Incidentally, browsing to http://chlamydia.fs.ei.tum.de/hg/dragonfly-src will give you a list of recent source changes that have been picked up by the Mercurial repo. Even better: it comes as an RSS feed!
Matthew Dillon has posted a description of what remains to be accomplished before the 1.4 release, and just when that will happen, and he also has a detailed plan of what he’s going to do in 1.5. (Which, when stable, will be DragonFly 1.6.)
That second post contains several special things to note:
This post from Joerg Sonnenberger notes a couple tricks about getting the most out of your ATA bus.
Matthew Dillon described his schedule for the upcoming 1.4 release, coming before the end of the year.
Sys Admin Magazine has a new CD out that contains all issues of their magazine (1992 through 2005) and all the issues of The Perl Journal (1996-2002). I think I have all the paper issues of the Perl Journal around here someplace…
If you like Perl and miss the Journal, there’s also The Perl Review, which can show up in both print and PDF form. I like the paper, but I can back up the PDF…
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has added example pf configs — just in case you need them.
Want a project for your winter vacation? Matthew Dillon wrote in a post that I don’t have a link for:
I would still like to have a regression suite that can be run with a simple ‘
make DESTDIR=(some_place_with_lots_of_space_available)‘. It would be a good project for someone.
Wiger van Houten passed along a link to the FreeBSD projects and ideas page. There’s some projects there that would be useful for DragonFly, and also there are a number of ideas there from DragonFly.
Sascha Wildner will soon be (mostly?) completing the last of the changes from K&R to ANSI style C in the DragonFly source tree – not glamourous, but certainly good.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert (who has been very active with the commits lately) added CVS version 1.12.13. He noticed some troubles, though, but this version of CVS is staying for now. Matthew Dillon counseled some changes, and also noted that the upcoming DragonFly 1.4 release is next week. Next week!
This doesn’t directly have anything to do with DragonFly, but it’s interesting: Sun is offering an Ultra 20 workstation free with a 3-year subscription to the services they offer. Those services cost $360 a year (which is how it’s billed, not monhly like they say), so it’s about $1K for the computer.
It’s certainly neat; while you could assemble a similar machine for close to a third of the price from off-the-shelf parts, it wouldn’t have the support, or run nearly as well. In terms of units, Sun is the second-largest Unix vendor around (here’s the first), and the biggest when it comes to server systems, as far as I know. If I worked with more Solaris machines, or more with Java, it would be an attractive offer. (First seen on The Howling Void.)