DragonFly BSD 2.8 adds root partition encryption
Developer Matthew Dillon has announced the release of version 2.8 of DragonFly BSD, a FreeBSD fork. Dillon notes that this major release features the return of the GUI and a larger 4GB USB image, which includes several additional packages, a functional X environment and full sources and Git repositories. According to Dillon, the developers are seeking feedback on this release and will "likely expand the number of packages and improve the environment in future releases".
DragonFly BSD 2.8 includes an updated version of the Packet Filter (pf), which is based upon version 4.2 of OpenBSD – the previous release was based on OpenBSD 3.5. The latest version also adds crypto support, allowing users to encrypt, for example, DragonFly partitions or their entire root file system. Other changes include an updated port of FreeBSD's Wi-Fi (802.11) network stack and a variety of bug fixes. The latest version also addresses three security related issues and no longer includes BIND in the base system.
More information about the release, including installation and upgrade notes, can be found in the release notes. DragonFly BSD 2.8.2 is available to download as a live CD image or USB image for x86-32 and x86-64 systems. DragonFly BSD is licensed under the DragonFly BSD licence.