Josh Paetzel, Director of IT at iXsystems is looking for your input about FreeBSD’s Quality Assurance Tinderbox (QAT).
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For some time now iXsystems has been hosting a small part of the FreeBSD ports infrastructure called QAT, the Quality Assurance Tinderbox. QAT is a tinderbox that builds ports based on commits to the FreeBSD ports tree and then generates automated notifications of failures.
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iXsystems is prepared to donate the hardware resources and admin time to
expanding this service. itetcu@ and miwi@ can donate the effort to migrate QAT to a new setup.
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I’d like some feedback as to what could be done to make efforts like these (as well as future efforts) more visible to the community of FreeBSD users.
Steven Rosenberg has written up his experience with installing, tweaking and running FreeBSD 8.0:
Dru Lavigne made me do it: I killed Debian, installed an unbootable Ubuntu, now I’m running FreeBSD 8.0 with GNOME
I was listening to Dru Lavigne’s talk on BSD for Linux users (from SCALE I believe).
I first met Dru at SCALE 8x – that was last year’s show; I didn’t go this year. I’ve just been working too much, dropped my print column last October, and I’ve been running Debian Lenny since December and haven’t been in the distro hunt and done little but complain about Xorg sucking the very soul from anybody using Intel video chips that haven’t been made in the past year or so. (I have three such laptops, and the damage done by Xorg to uptake of X-based GUI-using operating systems among those with “older” Intel video-equipped laptops must be staggeringly high.)
“I am pleased to announce the release of updated NVIDIA FreeBSD beta graphics drivers that take advantage of kernel features (feature requests) added in FreeBSD 7.3 and 8.0 that enable improved NVIDIA graphics driver support for FreeBSD/i386 and initial support for FreeBSD/amd64.
FreeBSD-specific changes since 195.22:
fixed a bug that could result in crashes, such as kernel panics, after shutting down X on recent NVIDIA GPUs.
updated state tracking in the kernel-interface files (improves e.g. event delivery, see the NVIDIA feature requests link above).
made miscellaneous improvements (dropped GIANT dependency, etc.)
Google’s Go is now supported under FreeBSD (source)
“Go, Google’s programming language, has now been with us for four months. Ridiculed at first, then named Programming Language of the Year 2009 by TIOBE for its rapid climb up its language index, Go has continued on its way with rather less fanfare. But that is definitely not symptomatic of a lack of progress – on the contrary, the current state of activity shows that Go is edging ever closer to maturity.”
In the upcoming months I’m going to try and get out a stable snapshot on a bi-weekly basis or so. This will let us do advanced testing on new features of PC-BSD, as well as try the latest ports tree and FreeBSD base system to locate and fix bugs relating to them all.
Please feel free to give them a whirl, and report back with any issues found. If you want to take a look at features we are working onand their status please refer to the wiki page.
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