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FreeBSD Oct-Dec 2005 Status Report Available 41

Posted by CowboyNeal
from the state-of-the-daemon dept.
An anonymous reader writes "The latest FreeBSD Status Report is available, covering updates for the last quarter of 2005. A quiet time, for the most part, but some interesting news on the TCP Optimization, and Xen, fronts."
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FreeBSD Oct-Dec 2005 Status Report Available

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  • 1. Optimizing the FreeBSD IP and TCP Stack (if you are using it as a server)

    2. Sound subsystem improvements (if you like to listen to songs once a while on your server , use it as a dedicated server cum audio only media center )

    There arent too many other significant changes (except maybe the IPv6 , but who uses that )
    • by CoolVibe (11466) on Friday January 27, 2006 @05:17AM (#14577273) Journal
      Server? I use it as a workstation. KDE [kde.org] runs like a charm on it.
    • "1. Sound subsystem improvements (if you like to listen to songs once a while on your server , use it as a dedicated server cum audio only media center )"

      Audio only? mplayer works fine on my FreeBSD workstation.

      Other generally notable changes:

      New dhclient with privsep imported from OpenBSD. I'm sure other OS's would appreciate ports.

      Variant symlinks; again, being able to have context-sensitive symlinks isn't a feature only of interest to a few BSD users. What uses can you think of for variable interpolat
  • BSD at SCALE 4x (Score:2, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward
    NetBSD and FreeBSD will have an exhibit at SCALE 4x [socallinuxexpo.org]
  • BSD Section (Score:1, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward
    For the life of me, I can't get the BSD section to display in the "Sections" sidebar. Nor Apache for that matter. What the hell's up with that?
     
    • by toadlife (301863)
      Try logging in.
  • by John Nowak (872479) on Friday January 27, 2006 @04:55AM (#14577211)
    Unfortunately, I am on the PPC platform (I own a Powerbook).

    BSDs do not support the following for my Powebook:
    * Sleep/suspend
    * Firewire
    * Airport Extreme (linux barely does, but it is getting there)
    * Bluetooth
    * Processor scaling
    * Internal modem (not that I care)

    Unfortunately, for a laptop to be useful for me, it needs to be able to go to sleep. For it not to eat batteries, I need to be able to adjust the processor speed. Right now, I'm running Ubuntu (I did a server install -- it is basically Debian with an up to date kernel that supports sleep and all other non-wifi functions out of the box as far as I'm concerned), and I'm quite happy.
    • by Shanep (68243)
      I wish I could use BSD. Unfortunately, I am on the PPC platform (I own a Powerbook).

      Don't like OSX?
    • The PowerPC port of FreeBSD is quite immature. It's still officially a Tier 2 platform, and so not necessarily everything is working.
    • FreeBSD was designed to run smoothly on the i386 platform (but it recently terminated support on the 386). Beyond that and maybe the DEC Alpha, the support is lackluster.

      NetBSD and even OpenBSD handles cross-platforms much better. I'm not too aware of the compatibility of NetBSD and PPC (since I don't use either), but it should be worth looking into.
    • Thank you

      I just wrote on various livejournal communities a question about using Linux on powerpc. I planned to buy a powerbook.

      Linux is a required unix to learn at class so macosx is out of the question. What surprissed me is that Linus now uses a mac as his main linux workstation so I assumed linux would be alot better on it now.

      I think Opensolaris has a beta that works on powerpc that supports sleep but I am not too sure on that.

      Are you sure Linux doesn't support it? That sucks dude.
      • Eh? Linux doesn't support what? Linux supports Firewire, sleep, cpu scaling, special function keys, sounds, and everything else you'd want about your Powerbook. The only thing *not* supported is Airport Extreme, but things are very close now as far as getting this to work -- Some people already have this working. I'd suggest the next version of Ubuntu (come April?) will have this working out of the box. You might be able to do so now if you're particularly eager, but if you time is worth anything to you and
  • slightly offtopic (Score:5, Informative)

    by kv9 (697238) on Friday January 27, 2006 @05:57AM (#14577368) Homepage
    the netbsd status report for q3/q4 2005 [netbsd.org] is also available.

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