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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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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