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FreeBSD 13 Is Preparing To Finally Retire GCC 4.2

GCC 4.2.1 has been out since 2007 and while there have been many big updates to the GNU Compiler Collection over the past decade, that version remains somewhat common in the BSD land due to being the last version under the GPLv2 license. GCC 4.2.2 and newer switched over to GPLv3+ and that is why several BSDs have stuck to using GCC 4.2.1 or at least keeping it in their base repository. But now for FreeBSD 13, this old version of GCC is set to be retired with FreeBSD already being quite focused on LLVM Clang as its default compiler while also offering newer GCC versions via its package management system.

14 August 2019 - GCC 4.2 - 17 Comments
DragonFlyBSD Pulls In The Radeon Driver Code From Linux 4.4

While the Linux 4.4 kernel is quite old (January 2016), DragonFlyBSD has now re-based its AMD Radeon kernel graphics driver against that release. It is at least a big improvement compared to its Radeon code having been derived previously from Linux 3.19.

18 July 2019 - DragonFlyBSD + Radeon Linux 4.4 - 22 Comments
HAMMER vs. HAMMER2 Benchmarks On DragonFlyBSD 5.6

With the newly released DragonFlyBSD 5.6 there are improvements to its original HAMMER2 file-system to the extent that it's now selected by its installer as the default file-system choice for new installations. Curious how the performance now compares between HAMMER and HAMMER2, here are some initial benchmarks on an NVMe solid-state drive using DragonFlyBSD 5.6.0.

18 June 2019 - DragonFlyBSD 5.6 - 25 Comments
FreeBSD 11.3 Enters Beta Ahead Of July Release

While FreeBSD 12 is the latest and greatest stable series since the end of last year, for those still on FreeBSD 11 there is the 11.3 update due out for release in July while this weekend the first beta was issued.

25 May 2019 - FreeBSD 11.3 - Add A Comment

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