Month: March 2008
I like this note from the family page: “Derivative work such as Gentoo are considered welcome though their creativity is restrictively licensed.”Â (Emphasis added)
Matthew Dillon reports that HAMMER is running well enough to have survived a week holding backups on his local LAN; he asks for more testers.
Sepherosa Ziehau has added a packet generator to DragonFly that can apparently pump out a lot of data.
Dave Hayes has committed changes that allow the local version of the installer (i.e. the one in CVS) to be used when building a release CD.
Matthew Dillon posted another HAMMER filesystem update. In this one, he goes into the current state and talks about a bit of what’s planned for this filesystem (boot support – yay!). He later went into details of historical filesystem access and snapshot usage.
An interesting point from a recent commit: a HAMMER filesystem is stable enough to use as /usr/obj during a buildworld.
We are in the student signup period for Google Summer of Code projects on DragonFly.Â I have a link roundup for both students and mentors – check it if you have not yet signed up or want to propose a project.
The upstream network provider for dragonflybsd.org is going through some changes, so there may be occasional downtime for some weeks.
Despite the logarithmic expansion of computers and drop in costs of the years, everyone looks back on their first computer systems with a sense of nostalgia.Â This is why certain readers will find the Raymond Commodore Amiga store in Minneapolis interesting.Â You should be able to gues their exclusive inventory from the store name.Â It’s so old-school, the website is a ~username directory.Â (via Boing Boing Gadgets)
Microsoft has been making some “We support open source” noise lately, but I wonder how far it will go.Â It’s neat to see open source tools acknowledged, but this other OnLAMP post about how open source removes vendor dependence seems to conflict with Mcrosoft’s usual business model.Â I would be surprised if Microsoft went so far as to have open source products supplant (instead of complement) their products, like other vendors have done.
Dru Lavigne wrote a blog entry on some of the dangers of using a GPL license vs. BSD, and links to this interesting story of how the University of Toronto found sticking to BSD licensing made software management easier.Â That article is from the October 2007 issue (“Licensing”) of the Open Source Business Resource; I’ve linked to the OSBR before, but not that issue.
Even more conferences: Free and Open Source Conference 3 is happening August 23-24, in Germany.Â Â The call for papers is already out.Â (via Undeadly)Â Also, there will be a BSD booth at IT360, April 8-9 in Toronto.Â (via Dru Lavigne)Â Check Dru’s post for details on free admission.Â There will be a BSDA exam there, too.
Matthew Dillon recommended a specific way to Merge From Current.
Microsoft is running a program called “DreamSpark”, where students get Microsoft tools free to use in creating software for particular academic activities, as long as it’s non-commercial and student status can be verified.
That’s great – I’m not knocking the provision of software that’s normally too expensive to buy so that people can learn.Â However, I do want to contrast it against BSD (and Linux, too) – where all the development tools come with your free system, and have been doing so with BSD for 3 decades.
Hasso Tepper has updated DragonFly’s Bluetooth stack with code from OpenBSD (and originally from NetBSD, if I understand correctly.)
Update: corrected because I managed to invert just about everything in that post.
I’ve placed a page on the wiki with some guidelines for students who want to work with DragonFly for Google’s SoC 2008.Â It’s on the wiki, so if you want to add something, please do.
I’ll link to my mailing list post about it, as I’ve already summarized there.Â Student signup is the 24-31st of March, so start getting it together if you want to be involved as a student or mentor!
Kris Kennaway did some benchmarks of FreeBSD 4 and 7 along with DragonFly 1.12.Â DragonFly is still mostly under the Giant Lock, so there’s unfortunately little scaling from multiple CPUs, as his benchmarks show. Â (Thanks, Richard Toohey)
Dru Lavigne has completed the Spring08 BSDA DVD, which includes Free/Net/Open/DragonFly BSD and a pile of documents related to certification.Â It’s $40 – check her post for details.
Thomas Klausner is removing some software from pkgsrc; check to see that it’s not still installed on your system.
BSDTalk 143 is an interview with Deborah Norling, focusing on computer accessibility for the blind on BSD, and old computer equipment. It’s a very different interview from the normal technical overview. A choice quote: “We don’t have a [PDP] 11/70 cause they’re just too darn big”.
wiki.dragonflybsd.org has been updated by yours truly to 1.6.1 of MoinMoin; this should fix some reported errors with 1.6.0.
Peter Avalos has been working on CAM locking using lockmgr; he has a patch set available for anyone who wants in on the action.
If you’re willing to mentor a DragonFly project for Google Summer of Code, please speak up now, as the application is going in soon.
HEAD users will need to do a full buildworld/buildkernel because of Sepherosa Ziehau’s recent changes to ifnet.
Because my name is attached to a variety of DragonFly ‘things’, including this digest, sometimes I get bizarre email.
Sascha Wildner’s added experimental support for NICs using Silan Microelectronics’ SC92301 chip.
If you need an XSLT2 processor, or like programs written in Eiffel, Colin Adams has a program for you.
OnLAMP has a article talking about setting up Apache with SSL; it’s been covered elsewhere, but this article manages to not assume you’re using one platform or another, thankfully.
DragonFly user ‘why the lucky stiff’ has put together a book called ‘Nobody Knows Shoes‘.Â Shoes is a library for creating graphical interfaces on Ruby applications.Â The book is a lesson on how to use Shoes, mixed in with hand-drawn and collaged art, and available as a free download or a physical, purchasable object.
Alert readers may remember why’s previous book, “Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby“.
Hubert Feyrer’s latest post detailing recent changes in NetBSD mentions strcspn(3), strpbrk(3) and strpspn(3) improvements coming from DragonFly.Â It’s gratifying to see good ideas spread.
It’s finally happened: an amateur entomologist interested in dragonflies (the bugs) is using DragonFly (the operating system).Â This entertains me in a geeky way.
Dmitri Nikulin wrote a long post on users@ about how he was worried that DragonFly would lose importance given that FreeBSD 7 has improved performance relative to FreeBSD 5/6.Â Responses include a number of anecdotes on how agreeable the DragonFly community can be, plus my note that DragonFly validation does not require FreeBSD to suck.Â Matthew Dillon noted his concerns as project leader, and the difficulty of explaining how significant the changes from FreeBSD-4 are in DragonFly.