Month: March 2007
dragonflybsd.org has been down for a good chunk of today; it was due to a blown transformer.
Joerg Sonnenberger has pkgsrc packages built using 1.8 and the new modular xorg packages, available at: ftp://packages.stura.uni-rostock.de/pkgsrc-modular (Thanks, Hasso Tepper)
The title says it all – visit the download page for 1.8 to get it.Â Most every mirror appears to have it right now – not just the ones on the 1.8 page.
Note that some sites have an early version of the 1.8.1 release that lacks the installer; that image is ‘dfly-1.8.1.iso.gz’.Â Instead, be sure to download ‘dfly-1.8.1_REL.iso.gz’, which should be the newer file of the two.
I’ve given the main page of leaf.dragonflybsd.org a slight update, to show more of the resources available to developers.
Sepherosa Ziehau warned bleeding-edge users that recent network interface changes will require a rebuild of both kernel and world when next updating.Â This does not apply to 1.8 users.
A few packages are going to be dropped from pkgsrc – mostly older versions of software.Â Speak up on the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list if you don’t want this to happen.
I’ve removed some of the inconvenient antispam features (comments from new people are always moderated, http:// links get a post filtered, etc) and switched to different antispam software.Â Email me if you add a comment and can’t get through…
The next pkgsrc freeze, in preparation for the quarterly release, starts 2007/03/24.
DragonFly 1.8.1 will be released this weekend, so if you have something that you need added, speak up!Â This release will include the rtld fixes that enable parts of KDE to work again, among other things.
As part of a discussion about issues with the current methods of adding third-party software to base, Matthew Dillon noted that much of it could be replaced safely using pkgsrc packages.
A recurring argument that pops up from time to time is replacing Sendmail in the base system with something else – Postfix , qmail, or a similar product.Â Licensing, complexity, or user preference usually lead to a long discussion that doesn’t change the matter.Â Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has come up with an answer: none of the above.Â He’s writing a simple MTA that will handle delivery on the local machine, which is enough for a system that doesn’t handle normal mail.Â For people who need more, sendmail and Postfix and others are all in pkgsrc.
Matthew Dillon pointed out a relatively easy vkernel exercise: making them run without being attached to a terminal.Â You could spin off multiple virtual systems, all from one command line.
Hasso Tepper has produced an interesting patch that allows for notification on network link state changes.
With Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert’s recent 1:1 threading work, a recent conversation exposed future plans to experiment with M:NCPU support in DragonFly.Â (That’s M kernel threads supporting N userland threads, where N == number of CPUs.)
Matthew Dillon has written up the initial documentation for the SYSLINK protocol.Â (Also available as a PDF, thanks to Sascha Wildner.)Â SYSLINK is the inter-system communication method for DragonFly clusters.
If you read carefully, you may notice that the proposed clustering file system for DragonFly is named in the document as “ANVIL”.
Nerdcore rap, specifically about kill -9.Â (Warning: Youtube video; contains strong language.)
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert 1:1 threading work is ready for use!Â There’s still some rough bits to finish, but he reports successful use of Firefox with the new library.
You may need to copy in a new
/etc/localtime file to account for daylight savings time changes in the U.S. and Canada, especially if you have an older system; Matthew Dillon explains.
April 8th is a month away, and it’s the deadline if you want to register for pkgsrcCon 2007, happening in Barcelona, Spain from April 27th to the 29th.Â The deadline for presentations is April 1st.Â (no fooling!)
As part of a larger discussion about logging IRC channels, Dmitri Nikulin wrote an interesting pasage on security and encryption, and how governments tend to work around rather than break encryption.
On UnixReview.com this week, Shell Corner has “Epoch to UTC Time Conversion“, a script that may be very useful to U.S. and Canadian residents this upcoming weekend, a (digital) book review of “Cisco Firewall Technologies“, and a hardware review of the “Adderlink IP”, which works as a VNC station for attaching to a KVM.
YONETANI Tomokazu has managed to get DragonFly partially booting on an Intel Mac.
www.dragonflybsd.org and leaf.dragonflybsd.org are getting upgraded to 1.8; this may mean some intermittent downtime over the next week.