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Chris Wilson of Intel back in July had written a branch of the Intel X.Org display driver (xf86-video-intel) that added back user-space mode-setting support to their open-source driver that did not need the Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) within the kernel to function. This code was previously stripped away from the driver previously since KMS+GEM is the future they wanted to head in, but for those with vintage Intel i8xx-era graphics hardware using these newer code paths frequently resulted in lock-ups and other problems. Rather than trying to solve the actual problem at hand of GEM and KMS for this old hardware, the easier solution was viewed to just add back non-GEM UMS support.
22 October 2010 - FreeBSD Foundation To Sponsor - 6 Comments
Pawel Jakub Dawidek has announced he has prepared a port of the ZFS v28 file-system for FreeBSD, which is a newer revision of this advanced Sun/Oracle file-system than what is currently available in FreeBSD 8.1. This updated ZFS file-system brings a number of new features to FreeBSD-ZFS users including data de-duplication support, triple parity RAIDZ (RAIDZ3), ZFS DIFF, Zpool Split, snapshot holds, forced Zpool imports, and the ability to import a pool in a read-only mode.
1 September 2010 - With ZFS v28 - 5 Comments
We knew it was coming (and that FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE has been on the FreeBSD FTP servers for a few days already), but the FreeBSD 8.1 release announcement is now available over at FreeBSD.org.
24 July 2010 - FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE - 2 Comments
While FreeBSD 8.1 has yet to be officially released (though its imminent), the PC-BSD developers have went ahead and released PC-BSD 8.1, which is based upon the FreeBSD 8.1 release. As in usual PC-BSD fashion with catering towards desktop users and making things easy-to-use, PC-BSD 8.1 is shipping with the KDE SC 4.4.5 desktop by default.
21 July 2010 - New BSD Fun
Ken Smith on behalf of the FreeBSD developers has announced the first release candidate of the upcoming FreeBSD 8.1. FreeBSD 8.1 is expected to be released as stable next month as the first major update since the release of FreeBSD 8.0 back in November.
19 June 2010 - One More To Go - 3 Comments
FreeBSD 8.0 was released in November, but now the first update in the 8.x series is approaching. FreeBSD 8.1 has entered beta and is expected for final release around July.
29 May 2010 - FreeBSD 8.1 - 4 Comments
Daniel Gerzo with the FreeBSD project has issued a status report concerning work going on within FreeBSD and related projects for the first quarter of this year. Catching our interest in particular were the updates surrounding LLVM/Clang as the compiler for FreeBSD's base, the Chromium web browser porting efforts to FreeBSD, and ZFS file-system enhancements.
23 April 2010 - Plus Other Projects - 14 Comments
A week ago NVIDIA released the NVIDIA 195.22 Linux driver, but early this morning NVIDIA's Unix graphics team pushed out the FreeBSD 195.22 driver. This FreeBSD driver update basically brings it up to speed with the latest beta Linux driver with the VDPAU improvements, DisplayPort fixes, and other new support in this binary driver. The FreeBSD 195.22 beta driver announcement can be read over at NvNews.net where it was posted by NVIDIA's Christian Zander.
3 December 2009 - And Other Changes - 1 Comment
With the FreeBSD 8.0 release now available, we reached out to NVIDIA to find out the status of their 64-bit BSD display driver, now that this operating system carries the necessary mmap extension support in their 64-bit kernel for their proprietary graphics driver to function. Andy Ritger, who heads the user-space side of NVIDIA's UNIX Graphics Driver team and was previously interviewed by Phoronix, provided a brief update.
24 November 2009 - NVIDIA Speaks - 1 Comment
The much-anticipated FreeBSD 8.0 release is finally available, albeit it's arriving more than a month late. FreeBSD 8.0 supports Clang/LLVM (Edit: though right now GCC remains the default compiler), improvements to the Jails subsystem, a new USB stack, the ULE 3.0 scheduler that's optimized for SMP environments, Sun's D-Trace support for kernel traces, NFSv4 support, network improvements, improved ZFS file-system support, and much more.
24 November 2009 - It's Here - 26 Comments
Apple's Grand Central Dispatch technology introduced in Mac OS X 10.6 "Snow Leopard" was open-sourced under the Apache license last month by Apple and now it has worked its way into FreeBSD. This software, which helps in optimizing applications for multi-core systems, has ported the libdispatch library from GCD to FreeBSD and made Grand Central Dispatch more POSIX friendly.
13 October 2009 - Apple's GCD - 6 Comments
In the quarterly report for FreeBSD, we learned something interesting: the FreeBSD developers intend to replace GCC with LLVM/Clang. The FreeBSD project wants to replace the GNU Compiler Collection with the Apple-backed Clang front-end compiler from LLVM. They mention in their quarterly report that this newer compiler can already build 99% of the packages in FreeBSD and even its kernel on i386 and amd64 architectures. They admit though bugs are withstanding and LLVM's C++ support is still very immature. There are over 100 Clang bugs that the FreeBSD developers have reported, but the LLVM developers are working on them.
11 May 2009 - Will Others Follow Too? - 28 Comments
Most of the development efforts within the X.Org and Mesa ecosystems are done on Linux so at times the other supported operating systems can vary when it comes to the level of support -- some features may not work and some code may not even build. For instance, it was not until this morning that the few hooks needed for BSD support in the Gallium3D code-base were added.
25 February 2009 - Thanks To Some Patches - 3 Comments
The BSDTalk BlogSpot blog has posted an interview with NVIDIA Corporation. This is an audio interview with Andy Ritger and Christian Zander. Though the discussion focuses on NVIDIA's FreeBSD display drivers there are several references as well to the Linux and Solaris drivers.
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