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[20091210] Catching up on source changes
I've dug through my source-changes archive once more, and there are entries from February(?!?) to mid-October 2009 in there that I think may be of interest to casual followers of NetBSD.

Before I go into the details, let me add a hint on the "source-changes-full" mailing list, which is like source-changes, but the mails there also contain diffs of the changes (as long as they are below 1MB in size). The -full list is not archived on mail-index.netbsd.org, and I must have missed the announcement. It's definitely useful!

So, what interesting changes have there been to NetBSD-current recently? Here we go:

  • New / updated drivers:
    • sdtemp(4) reads the on-DIMM temperature sensors following the JEDEC Standard No. 21-C Section 4-7.
    • gpio(4) got support for Intel ICH southbridges as found on Intel SS4220-E (ICH7) and Acorp 6A815EPD (ICH2) motherboards
    • lom(4) supports the LOMlite "Lights Out Management" boards found on Sun hardware like the LOMlite found on the Sun Netra t1 and the LOMlite2 found on Sun Netra T1/X1 and Sun Fire V100/V120.
    • An initial version of a SD/MMC driver for the Winbond W83L518D (and probably W83L519D) Integrated Media Reader with PNP bus attachment glue was added.
    • acpiwmi(4) was added to added, to further support ACPI development. See the specs for more details.
    • piixide(4) now supports Intel 3400 SATA
  • New kernel interfaces and library functions include:
    • getdate(3) and getdate_err(3) were added according to POSIX.1 and the Open Group
    • RAIDframe was sped up massively when checking parity after a system crash with the help of a parity map. This work was done during this year's Google Summer-of-Code.
    • A "netbsd.inet.icmp.bmcastecho" sysctl was added to disable replies to the broadcast address.
    • Floating point functions f{min,max,dim}{,l,f}(3) were added
    • udl(4) adds support for DisplayLink DL-1x0/1x5 based USB LCDs and USB-VGA adaptors
  • Random other additions and changes include:
    • hdaudioctl(8) can be used to manipulate hdaudio(4) devices
    • The NetBSD/playstation2 port was removed due to a lack of developer support. It's still available in CVS.
    • The NetBSD/i386 bootloader now knows a "dev" command to list available boot devices and their size.
  • Newly imported and updated 3rd party software includes:
    • pfsync from OpenBSD 4.2, adopted in this year's Google Summer of Code.
    • PF from OpenBSD 4.2 was imported.
    • Multicast DNS ("Bonjour") support was added, based on Apple's mDNSResponder. Enable with "dns: mdns" in /etc/nsswitch.conf.
    • GNU binutils were updated to version 2.19
    • Many of the bazillion of X.org components were updated - ways too many to note in detail.
    • BIND was updated to 9.7.0b1
    • Flex 2.5.35 was imported
    • A new m4(1) was imported


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