Lazy Reading for 2013/09/29

Moved 20 servers to new hardware this week.  Normally my workplace doesn’t get very active until snow hits.  Normally.  Anyway, going for the long sentences this week.

Your unrelated link of the week: Proper Opossum Massage.  Yes, it’s a serious video, but it shouldn’t be taken seriously.

In Other BSDs for 2013/09/28

This week was relatively quiet, but also had the most cross-BSD work I’ve seen in a while.  Look at the links and you’ll see.

Here’s more on Unbound, since it seems to be a trend.

Hammer2 boot support

If you want to boot from a Hammer 2 /boot volume, you now can.  Hammer 1 never worked well as /boot, though it was technically possible.  Hammer 2 will be just fine.

Note that you can’t turn on recently-added disk compression since the bootloader doesn’t understand it, and Hammer 2 is not ready for anything but being worked on.  Don’t try it unless you’re ready to be submitting code changes to fix Hammer2.

Some GSoC wrapup reports

Joris GIOVANNANGELI and Pawel Dziepak both have published final reports for this year’s DragonFly/Summer of Code experience.  Both of them say they want to keep working on DragonFly, which is exactly the result I want.  There may be more if the other students have time.  A final report wasn’t required, but it is good feedback.

Related: Joris is working on Capsicum for DragonFly and published an API document describing how it has worked/will work.


Summer of Code projects getting committed

Matthew Dillon’s committed the work by Daniel Flores on Hammer 2 compression and Mihai Carabas’s vkernel hardware support – both Summer of Code projects.  There’s a good amount of detail in the commit messages describing the work and what it changed; I expect more Summer of Code work to be getting committed…

Note: you’ll want to do a full update.

Lazy Reading for 2013/09/22

This week, the sewer drain for my house clogged.  Fixing that is not fun.  What is fun is reading random semi-technical articles around the Internet.  So get clicking!

In Other BSDs for 2013/09/21

Finally, a quieter week.

New BSD video: BSDNow

Something I only just recently found out about: BSDNow.  They’re planning weekly videos with BSD news and interviews.  I say ‘planning’, but as of this writing, both Episode 1 and Episode 2 (which is much better quality) are already available.  Another episode is planned this week.  Episode 3 is out already.


OpenZFS announced

ZFS was originally created at Sun and open sourced.  Sun was absorbed by Oracle and stopped being open (or even really existing), so ZFS was taken up by several separate groups – FreeBSD and Illumos being two examples.  OpenZFS has been announced, in part to provide common reference for other platforms that might implement it and probably to avoid capability fragmentation.  It’s certainly a good idea.

(If I have my history wrong, please correct me.)