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FreeBSD 7.2RC Released

The second of two planned Release Candidates for the FreeBSD 7.2-RELEASE cycle is now available. ISO images for Tier-1 architectures are now available on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites.

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64
systems running earlier FreeBSD releases. Systems running 7.0-RELEASE,
7.1-RELEASE, 7.2-BETA1, or 7.2-RC1 can upgrade as follows:

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 7.2-RC2

During this process, FreeBSD Update may ask the user to help by merging
some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically performed
merging was done correctly.

# freebsd-update install

The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before continuing.
# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new
userland components, and the system needs to be rebooted again:

# freebsd-update install
# shutdown -r now

Download of the day: Slackware 12 CD / DVD ISO

Slackware was my first Linux distribution. Slackware version 12.0 has been released. It has many improvements as compare to old version. Slackware was one of the earliest distributions, and the oldest currently being maintained. Slackware has a reputation of stable releases of applications, standing mainly for design for stability and simplicity.

From the announcement:

This first Slackware edition of the year combines Slackware's legendary simplicity (and close tracking of original sources), stability, and
security with some of the latest advances in Linux technology. Expect no less than the best Slackware yet. Among the many program updates and distribution enhancements, you'll find two of the most advanced desktop environments available today: Xfce 4.4.1, a fast and lightweight but visually appealing and easy to use desktop environment, and KDE 3.5.7, the latest version of the award-winning K Desktop Environment. We have added to Slackware support for HAL (the Hardware Abstraction Layer) which allows the system administrator to add users to the cdrom and plugdev groups. Then they will be able to use items such as USB flash sticks, USB cameras that appear like USB storage, portable hard drives, CD and DVD media, MP3 players, and more, all without requiring sudo, the mount or umount command. Just plug and play. Properly set up, Slackware's desktop should be suitable for any level of Linux experience.

Download link - ( Download Slackware Linux )

The full version of Slackware Linux 12.0 is available for download from the central Slackware FTP sites:

If the sites are busy, see the list of official mirror sites here. Slackware team will be setting up BitTorrent downloads for the official ISO images soon.