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Episode 005: Stacks of Cache

2013-10-02

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Headlines

FreeBSD 9.2 released

  • FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE is finally out
  • Highlights include ZFS TRIM and LZ4 support, virtio drivers, dtrace and OpenSSH updates as well as lots of driver improvements
  • Will be supported until 2014-09-30
  • Get out there and freebsd-update or buildworld!

Four new NetBSD releases

  • NetBSD 5.2 and 5.1 branches get security and bugfix updates
  • The 6.1 and 6.0 branches were updated soon after, also with security updates and bug fixes
  • Check the show notes for the full changelog

BIND being replaced by unbound in FreeBSD


DragonflyBSD future plans

  • An announcement was posted that details some possible plans for Dragonfly
  • dports (their version of FreeBSD ports) will be switching to GCC 4.7
  • i915 support is probably going to be in version 3.6
  • Work is being done on HAMMER 2, but it won't make it to 3.6
  • 3.6 is also likely going to ditch pkgsrc as the default in favor of dports, due to a hugely positive reaction from the community

FreeBSD ports get Stack Protector support

  • Some portsnap users noticed a massive sweep of every port being updated
  • Shortly after, stack protector support was announced by Bryan Drewery
  • Only works on i386 and AMD64 on FreeBSD 10 and AMD64 on 9
  • Hopefully will become the default, but needs to go through some testing and exp-runs

EuroBSDCon 2013 wrap-up chat

  • BSD Now is back from EuroBSDCon with lots of stories
  • We picked up an OpenBSD 5.4 CD set at EuroBSDCon, before the official release
  • We'll give a little showcase of what's inside, they put a lot of effort into it
  • Comes with the OS, source code, stickers, music, cool other stuff
  • Consider supporting the OpenBSD project

Interview - Marshall Kirk McKusick - mckusick@freebsd.org

Various topics


Tutorial

Faster recompiles with ccache and tmpfs


News Roundup

List of vBSDCon speakers posted

  • Registration will be open until October 23rd
  • Presentations covering FreeBSD, OpenBSD, FreeNAS and others

Xen PVHVM added to GENERIC

  • It's now possible to run FreeBSD 10 under Xen with the GENERIC kernel
  • freebsd-update will work now
  • With FreeBSD 10 ALPHA 4 just being released, should be interesting
  • We should call the new kernel "XENERIC"

Dragonfly AMD KMS port

  • A Dragonfly user has started porting the new FreeBSD AMD KMS driver
  • Still a work in progress, asking for help from the community

NetBSD gets an nVidia driver

  • NetBSD gets a preliminary nVidia driver
  • So far only supports the GeForce 2MX, so not a lot of use just yet
  • No acceleration yet, but it's a start

FreeBSD cracks the top 10 on DistroWatch

  • Over the last year FreeBSD has steadily moved up the rankings from #18 to #10
  • Increasing from an average of 570 to 779 hits per day
  • Surpassed CentOS, Puppy Linux and Slackware

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