Glen Barber has announced the availability of a new development snapshot for the FreeBSD operating system. The new snapshot, FreeBSD 11.1-RC3, will likely be the project's final release candidate before 11.1 is published. The snapshot features mostly small adjustments and fixes: "A summary of changes since 11.1-RC2 includes: A rare truncation case has been fixed in the runtime linker. Signatures of several pthread stubs have been corrected. Deprecation notices have been added to gdb, kgdb, sicontrol, wlconfig, as well as several drivers that have been removed from 12.0. Loop termination in vm_map_find_min() has been fixed. The layout of the vm_map_entry struct has been restored. The Heimdal KDC-REP service encrypted ticket usage has been fixed. An issue where some Intel SDHCI/eMMC controllers can fail on the first attempt after a D3 to D0 transition has been fixed. Capsicum support has been added to bhyve." Additional information can be found in the release announcement and in the project's release notes. Download: FreeBSD-11.1-RC3-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,194MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-11.1-RC3-i386-dvd1.iso (2,867MB, SHA512).
FreeBSD is a UNIX-like operating system for the i386, amd64, IA-64, arm, MIPS, powerpc, ppc64, PC-98 and UltraSPARC platforms based on U.C. Berkeley's "4.4BSD-Lite" release, with some "4.4BSD-Lite2" enhancements. 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. FreeBSD is used by companies, Internet Service Providers, researchers, computer professionals, students and home users all over the world in their work, education and recreation. FreeBSD comes with over 20,000 packages (pre-compiled software that is bundled for easy installation), covering a wide range of areas: from server software, databases and web servers, to desktop software, games, web browsers and business software - all free and easy to install.
As the FreeBSD team prepares fr the release f FreeBSD 11.1, the developers have been hard at work fixing lingering bugs. The FreeBSD team has announced a new release candidate, 11.1-RC2, for testing. The new development snapshot includes a number of bug fixes since the previous release candidate: "A summary of changes since 11.1-RC1 includes: VM subsystem fixes. A double-free in RPC code has been corrected, as well as a sanity check ensuring the return value of seteuid() is evaluated. A gpart issue with systems with SD cards as the primary drive has been corrected. A fix to correct IPv6 header parsing. A fix to correct REPORT ZONE commands sent to the da driver. A possible panic in camperiphfree() has been fixed. A potential panic on boot triggered by ACPI taskqueue creation has been fixed. Bug fixes in C++ symbol demangling. The ena driver has been added. MAP_GUARD has been added for stack grow area protection." Further details and a list of supported hardware architectures can be found in Glen Barber's release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-11.1-RC2-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,193MB, SHA512, FreeBSD-11.1-RC2-i386-dvd1.iso (2,868MB, SHA512).
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the first release candidate snapshot of the FreeBSD operating system. The new development snapshot, FreeBSD 11.1-RC1, is available for x86, ARM, PowerPC and Sparc64 architectures. A number of bug fixes have been introduced into the release candidate: "The first RC build of the 11.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since BETA3 includes: several build toolchain related fixes; a use-after-free in RPC client code has been corrected; the ntpd leap-seconds file has been updated; various VM subsystem fixes; the '_' character is now allowed in newfs labels; a potential sleep while holding a mutex has been corrected in the sa driver; a memory leak in an ioctl handler has been fixed in the ses driver. A list of changes since 11.0-RELEASE are available in the releng/11.1 release notes." Further information, upgrade instructions and information on using the project's ARM images in headless environments can be found in the release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-11.1-RC1-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,193MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-11.1-RC1-i386-dvd1.iso (2,869MB, SHA512).
Glen Barber has announced the availability of a new beta snapshot of the FreeBSD operating system. The new development version, FreeBSD 11.1-BETA3, is available for x86, ARM, PowerPC and Sparc64 architectures. Several fixes and improvements have been introduced since the previous beta, including: "The mlx4en driver has been updated to use static device numbering instead of dynamic numbering. The patch(1) utility has been updated to fix an infinite loop when failing to read the specified input. The bsdinstall utility has been updated to use consistent EFI partition configuration across all supported platforms. A system panic when booting a single CPU system has been corrected. The vmxnet3 driver has been updated to fix a system crash when LRO (large receive offloading) was enabled. An issue where an ethernet adapter would not report 'no carrier' after disconnecting the network cable has been corrected. The qlnxe driver firmware has been updated to version 18.104.22.168." Information on testing and providing feedback for this beta release can be found in Barber's release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-11.1-BETA3-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,193MB, SHA512).
