Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 6th Aug 2005 17:22 UTC
FreeBSD "The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.0-BETA2." A list of mirrors is available here.
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On the Other Hand
by on Tue 9th Aug 2005 07:03 UTC

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To all those people that think that the 5.X series and 6.X are faulty and buggy, rest assured that this is not so, people tend to forget that 5.X is probably a turning point if FreeBSD's history, and as all turning points it's quite hard to achieve. I've been running 5.3 and 5.4 on all of my servers and desktops, ranging from PII-350Mhz to Xeon up to more recently Sunfire V20Z servers with dual opteron chips. I run Mathematica-5.2 for Linux in one of these server under "linux emulation" and guess what, it beats the hell out of both Linux ES 3 and SUSE's Professional Linux, I can only wonder what could be achieved if it ran natively on FreeBSD libs. Sure the new locking model is not an easy one, that's because it's just not a hack, but I remember long ago Scott Long said that it would beat the crap(of course he didn't say that literally) of any other SMP model in the end, and from what I've tested recently it seems that will be so. Evenmore, I'm quite certain that the next step in FreeBSD will be to adopt Mac OS X use of the mach kernel, but still keeping it's current locking model, which is actually what OS X does. When Steve Jobs presented Mac OS X under x86, he ran a Mathematica notebook to benchmark it's performance, rumor has it that what Apple actually did was to incorporate Aqua over a FreebSD 5.3 system, and of course running Mathematica on native bsd-libs. So as you can see, the facts are undeniable.

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