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Old 06-02-2021, 01:02 PM   #1
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DragonflyBSD 6.0


DragonflyBSD 6.0 in VirtualBox VM.
Similar to OpenBSD, DragonflyBSD does not support VirtualBox so client does not have all the goodies provided by virtualbox client additions.
Nevertheless, it is possible (as in the case of OpenBSD) to install DragonflyBSD in full screen which makes it easier to work with.
Installer gives a choice either to to install with EFI or legacy BIOS. Both options work. I had some issues with partitioning during installation (bad superblock error), so I left default partition settings. This could be my fault though, but I did not investigate it any further.
There is a choice of HAMMER and HAMMER2 file system. I selected HAMMER2 with the partition encryption.
After OS installation, user can install packages using pkg utility.
I opted for xfce4, firefox, libreoffice, pragha, vlc, thunderbird, slim.

next I powered off VM client and run
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VBoxManage setextradata DragonflyBSD CustomVideoMode1 1920x972x32
Booted up DragonflyBSD and adjusted screen resolution using xrandr (if particular resolution is not available, xrandr helps adding custom screen resolution).
Next, I installed custom kernel, rebooted and all seems to be working.
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Old 06-04-2021, 11:21 AM   #2
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Nice! How is the performance compared to OpenBSD? (that's what I run).
 
Old 06-04-2021, 12:06 PM   #3
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Nice! How is the performance compared to OpenBSD? (that's what I run).
It seems much faster

I did not run any particular tests, just standard desktop apps: firefox, libreoffice. I have to configure sound yet.

However it looks like my impressions are supported by some benchmarks tests:
https://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pa...13-dfly6&num=1

By comparison, earlier versions of DragonFlyBSD were slower (on par with OpenBSD).
I think that it is worth try if hardware is compatible or at least in VM.
 
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DragonFly BSD is performance oriented, whereas OpenBSD is not. My experienced of DragonFly is that it generally outperforms OpenBSD and FreeBSD, though there will always be exceptions to the rule. That's been the case for a good few years.
 
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