DragonFly 1.8.1 released

The title says it all – visit the download page for 1.8 to get it.  Most every mirror appears to have it right now – not just the ones on the 1.8 page.

Note that some sites have an early version of the 1.8.1 release that lacks the installer; that image is ‘dfly-1.8.1.iso.gz’.  Instead, be sure to download ‘dfly-1.8.1_REL.iso.gz’, which should be the newer file of the two.

Easier commenting now

I’ve removed some of the inconvenient antispam features (comments from new people are always moderated, http:// links get a post filtered, etc) and switched to different antispam software.  Email me if you add a comment and can’t get through…

Ending the mail transfer agent bikeshed

A recurring argument that pops up from time to time is replacing Sendmail in the base system with something else – Postfix , qmail, or a similar product.  Licensing, complexity, or user preference usually lead to a long discussion that doesn’t change the matter.  Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has come up with an answer: none of the above.  He’s writing a simple MTA that will handle delivery on the local machine, which is enough for a system that doesn’t handle normal mail.  For people who need more, sendmail and Postfix and others are all in pkgsrc.