Two of my favorite things:
1. HAMMER, and the upcoming HAMMER2, are very nice filesystems. HAMMER isn't a CoW fs like ZFS and btrfs; HAMMER2 is however. Also, somehow HAMMER2 is more stable than btrfs despite having about 3 developers.
2. Like Solaris, DragonFly isn't afraid to deviate from and advance traditional *nix design. vkernels, lightweight threads, a super cool message-passing API, NT-esque architecture of a decoupled microkernel-ish design running in one address space, etc.
It also has neat cluster features not unlike VMS and Plan9, but I haven't used them.
¹ I use FreeBSD as a desktop OS so my opinion here could be a bit skewed. But I think, like most BSDs, it's a very well-thought-out system.
² Disque³ on my DragonFly VPS is a bit faster than on my similar Arch Linux VPS; otherwise my workloads are too small to make a good comparison.
If one of those developers is Matt Dillon low numbers are rarely a hinderance. He turns out an awful lot of superb quality code, ever since the days of DICE on the Amiga. That ended up generating faster code than either of the "professional" offerings, including Lattice. Lattice C on MSDOS later became the first two versions of Microsoft C.
One of the people I respect most in this industry.
The architectural difference of how data is stored between Redis and Varnish is very interesting to read about. And I think it tells us why that Redis performs better on Linux and Varnish performs better on FreeBSD.
Given Mr Dillon's background I'd have called it Amiga-ish, but perhaps that's just nme.
Though Amiga was more of a true microkernel but without memory protection; NT and DragonFly have memory protection but the kernel is a single executable composed of multiple message-passing modules.
How do the two compare based on features, stability and performance?
DragonflyBSD network stack seems of particular interest given that it's lock less.
And on overall OS performance, last benchmark I saw was very dated
Curious to know how 4.x stacks up
EDIT: I think it would be nice to compare hammer & btrfs.Any kernel/file-system expert here has any idea/thoughts on the same?
I've been considering using DragonFlyBSD for a home NAS because of the seemingly smaller system requirements for HAMMER.
> The radeon driver has been updated to match Linux 3.18 ...
Are they borrowing code from Linux? How do the licenses work out?
PS. I asked this question in an earlier post, but since this one is more popular, allow me to ask again.
PPS. Google gives me mentions of Linux and Windows server support, but nothing BSD.