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-<!-- $FreeBSD: www/en/news/status/report-november-2001.xml,v 1.2 2003/04/13 16:31:52 hrs Exp $ -->
-
-<report>
- <date>
- <month>November</month>
-
- <year>2001</year>
- </date>
-
- <section>
- <title>Introduction</title>
-
- <p>This months report covers activity during the second half of
- October, and the month of November. During these months,
- substantial work was performed to improve system performance and
- stability, in particular addressing concerns regarding regressions
- in network performance for the TCP protocol, and via the
- introduction of polled network device driver support. Work
- continues on long-term architectural projects for 5.0, including
- KSEs, NEWCARD, and TrustedBSD, as well as the cleaning up of
- long-standing problems in FreeBSD, such as PAM integration.
- Administrative changes are also documented, including work to
- redefine and formalize the release engineering process, and the
- approval of a new portmgr group which will administer the ports
- collection.</p>
-
- <p>FreeBSD users and developers are strongly encouraged to attend
- the USENIX BSD Conference in February of next year; it is expected
- that this will be a useful forum both for learning about FreeBSD
- and on-going work, as well as providing an opportunity for
- developers to work more closely and act as a vehicle for discussion
- and round-the-clock hacking. More information is available at the
- USENIX web site.</p>
-
- <p>Robert Watson</p>
- </section>
-
- <project>
- <title>TCP Performance Improvements</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Matthew</given>
-
- <common>Dillon</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>dillon@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>A number of serious TCP bugs effecting throughput snuck into
- the system over the last few releases and have finally been
- fixed. TCP performance should be greatly improved for a number of
- cases, including TCP/NFS.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Intel Gigabit Driver: wx desupported</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Matthew</given>
-
- <common>Jacob</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>mjacob@feral.com</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>The wx driver is desupported and removed from -current. No
- further support for wx in -stable is planned. Newer and better
- drivers are now in the tree.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Fibre Channel Support</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Matthew</given>
-
- <common>Jacob</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>mjacob@feral.com</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.feral.com/isp.html">Qlogic ISP Host Adapter
- Software</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>Ongoing bug fixes. Work is underway, to be integrated shortly,
- that makes the cross platform endian support easier and will
- prepare the FreeBSD version for eventual sparc64 and PowerPC
- usage.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>TrustedBSD Audit</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>John</given>
-
- <common>Doe</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>trustedbsd-audit@trustedbsd.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <!-- We don't really have any -->
- <url href="http://www.TrustedBSD.org/">TrustedBSD Project
- Homepage</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>Currently, we are exploring a variety of strategies to learn
- about the implementation and performance issues in order to have
- a solid design. One of our main goals will be to use a
- standardized interface to the system, whether it be POSIX.1e, or
- another of the other standards, because as they say "Standards
- are great because you have so many to choose from." Hopefully
- within the next month or so, we will populate the perforce
- TrustedBSD tree with an agreed upon framework that is ready for
- serious final work.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Pluggable Authentication Modules</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Mark</given>
-
- <common>Murray</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>markm@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
-
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Dag-Erling</given>
-
- <common>Sm&#248;rgrav</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>des@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://people.FreeBSD.org/~des/diary/2001.html" />
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>On the code side, a number of libpam bugs have been fixed; a
- new PAM module,
- <tt>pam_self(8)</tt>
-
- , has been written; and preparations have been made for
- the transition from
- <tt>/etc/pam.conf</tt>
-
- to
- <tt>/etc/pam.d</tt>
-
- .</p>
-
- <p>On the documentation side, new manual pages have been written
- for
- <tt>pam_ssh(8)</tt>
-
- ,
- <tt>pam_get_item(3)</tt>
-
- and
- <tt>pam_set_item(3)</tt>
-
- , and work has started on a longer article about PAM which is
- expected to be finished by the end of the year.</p>
-
- <p>A lot of work still remains to be done to integrate PAM more
- tightly with the FreeBSD base system&#8212;particularly the
- <tt>passwd(1)</tt>
-
- ,
- <tt>chpass(1)</tt>
-
- etc. utilities&#8212;and ports collection.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Status Report: mb_alloc (-CURRENT mbuf allocator)</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Bosko</given>
-
- <common>Milekic</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>bmilekic@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD.org/~bmilekic/code/mb_alloc/">Code
