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FreeBSD 10 has been released. You can read the release notes, and, of course, go ahead and install it.
Hmm... I thought there was more to the post, but, I also remember erasing most of my submission at the absolute last second. Maybe I should have re-submitted?
Anyways, some new things in FreeBSD-10 include:
-Virtualization improvements - Bhyve, the FreeBSD Hypervisor, virtio support for running FreeBSD under Linux KVM, and native drivers for running FreeBSD as a Microsoft Hyper-V Guest.
-Ability to use ZFS as the root filesystem as part of the standard install, plus other ZFS improvements, such as L4Z compression, and TRIM support for ZFS.
-The old package tools are gone, and the newer pkgng tools are included by default.
-GCC has been removed from architectures where clang is the default (i386 and AMD64, maybe others?)
-KMS improvements, including the newcons driver for graphical console support.
FreeBSD-10-RELEASE is available for i386, amd64, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures.
I love the direction FreeBSD has been taking over the last several versions. It is a line moving very much upward. People need to line up behind this bad boy
And capsicum (a security tool) is activated by default.
Which makes FreeBSD the first 'general purpose' OS to use capabilities for security, of course it is only useful when programs are modified to using it, which only a few do currently, but it's a start and it's progress!
I recently bought a laptop and over the last week or two have been planning on converting my old combined desktop/server machine into a pure server, complete with a traditional server-grade distro. I narrowed my choices down to Alpine Linux, Debian, Ubuntu Server (just out of curiousity I decided to test it), CentOS, Slackware, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, Dragonfly BSD, FreeNAS, and NAS4Free (all 64-bit versions).
Just yesterday I gave them all a comparison run in virtual machines, and only eliminated Alpine, NetBSD, Dragonfly, FreeNAS and NAS4Free (well, and CentOS--but only because I didn't have an ISO image available at the time and no working Internet connection or time to obtain it). I really wanted to give one of the BSDs a try since I've never actually put them to serious use and I figured that for a server they would be perfect (and a great learning experience), and if FreeBSD 10 would have been out just a little bit earlier it would have been even better. Perfect timing, I gave up waiting just hours before its release.
But I do have a question for anyone familiar; I have a Broadcom 4318/AirForce One (and unfortunately have to use it) and I could not get it to be recognized in FreeBSD. OpenBSD recognized it easily, but complained that firmware was needed and all the instructions I found said "use an Internet connection," so that was the end of my run with OpenBSD as well (the files I took out of /lib/firmware in my previous Linux distro did not work either). According to various web pages, FreeBSD also uses the "BWI" driver that OpenBSD uses. Is there something simple that I missed to get FreeBSD to load the drivers and recognize the card, or does it literally require installing the drivers as well as the firmware? Edited 2014-01-21 04:15 UTC
Try using the bwn driver - the man page lists the AirForce card as supported by it. It's mostly the same as bwi, but designed for newer cards that have larger firmwares.
And, the firmware isn't included for this card. To get it, you need to install the correct port from the ports tree - ports/net/bwn-firmware-kmod
Which means, net access for the ports tree. If you have the ports tree installed and can easily enough move files from another machine to the FreeBSD setup, you can go into /usr/ports/net/bwn-formware-kmod and run make fetch-recursive-list >> filename to generate a shell script which will automatically pull the necessary files and dependencies for building. Stick them in /usr/ports/distfiles and run make from /usr/ports/net/bwn-firmware-kmod
I'm guessing there is a licensing issue for the firmware - other wireless drivers with binary blobs are available out of the box in FreeBSD, including the very-well-supported Atheros chips.
That is why I never installed FreeBSD. The logo looks bad. It is just me of course.
Are you being serious?
Firstly, one can never make 1,000,000 potential users/customers happy.
Secondly, the FBSD character is a play on the 'daemon' concept, a prevalent name used for background service in UNIX, DOS, Windows, OSX ....
If you find the logo childish, then it's one thing; if you find the logo abhorrent because of the devil reference, then you should walk away from computers now ... as daemons are running your circuits.
You need to get out more. Wow.
Unfortunately, he is serious; from time to time he goes mental on ~religion related "issues"...
We got a pokemon hater here!
Haha reminds me of god fearing Texans - http://rmitz.org/freebsd.daemon.html
Most people are just superficial. People still think, for example, that the views of characters expressed in a book/show/movie is that of the author.
Sadly, this is absolutely true.
I have been a loyal user of FreeBSD for over 14 years.
However, I cannot get anyone to consider FreeBSD seriously when I make a proposal and a corporate officer visits the website and sees demon ears sticking out of a circle. I also can't evangelize for it without losing followers on twitter, etc., and all because of the logo. Despite the insanity of it, people still judge things by what they can see. And the first impression still counts to someone new to a product.
Not everyone reads programming websites day in and day out and grasps the true wonder of FreeBSD. However unfair this may be, some people still visit the website the ordinary way and see the logo and dismiss FreeBSD from further consideration.
Well, if it's any consolation, people who were prepared to turn FreeBSD down simply because of the logo probably weren't worth your time anyway.
You express a sentiment that is best met with hard mockery: http://youtu.be/6WPvSo8AYdM?t=16s
I for one have no problem offending religious people. Faith is by definition a form of intellectual dishonesty, and to encourage it in any way is to embrace ignorance. Anyone with such fundamentally flawed logic is unlikely to contribute anything great to computing anyway, so it's no loss if something as trivial as a logo drives them away from a project.
It's more like taking the first step when there's no reason to think there might be any staircase, and with much greater likelihood the edge of a cliff. Except instead of just falling to your death, you drag the rest of humanity down a bit.
Analogies are pointless. The dictionary definition of faith is clear, and it's mutually exclusive with logic.
You are the one who brought religious BS into this thread, into this forum.
BTW, I am offended by your avatar.
> What's next? Interpreting the four squares of the new MICROS~1 logo as a swastika and yelling: "This is nazi software! I don't want to hurt jews when I install it!"
Well, they did adopt that logo when their fortunes were tied to IBM, and IBM sold primitive computers to Hitler, so that's not entirely wrong...
Thumbs up. Best post in this thread.
You can always go with PC-BSD instead. At least their logo is packed with hot, flamey goodness. And it's still FreeBSD at its core.
WTF, the flames of Hell, we're all dammed.
The logo is a Joke (quite funny in a geeky way) UNIX has Daemon's (background processes). BSDs, FreeBSD has daemons hence the demon logo.
FreeBSD is very cool, if the daemon logo is putting you off you are missing out.
Jesus I'm glad I'm an atheist!
Dude, enough. You got quite the great mileage out of that shitty trolling and managed to completely derail this thread original purpose; to discuss FreeBSD 10.0 release.
Now, will you kindly go your merry way and pollute elsewhere? Thanks.