This week on UnixReview: a program review of ‘Snort 2.6 and Afterglow‘, a book review of ‘BigNum Math‘, which may be good for causing naps, and ‘Sharing A Linux Scanner On Your Network‘.Â Don’t let that last title fool you – that’s more about the available-for-BSD SANE.
I’ve moved to HiddenNetwork for the sidebar ad. HiddenNetwork provides ads for computer jobs, which I’d bet would interest most of the Digest’s readers. Some of them look tempting to me, in fact.
I originally heard of HiddenNetwork from reading The Daily WTF, and then had a followup recommendation (good idea, Simon). Please let me know your opinion by comment or email.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert’s port of FreeBSD-6’s sound infrastructure (including the HDA driver) is available. See his post for more details. It’s an easy install, requiring a simple patch and kernel or module build.
In the news recently:
Advisory Check 1.0 was released, which checks for vulnerabilities in installed software, and works with an impressive number of package managment systems on BSD and Linux. It includes pkgsrc, so it should work on DragonFly. (Thanks, BSDNews)
PC-BSD, a ‘with-its-desktop-and-package-manager’ version of FreeBSD, was bought by iXsystems. Reading this interview, it seems ‘bought’ == hiring of the main developer of PC-BSD by iXsystems. The lucky guy gets to be paid for what he used to do for fun.
pfSense, a FreeBSD-based firewall derived from m0n0wall, has reached version 1.0. One of the project leads on pfSense is Scott Ullrich, who also commits to DragonFly. pfSense uses the BSD Installer (again, Scott Ullrich is involved in that) as does DragonFly.
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has brought over FreeBSD’s high definition audio support, making it possible to get sound from ICH8 chipsets, for instance. It’s not yet committed; contact corecode if you want to try it out.
(No mailing list post yet; he announced this on the IRC channel #dragonflybsd on EFNet.)
fsck(8) in DragonFly now can handle filesystems containing millions of directories.Â Matthew Dillon added this support because he happens to have 23 million directories laying around on a single volume.
YONETANI Tomokazu has added support for disk suspension for saving power.
A discussion on users@ has wandered into just how much of any data transmission is overhead; e.g. not data.
csup is usable for a cvsup client, and since it’s written in C, doesn’t require modula-3, which doesn’t build on DragonFly.Â csup was broken on DragonFly, though YONETANI Tomokazu has a fix.Â Of course, the server side still needs to be compiled, with the same dependency problems.Â Alternatives like cvsync have problems, and rsync is supposed to be too taxing, but now is a good time to test that assumption, perhaps with a benchmark?
Sascha Wildner has updated timezone data!Â Yeah, slow news day.