Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 14th Jan 2007 17:40 UTC, submitted by Oliver
FreeBSD FreeBSD 6.2 has been released to mirrors. The release notes for your specific platform are also available. "FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium and Athlon), amd64 compatible (including Opteron, Athlon64, and EM64T), ARM, IA-64, PC-98 and UltraSPARC architectures. It is derived from BSD, the version of UNIX developed at the University of California, Berkeley. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. Additional platforms are in various stages of development."
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:) Yesssssssss.......................
by indiocolifa on Sun 14th Jan 2007 18:09 UTC
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Amazing. I'll be upgrading in the next few days.

I think the R6.x branch gave us good releases ...

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Congratulations
by marafaka on Sun 14th Jan 2007 18:34 UTC
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2006-01-03

Congratulations to the FreeBSD team and big THANK YOU.

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Nice!
by CrAsH on Sun 14th Jan 2007 18:38 UTC
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2006-01-01

Thx for the new release ;) i'm gonna upgrade my server soon with 6.2

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FreeBSD
by vermaden on Sun 14th Jan 2007 18:42 UTC
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2006-11-18

Another great polished FreeBSD release, good job.

If You want to THANK FreeBSD developers, donate some money to FreeBSD project:
http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/

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RE: FreeBSD
by djangoxl on Sun 14th Jan 2007 20:27 UTC in reply to "FreeBSD"
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2006-03-10

You're right!!
I've done my part and donated just now because I'm a FreeBSD believer:-)

Well done team, and I hope we can continue to receive great updates of this marvelous OS.

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Btw
by CrAsH on Sun 14th Jan 2007 18:44 UTC
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2006-01-01

How do i upgrade from 6.1 to 6.2 the easiet way? without reinstall everything?

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RE: Btw
by vermaden on Sun 14th Jan 2007 18:57 UTC in reply to "Btw"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

in short words:

update base system sources to RELENG_6_2:
# cd /usr/src
# make update

rebuild world:
# cd /usr/src
# make buildworld
# make buildkernel
# make installkernel
# reboot
OK: boot -s
# cd /usr/src
# mergemaster -p
# make installworld
# mergemaster -Ui
# reboot
# cd /usr/src
# make delete-old
# make delete-old-libs

more detailed:
http://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/cutting-e...
http://bsdforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=45738

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RE: Btw
by phoenix on Sun 14th Jan 2007 21:26 UTC in reply to "Btw"
phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

1. Install the freebsd-update port
2. Read the freebsd-update man page
3. Run freebsd-update

If you want more control over the process, or have a tweaked /etc/make.conf and/or kernel config file, then you'll want to use the standard buildworld process.

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thx!
by CrAsH on Sun 14th Jan 2007 19:13 UTC
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2006-01-01

But i thinked about freebsd-update if i can upgrade it binary?

beacuse i got a slow cpu att P2 233mhz. it's takes time to build a new relase with src.

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RE: thx!
by vermaden on Sun 14th Jan 2007 19:39 UTC in reply to "thx!"
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2006-11-18

run sysinstall and select Upgrade option.

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RE[2]: thx!
by pauld on Sun 14th Jan 2007 20:17 UTC in reply to "RE: thx!"
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2006-02-24

I mostly used the make buildworld, buildkernel, ... and friends in the past... even sysinstall and upgrade with that, but now you can use a (different, not included in the -RELEASE) version of freebsd-update too, see:
http://www.daemonology.net/blog/2006-11-26-freebsd-6.1-to-6.2-binar...

Works quite well :-) Also allows you to (binary)upgrade from 6.0 to 6.2 if you like.
It's a pity that it's not included in the release (would have been easier from 6.2 up). Colin built this thing with sponsoring from the community, last summer.

Edited 2007-01-14 20:19

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A quality product always takes its time :)
by nullpt on Sun 14th Jan 2007 19:26 UTC
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2006-10-20

Congratulations FreeBSD team. Time for upgrading!

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JMicron
by OSGuy on Sun 14th Jan 2007 19:55 UTC
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2006-01-01

Does anyone know if this release supports the JMicron IDE controller chipset found on some motherboards with the 965P chipsets?

