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Review of FreeBSD 7

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The next major update of FreeBSD 7, due this December, is in the running to be one of the most impressive FreeBSD releases to date. The ULE scheduler has now reached maturity, leading to significant gains across the board (particularly in server workloads). This new scheduler brings notably impressive performance improvements to both MySQL and PostgreSQL.

In the first section of this article, I’m going to take a look at what’s new. In the second section, I will discuss what the future holds for FreeBSD beyond the upcoming FreeBSD 7.0 release, including screen shots of the revamped FreeBSD installer “finstall”.

Beastie, here and now

FreeBSD 7 sports several new improvements in its file-systems and storage subsystems, including experimental support for ZFS and gvirstor, which can be used to create a large virtual disk image by simply adding physical disks as data on disk requires. This gives system administrators the ability to create volumes that far exceed the physical disk capacity and only add hardware as usage increases. Gvirstor is authored by Ivan Voras, who is also responsible for the FreeBSD installer project “finstall”. I’ll take a quick look at finstall, including screenshots, in the section “Going Forward with FreeBSD”.

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