Posts in category DragonFlyBSD Digest
If you noticed the lack of a GUI DVD image for the 3.6 release of DragonFly, I posted a followup note on the users@ list that talks about the steps to get X installed. It’s not much work, with pkg set up.
Sepherosa Ziehau has an IPv6 patch for you to try. What’s it do? I think it improves performance under multiple streams of traffic, but that’s from looking at the code and totally guessing.
Matthew Dillon committed the start of a Hammer 2 cluster API. I noticed, while looking at the commit, that there’s a design document, a freemap design document, a changes list, and – most important for anyone interested – a TODO list.
Alex Hornung has updated tcplay in DragonFly to 2.0, and cryptdisks is updated to match. If you have a short memory, tcplay(8) is the tool on DragonFly to manage TrueCrypt volumes. Is DragonFly the only BSD to have this? I think so, based on very few seconds of googling.
A lot of this was done early; last week had a lot of interesting stuff turn up. Maybe because we’re coming out of a extreme winter in the northern hemisphere, and people are feeling a bit more energetic? How to Eat Your Entropy and Have it Too — Optimal Recovery Strategies for Compromised RNGs. One of the authors, Yevgeniy Dodi [...]
Another week with lots of links. DiscoverBSD’s summary for 2014/03/10. PC-BSD Digest 21 – 10.0.1 release. FreeBSDNews needs a new maintainer. (am I the old man of BSD blogs? Yeesh.) FreeBSDNews also has two FreeNAS videos. OpenBSD is starting on USB 3 support. I assume this is separate from USB4BSD? OpenBSD has moved to OpenSM [...]
In part because I asked him, Sepherosa Ziehau benchmarked 10G ix(4) with 2 ports on DragonFly. The results? Good, both for bandwidth and for CPU usage.
Uh oh, I don’t get the pun this time. Anyway, the newest BSDNow episode is an interview with Eric Turgeon of GhostBSD, and a disk concatenation tutorial for NetBSD and a tutorial that isn’t uploaded yet. (Wait, now I get it.)
A recent commit from Sepherosa Ziehau has a 5% improvement in the number of network connections per second a x86_64 machine can accept. He’s also reducing the number of IPIs during network activity. If this seems somewhat esoteric, it’s because network speeds are getting so fast that the benefits come from reducing the accompany [...]
Sascha Wildner updated the time zone database on DragonFly to tzdata2014a. The odd thing isn’t that update – Sascha updates like clockwork, haha! – but the release notes. Apparently Even Microsoft is starting to support time zone names, sorta, finally.
If you’re on DragonFly 3.7, you will need to build world before building the kernel again if you are updating to some point in the last 24 hours. Sascha Wildner points out the related commit.
Poudriere is the tool for building all of ports/dports, and Michael W. Lucas has written up his experience using it to build a custom ports set. He’s doing on FreeBSD, but if you ignore the geom-specific parts, it should generally apply to DragonFly.
DragonFly has moved from the old USB stack to USB4BSD by default. That means: If you are already using USB4BSD, you will want to remove WANT_USB4BSD from your kernel config. If you have trouble, switch back to the old USB. There’s some drivers that are not yet converted; help with them would be appreciated. A full kernel/world build [...]
This week blew up with links fast. An 8-bit integer overflow turns Mahatma Gandhi into “255 points of pure nuclear rage“. That’s one of the more entertaining sentences I’ve ever typed here. “DevOps” is one of the new buzzwords lately. The most shallow approaches seem to equate it with automated deploymen [...]
Links everywhere this week! ZFS 101. This might be the same material presented at NYCBSDCon; I’m not sure. Installing FreeBSD 10 to ZFS with a script. The DiscoverBSD summary for 2014/03/03. PC-BSD Weekly Digest 20. Theo De Raadt questions for a Slashdot interview. OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 is released. Introduction to FreeNAS development. Ghos [...]
Hammer’s ability to stream to remote disks is great, but what if you have storage that uses some other file system? Antonio Huete Jimenez put together a shell script that will dump out the contents of a Hammer PFS, for upload to whatever. Read the README for the details.
If you are upgrading packages on your DragonFly 3.6 system, and you have docbook installed, there’s an extra step needed because of the moving around of several docbook packages. If you don’t have docbook installed – nothing to see here.
Episode 27 of BSDNow is an interview with Will Backman of BSDTalk. It is unfortunately a straight-ahead interview, and not an Epic Rap Battle.
Normally I’d save this for Lazy Reading, but I’m indirectly involved: the Rochester Institute of Technology now has a minor in Open Source and Free Culture. Here’s the press release. I taught one of the precursor classes, Humanitarian Free/Open Source Development (essentially open source development methods) last spring. [...]
I followed up with Google on why DragonFly isn’t in Summer of Code this year. It is exactly as I suspected: they want to get new organizations in. DragonFly’s been doing it for 6 years, so they are picking new orgs over returning ones. This is apparently the same reason NetBSD isn’t in this year, either. (Honestly, I can [...]