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DragonFlyBSD 3.8 Brings New USB Stack, Intel DRM Driver

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Published on 05 June 2014 12:45 PM EDT
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD
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As expected, DragonFlyBSD 3.8 has been released. This release brings several new features to the popular BSD operating system but the 3.8 series will be the last to support 32-bit releases.

- DragonFlyBSD 3.8 introduces dynamic binaries in /bin and /sbin to support identification/authentication technologies like PAM and NSS.

- The USB4BSD stack is now the default USB stack in DragonFlyBSD. USB4BSD brings USB 3.0 device support to the operating system.

- The Intel DRM driver from FreeBSD, which in turn comes from the Linux 3.8 kernel, is now used on DragonFlyBSD 3.8 but there's currently only Ivy Bridge HD 4000 graphics support. The goal though is for DragonFlyBSD to eventually have Haswell and Bay Trail graphics support. The Radeon DRM code has also been updated (against the Linux 3.9 source) but it's still not used by default with DragonFlyBSD's X.Org stack.

With the new functionality also comes an announcement that DragonFlyBSD 3.8 will be the last to have a 32-bit spin with for future releases they will only be targeting Intel 64-bit support. Going 64-bit only is due to DragonFlyBSD's focus on performance. More details on DragonFlyBSD 3.8 along with download links can be found via DragonFlyBSD.org.

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