This week, on UnixReview.com: the book reviews of “Extrusion Detection: Security Monitoring for Internal Intrusions” and “Linux Patch Management“, and more on security certification.
If you’re concerned about (or involved in) device documentation, there’s a new wiki site called Vendor Watch, which lists the state of efforts to get different hardware vendors to document their hardware in a way that makes it usable for open source efforts.
wiki.dragonflybsd.org is down, along with gobsd.com.Â The wiki was on a separate server from the rest of dragonflybsd.org, so the rest of the domain is fine, but there’s currently no details on when the wiki will be running again, as the hosting company has apparently taken the server offline.
Because of recent changes to the Java licensing scheme, it’s now possible to include Java as part of a packaging system.Â It’s available now for pkgsrc, for some versions of NetBSD.Â Other pkgsrc platforms (like DragonFly) will probably follow suit.
Matthew Dillon’s starting/continuing work on that aforementioned clustering by breaking out the journaling protocols into a module he’s calling “SYSLINK“.
Matthew Dillon’s decided to use the journaling work that was done previously on DragonFly to handle communication between the kernel and a VFS, and also between machines in a cluster. He typed up a very detailed explanation that shows where a lot of the groundwork has been done.Â (Plus, a followup.)
Marcin Jessa pointed out that since it’s possible to compile the DesktopBSD tools on FreeBSD, it may also be possible on DragonFly.
One of the proposed projects for Google’s Summer of Code 2006 is a rewrite of pkg_install, which encompasses the various utility programs used for pkgsrc. The proposal is by Joerg Sonnenberger, who has commit access to both DragonFly and pkgsrc, and has made an astounding quantity of packages work on DragonFly.
Sascha Wildner’s removing a whole lot of kernel options.Â Speak up if you are using them…Â though if you are, they probably don’t work.
Anyone want to write a new devfs? (That’s device file system, if you haven’t seen the term before.) A discussion about tracking disks and their appropriate mount points ended with Matthew Dillon noting that at this point, the DragonFly system is cleaned up enough that this would be an approachable task for someone with experience.