- Dump and Preliminary Results</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>Presently re-style(9)ing mbuf code with the help of Bruce
- (bde). The next larger step is approaching: to better
- performance, as initially planned, not have reference counters
- for clusters allocated separately via malloc(9). Rather, use some
- of the [unused] space at the end of each cluster as a counter;
- since this space is totally unused and since ref. counter
- &lt;--&gt; mbuf cluster is a one-to-one relationship, this is
- most convenient.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>FreeBSD 4.5 Release Engineering</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Murray</given>
-
- <common>Stokely</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>murray@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD.org/internal/releng.html">FreeBSD
- Release Engineering.</url>
-
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD.org/internal/releng45.html">FreeBSD
- 4.5 Release Process / Schedule.</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>Release engineering activities for FreeBSD 4.5 have begun. An
- overview of the entire process has been added to the FreeBSD web
- site, along with a specific schedule for 4.5. The code freeze is
- scheduled to start on December 20. The team responsible for
- responding to MFC requests sent to re@FreeBSD.org for this
- release is: Murray Stokely, Robert Watson, and John Baldwin. Some
- of our many goals for this release include closing more
- installation-related problem reports, being more conservative
- with our approval of changes during the code freeze, and
- continuing to document the entire process. For suggestions or
- questions about FreeBSD 4.5 release activities, please subscribe
- to the public freebsd-qa@FreeBSD.org mailing list.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Web site conversion to XML</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Nik</given>
-
- <common>Clayton</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>nik@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <body>
- <p>Work is (slowly) progressing on converting the web site to use
- pages marked up in a simple XML schema, and then generating HTML
- and other output formats using XSLT style sheets. The work so far
- can be tested by doing "cvs checkout -r XML_XSL_XP www" and then
- "cd www/en; make index.html". Take a look at index.page in the
- same directory to see the source XML. The CVS logs for index.page
- contain detailed instructions explaining how index.page was
- generated from its earlier form.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>FreeBSD in Bulgarian</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Peter</given>
-
- <common>Pentchev</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>roam@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD-bg.ringlet.net/" />
-
- <url href="http://people.FreeBSD.org/~roam/bg/" />
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>The FreeBSD in Bulgarian project aims to bring a more
- comfortable working environment to Bulgarian users of the FreeBSD
- OS. This includes, but is not limited to, font, keymap and locale
- support, translation of the FreeBSD documentation into Bulgarian,
- local user groups and various forms of on-line help channels and
- discussion forums to help Bulgarians adopt and use FreeBSD.</p>
-
- <p>Bulgarian locale support has been committed to FreeBSD
- 5.0-CURRENT (and later merged into 4.x-STABLE on December 10th).
- A local CVS repository for the translation of the FreeBSD
- documentation into Bulgarian has been created.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>New mount(2) API</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Poul-Henning</given>
-
- <common>Kamp</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>phk@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
-
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Maxime</given>
-
- <common>Henrion</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>mux@qualys.com</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.sneakerz.org/~mux/mount.diff" />
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>There is now some code ready for the new mount API, which has
- to be reviewed and tested. If it is adopted, we will probably
- start converting all the filesystems, as well as other code in
- the kernel, to make them use it. If you want to play with it, the
- patch is available at the above URL.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Network interface cloning and modularity</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Brooks</given>
-
- <common>Davis</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>brooks@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <body>
- <p>Support for VLAN cloning has been merged from current and will
- ship with 4.5-RELEASE. Additionally, new rc.conf support for
- cloning interfaces at boot has been MFD'd. Work is ongoing to MFC
- stf and faith cloning as well as adding cloning for ppp devices
- and enhancing VLAN modularity.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Device Polling</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Luigi</given>
-
- <common>Rizzo</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>luigi@iet.unipi.it</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://info.iet.unipi.it/~luigi/polling/">Web page
- with code and detailed description.</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>This work uses a mixed interrupt-polling architecture to
- handle network device drivers, giving the system substantial
- improvements in terms of stability and robustness to overloads,
- as well as the ability to control the sharing of CPU between
- network-related kernel processing and other user/kernel tasks.
