Download of The Day: FreeBSD 10 ISO DVD / CD Images

Posted on in Categories Open Source last updated February 2, 2014

FreeBSD 10.0 has been released and available for download. This is a major update that adds support for the Raspberry Pi, Clang, Amazon AWS EC2 cloud compatibility, and a framework called netmap for fast and safe access to network devices for fast packet I/O.

Fig.01: Screenshot of FreeBSD 10 showing basic login and hardware info
Fig.01: Screenshot of FreeBSD 10 showing basic login and hardware info

What’s new in FreeBSD 10?

  1. This release has official Raspberry Pi support.
  2. AWS EC2 can now use the freebsd-update utility to directly update EC2 images.
  3. clang is the default compiler and gcc is no longer installed by default.
  4. Unbound has been imported to the base system as the local caching DNS resolver. BIND has been removed from the base system.
  5. make has been replaced with bmak.
  6. pkg (apt-get like tool) is now the default package management utility. pkgng is the next generation replacement for the traditional FreeBSD package management tools, offering many features that make dealing with binary packages faster and easier. pkgng is not a replacement for port management tools like ports-mgmt/portmaster or ports-mgmt/portupgrade. These tools can be used to install third-party software from both binary packages and the Ports Collection, while pkgng installs only binary packages.
  7. Major enhancements in virtualization, including the addition of bhyve, virtio, and native paravirtualized drivers providing support for FreeBSD as a guest operating system on Microsoft Hyper-V.
  8. TRIM support for Solid State Drive has been added to ZFS. Spport for the high-performance LZ4 compression algorithm has been added to ZFS.
  9. The supported version of the GNOME desktop environment has been updated from 2.20.1 to 2.22.
  10. XFCE4 version 4.10.1.
  11. Python v3.3.x and Python 2.7.6
  12. Perl v5.18.x
  13. PHP v5.5.x
  14. MySQL server v5.6.x, Mariadb server v5.5, and Postgresql v9.3.x/v8.4.x
  15. Please see the online release notes for more information on new changes and features.

Download FreeBSD 10 DVD / CD ISO images

FreeBSD 10.0 can be downloaded via ftp from the following site:

A complete list of new features available here.

FreeBSD 10 Installation screencast

Here is a quick video tutorial that explains how to install the latest feature rich FreeBSD 10.0 on the system:

(Video 01: FreeBSD 10 installation screencast)

Posted by: Vivek Gite

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