Posts in category DragonFlyBSD Digest
A lighter week for commits probably because of the U.S. holiday, but still plenty of things to link. Gabor Pali is this week’s ‘Faces of FreeBSD‘. The DiscoverBSD weekly BSD summary. There will be a FreeBSD Journal, though I see no mention on the Foundation site yet. There’s a ruBSD conference on December 14th, in Mos [...]
BSDNow 13 is out, and it includes an interview with Jordan Hubbard of ports/Apple/iXSystems fame. They also continue the ‘Building an OpenBSD router’ project, and of course, there’s more.
pkg 1.2 is coming out. This brings a number of new features, but as John Marino posted, you may want to delete your old pkg.conf to keep the new version from complaining about an old config file. This upgrade is a step on the way to signed packages, which is a Good Idea.
Remember the ‘mini roadmap’, mentioned last week yesterday? John Marino put together a Google Docs spreadsheet to track the task status; several items are already cleared off. Take a look and tackle a task.
John Marino posted a possible ‘roadmap’ for DragonFly, now that we’re past the 3.6 release. The thread went on for some ways as it was discussed, including my crazy ideas. Notably, several suggested items have already been tackled – an iwn(4) upgrade has already happened, and an update to bmake, based on John’s [...]
This is a little old, but Matthew Dillon noted the status of his Hammer2 work a little while ago. Some highlights: he’s intending Hammer2 to be usable on a single host by the time of the next DragonFly release (summer 2014), the Summer of Code project for compression has already been integrated, and he listed different parts of the wor [...]
If you’re planning to run DragonFly in KVM, remember this post from Matthew Dillon, giving the settings he uses. This will save you a bit of time.
If you have a recent laptop with an iwn(4) wireless chipset, Matthew Dillon’s recent work getting an updated version of the driver together will probably help you. It was done specifically to support a Intel Centrino Wireless-N 2230, but many more should also now work.
If you’re upgrading dports (and you probably are if you are going from DragonFly 3.4 to 3.6), there’s a minor issue in dports, inherited from FreeBSD ports: you need to manually remove perl before upgrading. It’s all of one command, so it’s not a huge burden. Joris Giovanngeli spotted it first.
Eitan Adler is the newest DragonFly committer; you may recognize his name from some previous commits added by others, where he synced up various work between the BSDs.
The 3.6 release of DragonFly is available now. I just put up those images last night, so if your favorite mirror doesn’t have it, give it a few hours. For those updating from 3.4 to 3.6: there’s an ABI change, so you will have to upgrade all your packages. If you’re using pkgsrc and ready to switch to dports, (Read more.. [...]
There’s some in-depth items to look at this week; pull up a chair and get something warm to drink. You will be rewarded. James Mickens, who you may remember from The Slow Winter a few weeks back, has written again with The Night Watch. Gonzo tech writing is the best. Note to self: a ;login: subscription might not be (Read more...)
I’m working my way up to more than just links to source for the cross-BSD news. There’s a lot to swim through! NYCBSDCon 2014 (on February 8, 2014 - note the recent change) is, in addition to the normal call for papers, having a ‘call for exposés’, meaning they want people to expose BSD projects. I found this out th [...]
BSDNow 12, which I haven’t had a chance to watch yet, has the normal roundup of events and an interview with Amitai Schlair of NetBSD. There’s also a tutorial about ssh and tmux.
As noted on the kernel@ list, it’s tagged but not yet in image form.
Predrag Punosevac asked for good fileserver examples. Several people answered, including me – the best answer is from Francois Tigeot, but there’s discussion of IPMI support in the thread. Related: I wonder if the Backblaze Storage Pod would work for DragonFly?
The November issue of BSD Magazine is out, with a feature on High Availability Storage (that’s HAST) on FreeBSD, plus more. (noticed via freebsdnews, since I somehow missed the email/rss from bsdmag.com)
BSDTalk 235 has 26 minutes of conversation with Allan Jude about various topics, including this BSDNow thing I was just on,
John Marino isn’t interested in supporting the i386 architeecture for DragonFly and dports, so he’s not going to actively work on it. (Packages for DragonFly 3.6 are already built, so that’s not a problem for release.) If you feel like taking on a significant but interesting workload, check his message about the work invol [...]
It’s been snowing this week in the northeast US, which makes me happy. Unix: sending signals to processes. Signals have always struck me as a somewhat byzantine messaging system that everyone uses for the equivalent of Ctrl-C. Unix: Debugging your scripts. This will be useful if it’s not already familiar to you. Compatibility i [...]