DragonFly BSD 1.12 Has Been Released

DragonFly is an operating system and environment originally based on FreeBSD. DragonFly branched from FreeBSD in 2003 in order to develop a radically different approach to concurrency, SMP, and most other kernel subsystems.

Now, DragonFly 1.12 release is available. This release is primarily a maintenance update. A lot of work has been done all over the kernel and userland. There are no new big-ticket items though we have pushed the MP lock further into the kernel. The 2.0 release is scheduled for mid-year.

DragonFly belongs to the same class of operating system as BSD and Linux and is based on the same UNIX ideals and APIs. DragonFly gives the BSD base an opportunity to grow in an entirely different direction from the one taken in the FreeBSD, NetBSD, and OpenBSD series.

From 2003 to early 2007 the DragonFly project focused on rewriting most of the major kernel subsystems in order to support the second phase of the project. This involved a great deal of work in nearly every subsystem, particularly the filsystem APIs and kernel core. During all of this the development team said they have managed to keep the system up-to-date with regards to the third party applications and base system utilities that are needed to make any system usable in production. They have also adopted the PkgSrc system for management of all non-base-system third-party applications in order to pool its resources with other BSD projects using the system.

You can download this release of DragonFly at Here.


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