There’s already been some previous conversation about how much longer to support the i386 platform for DragonFly. It looks like PC-BSD will be the first ‘flavor’ of BSD to make the jump. Support for PC-BSD on i386 will be dropped after release 9.2. That includes ‘TrueOS‘, the version of PC-BSD for servers, whi [...]
There’s support for a new timer mechanism in DragonFly 3.5, for x86_64 users: TSC. Sepherosa Ziehau added support and has described how to disable it - it’s on by default. It speeds up some very basic (and frequently used) system calls.
Whoops, I missed this when it happened, but: the freeze for pkgsrc-2013Q2 has started. That new quarterly release is anticipated for the end of the month.
I wanted to take this time to give you a status update on PC-BSD / TrueOS, and the direction going forward. As many of you know, we’ve been doing builds of 9.1-RELEASE and 9-STABLE as a “Rolling-Release”. Our new plan is to issue system and package updates on the following schedule: 9.1-RELEASE – Update PKGNG repo on or about the (Read more. [...]
Calling all creative PC-BSD users! The developers at PC-BSD would like your help in designing a brand new theme for the PCDM login manager. The winning entry will see their own customized skin as the default theme in the next official release of PC-BSD! In addition, we would like to present the winner and runner-ups with these awesome prizes: [...]
The next trip report is from Florian Smeets. He writes:I arrived in Ottawa on Tuesday afternoon. In the evening I went to the Royal Oak to meet other fellow developers.Wednesday was the first day of the Devsummit. The day started with a presentation about the FreeBSD.org security incident and about how Netflix is using FreeBSD for their CDN. [...]
Ken Moore has an article in the June issue of BSD Magazine which describes how to easily generate PBIs from existing FreeBSD ports. The article is on pages 26–30 and this issue of the magazine can be downloaded for free from here.
FreeBSD celebrated its 20th birthday today. On June 19, 1993, Jordan Hubbard, Rod Grimes, and David Greenman announced to the world the creation of their new fork of the BSD 4.3 operating system.
The June 2013 issue of BSD Magazine is out, and the focus is Ruby. The PDF is free if you tell them your email address.
It’s possible your Internet service provider uses a non-routeable IP range (like 10.*) and occasionally your border device picks that up via DHCP by accident instead of an Internet address. If that happens to you, and you’re using DragonFly as your border gateway, it’s possible to prevent it with PF dhclient.
This blog hasn't been updated as ofter as it should. That doesn't mean I'm abandoning. I'm still lurking on the internet, poking my nose around here and there. I routinely read Justin's Dragonfly BSD Digest and particularly fond of "Lazy Reading" weekly post. He'll talk about the list of interesting stu [...]
If you get your Hammer drive really full, a normal cleanup won’t make enough space. When that happen, use ‘hammer reblock’ in increasing increments. That works because it does cleanup in much smaller steps.
Switching terminals in X with ctrl-alt-Fx requires a not-on-by-default option. This could catch anyone used to the old behavior, so I might be doing you a favor by mentioning it.
This is a text-heavy weekend, given yesterday’s post. Enjoy! SELinux’s toxic mistake. If people aren’t using something you built because it frustrates those same people, it’s not their fault. (via) Contrary to popular belief, QWERTY was not designed to slow the typist down. (via) VMS will finally reach end of life [...]
Brandon Mercer (bmercer@) writes in to shed some light recently added alternative authentication methods in SSH: For a long while now I\'ve been complaining that usernames and passwords aren\'t enough. With ssh(1) you\'ve also got keys and other variants, however the recent addition of AuthenticationMethods in sshd(8) really is a thing [...]
As usual at hackathons, I set out to touch some ports with lots of dependencies. After updating audio/flac to the first new release in almost six years turned out uneventful, I moved on to graphics/png. Read more...
If you’ve been reading the Digest for a while, you’ve seen me talk about the value of hosting or running your own services. It’s not too much of a surprise in my case; if you are working on an open-source operating system, you want to run it. It’s good to get the experience, and you can run programs the way (Read mo [...]
Sepherosa Ziehau has added a sort of queuing to altq, where TCP ACKs get higher priority. You may have seen this in any number of pf configurations, where returning data is given its own queue to keep high-volume transfers from slowing themselves down because the acknowledgements can’t get back to the sender. His commit has statistics [...]
Mike Larkin\'s hackathon report offers some detail on hibernate and resume progress: I had an abbreviated trip to Toronto, only being able to participate in the first four days of t2k13. I had originally planned to rework amd64 and i386 MTRRs since the way they are presently handled is difficult to understand, and I could not convince m [...]
If you’re using DragonFly 3.5, your next update should be a full buildworld. That’s because John Marino is adding the framework for symbol versioning. This means that individual library (.so) files will internally keep track of newer and older symbols. The current behavior is to name the files differently, which can cause probl [...]