Congrats to the DragonFly devs! Looks like a pretty big release.
Interesting to see the project brag about the integration of GCC 5 in such a manner.
In DragonFly not that much attention is paid to licensing and GPL avoidance as in the other BSDs.
Just curious, do you know why the newer GCC was chosen over Clang? Familiarity? Performance?
DragonFly has always had 2 compilers in the base system - before GCC5, it was GCC 4.4 and GCC 4.7. With this change, it’s 4.7 and 5.0. The next change will probably be GCC 5 and clang (i.e. GCC 4.7 out, clang in) . So, it wasn’t that GCC was chosen over clang, it’s more just “not yet”. Compiler work ain’t easy.
In what sense do you mean that? I don’t know anything about GCC 5.
Most BSDs have moved to LLVM or retained GCC 4.2.1 over GPLv3 licensing. Nothing wrong with the compiler on a technical level, that I know of.
Posting from a fresh install of DragonflyBSD on an x230. I wanted to try doing this last night but messed a bunch of stuff up, so this is perfect timing.
I think I’ve got everything working. Wifi was fairly painful and I had to disable use -ht with wpa_supplicant to disable N mode to get it to work. Sound works, but i have to do some weird sysctl.snd.default_unit=[0,1] to choose between playing music through my laptop speakers vs headphones. Volume buttons don’t work.
Other than those two things, everything seems good. Trackpoint/touchpad/brightness controls all work. Everything feels snappy. GHC at 7.8.3 instead if 7.8.4 is disappointing since Stack wants 7.8.4, hopefully freebsd updates that soon.
I’ll probably put up a blog post with detail later.