- This Coding Horror article talks about garbage collection and happens to mention an entertaining common BSD function in shutdown.c: die_you_gravy_sucking_pig_dog()
- The DCBSDCon Blog has some notes on the facilities – there will be wireless, and Jason Dixon will be giving his “BSD Is Dying” talk, too.
- An hour of Marshall Kirk McKusick’s FreeBSD kernel class (based on his book) is available now on Youtube. (via) Plus, more videos on other open source topics at the FOSSLC. (via)
- This new column on GameSetWatch, The Amateur, titled “Why You Should Pay for Free“, gets into free software (like BSD) from a giveaway gaming point of view (not like BSD). It’s an interesting take.
- ZangbandTK: Confessions of a Dungeon Hack is a new Rock, Paper, Shotgun article about playing a tiled roguelike, and quite enjoyable to read. Check the comments for some interesting links.
pkgbox.dragonflybsd.org has a set of packages for pkgsrc 2008Q4 on DragonFly 2.0.1. The bulk build was started after the freeze for 2008Q4 but before the actual branch was released, so it’s not exactly the 2008Q4 release, but it’s pretty close. It’ll be updated as soon as the next build completes. Please, use a mirror as soon as they update.
Hasso Tepper is looking for other people with experience and/or interest in porting FreeBSD’s mmc(4) support for SD cards greater than 2G in size. Contact him is that describes you.
There’s a build of pkgsrc from just before the 2008Q4 ‘freeze’ finishing now on pkgbox.dragonflybsd.org; a build will happen soon. Hasso Tepper noted a higher failure rate in package building for that release…
I have a number of items that are all going to get posted together:
Some extra reading: Hasso Tepper posted a link to an article talking about non-uniform memory access (NUMA). Any article that can have diagrams labeled ‘hypercubes’ must be worthwhile.
DragonFly may or may not be participating; it’s dependent on the application process same as every year. If you’re a student, start thinking about what to do, now.
Michael Neumann came up with an interesting script that creates a bootable DragonFly USB drive. This makes it possible to boot up and install on a netbook that lacks a normal CDROM, for instance.
The DCBSDCon Blog announces the last 3 speakers at DCBSDCon:George Neville-Neil, one of the authors of The Design and Implementation of the FreeBSD Operating System, Ken Caruso of SchmooCon Labs, and our very own Robert Luciani, talking about DragonFly and threading.
Sascha Wildner posted a clarification: ISA and EISA support in any card will be dropped after the 2.2 release is out.