Monday, January 15, 2007


FreeBSD 6.2 has just been released. According to the release announcement, FreeBSD 6.2 not only offers many bug fixes, and stability improvements, it also contains new features and performance improvements. I am certainly looking forward to installing this new release in the 6-STABLE branch. Hopefully I should have it downloaded by morning :).

Features of note:

  • Security Event Auditing, can now be enabled in the kernel using the AUDIT kernel option; audit(4)
  • FreeBSD on the Xbox; FreeBSD can now run on the Xbox, for more information please see: FreeBSD on the Xbox
  • Improvements to a number of network interface drivers.
  • IPFW(4) improvements, including packet tagging
  • The linsysfs(5) pseudo-filesystem driver has been added.
  • A number of OpenBSM tools have been added
  • The freebsd-update(8) has been added. This tool manages binary updates to the FreeBSD base system.
  • You can now specify a jail's securelevel: jail(8)
Software Updates:
  • GNOME has been updated from 2.12.3 to 2.16.1
  • KDE has been updated from 3.5.1 to 3.5.4
  • BIND has been updated from 9.3.1 to 9.3.3.
  • GCC has been updated from 3.4.4 to 3.4.6.
  • IPFilter has been updated from 4.1.8 to 4.1.13.
  • less has been updated from v381 to v394.
  • libpcap has been updated from 0.9.1 to 0.9.4.
  • lukemftpd has been updated from a snapshot from NetBSD as of 9 August 2004 to a snapshot from NetBSD as of 31 August 2006.
  • netcat has been updated from the version in a 4 February 2005 OpenBSD snapshot to the version included in OpenBSD 3.9.
  • OpenSSH has been updated from 4.2p1 to 4.5p1.
  • sendmail has been updated from 8.13.6 to 8.13.8.
  • tcpdump has been updated from 3.9.1 to 3.9.4.
Getting FreeBSD 6.2:I will write a review tomorrow once I have downloaded, installed and looked around the system. I am so excited I have been waiting for this release for a while.