Month: March 2007

UPS choices


From a discussion on users@: if you’re thinking about a UPS, look at what apcupsd can support.  (hint: apparently, almost anything)

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dragonflybsd.org back up


dragonflybsd.org has been down for a good chunk of today; it was due to a blown transformer.

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Automatic linkage


Google Alerts told me of two links: “Baby Steps with DragonFly BSD 1.8.1“, and “Review: DragonFly BSD 1.8.1“.  Both excellent reviews, in that they describe an accurate picture of the good and bad points of the recent release.

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Pkgsrc packages for 1.8


Joerg Sonnenberger has pkgsrc packages built using 1.8 and the new modular xorg packages, available at: ftp://packages.stura.uni-rostock.de/pkgsrc-modular (Thanks, Hasso Tepper)

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OpenSSL, OpenSSH updated


Peter Avalos has updated OpenSSL and OpenSSH to versions 0.9.8e and 4.6p1, respectively.

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DragonFly 1.8.1 released


The title says it all – visit the download page for 1.8 to get it.  Most every mirror appears to have it right now – not just the ones on the 1.8 page.

Note that some sites have an early version of the 1.8.1 release that lacks the installer; that image is ‘dfly-1.8.1.iso.gz’.  Instead, be sure to download ‘dfly-1.8.1_REL.iso.gz’, which should be the newer file of the two.

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Main leaf page updated


I’ve given the main page of leaf.dragonflybsd.org a slight update, to show more of the resources available to developers.

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libarchive updated, BSD tar now the fastest


Peter Avalos has upgraded DragonFly to use libarchive 2.0.25, for increased speed relative to both libarchive 1.x and GNU tar, and other bugfixes.

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Make SMP kernels boot on uniprocessor systems


A task where much of the heavy lifting has been done: making a kernel boot no matter how many processors are in the system. (notes)  Right now, SMP kernels can’t boot on a system with 1 CPU, so the LiveCD runs only a non-SMP kernel.

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HEAD users update


Sepherosa Ziehau warned bleeding-edge users that recent network interface changes will require a rebuild of both kernel and world when next updating.  This does not apply to 1.8 users.

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Pkgsrc removals


A few packages are going to be dropped from pkgsrc – mostly older versions of software.  Speak up on the pkgsrc-users@netbsd.org mailing list if you don’t want this to happen.

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Easier commenting now


I’ve removed some of the inconvenient antispam features (comments from new people are always moderated, http:// links get a post filtered, etc) and switched to different antispam software.  Email me if you add a comment and can’t get through…

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Pkgsrc quarterly freeze tomorrow


The next pkgsrc freeze, in preparation for the quarterly release, starts 2007/03/24.

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UnixReview.com: many reviews


On UnixReview.com this week: “Test Your Knowledge of Ethernet Topics“, two book reviews: “Dynamic HTML: The Definitive Reference” and “Building the Perfect PC“, along with a product review of “The Ultimate CompTIA Network+ Resource Kit” and the host integrity tool “Osiris“.

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1.8.1 soon


DragonFly 1.8.1 will be released this weekend, so if you have something that you need added, speak up!  This release will include the rtld fixes that enable parts of KDE to work again, among other things.

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Less contrib, more pkgsrc


As part of a discussion about issues with the current methods of adding third-party software to base, Matthew Dillon noted that much of it could be replaced safely using pkgsrc packages.

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Faster Firefox


Seen on the pkgsrc-users@ mailing list: a way to dramatically speed up FireFox.

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Ending the mail transfer agent bikeshed


A recurring argument that pops up from time to time is replacing Sendmail in the base system with something else – Postfix , qmail, or a similar product.  Licensing, complexity, or user preference usually lead to a long discussion that doesn’t change the matter.  Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has come up with an answer: none of the above.  He’s writing a simple MTA that will handle delivery on the local machine, which is enough for a system that doesn’t handle normal mail.  For people who need more, sendmail and Postfix and others are all in pkgsrc.

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Todo: headless vkernels


Matthew Dillon pointed out a relatively easy vkernel exercise: making them run without being attached to a terminal.  You could spin off multiple virtual systems, all from one command line.

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New mirror in Europe


There’s a new Estonian mirror up for DragonFly, in IPv4 and IPv6:

ftp://ftp.estpak.ee/pub/DragonFly
http://ftp.estpak.ee/pub/DragonFly
rsync://ftp.estpak.ee/DragonFly

Doubly useful right now, because dragonflybsd.org appears to be having slight network issues.

