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FreeBSD Works On AMD KMS, BHyVe, Clang

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Published on 06 March 2013 03:20 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD
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The FreeBSD Q4'2012 status report has been issued to update its users and other stakeholders on the state of this BSD operating system.

The major topics covered in the past quarter for the FreeBSD operating system include:

- Work has begun on Radeon KMS support for FreeBSD. After FreeBSD 9.1 received Intel kernel mode-setting support, now it's coming for ATI/AMD Radeon graphics hardware. The work is being done for FreeBSD 10 but there's a long way to go.

- BHyVe is a new virtualization hypervisor coming to FreeBSD 10.

- Up to now the patch command in FreeBSD has been an old GPLv2 patch from GNU, but now there's a new BSD-licensed patch.

- bsdconfig is a new configuration utility being developed.

- The Common Flash Interface (CFI) driver has received improvements.

- LLVM/Clang found within the FreeBSD tree now works on FreeBSD/ARMv6. Both the ARM EABI and OABIs are supported by GCC and Clang for ARMv6 on this platform.

- FreeBSD developers have started work on 64-bit ARM (AArch64) support.

- FreeBSD developers continue bringing up support for the ARM BeagleBone, which they are using as part of their ARMv7 enablement. They hope for good BeagleBone support in FreeBSD 10.

- FreeBSD is running on the Raspberry Pi when it comes to the USB controller, SDHC, network, frame-buffer, GPIO, and VCHI interface.

- KDE desktop updates continue coming for FreeBSD desktop users.

- The NFSv4.1 client has been committed to head/current.

- UEFI support is still being worked on for FreeBSD.

- Xfce desktop support continues to be improved for FreeBSD.

Read the full quarterly report at FreeBSD.org.

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