Issue 176
Published February 14, 2024

This week is all about RC4 for NetBSD and 32-bit platform on FreeBSD.


NetBSD 10.0 RC4 available: RC4 became necessary as a few very important DRM/KMS issues especially for Intel GPUs have been resolved. And as an (unexpected) bonus support for the Nintendo Wii has been added to the evbppc port.


Future of 32-bit platform support in FreeBSD: FreeBSD is deprecating 32-bit platforms over the next couple of major releases. They anticipate FreeBSD 15.0 will not include the armv6, i386, and powerpc platforms, and FreeBSD 16.0 will not include armv7. Support for executing 32-bit binaries on 64-bit kernels will be retained through at least the lifetime of the stable/16 branch if not longer. (There is currently no plan to remove support for 32-bit binaries on 64-bit kernels.)

As always, it’s worth following BSDSec. RSS feed and Twitter account available.


Valuable News – 2024/02/12: The Valuable News weekly series is dedicated to provide summary about news, articles and other interesting stuff mostly but not always related to the UNIX or BSD systems.

FreeBSD Foundation Statement on the European Union Cyber Resiliency Act: Open source communities, including the FreeBSD Foundation, initially expressed concerns that the CRA could subject open source projects, communities, and developers to the same security procedures and potential fines as commercial entities. The FreeBSD Foundation gratefully acknowledges the efforts made during the legislative process to raise and address these concerns and welcomes the revisions made in the final version of the CRA. The final version improves important exclusions of open source projects, communities, foundations, and their development and package distribution platforms.

BSD Now 545: BSD Audio Enhancements: ZFS High Availability with Asynchronous Replication and zrep, Stop Blogging and start documenting, 2023 in Review: Infrastructure, NovaCustom NV41 laptop review, OpenBSD Video Audio Screen Recording, HDMI Audio sound patches into GhostBSD source code, DSA removal from OpenSSH, NetBSD/evbppc 0.99.10 on the Nintendo Wii, NetBSD/amd64 current performance patch


Migrate a FreeBSD bhyve virtual machine to OmniOS: Author has a home lab running FreeBSD bhyve hypervisor and a collo server running OmniOS. From time to time, they migrate some VMs from one to the other. It is very simple when using ZFS and sharing a compatible bhyve implementation.

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