Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 17th Apr 2009 18:14 UTC, submitted by sonic2000gr
FreeBSD KenSmith announced the immediate availability of FreeBSD 7.2-RC1 in the FreeBSD-stable mailing list. "The first of two planned Release Candidates for the FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE cycle is now available. Testing of some of the recent work would be particularly appreciated." The release schedule states that the final release is to be expected early May, at which point we'll cover FreeBSD 7.2 in much more detail.
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RE: What's new?
by sonic2000gr on Fri 17th Apr 2009 21:36 UTC in reply to "What's new?"
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7.2 will be an incremental release of the 7.X series. Most of the new and exciting features in FreeBSD happen on the major versions, like 7.0.
7.1 and the upcoming 7.2 fix bugs, add some drivers and may enhance some subsystems. It is worth having a look at few of the features introduced in 7.0:

- ZFS filesystem
- New ULE scheduler (default in the GENERIC kernel from 7.1 onwards)
- Much better SMP support (fine-grained locking)
- UFS journaling via the GEOM framework
- DTrace
- More drivers etc.

Read more about it here:

8.0-RELEASE is also scheduled for later this year, and you can expect another nice list of new features there too.

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RE[2]: What's new?
by fithisux on Sat 18th Apr 2009 07:47 in reply to "RE: What's new?"
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I put my bet more on 8.0 which has revolutionary changes like USB4BSd and possibly KGI. Combined with support from Debian this is a step in the right direction.

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RE[3]: What's new?
by Oliver on Sat 18th Apr 2009 17:45 in reply to "RE[2]: What's new?"
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What support from Debian? Cutting out a kernel is pure nonsense! The huge advantage of *BSD is the high quality development of kernel and userland altogether. Furthermore nobody cares about most parts of GNU userland, it's a single lack of quality. Even many Linux distros are glad to use some tools of the BSD userland (the most obvious OpenSSH, libarchive and bsdtar ...) and Google Android e.g. uses many parts of the BSD userland plus a libc derived from OpenBSD/NetBSD. Linux uses superpages, a technology developed for FreeBSD, Firefox 3.x uses jemalloc from FreeBSD etc. pp.

Well I don't want to start a flameware, BUT Debian itself is barely able anymore to just put together some operating system developed by other people. And I don't want to mention any of the high quality flops, like Iceweasel, cdrtools ...

Developing a kernel plus userland and distributing this as ready-to-use operating system is a real achievement.

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