In Other BSDs for 2015/12/12

I had this built up well ahead of time.

No atime in Hammer

Hammer now defaults to ‘noatime’, meaning the date and time of last access are not updated on every file action.  Note that creation and modification date and time are still recorded.  This will help with speed and disk activity.

This may cause a problem with any software expecting this to change – mutt, possibly?  We will find out.  This change was done after the 4.4 branch, so it’s not in the current release of DragonFly.

DragonFly 4.4 released

DragonFly 4.4 is released!  The release page has the information, and your nearest mirror should have the images by now.   To update an existing 4.2 system, see my users@ post.

Sharp-eyed users will note that release is happening with version 4.4.1, rather than the 4.4.0 you’d expect.  That’s because I tagged 4.4.0, built the images, and then OpenSSL 1.0.1q was released.  Rather than make everyone who installs DragonFly need to immediately update, Sascha Wildner brought in the OpenSSL update to the 4.4 branch, and I built 4.4.1 instead.

Lazy Reading for 2015/12/06

Another done-early week.  I’m already filling in next week’s Lazy Reading.

Your unrelated music clip of the week: Coldcut – More Beats n Pieces.

Your unrelated open source game of the week: MegaGlest.  Runs on DragonFly, FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD, or at least I can find references to binaries for all of them.  (via comments)

Your unrelated community funded game of the week: Psychonauts 2.  A sequel to one of my favoritest games ever.

In Other BSDs for 2015/12/05

I was going to make comments about this being a light week, and then suddenly I had overflow.


DragonFly, NFS, and netbooting

DragonFly has historically performed very well with NFS.  I don’t have hard numbers to point at (an interesting exercise if someone wanted it), but in any case: DragonFly now can tune up to a much larger iosize, which means better NFS performance.  DragonFly <-> DragonFly NFS performance can now max out a GigE link, or with anything else that can handle the larger iosize.  That plus additional readahead, also in that commit, means easier netboots.

BSDTalk 259: Supporting a BSD Project

BSDTalk has a 65-minute recording of Ed Maste and George Neville-Neil at vBSDCon 2015 presenting “Supporting a BSD Project“.  Note that it’s a recording of the presentation itself and not an interview after the fact.  I don’t think vBSDCon has had any released video, or I don’t immediately remember seeing any, so this may be the only way to experience this talk.