This week, BSDTalk talks about sysjail, the Open/NetBSD version of FreeBSD ‘jail’, with Michael Dexter. (Yes, I realize that’s an oversimplification.)
Sepherosa Ziehau has a patch that makes it possible to assign polling(4) to specific CPUs.
Update: There’s a new version of that patch.
If enabling ACPI means that some of the devices attached to your computer can’t be found, YONETANI Tomokazu has a patch that may fix it.
Sascha Wildner has added two new man pages: kernconf(5), for explaining kernel options, and firmware(9), for the process of loading firmware images into the kernel.
Chris Turner is also a new DragonFly developer with commit access.Â Welcome, Chris.
Hasso Tepper has a patch that appears to fix net-snmp; it can be downloaded for someone who needs SNMP now, and it should hopefully be integrated into pkgsrc soon.
DragonFly’s newest developer with commit access: Noah Yan, already known to be working on the AMD64 version of DragonFly.Â Welcome, Noah.
Hasso Tepper has brought in extensive changes to agp(4), from FreeBSD.Â For a full list of the manyÂ new supported devices, puzzle through the man page diff.
There’s a good number of commits to DragonFly that I don’t mention on the Digest because they are relatively small, or not necessarily part of a larger plan. However, I’ll take a minute to mention the work by Sascha Wildner; he has kept the man pages in DragonFly up-to-date almost single-handedly, and done an excellent job. How good? See this excerpt from the IRC channel #dragonflybsd on EFNet:
(17:17:57) corecode: wow linux man pages are unreadable
(17:18:00) corecode: incomprehensive
(18:11:52) _hasso_: corecode: linux doesn’t have swildner ;P
YONETANI Tomokazu reports that DragonFly will boot on his Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro, though Daniel Tralamazza reports it won’t boot on his 1st generation MacBook Pro. I didn’t know this was possible…
Sepherosa Ziehau has made changes to the nfe(4) driver that, among other things, allow a card with that chipset to transmit data at full line rate.
If you haven’t already, you should make sure your NFS mounts can be put into the background.Â Sooner or later, it’ll save you a lot of waiting.
Sepherosa Ziehau has added ‘in-progress’ support for a number of Broadcom networking chipsets.Â Check the commit message for features, credits, and so on.Â Thanks, Sephe!
Peter Avalos has updated OpenSSH to 4.7p1.
Dave Hayes posted his scheme for upgrading OpenSSL on a DragonFly 1.8 system to the latest version.Â This is useful if you haven’t yet moved to 1.10.1, and want to avoid recent OpenSSL security issues.
Peter Avalos has added the option to not compile GCC3; this will shave a few minutes off a buildworld, and not hurt anything if you prefer GCC4.1.Â GCC3.x isn’t going away yet, however.
Linux Weekly News is reporting that AMD is planning to move away from binary driver support to an open-source driver, though the majority of the work will still originate from outside the company.Â That makes better 3D support on DragonFly at least possible.Â (via aggelos on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
Peter Avalos has updated libarchive to version 2.2.7
BSDStats.org is reporting month-on-month increases in the number of reporting clients for almost every BSD flavor; while it’s not the most scientific method of reporting usage numbers, it’s the most scientific one I know of.Â Â It’d be nice to see some more DragonFly hosts in there. (hint hint)
DragonFly has switched to IPFW2.Â Anyone want to tackle an upgrade to pf, too?