Posts in category DragonFlyBSD Digest
Apparently this is history week for Lazy Reading. You know what I like about older retail games? Not the playing, but the paraphernalia that came with it – maps, histories, stories on printed paper. This Empire for Apple ][ description even has pictures of a hand-drawn timeline. Remember when Enlightenment was considered too graphic [...]
Because of the recent good results for pgbench on DragonFly 3.2, Phoronix has a new benchmark of DragonFly using other (possibly unrelated) tests. There’s not a lot of information to glean from them; they are testing operations different than what was optimized for pgbench in 3.2. I’d like to see DragonFly 3.0 tested the same wa [...]
While we’re talking about cross-pollination of BSDs: going by licenses, there’s some DragonFly code in the iPhone – at least the fairq scheduler. (Noted by several people on EFNet #dragonflybsd)
A person labeled only as ‘wicked’ sent me a link to this conversation about BSD unification. I’ve seen the topic brought up before, and I’d argue that it’s already happening, slowly. DragonFly has code brought in from FreeBSD, pkgsrc from NetBSD, pf and dhclient from OpenBSD, etc. ’bmake’ is used i [...]
We (as in DragonFly) are not participating in Google Code-In this year, but I’m happy to see there’s another BSD in there - NetBSD. (There’s only 10 participating organizations, so it’s not easy.) Look at their page if you’re in the right age range to do projects.
MaheshaDragonFlyBSD, a ‘liveUSB’ distribution of DragonFly with software preinstalled, has been updated to run using DragonFly 3.2.1 as a base. The linked page contains screenshots and a description of what comes out-of-the-box. (mentioned previously here.)
The 3.2 release seems to have gone well. Who has tried the new USB support? I’m curious to see how it’s going. :syntax Off, about working without syntax highlighting. (via) The previous link led me to this .vimrc with by-line explanations. I never get tired of looking at these things, though I also never implement anything ( [...]
Sepherosa Ziehau is switching a number of network cards over to use ifpoll, which means they will have capabilities similar to MSI-X, even if the network card doesn’t support it. My suspicion is that it will make these cards perform better in busy situation where they would otherwise get bogged down… but that’s based on hun [...]
November’s PDF issue of BSD Magazine is out, with a number of articles including a hardware review of the Netgear Universal Wifi Adapter. We need more BSD-centric device testing.
On the 10th of November, I’m going to remove the binary pkgsrc packages from mirror-master.dragonflybsd.org for DragonFly 2.8 through 2.11. They are closing in on 2 years old at this point, and are from a pkgsrc branch that hasn’t been updated for that long. If you are actually using version of DragonFly that old, you can continu [...]
Today is the day that FreeBSD moves to using clang by default. This is not necessarily a surprise, but I like the finality of calling it “Clang-Day”. I think Clang will probably be the next compiler brought into DragonFly’s base system, instead of the next release of gcc. Don’t make any bets on my statement, though [...]
I’m glad 3.2 is out the door. I think I spent more time on release notes and watching package builds than any other release. This in-browser recreation of an Apple ][+ is a trip down nostalgia lane. (via) HappyEdit, “Vim-based” text editor. It’s actually an IndieGoGo project. (via) A physics paper with a descripti [...]
Every year, the Chaos Communication Congress tends to gather at least a few DragonFly-using people, and this year is no different. The event is being held in a much larger arena this year, in Hamburg, Germany, so there’s a good chance a DragonFly ‘assembly‘ could be held. Speak up on the users@ mailing list, or EFNet #drag [...]
I’ve written a release email that includes the steps for updating from source and updating pkgsrc for existing installs. This release enjoys better performance and new packages, so go, enjoy.
There was one more file to change for the bmake import, so if you are running DragonFly 3.3 and updated between the 28th and 30th of October, do a full rebuild.
Peter Avalos has updated OpenSSH in DragonFly to 6.1p1. This looks to be a bugfix release, but check the changelog for details.
I mentioned this before in the Lazy Reading from last Sunday, but it’s worth a second look: Apple’s new Fusion Drive product appears to be very much like DragonFly’s swapcache. DragonFly doesn’t have exclusive right to the idea of caching on a faster disk, clearly, so I’m not complaining that it’s “o [...]
I lost Internet access because of Hurricane Sandy, and couldn’t get my machine to recover until I power cycled. I think it’s because my external IP changed, and pf doesn’t seem to handle that well for NAT or just in general. The recommended fix, putting the interface name in parentheses, doesn’t seem to work. Anyone [...]
John Marino’s committed bmake as the replacement to make, as mentioned previously. You should probably do a full buildworld/kernel sequence. This of course only affects you if you are on DragonFly 3.3.
Life is busy, busy, busy. But there’s always time for Lazy Reading! Sometimes Google searches turn up DragonFly BSD in odd places. Wayland reached 1.0. That’s great, except it isn’t ready for use yet, it’s just feature-stable. I’d argue that means it’s ‘beta’, not 1.0, but there’s no [...]