Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 13th Mar 2004 09:07 UTC
Original OSNews Interviews Today we feature a very interesting interview with well known *BSD hacker Matthew Dillon over his latest project, DragonFly BSD (also known for his Linux kernel contributions, Amiga C compiler hacking back in the day and the Backplane distributed database). Matthew discusses DragonFly's status, goals, the overall BSD platform, innovation, and more. Update: Added one more question at the end of the Q&A.
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by Kingston on Sat 13th Mar 2004 22:07 UTC

I have been using DragonFly on and off for a while now, and for the most part it's been very nice for day to day use. It's fast, and it can handle whatever loads I can throw at it. The scheduler needs work however. Some things that have never caused jerkyness in things I was doing in the foreground (like rebuilding the system in the background etc.) can sometimes be painfull in DragonFly. It's not consistent, nor am I expecting such from a pre-beta OS, but I thought I'd mention it anyway.

DragonFly also builds slower than does FreeBSD 4 or 5, largely due to the inclusion of two versions of GCC. I'm sure that they'll drop GCC 2.95.x soon, but until then, it takes just barely more than twice as long as it used to.

They include directions to manually install DragonFly on the Live CD, and I've wondered what has stopped them from reworking it into a small handful of shell scripts so that relative newbies could install it more easilly, without having to spend ages waiting for whatever the final implementation will evolve into. It should take someone like Matt maybe a couple of hours (if that!) to do so, and the benefits would be great enough IMO to put the real work on hold for that few hour period.

I am very much looking forward to DragonFly's first release, and if they have the desire to sell copies of it on CDs, I will most definately buy one.