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RE: JMicron
by fithisux on Sun 14th Jan 2007 20:31 UTC in reply to "JMicron"
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2006-01-22

the JMB363 (not the JMB360) support AHCI mode. It should work.

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RE[2]: JMicron
by OSGuy on Sun 14th Jan 2007 21:19 UTC in reply to "RE: JMicron"
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2006-01-01

Thanks for that. How would I enable/use JMB363 (during install and after install)?

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Brown color theme
by Joe User on Sun 14th Jan 2007 20:23 UTC
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2005-06-29

Ok, wrong comment.

Edited 2007-01-14 20:32

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Not a whole lot of excitement here .....
by openwookie on Sun 14th Jan 2007 21:28 UTC
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2006-04-25

Here is what's new in 6.2 (http://www.freebsd.org/relnotes/6-STABLE/relnotes/i386/new.html)

- new security event auditing system
- new platform: XBox
- new ipmi driver (Intelligent Platform Management Interface)
- new Gigabit Ethernet driver: Sundance/Tamarack TC9021

Pretty much everything else is either a bug fix or minor enhancement. I like FreeBSD, but I'm in no hurry to install 6.2.

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sithgunner Member since:
2006-02-16

Hmm =) You SHOULD hurry for install when it's only about bug fixing and minor enhancements...

If you do hurry for major feature updates and all those nifty things that only got in main tree in last month, you end up seeing bugs and lack of features or some unwanted effect, obviously you never use OS for serving purpose.

But even without for serving purpose, bug fix release sounds like a great release to install fast without breaking your system but only makes it better. (as long as bug fixes don't actually make new bugs...)

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openwookie Member since:
2006-04-25

If you do hurry for major feature updates and all those nifty things that only got in main tree in last month, you end up seeing bugs and lack of features or some unwanted effect, obviously you never use OS for serving purpose.

But even without for serving purpose, bug fix release sounds like a great release to install fast without breaking your system but only makes it better.


Ahem. Sorry pal, but it seems that you are the one who lacks experience in running production servers.

Just because a new release fixes some bugs doesn't mean its a good idea to "install fast". *IF* the release specifically fixes some problem you've had with the system, then go ahead, upgrade away.

However, most servers should be already running a stable copy of the OS (if not, then why the heck are you running it?). It makes absolutely no sense to upgrade something that is not broken. The EOL on security updates for 6.1 is May 31, 2008, so why hurry?

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Looking forward to 6.3
by kaiwai on Sun 14th Jan 2007 21:41 UTC
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2005-07-06

I had a quick look through the development lists and it appears that there is an individual who has ported the wpi driver accross from OpenBSD - so soon those of us with Intel 3945abg wireless cards will have wireless access :-)

My experience so far with 6.x has been very good - very stable, reliable - except once which was a issue with DRM, Ati and Xorg, which resulted in, when the Ati radeon driver was used, the whole machine locked up (changing consoles or restarting Xorg didn't work) - I hope they got that oversight corrected as it was a known issue.

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Gnome, HAL
by miscz on Sun 14th Jan 2007 21:58 UTC
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2005-07-17

I've read recently that FreeBSD support was added to HAL cvs/git recently? Is it available in FBSD 6.2? How is the overall support of Gnome desktop?

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RE: Gnome, HAL
by vermaden on Sun 14th Jan 2007 22:19 UTC in reply to "Gnome, HAL"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

check that for more [if not all] info:
http://www.freebsd.org/gnome

for kde go here:
http://freebsd.kde.org

Edited 2007-01-14 22:20

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RE: Gnome, HAL
by Dr_J on Sun 14th Jan 2007 22:53 UTC in reply to "Gnome, HAL"
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2005-07-06

Vermaden sent you to the right place for more info.

My experience with Gnome is quite good (other than getting every Gnome application to work right with CUPS). HAL works well, though it is a bit fragile at the moment. If you have issues with installing it, there is a thread on the freebsd-gnome list that may help.

Also, HAL is not part of the base system as far as I know, so it is not directly a part of 6.2. I installed it as part of Gnome.

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RE: Gnome, HAL
by phoenix on Tue 16th Jan 2007 01:08 UTC in reply to "Gnome, HAL"
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2005-07-11

HAL, DBus, Policyd, and all the other little bits have been a part of the FreeBSD ports tree for about a month now. I've been using it as part of KDE 3.5.5 since that first hit the tree, on a 6.1-p11 laptop.

