Issue 97
Published December 16, 2021

FreeBSD 12.3 and all the rest from last week.


FreeBSD 12.3-RELEASE Now Available: The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 12.3-RELEASE. This is the fourth release of the stable/12 branch. Some of the highlights:

  • Updates to various networking drivers.
  • Several updates to upstream contributed software.
  • Several userland application improvements and kernel bug fixes.
  • And much more…


No security announcements.

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


Wayland 1.20 Released With Proper FreeBSD Support, Protocol Additions: While work on the core Wayland code itself has slowed down in recent years, Wayland 1.20 is a fairly notable update. In particular, this first Wayland release in nearly one year is bringing fully upstreamed FreeBSD support. All of the FreeBSD support patches have worked their way upstream into Wayland 1.20 and it’s ready to be supported with this release. There is also now FreeBSD continuous integration (CI) test coverage to ensure the FreeBSD support remains in good shape and hopefully won’t regress.

BSDCan 2022 CFP: The BSDCan 2022 Call For Papers has gone out. Submissions will close Jan 19, 2022. The conference will be held in-person this upcoming year.

FreeBSD documentation site redesign: The FreeBSD documentation site got a new face, containing pages such as Getting started, Downloads, Handbook, Porter’s Handbook, FAQs, Documentation Project Primer, Manual pages, Books and Articles.

What are the VPN available on OpenBSD: A list of VPNs with encryption that can be used on OpenBSD.

Benchmarks: FreeBSD 13 vs. NetBSD 9.2 vs. OpenBSD 7 vs. DragonFlyBSD 6 vs. Linux: It’s been a while since last having a hearty BSD benchmark comparison on Phoronix in part due to the latest hardware platforms generally lagging behind with how well supported they are by the various BSDs. But stemming from a Phoronix Premium supporter recently requesting some fresh BSD benchmarks, here is a look at how DragonFlyBSD 6.0.1, FreeBSD 13.0, NetBSD 9.2, and OpenBSD 7.0 are competing against various Linux distributions like CentOS, Clear Linux, and Ubuntu.

LLDB FreeBSD kernel core dump support: Moritz Systems have been contracted by the FreeBSD Foundation to continue our work on modernizing the LLDB debugger’s support for FreeBSD. The primary goal of the contract is to bring kernel debugging into LLDB.

BSDDialog: BSDDialog is an utility to write a script with a Text User Interface. It can build widgets/dialogs: to show messages, to get input and to inform about a computation status.


Adding Logitech Unifying Receiver support to OpenBSD, part 1: The Logitech Unifying Receiver is a small USB device that essentially acts as a wireless dongle, using a special protocol to communicate with Logitech wireless devices like mice and keyboards. Many Logitech products, including my mouse (the MX Master 2S) come with one of these devices. Thanks to the nature of the USB protocol, the Unifying Receiver is supported out-of-the-box on OpenBSD.

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