Mobile Skylake CPUs appear to have issues with power management and direct video rendering. There’s potential fixes on the horizon, but until then, be aware if you have that specific hardware and software mix.
I noted commits about this before, but here’s the instructions: how to use DragonFly on a Macbook Pro with dual GPUs.
It’s always nice to see this out of nowhere: How to Install DragonFly BSD 4.6 + Xfce Desktop + Apps on VMware.
Francois Tigeot has brought in the ‘apple_gmux’ driver. If you have a Macbook with both Intel and NVIDIA video hardware installed, this driver lets you switch to the Intel hardware, and I assume take advantage of DragonFly’s accelerated i915 driver.
For those of you who build custom kernels, the if_sl, if_ppp, and if_faith devices are now built as modules, not in the kernel. This means you can remove references to them in your custom kernel config – if you have one.
As part of a larger conversation about security measures, NX bit capability was added to DragonFly. You can turn it on or off, and it’s off by default so it doesn’t cause any surprises. As the first link in this post points out, your installed third-party software is more of a security issue than processor features, in any case.
In my ongoing quest to actually catch up to all the DragonFly commits recently, here’s a recent update to machdep.cpu_idle_hlt. Set this to affect power usage. I’m linking to this list of the different settings because, like RAID levels, nobody can or should remember every one.
Continuing my catchup on recent commits, there’s now a ‘version 7’ internal to HAMMER 1. It changes the CRC code to a faster version, but since this instruction isn’t used (yet), there’s no real world impact. Remember this for next time you want to run ‘hammer version-upgrade’.
If you’re mounting a HAMMER2 filesystem, you can refer to it by label instead of by device.
No, it’s not ready for use yet and I don’t have a date other than “when it’s done”, to preanswer the next questions.
Yes, I know we just released 4.8. This is a rollup release, capturing everything that was committed to the 4.6 branch after 4.6.1 and before 4.8 came out. If you are going to upgrade, it’s worth it to go to 4.8, but this way there’s a clean final version in the 4.6 branch.
(Hat tip to Sascha Wildner for reminding me to do this.)