Month: April 2006

PC-BSD 1.0 out


PC-BSD, which is FreeBSD 6 with KDE 3.5 and a GUI package management system, is now at version 1.0.  I can only describe it as the way a BSD should be packaged.

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How well off are we?


Some relative stats on how platforms are doing with pkgsrc; results found in recent entries to the pkgsrc-bulk mailing list.

NetBSD 3.0_STABLE/i386 96%
NetBSD 3.99.18/i386 94%
NetBSD 2.1/i386 92%
NetBSD 1.6.2/i386 92%
DragonFly/i386 90%
NetBSD 3.0/x86_64 87%
NetBSD 2.1/sparc 82%
Darwin 8.5.0/powerpc 60%
IRIX64 6.5/mipseb 31%

DragonFly appears to be the best place to run pkgsrc, if you aren’t running NetBSD.

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Not repeating old mistakes


One of the design goals for DragonFly is creating a BSD with clean, clear code.  Here’s one example.

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libmd SHA256 support in


Matthew Dillon has committed Gary Allan’s code (from FreeBSD) bringing in SHA256.

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Another test, for BUF/BIO


Matthew Dillon would like feedback and perhaps even testing on his BUF/BIO separation patch.

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More DragonFly is always good


Oliver Fromme noticed that the cheap DVD sold at Lehmanns for LinuxTag 2006 now contains FreeBSD, OpenBSD, NetBSD – and DragonFly.

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Libcr gone away


Matthew Dillon has removed libcr, since libc_r now links correctly against libc, and libcr is no longer needed.

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BSDCan coming up


2 weeks until BSDCan!  I won’t be able to make it, but there will be a few DragonFly people up there…

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pkgsrc gets bigger


pkgsrc has reached 6,000 total packages.  How many of those build on DragonFly?  About 93%.  For comparison, pkgsrc builds about 97% of all packages on NetBSD 3.0_STABLE, which is possibly the most common platform using pkgsrc.  That’s fantastic statistics.

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Bug report prevention


Joerg Sonnenberger followed up on the pkgsrc bug reports, noting that checking recent bulk builds (via the pkgsrc-bulk mailing list) is another way to check up on pkgsrc problems.

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Pkgsrc and bug reporting


If you’ve ever been curious about how to report DragonFly issues to people outside of DragonFly; here’s the process.  (DragonFly mailing lists are also a good alternative.)

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Faster upgrades


One of the issues with pkgsrc is that it is difficult to upgrade all packages with minimal downtime. However, as long as you are sticking to prebuilt binaries, it’s possible to get it to happen rather quickly.

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Security donations still needed


Colin Percival is looking for donations to support his work over the summer handling security issues for FreeBSD, Portsnap, and FreeBSD Update.  He’s very close to meeting the goal.

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Bootsplash alternatives


Since the bootsplash mechanism appears to not work, some alternatives have been suggested, like the image loading mechanisms in lilo and grub.

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Interlock removed


Matthew Dillon has removed lockmgr()’s interlock, which apparently has diverged in form between the different BSDs over the years.

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1.4.4 is out!


With some final changes, version 1.4.4 is available now. This is the recommended download/update for everyone. (Including me, so I’ll have to update tonight.)

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Bridging security issue fixed


Jeffrey Hsu has fixed a bridging security issue first seen in NetBSD.

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Google Summer of Code idea lists


If you’ve got an hour or two, check out the many organizations participating in the Google Summer of Code.  The idea lists have a lot of neat material.

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UnixReview.com gets busy


This week on UnixReview.com has a lot more content than usual: 
Examining the Updated Security+ Certification - Part One,
Shell Corner: Graphing Perl's Regular Expressions,
Security: Unpatched and Doing Fine?,
and the book reviews Migrating to IPv6 and Cryptography in the Database
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1.4.4 almost ready


Matthew Dillon’s merged a heap of bugfixes from the current code back into the 1.4 release branch; the update to 1.4.4 won’t happen until Friday, however.

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Italian FAQ up


The wiki now has an Italian version of the FAQ.

