OpenBSD 5.3In early May of this year released a new version of the free, multi-platform operating system OpenBSD – 5.3

The images are available for download at the official ftp-server.

Major changes in the new OS include polishing the drivers, including those for use in virtual environments, as well as added support for processing instructions and SMEP SMAP for the i386 and amd64. These instructions are available on the new Intel processors, blocking access to the data in a custom ring from kernel mode.

The system offers more than 7,800 ports available for the i386 architecture 7670 package for amd64 7632. They include the GNOME 3.6.2, KDE 3.5.10, Xfce 4.10, Chromium 24.0.1312.68.

The changes also affected the network stack, including significant improvements dhclient (8). The developers also had a move to PIE (Position-independent executables) by default for platforms alpha, amd64, hppa, landisk, loongson, sgi and sparc64. Also introduced a new server daemon npppd (8), working on protocols L2TP, L2TP/IPsec, PPTP and PPPoE and support booting from a mirrored (RAID1) and encrypted volumes in the subsystem softraid (4) for the i386 and amd64.

The images are available for download at the official ftp-server. Later, the system will be available on the official mirrors.

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