- Last not least, you might even see a moderate (up to 20-30%,
- machine dependent) performance improvement.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>RELNOTESng</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Bruce</given>
-
- <common>Mah</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>bmah@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://people.FreeBSD.org/~bmah/relnotes/" />
-
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD.org/relnotes.html" />
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>I've been working on making the Hardware Notes less
- i386-centric. This will be especially important for -CURRENT as
- the ia64 and sparc ports reach maturity; most of this work should
- be completed in time to be MFC-ed for FreeBSD 4.5-RELEASE. I
- encourage any interested parties to review the release
- documentation and send me comments or patches.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>FreeBSD NVIDIA Driver Port</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Matthew</given>
-
- <middle>N.</middle>
-
- <common>Dodd</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>mdodd@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="ftp://ftp.jurai.net/users/winter/nvidia/NEWS">News and
- Status.</url>
-
- <url href="ftp://ftp.jurai.net/users/winter/nvidia/">FTP
- directory.</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>The port of the driver is around 90% feature complete. AGP
- support and "Registry" support via sysctl need to be
- finished/implemented. The NVIDIA guys are working on a build of
- the X11 libs and extensions for FreeBSD; once this is done
- hardware accelerated direct rendering should work. The previous
- version this driver is no longer available. I'm planning on
- making a snapshot of my code once I chase out a few more
- bugs.</p>
-
- <p>Please note that development is taking place under -CURRENT
- right now; a port to -STABLE will be available at some later
- time.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>jp.FreeBSD.org daily SNAPSHOTs project</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Makoto</given>
-
- <common>Matsushita</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>matusita@jp.FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://snapshots.jp.FreeBSD.org/">Project
- Webpage</url>
-
- <url
- href="ftp://snapshots.jp.FreeBSD.org/pub/FreeBSD/snapshots/i386/">
- Anonymous FTP</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>jp.FreeBSD.org daily SNAPSHOTs project is yet another
- snapshots server that provides latest 4-stable and 5-current
- distribution. You also find installable ISO image, live
- filesystem, HTMLed source code with search engine, and more;
- please check project webpage for more details.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>UDF Filesystem</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Scott</given>
-
- <common>Long</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>scottl@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://people.FreeBSD.org/~scottl/udf">UDF
- Filesystem.</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>Modest gains have been made on the UDF filesystem since the
- last report. Reading of files from DVD-ROM now works (and is
- fast, according to some reports), and there is preliminary
- support for reading from CD-RW media. The CD-RW support has only
- been tested against CD's created with Adaptec/ Roxio DirectCD,
- and much, much more testing is needed. Once this support is
- solid, I plan to check it into the tree and start work on making
- the filesystem writable.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>NEWCARD/OLDCARD Status report</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Warner</given>
-
- <common>Losh</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>imp@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <body>
- <p>Not much to report. A number of minor bugs in OLDCARD have
- been corrected. A larger number of machines now work. Additional
- work on ToPIC support has been committed, but continued lack of a
- suitable ToPIC machine has left the author unable to do much
- work. A few stubborn machines still need to be supported (the
- author has an example of one such machine, so there is hope for
- it being fixed. Some pci related issues remain for both OLDCARD
- and NEWCARD.</p>
-
- <p>NEWCARD work is ramping up, while OLDCARD work is ramping
- down. A number of things remain to be done for NEWCARD, including
- suspend/ resume support, generic device arrival/removal daemon
- and hopefully automatic loading of drivers. A number of current
- pccard drivers still need to be converted to NEWBUS. Several
- Chipset issues remain, as does the merging of isa pccard bridge
- code with the pccbb code.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>GEOM - generalized block storage manipulation</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Poul-Henning</given>
-
- <common>Kamp</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>phk@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD.org/~phk/Geom/">Old concept paper
- here.</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>This project is now finally underway, thanks to DARPA and NAI
- getting a sponsorship lined up. The infrastructure code and data
- structures are currently taking form inside a userland simulation
- harness.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>jpman project</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Kazuo</given>
-
- <common>Horikawa</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>horikawa@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.jp.FreeBSD.org/man-jp/">User and developer
- information (in Japanese).</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>Targeting 4.5-RELEASE, we continued to revising
- doc/ja_JP.eucJP/man/man[1256789] to catch up with RELENG_4.
