Some of you guys already emailed me last week about the release of FreeBSD 9, but it wasn’t until today that it became official: The FreeBSD project has now officially announced the availability of FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE. ISO’s were already available for some days and torrents were seeding, but if you wanted to wait till FreeBSD 9 was official, go get it whilst the cake is hot.
If you couldn’t wait and downloaded a DVD image for amd64 and i386 last week, you’re advised to download it again, as there were some issues.
The FreeBSD Project dedicates the FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE to the memory of Dennis M. Ritchie, one of the founding fathers of the UNIX operating system. It is on the foundation laid by the work of visionaries like Dennis that software like the FreeBSD operating system came to be.
A few highlights in this latest release are:
- A new installer, bsdinstall(8) has been added and is the installer used by the ISO images provided as part of this release
- The Fast Filesystem now supports softupdates journaling
- ZFS updated to version 28
- Updated ATA/SATA drivers support AHCI, moved into updated CAM framework
- Highly Available Storage (HAST) framework
- Kernel support for Capsicum Capability Mode, an experimental set of features for sandboxing support
- User-level DTrace
- The TCP/IP stack now supports pluggable congestion control framework and five congestion control algorithm implementations available
- NFS subsystem updated, new implementation supports NFSv4 in addition to NFSv3 and NFSv2
- High Performance SSH (HPN-SSH)
- Flattened device tree (FDT), simplifying FreeBSD configuration for embedded platforms
- The powerpc architecture now supports Sony Playstation 3
- The LLVM compiler infrastructure and Clang have been imported
- Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.7.3
FreeBSD has excellent platform support. AMD64, i386, ia64, PowerPC, PowerPC64, or Sparc, they’re all recognised without any problems. Some of you may be pleased to hear that FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE is now also available for Amazon EC2.