Check out this lengthy review of FreeBSD 10.3’s features by user Jesse Smith. For those interested in trying out FreeBSD 10.3, he discusses the boot environment, Linux compatibility layer, FreeBSD jails, and more. See the link below to read his full review.

FreeBSD is a venerable operating system, often deployed on servers due to the project’s focus on performance and stability. At the beginning of April the FreeBSD project released version 10.3 of their operating system. The release announcement for FreeBSD 10.3 mentioned several features and improvements which caught my attention. Specifically the availability of ZFS boot environments, 64-bit Linux compatibility and jail improvements were of interest to me. I was especially eager to try out FreeBSD’s new jails technology using the iocage front-end. The iocage software has been presented as an improvement on (and replacement for) Warden, a friendly front-end for handling jail environments.

I already reviewed FreeBSD 10.0 when it was launched and so I plan to skip over most aspects of the new 10.3 release and focus on the key features I listed above, along with the notable changes I encounter. The new release is available in many different builds, ranging from x86 and ARM, to SPARC and PowerPC. For the purposes of my trial I downloaded the 2.6GB DVD image of FreeBSD’s 64-bit x86 edition.

FreeBSD 10.3 review by Jesse Smith:

Also, check out Myths and Misunderstandings: ZFS from the same author.zfsx

This week’s subject is ZFS. ZFS is an advanced file system and storage management technology. Using ZFS it is easy to manage multiple storage devices (usually hard drives), create file system snapshots, work with RAID configurations and mirror disks. I probably run into more misinformation about ZFS than any other open source software, so I will try to tackle several aspects of ZFS quickly.

Myths and Misunderstandings by Jesse Smith:

Related links:

/r/BSD discussion – A review of FreeBSD 10.3’s new features discussion – ZFS: Myths and Misunderstandings (by Jesse Smith)