Vkernels on leaf.dragonflybsd.org are now able to locally network; if you are a Google Summer of Code student that needs that functionality, tell Matthew Dillon and he will put you in the right group.
In addition, he’s created a new tool called vknetd, which enables network creation in userland. This is intended for userland applications like vkernels, though there seems to be some capability for a SSH-based VPN? Someone correct me – or better yet, try it out.
I have a number of small things, mostly old-school games, to post, so I’ll break out the bullets:
- Temple of the Roguelike has some links to roguelike applets; they need Java.
- Rob Beschizza asks on Boing Boing Gadgets, “Who’d like a portable text game console?” Me? Of course, running a BSD on a handheld (NetBSD is the most obvious choice) will get you that free.
- Everyone has Big Kernel Lock troubles – everyone!
- The howling void has a post on “Smartphones for text SSH use” – an interesting idea, and there are some good suggestions interspersed with the bickering in the comments.
- Hubert Feyrer found an interesting thing: DracoPKG – a combination of pkgsrc and Slackware’s pkgtools.
This question at the howling void about donating to open source projects (in this case, DesktopBSD) got me thinking. I’ve been meaning to investigate setting up a DragonFly nonprofit similar to FreeBSD and NetBSD‘s foundation efforts, in order to receive donations and have a legal entity. Anyone have experience with setting up a 501(c)3 company?
Nirmal Thacker, another SoC student, asked some questions to prepare for his anticipatory scheduler work, which incidentally led to some good links for comparing or reviewing existing FreeBSD/DragonFly code.
Everybody welcome our newest DragonFly committer: Michael Neumann.
I’m breaking out the bullet points again:
- The NetBSD on a Stick idea looks interesting, in part because it’s a complete tiny system and in part because I like the name. (Via)
- The most recent @Play column draws a line between roguelike games and Dungeons and Dragons. Fun reading, if you’re the right kind of geek, or even just the right age. I think I might have to play me some Angband again.
- Oh, while talking about roguelikes: this Strafe Left cartoon. I like “sleeping zombie”.
- Also, this Procedural Content Generation wiki from an Angband variant creator. (via)
- Wow, that’s a nice gift for Perl development! (via)
It’s from back in March, but this Ars Technica article on filesystems does a pretty good job of historical coverage, though it’s doesn’t go very far into the technical specifications.