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OpenBSD 6.1 Released
Contributed by pitrh on Tue Apr 11 14:51:10 2017 (GMT)
from the fugu-for-your-x dept.

April 11, 2017: The OpenBSD project has announced the availability of the newest release, OpenBSD 6.1:

We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 6.1.
This is our 42nd release.  We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more
than twenty years with only two remote holes in the default install.

This release has several notable changes. The most visible are:

  • New syspatch(8) utility for binary base system updates to supported -stable amd64 and i386 releases
  • The acme-client, a privilege separated ACME client for easy maintenance of Let's encrypt TLS certificates

We expect these items will make the day to day running of OpenBSD systems significantly easier.

Other notable improvements include:

  • Several enhancements to vmm(4), including support for third-party BIOSes and Linux guests
  • New arm64 platform targeting Pine64, Raspberry Pi 3 and Opteron A1100
  • Continuing SMP improvements, particularly in the network stack
  • New xenodm(1) X display manager
  • Improved capabilites in a number of IEEE 802.11 wireless network drivers
  • Updates to the package system tools as well as the package collection itself, with increased number of prebuilt packages for the more popular (and faster) architectures

This release also has updated versions of OpenSMTPD, OpenSSH, LibreSSL, mandoc as well as incremental improvements to all other named subprojects.

The release page contains a fuller list of changes while the upgrade page gives recommendations on how to upgrade to the new release.

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Getting OpenBSD running on Raspberry Pi 3
Contributed by pitrh on Sun Apr 9 11:51:43 2017 (GMT)
from the Pi the puffy birdhouse dept.

Ian Darwin writes in about his work deploying the arm64 platform and the Raspberry Pi 3:

So I have this empty white birdhouse-like thing in the yard, open at the front. It was intended to house the wireless remote temperature sensor from a low-cost weather station, which had previously been mounted on a dark-colored wall of the house (reading were really high when the sun reached that side of the house!). But when I put the sensor into the birdhouse, the signal is too weak for the weather station to receive it (the mounting post was put in place by a previous owner of our property, and is set deeply in concrete). So the next plan was to pop in a tiny OpenBSD computer with a uthum(4) temperature sensor and stream the temperature over WiFi.

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e2k17 Nano hackathon report from Bob Beck
Contributed by pitrh on Wed Apr 5 11:00:54 2017 (GMT)
from the hockey and hackers around a table dept.

While the world largely wasn't looking, there was a nano hackathon last month, Hackathon report - e2k17 Hackathon, Edmonton Alberta. Bob Beck (beck@) writes,

So this was a small "nano" hackathon held a bit under the radar. Unlike the big ones this was not Foundation supported or anything really beyond my Visa card and my Darling Wife's patience ;)

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vmm(4)/vmd(8) support for seabios and linux guests
Contributed by rueda on Sat Mar 25 23:22:19 2017 (GMT)
from the penguin in a box dept.

Mike Larkin (mlarkin@) writes on tech@:

I just committed the last parts of my working tree to enable both seabios and alpine linux support (using serial console).

This should be enough for people to create images and help find and fix bugs.

See a mailing list archive for the full message.

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golang now has native support for OpenBSD's pledge(2)
Contributed by grey on Thu Mar 23 08:37:28 2017 (GMT)
from the it's got better provenance than C++ dept.

Google's golang, collaboratively developed by Unix and C pioneers like Ken Thompson, Rob Pike et al has been very BSD friendly (the language itself is BSD licensed) and it just got even friendlier for OpenBSD's pledge mechanism.

To quote the diff:

"unix: add support for OpenBSD pledge

Pledge, the privilege-restricting syscall and mitigation mechanism, was missing from syscall_openbsd.go. As of the latest release, it is officially supported in 'stable'."

Link to the full golang diff here:

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EuroBSDCon 2017 Call for Papers open
Contributed by jj on Thu Mar 16 08:48:50 2017 (GMT)
from the show-me-your-papers-please dept.

On behalf of the EuroBSDCon 2017 Program Committee, here is the Call for Proposals for the EuroBSDCon 2017 conference which will take place in Paris, France from 21st through 24th of September 2017:

Closing date for the CfP is April, 30th.

Please submit your proposals!

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Half a dozen new features in mandoc -T html
Contributed by rueda on Wed Mar 15 22:12:10 2017 (GMT)
from the doctoring mandoc dept.

Ingo Schwarze (schwarze@) has written in with another (beautifully formatted) report on even more great mandoc(1) enhancements:

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Ted Unangst on (even more) notable recent changes in OpenBSD
Contributed by rueda on Thu Apr 6 00:32:50 2017 (GMT)
from the the-more-things-stay-the-same dept.

Ted Unangst (tedu@) continues his flak series with part 6 and part 7.

Update: part 8

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New mandoc -mdoc -T markdown converter
Contributed by pitrh on Sat Mar 4 16:47:50 2017 (GMT)
from the mark me up before you go-go dept.

If you follow commits closely, via source-changes@ or otherwise, you may already know that mandoc has grown another useful feature. Ingo Schwarze sent us this very nicely formatted article about the new mandoc to markdown converter:

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