If your sound card previously did not work, a recent fix suggested by Barry Bouwsma and committed by Matthew Dillon may fix it. If you have a SF64-PCR sound card, a change in
make.conf will be needed, as described in the link above.
There’s a review of DragonFly 1.0A over at Newsforge by Jem Matzan of The Jem Report. It has valid points (Using the ports system is a hack) and some invalid ones (The reviewer wouldn’t benchmark with SMP off.)
Joerg Sonnenberger has a x.org port that uses the same layout as the FreeBSD port, available for testing.
Adam Kirchoff noted his computer would have trouble when he hooked up a USB2 CDROM; Matthew Dillon followed up by pointing out EHCI (the subsystem that deals with USB2) is somewhat troublesome, though UHCI (USB1) should work fine. (I’m linking to the start and end of the thread.)
‘walt’ used the x.org port mentioned earlier, and came up with some additional notes on installation.
It looks like if you have an older FreeBSD system (4.x version), it appears likely you can crossbuild DragonFly on top of it. 4.8 and later systems work for this, but earlier version haven’t previously been tried.
Matthew Dillon added a handler to adjust the CPU throttle when power is removed. (As when you go to battery on a laptop – obviously, this wouldn’t help a desktop model.)
Due to a typo, now fixed, in the disklabel man page, the Installer for DragonFly 1.0A used a too-large fragment size for disks larger than 1G. You may run out of inodes depending on the size of your disk and the number of files you have on it. Matthew Dillon suggested this temporary workaround when installing, until the Installer is changed.
When CVS was updated, mails to the Commit mailing list/newsgroup were broken, leading to a lot less traffic over the last 24 hours. It appears to now be fixed.
Seen on Blue’s News: a page describing the process of getting Doom 3 to run under WineX. If/when Linux binaries come out for Doom 3, this may be more feasible to run on DragonFly.
(Missed this, initially) Richard Nyberg has made Arla able to run on DragonFly, with the latest snapshot. Heimdal, in base, needs to be updated too, for which he has submitted a patch.
James L. Davis has created a new version of the x.org package that correctly deals with the mouse and with TrueType fonts.
If you haven’t heard of what xorg is, visit freedesktop.org and see – it’s a de facto/drop-in replacement for XFree86. It’s not a significantly different package at this point, but it may be, by the next release.
Slow news in the past 24 hours or so, so I’ll post about Dru Lavigne’s always entertaining column, of which the most recent version has a good collection of links.
Matthew Dillon has updated
cvs to version 1.12.9, for reasons listed in the commit message.
Matthew Dillon has made a pair of commits that should greatly reduce TCP overhead. He included a lengthy commit message with each, explaining what they do.
Joerg Sonnenberger has added the re(4) network device to the GENERIC kernel.
Matthew Dillon posted that he has made changes allowing a laptop to boot on non-AC power.
I’ve finished converting the FreeBSD Handbook over; it’s not currently built into the DragonFly website, though it’s available on my build machine.
If your laptop running DragonFly doesn’t want to boot while on battery power, try this in
set debug.acpi.disabled="acad thermal"
Taken from a suggestion by YONETANI Tomokazu.
Martin P. Hellwig found that Java Web Start did not work on DragonFly; the fix is to find
change ‘FreeBSD’ to ‘DragonFly’.