Glen Barber has announced the release of a new development snapshot of FreeBSD. The new snapshot, FreeBSD 11.1-BETA2, is available for x86, AMD64, PowerPC and ARM architectures and includes several fixes and improvements since the previous beta release. "The pcib driver has been updated for Hyper-V virtual machines to use device serial numbers instead of the GUID for persistent devices. A possible null pointer reference has been corrected. A buffer length issue in RPC code has been corrected. SMBFS has been fixed with saved passwords longer than 18 characters. Various swap pager fixes. top has been updated to change the way the ZFS ARC compression ratio is calculated, and remove overhead statistics, already included in other counters. bsdinstall has been updated to make ZFS min_auto_ashift adjustment persistent, as well as support Auto ZFS mode for ARM64. Possible transmission breakage of files longer than 4GB on 32-bit architectures has been fixed." Additional information, including the default account names and passwords for embedded devices, can be found in the release announcement. Download: FreeBSD-11.1-BETA2-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,191MB, SHA512).
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the initial beta build of the upcoming FreeBSD 11.1. As usual, ISO images are available for the amd64, armv6, i386, aarch64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. The release announcement includes a special note for the users of the arm architecture: "Note regarding arm/armv6 images - for the convenience of those without console access to the system, a 'freebsd' user with a password of 'freebsd' is available by default for ssh(1) access. Additionally, the root user password is set to 'root'. It is strongly recommended to change the password for both users after gaining access to the system." The release notes are a work in progress at this stage and the announcement only links to the 11.0-STABLE notes: "A list of changes since 11.0-RELEASE are available on the stable/11 release notes. Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be updated on an ongoing basis as the 11.1-RELEASE cycle progresses." For those readers interested in testing the new FreeBSD version, here are the download links for the amd64 and i386 installation DVDs: FreeBSD-11.1-BETA1-amd64-dvd1.iso (3,190MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-11.1-BETA1-i386-dvd1.iso (2,869MB, SHA512). The final release of FreeBSD 11.1 is scheduled for 26 July 2017.
The FreeBSD project has announced a new stable release of the project's operating system. The new release, FreeBSD 11.0, drops support for the ageing OpenSSH Protocol 1, adds wireless support for 802.11n, provides native graphics support for the operating system's bhyve hypervisor and an arm64 architecture port has been added. "Please note, as a result of the timing between the withdrawn FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE images being available before the official announcement and several last-minute issues being discovered, uname(1) will display FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-p1, as the images were generated from a patch-level revision of the releng/11.0 branch. Users that have installed FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE from the images originally available on the mirrors or from freebsd-update(8) prior to the rebuild of the final release are urged to upgrade their systems to FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-p1 immediately." The release announcement has more information on upgrading older builds of FreeBSD or obtaining fresh installation media. Detailed changes available in 11.0 can be found in the release notes. Download: FreeBSD-11.0-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso (2,795MB, SHA256, signature, pkglist), FreeBSD-11.0-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso (2,523MB, SHA256, signature).
Glen Barber has announced the availability of the third release candidate for FreeBSD, an unscheduled build of the upcoming (and delayed) 11.0-RELEASE: "The second RC build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since RC2 includes: a boot issue affecting booting from large volumes has been fixed; a boot issue affecting powerpc/powerpc64 has been fixed; debugging options have been turned off for arm64/aarch64; the libarchive(3) library has been updated; the cron(8) utility has been updated to include a bug fix; an ipfw(4) 'set enable/disable' bug has been fixed; the arm64/aarch64 kernel has been updated to print a warning when running on pass 1.1 hardware." Here is the full release announcement as published on the freebsd-stable mailing list. Interested testers can from download the RC3 from here: FreeBSD-11.0-RC3-amd64-dvd1.iso (2,793MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-11.0-RC3-i386-dvd1.iso (2,523MB, SHA512). The target release date of FreeBSD 11.0 has now been shifted to 28 September, ten days from today.
The delayed second release candidate for FreeBSD 11.0 is finally out. The problem, as reported on the project's mailing lists last week, was caused by two IPv6-related bugs, both of which have now been resolved. The release announcement provides the usual details: "The second RC build of the 11.0-RELEASE release cycle is now available. A summary of changes since RC1 includes: support for 'nat global' has been restored in ipfw(4); a hang in vtnet(4) when max_virtqueue_pairs > VTNET_MAX_QUEUE_PAIR has been fixed; detection bridges that are not really HotPlug capable has been fixed; various Clang fixes; L2 caching for UDP over IPv6 has been disabled; various build fixes; various other fixes since RC1. A list of changes since 10.0-RELEASE are available in the releng/11.0 release notes." A long list of images for several architectures is available for download from the many FreeBSD mirrors. Quick links to the amd64 and i386 installation DVD images: FreeBSD-11.0-RC2-amd64-dvd1.iso (2,793MB, SHA512), FreeBSD-11.0-RC2-i386-dvd1.iso (2,522MB, SHA512).
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