Matthew Dillon has added a “rebalance” feature to Hammer, which cleans up the underlying B-Tree structures in Hammer that might otherwise slow down searching. It’s considered experimental, so be careful with it for now.
The Unofficial Unix Administration Horror Story Summary, compiled by someone from my alma mater. Read through the section on misuse of ‘rm’ and you will want to use Hammer all the more… (via I forget, sorry)
Do you have room for more than 25 people? Are you in Europe? If you answered ‘yes’ to both questions, then you could help out with finding a venue for Pkgsrccon 2009.
While these details have probably been explained before, Matthew Dillon has a nice summary of how the vkernel system works, for your weekend reading.
It might be time to stop buying Apple audio products, as the company is deliberately picking physical incompatibility to force upgrades.
If you feel ambitious, Hasso Tepper has a few pkgsrc items that don’t build on DragonFly, and he hasn’t found out why yet. Anyone with experience and/or ideas about these packages is welcome to make suggestions.
Someone want to fix up siginfo?
For those wanting to build Qemu right now on DragonFly, Hasso Tepper has published instructions on how to compile from Qemu’s development trunk.
A bunch of links, cause that’s the easiest way to get this all out:
This hasn’t been as clearly noted as it could be: there’s a DragonFly channel on IRC: #dragonflybsd on EFNet, with a steady population of users and developers. Please drop in.
I just finished the application for DragonFly to participate in Summer of Code 2009:
We did well last year, so I’m hoping we will get in again. Check the website for this year’s details.
Big news: Sepherosa Ziehau has managed to remove the Big Giant Lock from the ip and bridge forwarding path. This includes ipfw, though not yet pf. It is in fact possible to make the whole TCP/UDP code path BGL-free. Sepeherosa helpfully posted some benchmarks to show just how significant the improvements can be.
- ‘alexh’ put in a new page on dragonflybsd.org, describing how you can contribute to DragonFly.
- ‘jth’ has been making a huge number of fixes for the Handbook pages, for links I missed in conversion.
- If you have projects for Google Summer of Code 2009, or can work as a student or mentor, put it on the SoC 2009 page, as a number of people have been doing.
wiki.dragonflybsd.org has been set to be read-only, since the content has been moved to www.dragonflybsd.org. The site hasn’t been turned off yet, because I may have missed something in the move…
This month’s @Play column dives into the playing mechanisms of XRogue, an older roguelike variant with some interesting features. Of special interest to geeks like me is the historical line drawn between XRogue features like charmed monsters and NetHack pets.
BSDTalk has Andrew Doran of NetBSD talking about the not-yet-out NetBSD 5 release, for 22 minutes.