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Call for Testing: upd(4)
Contributed by tbert on Thu Mar 20 10:51:50 2014 (GMT)
from the no-breaks-for-the-wicked dept.

Andre de Oliveira (andre@) has committed the upd(4) driver, which detects uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) attached to USB, which will show up in the dmesg:

uhidev0 at uhub1 port 1 configuration 1 interface 0 "American Power Conversion Back-UPS RS 500 FW:30.j5.I USB FW:j5" rev 1.10/0.06 addr 2
uhidev0: iclass 3/0, 98 report ids
upd0 at uhidev0

[ 6 comments 192d11:07 ago ] (flat) (expanded)

hp300, mvme68k, and mvme88k Arches Move to the Attic
Contributed by tbert on Wed Mar 19 19:25:55 2014 (GMT)
from the to-the-great-/dev/null-in-the-sky dept.

In a recent commit, miod@ removed support for some of the older platforms that were supported by OpenBSD:

Retire hp300, mvme68k and mvme88k ports. These ports have no users, keeping
this hardware alive is becoming increasingly difficult, and I should heed the
message sent by the three disks which have died on me over the last few days.

Noone sane will mourn these ports anyway. So long, and thanks for the fish.

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Heads Up: Apache Removed from Base
Contributed by jj on Fri Mar 14 09:01:27 2014 (GMT)
from the puffy-vs-geronimo dept.

In a series of commits, Florian Obser (florian@) has unhooked Apache from the OpenBSD base build. This means you need to pay special attention when upgrading your systems:

/usr/sbin/httpd and the associated tools and files have been removed. Consider using nginx(8) for your http serving needs, but note that nginx is not a drop-in replacement. For people who need the old httpd(8) and cannot switch at this time, see the port www/apache-httpd-openbsd.

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OpenSMTPd Now the Default MTA in OpenBSD
Contributed by tbert on Thu Mar 13 05:29:12 2014 (GMT)
from the a-demoostik-once-bit-my-sister dept.

After a long time spent in the shadow of Sendmail, OpenSMTPd is now the default MTA in OpenBSD:

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2014/03/12 12:21:34

Modified files:
	etc            : crontab mailer.conf rc.conf 
	etc/mail       : smtpd.conf 

Log message:
switch over to smtpd by default.
ok deraadt gilles todd

A great deal of thanks to the OpenSMPTd developers for their work in making this possible!

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USB 3.0 support beginning to emerge for -current
Contributed by pitrh on Tue Mar 11 08:12:13 2014 (GMT)
from the superspeed me, puffy! dept.

USB 3.0 support is coming to OpenBSD-current. In a series of commits commit dated March 8 2014 ending with this one, Martin Pieuchot (mpi@) added the beginnings of USB 3.0 support:

Module name:	src
Changes by:	2014/03/08 07:34:12

Modified files:
	sys/conf       : files 
	sys/dev/pci    : files.pci 
Added files:
	sys/dev/usb    : xhci.c xhcireg.h xhcivar.h
	sys/dev/pci    : xhci_pci.c

Log message:
Dumb xhci(4) implementation.

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From the trenches: espie@ reports on recent experiments in package building
Contributed by tbert on Fri Mar 7 12:52:45 2014 (GMT)
from the puff my package! dept.

In a recent post to the ports mailing list titled "dpb fun", Marc Espie (espie@) reported on tests running the OpenBSD distributed ports builder on larger than usual hardware and improvements that sprang from the test:

So, I got access to a bunch of fast machines through Yandex. Big kudoes to them. It allowed me to continue working on dpb optimizations for fast clusters, after some tentalizing glimpse into big clusters I got a few months ago thanks to some experiment led by Florian Obser.

The rest of the post follows after the fold, this looks like exciting times are ahead.

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Slashdot Taking Questions for Interview with Theo de Raadt
Contributed by weerd on Wed Mar 5 21:28:17 2014 (GMT)
from the questionable-content dept.

Slashdot is soliciting questions for an interview with Theo de Raadt (deraadt@). So if you've some question you'd like to see the man at the top of the dogpile answer, head on over and drop it in the box.

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OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 Released
Contributed by tbert on Wed Mar 5 16:48:28 2014 (GMT)
from the attn-puffymaster dept.

Gilles Chehade (gilles@) writes in to let us know about the latest official release of OpenSMTPD:

OpenSMTPD 5.4.2 has just been released.

OpenSMTPD is a FREE implementation of the SMTP protocol with some common extensions. It allows ordinary machines to exchange e-mails with systems speaking the SMTP protocol. It implements a fairly large part of RFC5321 and can already cover a large range of use-cases.

It runs on OpenBSD, NetBSD, FreeBSD, DragonFlyBSD, OSX and Linux.

The archives are now available from the main site at

The rest of the release announcement below the fold.

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BSDCan 2014 Registrations Open
Contributed by pitrh on Wed Mar 5 13:15:41 2014 (GMT)
from the because-BSDCant-never-accomplished-anything dept.

Registration for the 2014 version of the main and longest running North American BSD conference, BSDCan, is now open. The conference takes place in Ottawa, Canada, on the University of Ottawa campus May 14-15 (tutorials) and May 16-17 (talks). You can register for the conference here.

On the program we have OpenBSD developers

Paul Irofti on Porting OpenBSD to Octeon
Peter Hessler on BGP for spamd synchronization
Henning Brauer on 10 years of OpenBGPd
Ingo Schwarze on New trends in mandoc

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