Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Jan 2007 18:13 UTC, submitted by iangibson
FreeBSD FreeBSD 6.2, one of the most popular versions of the free BSD Unix operating system, is out with new features and updates. It plugs holes and, in addition to the usual route of installing directly to a hard drive this time around, offers a LiveCD that can be used to rescue a broken system. Developers on the free version of the BSD Unix operating system hope it will help build momentum for what is arguably the most popular BSD variant in use.
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Understanding the situation
by nullpt on Thu 18th Jan 2007 18:33 UTC
nullpt
Member since:
2006-10-20

Hi all,

I've heard many people saying that the project is somewhat stalled, there isn't many new features, there are mainstream technology that doesn't exist in Freebsd and so.

The freebsd developers are putting an enormous effort in FreeBSD 7. There are many things that are being re-written, many new features which include iSCSI (this is what most people complaint), ZFS and XFS, Dtrace, file system journaling in the GEOM framework, support for new archs (sun4v and arm), improvements in the current development of sched_ule and sched_core, kernel threading systems, improvements in the sound subsystem, new drivers are being commited (including the famous 3945bg), cutting edge security features, and much much much more.

While some of this is going to be backported I'd say that FreeBSD 7 will be the true milestone for the project.

So people, let's help out, even the basic user can test stuff and file pr's.

Cheers

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RE: Understanding the situation
by vermaden on Thu 18th Jan 2007 18:44 in reply to "Understanding the situation"
vermaden Member since:
2006-11-18

I've heard many people saying that the project is somewhat stalled, there isn't many new features, there are mainstream technology that doesn't exist in Freebsd and so.

Yes, their unmature opinions are very misleading.

Going that way projects like Slackware or Debian can be considered as dead ;)

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RE: Understanding the situation
by rhavenn on Thu 18th Jan 2007 18:45 in reply to "Understanding the situation"
rhavenn Member since:
2006-05-12

I've heard many people saying that the project is somewhat stalled, there isn't many new features, there are mainstream technology that doesn't exist in Freebsd and so.

A native Flash implementation is about the only thing mainstream that doesn't exist. Java? Check and pretty much everything else which works on Linux works on FreeBSD. I run across the occasional close-source app which won't work, but I wouldn't call any of them main stream.

Yes, FreeBSD 7 will rock!

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nullpt Member since:
2006-10-20

Hi

In my opinion the only mainstream technologiy that lacks in freebsd is iSCSI and, but that is being addresses.

There are other little things that I think are important but don't oddly exist. For example a decent port channel implementation. ng_one2many only supports round robin (who uses that?) method. It's useless basicly.

The important thing is getting users and companies to aid the project somehow. The developers can't do everything ;)

Cheers

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adamk Member since:
2005-07-08

I have to say that the only reason I don't primarily use FreeBSD is it's lack of 3D support for my video card. Under Linux, my ATI x800 XL is supported by the open source drivers, has full AIGLX support, and works with beryl and compiz. Under FreeBSD, 3D won't work at all due to problems with the pcigart support for ATI cards. On another machine, with an AGP x700, 3D works, but AIGLX currently locks up the system when launching X (and AIGLX locks up the on systems using the intel driver when quitting out of X).

There is plenty of activity on getting Xorg 7.2 into the ports tree, but there seems to be very little work on getting these technical hurdles fixed, unfortunately.

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