Month: July 2007

Goals for pkgsrc improvement


Dieter Baron wrote up a list of possible pkgsrc improvements on the tech-pkg@netbsd.org mailing list; it’s a list of goals that have been talked about in fragments other places.  Much discussion ensued, with Joerg Sonnenberger pointing out that some of these goals are near completion.

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Sendmail and authentication


Joseph Garcia wrote up an entry on the users@ mailing list about how to get Sendmail working as a relay agent using authentication, and what that requires from pkgsrc.

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BSDTalk: embedded FreeBSD


The latest BSDTalk has M. Warner Losh talking about embedded FreeBSD.

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Yet another scheduler


During a discussion of disk activity while doing a bulk build of pkgsrc, Roman Divacky posted a link to the Anticipatory Disk Scheduler, which should be portable to DragonFly.  Whether it would help or not is another question.

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Always did like NeXTStep


I just found Etoile (screenshots linked) today; it’s apparently a GNUStep-based desktop.  This would be of interest to people who like the Windowmaker (or even Mac OS X) interface  No version in pkgsrc yet, so I don’t know if it compiles…

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Release delayed


The release will be ‘soon‘.  There’s still some bugs to work out, the most notable of which is that vinum has some serious issues that have been revealed by updating the disk code.

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SCALE 6 call for papers


It’s (call for) papers season, as SCALE 6 has issued a call for papers, too.

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A job for the southerner


Adrian Nida happened to mention that his employer is looking to hire, down in South Carolina, USA.  It’s not DragonFly work, but mostly Redhat.

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Release Monday, packages building, and a kernel


Matthew Dillon is planning for a release on Monday, so that he can squash two remaining bugs. Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has already started a bulk build of pkgsrc so that 1.10 binaries will be available.

This release will come with a pre-built virtual kernel, too.

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Extra work for those who want it


If you wanted to tackle something difficult, Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert has suggestions around multiprocessor development and also what is essentially a devfs.  (Follow the threads for more information.)

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1.10 branched


1.10 has been branched in CVS, with release coming soon. From the followup post, while the development branch will be 1.11, the next release will be 2.0, so this is the end of 1.x.

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USENIX 2008 call for papers


Is it that time already? The Call for Papers for the USENIX 2008 Technical Conference is online, with the papers due by January 7th, 2008, for the June 2008 event.

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What does ‘pkgsrc support’ mean?


Joerg Sonnenberger posted to the tech-pkg@netbsd.org mailing list the idea that there should be a bare minimum level defined to call a hardware/software system supported under pkgsrc.  Much discussion ensued.  (Happily, DragonFly is quite well supported by any criterion.)

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One more week for release


Because of some bugs that were just fixed, Matthew Dillon is waiting one more week before releasing 1.10.

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It’s the applications, stupid


An article on undeadly.org lists what Echothrust Solutions has done to move to OpenBSD for their client and server needs.  What I find interesting is the list of all the applications they use to solve various problems, including some nontraditional (for open source) things like project management and CRM.

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AMD64 work, and Git


Noah Yan is working on porting DragonFly to AMD64, with some notes on the wiki. He and Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert have set up a Git repo of the DragonFly code for this.

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BSDTalk: Fast IPSec


Newest on BSDTalk: Fast IPSec, with George Neville-Neil.

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Sooooperpages


As part of a larger discussion of large size memory pages, called ‘superpages’, Oliver Fromme linked to a 2002 OSDI article that talks about implementation.

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Happy Birthday!


DragonFly just turned 4 years old!

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Branch and release this week


DragonFly 1.10 will be branched tomorrow night, with the release scheduled for Sunday.  I daresay I will be both reading and updating at that point.

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More wallpaper


Wiger Van Houten made even more original wallpapers.

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Build-a-logo


Recent discussion on the tech-pkg@netbsd.org list has led to another possible pkgsrc logo – this time, one you could print out and use to construct a small cube.

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BSDTalk: IPv6, Ike Levy


There’s two new BSDTalk podcasts since last I checked: one on IPv6 testing (15 minutes), and one interviewing Isaac “Ike” Levy (26 minutes).

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libarchive updated


Matthew Dillon has updated libarchive, including a fix for a recent security issue.

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Lots of wallpaper


I’ve added desktop wallpapers for DragonFly to CVS, put together by Leonardo Baldelli, Wiger Van Houten, and Peter Avalos.

