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FreeBSD is a rapidly developing operating system. Keeping up on the latest developments can be a chore! To keep on top of things, be sure and check this page periodically. Also, you may wish to subscribe to the freebsd-announce mailing list or the RSS feed.

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September 2006

August 2006

July 2006

June 2006

May 2006

  • 30 May:

    The FreeBSD Project received over 120 applications for Google's Summer of Code program, amongst which 14 were selected for funding. Unfortunately, there were far more first rate applications than available spots for students. However, we encourage students to work together with us all year round. The FreeBSD Project is always willing to help mentor students learn more about operating system development through our normal community mailing lists and development forums. Contributing to an open source software project is a valuable component of a computer science education and great preparation for a career in software development.

    A complete list of the winning students and projects is available here. A Summer of Code wiki is also available with additional information.



  • 30 May:

    Paolo Pisati, a successful student from last year's Summer of Code program, has continued working with the FreeBSD Project and is now a full src/ committer.



  • 26 May:

    In his latest bsdtalk podcast, Will Backman interviews FreeBSD developer Poul-Henning Kamp about his work on FreeBSD. The podcast is available at http://cisx1.uma.maine.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk048.mp3.



  • 25 May:

    FreeBSD 5.5-RELEASE is now available. Please check the errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with this release. The Release Information page has more information about FreeBSD releases.



  • 21 May:

    FreeBSD is now able to complete a full run of the "make buildworld" command on machines running the Sun T1 processor with CoolThreads technology, and is thus self-hosting. The code currently resides in the FreeBSD Perforce revision control system and will be merged to the official CVS repository when support for logical domaining is complete. A log file of the boot process can be found here.



  • 17 May:

    New committer: Thomas Wintergerst (src)



  • 16 May:

    The first and most likely last release candidate of FreeBSD 5.5 is now available. The RC1 ISO images are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 8 May:

    FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE has been released. Please check the release errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 6.1. The Release Information page has more information about FreeBSD releases.



  • 8 May:

    The application period for Google's Summer of Code 2006 program has been extended until Tuesday 11:00AM PDT. More information about FreeBSD specific projects and potential mentors is available here.



  • 7 May:

    New committer: Ion-Mihai Tetcu (ports)



  • 6 May:

    New committer: Stefan Walter (ports)



  • 6 May:

    New committer: Andrew Pantyukhin (ports)



  • 2 May:

    The second and most likely last release candidate of FreeBSD 6.1 is now available. The RC2 ISO images are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 1 May:

    The FreeBSD Project is now accepting applications for the previously announced Google Summer of Code 2006 program. This program will provide funding for students to spend the summer contributing to open source software projects. A list of FreeBSD specific projects and potential mentors is available here.

    Once a suitable project and mentor have been identified, interested students should complete a proposal and submit it to Google. Proposals are now being accepted and the final deadline is May 8, 2006 at 17:00 Pacific Daylight Time (midnight May 9, 2006 0:00 UTC). Winning candidates will be announced in late May. Please see the Student FAQ for more information.



  • 1 May:

    A driver for HighPoint's RocketRAID 232x series of SATA RAID controllers, rr232x(4), has been added to FreeBSD-CURRENT as well as the RELENG_6 and RELENG_6_1 branches. It will be included in the upcoming FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE.



  • 1 May:

    Enhanced commit privileges: Xin LI (src, doc, ports)



April 2006

  • 30 April:

    New committer: Lars Balker Rasmussen (ports)



  • 15 April:

    In his latest bsdtalk podcast, Will Backman interviews FreeBSD developer Joe Marcus Clarke about the GNOME desktop environment on FreeBSD. The podcast is available at http://cisx1.uma.maine.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk032.mp3.



  • 14 April:

    The January-March, 2006 status report is now available with 29 entries.



  • 14 April:

    The FreeBSD Project is happy to participate in Google's Summer of Code 2006 program. This program will provide funding for students to spend the summer contributing to open source software projects. A list of FreeBSD specific projects and potential mentors is available here.



  • 13 April:

    The first release candidate of FreeBSD 6.1 is now available. The RC1 ISO images are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 11 April:

    A driver for the Broadcom NetXtreme II family of Gigabit Ethernet chips, bce(4), has been added to FreeBSD-CURRENT. It will be merged to the FreeBSD 6-STABLE branch in the near future.



