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The 25th release of the free BSD Unix-like operating system has been made available.

OpenBSD 4.4 offers new improved drivers including support for the Intel G33 and G35 chipsets and a variety of new Wi-Fi chips. It also boosts better ACPI support for some Asus and Thinkpad notebooks.

The software can be downloaded from several mirrors and there’s also a quaint CD release that OpenBSD is providing to the types among you who want to spread a little bit of open source love by parting with €50 (£39) to get the release on three discs. Proceeds of which go to supporting the developers of the project.

OpenBSD 4.4 now comes with support for big Sun and Fujitsu servers that come loaded with SPARC64 V to SPARC64 VII and UltraSPARC VI, T1 and T2 processors.

Other improvements in the OS include better system tools and functionality, such as buffer cache tweaks that beefs up the filesystem performance and optimises memory management.

OpenBSD provides detailed information about the release here. ®

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