Catching up, once more
a few days
here's a short summary of what happens that I haven't seen
May the source be with you!
- NetBSD achieves permanent charity status:
``The Foundation has been a 501(c)(3) charity since
2004, but previously the status was given under an advanced ruling period,
i.e. it was of limited time. The permanent charity status is also known as
Being a public charity is important to us, as it means that we are eligible
to receive employer matching donations, as well as to enjoy the most
beneficial tax treatment. ''
- Metadata journaling support added to FFS: ``In case of a crash or unexpected power loss however, the journaled file system will not need a lengthy file system check at boot time, but instead the kernel will replay the log within seconds. This allows faster crash recovery, less overall downtime and higher availability.
Converting an existing system to use the log feature is as easy as updating (both kernel and userland), making sure the kernel option WAPBL is selected (this is the default for GENERIC kernels now), adding a ?log? option to /etc/fstab and rebooting. Note that WAPBL is not compatible with soft-dependencies, so please ensure that you first remove the ?softdep? option if present. See the wapbl(4) manual page for more information. ''
Kudos for this go to Wasabi Systems, Darrin B. Jewell, Simon Burge, Greg Oster, Antti Kantee, and Andrew Doran!
- Uli 'rhaen' Habel wrote me that he wrote a
plugin for gnats:
``During my work for pkgsrc I started to write articles for my blog and I referred to several PRs from the NetBSD gnats system. However I just wanted to type the PR in the form of e.g. NetBSD PR pkg/39230 and would like to have my blog software to link to the webpage automatically''.
Blosxom is the blogging
software that Uli and I use, and you can learn more about his
GNATS plugin, and download it,
(Apparently I didn't get to install this plugin yet, that's
why you don't see a link on the above quoted text :-).
- Stefan Schumacher wrote me that the german magazine
article on operating systems
showing screenshots of several operating systems, starting with
C64 Basic V2, going over
to more esoteric ones like
Mac OS X,
Check the screenshot of the latter one! ;)
- Another one from Uli Habel:
is now syndicated on
- Wilhelm Buehler hints me at EuroBSDcon 2008:
``EuroBSDCon is the european technical conference for people working on and with 4.4BSD based operating systems and related projects. EuroBSDCon 2008 will take place in Strasbourg, France 18-19 October 2008 at University of Strasbourg.''
- There's an article by Warren Webb titled
"Free software encircles embedded design"
Electronic Design, Strategy, News (EDN).
The article starts by illustriating open source software as
a natural (and cheap, or course) alternative to commercial
systems, describes benefits of the development model and the
wealth of applications and how they can be used in an embedded
environment. It continues talking about licenses, tools, and alternatives
to Linux, including NetBSD.
Those into funky gadgets may like
may be for you:
``As if a little charm pet wasn't reason enough for being, the MoPods are actually practical. When your mobile phone rings or receives a text within a metre of your MoPod then the little blighter will get in a tizz, spin round and round and a little light will flash wildly in reaction. The perfect visual warning if your phone is on silent or you are in a noisy bar.
Whether hung on your bag, your clothes, your keys or your mobile, MoPods are a must-have, or as they say in Japan, a "hitsuyou".''
- Back to our fine operating system: Ian Hibbert, who has written
NetBSD's bluetooth stack, has worked on a PAN daemon for NetBSD.
This allows to perform personal area networking in various
All this will come in an upcoming NetBSD release
(well, and FreeBSD too, it seems, as they like it :-) near
you pretty soon, see
Iain's mail to tech-net.
- Network Access Point is like an ethernet bridge
- Group ad-hoc Network is a NAP with no external network
- Personal Area Networking User in both host (like GN but
a single connection) and client (the device that connects
to all the others) mode.
[Tags: 501c3, Articles, bluetooth, diezeit, eurobsdcon, Events, ffs, logging, wapbl, wasabi]