FreeBSD Working On A GPLv3 Toolchain Repo & Other Advancements In Q1-2016
Written by Michael Larabel in BSD on 2 May 2016 at 10:38 AM EDT. 10 Comments
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The FreeBSD project issued their quarterly status report concerning the state of various projects happening for this BSD operating system. It was another busy three months for the FreeBSD crew!

Some of the highlights for FreeBSD's Q1'2016 status report include:

- The FreeBSD Core Team is working on a rewrite of the Code of Conduct.

- The Core Team is working on a separate repository to offer a GPLv3 toolchain for newer GCC and other components compared to the current GPLv2 components in FreeBSD. This would just be used for areas where LLVM and other copy-free licensed alternatives aren't as in good standing.

- Ceph is being brought over to FreeBSD.

- The i915 kernel Intel graphics driver in FreeBSD now matches where it was in the Linux 3.8.13 kernel. Mesa 11.1.2 is available on FreeBSD in user-space.

- Numerous ARM Allwinner SoC updates.

- An enhanced CAM I/O scheduler has landed that was sponsored by Netflix but the new behavior is currently disabled by default.

- FreeBSD's support for the Cavium ThunderX 64-bit ARM platform has vastly improved.

- Native PCI Express hot-plugging for FreeBSD is being worked on.

- More progress on allowing LLVM's Linker (LLD) to be used on FreeBSD for its build process.

- GNOME 3.18 and MATE 1.12 landed in the FreeBSD ports tree.

You can read the report in full at FreeBSD.org.
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