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Some Of The Early Ideas For Intel's New FreeBSD Improvement Effort

Two weeks back we shared the news that one of Intel's open-source Linux graphics driver veterans decided to change roles and is now focused on improving FreeBSD for Intel hardware. Ben Widawsky is working on FreeBSD improvements that can at least relate to Intel and it turns out the company has a new team of developers on the task.

16 June 2018 - Bettering Intel On FreeBSD - 35 Comments
FreeBSD Lands Support For pNFS

For FreeBSD 12.0-CURRENT in development there is now kernel support for pNFS while the user-space components are landing soon for this Parallel NFS support.

13 June 2018 - Parallel NFS - Add A Comment
TrueOS To Reinvent Itself As New BSD Platform, Downstream Fork Of FreeBSD

Going back to when TrueOS was known as PC-BSD, the operating system has generally been known as a desktop-friendly version of FreeBSD that currently ships with its own Qt5-powered Lumina Desktop Environment while also having a server installer, etc. The folks working on TrueOS at iXsystems are now planning to take TrueOS into a new direction.

6 June 2018 - TrueOS Core - 21 Comments
DragonFlyBSD 5.2.1 Released

While DragonFlyBSD 5.3/5.4 is exciting on the performance front for those making use of the stable DragonFly operating system releases, DragonFlyBSD 5.2.1 is available this week.

23 May 2018 - DragonFly 5.2.1 - Add A Comment
Ryzen Stability Issues Are Still Affecting Some FreeBSD Users

While in recent months there have been some improvements to FreeBSD that have helped yield greater reliability in running AMD Ryzen processors on this BSD operating system, some users are still reporting hard to diagnose stability problems on FreeBSD.

23 April 2018 - Ryzen Stability On FreeBSD - 32 Comments
Meltdown/PTI Mitigation Impact On BSDs vs. Linux

Besides the fresh BSD/Linux disk performance tests, some other tests I ran on various BSDs and Linux distributions this week was looking at the performance impact of Intel Meltdown CPU vulnerability mitigation on each of them, namely the performance impact of using kernel page-table isolation.

18 April 2018 - Meltdown Benchmarks - 12 Comments
Some DragonFly HAMMER2 / FreeBSD ZFS / Linux EXT4 Benchmarks

With the recent release of DragonFlyBSD 5.2 one of the prominent changes is HAMMER2 now being considered stable for most use-cases. I've been running some benchmarks of this file-system compared to alternatives on other operating systems and have some FreeBSD / Linux reference points to share.

18 April 2018 - File-System Fun - 6 Comments
A Look At The Meltdown Performance Impact With DragonFlyBSD 5.2

Besides looking at the HAMMER2 performance in DragonFlyBSD 5.2, another prominent change with this new BSD operating system release is the Spectre and Meltdown mitigations being shipped. In this article are some tests looking at the performance cost of DragonFlyBSD 5.2 for mitigating the Meltdown Intel CPU vulnerability.

15 April 2018 - Meltdown Mitigation - 6 Comments
Some FreeBSD 11.1, 12.0-CURRENT & TrueOS 18.03 Benchmarks

In addition to the overhauled/rewritten Windows support, the upcoming Phoronix Test Suite 8.0-Aremark is also featuring much better support for the BSDs. As part of that testing, here are some fresh benchmarks of FreeBSD and TrueOS.

10 April 2018 - FreeBSD Benchmarks - 4 Comments

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