Catching up: events, articles, benchmarks, summer of code...
So I was away for a few days, being sick and then giving a talk
at the Chemnitz Linuxdays and then off for a few days in
visiting Vienna & Zotter,
and there's a backlog of stuff that happened in
NetBSD's madhouse^Wwonderful world. Here's a quick run-down of things
that I'm too lazy to post single items on:
So much for now. Enjoy!
I was only there for my presentation on sunday, due to not feeling
too well the days before. Still, Stefan, Jörg, Charlie and many
others staffed the booth just fine, and I think every single household
in and around Chemnitz has a NetBSD install and/or Live CD now. :)
Related talks to mention are
Stefan Schumacher's talk on
hardening systems with systrace
My own talk was not too NetBSD specific, showing an application on
how to implement dynamic DNS with some retail web/domain hoster.
Slides for my talks are available
as OpenOffice .ODP
and as PDF.
(I'll reconsider the move from TeX/prosper to OpenOffice after it was
NOT as easy as I expected to find a machine running OOo for presentation
purpose, after my laptop's harddisk crashed on the way to Chemnitz!)
- While at roadshows:
Stefan Schumacher has made DIN A4 pkgsrc flyers in
- NetBSD's puff-based FUSE implementation "refuse" is now in a state
to also run the
filesystem, which offers read/write support for NTFS.
It's available from
- Google News found me an article that
NetBSD stack supports Geode NAS design:
``Wasabi Systems Inc.'s BSD-based NAS (network attached storage) software stack now supports a Geode-based reference design from AMD. Wasabi Storage Builder for NAS, combined with AMD's Geode LX NAS RDK (reference design kit), provides a secure, reliable platform for the development of NAS devices, according to Wasabi. ''
While that's all fine for Wasabi, it should be noted that
whatever the company Wasabi offers is not automatically available in the freely
available operating system called NetBSD. Integration efforts
would have to happen first, so the headline of that article
is unfortunately misleading if not to say plain wrong!
- Another article that's more to the point:
Julio M. Merino Vidal has worked on getting
multiboot support into NetBSD, and in his article
``Making NetBSD Multiboot-Compatible''
he talks more about it.
- Andrew Doran has done lots of work on NetBSD's thread and SMP
implementation recently, and he has made a comparison between
performance of the Scheduler-Activations-based code in
NetBSD 4 and the one that will be in NetBSD 5 (AKA NetBSD-current,
currently numbered as 4.99.13). See
his mail to tech-kern
or watch the images for
'make cleandir' on an empty source tree
the MySQL supersmack benchmark.
- Google runs another Summer of Code,
and this year it's not clear upfront who will be allowed as mentoring
organizations. NetBSD is ready to participate again, and there's
official announcement from NetBSD
about this, including pointers to
our suggested/wanted list of projects
the project application HowTo.
People interested in submitting a project proposal (via google!)
are encouraged to use the remaining time until the deadline to
discuss their proposals on the public NetBSD tech-* lists!
(Personally I'll try to stay out of GSoC this year to finish some
reallife work. At least that's the plan so far ...)
- Three new security advisories were released:
- Another article that doesn't mention NetBSD but g4u:
``How to Install a New Hard Drive: Tech Clinic''
by Joel Johnson. From the article:
`` To make your new drive work like your old drive, you'll need a disk
"cloner." There are a myriad of options, from commercial solutions such as
the old favorite Ghost from Symantec ($70; symantec.com) and Copy
Commander from VCom ($35; v-com.com) to free applications, such as
MaxBlast from Maxtor, that come bundled with hard drives. If you're
comfortable mucking around with Linux/BSD, I've had great luck with the
free g4u application. If you have a local file server, you can even send
the disk image from your laptop to an FTP site, install the larger drive,
then FTP it back to your laptop, obviating the need for a drive enclosure''.
[Tags: Advocacy, Articles, benchmark, clt, Events, g4u, google-soc, hubertf, pkgsrc, Security]