"Hurrah! 2.0 has been released!" said Matthew Dillon, announcing the eighth major release of DragonFly BSD. This release is the first to include HAMMER, a new clustering filesystem that already boasts an impressive list of features, including: "crash recovery on-mount, no fsck; fine-grained snapshots, snapshot management, snapshot-support for filesystem-wide data integrity checks; historically accessible by default; mirroring: queueless incremental mirroring, master to multi-slave; undo and rollback; reblocking; multi-volume, maximum storage capacity of 1-Exabyte." Other highlighted changes in this release include, "native fairq-queue implementation using ALTQ, for PF", and "native connection state recovery to PF, so router reboots do not drop active TCP connections."
The latest version of DragonFly BSD can be downloaded from a mirror. The download page explains:
"DragonFly CDs are 'live', which means that the CD will boot your system and let you log in as root (no password). You can use this feature to check for hardware compatibility and play with DragonFly a little before actually installing it on your hard drive."
David Weinehall is the maintainer of the Linux 2.0 kernel. Alan Cox [interview] handed over maintainership of the 2.0 kernel over 4 years ago. David explains in his own words:
"In December 1999, a naughty bug that allowed any local user to crash a 2.0-machine surfaced. Alan Cox admitted that he didn't have any time left to work on the 2.0 kernel any longer, and told me that if I wanted to become maintainer for 2.0 and fix this bug (and some other bugs while at it), it was fine with him."
In this interview David talks about his past, and the things he's doing now.