Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Sep 2006 21:03 UTC, submitted by Jason Dixon
OpenBSD Pre-orders for OpenBSD 4.0 are now available in the online store. Five architectures on three CDs in a soft-shell DVD case. Check out the highlights of OpenBSD 4.0. This new release adds support for many wireless chipsets, as well as support for the UltraSPARC III, and much, much more.
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Fast driver development
by miscz on Wed 20th Sep 2006 21:40 UTC
miscz
Member since:
2005-07-17

It's nice to see that OpenBSD 4.0 supports some hardware that I was hoping to get in 2.6.18 Linux kernel. I thought VIA 8237A chipset will get into today's release. It's 5 lines of code that make existing drivers identify new piece of hardware and this patch was in -mm for 2 months already. I'm seriously disappointed.
Because I'm considering migration to BSD (probably FreeBSD) I must ask about one thing. What's the state of sound support in BSDs? I'm most worried about sound because my Audigy SE is barely working with ALSA (no input recording, no midi hardware synth :/).

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RE: Fast driver development
by jjmckay on Wed 20th Sep 2006 22:04 in reply to "Fast driver development"
jjmckay Member since:
2005-11-11

My audigy 2 works great in pc-bsd. There is a .pbi for it. Even without the .pbi there is basic sound support for it. I presume audigy 2 support in vanilla freebsd would be there, an additional driver might be needed for emu10k support. fwiw

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RE[2]: Fast driver development
by miscz on Wed 20th Sep 2006 22:19 in reply to "RE: Fast driver development"
miscz Member since:
2005-07-17

You're making the same mistake that I did and now I'm in the world of audio-pain ;) Audigy SE doesn't use EMU10k1 chipset, it's CA0106 and according to ALSA docs: "Digital/Analog input does not work yet. Needs more development work."

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RE: Fast driver development
by adapt on Wed 20th Sep 2006 22:20 in reply to "Fast driver development"
adapt Member since:
2005-07-06

I've always had great luck with BSD's audio support. I've never had to do anything to get it running. Always "just works".

I'm sure there is some ways to extend for "more support" like the guy above me said

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