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26 July 2010, 10:15

FreeBSD 8.1 arrives

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FreeBSD Logo Originally scheduled for the 9th of July, the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has now issued version 8.1 of its popular free Unix derivative, the first stable major point update to version 8.0 of FreeBSD from November of last year. According to the developers, FreeBSD 8.1 has improved functionality and introduces some new features.

FreeBSD 8.1 features version 14 of the ZFS subsystem, the addition of the ZFS Loader (zfsloader), allowing users to boot from ZFS, and NFSv4 ACL support for the UFS and ZFS file systems. Desktop updates include version 2.30.1 of GNOME and the latest 4.4.5 release of KDE SC. Other changes include SMP support in PowerPC G5, the integration of BIND 9.6.2-P2 and various package updates, including version 8.14.4 of sendmail and OpenSSH 5.4p1. Support for UltraSPARC IV/IV+ and SPAR64 V have also been added.

More details about the release can be found in the official release announcement, release notes and on the Errata page. FreeBSD 8.1 is available to download as an ISO image for AMD64, i386, ia64, PC98, PowerPC and SPARC64 systems from one of the project's FTP sites. An installation gude is provided. Users currently running FreeBSD 7.0 or later can upgrade via the freebsd-update utility.

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