1.2 Welcome to DragonFly!

DragonFly is a 4.4BSD-Lite based operating system for Intel (x86). A port to AMD64 is in progress. You can also read about the history of DragonFly, or the current release.

1.2.1 What Can DragonFly Do?

DragonFly has many noteworthy features. Some of these are:

DragonFly is based on the 4.4BSD-Lite release from Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG) at the University of California at Berkeley, along with later development of FreeBSD by the FreeBSD Project. It carries on the distinguished tradition of BSD systems development. In addition to the fine work provided by CSRG, the DragonFly Project has put in many thousands of hours in fine tuning the system for maximum performance and reliability in real-life load situations. As many of the commercial giants struggle to field PC operating systems with such features, performance and reliability, DragonFly can offer them now!

The applications to which DragonFly can be put are truly limited only by your own imagination. From software development to factory automation, inventory control to azimuth correction of remote satellite antennae; if it can be done with a commercial UNIX product then it is more than likely that you can do it with DragonFly too! DragonFly also benefits significantly from literally thousands of high quality applications developed by research centers and universities around the world, often available at little to no cost. Commercial applications are also available and appearing in greater numbers every day.

Because the source code for DragonFly itself is generally available, the system can also be customized to an almost unheard of degree for special applications or projects, and in ways not generally possible with operating systems from most major commercial vendors. Here is just a sampling of some of the applications in which people are currently using DragonFly:

DragonFly is available via anonymous FTP or CVS. Please see Appendix A for more information about obtaining DragonFly.

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