I haven’t done a general update since June? Well, let’s give where things are at the end of September. Because it’s October, and for my whole career my status reports have always been behind, and I see no reason to change now.
FreeBSD Mastery: Advanced ZFS is underway. Right now it’s in Allan Jude’s capable hands, but Allan has this thing called a “day job.” Apparently when you’re the It should be out before the end of the year.
In the meantime I’m mining words for FreeBSD Mastery: Specialty Filesystems. It covers NFS, nullfs, NTFS, and even filesystems not beginning with N. (Can’t think of what those are offhand, but I’m sure there are some.)
Immortal Clay 2, or Kipuka Blues, is at the line editor. So I’m waiting on that.
I’m spending 60-90 minutes a day on a new project called “Butterfly Stomp Waltz.” This started as a short story but, well, things happened–mainly that the folks who read it demanded the rest of the story. (Those of you eager for the new nonfiction books: if I stop writing fiction, my tech writing speed plunges. So this is to your benefit too.)
I suspect the next tech books will be on PAM, then something on OpenBSD httpd/relayd. (I’d really like to see httpd ported to more operating systems before I do that book, though.) I do intend to head towards the FreeBSD jails book, but after spending a year on FreeBSD filesystems I feel a definite need to poke elsewhere for a while.