One side effect of repeated package builds is that you start looking at ways to optimize for intense, repeated, parallel software compilation.
I am running a bit late posting about it, but BSD Now 339 is out, with conversations about recent different releases, plus as the title says, fundraising.
Yes, that is ambiguously phrased for fun. Matthew Dillon committed some benchmarks inside rdrand() code to show the actual performance improvements.
This recent commit changes how random number provision is seeded on DragonFly. It sounds interesting, but I don’t know if the performance improvement translates to real-world activity.
Still backlogged, which means one of these weekends I’ll catch up and you’ll have about a zillion links to click.
No theme this week cause I think I hit everything.
tmpfs on DragonFly now clusters writes better, so performance is improved in high-activity environments… which is probably why you are using tmpfs anyway. The post says 2-4x improvement when paging out.
If you post about a problem and later solve it, you will help many people in the future if you summarize the problem and (very important) the fix. In this case, Nelson H. F. Beebe installing DragonFlyBSD 5.6.2 on his Dell Precision 7920 workstation.
BSD Now 338 is up, which strangely is listed as the “100th episode” on the site, but I think that means it’s only indexed through #239. Anyway, it has the normal ingredients – a ZFS article, a convention note, and a link into a conversation about OpenBSD, among other things.
I tagged version 5.8 a few days ago. Release will be soon, but not before this weekend.
The next scheduled meeting for SEMIBUG is tonight. Go, if you are near.
Partial overflow this week, which means probably even more next week. We all benefit!
UNIX history as an accidental theme this week.
Update: NetBSD 9.0 is released.
I like seeing cross-pollination, as I’ve said before. I really like it turning into informal cross-BSD standards.
This week’s BSD Now covers user groups and convention talks and releases and really the full gamut.
ChiBUG is having their monthly meeting at the normal place, Giordano’s, tonight. Next month is a new location.
Hamilton, Ontario, is having what I think is the inaugural meeting for their BUG, tonight. That’s I think the closest one to me so far.
Also, the Polish BUG is meeting tonight. I say “tonight” for both of these, but they are very different time zones.
The Dusseldorf BSD.nrw BUG is also also meeting tonight. Second Tuesdays are popular!
Linked cause I always forget the right shell command for UTF-8, to reduce the amount of ???? ??? ??? ??????? ??.
Apple ][ minitheme, this week.
Your unrelated music link of the day: A Beginner’s Guide to Venetian Snares’ Breakcore Madness. Oh Bandcamp RSS feed, how did I live without you?