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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

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Interestingly the OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution's next release.

Going back many years has been OpenBSD's LKM support to allow kernel mouldes to be dynamically added/removed from a system, just as kernel modules are on Linux and other operating systems. However, OpenBSD developers have decided to strip out this functionality.

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FreeBSD 10.1 RC3 Gets Lots of Fixes

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The previous RC in the series had a very short list of changes and just a couple of regressions, which indicated that we might get a stable version soon. It looks like that wasn't the case after all and that we still have to be patient and gaze with great interest at what the devs are doing.

FreeBSD 10.0 was a big step forward for this distribution and a natural evolution from the 9.x branch. People tend to forget that open source is not the same thing with Linux and there are other distros out there that might be using a completely different base, like BSD for example. The first point release for FreeBSD 10.x is also an important step for the devs because it gathers a huge number of changes that will make users’ lives much easier.

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FreeBSD 10.1-RC3 Now Available

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The third RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

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OpenBSD Passes 300,000 Commits

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Ingo Schwarze (schwarze@) writes in with news that the OpenBSD source tree has seen its 300,000th commit.

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Changes Coming For OpenBSD 5.6

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OpenBSD 5.6 is expected to be released at the start of November and with this release will come a large number of changes.

Among the slated OpenBSD 5.6 changes include:

- New qlw, qla, upd, brswphy, uscom and axen drivers.
- Suspend and resume support for the Intel and Radeon DRM/KMS drivers.
- SCSI Multi-pathing support via the mpath driver.
- New product support for existing chipsets.
- IPv6 support is turned off for new devices to instead to enable IPv6 address support when assigning it.

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Quick look: PC-BSD 10.0.3

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PC-BSD 10.0.3 is based on FreeBSD 10. This release of PC-BSD includes Cinnamon 2.2.14, Chromium 37.0.2062.94, Nvidia driver 340.24, bug fixes for the AppCafe UI, support for full disk encryption, and a number of other bug fixes and improvements. You can read a full list of changes in the PC-BSD 10.0.3 release notes.

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Linux-Turned-FreeBSD Distro Comes Up With A New Software License

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While the likes of SprezzOS as the "most beautiful and performant" Linux and OSu as the ultimate operating system have disappeared at the end of the day and are no longer providing comic relief or interesting ambitious debates to Linux users, that other distribution based on Ubuntu and then turned into a FreeBSD distribution is still standing. They're out with an update today and have introduced their own open-source license.

The OS being talked about here for today's after-hours forum discussion fodder is Jabir OS, the operating system that now claims to be an independent fork of FreeBSD and most recently they've been trying to make their own operating system GUI.

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FreeBSD 10.1-RC2 Now Available

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The second RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

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Like The Other BSDs, DragonFlyBSD Lags Greatly Behind With Its GPU Support

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In this process they've found more success making DragonFlyBSD's kernel more like Linux than trying to adapt the complex, quick-moving drivers to their code-base. "It makes more sense to change the DragonFly kernel to behave like Linux than trying to constantly keep up and change the drivers to use *BSD-specific APIs. In a way I'm porting DragonFly to the drm drivers and not the drivers to DragonFly."

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FreeBSD Is Slowly But Surely Trying To Catch Up With Linux Graphics Drivers

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Jean-Sébastien Pédron of the FreeBSD project gave an update at this week's XDC2014 conference about the state of the graphics stack on FreeBSD.

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