  • 6 April:

    The FreeBSD Foundation now provides native Java JDK and JRE 1.5 binaries for FreeBSD. For further details, please see the FreeBSD Foundation press release.



  • 4 April:

    New committer: Alejandro Pulver (ports)



  • 2 April:

    New committer: Johan van Selst (ports)



March 2006

February 2006

  • 22 February:

    New committer: Wojciech A. Koszek (src)



  • 20 February:

    The second beta releases of FreeBSD 5.5 and FreeBSD 6.1 are now available. The respective BETA2 ISO images are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 18 February:

    In his latest bsdtalk podcast, Will Backman interviews FreeBSD developer Marshall Kirk McKusick. The podcast is available at http://cisx1.uma.maine.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk018.mp3.



  • 17 February:

    In issue 17 of his bsdtalk series of podcasts, Will Backman interviews FreeBSD release engineer Scott Long about the upcoming FreeBSD 5.5 and 6.1 releases and related topics. The podcast is available at http://cisx1.uma.maine.edu/~wbackman/bsdtalk/bsdtalk017.mp3.



  • 13 February:

    New committer: Chuck Lever (src)



  • 13 February:

    The ``FreeBSD Kernel Internals: An Intensive Code Walkthrough'' course will be taught during the Spring of 2006. The class will be held at the historic Hillside Club at 2286 Cedar Strett, Berkeley, CA 94709 just three blocks north of the Berkeley campus once per week from 6:30PM to 9:45PM starting Wednesday February 22nd and finishing Tuesday June 13th. You can get more information or sign up for the class here.



  • 9 February:

    The first beta releases of FreeBSD 5.5 and FreeBSD 6.1 are now available. The respective BETA1 ISO images are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



January 2006

December 2005

  • 23 December:

    The FreeBSD Foundation has published its December Newsletter, which summarizes the activities the Foundation has undertaken this year.



  • 21 December:

    Returned committer: Jason Evans (src)



  • 17 December:

    The release engineering team, represented by Scott Long, has announced the release schedule for 2006. Please refer to the announcement for more information.



  • 14 December:

    Read-only support for the XFS file system has been committed to FreeBSD-CURRENT. The code is derived from sources provided by SGI and is covered by the GPL. Additional information can be found in the announcement.



  • 12 December:

    New committer: Andrey Slusar (ports)



  • 7 December:

    The FreeBSD project has hundreds of active developers spread all over the world, and many of them have their own parts of the source-tree that they work on. However, there are always a lot of new interesting projects and ideas that needs to be investigated and evaluated, and this is where the FreeBSD project relies on heroic efforts from volunteers. A new section on the FreeBSD website has been created with the purpose of listing such projects. The list is in no way complete, but it should serve as a nice starting point for volunteers who would like to become committers in the future. You can view the projects list here.



  • 1 December:

    The FreeBSD Foundation received a donation of a blade system from Hewlett-Packard for use as a third-party software build cluster. This 20-node HP BladeSystem cluster triples the speed of the build process for i386 packages. You can see more details from here.



  • 1 December:

    New committer: Tim Bishop (ports)



November 2005

  • 29 November:

    New committer: Oleg Bulyzhin (src)



  • 27 November:

    A new article, Building Products with FreeBSD describes the benefits of collaborating with the FreeBSD project when developing products. Much of the engineering cost of software product development for a successful product comes from the need to evolve to keep pace with the market. By working with a mature, reuse-friendly source base like that of the FreeBSD project, and by following the best-practices listed in this article, organizations can reap the benefits of reduced engineering costs and improved market adaptability.



  • 18 November:

    The July-October, 2005 status report is now available with 37 entries.



  • 5 November:

    KDE 3.4.3 has been merged into the ports tree. For a detailed list of improvements since the KDE 3.4.2 release, please refer to the KDE 3.4.2 changelog. For more information, see the KDE 3.4.3 info page. For general information about KDE on FreeBSD, please see the KDE on FreeBSD project page.



