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The Future is Binary – Glen Barber has announced the availability of the first release candidate for FreeBSD9.3: “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. Changes between 9.3-BETA3 and 9.3-RC1 include: various bug fixes in the hptrr(4) driver; time zone data has been updated to tzdata2014e; handling of the ‘-P’ flag without ‘-p’ or ‘-r’ has been fixed in the daemon(8) utility; a bug in the nvme(4) controller initialization path has been fixed; a bug in the fast receive buffer recycle path has been fixed in the cxgbe(4) driver. Note to consumers of the dvd1.iso image: the version of bsdconfig(8) in the releng/9.3 branch does not yet support pkg(7)-format packages. This is planned to be fixed in -RC2.” See the release announcement for further details. Download: FreeBSD-9.3-RC1-amd64-dvd1.iso (1,709MB, SHA256),FreeBSD-9.3-RC1-i386-dvd1.iso (1,573MB, SHA256).
FreeBSD is a UNIX-like operating system for the i386, amd64, IA-64, arm, MIPS, powerpc, ppc64, PC-98 and UltraSPARC platforms based on U.C. Berkeley’s “4.4BSD-Lite” release, with some “4.4BSD-Lite2″ enhancements. It is also based indirectly on William Jolitz’s port of U.C. Berkeley’s “Net/2″ to the i386, known as “386BSD”, though very little of the 386BSD code remains. FreeBSD is used by companies, Internet Service Providers, researchers, computer professionals, students and home users all over the world in their work, education and recreation. FreeBSD comes with over 20,000 packages (pre-compiled software that is bundled for easy installation), covering a wide range of areas: from server software, databases and web servers, to desktop software, games, web browsers and business software – all free and easy to install.