It was just last week that FreeBSD surpassed their yearly donation goal of $1 million dollars thanks to a single million-dollar donation from Jan Koum from WhatsApp. There’s no better time to be a FreeBSD user and/or supporter than right now, as they’ve just announced the release of version 10.1. If you’ve never used FreeBSD before, we highly recommend you give it a try! While release 10.1 isn’t yet available on QuadraNet’s InfraCloud, you can still get started on a cloud instance with release 10.0, or if you have a dedicated server, simply submit a ticket to firstname.lastname@example.org and request that we help you get FreeBSD 10.1 installed, and we’ll be happy to assist!
Highlights – Here are the highlights directly from FreeBSD’s website.
- The new console driver, vt(4), has been added.
- Support for FreeBSD/i386 guests has been added to bhyve(4).
- The bhyve(4) hypervisor now supports booting from a zfs(8) filesystem.
- Support for SMP was added to thearmv6 kernels and enabled by default in the configuration files for all platforms that contain multi-core CPUs.
- Initial support for UEFI boot has been added for the FreeBSD/amd64 architecture.
- Support has been added to cache geli(8) passphrases during system boot.
- Support for the UDP-Lite protocol (RFC 3828) has been added to the IPv4 and IPv6 stacks.
- The new filesystem automount facility, autofs(5), has been added.
- The sshd(8) rc.d(8) startup script now generates ED25519 sshd(8) host keys if keys do not already exist whenssh_keygen_alg() is invoked.
- OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.6p1.
- The nc(1) utility has been updated to match the version in OpenBSD 5.5.
- Sendmail has been updated to 8.14.9.
- The unbound(8) caching resolver and ldns have been updated to version 1.4.22.
- OpenPAM has been updated to Ourouparia (20140912).
- OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.1j.
- The pkg(8) package management utility has been updated to version 1.3.8.
Availability and Install Options
10.1 is ready to go for amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64, and armv6 architectures and can be installed from ISO images. You can also download most of the ISO images here. Based on the current release cycle, FreeBSD 10.1 should be supported until 2017.
A complete list of updates to 10.1 can be found here.