  • 5 November:

    Now that 6.0 is out the door, GNOME 2.12.1 has been merged into the ports tree. Be sure to checkout our upgrade FAQ for all the changes, upgrade instructions, and known issues. Additional resources can be found at the FreeBSD GNOME homepage.



  • 4 November:

    FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE has been released. Please check the release errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 6.0. The Release Information page has more information about FreeBSD releases.



  • 1 November:

    We are pleased to announce the winner of our logo competition: Anton K. Gural. For competition details, please see the result page. With our new logo, we will be able to show our own identity on the 'net, and this will make our marketing efforts much easier. We will publish soon a guideline page which gives usage rules and usable (vector format) logo data under the same BSD license as the rest of FreeBSD.



October 2005

  • 30 October:

    New committer: Aaron Dalton (ports)



  • 18 October:

    New committer: Ariff Abdullah (src)



  • 11 October:

    The first release candidate of FreeBSD 6.0 is now available. The RC1 ISO images and FTP based install support are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 6 October:

    A new case study, argentina.com, describes how a successful ISP in Latin America excels in a competitive market with FreeBSD.



  • 5 October:

    A new website has been launched. We hope you find the new design easier to navigate. The site was implemented by Emily Boyd as part of Google's Summer of Code program. A copy of the old site for comparison purposes is archived here. Please post your comments and suggestions about the new site to the freebsd-www@FreeBSD.org list.



  • 3 October:

    New committer: Vitaly Bogdanov (doc)



  • 3 October:

    New committer: Emanuel Haupt (ports)



  • 3 October:

    New committer: Andrej Zverev (ports)



September 2005

August 2005

  • 29 August:

    6.0-BETA3 announcement.



  • 22 August:

    New committer: Gary W. Swearingen (doc)



  • 21 August:

    After 43 months Jacques Vidrine has passed the Security Officer hat to Colin Percival, known for his FreeBSD Update, portsnap, and bsdiff utilities, and recently for his paper "Cache missing for fun and profit" regarding sensitive information disclosure within hyperthreaded processor systems. You can read more about this here.



  • 17 August:

    Users with organisational software that understands iCalendar format files can now subscribe to the FreeBSD Events Calendar.



  • 17 August:

    A new article, Choosing the FreeBSD Version That Is Right For You, discusses considerations that should go into the selection of the most suitable version of FreeBSD for individual needs. Included are such concepts as the differences between a Release and a Branch, and between FreeBSD-STABLE and FreeBSD-CURRENT. Also covered is how FreeBSD development is moving towards a goal of more frequent major releases, each of which introduces smaller feature sets, as compared to how releases were done in the past. The target audience is both the user who is considering installing FreeBSD, and also existing users who wish to plan their future upgrades.



  • 5 August:

    6.0-BETA2 announcement.



  • 1 August:

    Dru Lavigne has just published FreeBSD: An Open Source Alternative to Linux. The objective of this whitepaper is to explain some of the features and benefits provided by FreeBSD, and where applicable, compare those features to Linux. This paper provides a starting point for those interested in exploring Open Source alternatives to Linux.



July 2005

  • 22 July:

    The March-June, 2005 status report is now available with 43 entries.



  • 20 July:

    New committer: Vsevolod Stakhov (ports)



  • 18 July:

    New committer: Bruno Ducrot (src)



  • 16 July:

    The FreeBSD Project received over 350 applications for Google's Summer of Code program, amongst which 18 were selected for funding. Unfortunately, there were far more first rate applications than available spots for students. However, we encourage students to work together with us all year round. The FreeBSD Project is always willing to help mentor students learn more about operating system development through our normal community mailing lists and development forums. Contributing to an open source software project is a valuable component of a computer science education and great preparation for a career in software development.

    More information about the funded student projects is available from the FreeBSD Summer of Code Wiki.



  • 15 July:

    6.0-BETA1 announcement.



  • 11 July:

    Next milestone in 6.0-RELEASE process is reached. RELENG_6 CVS branch is forked from HEAD. The upcoming 6.0-RELEASE, and all following 6.x releases will be cut from this branch. For more information see: 6.0-RELEASE schedule, RELENG_6 announcement.



