Posts in category DragonFlyBSD Digest
If you’ve seen my previous two reviews of Michael W. Lucas’s ‘Mastery’ books – DNSSEC Mastery and SSH Mastery - then you can guess what this will be: his newest book, focusing on a single software topic. This time it’s sudo. The one downside of reading this book: I now am aware I’m using sudo wrong. [...]
I spent this entire week saying things like “Wait, today’s Tuesday?” and “I thought this was Wednesday, not Thursday.” Welcome to my GUI Gallery, a whole lot of different GUI screenshots. This mention of the “Salto” Alto emulator brought me there, and there’s some material I’ve never see [...]
Not sure why, but there wasn’t a lot of things this week to pick out. A short discussion of Perfect Forward Secrecy on pkgsrc-users. PC-BSD apparently (used to) play a movie on first boot. FreeBSD now has a ‘mini-memstick‘ install option. (a later messages says ~200M in size.) FreeBSD has updated aacraid. OpenBSD supports [...]
Matthew Dillon did some more performance tuning for DragonFly. I’ll just pull a paragraph from the commit message, since that will have more impact than anything I say: Improves fork/exec concurrency on monster of static binaries from 14200/sec to 55000/sec+. For dynamic binaries improve from around 2500/sec to 9000/sec or so (48 cores [...]
The 10th BSDNow episode is out, with the ambitious title, “Year of the BSD Desktop”. As you can guess from the title, a PC-BSD desktop gets set up as part of the episode, and as you might not guess from the title, they interview Michael W. Lucas.
Branched, not released. The release should happen in two weeks. One major bug has been squished, and remember the upgrade process from 3.4 to 3.6 is a little different from normal.
DragonFly developer Francois Tigeot was interviewed on linuxfr.org. As you can probably guess from the names, it’s a French site, but don’t let that stop you if you’re an Anglophone.
This was a loooooong week, with me working 24 of the last 48 hours. It didn’t get in the way of the link-gathering, though! This report on what’s new in Unicode 7 is stranger than you’d expect. (via) gzip + poetry = awesome. This is a great way to visualize compression. (via) The Internet Archive (Read more...)
There’s a surprisingly large list this week. FreeBSD has updated netmap. FreeBSD supports VT-d DMAR hardware. Not totally sure what that is. FreeBSD supports the RealTek RTL8168G, RTL8168GU, RTL8411B, and RTL8168EP. FreeBSD updated byacc to version 20130925. FreeBSD has binary packages again. Managed Services using FreeBSD at NYI, a w [...]
BSDTalk 233 plays David Chisnall’s hour of presentation from vBSDCon 2013 about moving from gcc to llvm/clang.
BSDNow 9 is up and it’s all Current Events, going by the title. I’d describe it better but I haven’t even had a chance to watch it yet.
The venerable (from 1979!) program, lpr, has been superseded by CUPS in many installations. Francois Tigeot suggested removing it, but it’s still directly usable in specific situations and easier to just shift out of the way. It’s staying, but it’s interesting to see how it still gets used. Update: Predrag Punosevac has de [...]
Multiple transmission queues are possible for the mxge(4) driver; I’m mentioning it because Sepherosa Ziehau’s post about this describes the exact tunables to configure this.
I’m planning to branch DragonFly 3.6 this weekend. The actual release will come 2 weeks later. (Ignore what I wrote about a dports installer/image.)
BSDNow has Episode 8 out, containing an interview with Antti Kantee, a number of BSD news items (including some I missed entirely), and if you couldn’t tell from the purposefully misspelled title, a conversation about Tor and BSD.
Matthew Dillon wrote a roundup post summarizing all the changes he’s made to DragonFly to improve SMP performance in the last few weeks. He’s removed almost all contention from DragonFly. This means better performance, scaling upward depending on the number of processors. ‘monster’, the system that builds all 20,000 [...]
Joris Giovannangeli, who worked on porting Capsicum to DragonFly for Summer of Code 2013, is continuing his work. He’s posted a detailed note on how to do capability management in a new way, with it retaining compatibility with FreeBSD’s capsicum implementation.
Whee! Commodore 64 and Spectrum keyboards – USB versions. Not interesting to me, but I bet at least one person reading this just got excited. The Horrible World of Web Hosting. Unfortunately quite an accurate article, especially in his quote translations. (via) Getting an Apple 1 to run. Note that the circuit board is mounted (Rea [...]
Once again, doing this at the last minute: FreeBSD supports the FreeScale Fast Ethernet controller on a number of SoC systems. FreeBSD’s jemalloc has been updated to 3.4.1. FreeBSD has initial support for the RealTek RTL8106E PCIe Fast Ethernet chipset. FreeBSD has significant changes to the CAM subsystem. FreeBSD has initial support f [...]
The ‘poweroff’ command, the equivalent of ‘halt -p’, has been added based on a suggestion from Robin Hahling.