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FreeBSD 10.1 RC4 Is the Last One Before the Stable Release

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The developers of the FreeBSD operating system have been working very hard to close the cycle for the 10.1 version and it looks like this might be the final version in the series. If everything goes well we might get a new stable version of this OS next week.

"The fourth RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. This is anticipated to be the final RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE cycle," reads the official website. Only a couple of fixes have been implemented, so it's a good idea to update.

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New OpenBSD version includes fork of OpenSSL

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The OpenBSD project has released version 5.6 of its operating system. It includes LibreSSL, the fork of the OpenSSL cryptographic library in which a serious vulnerability was discovered earlier this year.

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PC-BSD 10.1 RC2 Now Supports UEFI For Boot & Installation

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Marking the twenty-first birthday of FreeBSD was the release of FreeBSD 10.1-RC4 and separately was the FreeBSD-derived PC-BSD 10.1 RC2 release.

FreeBSD 10.1-RC4 is expected to be the final RC build of FreeBSD 10.1 and brought fixes for ATA CF ERASE breakage and a race fix that could cause an EPT misconfiguration VM-exit.

More details on FreeBSD 10.1-RC4 can be found via its Sunday release announcement. The official release of FreeBSD 10.1 is now hopefully a few days out with its many new features and changes.

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FreeBSD Turns Twenty-One Years Old

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Today marks twenty-one years since the release of FreeBSD 1.0, the first production-ready release of this BSD operating system.

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OpenBSD 5.6 Released

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We are pleased to announce the official release of OpenBSD 5.6. This is our 36th release on CD-ROM (and 37th via FTP/HTTP). We remain proud of OpenBSD's record of more than ten years with only two remote holes in the default install.

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OpenBSD Drops Support For Loadable Kernel Modules

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Interestingly the OpenBSD developers have decided to remove support for loadable kernel modules from the BSD distribution's next release.

Going back many years has been OpenBSD's LKM support to allow kernel mouldes to be dynamically added/removed from a system, just as kernel modules are on Linux and other operating systems. However, OpenBSD developers have decided to strip out this functionality.

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FreeBSD 10.1 RC3 Gets Lots of Fixes

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The previous RC in the series had a very short list of changes and just a couple of regressions, which indicated that we might get a stable version soon. It looks like that wasn't the case after all and that we still have to be patient and gaze with great interest at what the devs are doing.

FreeBSD 10.0 was a big step forward for this distribution and a natural evolution from the 9.x branch. People tend to forget that open source is not the same thing with Linux and there are other distros out there that might be using a completely different base, like BSD for example. The first point release for FreeBSD 10.x is also an important step for the devs because it gathers a huge number of changes that will make users’ lives much easier.

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FreeBSD 10.1-RC3 Now Available

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The third RC build of the 10.1-RELEASE release cycle is now available
on the FTP servers for the amd64, armv6, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64
and sparc64 architectures.

The image checksums follow at the end of this email.

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

ftp://ftp.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD/releases/ISO-IMAGES/10.1/

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OpenBSD Passes 300,000 Commits

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Ingo Schwarze (schwarze@) writes in with news that the OpenBSD source tree has seen its 300,000th commit.

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Changes Coming For OpenBSD 5.6

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OpenBSD 5.6 is expected to be released at the start of November and with this release will come a large number of changes.

Among the slated OpenBSD 5.6 changes include:

- New qlw, qla, upd, brswphy, uscom and axen drivers.
- Suspend and resume support for the Intel and Radeon DRM/KMS drivers.
- SCSI Multi-pathing support via the mpath driver.
- New product support for existing chipsets.
- IPv6 support is turned off for new devices to instead to enable IPv6 address support when assigning it.

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A small note on window decorations

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