Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 15th Aug 2010 20:06 UTC, submitted by Oliver
FreeBSD While I was away from OSNews, FreeBSD 8.1 was released. Nobody posted it on OSNews, so here I am, a little late (my apologies). It's got all sorts of improvements, like support for UltraSPARC IV/IV+ and SPARC64 V processors, SMP support for PowerPC G5 processors, GNOME 2.30.1, KDE 4.4.5, and much more.
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Comment by Morgan
by Morgan on Sun 15th Aug 2010 20:54 UTC
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It's official, you're not allowed to leave EVER again! After all, it's not OSNews without incremental point releases getting a headline.

(I kid, I kid; it really is nice to have you back.)

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Comment by Laurence
by Laurence on Sun 15th Aug 2010 21:56 UTC
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I've been running 8.1 for about a week now and frankly I love it. But then I've been won over by FreeBSD for a number of years now so my biased opinion doesn't really count for much

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Comment by Beket_
by Beket_ on Sun 15th Aug 2010 22:23 UTC
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FreeBSD is getting sexier & sexier ;)

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RE: Comment by Beket_
by Lennie on Sun 15th Aug 2010 23:02 UTC in reply to "Comment by Beket_"
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So that is why Debian is adopting it ? :-)

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Comment by _xmv
by _xmv on Mon 16th Aug 2010 01:07 UTC
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it's ok thom.. without you osnews wouldn't be as good :p
in fact i bet most news sites would silently ignore such stuff instead of making it right

so kudos - that's among the reasons why you're now my favorite editor all websites included

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Um, this actually was posted Thom
by poolbm on Mon 16th Aug 2010 01:23 UTC
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Dave posted this on the 21st of July, not everything goes to pieces when you are away mate! ;)

EDIT: OK, my bad, that was PC-BSD 8.1....please forgive me! ;)

Edited 2010-08-16 01:26 UTC

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It was actually posted here at one point, a while after the PC-BSD article. It was removed soon after for some reason.

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I added it some time ago ...
by vermaden on Mon 16th Aug 2010 05:58 UTC
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I added a news about FreeBSD 8.1 release to 'submit news' but it just did not make it into the front page ... dont ask me why.

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RE: I added it some time ago ...
by aargh on Mon 16th Aug 2010 07:35 UTC in reply to "I added it some time ago ..."
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Yeah, me too... Sometimes I wonder if this is still _OS_ news...

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Nobody watching the queue?
by Nagilum on Mon 16th Aug 2010 08:11 UTC
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I saw at least three posts about that in the queue but it seems the admins didn't think it was noteworthy or something.

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Comment by J-freebsd_98
by J-freebsd_98 on Mon 16th Aug 2010 13:12 UTC
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It installed on an older laptop after I
figured out that before the install
was finalized an irq conflict with the
pccard(s). was hanging the boot (new kernel)
or the sysintall or something...
The other issue which may temporarily
some upgraders (v7 v8) , is the new (newbie
here) hard drive driver(s) and/or
code, search the forum
(keyword "devices") and multiple
posts regarding fixes should be found.
(In my case, loading geom_bsd.ko
geom_mbr.ko and geom_label.ko in
/boot/loader.conf; that was v7 > v8 STABLE
awhile back).

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Did anyone else notice...
by Gullible Jones on Mon 16th Aug 2010 14:58 UTC
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That 8.1 causes some ethernet switches to crash?

Not kidding... I tested it on my netbook, and found that it made the port it was plugged into unusable every time I tried to run the DHCP client. Yes, unusable for other computers, not just the netbook; and other OSes, not just FreeBSD. I tried several ports and it happened for all of them.

Rebooting the switch fixed it of course. But killing the ethernet ports was completely reproducible.

(The switch, FWIW, is a cheapo D-Link model, and the netbook is an Eee 1005HAB, whose ethernet chipset only became fully supported as of 8.1 If anyone can offer a solution to this problem I'd be greatful.)

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RE: Did anyone else notice...
by rhavenn on Mon 16th Aug 2010 23:03 UTC in reply to "Did anyone else notice..."
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Don't auto-negotiate your NIC speed and force it to be 10Mbps and if that's stable try 100Mbps. Also, check /var/log/messages for anything related to these errors.

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My news also get ignored
by fran on Tue 17th Aug 2010 17:49 UTC
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Maybe Osnews got a real good reason for not posting the news submitted. I for one submit alot of news I now will be interesting to osnews readership.
Maybe it's copyright or maybe roylties or just a ego thing.

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