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The good news: FreeBSD 9.0 RC2 is now available. The bad news with that announcement: FreeBSD 9.0 RC2 is late, which also means the third (and last) release candidate has been pushed back along with the final release. Hopefully FreeBSD 9.0 will arrive in time for Christmas.
17 November 2011 - It's Here - 72 Comments
Here's a look at what the FreeBSD project managed to achieve during the third quarter, from July through September. There's a few noteworthy items.
8 November 2011 - FreeBSD Status - 5 Comments
OpenBSD 5.0 has been officially released with a number of improvements to this popular BSD operating system.
1 November 2011 - OpenBSD 5.0 - 5 Comments
The first FreeBSD 9.0 release candidate was made available on Saturday night.
23 October 2011 - It's Here
If you're a user of DragonflyBSD, the next release of this popular BSD operating system is about to see huge performance improvements in its kernel if you're using a multi-core/processor system.
20 October 2011 - Improvements - 5 Comments
After being challenged by some delays, FreeBSD 9.0 is now planned for an official release in November.
10 October 2011 - New Build - 3 Comments
The FreeBSD community has released a third beta of their forthcoming FreeBSD 9.0 operating system.
29 September 2011 - New Beta - 2 Comments
There's a new FreeBSD quarterly status report available. This status report provides a concise, public update on the FreeBSD project. Among the work this past quarter has been updating the ZFS file-system, the Intel kernel DRM GPU driver progressing, and the LLVM/Clang compiler is maturing rapidly.
14 September 2011 - News - 1 Comment
FreeBSD 9.0 Beta 2 was officially released yesterday, about one month's late, but it comes with several new features. One of the new features to FreeBSD 9.0 is a new installer (pc-sysinstall) for this BSD operating system, which the developers have requested that it be put through its paces.
8 September 2011 - Testing - 3 Comments
The first beta of FreeBSD 9.0 was released more than one month ago, but today it's been replaced by FreeBSD 9.0 Beta 2. The FreeBSD crew has announced the beta two release and have requested users, in particular, try out the new FreeBSD 9.0 installer.
7 September 2011 - New Release
Yesterday a discussion arose on the mailing list about killing off all the old Mesa drivers. These old drivers aren't actively maintained, support vintage graphics processors, and aren't updated to support new Mesa functionality. They're now also getting in the way as Intel and other developers work to clean up the core of Mesa as they bolster this open-source graphics library for the future. There's also some implications for BSD and Solaris users by this move to clean-up Mesa.
25 August 2011 - Sad Indeed - 40 Comments
Debian GNU/Hurd isn't the only Debian GNU/Linux alternative receiving lots of love these days, but Debian GNU/kFreeBSD is being improved as well. Following the Debian GNU/kFreeBSD spin reaching a release status with 6.0, a number of enhancements have been made recently to this operating system that combines the Debian GNU user-land with the FreeBSD kernel.
4 August 2011 - Looking Good - 1 Comment
Following the news yesterday that FreeBSD 9.0 Beta 1 is now available, the PC-BSD crew has spun their first 9.0 beta release. Beyond incorporating the updates from FreeBSD 9.0, the PC-BSD 9.0 release is set to carry other desktop-friendly advancements on top.
2 August 2011 - PC-BSD 9.0 Beta 1 - 1 Comment
It seems that finally hitting the FTP mirrors are the ISO images for the first FreeBSD 9.0 beta. This is the first dramatic update to the FreeBSD operating system in nearly two years since the FreeBSD 8.0 release. FreeBSD 9.0 is officially expected to be released in September.
1 August 2011 - Finally - 1 Comment
Yesterday when writing about the defunct state of the Kernel Graphics Interface project, I mentioned a status update concerning GEM/KMS support for FreeBSD would be on the way. Here's now the state of kernel mode-setting (KMS) and the Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) for the FreeBSD kernel.
4 July 2011 - FreeBSD Kernel Mode-Setting
PathScale, the compiler company that is behind the high-performance 64-bit EKOPath compiler suite and GPGPU computing solutions, has granted the FreeBSD and NetBSD foundations a copy of their libcxxrt C++ runtime. Libcxxrt provides a C++ ABI for Itanium and x86 architectures for BSD. This copy of libcxxrt will be provided to BSD users under a 2-clause BSD license rather than being under the GPL.
25 May 2011 - libcxxrt C++ Runtime - 35 Comments
Government organizations, whether they be from the United States, the European Union, or anywhere else for that matter, contributing to open-source projects is not new. Heck, Security Enhanced Linux (SELinux) in the mainline kernel can largely be attributed to the United State's National Security Agency (NSA). More organizations contributing to open-source isn't bad -- government or not -- when it's mutually beneficial work with good intentions. However, there are new allegations being made today about OpenBSD's networking stack, in particular it's IPsec code. The FBI allegedly paid OpenBSD developers to insert back-doors into the code-base.
14 December 2010 - In the IPSEC Stack - 113 Comments
OpenBSD 4.7 came out this past summer, but OpenBSD 4.8 is now available for those interested in this BSD operating system that focuses on providing portability, standardization, correctness, proactive security, and integrated cryptography. With OpenBSD 4.8 there is now ACPI-based suspend-and-resume support for most systems utilizing Intel or ATI graphics, but the suspend-and-resume support when utilizing NVIDIA graphics is still problematic. There's also other hardware support improvements, new tools, daemon improvements, and various other improvements to this free software operating system.
1 November 2010 - Plus DragonFlyBSD 2.8
Chris Wilson of Intel back in July had written a branch of the Intel X.Org display driver (xf86-video-intel) that added back user-space mode-setting support to their open-source driver that did not need the Graphics Execution Manager (GEM) within the kernel to function. This code was previously stripped away from the driver previously since KMS+GEM is the future they wanted to head in, but for those with vintage Intel i8xx-era graphics hardware using these newer code paths frequently resulted in lock-ups and other problems. Rather than trying to solve the actual problem at hand of GEM and KMS for this old hardware, the easier solution was viewed to just add back non-GEM UMS support.
22 October 2010 - FreeBSD Foundation To Sponsor - 6 Comments
Pawel Jakub Dawidek has announced he has prepared a port of the ZFS v28 file-system for FreeBSD, which is a newer revision of this advanced Sun/Oracle file-system than what is currently available in FreeBSD 8.1. This updated ZFS file-system brings a number of new features to FreeBSD-ZFS users including data de-duplication support, triple parity RAIDZ (RAIDZ3), ZFS DIFF, Zpool Split, snapshot holds, forced Zpool imports, and the ability to import a pool in a read-only mode.
1 September 2010 - With ZFS v28 - 5 Comments
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