The developers of FreeBSD have made available 10.3-RELEASE! Notable changes are support for Intel Skylake Chipset, UEFI Boot loader improvements, Linux compatibility layer improvements, GNOME, Xorg-Server updates, and various driver and utility upgrades. Download the ISO/IMAGE files here.

FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE Announcement

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE. This is the third release of the stable/10 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE and introduces some new features.

Some of the highlights:

  • The UEFI boot loader received several improvements: It now follows /boot/config and /boot.config files, multi-device boot support works and command line arguments are parsed. Additionally, its framebuffer driver has been enhanced with GOP (Graphics Output Protocol) and UGA (Universal Graphics Adapter) handling, allowing to set the current graphics mode on systems using one of these methods. Moreover, ZFS boot capability has been added to the UEFI boot loader, including support for multiple ZFS Boot Environments (BEs), e. g. those provided by sysutils/beadm.
  • The CAM Target Layer ctl(4) now supports High Availability setups.
  • The Linux® compatibility layer has been substantially improved and now is capable of running 64-bit applications on amd64 (x86_64), 1:1 threading, VDSO and subset of the epoll(7) family sufficient for the majority of programs.
  • The em(4) and igb(4) drivers have been updated to version 7.6.1 and 2.5.3 respectively. Among others, this brings support for i219/i219(2)/i219(3) hardware found with Intel® Skylake generation and newer chipsets.
  • The isp(4) driver has been updated and improved: It now also supports 16 Gbps Fibre Channel adapters, has improved target mode support and completed Multi-ID (NPIV) functionality.
  • The ixgbe(4) driver has been updated to Intel® FreeBSD Networking Group version 3.1.13-k and support for X552 and X550T was added.
  • The initial implementation of reroot support has has been added to the reboot(8) utility, allowing the root file system to be mounted from a temporary source file system without requiring a full system reboot.
  • The bsdinstall(8) utility has been updated to allow for creating root-on-ZFS installations on UEFI-based systems in automatic mode.
  • The ifconfig(8) utility now reports SFP/SFP+ optics module data when the -v flag is specified and a NIC driver provides such information, i. e. for cxgbe(4), ixgbe(4), mlx5en(4) and sfxge(4).
  • The jail(8) utility has been updated to include a new flag, -l, which ensures a clean environment in the target jail. Additionally, jail(8) now runs a shell within the target jail by default when no command was given.
  • The mkimg(1) utility has been updated to support NTFS file systems in both GPT and MBR partitioning schemes.
  • The xz(1) utility has been updated to version 5.2.2, which provides support for multi-threaded compression.
  • GNOME has been updated to version 3.16.2.
  • TeXLive has been updated to TL2015.
  • Xorg-Server has been updated to version 1.17.4.
  • And much more …

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the online release notes and errata list, available at:

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please see:

Official announcement:

Related links:

Phoronix – FreeBSD 10.3 Officially Released With Much Better Linux Binary Compatibility

The Listorian – FreeBSD ZFS goes all the machinery UEFI

IT Direction – FreeBSD launches the production version of its 10.3 release

The Register – FreeBSD 10.3 lands Devs highlight better Linux compatibility, UEFI boot enhancements

/r/FreeBSD – FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE Release Notes