Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 31st Jan 2009 20:47 UTC, submitted by Oliver
NetBSD From the announcement email: "On behalf of the NetBSD Release Engineering team, I am proud to announce that the first release candidate of NetBSD 5.0 is now available for download. Those of you who have been paying close attention will have noticed that RC1 was tagged on Sunday. A few hiccups delayed the availability of binaries, but they can now be downloaded from here."
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FFS Journaling is Finally Here!
by jrash on Wed 4th Feb 2009 00:14 UTC
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I installed 5.0 RC1 on an old Poweredge 2450 with an 800MHz P3 and it feels really snappy. The best part is all I had to do was add "log" to the fstab options and now both FFS partitions (/ and /usr) are journaled. The machine has some 146GB SCA drives setup as a hardware mirror, and usually it would take awhile for NetBSD to fsck a volume of this size, but when I unplugged it today it came up immediately with the following in the log:

root on ld0a dumps on ld0b
/: replaying log to memory
root file system type: ffs
/: replaying log to disk
/usr: replaying log to disk

It seems kinda weird to be happy for something that most operating systems have had for years, but for someone who loves the compact and logical design of NetBSD, it is nice to be able to scratch this final thing off the wish list.

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