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ppc?
by edogawaconan on Sun 14th Jan 2007 22:05 UTC
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2006-10-10

anyone know where ppc edition? or they dropped it?

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RE: ppc?
by nathanw on Sun 14th Jan 2007 22:16 UTC in reply to "ppc?"
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2006-11-05

The 6.2-RELEASE builds are currently being made. 6.2-RC2, which is essentially identical to -RELEASE, can be found at ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/powerpc/ISO-IMAGES/6.2

I'd imagine that the release build will be up soon.

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RE: ppc?
by vermaden on Sun 14th Jan 2007 22:18 UTC in reply to "ppc?"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

yes there is:
ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/powerpc/ISO-IMAGES/6.2

nathanw: you was faster ;)

Edited 2007-01-14 22:22

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great release
by SK8T on Sun 14th Jan 2007 22:06 UTC
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2006-06-01

I'm happy to see this new Release!
One of the best piece of open source software.

And that will be good for PC-BSD, too! Great!

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Finally :D
by dylansmrjones on Mon 15th Jan 2007 00:09 UTC
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2005-10-02

Great news! Now it shouldn't take long before DesktopBSD 1.6 is released ;)

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freebsd
by happycamper on Mon 15th Jan 2007 01:56 UTC
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2006-01-01

Oh yeah, I'll take freebsd over the buggy pc-bsd any day!

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v RE: freebsd
by Oliver on Mon 15th Jan 2007 02:02 UTC in reply to "freebsd"
RE[2]: freebsd
by dark child on Mon 15th Jan 2007 03:49 UTC in reply to "RE: freebsd"
dark child Member since:
2005-12-09

KDE+HAL work very well for me on FreeBSD 6.2 rc2. I quite like HAL because it makes it easy for users to mount devices. As for KDE not fixing bugs, I think you are totally wrong on this one. Read the KDE weekly commit digest for a feeling of how many people in the KDE team work on resolving bugs.

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Kudos BSDs!
by ebasconp on Mon 15th Jan 2007 02:12 UTC
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2006-05-09

Every time a new version of any BSD is released, it is good news for the community: BSDs empower good quality software, stability and reliability...

Kudos for all BSD teams and thanks for your work!

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bittorrent
by dillee1 on Mon 15th Jan 2007 05:38 UTC
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2005-08-10

The official torrent is here:
http://torrents.freebsd.org:8080/

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Visiting FreeBSD
by dimosd on Mon 15th Jan 2007 11:05 UTC
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2006-02-10

A small assortment of tips for the occasional FreeBSD visitor (like me)

You will find a lot of older documentation and guides that tell you that you have to recompile the kernel in order to get some functionality e.g. dummynet for traffic shaping or pf for OpenBSD's firewall. You don't have to! Just kldload the appropriate module.

If you do recompile the kernel, the kernel configuration determines what is compiled *in* the kernel. All the other modules will be compiled as well! If you don't need all of them, you can specify which ones you want in make.conf

If you don't recompile the kernel, you get the benefit of binary updates to the kernel. Also works for "world"

To use CPU optimizations CPUTYPE? in make.conf is all you need. Don't bother with -O3 -fomit-frame-point -fxyzy - this isn't Gentoo and will probably break things

A bug in VMWare keeps the clock ticking at half the actual speed (the VM can't keep with the frequency of interrupts). This can be fixed by recompiling the kernel without ioapic and without SMP (if you know how to do it without recompiling the kernel I would be interested to know)

man is your friend. Even more so that Linux! (the pages are well written)

Happy hacking!

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What can I say...
by celt on Mon 15th Jan 2007 12:57 UTC
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2005-07-06

To all those core team members, developers and anyone who offers their time and effort in any way possible - a big thanks for your passionate work on such a fantastic release.

It's digital poetry man...

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Solid and Clean
by w00dst0ck on Tue 16th Jan 2007 00:24 UTC
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2006-02-01

Just the way I like it,

This OS is constantly impressing me. I'm especially happy that freebsd-update has become part of the base install.

Wireless works so smoothly and the overall system is seeing nice small clean ups.

Keep up the great work.

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