William Grim is proposing to use DragonFly in his master's thesis, where he writes a framework for user-space device drivers. Matthew Dillon and Emiel Kollof had some interesting feedback.
For those who like their console a little more roomy, vidcontrol is a way to fit smaller/different text onto your console screen immediately on startup. Attention to >font and LCD use is a good idea.
There's a new mailing list - pkgsrc-users@netbsd.org - specifically for people using pkgsrc packages. tech-pkg@netbsd.org is now for packagers. To subscribe, send 'subscribe pkgsrc-users' to majordomo@netbsd.org. Pkgsrc questions should generally go to this new list, though DragonFly-specific questions should be asked on users@dragonflybsd.org first. (Unless, of course, the package doesn't build yet on DragonFly.) Interestingly, the number of actual broken pkgsrc packages is down to only 10% of the entire collection. Much credit is due to Joerg Sonnenberger, Jeremy C. Reed, and others, for knocking this quantity down.
Simon 'corecode' Schubert has a patch that provides a new binary kgdb along with other features, and he needs testers before it gets committed.
Greg Lehey's big book, "The Complete FreeBSD", is now available as a PDF and as a set of source files under a Creative Commons license, meaning anyone can download, update, and submit back changes. This was the first book ever on FreeBSD, and it's a big 'un.
Chris Buechler and Scott Ullrich are giving a talk at BSDCan about various firewalling technologies on BSD systems, including DragonFly. I'm going to try to make it to this event, too...
Chuck Tuffli is working on an implementation of MSI for DragonFly. MSI is a way for device drivers to talk, similar to but better than the old IRQ method. As Chuck kindly explained it to me, MSI and MSI-X are necessary for PCI-Express support.
This worked great when I was looking for a laptop, so I'll solicit opinions again: If I wanted to move shiningsilence.com to someplace that wasn't the end of my cable modem, where could I look? A perfect solution would be someplace where I could put a small rackmounted server in, and run DragonFly.
Matthew Dillon recently committed code to fix a timing issue that could cause filesystem corruption. This may have (on DragonFly) fixed the 'dirbad' bug that has been seen on both DragonFly and FreeBSD.
Postings will be slow here for the next week or so, as my net connection will be intermittent.
Things have been quiet for the past few days, so there's few posts here. Take a look at the NetBSD News Beat if you're hungry for links. Also, BSDNews.com appears to have become a lot more busy lately (perhaps it's more automated).
Simon 'corecode' Schubert has added OpenSSH 4.3p2 to DragonFly.