This report covers FreeBSD related projects between October and December 2009. This is the last of the four reports covering 2009, which has shown to be a very important year for the FreeBSD Project. Besides other notable things, a new major version of FreeBSD, 8.0-RELEASE, has been released, while the release process for 7.3-RELEASE is soon to begin.
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Google Summer of Code
3G USB support
Clang replacing GCC in the base system
FreeBSD TDM Framework
HAST — Highly Available Storage
Intel XScale hwpmc(9) support
POSIX utmpx for FreeBSD
SUJ — Journaled SoftUpdates
The webcamd deamon
FreeBSD Team Reports
FreeBSD Bugbusting Team
FreeBSD Release Engineering
The FreeBSD Foundation Status Report
bwn(4) — Broadcom Wireless driver
IP Payload Compression Protocol support
Ralink wireless RT2700U/2800U/3000U run(4) USB driver
Since FreeBSD 8.0 was released, several stability and performance problems have been identified. This Errata Notice describes several fixes judged to be of particular importance, but low risk, to users with specific workloads or using specific features that trigger these problems.
Areas where problems are addressed include NFS, ZFS, Multicast networking, SCTP as well as the rename(2) syscall.
This is so particular: on the day that I moved Frenzy to the inactive/no-longer-maintained section a new release was announced.
After being formally discontinued by its creator, Sergei Mozhaisky, a number of developers headed by Egor Vershinin has taken over the work.
Frenzy is a FreeBSD-based live CD featuring a variety of security, system testing, networking and penetration tools, has now been resurrected (the last version was release 12/2008).
“Frenzy 1.2 ‘reincarnation’ (community release) is out. It is based on FreeBSD 8.0 and available in 2 editions – lite and standard. This is a first version of Frenzy that isn’t made by me – the author of this build is Egor Vershinin.”
The developers have set up a new web site at frenzy.bspu.ru, with some documentation and a changelog, but it’s currently in Russian only. The project’s original web site at frenzy.org.ua also has some information about the new release. The “lite” edition of Frenzy only includes command line tools, but the “standard” edition comes with X.Org and Fluxbox.
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