The following update is now available in the System Updates tab of Software Manager: nspluginviewer: This port update for nspluginviewer 1.3.0_8 improves the reliability of the Adobe Flash Plugin on PC-BSD, and corrects some “hanging” issues when closing a flash page. You will be prompted to reboot after applying this update on your PC-BSD s [...]
If you’re running the bleeding edge version of DragonFly, because Sepherosa Ziehau’s recent work makes it possible to boot systems that were previously bootable, you may need this sysctl trick loader tunable in loader.conf: debug.acpi.enabled=\"pci pci_link\" How will you know that you need it? The system will run strangely slow. [...]
This week’s Daemon & Penguin podcast is about 3 things that I did not know existed. The mystery computer items are two languages, Genie and Vala. The mystery movie is S.Darko, a sequel to a movie that I am aware of, but never saw: Donnie Darko.
pf in DragonFly 2.9 is currently equivalent to OpenBSD’s 4.4 version. This is probably what will be in the next release version of DragonFly, as Jan Lentfer, the man responsible for the rapid, recent pf upgrades, is a new father (again). Congratulations on the new daughter, Jan!
Summer of Code 2011 student applications can be made now. If you’re a student, you’ve got until April 8th to get it done! (Calendar) Remember, you can’t be too organized, too early.
I had linked to this before during Summer of Code 2010 before it completed, but an ongoing discussion on the kernel@ mailing list for DragonFly reminded me: a student named Naohiro Aota put together a Gentoo/DragonFly system for SoC 2010, similar to the existing Gentoo/FreeBSD project. He’s interested in working directly with DragonFly [...]
The following PBI is now available through Software Manager: MonoDevelop: MonoDevelop is a free GNOME integrated development environment (IDE) primarily designed for C# and other .NET languages. Thanks to Nikolai Lifanov for creating this PBI and to Walther for requesting it.
Kris has announced that the next testing snapshot is available: Another 9-Current 64bit snapshot has been uploaded to the FTP server. This snapshot includes the following changes: Disabled AHCI by default to fix some bugs working with Optical/Disk media PBI’s are now able to be installed as regular user accounts, for those in the “operators” [...]
John Marino’s work on getting support for DragonFly ‘natively’ into binutils, upstream, has been successful. Thanks, John!
I’ve found enough good links I’m able to schedule this post ahead of time. Yay! Michael Lucas, BSD book author, is selling a short story via Amazon/Kindle. It has nothing to do with BSD, directly. Also, he offers beer to anyone who can get KVM working on a BSD. Any BSD. I guess vkernels don’t count, really. This idea (R [...]
The mentor signup page for Google Summer of Code 2011 is available again, launched using a new interface. If you want to be a mentor, please sign up now. The student application period opens tomorrow!
The FreeBSD Project is pleased to announce its participation In Google\'s 2011 Summer of Code program, which funds summer students to participate in open source projects. This will be the FreeBSD Project\'s seventh year in the program, having mentored over 100 successful students through summer-long coding projects between 2005 and 2010.
Sascha Wildner has added in binutils version 2.21, replacing 2.20. Note that both 2.20 and 2.21 are ‘optional’, so you have to set BINUTILSVER to use them. Otherwise the system defaults to the also-installed binutils 2.17.
The mentor signup page for Google Summer of Code 2011 as of this writing still says “We have temporarily disabled the creation of new requests and invites in preparation of the launch of the new UI for Melange later this week.”, as it has said since the 20th. So, if you’re wanting to mentor, keep an eye on it. I’ll [...]
As already mentioned on this Digest, the freeze for the next quarterly release of pkgsrc, pkgsrc-2011Q1, has started. I’ve also completed several bulk builds of pkgsrc-2010Q4 and pkgsrc-current using DragonFly system with GCC 4.4. Francois Tigeot has very kindly gone out of his way to get some of the (relatively few) broken packages l [...]
Jesse Smith has been working on a program that monitors how much swap space is available on a PC-BSD system. As existing swap space is used up, Swap Extender creates a larger swap file, effectively growing the amount of swap available to the operating system. As swap usage decreases, Swap Extender shrinks the swap file. Instructions for downl [...]