The most recent item on the DCBSDCon blog announces Kristaps Džonsons as a speaker; he will talk about his process isolation work on mult.
P.S. Who else thinks that it would be good to have man pages look as pretty as the web page for mult?
This recent Coding Horror column by Jeff Atwood expands on a Joel Spolsky discussion, where it’s pointed out good programmers program cause they love it, not because of the pay or anything else. I’d take that discussion a step farther and use open source programming as an example; people do it because they want to; because they don’t want to stop thinking about solving problems even when they aren’t at work.
So much that I’m doing bullet points:
The ISC DHCP package in pkgsrc is changing as it moves from 4.0 to 4.1; the package names will be different, as will the rc flags. Keep an eye out for this if you use it for your internal network. (This may affect our install CD, too.)
Michael Neumann reported success booting DragonFly on his Eee PC 1000H, though the wireless/wired network drivers don’t work yet.
The DCBSDCon blog has another speaker announced: Ted Unangst, who will be talking about SMP and OpenBSD.
iXsystems is working on a “BSD Laptop“, which is an interesting idea; it was hinted at during one of Will Backman’s live podcasts from NYCBSDCon, I think it was. My first reaction to the idea is to think “Oh, you can just buy any laptop for that”. My second reaction is to look at the 3 laptops in the room with me that can’t quite boot any BSD flavor, and change my mind.
The GameSetWatch column Pixel Journeys, by the same fellow who writes the @Play columns I often link to, has a writeup about dnd, an early role-playing game (but kind of a roguelike!) I’ve never heard of on a computer system I’ve never heard of. Just reading about gives me that wierd feeling like the first time I encountered VMS.
In addition to committing the new scheduler improvements mentioned earlier this week, Matthew Dillon has made some changes to how DragonFly handles low memory situations, so the system will be able to recover much more quickly. He’s also asking for testers of his new vm.burst_fault sysctl.
Papers for USENIX 2009 are due January 9th, which isn’t very far off, what with the holiday season. So get cracking!