The DragonFly BSD operating system is a server oriented project. Though originally forked from FreeBSD, DragonFly BSD is an independent operating system that carries a number of unique features, foremost among them is the HammerFS file system. DragonFly BSD 4.0 was released on November 25th and offers several new features.
Version 4 of DragonFly brings Haswell graphics support, 3D acceleration, and improved performance in extremely high-traffic networks. DragonFly now supports up to 256 CPUs, Haswell graphics (i915), concurrent pf operation.
The latest version of DragonFly BSD no longer supports 32-bit x86 machines and is designed to work exclusively on the 64-bit x86 architecture.
What is Dragonfly good for?
I mean that genuinely? In today’s world of easy virtual machine / container provision and scaling … with application development frameworks now making it easier to horizontally scale …. in the world of distributed replicated resilient storage …
What do people use Dragonfly for?
What#s the point of Haswell graphics if it is supposed to be a headless server .. or a deployable image…
Does it do something better than MacoSX -> Docker/AWS / GoogleAppEngine -> S3, HDFS, ZFs … ?
Maybe it is the best at concurrent multi-thread/process workloads?
Maybe it has the best network stack? Highly parallel packet filter? Maybe it has the best network IO throughput (or latency?)?
I love open source, and diversity – it’s just sometimes I find it hard to work out which job a tool is good for!