/server feature that shuts down all related machines automatically if power isn’t restored in 20 minutes. I am going to get that working properly tonight.
Oh hell. Power just failed again. I’m gonna probably have to shut things down again soon :-(
A contributor over at the #NetBSD Community Blog called me out on my errors. I corrected my goof on CGD, but I need someone to explain what the difference between pkgsrc and pkgsrc-wip is. I know one’s a “work in progress”, but that doesn’t answer what the relationship is between the two, or how pacakges may move between them. I’m calling you smarty-pants out on the rug now – I want you to answer what 30 seconds of web surfing has not!
You may need to update your $PATH for pkgsrc when moving to 1.4, as the upgrade doesn’t necessarily change it for you. Fresh installs will be fine, however.
The first release canidate for 1.4 is available now. A changelist will be available after Christmas Day, with the official release following.
How’s Joerg Sonneberger’s bulk builds of pkgsrc for DragonFly going? It’s like this. The relevant stats for those too impatient to read: 4,269 packages built out of 5,742 (75% success rate).
1.5 is now going to be the Experimental version of DragonFly BSD (or HEAD for people used to FreeBSD); see the commit.
pkgsrc-wip, as I understand it – see comments, is the current version of pkgsrc. pkgsrc is normally released with new versions on a quarterly basis; following pkgsrc-wip gets the Work In Progress version. Less stable, more up to date.
OnLAMP has an interview with Roland Dowdeswell, author of CGD (“Crypto-Graphic Disk”) for NetBSD. CGD is an interesting disk driver that encrypts (and decrypts) disk data.
Joseph Garcia has added a commit history to his DragonFly BSD wiki page. It’s a nice summation of major code changes.
Incidentally, browsing to http://chlamydia.fs.ei.tum.de/hg/dragonfly-src will give you a list of recent source changes that have been picked up by the Mercurial repo. Even better: it comes as an RSS feed!
Matthew Dillon has posted a description of what remains to be accomplished before the 1.4 release, and just when that will happen, and he also has a detailed plan of what he’s going to do in 1.5. (Which, when stable, will be DragonFly 1.6.)
That second post contains several special things to note:
This post from Joerg Sonnenberger notes a couple tricks about getting the most out of your ATA bus.
Matthew Dillon described his schedule for the upcoming 1.4 release, coming before the end of the year.
Sys Admin Magazine has a new CD out that contains all issues of their magazine (1992 through 2005) and all the issues of The Perl Journal (1996-2002). I think I have all the paper issues of the Perl Journal around here someplace…
If you like Perl and miss the Journal, there’s also The Perl Review, which can show up in both print and PDF form. I like the paper, but I can back up the PDF…
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has added example pf configs — just in case you need them.
Want a project for your winter vacation? Matthew Dillon wrote in a post that I don’t have a link for:
I would still like to have a regression suite that can be run with a simple ‘
make DESTDIR=(some_place_with_lots_of_space_available)‘. It would be a good project for someone.
Wiger van Houten passed along a link to the FreeBSD projects and ideas page. There’s some projects there that would be useful for DragonFly, and also there are a number of ideas there from DragonFly.
Sascha Wildner will soon be (mostly?) completing the last of the changes from K&R to ANSI style C in the DragonFly source tree – not glamourous, but certainly good.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert (who has been very active with the commits lately) added CVS version 1.12.13. He noticed some troubles, though, but this version of CVS is staying for now. Matthew Dillon counseled some changes, and also noted that the upcoming DragonFly 1.4 release is next week. Next week!
This doesn’t directly have anything to do with DragonFly, but it’s interesting: Sun is offering an Ultra 20 workstation free with a 3-year subscription to the services they offer. Those services cost $360 a year (which is how it’s billed, not monhly like they say), so it’s about $1K for the computer.
It’s certainly neat; while you could assemble a similar machine for close to a third of the price from off-the-shelf parts, it wouldn’t have the support, or run nearly as well. In terms of units, Sun is the second-largest Unix vendor around (here’s the first), and the biggest when it comes to server systems, as far as I know. If I worked with more Solaris machines, or more with Java, it would be an attractive offer. (First seen on The Howling Void.)
The default “Waiting for SCSI devices to settle” delay has been reduced to 5 seconds.
Jeremy C. Reed is writing an article, and he’s taking a survey of DragonFly users.
I have a number of small posts to link, and I’m placing them in one article: First, Joerg Sonnenberger mentions that he is updating his pkgsrc binary collection on an ad-hoc basis, though not everything is there yet. (Tracking updates is an afternoon project that would be enourmously beneficial, if anyone wants to try it…)
Also, Bob Bagwill contributed his own description of How Cabling Should Be. Last, Hiten Pandya commented on the idea of automatic crash reports, much like the “Feedback Agents” that upload crash information on the Windows platform.