Baldelli: 1 2 3 4 5

Van Houten: 1 2 (widescreen)

Avalos: 1 2 (widescreen) 3 4 (widescreen)

Pictures marked ‘widescreen’ are at a wider aspect ratio.

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Virtual CPUs on real CPUs


Joe Talbott has added support for tying virtual CPUs (in virtual kernels, naturally) to real CPUs, so that a multiprocessor vkernel will actually use multiple processors.

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News flows in a different direction


There’s a post by the ZDNet Technical Director, George Ou, talking about the recently found issues with the Core 2 Duo processor.  Rather, he’s talking about people’s opinions about it.

I’m not linking it because it necessarily has more information, as it’s already been covered here, but rather to show the difference in speed and depth that can be found between what more annoying people like to call old media (print magazines) and new media (this Digest).

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All BSD commits in one place


FreshBSD is a new site that collates commits to FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFly, and pkgsrc in a web interface, along with filters, thank goodness.  (Via hubertf)  Alright, maybe not every BSD flavor and variation, but still a pretty comprehensive slice.

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Wallpaper with a bug


Leonardo Baldelli posted a link to a number of DragonFly desktop backgrounds he created.

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ahc(4) driver updated in a big way


A big thank you goes out to Peter Avalos, who brought in a large quantity of updates to the ahc(4) driver, originally from FreeBSD. Check this month’s commits to see his name a whole bunch of times. (Someone correct me if I have that man page link wrong.)

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Security officer PGP key available


Matthew Dillon has added a page to the DragonFly website listing the PGP key for the DragonFly security officer.

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Computer design, back when


Some nostalgia for those who have been computing for a long time: a chronological picture index of various Apple models.  (Via Underwire)Yes, I know there were other computers in the 80′s, but they weren’t fun to look at, with some exceptions.

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Thanks for the USB cleanup


Credit goes to Hasso Tepper for recently doing a lot of cleanup in DragonFly’s USB code.  This is one of those contributions that should be recognized, though it’s hard to have any one part to link to here.  Here’s one commit of many.

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An AMD64 volunteer


Noah Yan has volunteered himself for porting DragonFly to AMD64; Simon ‘corecode’ Schubert, who has worked previously on this, suggested using git for handling changes, what with the next release coming soon.  Simon even gave a short writeup on git.

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A Java-fixing opportunity


Joerg Sonnenberger asks: could someone fix the Java 1.4 (or later) JDK so that it builds on DragonFly? Many would thank you.

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1.10 release scheduled for July 15th-20th


Matthew Dillon asks that people concentrate on fixes for the next few weeks as we get ready for the 1.10 release.

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A good logo, for once


Speaking of logos, why hasn’t this one been chosen for pkgsrc yet?

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GPL v3 analysis here


I’ll take a moment to point out that Joe “Floid” Kanowitz wrote up a lengthy analysis of the parts of GPL v3 as a comment to an earlier story here.  I’ve posted a bunch of stories since then, so I’d hate for people to miss it after he did all that typing.

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2007Q2 pkgsrc binaries for DragonFly available


Joerg Sonnenberger has built binary packages from the recent 2007Q2 release of pkgsrc; the “stable” directory will be changed to point there. In fact, it may be a good idea to stick with that version for the next little while.

Incidentally, there has been some name changes in the Apache 2.2 modules.  You will know if this matters to you.

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Less system heat is always good


Michal Belczyk has been experimenting with ways to make his Core 2 Duo system run less hot; he’s had some success. His patches should make it into DragonFly.

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Multiple virtual hot-swappable CPUs


It’s a buzzword frenzy!  Matthew Dillon has committed work performed by he and Joe Talbott on making virtual kernels able to emulate up to 31 CPUs at a time.  This has the side effect of making it almost possible to hot-swap CPUs, easily.  Testers wanted.

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Updated OpenGrok


If cvsweb isn’t enough, Csaba Henk has updated his OpenGrok site of the DragonFly source code.

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Mess with syslink


If you want to experiment, Matthew Dillon has added a little program that tests syslink connectivity.  Syslink is the protocol that will be used for communication between DragonFly systems in a cluster.  Don’t get too excited – it’s just a test program.

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pkgsrc 2007Q2 branch out


The pkgsrc release for the second quarter of 2007 is now available. Update, if you are following the regular branches with your /usr/pkgsrc.

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