If you were able to attend, it would be nice to hear in the comments below what you enjoyed most and which presentation you particularly enjoyed interested in.
Fourteen months since the release of FreeBSD 8.3, the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has announced the availability of FreeBSD 8.4-RELEASE. This is the fifth release from the 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 8.3 whilst also introducing some new features.
Some of the highlights found in the 8.4 release are:
- Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.10.1
- Feature flags 5000 version of the ZFS filesystem; Asynchronous destruction of ZFS datasets; LZ4 compression and ZIO NOP-write optimisation.
- Support for all shipping LSI storage controllers
- Bug fixes and updates to key components such as OpenSSL, OpenSSH, named, NFS, AWK, tcsh, and BZIP2, etc.
More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.
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- John Companies
- BSD VM
- Tilaa (NL)
- Hetzner (DE)
- BSD Hosting
- ARP Networks
- Pair Networks
- Corgitech (contributed by Sam)
- OVH (US, CA, IE, FR) (thanks Kenta)
- LeaseWeb (NL, US, DE) (thanks to Kenta)
- Hostigation (thank you Jean-Philippe)
- Kimsufi (FR) (thanks Charles)
- TransIP.eu (contributed by Kaan)
- FirstVDS.ru (RU) (thanks Igor)
If you’re happy with your FreeBSD hosting company, please share with fellow readers and leave a comment below.
Alexander has been working on a new FreeBSD monitoring tool and the first public release for FreeBSD is now available. He is looking for interested people who are willing to try and test it, and give him feedback.
We looking to build a proper, useful full coverage monitoring solution for FreeBSD and need your feedback.
The FreeBSD Foundation sponsors regularly people to attend FreeBSD related conferences, who will then afterwards write up a report about their experience.
Read the Eitan’s trip report: BSDCan Trip Report by Eitan Adler
FreeBSD and PC-BSD are known to be quite particular with regards to hardware support, but now you can check or buy via the PC-BSD store hardware that is known to be working on PC-BSD, and therefore also on FreeBSD. Obviously you can always check the FreeBSD Hardware Notes that come out with each release, e.g. FreeBSD 10 Current, 9.0, 9.1 or 8.3.
The FreeBSD Project has announced that all binary package building services are restored and live again.
This service was put on hold following a security incident in November 2012. Consequently, the security throughout the FreeBSD Project’s infrastructure has been reviewed and the package-building system (including redports.org and ports QAT) has been re-engineered to support greater compartmentalisation and resilience.
FreeBSD binary packages are available again for the 8.x, 9.x branches on i386 and amd64 architectures at the usual locations.