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FreeBSD 5.2 released

By Jeremy C. Reed

FreeBSD announced the release of version 5.2 this week. Hardware platforms supported include: alpha, amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, and sparc64. (The full support of AMD Athlon64 and Opteron, single and multiprocessor, is new.)

The 5.2 release includes the bug and security fixes that were made available for 5.1, including fixes with OpenSSH, sendmail, OpenSSL and BIND. Other improvements and new features include further ACPI 2.0 functionality, dumb console (dcons) driver, multi-byte character set conversion, a kernel software watchdog facility, an improved swap pager, and improved Bluetooth support.

The release also includes various hardware improvements and new hardware support, including: improved Cronyx-Sigma serial interfaces support, new SiS 300/305/540/630/730 driver, symmetric crypto for the Hifn 7955 and 7956 chipsets, experimental SafeNet 1141- and 1741-based crypto accelerators support, more 802.11a/b/g support, Broadcom BCM4401 based Fast Ethernet support, Broadcom 5705 based Gigabit Ethernet support, Fore/Marconi PCA200, HE155 and HE622 ATM support, more RealTek Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet support, Matsushita CR-562 and CR-563 CD drives support, and various other improvements.

Some other new features of FreeBSD 5.2 include setting the user and groups to use inside a chroot environment, non-root users can create FFS (filesystem) snapshots, NFSv4 client implementation, and multithreaded filtering and forwarding of IP traffic.

The "Early Adopter's Guide" at says this release may have regressions in stability, performance and maybe functionality. The Release Engineering Team discourages users from updating from older FreeBSD releases to this version unless they are prepared for these potential issues.

More information about the FreeBSD 5.2 release can be found via Visit the "Obtaining FreeBSD" webpage to locate FTP mirrors and commercial CD publishers.

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Standard Install - Douglas St. Clair

Standard Install
Douglas St. Clair - October 04, 2004 13:36:50
I am in the throw of a 'Standard' install, I read the little 'manual' that comes with the CDs but I'll be dipped in poop and rolled in cracker crumbs if I can devine what is included int he standard install. For example is emacs or gnome part of the standard?






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