Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 10th Jul 2009 16:23 UTC, submitted by Marquis
FreeBSD The FreeBSD team has started the beta cycle for FreeBSD 8.0 by releasing this new version's first beta. It was intended as an evolutionary release with few groundbreaking features, but as time went by, more and more interesting features crept in. As always, the What's cooking for FreeBSD? page has a good overview.
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Things I look forward in FreeBSD 8.0
by strcpy on Sat 11th Jul 2009 19:23 UTC
strcpy
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2009-05-20

While I haven't followed FreeBSD development that closely in recent years, the beta stage of the 8.0 release -- in all odds a major release -- surely caught my attention.

The summary was okay so here goes my top #7 from it:

* CLANG / LLVM. It is always a pleasure to see a big project opt for a different compiler (suite). However, as a personal disclaimer: I hoped that the BSD community would have had a wider interest in PCC, but sadly this seemed to be just high hopes.

* Jails improvements. Needs no explanations; one core of the "power to serve".

* Xen DomU support. Some would say: finally!

* New USB stack. While rewriting is more of a Linux thing, I look forward to this. How was it that Augustsson's once so elegant and leading USB implementation lead to so many problems across BSD systems in recent years?

* DTtrace. I do not hide my love for Sun's brilliant technical work, and why should I? Like with ZFS, others are still years behind.

* SSP. I have no idea why FreeBSD hold back modern security technologies for so long, but this one hopefully leads to acceptance of other solutions as well (namely ASLR).

* Virtual IEEE 802.11. While real production usage may be questionable, this sure sounds cool for home use!

What else? Is ZFS is ready for production?


Edit: typos. Odd sentence structures; leave it be.

Edited 2009-07-11 19:25 UTC

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mezz Member since:
2005-06-29

However, as a personal disclaimer: I hoped that the BSD community would have had a wider interest in PCC, but sadly this seemed to be just high hopes.


Why do you have interest with PCC? It lacks C++ and it looks like PCC isn't going to add C++? FreeBSD base system has a few C++, so I think PCC is not useful for FreeBSD.

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