FeeBSD 7.0-beta1 has been released, with 6.3-beta1 on its way. “We have entered the final phases of the FreeBSD-7.0 Release cycle which also means the beginning of the FreeBSD-6.3 Release cycle. Because the people who support the ports for FreeBSD also need to go through a freeze cycle as part of releases we had decided to combine the two releases to try and minimize the impact on the ports maintainers.”
FreeBSD 7.0 Beta 1 Released
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2007-10-23 10:37 pmThawkTH
2007-10-23 11:49 pmcato_minor
Umm… How so?
Just a silly wordplay, picking on the typo. SCNR
2007-10-24 4:43 amTweek
Nice catch, I had to do a double take to see it.
you can see a list of new features here
I have been running 7.0 Current for several months now and it’s been fantastic for my desktop use. Awesome stability and very fast, especially with the ULE scheduler, which is disabled by default but is a recommended optimization. The FreeBSD GNOME team has also done an outstanding job with GNOME (see freebsd.org/gnome). Xorg 7.3, Compiz-Fusion, are all available in ports as well.
/me loves FreeBSD.
2007-10-24 4:46 ammezz
The FreeBSD GNOME team has also done an outstanding job with GNOME (see freebsd.org/gnome).
The GNOME 2.2.1 and the rest of MC ports will be merging into FreeBSD ports sometime this week. 😉
2007-10-24 8:40 pms_groening
It’s GNOME 2.20.1 and not 2.2.1, and I’m sure it’s a typo, but if not one must say that the more than 7 years difference between the two releases is quite significant
2007-10-24 9:31 pmmezz
It’s GNOME 2.20.1 and not 2.2.1
Yes, it’s a typo. 🙂 GNOME 2.20.1 is going to be merge into FreeBSD ports anytime today, btw.
Still doesn’t boot on my first generation Macbook with acpi enabled =(
2007-10-23 11:59 pmChezz
ukki not all macbook patches were merged in 7
you need to take a look at
2007-10-24 5:44 amvermaden
On my new shiny toaster either, what a crap …
lot’s of congrats to the whole FreeBSD Team!
I really like FreeBSD and espacially me as a mac user. A lot of there work flowed into MacOS “Leopard”.
They a great job!
*clapping the hands* =)
I was wondering if there’s gonna be an nvidia driver for FreeBSD 7 amd64, anyone idea?
2007-10-23 8:15 pmDon T. Bothers
Last I read, I don’t think so. http://wiki.freebsd.org/NvidiaFeatureRequests has an update on the situation but this information might be outdated.
2007-10-24 10:11 amgilboa
Far, far away , .
nVidia hides behind the “missing features” argument while the BSD people (understandably) do not rush to implement the missing features.
Hopefully AMD will release all the 3D specs ASAP, helping the X.org/SUSE team to release a good 3D capable OSS driver – forcing, nVidia to rethink their driver policy.
As it stands, I don’t see them modify their driver frame work to support 64bit BSD, Xen (under both Linux and Solaris) and other non-standard OS combinations.
2007-10-24 4:15 pmOliver
Thanks god games aren’t important.
2007-10-24 4:46 pmatici
I think nVidia’s policy is admirable when it comes to FreeBSD drivers. To be able to release a high performance driver they posted their requests on freebsd forums long time ago. It’s not like they’re hiding behind anything or making excessive demands. Those features are available in Linux and Solaris and thus they have a 64 bit driver. Also if you want a suboptimal solution you can always stick to 32 bit OS. nVidia will release the driver as soon as the features are implemented. So if anyone is dragging their feet it’s the BSD team.
I don’t play games but I need the official nVidia driver for my dual monitor setup. I guess I’ll have to wait for Project Indiana instead.
2007-10-24 6:49 pmOliver
Not every operating system designs its drivers according to the wishes of some driver developers. Most of the time those driver developers aren’t able to develop proper drivers at all, so why care about it? Maybe they should open up their drivers, there will be something ready for proper redesign too 🙂
I think Free 7 with KDE4 is going to be one killer system!
But I’m also really looking forward to OpenBSD 4.3 with KDE4, be really nice desktop GUI with seriously secure controls.
But I am seriously going to work on seeing who I can get to switch over to Free7+K4 and get out of Linux and Windows. I think it will be a glamorous desktop.
It looks like it will be a mid-December release, approximately around the same time frame of the official stable release of KDE 4.0
2007-10-24 1:25 amviniosity
I’ve been playing with FreeBSD on my MacBook Pro via VMWare the last few days. I couldn’t get this beta to finish installing from the boot ISO. It would download a bunch of packages, give me a cryptic message and reboot to a non-working system. 6.2 works fine though.
I too am excited about the prospect of FreeBSD7 + KDE4 but unless suspend/resume works on laptops now (didn’t see anything about that in the release notes) it’s going to be a tough sell.
Kris Kennaway, FreeBSD committer, just created a pdf of a presentation he gave about all the cool things in 7.0, especially the SMP work and general optimizations. It’s a great read:
2007-10-24 9:25 pmtheraven1982
A great read indeed; it’s good to see FreeBSD on top of their game. I’ve always preferred FreeBSD; code correctness instead of amount of code
I’m not trying to be a troll. I used FreeBSD for about a year (version 5.x), but couldn’t live with the geometry bug in the installer. Even though it would install OK, it would mess up my Linux partitions (some distros would refuse to run as a result).
The geometry bug has been around for what – 10 or 15 years? OpenBSD does not have this problem. So I’m asking, in all sincerity, will 7.0 finally fix the geometry bug? If so, I’ll gladly give it a try. If not, well, I can always wait for 8.x, or 9.x, or ???
Edited 2007-10-24 15:38
2007-10-24 6:44 pmOliver
What bug? It’s showing you these thing because your bios lies about your harddrive.
Now it has happened – FreeBSD going commercial!!