There’s a new BSD article on ONLamp.com, about jail (8) usage. It’s written by Dan Langille, of FreshPorts fame.
Erik WikstrÃ¶m posted a link back to the Google Video presentation of Matthew Dillon’s BayLISA talk last year. The slides are on the DragonFly site, as HTML or OpenOffice SXD. This is the presentation that talks about the first benchmarks of the DragonFly approach to multiprocessing, along with revealing Matt’s preference for fvwm2.
Ben Cadieux has his own MBR that looks a little nicer than the FreeBSD-inherited one currently on DragonFly; he has it available for the taking and is willing to add features for parity.
jgarcia, on #dragonflybsd (EFNet), posted a link to this interesting IBM developerWorks story talking about the many types and small variation of Unix standards. Note to self: read developerWorks more often.
Miguel Filipe posted a link to a paper (slides) on speeding up the Linux network stack. The answers: It’s been discussed, and while the approach could sometimes affect speed, it doesn’t solve an actual problem, and introduces far more complexity (and therefore bugs) than it’s worth.
Sascha Wildner posted that due to spam on wiki.dragonflybsd.org, he’s only allowing known people to modify the wiki, which should only affect you if you’re a dirty, bottom-feeding, no-good spammer.
BSDTalk has an interview up with Matthew Dillon, where he talks about his goals with the DragonFly BSD Project, and makes some good points about application availability.
There’s a good pile of other useful interviews at the BSDTalk site; I did not know of any of this before. Browsing through the past interviews, I see mention of FreeBSD-based FreeNAS, a free network attached storage solution, which is also new to me. (Reminds me of the now-defunct DataHive servers…)
Liam J. Foy’s BSD Portal, which aggregates a large number of BSD headlines, has been moved to a new location: http://liamjfoy.freeshell.org/
A recently discovered tip: if you want to build world somewhere else, you need to set the right environment variables.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has committed kdgb, which comes mostly from FreeBSD. This replaces ‘
Matthew Dillon has issued a warning: HEAD (the bleeding edge code) is currently very stable. Update now, for it’s going to become pretty unstable soon. The base of the cache-coherency management system will be coming in, which he calls “probably the single most complex piece of code that is planned for DragonFly.”
Slashdot linked to a IBM Developerworks story about SCTP, a recent addition to the Linux 2.6 kernel. Yeah, we’ve got that too.
Jeremy C. Reed has gone through quite an ordeal getting FreeBSD, NetBSD and DragonFly to all boot on his laptop. Check this thread to read the process, to the happy conclusion.
The current Release version of DragonFly has bumped to 1.4.2, which includes a whole slew of recent bugfixes and the like. If you’re running 1.4.1, now’s a good time to update.
Terry Tree has been working on porting the FreeBSD hybrid scheduler; he’d like some input as the merging has been difficult.
DragonFly inherited a recently-found nfs bug from FreeBSD; however, it has been fixed.
#dragonflybsd denizen jgarcia passed along a link to this Linux.com article on “Viewing Word files at the command line“. The article says Linux, but there’s nothing really Linux-specific, as it covers various Word alternatives that are all available in pkgsrc.