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Noticing network changes


Hasso Tepper has produced an interesting patch that allows for notification on network link state changes.

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Jason Dixon has announced the creation of Meta-BUG, a BSD user group designed to coordinate between other BSD users groups.  The web page already has a list of events and ideas.

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Sys Admin Technical Conference 2007


Early registrations for the Sys Admin Technical Conference for 2007 are due by the end of March.  It’s being held in a nice town (Baltimore, MD) and has some interesting speakers, including security talks from BSD user Richard Bejitlich.

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Work on CARP


Jonathan Buschmann has posted an initial patch to get a much-requested feature onto DragonFly: CARP.

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1:1 and M:NCPU threading


With Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert’s recent 1:1 threading work, a recent conversation exposed future plans to experiment with M:NCPU support in DragonFly.  (That’s M kernel threads supporting N userland threads, where N == number of CPUs.)

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SYSLINK documentation up


Matthew Dillon has written up the initial documentation for the SYSLINK protocol.  (Also available as a PDF, thanks to Sascha Wildner.)  SYSLINK is the inter-system communication method for DragonFly clusters.

If you read carefully, you may notice that the proposed clustering file system for DragonFly is named in the document as “ANVIL”.

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pkgsrc Summer of Code plans


Joerg Sonnenberger posted on the tech-pkg@netbsd.org mailing list his Summer of Code plans for pkgsrc work.  The bulk-building tasks are similar to what he’s started with his bulk builds of pkgsrc for DragonFly.

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BSDCan schedule out, registration open


BSDCan 2007‘s schedule is posted, and registration is now possible.  (Thanks, BSDNews.)

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Leaf gets an upgrade


leaf.dragonflybsd.org is going down for a hardware change tonight, which means the mail archive and man pages will be temporarily unavailable.

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Nerdcore rap about using UNIX


Nerdcore rap, specifically about kill -9.  (Warning: Youtube video; contains strong language.)

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1:1 threading is here


Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert 1:1 threading work is ready for use!  There’s still some rough bits to finish, but he reports successful use of Firefox with the new library.

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Updating for daylight savings time


You may need to copy in a new /etc/localtime file to account for daylight savings time changes in the U.S. and Canada, especially if you have an older system; Matthew Dillon explains.

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Google Summer of Code 2007 ideas, mentors needed


I’m trying to get together the ideas, mentors, students, and etc. needed to participate in Google’s Summer of Code 2007.  If you’re interested, please mention it on the mailing lists.

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pkgsrcCon 2007 deadline looms


April 8th is a month away, and it’s the deadline if you want to register for pkgsrcCon 2007, happening in Barcelona, Spain from April 27th to the 29th.  The deadline for presentations is April 1st.  (no fooling!)

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Running around encryption


As part of a larger discussion about logging IRC channels, Dmitri Nikulin wrote an interesting pasage on security and encryption, and how governments tend to work around rather than break encryption.

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UnixReview.com: time conversion, digital books, and a networked KVM


On UnixReview.com this week, Shell Corner has “Epoch to UTC Time Conversion“, a script that may be very useful to U.S. and Canadian residents this upcoming weekend, a (digital) book review of “Cisco Firewall Technologies“, and a hardware review of the “Adderlink IP”, which works as a VNC station for attaching to a KVM.

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WPA and DragonFly


Antonio Huete Jiménez has written a new wiki article on how to set up a network card using WPA, on DragonFly.

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DragonFly (almost) on a Mac


YONETANI Tomokazu has managed to get DragonFly partially booting on an Intel Mac.

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dragonflybsd.org upgrades


www.dragonflybsd.org and leaf.dragonflybsd.org are getting upgraded to 1.8; this may mean some intermittent downtime over the next week.

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LBA and other annoyances


As part of a larger discussion, ‘walt’ posted a link to a description of Logical Block Addressing and how it’s slightly less annoying than using CHS (Cylinder, Head, Sector).

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New #dragonflybsd channel bot


Adrian Michael Nida cobbled together a bot to watch the EFNet channel #dragonflybsd and keep a running log, available via the web.  He still has some features he wants to add – if you know python, please contribute.

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OnLAMP: Multiboot


OnLAMP.com has a new article up about Multiboot; it focuses on NetBSD, but it’s the same i386 hardware as DragonFly.

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