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FreeBSD

Briefly, FreeBSD is a UNIX operating system based on U.C. Berkeley's 4.4BSD-lite release for the i386 platform (and recently the alpha platform). It is also based indirectly on William Jolitz's port of U.C. Berkeley's Net/2 to the i386, known as 386BSD, though very little of the 386BSD code remains. A fuller description of what FreeBSD is and how it can work for you may be found on the FreeBSD home page.

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  •  04 Nov 2013 11:06

    Release Notes: The ZFS filesystem now supports TRIM when used on solid state drives. The virtio(4) drivers have been added to the GENERIC kernel configuration for amd64 and i386 architectures. The ZFS filesystem now supports lz4 compression. OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8y. DTrace hooks have been enabled by default in the GENERIC kernel. DTrace has been updated to version 1.9.0. Sendmail has been updated to version 8.14.7. OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.2p2. This release imports unmapped I/O support from head/.

    •  31 Jul 2013 09:40

      Release Notes: This is the fifth release from the 8-STABLE branch; it improves the functionality of FreeBSD 8.3 and introduces some new features. Highlights include Gnome 2.32.1, KDE 4.10.1, feature flags 5000 version of the ZFS filesystem, and support for all shipping LSI storage controllers.

      •  28 Feb 2013 13:26

        Release Notes: A GPU driver with GEM/KMS support. The netmap(4) fast userspace packet I/O framework. ZFS improvements from the illumos project. An oce(4) driver for the Emulex OneConnect 10Gbit Ethernet card. An sfxge(4) driver for 10Gb Ethernet adapters based on the Solarflare SFC9000 controller. Xen Paravirtualized Backend Ethernet Driver (netback) improvements. An hpt27xx(4) driver for HighPoint RocketRAID 27xx-based SAS 6Gb/s HBA. The GEOM RAID class is enabled by default, supporting software RAID by deprecated ataraid(8). Kernel support for the AVX FPU extension. Improvements in IPv6 hardware offload support.

        •  19 Apr 2012 08:18

          Release Notes: usb(4) now supports the USB packet filter. The TCP/IP stack now supports the mod_cc(9) pluggable congestion control framework. A graid(8) GEOM class was added to support various BIOS-based software RAID controllers (replacement for ataraid(4)). The ZFS subsystem was updated to SPA version 28. GNOME version 2.32.1 and KDE version 4.7.4 were included.

          •  15 Feb 2012 13:15

            Release Notes: A new installer, bsdinstall(8), was provided. The Fast Filesystem now supports soft updates journaling. ZFS was updated to version 28. ATA/SATA drivers were updated to support AHCI and moved into an updated CAM framework. A Highly Available Storage (HAST) framework was added. Kernel support for was provided for Capsicum Capability Mode, an experimental set of features for sandboxing support. User-level DTrace was included. The TCP/IP stack now supports pluggable congestion control frameworks, and five congestion control algorithm implementations are available.

            Recent comments

            24 May 2003 14:27 davidck

            FreeBSD
            FreeBSD is the most exiting, stable and well organized OS I have ever woked on, I use it for everything:
            As a platform for web aplications, as a workstation etc.

            It has prooved to have good documentation, zounds of software, both native and running on top of emulators.

            I realy adore this OS!

            22 Dec 2002 23:30 gooober

            FreeBSD is great!
            I've been using FreeBSD for about 3 years now, switching from SuSE GNU/Linux.

            I was using GNU/Linux since '96 and ever since I have switched to FreeBSD I have liked the way it's structured.

            Their ports collection really gives one notice of how true UNIX porting is like and also gives you more power to discover truely what goes on underneath all of the gui stuff that's going around now-a-days.

            I have learned tremendously over the years through using GNU/Linux and FreeBSD...just little bits at a time.

            May you enjoy your journey as well.

            gooober

            12 Aug 2001 18:59 koinu

            FreeBSD is great !
            This is how every Linux/Unix-based operating system should look like! I'm very impressed. I like the well-structured package management, the huge port collection, the OS-emulations (Solaris, Linux etc) and the stability (which I missed while using Linux). The guys are doing great work.

            23 Aug 1999 21:19 xcs

            notice
            I suggest to begginer BSD users not to bother with FreeBSD 4.0-snapshot, a bit too unstable. You would come off better with version 3.2. The snapshot version right now is basically for developers.

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