The FreeBSD Project is one of the oldest and successful project. FreeBSD is well known for its reliability, robustness, and performance.

A new version of the FreeBSD 8 is scheduled for release this week. A RC3 was made available for download few weeks ago for final round of testing before the official launch. nixCraft takes you for an in-depth look at the new features and major architectural changes in FreeBSD v8.0.

Nixcraft goes into the following new features and explains how they work

  • What’s New In FreeBSD 8
  • Jails v2
  • Improved ZFS & DTrace
  • ULE scheduler
  • New USB Stack
  • Get Detailed Process Information
  • Superpages
  • Xen DomU Support
  • Network Stack Virtualization (VIMAGE)
  • Virtualbox (Port)
  • Stack-smashing Protection (ProPolice)
  • Rewritten NFS client/server Introducing NFSv4
  • Textdumps (debugging)
  • Wireless Mesh Support
  • gvinum Improvements
  • Other Improvements
  • Conclusion

This release improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.2 and introduces often requested new features in jail, SMP-optimized scheduler, virtualization, virtual network stack, NFS4, and storage subsystem improvements. This the most impressive FreeBSD releases to date. Kudos to FreeBSD team for rolling out stable and feature rich enterprise ready FreeBSD 8 operating systems.