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A few weeks back, at the end of December, FreeBSD 7.0-RC1 was released. FreeBSD 7 will no doubt prove to be quite revolutionary. For one thing, this will be the first major FreeBSD release in a number of years. FreeBSD 6.0 was released in November of 2005, so there has been quite some time for the development of FreeBSD 7 to take place.
If you’re unfamiliar with what FreeBSD 7 will bring, I’d suggest that you look over the excellent What’s cooking for FreeBSD 7? Web page. As you can see, the amount of change FreeBSD 7 will bring is quite significant.
I’m particularly looking forward to FreeBSD’s support for ZFS. ZFS alone is a rather revolutionary filesystem originally developed at Sun for Solaris. It addresses many of the difficult issues we face when it comes to dealing with the huge datasets that are becoming all too common these days.
Having support for ZFS available in FreeBSD will be a major win for those who already have extensive FreeBSD infrastructure in place, but need the features that ZFS offers.