Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 6th Apr 2010 21:56 UTC, submitted by Stathis
BSD and Darwin derivatives DragonFly BSD 2.6.1 has been released. "There are numerous big-ticket features in this release as found in the release notes, plus a ton of stability and performance work."
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RE: Coming along.
by daddio on Wed 7th Apr 2010 02:55 UTC in reply to "Coming along."
daddio
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2007-07-14

I think the idea of individual desktops running on top of some sort of dragonfly meta-cluster would be AWESOME.
I'm drooling just thinking about it.
but it would seem to me the server stuff needs to be done and stable before you could even start thinking about that.

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RE[2]: Coming along.
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Wed 7th Apr 2010 05:11 in reply to "RE: Coming along."
Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

Yes, I'm curious what part of that requires dragonfly?

I like the roadmap and the design of hammerfs, not sure what the real tangible benefits of them are exactly. When designing an entire system like this, its tough to keep up with all of the other performance improvements in oses with more manpower.

I think dragonfly needs to a better job of "selling the dream" with specific use cases and a plan of how to get there from here, to enlist some fellow dreamers. Maybe even some dreamers with a business plan that builds on the dream.

I fear Dragonfly may end up being Plan 9 V2, a technically superiorly designed os by brilliant engineers, that isn't better enough than its predecessor.

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RE[3]: Coming along.
by Lazarus on Wed 7th Apr 2010 06:33 in reply to "RE[2]: Coming along."
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2005-08-10

I think dragonfly needs to a better job of "selling the dream" with specific use cases and a plan of how to get there from here, to enlist some fellow dreamers. Maybe even some dreamers with a business plan that builds on the dream.


Hard to "sell the dream" when the system does not yet implement its ultimate goals.

I fear Dragonfly may end up being Plan 9 V2, a technically superiorly designed os by brilliant engineers, that isn't better enough than its predecessor.


There is something wrong with that? The important thing is that the ideas get tested, and the best of them will likely end up being incorporated in more mainstream systems at some future point in time.

I am quite sure that no one involved in the DragonFly Project has any illusion about taking over the world.

Regardless, it is one of my favorites and I am always very impressed with the progress made by such a small team.

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RE[3]: Coming along.
by kaiwai on Wed 7th Apr 2010 10:57 in reply to "RE[2]: Coming along."
kaiwai Member since:
2005-07-06

Yes, I'm curious what part of that requires dragonfly?

I like the roadmap and the design of hammerfs, not sure what the real tangible benefits of them are exactly. When designing an entire system like this, its tough to keep up with all of the other performance improvements in oses with more manpower.

I think dragonfly needs to a better job of "selling the dream" with specific use cases and a plan of how to get there from here, to enlist some fellow dreamers. Maybe even some dreamers with a business plan that builds on the dream.

I fear Dragonfly may end up being Plan 9 V2, a technically superiorly designed os by brilliant engineers, that isn't better enough than its predecessor.


Correct me if I am wrong but as I understand it DragonflyBSD approaches the issue of scalability from a different angle than traditional operating systems so what it should mean is that in the long run - in a world of multicoreness that we'll see operating systems like DragonflyBSD pull ahead of the competition because of the fundamental underpinnings that make it different from other operating systems.

Occasionally it takes not only a better operating system but also the right circumstances in the industry that results in the emergence of that operating system being 'the in thing' - just as Linux emerged as the good enough alternative to expensive proprietary UNIX's when it was first started to be used in ISP's. It was good enough and cheaper, now the other benefits that existed back then (open source) are only now starting to be appreciated by the mainstream.

Good things take time and I have a feeling that the lead programmer is quite happy to plod along at a steady pace knowing that the goal will be reached.

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RE[3]: Coming along.
by sorpigal on Wed 7th Apr 2010 18:30 in reply to "RE[2]: Coming along."
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2005-11-02

I fear Dragonfly may end up being Plan 9 V2, a technically superiorly designed os by brilliant engineers, that isn't better enough than its predecessor.


Except that Plan 9 is a technically superior OS to Dragonfly...

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