Home > FreeBSD > FreeBSD Status Report Third Quarter 2005 FreeBSD Status Report Third Quarter 2005 Submitted by Joel Dahl 2005-11-20 FreeBSD 9 Comments After a long, exhausting, yet very productive third quarter of 2005 FreeBSD 6.0 has been released. Many activities were put into the background in order to make this release the success it has become. Read the status report here. About The Author Eugenia Loli Ex-programmer, ex-editor in chief at OSNews.com, now a visual artist/filmmaker. Follow me on Twitter @EugeniaLoli 9 Comments 2005-11-20 2:39 am disappointed that licensing issues meant that openBSM could not be released with freebsd 6.0 – they’re now aiming at 6.1 2005-11-20 12:51 pm cybrjackle I’ve been running 6.0 on my main desktop at home and I’ve been very happy with it. I’ve been running Linux as my main box(s) for about 7 years. Off/on with bsd/solaris for about 5, but for one reason or another I’ve been booted in the freebsd 90% on my main box for about the last 2 weeks. Keep up the great work! 2005-11-20 5:29 pm Ravnos I’m not as happy with it myself. I’ve had good luck with the 5.x series on my old machine, but when that suffered a catastrophic hardware failure a couple of days ago I picked up an AMD64 machine to take its place. Everything works fine with the AMD64 version of FreeBSD except for one thing: the nForce 4 ethernet driver. It hasn’t brought down the machine or caused kernel panics or anything like that, it just doesn’t work, which sucks because it works fine with Ubuntu 5.10. (It didn’t work with Windows XP, either, but at least it came with drivers for that.) I’ve been debating tossing one of my spare ethernet cards in there, but it seems like a bit of a hassle and I’m lazy. Suggestions? 2005-11-20 7:03 pm You didn’t get an ASUS board, did you Seriously though, FBD is one of the easiest networking sytems to maintain. Just pop the new card into the box, reboot, and off you go. If that doesn’t work, just click through the network configuration wizard in sysinstall (type /usr/sbin/sysinstall as root). If you’re still stuck, make sure you haven’t misconfigured on the three built-in firewalls on your FBD box (and yes, having it turned on when you don’t want it on is a misconfiguration). Then sit back and enjoy the best free/open source computing experience available for AMD64. 2005-11-20 7:54 pm Ravnos Yeah, I got an Asus. The price was right and I’d heard good things about this model. And I know all about getting it up and running with a new nic, it’s just a pain in the ass that the nve driver sucks. :/ 2005-11-21 8:27 am I have an Asus board, which comes with nForce4 and NF4 NIC, no problem at all. 2005-11-20 9:36 pm “I’ve been running 6.0 on my main desktop at home and I’ve been very happy with it.” Me too! I have twm + opera running (what more could one want?) and it’s been great so far. Then again, I don’t really notice anything different than before. So far there’s nothing that makes me say “Wow! How could I have ever lived without this before?!?” Seems more evolutionary than revolutionary for me at this moment. I do hope to see a big difference in multithreaded applications and things. 2005-11-20 8:21 pm Chezz I am very happy running FreeBSD 6 on my server. I have it running as a file system server/web/mail/other services as well as a router for my home network. Its amazing how fast and stable this release is. I really thank all the people who worked hard to accomplish this 2005-11-21 5:55 am Wow! That’s amazing!!