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FreeBSD 8.0-BETA1 Available

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FreeBSDFreeBSD 8.0-BETA1 is available. From the mailing list announcement::
The first public test build of the FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE test cycle is now available, 8.0-BETA1. Through the next week or so more information about the release will be posted but here is the current target schedule for the other 'major events':

BETA2: July 13, 2009
BETA3: July 20, 2009
RC1: July 27, 2009
RC2: August 17, 2009
RELEASE:August 31, 2009

People with the resources to do so (test machines...) are encouraged to give 8.0-BETA1 a try. At this point it is not quite ready for production systems but mostly because there is still some ongoing work
in a few areas that may cause some changes in things like ABI/API. Debugging support (WITNESS, malloc debugging, etc.) are also still turned on and those tend to cause a performance hit. As far as we know
there are no known issues that would cause data corruption or anything like that, just the issues with performance and potential for changes caused by ongoing work. If you find problems they can be reported through the normal Gnats based PR system or posted to the mailing lists.
 
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FreeBSD 7.2 on a Sun Ultra 1 Creator 3D

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FreeBSDThe last time I installed anything on my Sun Ultra 1 Creator 3D, I had to do it with netbooting. I was more lucky this time - the machine now has a working cd-rom drive.
The install was easy enough; download the correct cd image, burn it, and boot the ultra 1 from the cd. Then follow the normal FreeBSD installation with sysinstall. The machine now runs FreeBSD 7.2-release:
root@ultra1# uname -a
FreeBSD ultra1.kg4.no 7.2-RELEASE FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE #0: Sat May  2 08:25:23 UTC 2009
     root@obrian.cse.buffalo.edu:/usr/obj/usr/src/sys/GENERIC  sparc64
Way cool.
Other articles about the Ultra 1:
OpenBSD 3.6 on a Sun Ultra 1E Creator3D
Getting XFree86 working on a Sun Ultra 1E Creator3D
 
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FreeBSD 7-STABLE: now with ZFS version 13

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FreeBSDOn May 20th, 2009 ZFS version 13 was merged into FreeBSD 7-stable. Things brings in a lot of new goodies:
  • zfs boot for all pool types now works
  • kmem now goes up to 512GB so arc is now limited by physmem
  • the arc now experiences backpressure from the vm - this allows ZFS to work without any tunables on amd64
  • Level 2 cache for ZFS - allows to use additional disks for cache
and more. Nice progress.
(first seen on OSnews)
 
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FreeBSD 7.2 released

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FreeBSDFreeBSD 7.2 has been released. The most important changes are:
  • support for fully transparent use of superpages for application memory
  • Support for multiple IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for jails
  • csup(1) now supports CVSMode to fetch a complete CVS repository
  • Gnome updated to 2.26, KDE updated to 4.2.2
  • sparc64 now supports UltraSparc-III processors
FreeBSD 7.2 is available for amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc, and sparc64, and can be installed through plain old iso images or over the network. Torrent downloads are preferred, but the release announcement also has a list of mirrors.
(first seen on OSnews)
 
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Quick tip: getting (Linux) Flash working in web browsers under FreeBSD

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FreeBSDIn the Handbook, the chapter about Desktop, Browsers you will find a section about Firefox and Macromedia® Flash™ Plugin - it explains how to get Flash (currently version 9) working with the Linuxolator.
 
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FreeBSD - guide to analyze performance problems

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FreeBSDFound on the freebsd-stable mailing list:
You and anyone else seeing performance problems should try to work through the advice given here:
http://people.freebsd.org/~kris/scaling/Help_my_system_is_slow.pdf
Kris (Kennaway)
 
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FreeBSD 7.1-RELEASE

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FreeBSDFreeBSD 7.1 was released on January 5th, 2009. Read the announcement, Release Notes and Errata.
(first seen on BSDnews)
 
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FreeBSD 6.4 released

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FreeBSDFreeBSD 6.4 has been released. Here is the release announcement, and you can read OSnews story about it , too. A few highlights:
  • you can boot from usb devices
  • if you have a machine with a GPT-enabled bios, you can boot from gpt-labeled devices
  • DVD install ISO images for amd64/i386
 
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FreeBSD System Disk Mirroring

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FreeBSDFreeBSD System Disk Mirroring - How to establish a RAID-1 for the system partitions by Ralf S. Engelschall is very useful if you need your FreeBSD machine to be able to boot from a mirror.
 
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FreeBSD status reports - Q2 2008

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FreeBSDhe FreeBSD Status Reports for the Second Quarter of 2008 are now available.
 
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