Linked by Eugenia Loli on Thu 7th Apr 2005 02:04 UTC, submitted by David Rhodus
BSD and Darwin derivatives After many months of work DragonFly is about to release version 1.2 of its BSD based operating system. The first release candidate version can be download from dfly-20050406-pre1.2.iso.gz
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By the way...
by Adam on Thu 7th Apr 2005 12:21 UTC


Though the developers may have never claimed that DragonFly was ready for the average user, they have said:

People will find that the DragonFly-1.0 release is still using the old 4.x pthreads model, and at the moment we are relying on the FreeBSD ports tree with DragonFly specific overrides for third party application support... about as severe a hack as it is possible to have. These two stop-gap items will be at the forefront of the work for the next year, along with a major move to start removing the BGL (Big Giant Lock, also known as the MP lock) from code inherited from 4.x, threading the VFS (Virtual File System) subsystem (the network subsystem is already threaded as of 1.0), and implementing asynchronously messaged system calls.


They posted that on their website when DragonFly-1.0 was released in July of last year. It's nearly nine months later and, from a users perspective, the ports situation doesn't appear to have been "at the forefront of the work." Maybe something drastic will happen in the next 3 months, and DragonFlyBSD will either have it's own ports tree, or work almost flawlessly with the FreeBSD ports or pkgsrc, but I have my doubts :-)

Having said all this... I am quite impressed with the direction DragonFly has decided to go in. Without a doubt, it performs noticably better on my system than FreeBSD -CURRENT does, and I look forward to the time when I can completely replace my FreeBSD installation with it.

Adam


Adam