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Downtime and upgrade for this site


shiningsilence.com, where the DragonFly BSD Log is hosted, is having a hardware upgrade this weekend, which means some downtime. Please be patient.

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Full, out, back


We had a short outage tonight because of a full partition – fixed now.

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Going again


Up and running again – shiningsilence.com is now running through my home connection on a home machine. Neither of those are terribly high-powered, but that’s OK. I’ll attempt to get a more beefy machine in the coming months, and a better connection may be available within the year.

In the several hours this afternoon when I was rebuilding this Log, comment spam filtering was turned off – some 400-500 spams came rolling in. Wow.

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Almost ready


Almost have this working again – I slightly mangled the restoration of entries here, so it’ll be a bit.

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Short outage


I’m moving my hosted locations around; this site may not be available temporarily dring the next few days as DNS updates.

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Transition time out


I’ve been changing jobs; I’ll do my best to catch up on news.

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Sanity for me


Spam was being placed in the comments for various entries on this page at the rate of 1 every 10 minutes or so; I’ve changed the setup to block most of it. If you post a comment and it doesn’t appear immediately, it may be waiting for approval.

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Somebody must be reading!


This log page passed 20,000 views for May. It’ll be interesting to see the bump after the 1.0 release happens…

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Another useless phrase


Oh look! This isn’t a blog – it’s a ‘plog‘. (Via Slashdot)

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Now on BSDNews


If you have a login to BSDNews (and you should – it’s free), you can customize your BSDNews page layout to include the news feed from this very site, listed as “DragonFly BSD”! Thanks to Wes Peters and Chris Coleman for setting that up.

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Ever more entries


300 posts so far in about 8 months – yay me! I think it’s time to stop counting.

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News isn’t slow; I am


News reporting from me has been slow for the past few days and will still be slow; my house has an ice dam built up and my kitchen and basement are flooding every time the sun comes out. Argh!

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Log update


I’m using Movable Type for this page; I’ve updated it to version 2.661. This should have little visible effect for readers.

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200 posts!


This is the 200th post here – neat! I’m averaging just under 1.5 posts per day, which is good: healthy posting, healthy project.

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Quiet for a reason


I haven’t had any posts for the past day or so because there’s not been a lot of activity on the mailing lists, and I’m working up an ‘end-of-year’ report similar to the FreeBSD Status Reports. No link yet, cause it’s not done.

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Improved installation writeup


I’ve corrected my how-to-install writeup, based on what several people said in dragonfly.kernel. Several steps are now removed, but it still has the same flavor.

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Slow going


We had some power outages/surges here because of a windstorm, and my UPS didn’t handle it well, along with other local network equipment. So, I’ll be slow with news posts until I get my internal network in better working order.

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100 Posts, and someone must be reading!


This site was mentioned in the BSD News section of the November DaemonNews ezine. Neat!

Plus, I’ve reached 100 posts! This is actually the 102nd, if I’m counting right, minus early test posts.

Aaaaand I broke the mailarchive.

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Web events


This log has been linked on the Downloads page of the DragonFly BSD site.

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Code category added


On a suggestion from Hiten Pandya, I’m going to try to note specific code commits that happen in the dragonfly.commit newsgroup. I’ve not been tracking them too carefully until now.

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Hurricane happenings


Apparently this server is colocated somewhere Hurricane Isabel touched down in the US – it was offline for some hours, but seems OK now.

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Short time off


No posts here September 5-7th, as I’ll be out.

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First Entry


I’ve always thought that one of the problems for the various BSD programs is that there’s a lot of good information that can only be found by digging through the various mailing lists. Nobody in their right mind wants to have to sort through the last 3 months of questions@freebsd.org just for a 5-second answer. So, blog software used to provide a ‘newsfeed’ may be useful.

I’m not a clever enough programmer to contribute code to DragonFly BSD, but I do read the main newsgroups for it. The DragonFly BSD project is small enough that a rolling readout of events may work. So, I’ve got this blog here to do just that. You too can watch me fumble technical terms!

My first goal is to read up and post. This layout just doesn’t work without an article history, or at least more long-winded articles.

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