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3rd partition lucky


Alex Burke has a writeup of his experiences installing DragonFly to a third partition.

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New 802.11


Sepherosa Ziehau has an experimental conversion of 802.11 support found in FreeBSD 6
.

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ipw2200 howto


Thomas Schlesinger has written a howto on the wiki for setting up a ipw2200 network adapter.

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Documentation frenzy


Adrian Nida has a huge patch for the Handbook, removing outdated ports info and replacing it with pkgsrc mentions.  He’s looking for feedback, and there’s already some.

Also, Jeremy C. Reed has improvements to the X11 documentation in the handbook for review.

If you speak a language other than English, Trevor Kendall wants you to check out and sync the wiki FAQs.

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1.5.3 released, more coming


Matthew Dillon has moved the Preview release to 1.5.3, as it’s stable enough for more testing.  In addition, Release is moving to 1.4.4 in about a week to incorporate recent fixes; details are in his post.

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Summer of Code 2006 started


It’s open!  We need to incorporate a DragonFly nonprofit to be involved, at some point.  (Thanks, Christian Sturm)

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Jobs aplenty


Apparently there’s a good number of BSD-based jobs out there.  These examples are based on NetBSD, but there’s surely more.  (From Hubert Feyrer and others)

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Two little reminders


Matthew Dillon has two comments on some small things that are absolutely essential: how to reach the CDROM and how to really back up existing partitions before installing DragonFly.

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An ongoing iwi saga


Thomas Schlesinger is trying to get his ipw2200 wireless connection to work. The pkgsrc package sysutils/iwi_firmware will do it, though it’s not packaged as a binary, so there’s some trickery to install.

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DragonFly: Best place for pkgsrc?


Joerg Sonnenberger’s bulk builds of pkgsrc are showing that almost everything in pkgsrc now builds on DragonFly.   That’s 92% complete.

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Less annoying is always better


I can’t find the original post, but apparently pkg_install no longer complains about minor changes in system name, which can affect anyone installing binary packages.

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Emulation is the sincerest form of flattery


“fader” has a post on gobsd.com that mentions Qemu works very well with DragonFly as a client environment, especially if you have the accelerator.  Something similar that has been attracting attention: Parallels.

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Immediate MBR Assistance


Petr Janda had the misfortune of overwriting his Master Boot Record; helpfully, a number of people had ways to fix it.

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Everybody hates spam


Andreas Hauser recommends using greylisting to combat spam, and talks a little bit about how to do it.

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Installer bug


As Matthew Dillon and others have described, if you install the latest bleeding-edge code (1.5) of DragonFly, there is a bug in the installer. To keep from being bit, first log in as ‘root’ and type:

ln -s a /etc/malloc.conf

Then log out and log in as ‘installer’ and proceed normally.

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(8^3)*2versary?


April 6th is the 1024th day since the DragonFly project was formed. Happy 8*8*8*2aversary, us!

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Interview with Jan Schaumann


Daemonnews has an interview with Jan Schaumann up;
the interview is about NetBSD as a desktop system. Many of the answers also apply to DragonFly, as NetBSD and DragonFly both use pkgsrc.

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New dragonflybsd.org layout


dragonflybsd.org has been updated with a different logical layout; it’s my fault.

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OpenBSD gets money


Apparently the Mozilla Foundation donated US$10K to OpenSSH.  That’s good!  They still need money, though.

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ext2fs back in


Matthew Dillon writes that it is back in the system, with a different methodology. Try it if you are running bleeding edge.

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ext2fs out for a bit


Matthw Dillon has unhooked ext2fs from the build temporarily as he disassociates it from the existing UFS code.

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Short FUSE time


Matthew Dillon is planning to start userland VFS work in about a month; this led Andreas Hauser to ask if FUSE could be brought in as for FreeBSD.  Csaba Henk, who ported it to FreeBSD, said “yes, but better“!

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new ifconfig


Sepherosa Ziehau has added a new version of ifconfig, taken from FreeBSD 6.  The interface is the same from the user perspective, but is apparently more flexible.

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April 1st always has something


FreeBSD 2.2.9 is released.

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