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FreeBSD 10 To Use Clang Compiler, Deprecate GCC

As indicated by the Q1-2012 FreeBSD Status Report, LLVM's Clang compiler is quickly replacing GCC for this popular BSD operating system. The developers are also making much progress in a GNU-free C++11 stack. For FreeBSD 10 they're aiming for Clang as the default C/C++ compiler, deprecate GCC, and to have a BSD-licensed C++ stack.

12 May 2012 - Clang Compiler - 93 Comments
FreeBSD Achieved A Lot In Q1'2012

For the first three months of the 2012 calendar year, the FreeBSD project achieved a lot when it came to advancing their open operating system. Here's some of the interesting highlights from their quarterly status report.

12 May 2012 - Quarterly Report - 3 Comments
OpenBSD 5.1 Released

Six months after OpenBSD 5.0 was released, OpenBSD 5.1 is now available with a modest number of changes.

1 May 2012 - OpenBSD 5.1 - 121 Comments
DragonflyBSD 3.0 Performance Benchmarks

Near the end of February marked the release of DragonflyBSD 3.0 with multi-core speed boosts and other improvements, but how does this correlate to performance improvements in our usual open-source benchmarks?

13 March 2012 - DragonflyBSD 3.0 - 2 Comments
DragonFlyBSD 3.0 Released With Multi-Core Boosts

DragonflyBSD 3.0 was released today with major performance improvements for multi-core systems thanks to the recent VM SMP work, plus file-system performance improvements for HAMMER, and many other changes.

22 February 2012 - VM SMP Work - 4 Comments
FreeBSD Made Much Progress Last Quarter

The FreeBSD project has published their quarterly report outlining some of the advancements made by this leading BSD operating system in the last quarter of 2011. A lot of progress was made, but still there's some work left to be accomplished.

31 January 2012 - Q4'2011 - Add A Comment
UFS vs. ZFS File-System Performance On FreeBSD 9.0

Back in January I posted some ZFS, HAMMER, and Btrfs file-system benchmarks and in July of last year FreeBSD ZFS benchmarks, but for those wanting a new look at the ZFS file-system under FreeBSD 9.0, here are some updated numbers.

12 December 2011 - Benchmarks - 3 Comments
FreeBSD 9.0 RC2 Arrives Late, Pushes Back Final

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
What FreeBSD Achieved In Q3'2011

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
DragonflyBSD Sees Huge Multi-Core Speed Boosts

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
FreeBSD Progresses With ZFS, Intel DRM, LLVM/Clang

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
The New Installer Of FreeBSD 9.0

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
FreeBSD 9.0 Beta 2 Released; Needs Installer Testing

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 - Add A Comment
The Sad State Of GPU Drivers For BSD, Solaris

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/kFreeBSD Receives Many Improvements

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
PC-BSD Goes Into 9.0 Beta With New Features

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
FreeBSD 9.0 Goes Into Beta

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
GEM/KMS On FreeBSD Is Working, But Not Ready

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 - Add A Comment
PathScale Gives FreeBSD, NetBSD A New C++ Runtime

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

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