Ivan Voras has created an excellent page listing all the new and exciting features that will find their way into FreeBSD 7.0. Now with 3 betas released of FreeBSD 7.0 there are still some issues and bugs that need to be resolved. Ivan has done a post outlining where issues and problems can be expected, but he assures 7.0 is still perfectly usable:
“As 7.0 is approaching release, a recurring question on the mailing lists is (in its many forms) “how stable is it?”. The answer really depends on what you are planning to do with it, but there are several known errors, bugs and misfeatures which will surely be present in 7.0-RELEASE. If your workload includes some of those, you better wait for the next release before putting a 7.x in production. If not, go ahead: by all means it’s stable enough.
Here’s the list of problems currently known to me, as of 7.0-BETA3. The list is probably not complete (so it may grow over time), and some of the problems listed may not be relevant to your workload, so take it with a grain if salt.
- ZFS is sometimes unstable (or at least not as stable as UFS), especially under low memory conditions, on both i386 and amd64
- tmpfs is somtimes unstable in subtle ways (not very repeatable)
- unionfs doesn’t work over cd9660 (this one is obscure and only hurts LiveCD makers)
- removing mounted USB drives still doesn’t work (and USB support in general has most of the old problems)
- gcc program profiling doesn’t work
- java doesn’t work stable with some applications (tomcat sometimes crashes)
- while performance was greatly improved for database-like tasks, there are reports that complex tasks like heavy web applications could have performance problems.
I don’t want to sound pessimistic – of course there are also many good news.”
Whole post here: Lotsa FreeBSD (27/11/2007)
AsiaBSDCon 2008 is scheduled for March 27-30 in Tokyo. The deadline for paper proposals has been extended to December 11th. A mailing list has been set up for those who want to stay up-do-date with the latest announcements.
AsiaBSDCon is a conference for users and developers on BSD based systems. The next conference will be held in Tokyo, in March of 2008. The conference is for anyone developing, deploying and using systems based on FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, DragonFlyBSD, Darwin and MacOS X. AsiaBSDCon is a technical conference and aims to collect the best technical papers and presentations available to ensure that the latest developments in our open source community are shared with the widest possible audience.
PC-BSD is in the process implementing a new PBI build system, which automatically tracks the FreeBSD ports collection, and generates new PBIs from these ports, daily. Please watch the pcbsd.org site for more information about this new build system over the next few days.
The following PBIs have been created automatically by the server:
- FireFox 188.8.131.52
- Thunderbird 184.108.40.206
- Wine 0.9.48
- K3B 1.0.3
- GIMP 2.4.0
- KTorrent 2.2.2
- Kdesvn 0.13.0
- FileZilla 3.0.1
An online update from PC-BSD 1.4.1 -> 220.127.116.11 has been released today, as both a standalone PBI patch & Online Update. This version includes an update to the CUPS 1.3.3 package, as well as other fixes / improvements to printing support. Users may upgrade to this version via the Online Update utility in PC-BSD 1.4.1, or by downloading a patch installer on our updates page.
After a long period of silence the development of Frenzy will be continued. The next version will be more sysadmin-oriented (most of desktop applications will be removed and installation to HDD will be disabled).
Since unionfs is usuable in FreeBSD now, Frenzy will heavily use it’s advantages. The most notable feature is Frenzy Extension Modules (FEM), which allow to add applications to LiveCD/LiveUSB without rebuilding (similar feature in Damn Small Linux and SLAX).
Public beta build of Frenzy 1.1 will be available soon.
Source : Frenzy forum (16/11/2007)
A new beta release (1.5) of m0n0wall 1.3 has been released. The development changelog of the FreeBSD-based mini firewall lists the following improvements:
- Added siproxd for transparent SIP proxying and masquerading and simple registrar service
- added vr(4) driver VLAN fix (for ALIX, etc.)
- sisX interface names are now automatically changed to vrX when running on ALIX
- added reset button driver for ALIX
- upgraded ipfilter to 4.1.23
- fixed FIN handling in ipnat FTP proxy
- changed logo, license and footer to include registered trademark sign
m0n0wall 1.3b is based on FreeBSD 6.x and has better hardware support than the FreeBSD 4.x-based versions (up to version 1.23), as well as a few new features. However, it also has higher hardware requirements.
RoFreeSBIE 1.3 is a new release from the project developing an installable live DVD, based on the latest FreeBSD and designed for desktop use (This version is based on FreeBSD-6.3-PRERELEASE).
RoFreeSBIE 1.3 has improved startup scripts, backup and restore scripts. Using backup and restore scripts you can save all system settings to a floppy or an USB storage device and retrieve them at the next startup. Almost all possible settings can be saved (network configuration, firewall etc). RoFreeBSIE – the mobile desktop.
This version also comes with some new features:
- the possibility to activate and deactivate Nvidia drivers on the fly.
- a new installer (from the DesktopBSD project)
- Xorg 7.3, KDE 3.5.7, latest Nvidia drivers, new startup scripts, new scripts for mounting removable media.
TrueBSD has a new website now and version 2.0RC1 has been released today. This version comes on DVD (instead of CD), is based on FreeBSD 7.0, comes with KDE, Gnome, Compiz/Beryl and support for Macromedia Flash
TrueBSD can be downloaded here.