NetBSD, Mandriva get shiny new releases
OS double feature
The NetBSD Project has released NetBSD 5.0 into the wild today, marking the operating system's first major release since 2007.
Among 5.0's features is a rewritten threading subsystem optimized for multi-core and multiprocessor systems. Multi-threaded apps can now efficiently make use of one or more CPU or core, the team said. NetBSD's kernel has been improved to include a kernel preemption, a rewritten scheduler implementation, and real-time scheduler extensions.
Other improvements include metadata journaling for FFS file systems, a power management framework, the jemalloc memory allocator, and X.Org X11 instead of XFree86 on a number of ports.
The OS is available for download along with a complete list of new features and updates is available here.
Meanwhile, Mandriva has launched Mandriva Linux 2009 Spring in KDE, GNOME, or LXDE, and X.Org flavors.
The open source publisher promises up to 25 per cent faster boots as well as much more responsive shut-down, hibernate, suspend, and resume operations.
Other improvements include optimization of the Mandriva Control Center and support for the EXT4 file system.
...and a great release it is too (Mandriva Spring 2009)
downloaded it (Mandriva Spring 2009.1 KDE One CD image) from a French mirror the very day it came out, before it went to torrent and/or the mirrors got hammered :-)
To start with, their hybrid ISO is a stroke of genius -- no messing with unetbootin or liveUSBcreator or things like that; just dd the ISO to a USB stick instead of burning to a CD. Done. It may be reflective of my inadequate imagination/brains, but I had never realised it could be this easy.
Installed it in 5 machines within the next 2 days. Very little fiddling -- especially suspend/resume; works out of the box.
KDE 4.2.2's transparency etc features are much more reliable than in 4.0, and I actually *use* them; it's not just a gimmick. Ever transcribed/summarised someone's overly long document into a quick email for the boss? I only need to sort-of see what I'm typing, so having the ODT show through the very high-transparency email compose is pretty cool :-)
Except for a minor problem with installing from behind a corporate proxy (you have to change the download engine to curl or wget; the default aria2 has some issues) which I duly reported, I haven't come across anything significant.
lol - never mind the flame war
Look at the advert at the top of the page to see who's really paying for it! ;)
Hook, line, sinker...
...rod, reel, fisherman and copy of the sodding Angling Times.
Advice to author: Wait for the next OpenBSD release, announce it in the same vein and watch Theo go ballistic, especially if you refer to the ath(4) driver as a variant of MadWiFi's Ath5K ;o)