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 James on Sat 13th Mar 2004 22:28 UTC

As far as I knew DragonFly was still using the standard (mostly) FreeBSD 4.x scheduler.

Having followed DragonFly pretty closely for around 6 months, I can't say I've noticed any of these scheduler issues. My p2-450 can buildworld in the background, and if not for limited disk bandwidth I'd never know it was there. It does not skip my music, or anything like that. You might want to make sure you have DMA enabled on your hard drive.

That said, there have been a number of problems that have gotten in my way -- the most significant I think being the package situation. Many FreeBSD ports/packages no longer build or install properly on DragonFly. This is an issue that will get worked on soon I hope.

Overall DragonFly feels very snappy to me.