The May issue of BSD Magazine is out. The cover says “Embedded FreeBSD” as a continuation of last month’s theme, but there’s really a wide mix in there. Of course, there’s a DragonFly news section from me, talking about 2.10. I’ll point at the zsh article that opens the magazine, since every zsh user I [...]
The May issue of BSD Mag is now available for download. Pages 10–13 contain the article “Supporting Multiple Desktops in PC-BSD 9.0″. The text of that article is reprinted here with permission. Beginning with version 9.0, PC-BSD will allow the selection of multiple desktops during installation. This article describes what changes were needed [...]
LimitCPU is a Linux program to throttle the CPU cycles used by other applications. LimitCPU will monitor a process and make sure its CPU usage stays at or below a given percentage. This can be used to make sure your system has plenty of CPU cycles available for other tasks. It can also be used to keep laptops cool in (Read more...)
Tim Bisson has inital TRIM support working for UFS. His lengthy posting talks about how it’s done, and shows how much it speeds things up. He’s looking for testers, so please try it if you have a SSD. (The usual warnings apply about testing code that specifically deletes things.) For those not familiar with TRIM in SSD context, [...]
The May 2011 issue of the Open Source Business Resource is “Technology Entrepreneurship“. You’ll want to read this because it’s all people who are their own boss, using software they can modify themselves. Seductively nerdy/utopian! They’re continuing the topic for next month’s issue, so if that describe [...]
Kris has just announced that the next testing snapshot is available. Some of the changes will be of interest to MythTV and multiple window manager users: The next snapshot for PC-BSD 9-CURRENT is now available for download. Snapshot instructions and general information on providing testing feedback are available here. This snapshot includes t [...]
The following PBI is now available in Software Manager: Jokosher: Jokosher is a simple yet powerful multi-track studio. With it you can create and record music, podcasts and more, all from an integrated simple environment. Thanks to Jesse Smith for creating this PBI and to Blazing Teens for requesting it.
Yesterday Kris committed PBI Manager to the FreeBSD ports collection (/ports-mgmt/pbi-manager). This means that you don’t have to wait for PC-BSD 9.0 to be released to try out the new command line suite of PBI tools. You can find some documentation on the various tools in this section of the PC-BSD 9.0 Handbook. Users are welcome to add to [...]
John Marino’s gone on a tear and updated GCC to version 4.4.6, diffutils from 2.87 to 3.0, and texinfo from 4.8 to 4.13. Each commit message that I linked to has plenty of notes on what’s different, so they’re worth following. This is the first update for texinfo in 6 years, so the quantity of updates is not surprising.
Kedar Soparkar applied for Google Summer of Code with DragonFly, but didn’t make the cut with the very few slots we have. So, he’s going to work on his i386 ABI implementation anyway. More student work is always wonderful news.
Chatoor Kalki posted about his desire to learn about this whole UNIX/BSD/DragonFly thing, and there were several followups that may be useful to anyone interested in some reading.
Then use the new LINT64 config added by Sascha Wildner. LINT kernels have every option turned on, so it’s pretty easy to have problems due to conflicts or untested parts and so on. You probably won’t get a kernel out of it, but now there’s a comprehensive list of your 64-bit kernel options for when you’re building a [...]
The following PBIs are now available in Software Manager: MuSE: MuSE is an application for the mixing, encoding, and network streaming of sound. MuSE can simultaneously mix up to 6 encoded audio bitstreams (from files or network) plus a sound card input signal. The resulting stream can be played locally on the sound card and/or encoded as an [...]
There hasn’t been much to nab for Lazy Reading, lately. Oh well. The last few weeks were good so it has to even out sometime. Did you know GBC stands for Great Ball Contraption, a Lego device designed to move little plastic balls? Here’s 20 of them chained together. (via b3ta) The original University POSTGRES. (thanks, Jan) [...]
Stefan Sperling (stsp@) writes in with a summary on encrypting the root filesystem with softraid. “ When softraid is used for disk encryption the root partition is usually left unencrypted to allow bioctl(8) to ask for a passphrase upon boot (as we wrote earlier). I don\'t want to use such a setup for several reasons: I d [...]
Rui-Xiang Guo is looking for testers for wip/chromium. That’s the zippy Google browser. He especially wants DragonFly users – this would be useful, especially since I think Firefox 4 does not build on DragonFly right now.
Two more of the DragonFly and Google Summer of Code projects: Irina Presa’s checkpointing vkernels, where you can save a running virtual kernel and start it again later, and Nick Prokharau’s port of PUFFS. (Anyone know the HTML character code for ‘s’ with an inverted grave mark so I can spell Irina’s name correct [...]
Yay acronyms! Brills Peng was accepted for the Summer of Code project “Improve dsched interfaces and implement BFQ disk scheduling policy” – and now there’s a nice writeup describing what’s planned. Also, Stéphanie Ouillon did the same thing for the virtio drivers project. Adam Hoka also joined in with a summar [...]
If you are a European resident, Federico Biancuzzi has the DRAGONFLYBSD.IT domain name available to donate. He doesn’t want to let it go and have it taken by a domain squatter. Talk to him at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to hold on to it for some unspecified time.