OpenBSD 4.2 Released


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26 Apr 2004

As in our previous releases, 4.2 provides significant improvements,
including new features, in nearly all areas of the system:

- New/extended platforms:
    o OpenBSD/sparc64.
      The PCIe UltraSPARC IIIi machines like the V215 and V245 are
      now supported.
    o OpenBSD/hppa.
      Four-digit B/C/J-class workstations like the B2000, C3750 or J6750
      are now supported (in 32-bit mode).
    o OpenBSD/alpha.
      Add support in the alpha platform for a couple of new Alpha models,
      AlphaServer 1200 and 4100.

- Platforms skipped this release:
    o OpenBSD/sgi.
      This architecture will not be released this time. 

- Install/Upgrade process changes:
    o New install method!!
      For the most popular architectures, the FTP sites have a ~200MB
      install ISO file, which contains the base set, permitting
      non-network installs.
    o Allow the specification of an NTP server during installation.
    o Allow no fsck'ing of clean non-root partitions during upgrade.
    o Check for INSTALL.<arch> to confirm sets are for the correct
    o Create and format the MSDOS partition for macppc installs
      in a more flexible and reliable way. 

- Improved hardware support, including:
    o Native Serial-ATA support:
      o ahci(4) driver for SATA controllers conforming to the Advanced
        Host Controller Interface specification.
      o jmb(4) driver for the JMicron JMB36x SATA II and PATA Host Controller.
      o sili(4) driver for SATA controllers using the Silicon Image
        3124/3132/3531 SATALink chipsets. 
    o The pciide(4) driver has had support added for newer chipsets, including:
      o Intel ICH8M PATA
      o JMicron JMB36x PATA
      o VIA CX700/VX700 PATA 
    o The lm(4) driver now supports Winbond W83627DHG and W83627EHF-A 
      Super I/O Hardware Monitors.
    o The siop(4) driver now has support for NCR 53C720/770 controllers in
      big endian mode. In particular this means that the onboard Fast-Wide
      SCSI on many hppa machines is supported now.
    o New tht(4) driver for Tehuti Networks 10Gb Ethernet controllers.
    o The malo(4) driver now supports Marvell 88W8385 802.11g based
      Compact Flash devices.
    o New uts(4) driver for USB touch screens, supported by the xtsscale(1)
      calibration utility.
    o The i810(4) X.Org driver and the PCI AGP driver now support
      Intel i965GM chips.
    o New led(4) driver for the front panel LEDs on the V215/245.
    o New bbc(4) driver providing support for the BootBus Controllers in
      UltraSparc III systems.
    o New pmc(4) driver for the watchdog(4) timer on the National Semiconductor
      PC87317 SuperIO chip.
    o New pyro(4) driver for the SPARC64 Host/PCIe bridge.
    o New astro(4) driver for the Astro Memory and I/O controller on hppa.
    o New elroy(4) driver for the Elroy PCI hostbridge on hppa.
    o New lcd(4) driver for the front panel LCD display on hppa.
    o New ssio(4) driver for the National Semiconductor PC87560 Legacy IO on
    o New pxammc(4) driver for the MMC/SD/SDIO controller on zaurus.
    o New xlights(4) driver for the front panel lights on the Xserve G4.
    o New sysbutton(4) driver for the system identification button on
      the Xserve G4.
    o New piixpcib(4) driver for System Management Mode initiated speedstep
      frequency scaling on certain pairings of the Intel PIIX4 ISA bridges
      and Intel Pentium 3 processors.
    o CPU frequency and voltage can now be scaled on all CPUs when running
      GENERIC.MP on a multiprocessor i386 or AMD64 machine with enhanced
      speedstep or powernow.
    o Intel enhanced speedstep is now supported on OpenBSD/amd64.
    o New support for the on die CPU temperature sensor found on the
      Intel Core family of processors.
    o The nvram(4) driver is now available on OpenBSD/amd64. 

- New tools:
    o cwm(1) has replaced wm2 as a simple-looking low-resource window manager.
    o zless(1), view compressed files with less(1).
    o mount_vnd(8), a utility to configure vnode disks from fstab(5).

- New functionality:
    o FFS2, the updated version of the fast file system.
    o ftp(1) now can send cookies loaded from a netscape-like cookiejar,
      supports proxies requiring a password, and has a keep-alive option
      to avoid over-aggressive control connection dropping.
    o pkg_add(1) has been vastly improved. It is more robust, outputs more
      consistent error messages, and can deal with a lot more update
      scenarios gracefully. It also has much better look-up capabilities for
      multiple entries in PKG_PATH, stopping at the first directory with
      suitable candidates.
    o ftp-proxy(8) is now able to automatically tag packets passing through
      the pf(4) rule with a supplied name.
    o Kernel work queues, workq_add_task(9), workq_create(9),
      workq_destroy(9) provides a mechanism to defer tasks to a process
      context when it is impossible to run such a task in the current context.
    o ifconfig(8) now understands IP address/mask in CIDR notation.
    o Add IP (v4 and v6) load balancing to carp(4), similar to the
      ARP balancing.
    o sensorsd(8)  now supports a zero-configuration monitoring and has
      a more intuitive logging for all sensors that automatically provide
      sensor state.  It also features advancements in user-specified
      monitoring, including monitoring of sensors that are periodically
      flagged as invalid.
    o sensorsd.conf(5) now supports sensor matching by sensor type,
      allowing easier configuration.
    o The i386 bootloader can now load amd64 kernels.
    o The amd64 bootloader can now load i386 kernels.

- Assorted improvements and code cleanup:
    o Large (>1TB) disk and partition support in the disklabel and buffer
      cache code and in the userland utilities that manipulate disk blocks.
      Note that some parts of the system are not 64-bit disk block clean
      yet, so partitions larger than 2TB cannot be used at the moment.
    o Large (>2^32-1 sectors) SCSI disk sizes now probed.
    o Thread support for the Objective-C library (libobjc).
    o carp route handling has been fixed, solving some problems the
      routing daemons were exhibiting.
    o Various improvements in pf increase performance drastically,
      stateful passing more than twice as fast than before.
    o A change in how the kernel random pool is stirred increases performance
      with network interface cards that support interrupt mitigation a lot.
    o i386 TLB handling improved to avoid possible corruption on
      Core2Duo processors.
    o Rework TLB shootdown code for i386 and amd64, gives fairly large speed
    o i386 and amd64 use the BIOS disk geometry when creating default
    o Default disk geometry changed from 64 heads/32 sectors to
      255 heads/63 sectors.
    o More USB devices with various quirks coerced to work.
    o Archive/Wangtek cartridge tape drives (wt*) no longer supported.
    o rcs has improved GNU compatibility.
    o make(1) has improved stability of -j option.
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