Contributed by jason on from the quotas-are-for-cops-not-filesystems dept.
Nikolay Sturm writes in to remind us about an upcoming event:
f2k7, the OpenBSD Filesystem Mini-Hackathon, will take place from April 10th to April 15th 2007 in Vienna. We expect about 15 hackers from Europe (Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, and Sweden) and Americas (Brazil, Canada, and the USA). The event's focus will be on improving OpenBSD's filesystem support, which includes topics like FFS2 (support for filesystems of more than 1TB), NFSv4 (next generation NFS), Software RAID, and the buffer cache.
Due to the nature of hackathons, this list cannot be extensive. People go out for a beer the first evening, discuss their ideas and suddenly everyone is working on something completely different than they originally thought. To make this event a success and actually permit people to work on these topics, needs hardware most developers don't have lying around. It takes RAIDs of more than 1TB to figure out the issues and test FFS2, fast build machines will help compiling kernels, as most of the work takes place in the kernel and we will compile a lot of them, and last but not least we need machines with more than 4GB or RAM to sort out problems with the buffer cache. If you want to support this event, we are still looking for fast build machines like Sun Fire X2100 M2 or comparable and big SATA and IDE drives (>160GB, preferrably 250GB) as loans or donations. In order to be able to buy the missing pieces for the project, we also take PayPal donations to firstname.lastname@example.org (excess money will be forwarded as regular OpenBSD donations).
[Editor's Note]: The event is getting close, so let's make sure the developers have the hardware they need to bring these goals to fruition. For all those folks clamoring for FFS2 and large disk support, now is the time to make your donations count! If you have any further questions, please contact Nikolay Sturm.
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