BSDNow has Episode 8 out, containing an interview with Antti Kantee, a number of BSD news items (including some I missed entirely), and if you couldn’t tell from the purposefully misspelled title, a conversation about Tor and BSD.
Matthew Dillon wrote a roundup post summarizing all the changes he’s made to DragonFly to improve SMP performance in the last few weeks. He’s removed almost all contention from DragonFly. This means better performance, scaling upward depending on the number of processors. ‘monster’, the system that builds all 20,000 [...]
Joris Giovannangeli, who worked on porting Capsicum to DragonFly for Summer of Code 2013, is continuing his work. He’s posted a detailed note on how to do capability management in a new way, with it retaining compatibility with FreeBSD’s capsicum implementation.
Allan Jude, Kris Moore, and TJ of BSD Now have released Episode 007 where they throw James Bond down one of the internal shafts of the Death Star. Hopefully they won\'t start releasing prequels, but in this episode they also talk about the work of Peter N. M. Hansteen (pitrh@) using pf(4) to thwart slow, "low intensity," br [...]
Last week in BSDReleases: BSD Router ProjectOther news: OpenBSD, FreeBSD, BSDnow, FreeBSD Foundation, ArchBSDReleasesBSD Router Project BSDRP 1.5 is out, here are the majors changes:- updated to FreeBSD 9.2 with some patches: autotune mbuf, pf NAT+UDP fix, etc..- new kernel modules: stf — 6to4 tunnel interface module and hwpmc- new pa [...]
Uwe Stühler (uwe@) has added preliminary support for unattended OpenBSD installation (think Kickstart or Cobbler) for OpenBSD. Read more...
The second BETA build for the FreeBSD-10.0 release cycle is now available. ISO images for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures are available on most of our FreeBSD mirror sites.
Whee! Commodore 64 and Spectrum keyboards – USB versions. Not interesting to me, but I bet at least one person reading this just got excited. The Horrible World of Web Hosting. Unfortunately quite an accurate article, especially in his quote translations. (via) Getting an Apple 1 to run. Note that the circuit board is mounted (Rea [...]
As part of our mission to serve the FreeBSD community, we have increased our efforts to educate people on FreeBSD. One of these efforts was to fund a project to produce white papers on using FreeBSD in different applications. Here\'s our first one called Managed Services Using FreeBSD at NYI by Joseph Kong. F [...]
Once again, doing this at the last minute: FreeBSD supports the FreeScale Fast Ethernet controller on a number of SoC systems. FreeBSD’s jemalloc has been updated to 3.4.1. FreeBSD has initial support for the RealTek RTL8106E PCIe Fast Ethernet chipset. FreeBSD has significant changes to the CAM subsystem. FreeBSD has initial support f [...]
The big news of the week is finally here! PC-BSD 10 images are ready for testing. These images are offered for testing and development purposes only! (Read disclaimer below). They are still in alpha so by all means fire away, but expect breakage. The more of you that can delve into this and get us feedback on bug reports (Read more...)
Our sixth b2k13 hackathon report comes from Florian Obser (florian@), who writes: Some time ago Reyk Floeter (reyk@) mentioned that it would be really nice to have a nginx.conf(5) man page. I started looking into generating mdoc(7) from upstream\'s XML files (nginx XML docs) with XSLT and some heuristics in perl. Ingo Schwarz [...]
Our fifth b2k13 hackathon report comes from Sebastian Reitenbach (sebastia@), who writes: Most of the time during the hackathon I spent working on the GNUstep related ports. My goal was to upgrade at least i386 and amd64 to compile with clang and enable the non fragile ABI, and upgrade libobjc2 to the latest release. M [...]
The ‘poweroff’ command, the equivalent of ‘halt -p’, has been added based on a suggestion from Robin Hahling.
Matthew Dillon has gone after reducing contention and improving SMP performance as vigorously as possible, using dports builds on a 48-processor machine as a test. The machine’s building more than 1000 packages an hour, last I saw on IRC.
The first report of OpenBSD 5.4 preorders arriving in Europe appeared on October 23, just over a week before the official November 1st release date! Fred Crowson was the first pre-orderer to report to email@example.com that his pre-ordered CD set had arrived. Fred also posted a twitter link to a picture of the newly arrived CD sets. [...]
Undeadly readers might want to know about the announcement for AsiaBSDCon 2014 and the call for papers/tutorials dates: AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in 13-16 March, 2014. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems ba [...]
Our second b2k13 hackathon report comes from Stefan Sperling (stsp@), who writes: I spent most of my time at the b2k13 hackathon trying to get an Atheros AR9485 mini-PCIe card to work with the athn(4) driver. Driver code for this card was initially added by Damien Bergamini (damien@) in 2010 but has never been working. Which is not sur [...]
Our fourth b2k13 hackathon report comes from Mike Larkin (mlarkin@), who writes: I only had three days I could budget for Berlin (18-20 Oct), and I spent the time continuing hibernate work on amd64. i386 had been solid for some time, and preliminary amd64 support on uniprocessor had been committed at the n2k13 hackathon in Dunedin, [...]
Joerg Jung (jung@) was the first developer to submit a report from the now concluded b2k13 hackathon in Berlin. Joerg writes, During b2k13 I was working on updating several ports I maintain and use daily. This especially includes commits to lout, some suckless.org ports and nyancat. The latter one is really a very important port and [...]