The new release comes with a large number of improvements and debuts a new architecture, OpenBSD/powerpc64, running on the POWER9 family of processors. The full list of changes can be found in the announcement and on the release page. Some highlights:
- As already mentioned, this release debuts the OpenBSD/powerpc64 architecture, supporting the POWER9 [and POWER8] family of processors.
- Numerous kernel improvements such as better time measurements across several architectures, (see eg this article), updated graphics support, and of course numerous improvements in hardware support with updated drivers across several platforms.
- Numerous network stack improvements, including those
kn@in his k2k20 hackathon report.
- wg(4), an in-kernel driver for WireGuard VPN [reported previously]
- login_ldap added to base [reported previously]
- FFS2 improvements [some of which were reported earlier]
- LibreSSL 3.2.2 with TLSv1.3 enabled for both
client and server,
and a new-and-improved X509 certificate chain validator
beck@'s k2k20 hackathon report).
Those upgrading from 6.7 should consult the Upgrade Guide.
Thanks to the developers for all the good work that went into this excellent new release!
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