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FInally, FreeBSD 8.0 Released

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Published on 24 November 2009 12:52 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD
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The much-anticipated FreeBSD 8.0 release is finally available, albeit it's arriving more than a month late. FreeBSD 8.0 supports Clang/LLVM (Edit: though right now GCC remains the default compiler), improvements to the Jails subsystem, a new USB stack, the ULE 3.0 scheduler that's optimized for SMP environments, Sun's D-Trace support for kernel traces, NFSv4 support, network improvements, improved ZFS file-system support, and much more.

FreeBSD 8.0 is available from their (FTP server), while we still have been waiting on an official release announcement. Details on some of the FreeBSD 8.0 features can be found from this web-page. Information on the FreeBSD 8.0 release process can be found on the FreeBSD Wiki.

We delivered some early FreeBSD 8.0 benchmarks back in September, but we have been anxious for this final release to deliver a fresh round of complete benchmarks from an official release, which can now be carried out and published soon. FreeBSD 8.0 should work with version 2.2 "Bardu" of the Phoronix Test Suite while the next release, 2.4 "Lenvik", will further improve the experience.

FreeBSD 8.0 will also allow NVIDIA to finally release a 64-bit *BSD display driver thanks to the revised mmap() extensions support.

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Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
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