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FreeBSD 8.0 Released 235

An anonymous reader writes "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 8 stable release. Some of the highlights: Xen DomU support, network stack virtualization, stack-smashing protection, TTY layer rewrite, much improved ZFS v13, a new USB stack, multicast updates including IGMPv3, vimage — a new virtualization container, Fedora 10 Linux binary compatibility to run Linux software such as Flash 10 and others, trusted BSD MAC (Mandatory Access Control), and rewritten NFS client/server introducing NFSv4. Inclusion of improved device mmap() extensions will allow the technical implementation of a 64-bit Nvidia display driver for the x86-64 platform. The GNOME desktop environment has been upgraded to 2.26.3, KDE to 4.3.1, and Firefox to 3.5.5. There is also an in-depth look at the new features and major architectural changes in FreeBSD 8.0, including a screenshot tour, upgrade instructions are posted here. You can grab the latest version from FreeBSD from the mirrors (main ftp server) or via BitTorrent. Please consider making a donation and help us to spread the word by tweeting and blogging about the drive and release."
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FreeBSD 8.0 Released

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  • Awesome! (Score:2, Insightful)

    I was going to put Win7 on my HP dv7, but now this!
    • Yes, but does it run... oh, wait ;P

      I'm getting a surplus Dell Latitude from work. Was going to load Ubuntu but FreeBSD 8 plus KDE 4.3.0 (or later) looks like a fairly crisp choice for me. Anybody have any experience with this combination?

      • by smash ( 1351 )
        I ran FreeBSD 6.0 on a latitude D520 or D510 without any issues. Pretty sure power management even worked.
      • It's what I run at work, runs well but have to know what you intend on using it for. Also IME KDE 4 is easier to install and has less quirks than on linux.

        Virtualbox runs vista quite well for me so it takes care of that problem to.

        If you run 64 bit, use the nouveau driver, it's far better than nv.

  • Most of this could be from a Linux distribution list of new features... Slightly ahead in some ways, slightly behind in others.

  • Jumping the gun... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by cperciva ( 102828 ) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @03:29PM (#30239052) Homepage

    Technically, 8.0-RELEASE has not yet been announced. Judging by the links in the submission, it looks like the "anonymous reader" is whoever owns, and he decided to submit the story early in order to drive traffic to his site.

    • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

      by MrMr ( 219533 )
      But in order for that to work we would have to rtfa.
      • We all know that slashdotters don't rtfa, but he'll probably get some traffic from people who aren't regular slashdot readers and don't know how things work around here.

    • by cperciva ( 102828 ) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @03:36PM (#30239094) Homepage

      I should also add that one link the submitter didn't include was instructions for upgrading to FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE from a previous release: [] (obviously, apply s/8.0-BETA1/8.0-RELEASE/ to the instructions).

      Before anyone asks, yes, that link is on my personal website -- but no, I'm not just posting it here to drive traffic in my direction. That link is going to be in the official release announcement too.

      • Your blog has been a great resource for me for a very long time. Thanks for all the informative posts... you were the only set of instructions that made sense for doing a binary upgrade :-)

        Thank you sir!!!

        • Thanks for the kind words -- I certainly should be able to write coherent instructions for doing a binary upgrade, though, given that I wrote FreeBSD Update. :-)

          • by TheLink ( 130905 )
            Unfortunately that's not always the case - the person who writes the software might find its usage obvious and not know how to explain it well to others.

            And often the users who find it unobvious, and finally figure out by themselves how to use something, forget which parts were unobvious. They weren't taking down notes on the unobvious bits - typically too busy just trying to get things to work. So it might be useful to have some people taking notes on "questions" they have that aren't answered by the docum
          • Re: (Score:3, Interesting)

            by TheRaven64 ( 641858 )

            Sorry if this comes across as a flame, but as the guy who wrote FreeBSD Update, perhaps you can answer a couple of questions:

            Firstly, why is it so slow? I can cvsup and recompile the tree and install in less time that it takes freebsd-update upgrade to run; the two install steps then take even longer. If I run systat -iostat, I see it hitting the disk incredibly hard. Couldn't it just compare the last modification date of most of the files with the time of the last upgrade? Possibly this has been fixed

    • by Opyros ( 1153335 )
      I was wondering about that; I saw "FreeBSD 8.0 Final" a few days ago on FileForum [], but the FreeBSD homepage said RC3 was the latest.
      • Re: (Score:3, Funny)

        by krelian ( 525362 )

        I was wondering about that; I saw "FreeBSD 8.0 Final" a few days ago on FileForum [], but the FreeBSD homepage said RC3 was the latest.

        Was it released by RAZOR1911?

      • That's a sort of byproduct of the way the last stages of a release go. It isn't put up as a final release until the build is done and it's been distributed to the ftp sites and they've been given a bit of time to prepare.

        Which means that the source as well as the ports tree for that release have been hanging out on one server or another for a bit.
  • FreeBSD rocks :) (Score:5, Interesting)

    by clang_jangle ( 975789 ) on Thursday November 26, 2009 @03:30PM (#30239060) Journal
    I was intending to install RC3 on a new desktop machine a few days ago, but got the error message "this version not available on this server". So I went to the options screen and changed it to 8.0-RELEASE just on a hunch and happily it was there and installed without a hitch. Definitely several good performance improvements over 7.2, especially when copying large amounts of data from a USB disk. So far this seems like a nice, solid release and I look forward to migrating my servers to it (after a month or so, just to be sure).
  • If only for the improvements to ZFS I'll give it a shot.
  • PF + AltQ, a ZFS raidz array, and booting from a CF card. Excellent job, kudos to the FreeBSD team!

  • Congratulations to all involved!

    FreeBSD is a great Free Unix system.

  • Nothing yet on the website. Only 8 rc3 released on November 12th.

    But on the FTP there is something on Nov. 22 labelled as 8.0

  • wpa_supplicant needs to either be dumped and replaced with something better or the people that work on wpa_supplicant need rework it to support a wider variety of wifi cards
  • Seems pretty roundabout... to make youtube work they needed Flash. To make Flash work they got Fedora 10 compatibly going.

    • ``Seems pretty roundabout... to make youtube work they needed Flash. To make Flash work they got Fedora 10 compatibly going.''

      The joys of proprietary software ...

  • Anyone post an image to run on VMware Player?

  • FreeBSD 4.x was hot back in the old days of 2003ish. After pulling my hair out with Gentoo FreeBSD was well integrated and stable.

    I know there is experimental 5 year old patches for java 1.3x which I successfully compiled which looked like a bootstrap hack with an emulated jvm just to compile it. FreeBSD 5.x was just terrible and i kept using 4.x until 4.12 before switching back to Windows. I hope it got better as not even my simple usb keyboard that was supported with FBSD 3.,x and 4.x would not work with

    • Billy you'll be happy to learn USB received some long needed love in 8.0. A new well performing library has been integrated into base, chances are your cheap keyboard will now work under FreeBSD again.

      native and ported jdk's and jre's have been available and usable in FreeBSD for quite some time. FreeBSD has a special licensing agreement with Sun which the reason you need to bootstrap a native build. However the linux-sun and diablo ports install quite fast and usable for most anything.

    • by ishobo ( 160209 )

      It has been supported officially supported for years. []

  • What's the point in the screenshots? It looks like every other GNOME desktop. (or KDE desktop for the KDE screenshots)

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