Adrian Nida’s recent installation troubles have spawned a longer thread that talks about the various issues – a good read about fdisk issues and why source isn’t included with the install CD.
Sepherosa Ziehau has updated the em driver to sync with FreeBSD-current, among other things, adds support for the Intel PRO/1000 GT and 82546G. He’s also added DEVICE_POLLING to the GENERIC kernel. What’s it do? I don’t know!
Update: Now I know.
A coworker of mine sent me an article written by a Cisco employee describing the IPv4 pool as likely to run out within 5 years. It’s titled “A Pragmatic Report on IPv4 Address Space Consumption. It certainly makes it sound like any new planning for networks should involve IPv6 capability.
DragonFly has IPv6 capability from KAME, which sounds like it will become much more useful very soon…
Matthew Dillon has implemented an emergency interrupt polling feature that, apparently, should never be turned on.
OnLAMP.com has an article up about “Lightweight Web Serving with thttpd“. thttpd, if you didn’t know, is found at the fabulously-named acme.com
Joerg Sonneberger has an untested driver for anyone using a Ralink RT2500/RT2500USB wireless adapter, supported in other BSDs.
A new document explaining the various CVS tags has been placed on the wiki by Adrian Nida.
Liam J. Foy put together a list of BSD-related RSS feeds; you can read them all on his site.
Jonathon McKitrick asked about obfuscating assembly code, which seems like a redundancy. In any case, the thread let to some discussion of interesting tricks, and also George Georgalis posting links to “How To Write Unmaintainable Code“, and a special obfustication section.
Matthew Dillon’s working on getting his dual-core Shuttle systems working with DragonFly, with some issues.
Joerg Sonnenberger has committed most of his pkgsrc changes, so using pkgsrc from CVS should be even more likely to succeed. He still has some needed local changes, however.
UnixReview.com this week has 3 book reviews: Perl Best Practices, File System Forensic Analysis, and Open Source for the Enterprise. There’s also a review of the game Pingus, which is a clone of the old game Lemmings.
OnLAMP/BSD has two new articles: “Running Cyrus IMAP” (using FreeBSD as an example, but the model holds), and an extensive article on Identifying Changes to a Macintosh File System. Why show that on a BSD site? Cause it’s BSD!
Matthew Dillon has updated the Release version of DragonFly (the most stable flavor) to 1.2.6. A list of the included updates are in his commit message.
If you are trying out pkgsrc now, Jeremy C. Reed recommends using the version that is in CVS, not the quarterly releases (of which 2005Q3 is the most recent). Yes, it’s bleeding edge, but so is your operating system.
bsdcertification.org has made available the objectives for the “BSD Associate” certification exam. The exam itself will be out in the second quarter of 2006.
Martin P. Hellwig has a not uncommon problem with his mail server: he’s transitioning from one provider to another, and he wants to get the new network connection working before he drops the old one. Matthew Dillon has a solution with ipfw that will last until we are able to establish multiple default routes under DragonFly.
Updated: Martin took notes on how he got it to work.
If you have a server with a Broadcom chipset (em driver) – specifically, models 82571EB, 82572EI and 82573E – Sepherosa Ziehau has a patch he’d like folks to try.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert wrote up his own description of DragonFly’s rather loosely-defined release schedule.
Emily Boyd’s Google Summer of Code project (of which FreeBSD had several) has paid off in the form of a nice site redesign for www.freebsd.org. (She’s apparently also worked on the postgresql .org site.)