Development stalling?

Justin C. Sherrill justin at
Sat Apr 22 21:13:07 PDT 2006

On Sat, April 22, 2006 11:14 pm, Dmitri Nikulin wrote:

> What happened to AMD64? The toolchain is there, the base code is
> there... is it the busdma-ification that's holding things up? It
> appears as though the only commits in the last few months are the
> great inner restructuring, documentation and thread_xu, with some
> fixes as bugs crop up.

There was discussion around AMD64 and also a PowerPC port, which was
enough to create a FAQ item.  The end result was that any port work that
happens now would then have to get revamped anyway as we work towards a
new system, so it's better to wait.

> I could additionally offer some form of stress and performance
> testing, which would form a regression testing base. At least I

This would be very useful.  corecode's regular builds help catch build
problems, but (for obvious reasons) not usage.

> Out of interest, what other DragonFly projects have been delayed or
> abandoned? Are too many developers busy with their own lives now?

I'd say the opposite has happened - we've reached completion on a lot of
projects recently.  Pkgsrc has gone from being an experiment to becoming
_far_ more functional than I thought would happen in this timeframe (much
credit to Joerg on that).  A good amount of what happened in 1.0 and 1.2
was fixing things that people always wanted to fix in FreeBSD 4.  The Big
Things are just starting to happen now, like Matt working on cache
coherency, or the move to ZFS.

And, people who aren't me are looking at the docs, which is fantastic as
far as I'm concerned.

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