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OpenBSD 5.4 Has New Hardware Support, Intel DRM

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Published on 01 November 2013 01:49 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD
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OpenBSD 5.4 was released this morning to kick off the round of open-source operating systems updating for November. OpenBSD 5.4 brings new and improved hardware support, including finally supporting the TI OMAP3/OMAP4 ARM SoCs and updating the Linux-ported Intel DRM graphics driver.

New platform support in OpenBSD 5.4 includes "Octeon" for the Cavium Octeon MIPS-compatible processors via the Portwell CAM-0100 and Ubiquiti Networks EdgeRouter LITE. OpenBSD Beagle support now includes the OMAP3, OMAP4, and AM335x systems with ARM Cortex-A8/A9 ARM prcoessors. The newly supported ARM hardware includes the BeagleBoard C4, BeagleBoard xM, BeagleBone, BeagleBone Black, PandaBoard, and PandaBoard ES.

Following FreeBSD and other BSD platforms pulling in the Intel DRM/KMS driver from Linux, the same has been done for OpenBSD. The OpenBSD "inteldrm" driver is ported from the Linux 3.8 kernel and supports kernel mode-setting, now handles Sandy Bridge hardware and newer, and supports outputs like DisplayPort that previously weren't supported under OpenBSD.

Other hardware driver work includes vgafb/macppc supporting multiple virtual consoles, support for Elantech touchpads, and the vdsk driver now supports disks larger than two terabytes.

Some other OpenBSD 5.4 improvements include networking stack improvements, SSL inspection support in relayd, DHPCD and DHCLIENT improvements, performance improvements, and a variety of other enhancements.

More details on the new OpenBSD 5.4 release for various architectures can be found at OpenBSD.org.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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