Posts in category DragonFlyBSD Digest
Historical links are the accidental theme this week. RFC Reader. For those uncomfortable with plaintext? (via) The truth about C & Unix history. An oldie but goodie. (via) After several decades, there’s still no standard for querying registration data, surprisingly. There’s something coming together, though. Plan-55A, st [...]
I got this done early, for once. Dissecting OpenBSD’s divert(4). (via) Running ownCloud with httpd on OpenBSD (via) OpenBSD 2014 by the numbers. (via) Code rot & OpenBSD. Many comments at the original link. (via) Accessing radio hardware switches in NetBSD. What does this Etherswitch framework do? (Read more...)
I’m breaking my normal weekend posting schedule to note that DragonFly 4.0.2 images are now linked on the main site and on mirrors now/soon.
DragonFly 4.0.2 has been tagged. I’m building the release images now. If you’re already running 4.0.1 it’ll be easy enough to upgrade to; you will want to catch up to this commit fixing a quiet memory issue.
The CAM layer in DragonFly has had its big lock removed/been marked MPSAFE, so you will notice a performance increase when using multiple disks. (assuming you aren’t throughput-limited, of course.)
That’s Virtual Private Server, if you don’t know the term. I mentioned VPSs and BSD before in a In Other BSDs article, but “Ed” found an article specifically about installing DragonFly on Vultr.
There’s a FreeBSD Forums thread about ZFS and Hammer, as several people have pointed out to me. It’s interesting to see, but there isn’t a lot of quantitative discussion. (It’s a forum post, not a white paper, though.)
Do you remember the BSDNow story a while ago about a Tanzanian community effort using FreeBSD to build a library? They’re looking at DragonFly, too, because of the low resource requirements. From that discussion: a hardware reason for an ‘indefinite wait buffer’ error, and a note on how to most efficiently download package [...]
Sepherosa Ziehau has posted a note that V4-mapped addressing is no longer supported in DragonFly. You will need to do a full buildworld/buildkernel if you are running master. Also, TCP MTU path discovery is on by default. Also also, he’s added a SOL_SOCKET/SO_CPUINT socket option for use to reduce load in heavy network activity. As [...]
You can now control your backlight settings through sysctl and enjoy greater video support/stability – as long as you are using a i915 video chipset on DragonFly.
My end of year vacation is over tomorrow, darnit. My $2375 Amazon EC2 Mistake. The Old New Thing 2014 link clearance. This sentence proves it is The Future. Another hidden computer/exposure surface. (via) Preserving arcade games. (via) The Retro-Computing Society of Rhode Island. (via) The Internet version of (Read more...)
Remembered to do this all at the last minute, after I got the new server up. LibertyBSD, an OpenBSD fork with no non-free firmware. OPNSense, a FreeBSD-based firewall that is new to me. OpenBSD projects that aren’t OpenBSD. Broken build tracker for pkgsrc. (via) pkgsrc-2014Q4 is out. pkgviews is gone from pkgsrc. (Read more...)
I’m moved over to new hardware for the Digest. Tell me if you see issues, please.
The BSDNow people aren’t slowing down for the holidays, as there’s another episode this week. The interview is with Dan Langille, about the 2015 BSDCan conference. He’s also the person behind freebsddiary.org, which served as partial inspiration for the Digest. There’s also more video presentation links, news items, [...]
shiningsilence.com/dragonflydigest.com will be going down for a brief period in the next 24 hours, for a hardware upgrade.
John Marino has created something very useful: a graphical tool for Hammer file history. It’s called ‘Slider’, and it uses curses to work in a terminal. It shows historic versions of files and can restore those old versions as needed. This was already possible in Hammer, of course, but it required a sequence of commands t [...]
I’m going to dive right in with an anecdote: As is normal for anyone in systems administration, I’m busy at work. I’ve been short an employee for some time, and I brought in a managed service provider to do some work. This included a revamping of the network equipment and layout, as it has been growing organically rather t [...]
Last of the year! Glitches: A kind of history. (via) Speaking of glitches: Breaking Madden is still going. First Commits. (via) Your Friendly North Korean Network Observer. (via) The SoftSel Hot List for 1986. Steel Mill Hacked. How long until having operations disconnected from the Internet becomes a sign (Read more...)
The list is shorter this week; I blame the Christmas holiday. OpenBSD now has position-independent executables for some architectures. That may mean changing your upgrade strategy. (5.6 upgrade guide here) FreeBSD now has frequency/voltage control on the Raspberry Pi. There’s a lot of v7 ARM architectures. I can see why people are w [...]
BSDNow isn’t slowing down for Christmas, cause there’s a new episode up. There’s two interviews this time – Erwin Lansing, about BSD in Europe, and Cristina Vintila, about BSD conferences. The rest of the episode is a bunch of “How did you get into BSD?” stories from viewers, both in text (i.e. read out f [...]