OpenBSD 6.2 shipping

It’s that time of the year again!

As always information is available on the OpenBSD site.  The release notes go over all the changes, but the biggest change that caught my eye was this one:

  • The i386 and amd64 platforms have switched to using clang(1) as the base system compiler.

There has been long talk about moving away from GCC on OpenBSD, but many of the older platforms were ‘trapped’ on GCC as they only have support for the CPU in older releases.  And they have long since said it was difficult in submitting patches up stream and dealing with regressions.  Sadly for GCC this has been an industry thing with even Apple moving away from GCC based compilers to CLANG.

Maybe it’s just inevitable, things change.

At least the Clang competition is driving progress from GCC too, so at least current and new platforms benefit from the competition.  Also VMM is getting stronger, I should try it some day….

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What is there to tell? I've loved UNIX like things since I was first exposed to QNX in highschool (we had the Unisys ICONS!), and spent the better time of my teenage years trying to get my own UNIX... I should have bought Coherent in retrospect.. Anyways latched onto Linux in 1992, and then got some old BSD admin books and have been hooked on the VAX BSD & other big/ancient things since...!

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    • NetBSD retains support for m68k. I run NetBSD 6.1 on a Mac Centris 610 with a 68040 with FPU swapped in to good effect. (pre-built packages available which is nice). Also support 68k Sun 2/3 and HP 9000 machines and NeXT as well.

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