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I have been reading man pages and googling and, I have either overlook or looking at the wrong information.But my old radeon I have in a desktop is support and wanted to try out KMS. KMS is activated before the kernel is loaded so, I'm assuming the boot(8) command -c option will bring up a menu to type radeondrm? I'm assuming this would active KMS and by default UMS is activated? Please correct me if I'm wrong.
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  1. Kernel Mode Setting for Radeon is in -current, and will be included 5.5-release.
  2. All that is needed is Radeon firmware and a -current system. No special action is needed for supported chipsets.
If you are a -current user, see this entry in the Following -current FAQ which described actions for -current users to take when KMS for Radeon initially became available. There, you will find a link to the firmware. http://www.openbsd.org/faq/current.html#20130812

If you are unfamiliar with -current, all you need is the firmware and the latest snapshot, but before using it, please review FAQ 5.1, which explains the flavors of the OS. http://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq5.html#Flavors.

Note that at this time, -current is in beta test for 5.5-release. When the Beta ends, 5.5 will be tagged and frozen; -current will then move beyond it.

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Upgrading from 5.4 to -current requires a significant effort. If this is a test system, installing will be easier. See http://daemonforums.org/showthread.php?t=8048

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  1. Kernel Mode Setting for Radeon is in -current, and will be included 5.5-release.
  2. All that is needed is Radeon firmware and a -current system. No special action is needed for supported chipsets.
If you are a -current user, see this entry in the Following -current FAQ which described actions for -current users to take when KMS for Radeon initially became available. There, you will find a link to the firmware. http://www.openbsd.org/faq/current.html#20130812

If you are unfamiliar with -current, all you need is the firmware and the latest snapshot, but before using it, please review FAQ 5.1, which explains the flavors of the OS. http://www.openbsd.org/faq/faq5.html#Flavors.

Note that at this time, -current is in beta test for 5.5-release. When the Beta ends, 5.5 will be tagged and frozen; -current will then move beyond it.

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Upgrading from 5.4 to -current requires a significant effort. If this is a test system, installing will be easier. See http://daemonforums.org/showthread.php?t=8048
Thanks for the link. I missed that in the FAQ because, I'm not running current since this is my first install. My confusion was reading the man page for RADEON(4) for OpenBSD5.4. I was just confused because the 5.4 man page references KMS boolean options. But, the -current man page reference 5.4 boolean options as default -current options. That lead me to believe KMS was supported.
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The man page is an X.Org document, and I have not seen any project-specific patches to it.

The Xenocara packaging uses makefile scripts which alter man page headings, but these do not change the contents.
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The man page is an X.Org document, and I have not seen any project-specific patches to it.

The Xenocara packaging uses makefile scripts which alter man page headings, but these do not change the contents.
Are these the latest changes that will be coming to the 5.5 release?
http://www.openbsd.org/plus.html
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Yes. Once the -release is tagged, this web page will be converted into the OpenBSD 5.5 Changelog (.../plus55.html) and a new -current changelog will be established.
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