FreeBSD 13.0-RC2 Released With ZFS Fixes, WireGuard Interface Fixes

Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 13 March 2021 at 09:23 AM EST. 9 Comments
If all goes well FreeBSD 13.0 will be officially released before the end of the month while out this weekend is the second release candidate for testing.

FreeBSD 13.0-RC2 ships the latest fixes in preparing for this big FreeBSD operating system update.

With FreeBSD 13.0-RC2 the growfs utility can now work on read/write file-systems for growing their size, fixes to the WireGuard interface (if_wg), ZFS file-system fixes, TCP network fixes, an ARM64 AES-XTS regression fix, updated Intel ICE network driver, and various other fixes.

Over FreeBSD 12.2, coming with FreeBSD 13.0 is much better Intel CPU performance, improvements to the FreeBSD Update utility, efibootmgr as FreeBSD's EFI bootloader picked up a number of new features, the Bhyve virtualization stack continues piling on more features, and the networking subsystem continues seeing plenty of work as one of FreeBSD's strong areas. For FreeBSD 13.0 on i386, the default CPU type has shifted from i486 to i686, thus now requiring 686-class CPUs at a minimum.

Downloads and more details on FreeBSD 13.0-RC2 can be found via the release announcement. There is the possibility of one more FreeBSD 13.0 release candidate next week while the formal 13.0-RELEASE is expected around 30 March.
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