Matthew Dillon discusses software innovation in this short post on the DragonFly kernel List relating to the forthcoming journaling layer. Elsewhere, I/O Consolidation and Direct-to-DMA plans.
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An Update has been posted on the HawkinsOS web site. It discusses the purpose of the operating system and why it has been delayed.
David Rhodus has posted an interesting writeup about the intergration of OpenNTPD into DragonFly over at GoBSD.com.
As seen on kerneltrap.org: "In response to a question raised on the dragonfly-kernel mailing-list, Matt Dillon gives an overview of plans to revise the DragonFly userland scheduler, the second of two schedulers that Dragonfly currently utilizes in a layered fashion. Matt explains, 'There are actually two schedulers.. there's the LWKT scheduler, which is as close to perfect as its possible to be, and there is the userland scheduler, which is the one that needs work.'"
As always after a minor OSX revision, Apple has posted updated sources for Darwin.
The Darwinports project recently announced the 2000th package has been added to its collection.
The September issue is out and Matt Dillon of DragonFly is featured.
MirOS BSD originated as a patch set against OpenBSD-current, a 4.4BSD-derived ultra secure operating system. This release includes bugfixes and enhancements for many system components, including libc, ld.so, ntpd, make, and others. There is support for PowerNow on AMD Athlon / Athlon XP systems. libexpat is in the base system now. gcc support for C++ and other languages is still missing.
It seems that the gnu-Darwin project announced release candidate 2 of 1.1 version of its distribution.
Apple computer posted on the open-source section of its site a list of softwares included in the next version of Darwin, 8.0 (currently in beta). Here a glance at the new software included.
Formerly known as SilverOS (previously featured on OSnews), FireFly is a commercially supported BSD system based on DragonFlyBSD. You can read the FireFly whitepaper here.
The first release candidate for the GNU-Darwin Distribution .v 1.1 for PowerPC is now available. Get the installer here. Is is built for Darwin 7.x including Panther. It ships with GNOME 2.6.1, GNUstep, GNUMail, MPlayer etc.
Australian Peter Mitchell has written up a description of his efforts to use XDarwin in combination with KDE. In his article, he describes the command line installation steps for running GNOME and KDE using XDarwin as the windowing layer. He describes both the challenges he faced and some suggestions as to the best order in which to install the various components necessary to run GNOME and KDE environments on Mac OS X. Also, the XDarwin project is to switch from XFree86 to X.org.
I manage computers running BSD variants every day, at work and at home. After many man page and RTFM iterations to support vital administrative aspects, a desire grew to understand what lay beneath my level of expertise. As eager as I was, I found the prospect of simply plunging into a lengthy code review unappealing.
Organizations that want to use a public Unix variant have two solutions from which to chose: Linux and BSD. The much talked about Linux camp contains a variety of distributions that include different utilities and tool sets. The same is true of the less frequently covered BSD camp. This article compares and contrasts the four main BSD variants and offers recommendations for both server/desktop solutions.
"Don't mistake DragonFlyBSD 1.0A for a complete, finished, polished operating system. At this stage of development, DragonFlyBSD isn't good for much, as it has problems with SMP on systems that use Hyper-Threading Technology, and the XFree86 port (among others) didn't compile properly for me despite using the special compatibility overrides." Read the review at NewsForge.
ekkoBSD's site seems to be closing doors, but there is not enough information about it.
OpenDarwin 7.2.1 (which corresponds to Mac OS X 10.3.2) has been released for both PowerPC and Intel x86 architectures: complete release notes are available here.
Due to an installer/fdisk bug there is an update available. Current Dragonfly version is 1.0A.