FreeBSD is just plain old good UNIX with rock solid networking stack. It is quite popular amongst hosting companies, ISPs, portals (such as Yahoo) and a few large financial institutions because of its reliability, robustness and performance.
A new version of the FreeBSD is scheduled for release next week (4-May-2009). A beta 2 was made available for download few weeks ago for final round of testing before the official launch.
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From the FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE Announcement "It is my great pleasure and privilege to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE. This release is the next step in the development of the 6.X branch, delivering several performance improvements, many bugfixes, and a few new features as follows":
- Addition of a keyboard multiplexer. This allows USB and PS/2 keyboards to coexist without any special options at boot.
- Many fixes for filesystem stability. High load stress tests are now run successfully on a regular basis as part of the normal FreeBSD QA process.
- Automatic configuration for man Bluetooth devices, as well as automatic support for running WiFi access points.
- Addition of drivers for new ethernet and SAS and SATA RAID controllers.
- BIND updated to 9.3.2
- sendmail updated to 8.13.6
FreeBSD 6.1 Download
It is time to update my local FreeBSD server :)