Linked by Trent Townsend on Wed 18th Jan 2006 22:03 UTC
BSD and Darwin derivatives DragonFly BSD 1.4 is the third major release of Matthew Dillon's fork of the FreeBSD operating system, and significant progress has been made towards reaching many of the project's numerous goals. New in this release include a more up to date version of the GNU Compiler Collection (required due to the incread use of thread local storage in DragonFly), an import of NetBSD's Citrus code (Comprehensive I18N Framework Towards Respectable Unix Systems), major reworking of all core subsystems in preparation for removing the MP lock, rewrites of various VFS related code and many updated drivers, frameworks and contributed programs.
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RE: where's the beef
by Lazarus on Wed 18th Jan 2006 23:51 UTC in reply to "where's the beef"
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"I am personally getting sick of OS review articles that simply discuss how to install something and that it has few packages, yada yada yada."

It was written from the POV of someone who simply wants to use DF as a day-to-day desktop system, and noting some of the more irritating aspects of the system in regards to that.

"DragonFlyBSD is supposed to be targeting some truly remarkable goals, one of which is becoming a distributed OS. "

Yes, and this is in fact one of the things that has attracted me to this OS. But guess what. It does not have those capabilities yet, and won't for some time (a year or three are my uninformed guesses), so there is nothing for me (or anyone else) to have said about setting it up to do such things.

"It is not supposed to be your grandmother's desktop."

I never claimed nor imagined it to be, and of course by "desktop" I mean a typical UNIX fan's desktop machine.

"Personally, I would've loved to have seen a discussion of the status of the project's stated goals and how things seem to be moving along as compared to FreeBSD 6.x and 7.x. "

There is also not much to say about this at the moment, as the system still runs under the MP lock, making comparisons with other systems (like FreeBSD 6) pointless, as those systems will likely outperform the current version of DF on MP systems.

"Another thing to note is that traditionally the *BSDs share with each other, and I think this is great. Any improvements in scalability and scheduling achieved through the DFlyBSD project will surely make its way to the other BSDs."

I would certainly hope so, but like I said, it's too early to tell with certainty if this will indeed be the case. Personally, I believe that DragonFly will be the top performer once the MP lock is largely gone, but beliefs without evidence to back them up are pointless, so nothing of the sort was mentioned.

Edited 2006-01-19 00:02

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