- Section 3 updating has 45% finished.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>LOMAC Status Report</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Brian</given>
-
- <common>Feldman</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>green@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://opensource.nailabs.com/lomac/">NAI Labs' LOMAC
- page</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>A FreeBSD -CURRENT snapshot with LOMAC is currently being
- prepared, with aid of Perforce on the "green_lomac" branch. Very
- soon there should be a working demonstration installation CD of
- FreeBSD with LOMAC, including the ability to enable LOMAC in
- rc.conf with sysinstall, being a legitimate "out-of-the-box"
- FreeBSD experience. Actual release build is pending debugging
- issues with program start-up (especially xdm).</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>ATA Project Status Report</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>S&#248;ren Schmidt</given>
- </name>
-
- <email>sos@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <body>
- <p>Work is underways to support failing mirror disks better and
- handle hotswapping in a new replacement disk and have it rebuild
- automagically.</p>
-
- <p>Support for the Promise TX4 is now working in my lab, seems
- they did the PCI-PCI bridging in the not so obvious way.</p>
-
- <p>Plans are in the works to backport the -current ATA driver to
- -stable with hotswap and the works. Now that -current is delayed
- I'm working on ways to give me time to get this done, since I've
- had lots of requests lately and we really can't let down our
- customers :).</p>
-
- <p>SMART support is being worked on, but no timelines yet.</p>
-
- <p>Although not strictly ATA, Promise has equipped me with a
- couple SuperTrak sx6000 RAID controllers, they take 6 ATA disks
- and does RAID0-5 in hardware. I have done a driver (its an I2O
- device) for both -current and -stable and it works beautifully with
- hotswap the works. It will enter the tree when it is more mature,
- and I have an agreement with Promise on how we handle userland
- control util etc. BTW it seems it can also be used as a normal 6
- channel PCI ATA controller, a bit on the expensive side
- maybe...</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Revised {mode,log}page support for camcontrol</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Kelly</given>
-
- <common>Yancey</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>kbyanc@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <body>
- <p>Extending camcontrol's page definition file format to include
- both modepage and logpage definitions; adding support to
- camcontrol to query and reset log page parameters. Consideration
- is being made to possibly include support for diagnostic and
- vital product data pages, but that is outside the current project
- scope. New page definition file format includes capability to
- conditionally include page definitions based on SCSI INQUIRY
- results allowing vendor-specific pages to be described also.
- Approximately 80% complete.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>FreeBSD C99 &amp; POSIX Conformance Project</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Mike</given>
-
- <common>Barcroft</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>mike@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
-
- <person>
- <name>
- <common>FreeBSD-Standards Mailing List</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>standards@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://people.FreeBSD.org/~mike/c99/" />
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>Work on the FreeBSD C99 &amp; POSIX Conformance Project is
- progressing nicely. Since the last status report, two new headers
- have been added [&lt;stdint.h&gt; and &lt;inttypes.h&gt;],
- several new functions implemented [atoll(3), imaxabs(3),
- imaxdiv(3), llabs(3), lldiv(3), strerror_r(3), strtoimax(3), and
- strtoumax(3)], and changes to assert(3) and printf(3) were made
- to support C99. More printf(3) changes are in the works to
- support the remaining C99 and POSIX requirements. Additionally,
- research was done into our POSIX Utility conformance and a list
- of tasks was derived from that research.</p>
-
- <p>Several other interesting events occurred during November and
- the beginning of December. The project mailing list was moved to
- the FreeBSD.org domain, and is now available at
- standards@FreeBSD.org. On December 6, 2001, the IEEE Standards
- Board approved the Austin Group Specification as IEEE Std
- 1003.1-2001, thus making the work we're doing ever more
- important.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Improving FreeBSD startup scripts</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Doug Barton</given>
-
- <common>Committer</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>DougB@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
-
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Gordon Tetlow</given>
-
- <common>Contributor</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>gordont@gnf.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreeBSD-rc/">Improving
- FreeBSD startup scripts</url>
-
- <url href="http://www.cs.rmit.edu.au/~lukem/bibliography.html">
- Luke Mewburn's papers</url>
-
- <url href="http://www.netbsd.org/Documentation/rc/">NetBSD
