FreeBSD Q3 2015 Status Report

The developers of FreeBSD posted their third quarter status report for 2015.

Nonetheless, despite its record length, this report does not and cannot cover all of the work being done on FreeBSD throughout the reporting period — there are many bug fixes too minor to mention here, and developers too busy working on the next project to write up an entry for the previous project. It is not just the developers committing to Subversion that comprise the ongoing activities of FreeBSD, but also the users testing unreleased code or reporting bugs in released code, and participants on the mailing lists and forums helping each other solve their problems. Even the chats on IRC that wander far from the stated topic of a channel contribute to the community around FreeBSD; it is that community whose effectiveness and helpfulness is a key component of the effectiveness and usefulness of FreeBSD itself. Not just to the developers listed in this report, but to everyone in the community, thank you for making FreeBSD a great operating system.—Ben Kaduk

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FreeBSD Second Quarter 2015 Status Report

FreeBSD has released their second quarter status report for 2015. Visit the link for a full, comprehensive report of what the developers have been up to so far.


docThe second quarter of 2015, from April to June, was another period of busy activity for FreeBSD. This report is the largest we have published so far.

The cluster and release engineering teams continued to improve the structures that support FreeBSD’s build, maintenance, and installation. Projects ran the gamut from security and speed improvements to virtualization and storage appliances. New kernel drivers and capabilities were added, while work to make FreeBSD run on various ARM architectures continued at a rapid pace. The Ports Collection grew, even while adding capabilities and fixing problems. Outside projects like pkgsrc have become interested in adding support. Documentation was a major focus, one that is often complimented by people new to FreeBSD. BSDCan 2015 was a great success, turning many hours of sleep deprivation into an even greater amount of inspiration.

As always, a great deal of this activity was directly sponsored by the Foundation. The project’s status as a first-class operating system owes a great deal to the Foundation’s past and ongoing work.

The number and detail of these reports really gives only a tiny glimpse of all that is happening. A huge portion of FreeBSD development takes place all the time, including bug fixes, feature improvements, rewrites, and imports of new code. This ongoing work is difficult, time-consuming, and, far too often, unrecognized. We should take a moment to consider and thank not just the contributors listed here, but also the end users, bug submitters, port maintainers, coders, security analysts, infrastructure defenders, tinkerers, scientists, designers, questioners, answerers, rule makers, testers, documenters, sysadmins, dogmatists, iconoclasts, and crazed geniuses who make FreeBSD such an effective and useful operating system. If you are reading this, you are one of these people, too. Thank you.

—Warren Block

FreeBSD 1st Quarter 2015 Status Report

freebsd-logo-largeThe developers of FreeBSD have posted their quarterly status report. Follow the link below to hear reports from FreeBSD Bugmeister, Ports Collection, and the FreeBSD Core Team.


This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between January and March 2015. This is the first of four reports planned for 2015.

The first quarter of 2015 was another productive quarter for the FreeBSD project and community. FreeBSD is being used in research projects, and those projects are making their way back into FreeBSD as new and exciting features, bringing improved network performance and security features to the system. Work continues to improve support for more architectures and architecture features, including progress towards the goal of making ARM (32- and 64-bit) a Tier 1 platform in FreeBSD 11. The toolchain is receiving updates, with new versions of clang/LLVM in place, migrations to ELF Tool Chain tools, and updates to the LLDB and gdb debuggers. Work by ports teams and kernel developers is maintaining and improving the state of FreeBSD as a desktop operating system. The pkg team is continuing to make binary packages easier to use and upgrade.

Thanks to all the reporters for the excellent work!

The deadline for submissions covering the period from April to June 2015 is July 7th, 2015.

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FreeBSD last quarter status report 2014

freebsd-logo-largeThe long awaited FreeBSD final quarter status report of 2014 is here. Numerous accomplishments have been made, head on over to the link below to see the year in review.

This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between October and December 2014. This is the last of four reports planned for 2014.

The fourth quarter of 2014 included a number of significant improvements to the FreeBSD system. In particular, compatibility with other systems was enhanced. This included significant improvements to the Linux compatibility layer, used to run Linux binaries on FreeBSD, and the port of WINE, used to run Windows applications. Hypervisor support improved, with FreeBSD gaining the ability to run as domain 0 on Xen’s new high-performance PVH mode, bhyve gaining AMD support, and new tools for creating FreeBSD VM images arriving.

This quarter was also an active time for the toolchain, with numerous improvements to the compiler, debugger, and other components, including initial support for C++14, which should be complete by FreeBSD 10.2.

Thanks to all the reporters for the excellent work!

Full status report:


BSD Now Episode 22: Journaled News-Updates (video)

bsd_now_logoThe team has uploaded a new episode: Journaled News-Updates, featuring an interview with George Neville-Neil. In this episode you will hear hosts Allan Jude and Kris Moore chat about the following topics:

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FreeBSD Status Report – 2013-Q4

freebsd project logo 100x100The FreeBSD Project has released its fourth status report for 2013 (October to December 2013). It comes with 37 entries and gives a nice insight on what developers have been working on.

“The last quarter of 2013 was very active for the FreeBSD community, much like the preceding quarters. Many advances were made in getting FreeBSD to run on ARM-based System-on-Chip boards like Cubieboard, Rockchip, Snapdragon, S4, Freescale i.MX6, and Vybrid VF6xx. FreeBSD is also becoming a better platform for Xen and the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud. There are plans for FreeBSD to become a fully supported compute host for OpenStack. The I/O stack has again received some performance boosts on multi-processor systems through work touching the CAM and GEOM subsystems, and through better adaptation of UMA caches to system memory constraints for ZFS. The FreeBSD Foundation did an excellent job in this quarter, and many of their sponsored projects like VT-d and UEFI support, iSCSI stack, Capsicum, and auditdistd are about to complete. At the same time, new projects like Automounter and Intel GPU updates have just been launched. The Newcons project has been merged into -CURRENT, which will make it possible to finally move to the latest version of X.Org in the Ports Collection. Efforts are also under way to improve testing with Jenkins and Kyua. It is an exciting time for users and developers of FreeBSD!”

From the table of contents:

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FreeBSD Status Report – 2013-Q2

The FreeBSD Project has released its first status report for 2013 (January to March 2013). It comes with 33 entries and gives a nice insight on what developers have been working on.

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FreeBSD Status Report – 2013-Q2

FreeBSD April-June 2012 Status Report

A belated FreeBSD April-June 2012 Status Report has been published. Another one should be available within the next few weeks covering the remainder of 2012.

This report covers FreeBSD-related projects between April and June 2012. This quarter was highlighted by having a new Core Team elected, which took office on July 11th to start its work with a relatively high number of new members. Note that this is the second of the three reports planned for 2012.