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.
BSDCertification.org has a new logo and a new competition where the best fundraising idea from a user group gets a prizeÂ (passes to BSDCan 2007).Â June 10th is the cutoff for registering your group.Â (thanks, BSDNews)
I missed this before: BSDTalk has an interview with Scott Ullrich, who has worked on DragonFly and the BSD Installer, among other things.Â There’s lots of other recent interviews, too.
Joerg Sonnenberger presented at PkgSrcCon 2006 about his experiences bringing pkgsrc to DragonFly.Â The slides from his presentation are available now, along with all the others.
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, while following up on comments on his recent clustering post, managed to summarize the whole thing in much less space.
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.)
This week on UnixReview.com: Reviews of Unix in a Nutshell, C in a Nutshell, SQL in a Nutshell, and a description of the LinuxWorld/NetworkWorld Conference.
Marcin Jessa pointed out that since it’s possible to compile the DesktopBSD tools on FreeBSD, it may also be possible on DragonFly.
‘walt’ has an patch for kdemultimedia that may make KMix, the KDE mixer, work on DragonFly.Â It’ll be in the pkgsrc binary soon.
Johannes Hofmann has made available a “crude” port of EST, a utility for Pentium M speed control, for DragonFly.
Some trivia about shutting down your DragonFly system: ‘shutdown -p now’ is the preferred way, though the rare laptop needs some tweaks. It’s also possible to get KDE to issue the command.Â While on the topic of power management, YONETANI Tomokazu is planning to update ACPI in the next month.
Matthew Dillon has rewritten the POSIX locking code, and included a small test utility.
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.
This week on UnixReview.com: Security+ test review, plus examples, and a look at CherryPy, a Python framework.Â (Programming frameworks are all the rage lately, what with Ruby on Rails defining an otherwise nearly-unused language.)