Matthew Dillon is making some changes to sockets; these should make the code significantly more simple. Look at the first patch, for instance.
There’s a new set of pkgsrc packages for DragonFly 2.5.x, i386, built using pkgsrc-2009Q3. Using pkg_radd will get them for you.
If anyone wants a project, there’s apparently a small undo bug that I’ve encountered. It is a small fix in terms of changes, for any takers.
There’s a status report from Matthew Dillon about his work on version 4 of Hammer, including the always enjoyable stories of tests that involve yanking the SATA cable from the drive.
Jan Lentfer has put together a test upgrade of BIND in the base system from 9.3 to 9.5.2. Give it a test run, especially if you are on 64-bit DragonFly.
Saifi Khan asked some questions about using git; I link to two sets of answers, because these little things are useful when you are starting with git. Or, in my case, don’t use it frequently enough to remember.
OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8l by Aggelos Economopoulos; this fixes a security vulnerability. The update is available for 2.4.1 and 2.5 – update to get it.
Where I get more linkbloggy than usual:
- According to the 5th slide in this presentation, Android’s libc, “Bionic”, is BSD-derived. Anyone know which BSD? It looks like “whatever” is the answer.
- There’s a video out about BSD Certification.
- Hubert Feyrer has a note about NetBSD’s not-necessarily-intended moves towards a microkernel architecture. Other “move things to userland” steps have happened in DragonFly; it seems a trend.
- Giorgos Keramidas talks about font substitution in Firefox. This should work on any platform.
- Vim plugins: a.vim lets you switch between .c and .h files with a single command.
- I should have linked to this yesterday: Epitome, a “deduplication engine” for OpenBSD, was mentioned a bit in the most recent BSDTalk. (via)
- Gopher: not dead yet. (also via)
BSDCan 2010 will be May 13th and 14th in Ottawa, Canada, with 2 days of classes beforehand. Maybe I’ll actually make it this year, like I wish every time…
If you are often offline – voluntarily or involuntarily – there’s some changes coming to pkg_rolling-replace to deal with spotty online access.
This has been around for a while, but I’m re-mentioning it because it’s not really linked anywhere: Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has a version of the FreeBSD NVIDIA video driver that should work on DragonFly: http://gitweb.dragonflybsd.org/~corecode/nvidia.git. It should be possible to clone from that link, build the code, and use it. (Untested by me – if you’ve done it, some explicit instructions would be helpful to others.)
Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has changed 64-bit DragonFly to be tagged “x86_64” instead of “amd64”. It seems most other operating systems use that for 64-bit system architechure names. So does pkgsrc, which may fix some recent builds on amd64 x86_64
OpenBSD developer Jacek Masiulaniec gets 14 minutes of airtime in the most recent BSDTalk podcast.
Alexander Polakov has a further update for his new ACPI code. He now even provides a DragonFly ISO image and USB image so that a new system can be installed for testing. There’s already one positive report. It will probably go in this weekend.
Saifi Khan ran Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert’s make parallelism test on a dual-cpu system, and the theory holds up: ‘make -j N’ where N == the number of CPUs, plus 1, will give the fastest build time. (graphed again!)
If you use any sort of BSD product at work, the BSD Certification group wants you to take a survey. They are building a cross section of what people are doing with BSD, and this will show what requirements should go with the certifications. Any BSD use applies, not just DragonFly. The more results, the better the tests, and the more value to the certifications, so we all benefit.
Do you have a SMP system, running DragonFly 2.5? Stathis Kamperis needs you to test something, to see if another set of system calls can be made multiprocessor-safe.
Update: An additional step.
If you’ve previously had problems in DragonFly with AHCI and a DVD drive, there’s a potential fix available.
The first one of the Open Source Business Resource Co-Creation issues is out. Read this if any of the open source software you use has a commercial component. (Chances are, yes, it does.)