Colo upgrade for dragonflybsd.org, plus future

Matthew Dillon posted an extensive writeup about the hardware changes for dragonflybsd.org; price to performance ratio has been improving so much for multiprocessor machines that we can jump forward both for hosting hardware and for a testbed.

He also mentions his immediate thoughts on what to tackle next, since SMP has been so relentless improved in DragonFly.  It resulted in a very long conversational chain as people weighed in with opinions, so I’ve held off posting it until the conversation finished.  (I chimed in too.)

Disk encryption and non-QWERTY keyboard layouts

When you encrypt your DragonFly boot drive, initrd(7) is run to get your system online and able to accept a password to decrypt the drive.  So far, so good.  The initrd program is a minimal userland designed to be small, and it generally works.  However, it assumes a QWERTY keyboard.  If you’re Pierre-Alain TORET and normally use an AZERTY (in this case French) keyboard, that makes it difficult to type the decryption phrase.

It’s possible to patch a different keyboard layout into initrd, and he has documented just how to do that.

A new upgrade method

Remember my post about a new upgrade script?  tse, the author, has happily added in a bunch of suggestions.  I’m intermittently traveling and can’t do anything to test it for days yet – but I’d love to see others try it out.

The bugs issue tracking versions is here: #3197.  Can you, dear reader, try it out?  Do an in-place upgrade on your version, or even a test install with a VM?  I want to see what happens in the wild.

Lazy Reading for 2019/07/14

Who can recommend a dynamic DNS service?  (I’d like to know from direct experience, not Googling.)  I’ve been using Dyn for years, but they’ve been unintelligibly merged into the Oracle behemoth, and I need to change.