Matthew Dillon has turned net.inet.tcp.always_keepalive on by default, due in part to problems seen during the most recent pkgsrc bulk build I've been doing on pkgbox.dragonflybsd.org.
Student proposals for the Google Summer of Code are now due on April 7th, instead of today. This means more time to refine proposals, or create a new one. Get to it! We have 28 applications at this point. And look: Google's newest product to launch on April 1st: Google Gulp.
Abstracts for paper presentations at EuroBSDCon 2008 are due June 1st. The EuroBSDCon site doesn't have the Call For Papers on it, so I'll link to the mail. I like this note from the family page: "Derivative work such as Gentoo are considered welcome though their creativity is restrictively licensed."Â (Emphasis added)
Matthew Dillon reports that HAMMER is running well enough to have survived a week holding backups on his local LAN; he asks for more testers.
The March issue of the Open Source Business Resource is out.Â There's a timely article in there where Murraay Stokely describes the benefits for FreeBSD that came from Summer of Code participation.Â (via Dru Lavigne) (remember, student apps are due by Monday!)Â
Sepherosa Ziehau has added a packet generator to DragonFly that can apparently pump out a lot of data.
Two minor changes: Matthew Dillon has brought in updates for disk support (NATA) from FreeBSD, and Sascha Wildner has updated the timezone database.Â I never realized timezone information fluctuated so much.
Dave Hayes has committed changes that allow the local version of the installer (i.e. the one in CVS) to be used when building a release CD.
Matthew Dillon posted another HAMMER filesystem update. In this one, he goes into the current state and talks about a bit of what's planned for this filesystem (boot support - yay!). He later went into details of historical filesystem access and snapshot usage. An interesting point from a recent commit: a HAMMER filesystem is stable enough to use as /usr/obj during a buildworld.
We are in the student signup period for Google Summer of Code projects on DragonFly.Â I have a link roundup for both students and mentors - check it if you have not yet signed up or want to propose a project.
The upstream network provider for dragonflybsd.org is going through some changes, so there may be occasional downtime for some weeks.
This was mentioned before, but now it's official: ipw(4) is gone, superseded by iwl(4).
Despite the logarithmic expansion of computers and drop in costs of the years, everyone looks back on their first computer systems with a sense of nostalgia.Â This is why certain readers will find the Raymond Commodore Amiga store in Minneapolis interesting.Â You should be able to gues their exclusive inventory from the store name.Â It's so old-school, the website is a ~username directory.Â (via Boing Boing Gadgets)
Microsoft has been making some "We support open source" noise lately, but I wonder how far it will go.Â It's neat to see open source tools acknowledged, but this other OnLAMP post about how open source removes vendor dependence seems to conflict with Mcrosoft's usual business model.Â I would be surprised if Microsoft went so far as to have open source products supplant (instead of complement) their products, like other vendors have done.
Dru Lavigne wrote a blog entry on some of the dangers of using a GPL license vs. BSD, and links to this interesting story of how the University of Toronto found sticking to BSD licensing made software management easier.Â That article is from the October 2007 issue ("Licensing") of the Open Source Business Resource; I've linked to the OSBR before, but not that issue.
Even more conferences: Free and Open Source Conference 3 is happening August 23-24, in Germany.Â Â The call for papers is already out.Â (via Undeadly)Â Also, there will be a BSD booth at IT360, April 8-9 in Toronto.Â (via Dru Lavigne)Â Check Dru's post for details on free admission.Â There will be a BSDA exam there, too.
The latest BSDTalk has an interview with Dan Langille, a driving force behind BSDCan and also the creator of the FreeBSD Diary, which is one of the things that inspired me to create this digest.
There's a BSD convention in Barcelona, April 19th and 20th. If you want more information, it will help if you can read Spanish.Â As I've said before, the number of BSD conventions is growing.Â (via Planet FreeBSD)
Matthew Dillon has committed some improvements to DragonFly's virtual kernel mechanism, possibly prompted by a discussion of it on email@example.com.
Peter Avalos has updated bzip2 to fix issue CVE-2008-1372.