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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Calling all FreeBSD developers needing assistance with travel expenses to EuroBSDCon 2014.
The FreeBSD Foundation will be providing a limited number of travel grants to individuals requesting assistance. Please fill out and submit the Travel Grant Request Application at http://www.freebsdfoundation.org/documents/TravelRequestForm.pdf by August 15th, 2014 to apply for this grant.
This program is open to FreeBSD developers of all sorts (kernel hackers, documentation authors, bugbusters, system administrators, etc). In some cases we are also able to fund non-developers, such as active community members and FreeBSD advocates.
If you are a speaker at the conference, we expect the conference to cover your travel costs, and will most likely not approve your direct request to us.
There's some flexibility in the mechanism, so talk to us if something about the model doesn't quite work for you or if you have any questions. The travel grant program is one of the most effective ways we can spend money to help support the FreeBSD Project, as it helps developers get together in the same place at the same time, and helps advertise and advocate FreeBSD in the larger community.
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE AnnouncementThe FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE. This is the fourth release of the stable/9 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 9.2-RELEASE and introduces some new features.
Some of the highlights:
The zfs(8) filesystem has been updated to support the
The uname(1) utility has been updated to include the -U and
-K flags, which print the __FreeBSD_version for the running
userland and kernel, respectively.
The fetch(3) library has been updated to support SNI
(Server Name Identification), allowing to use virtual hosts
Several updates to gcc(1) have been imported from
The hastctl(8) utility has been updated to output the
current queue sizes.
The protect(1) command has been added, which allows
exempting processes from being killed when swap is
The etcupdate(8) utility, a tool for managing updates to
files in /etc, has been merged from head/.
A new shared library directory, /usr/lib/private, has been
added for internal-use shared libraries.
OpenPAM has been updated to Nummularia (20130907).
A new flag, "onifconsole" has been added to /etc/ttys. This
allows the system to provide a login prompt via serial
console if the device is an active kernel console, otherwise
it is equivalent to off.
Sendmail has been updated to version 8.14.9.
BIND has been updated to version 9.9.5.
The xz(1) utility has been updated to a post-5.0.5
OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.6p1.
OpenSSL has been updated to version 0.9.8za.
AvailabilityFreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE is now available for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures.
FreeBSD 9.3-RELEASE can be installed from bootable ISO images or over the network. Some architectures also support installing from a USB memory stick. The required files can be downloaded via FTP as described in the section below. While some of the smaller FTP mirrors may not carry all architectures, they will all generally contain the more common ones such as amd64 and i386.
SHA256 and MD5 hashes for the release ISO and memory stick images are included at the bottom of this message. A PGP-signed version of this announcement is available at:
AcknowledgmentsMany companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to support the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 9.3 including The FreeBSD Foundation, Yahoo!, NetApp, Internet Systems Consortium, ByteMark Hosting, Sentex Communications, New York Internet, Juniper Networks, NLNet Labs, iXsystems, and Yandex.
The release engineering team for 9.3-RELEASE includes:
|Glen Barber <gjb@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering Lead, 9.3-RELEASE Release Engineer|
|Konstantin Belousov <kib@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering|
|Joel Dahl <joel@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering|
|Baptiste Daroussin <bapt@FreeBSD.org>||Package Building|
|Bryan Drewery <bdrewery@FreeBSD.org>||Package Building|
|Marc Fonvieille <blackend@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering, Documentation|
|Steven Kreuzer <skreuzer@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering|
|Xin Li <delphij@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering, Security Officer|
|Josh Paetzel <jpaetzel@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering|
|Colin Percival <cperciva@FreeBSD.org>||Security Officer Emeritus|
|Craig Rodrigues <rodrigc@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering|
|Hiroki Sato <hrs@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering, Documentation|
|Gleb Smirnoff <glebius@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering|
|Ken Smith <kensmith@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering|
|Dag-Erling Smøgrav <des@FreeBSD.org>||Security Officer|
|Marius Strobl <marius@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering|
|Robert Watson <rwatson@FreeBSD.org>||Release Engineering, Security|
TrademarkFreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.
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Sunday, July 6, 2014
FreeBSD 9.3-RC3 Now Available
The third RC build of the 9.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures.
The image checksums can be found in the PGP-signed announcement email.
ISO images and, for architectures that support it, the memory stick images are available here:
(or any of the FreeBSD mirror sites).
If you notice problems you can report them through the normal Bugzilla PR system or on the -stable mailing list.
If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing system, use the "releng/9.3" branch.
Changes between 9.3-RC2 and 9.3-RC3 include:
- Bug fix for axge(4) range checks and receive loop header parsing.
- Bug fix to exclude loopback addresses rather than loopback interfaces has been fixed.
- Bug fix in uhso(4) to prevent memory use after free() and mtx_destroy().
- Bug fix in bsdinstall(8) where certain conditions could prevent directory creation before use.
- Bug fix for DNS-based load balancing.
- Vendor update to oce(4).
The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of amd64 and i386 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases. Systems running earlier FreeBSD releases can upgrade as follows:
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