Alex Hornung has done some preliminary work with llvm/clang, and has successfully compiled a GENERIC DragonFly kernel, and completed a buildworld, using it. He also has some very nice notes available detailing the work. There’s potential for cross-BSD work with FreeBSD on this one, too.
While these details have probably been explained before, Matthew Dillon has a nice summary of how the vkernel system works, for your weekend reading.
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…
(I’m especially happy about the concept of complete man pages, having been frustrated today by a newly installed Linux system that lacked man pages to match the installed drivers or utilities for the intended hardware. Yeah, I’m talking AsteriskNOW.)
If you were looking to create a very large or very small version of the DragonFly logo, I’ve added .eps and .ai versions of the logo to the images page on the DragonFly website.
The iwi(4) firmware has been updated, and there’s an announcement that tells you where to find it.
If you are interested in the Google Summer of Code project, as a student, a mentor, or just want to suggest a project, write that down:
The application period starts for DragonFly (for the organization, not students) in a week, and it’ll help to see who wants to get in on the action.