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USB 2.0 support added to -current on 5/23

Contributed by grey on from the speed up your external devices dept.

Thanks to MotleyFool who writes: For all those who have been asking for USB 2.0 support you should try out the latest snapshots.

An archive of the commit message regarding some of the changes to ehci may be found here.

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  1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    So how good does it work? Is it pretty stable, or still very unreliable?

    I also read somewhere that pcmcia/cardbus isn't there yet. Would that be hard to add?

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      USB mice no longer seem to work. Other than that, so far so good.

  2. By Nate ( on

    That's great, but what about Firewire? Has there been any progress on Firewire support? My OBSD platform is MacPPC, so firewire would be much more benificial.

    Does anyone know if a specific hold up, something like technical docs? Or is it just a manpower issue?


    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      They're waiting for NetBSD to write the code first.

      1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

        so true

      2. By tedu ( on

        if you take a look at netbsd, you'll notice the code has been written already, though i have no idea how well it works. if you take a look at the openbsd ieee1394 code, you'll see some comes from netbsd and quite a bit was written by tdeval@. maybe if you want firewire support you should go download netbsd and write it for them?

        1. By kris ( on

          oh so true ...

    2. By tedu ( on

      somebody needs to finish it up. so it's a manpower shortage.

    3. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      tdeval@ posted this to the misc@ mailinglist some time ago:
      From: Thierry Deval                         
      To: Sean Hafeez                                          
      Date: Fri, 23 Apr 2004 18:39:30 +0200                                           
      Subject: Re: Status of Firewire?                                                
      It's not a promise (you know, priority is work, and I've plenty of it),         
      but I intend to give a big shot at it again this summer.                        
      Just pray that I won't have anything else to do in the meantime (-;             
      On Apr 20, 2004, at 23:57, Sean Hafeez wrote:                                   
      >I check the hardware list...                                                   
      >Just want to know the status on the Firewire support in OpenBSD. I             
      >have a system running Linux with 8 drives connect via Firewire in a            
      >RAID 5 setup that I would love to move to OpenBSD as I am trying to            
      >cut down on the number of boxen in the office (new kid - no room!).            
      >Thanks All!                                                                    

    4. By bjor ( on

      I miss Bluetooth support too :-(

  3. By Nick ( on

    This is fantastic news. All but one of my systems (x86 and Sparc64) run OpenBSD, and that last one is a Linux box purely for being able to use my external USB2 HDD and digital camera!

    As soon as the code gets into the next release (3.6 maybe?), I'll throw the final switch! =)


  4. By Anonymous Coward ( on

    Sad, that OpenBSD doesn't support DVB tvcards with VDR and ISDN Capi with passive cards, so I could switch completely at home because USB 2.0 works

    1. By Anonymous Coward ( on

      As for ISDN, MirOS ( does this... and it started as an OpenBSD patchkit so it's still pretty close.

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