  • 11 July:

    New committer: Renato Botelho (ports)



  • 6 July:

    New committer: Jung-uk Kim (src)



  • 2 July:

    The FreeBSD 6-CURRENT snapshot releases in July 2005 are now available. This will likely be the last snapshot of 6.0-CURRENT before the RELENG_6 branch is made. The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has released snapshot releases of 5-STABLE and 6-CURRENT to encourage people to test new features and improve the reliability. For more details, please visit the snapshots page.



  • 1 July:

    New committer: Wayne Salamon (src)



June 2005

  • 17 June:

    New contributor: Matteo Riondato (PR database)



  • 17 June:

    New committer: Kip Macy (src)



  • 11 June:

    The FreeBSD 6.0 code freeze has begun. Developers must have approval from re@FreeBSD.org to commit to the HEAD branch of src/. 6.0 snapshots are available from the FTP sites for those able to help test the upcoming major new release of FreeBSD. For more information, please see the release engineering area of the web site.



  • 1 June:

    The FreeBSD Project is happy to participate in Google's Summer of Code 2005 program. This program will provide funding for students to spend the summer contributing to open source software projects. A list of FreeBSD specific projects and potential mentors is available here.



  • 1 June:

    New committer: Brad Davis (doc)



May 2005

  • 26 May:

    New committer: Andrew Thompson (src)



  • 21 May:

    New committer: Craig Rodrigues (src)



  • 15 May:

    Another great BSD conference in Ottawa has just concluded. There was a highly successful 2 day FreeBSD Developer summit preceding the official conference. Special thanks should go to Dan Langille for organizing the conference and to Scott Long for organizing the developer summit.



  • 9 May:

    FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE has been released. Please check the release errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 5.4. The Release Information page has more information about FreeBSD releases.



  • 3 May:

    The FreeBSD 5.4-RC4 release is now available. The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 5.4-RC4, the last Release Candidate of the FreeBSD 5.4 unless a major problem is discovered as part of RC4. The RC4 ISO images and FTP based install support are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 3 May:

    The packet filter (pf) code has been updated to the upcoming OpenBSD release 3.7. Several new features including nested anchors and connection rate limiting are now available to the FreeBSD userbase.



April 2005

  • 21 April:

    The January-March, 2005 status report is now available with 39 entries.



  • 18 April:

    The FreeBSD 5.4-RC3 release is now available. The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 5.4-RC3, the third Release Candidate of the FreeBSD 5.4 release cycle. The RC3 ISO images and FTP based install support are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 13 April:

    New committer: Qing Li (src)



  • 12 April:

    New committer: Jean-Yves Lefort (ports)



  • 12 April:

    New committer: Sam Lawrance (ports)



  • 11 April:

    The FreeBSD 5.4-RC2 release is now available. The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 5.4-RC2, the second Release Candidate of the FreeBSD 5.4 release cycle. We encourage people to help with testing so that any final bugs can be identified and worked out before the actual release. The RC2 ISO images and FTP based install support are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 7 April:

    New committer: Joel Dahl (doc)



  • 5 April:

    The FreeBSD 5.4-RC1 release is now available. The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 5.4-RC1, the first Release Candidate of the FreeBSD 5.4 release cycle. We encourage people to help with testing so that any final bugs can be identified and worked out before the actual release. The RC1 ISO images and FTP based install support are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



March 2005

  • 31 March:

    Enhanced commit privileges: Alexander Leidinger (src, ports)



  • 20 March:

    The FreeBSD 5.4-BETA1 release is now available. This is the first BETA release for the FreeBSD 5.4 release cycle and the Release Engineering Team encourages people to help with testing so that any final bugs can be identified and worked out before the actual release. The BETA1 ISO images and FTP based install support are available on most of the FreeBSD Mirror sites.



  • 17 March:

    The FreeBSD 6-CURRENT snapshot releases in March 2005 are now available. Note that 5-STABLE snapshots are not available in this month because 5.4-PRERELEASE builds will be available soon. The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team has released snapshot releases of 5-STABLE and 6-CURRENT on a monthly basis to encourage people to test new features and improve the reliability. For more details, please visit the snapshots page.



  • 12 March:

    GNOME 2.10.0 has been released and merged into the ports tree in time for 5.4-RELEASE. Be sure to checkout our upgrade FAQ for all the changes, upgrade instructions, and known issues. Additional resources can be found at the FreeBSD GNOME homepage.



