"We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 4.3," began OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt. "This is our 23rd release on CD-ROM (and 24th via FTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more than ten years with only two remote holes in the default install." He added, "as in our previous releases, 4.3 provides significant improvements, including new features, in nearly all areas of the system". Four platforms were listed as new or extended, including: sparc64 gained SMP support, "this should work on all supported systems, with the exception of the Sun Enterprise 10000"; hppa K-class servers are now supported; mvme88k gained SMP support on a couple of systems, and support for the 88110 processor was added. Numerous drivers were listed as new or improved, including a huge list of network drivers:
"The bge(4) driver now supports BCM5906/BCM5906M 10/100 and BCM5755 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet devices; the cas(4) driver now supports Cassini+ 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet devices; the em(4) driver now supports ICH9 10/100 and 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet devices; the gem(4) driver now supports the onboard 1000base-SX interface on the Sun Fire V880 server; the ixgb(4) driver now supports the Sun 10Gb PCI-X Ethernet devices; the msk(4) driver now supports Yukon FE+ 10/100 and Yukon Supreme 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet devices; the nfe(4) driver now supports MCP73, MCP77 and MCP79 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet devices; the ral(4) driver now supports RT2800 based wireless network devices; the cmpci(4) driver now supports CMI8768 based audio adapters; the it(4) driver now supports ITE IT8705F/8712F/8716F/8718F/8726F and SiS SiS950 ICs; new bwi(4) driver for the Broadcom AirForce IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network device; new et(4) driver for the Agere/LSI ET1310 10/100/Gigabit Ethernet device; new etphy(4) driver for the Agere/LSI ET1011 TruePHY Gigabit Ethernet PHY; new iwn(4) driver for the Intel Wireless WiFi Link 4965AGN IEEE 802.11a/b/g/Draft-N wireless network device; new upgt(4) driver for the Conexant/Intersil PrismGT SoftMAC USB IEEE 802.11b/g wireless network device."
A more complete list of changes can be found here. ONLamp also recently posted an interview titled, "Puffy and the Cryptonauts: What's New in OpenBSD 4.3". Theo noted, "profits from CD sales are the primary income source for the OpenBSD project -- in essence selling these CD-ROM units ensures that OpenBSD will continue to make another release six months from now."
"Twice a year I get to release the song & lyrics, and write a little commentary on something the project dealt with other [than] the release. Hope you guys enjoy," said OpenBSD creator Theo de Raadt, including a link to the latest OpenBSD song. The OpenBSD project maintains a six month release cycle, with the upcoming 4.3 release officially scheduled for May 1st, 2008. Each release includes a song relevant to issues faced by the project during the past six months. The song for the upcoming 4.3 release is titled, "Home to Hypocrisy", with scathing references to some recent postings on the OpenBSD -misc mailing list by Free Software Foundation creator Richard Stallman. In his commentary, Theo explained, "we release our software in ways that are maximally free. We remove all restrictions on use and distribution, but leave a requirement to be known as the authors." He continued, describing the recent confrontation on the OpenBSD -misc mailing list:
"We have a development sub-tree called 'ports'. Our 'ports' tree builds software that is 'found on the net' into packages that OpenBSD users can use more easily. A scaffold of Makefiles and scripts automatically fetch these pieces of software, apply patches as required by OpenBSD, and then build them into nice neat little tarballs. [...] Richard felt that this 'ports tree' of ours made OpenBSD non-free. He came to our mailing lists and lectured to us specifically, yet he said nothing to the many other vendors who do the same; many of them donate to the FSF and perhaps that has something to do with it. Meanwhile, Richard has personally made sure that all the official GNU software -- including Emacs -- compiles and runs on Windows.
"That man is a false leader. He is a hypocrite. There may be some people who listen to him. But we don't listen to people who do not follow their own stupid rules."