- Initialization and Services Control</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>&lt;-- from http://groups.yahoo.com/group/FreeBSD-rc/ --&gt;
- <p>This group is for discussion about the startup scripts in
- FreeBSD, primarily the scripts in /etc/rc*. Primary focus will be
- on improvements and importation of NetBSD's excellent work on this
- topic.</p>
-
- &lt;-- from Gordon Tetlow's ranting --&gt;
- <p>Due to personal commitments by the folks working on this project
- we have been unable to spend much time porting the rc.d
- infrastructure into the FreeBSD boot framework.</p>
-
- <p>Currently, the system will boot (with a little fudging) just
- before network utilization. There are patches floating around for
- this (see the -arch list from September).</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>KSEs</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Julian</given>
-
- <common>Elischer</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>julian@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD.org/~julian/">My web-page with
- links</url>
-
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD.org/~jasone/kse/">Jason Evans' KSE
- page.</url>
-
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>I have been working behind the scenes on design rather than
- programming for this last month. I have been working however in
- the p4 tree to make the system run with the thread structure NOT
- a part of the proc structure (a prerequisite for threading)</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>Ports Manager Team (portmgr)</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Will</given>
-
- <common>Andrews</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>will@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://bento.FreeBSD.org/">Ports build cluster</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>After a discussion with the Core Team about our status
- regarding the ports collection, we heard from them that they'd
- decided to recognize us as the final authority for approving
- ports committers. We've spent the last few weeks working on our
- ports build cluster (see the link) and trying to find ways to
- improve it for the ports development community. We've also
- handled a few minor issues in the ports collection.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>TrustedBSD Project</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>Robert</given>
-
- <common>Watson</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>rwatson@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.TrustedBSD.org/">TrustedBSD Home Page</url>
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>The TrustedBSD Project continued focusing development efforts
- on fine-grained Capabilities and Mandatory Access Control this
- month. Kernel support for capabilities is essentially complete,
- and efforts are underway to adapt userland applications to use
- Capabilities. The login process has been updated to allow users
- to run with additional privilege based on /etc/capabilities. The
- MAC implementation work has also been active, with improved
- support for the labeling of IPC objects, including better
- integration into the network stack. Both development trees have
- been updated to work with recent KSE-related developments, as
- well as exist more happily in a fine-grained SMP kernel. Initial
- audit-related work appears in a separate entry.</p>
-
- <p>Development of TrustedBSD source code was moved to the FreeBSD
- Perforce repository, permitting better source code management. As
- such, the TrustedBSD development trees will now be available via
- cvsup.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-
- <project>
- <title>SMPng Status Report</title>
-
- <contact>
- <person>
- <name>
- <given>John</given>
-
- <common>Baldwin</common>
- </name>
-
- <email>jhb@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
-
- <person>
- <email>smp@FreeBSD.org</email>
- </person>
- </contact>
-
- <links>
- <url href="http://www.FreeBSD.org/smp/" />
- </links>
-
- <body>
- <p>October ended up being a bit busier than November for
- SMPng. During October, Peter Wemm finally finished the
- ambitious task of unwinding all the macros in NFS and
- splitting it up into two halves: client and server. Andrew
- Reiter also submitted some code to add locks to taskqueues,
- and the folks working on the TTY subsystem designed the
- locking strategy they will be using. Per-thread ucred
- references were also added for user traps and syscalls. Once
- the necessary locking on the process ucred references is
- committed, this will allow kernel code to access the
- credentials of the current thread without needing locks while
- also ensuring that a thread has constant credentials for the
- lifetime of a syscall. November only saw a few small bug fixes
- unfortunately, but December is already shaping up to be a very
- active month, so next month's report should be a bit more
- interesting.</p>
-
- <p>In non-coding news, the website for the SMPng project has
- moved from its old location to the new location above. Also,
- I have completed a paper I am presenting for BSDCon regarding
- the SMPng project. The paper will be available in the
- conference proceedings and will be available online after the
- conference as well.</p>
- </body>
- </project>
-</report>