  • 7 March:

    New committer: Roman Bogorodskiy (ports)



  • 3 March:

    New committer: Damien Bergamini (src)



  • 1 March:

    New committer: Jesus R. Camou (doc)



  • 1 March:

    New committer: Florent Thoumie (ports)



February 2005

January 2005

  • 25 January:

    FreeBSD 4.11-RELEASE has been released. Please check the release errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 4.11. The Release Information page has more information about FreeBSD releases.



  • 17 January:

    The July-December, 2004 status report is now available with 44 entries.



  • 17 January:

    The third Release Candidate for FreeBSD 4.11 has been made available. Please see the full announcement on the FreeBSD-STABLE mailing list here. The full 4.11 release schedule is here.



  • 2 January:

    The second Release Candidate for FreeBSD 4.11 has been made available. Please see the full announcement on the FreeBSD-STABLE mailing list here. The full 4.11 release schedule is here.



December 2004

  • 28 December:

    The Mozilla License Team has granted permission to the FreeBSD Gnome Team for use of the Firefox and Thunderbird names, official icons, and permission to do officially branded builds.



  • 28 December:

    New committer: Sam Hopkins (src)



  • 23 December:

    The FreeBSD Foundation has published its Quarterly Newsletter, which includes a call for donations so the Foundation can keep its non-profit public charity 501(c)3 status.



  • 18 December:

    The first Release Candidate for FreeBSD 4.11 has been made available. Please see the full announcement on the FreeBSD-STABLE mailing list here. The full 4.11 release schedule is here.



  • 13 December:

    New committer: Niels Heinen (ports)



  • 6 December:

    The FreeSBIE 1.1 FreeBSD Live CD is released -- see the release announcement for details.



  • 6 December:

    New committer: Palle Girgensohn (ports)



  • 2 December:

    The schedule for the FreeBSD 4.11 Release has been announced, with a target release date of January 24th, 2005. The full schedule is here.



  • 1 December:

    New committer: Jean-Sébastien Pédron (src)



November 2004

October 2004

  • 31 October:

    The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is proud to announce the availability of FreeBSD 5.3-RC2. Two critical issues came up during RC1 testing and it is felt the fixes warrant one more RC so they receive widespread testing. If no more show-stopper problems are found this will be the last test release done before 5.3-RELEASE. Please see the full announcement on FreeBSD-CURRENT here.



  • 29 October:

    New committer: Michael Johnson (ports)



  • 16 October:

    New committer: Remko Lodder (doc)



  • 12 October:

    New committer: George V. Neville-Neil (src)



  • 8 October:

    New committer: Stephan Uphoff (src)



September 2004

  • 15 September:

    New committer: Koop Mast (ports)



  • 15 September:

    New committer: Xin Li (src, doc)



August 2004

July 2004

  • 27 July:

    New committer: Bjoern A. Zeeb (src)



  • 26 July:

    The May-June status report is now available; see the status reports Web page for more information.



  • 24 July:

    New committer: Suleiman Souhlal (PowerPC)



  • 23 July:

    FreeBSD-CURRENT now ships with X.Org's X Window System per default, though XFree86 is still supported. For more information on how to upgrade for -CURRENT and -STABLE, take a look at this HEADS UP.



  • 14 July:

    New committer: Gleb Smirnoff (src)



  • 7 July:

    New committer: Sergey Matveychuk (ports)



May 2004

April 2004

March 2004

  • 29 March:

    New committer: Niklas J. Saers (doc)



  • 25 March:

    Because of the hard maintenance and low benefit the gallery pages bring to the Project and the listed websites, it has been decided to spend the time working on other stuff related to FreeBSD than these pages. The gallery will be removed in two weeks, no further submissions will be processed. However, this has no influence on the Commercial Gallery.



  • 18 March:

    New committer: Mark Santcroos (src)



  • 17 March:

    The January-February status report is now available; see the status reports Web page for more information.



  • 13 March:

    New committer: Thierry Thomas (ports)



  • 10 March:

    New committer: Volker Stolz (ports)



  • 9 March:

    New committer: Peter Edwards (src)



February 2004

January 2004

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