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FreeBSD 12.2-BETA2 Now Available

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The second BETA build of the 12.2-RELEASE release cycle is now

Installation images are available for:

o 12.2-BETA2 amd64 GENERIC
o 12.2-BETA2 i386 GENERIC
o 12.2-BETA2 powerpc GENERIC
o 12.2-BETA2 powerpc64 GENERIC64
o 12.2-BETA2 powerpcspe MPC85XXSPE
o 12.2-BETA2 sparc64 GENERIC
o 12.2-BETA2 armv6 RPI-B
o 12.2-BETA2 armv7 BANANAPI
o 12.2-BETA2 armv7 BEAGLEBONE
o 12.2-BETA2 armv7 CUBIEBOARD
o 12.2-BETA2 armv7 CUBIEBOARD2
o 12.2-BETA2 armv7 RPI2
o 12.2-BETA2 armv7 WANDBOARD
o 12.2-BETA2 armv7 GENERICSD
o 12.2-BETA2 aarch64 GENERIC
o 12.2-BETA2 aarch64 RPI3
o 12.2-BETA2 aarch64 PINE64
o 12.2-BETA2 aarch64 PINE64-LTS

Note regarding arm SD card images: For convenience for those without
console access to the system, a freebsd user with a password of
freebsd is available by default for ssh(1) access.  Additionally,
the root user password is set to root.  It is strongly recommended
to change the password for both users after gaining access to the

Installer images and memory stick images are available here:

The image checksums follow at the end of this e-mail.

If you notice problems you can report them through the Bugzilla PR
system or on the -stable mailing list.

If you would like to use SVN to do a source based update of an existing
system, use the "releng/12.2" branch.

A summary of changes since 12.1-BETA1 includes:

o A regression affecting the PowerPC architecture had been fixed.

o A race condition that could lead to a system crash when using jails
  with VIMAGE had been fixed.

o Several wireless driver updates, including an update to ath(4), as
  well as 802.11n support for run(4) and otus(4).

o Capsicum support had been added to rtsol(8) and rtsold(8).

o A fix to certctl(8) to prevent overwriting a file on rehash.

o TRIM support had been added to the bhyve(4) virtio-blk backend.

o Fixes to libcompiler_rt have been added.

o The ice(4) driver had been added, providing support for Intel 100Gb
  ethernet cards.

o Fixes to ixl(4) affecting the PowerPC64 architecture have been added.

o Support for the Novatel Wireless MiFi 8000 and 8800 have been added to
  the urndis(4) driver.

o Fixes to the ure(4) driver to prevent packet-in-packet attacks have
  been addressed.  [SA-20:27]

o Fixes to bhyve(4) to prevent privilege escalation via VMCS access have
  been addressed.  [SA-20:28, SA-20:29]

o A fix to the ftpd(8) daemon to prevent privilege escalation via
  ftpchroot(5) had been addressed.  [SA-20:30]

Please note, the release notes page is not yet complete, and will be
updated on an ongoing basis as the 12.2-RELEASE cycle progresses.

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Also: FreeBSD 12.2 BETA2 Brings TRIM For Bhyve's VirtIO-BLK, Intel ICE Added

Audiocasts/Shows and Videos About Python and UNIX

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FuryBSD 2020-Q3 The world’s first OpenZFS based live image

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FuryBSD is a tool to test drive stock FreeBSD desktop images in read write mode to see if it will work for you before installing. In order to provide the most reliable experience possible while preserving the integrity of the system the LiveCD now leverages ZFS, compression, replication, a memory file system, and reroot (pivot root).

13.0 coming next year will build on this by allowing further enhancements to this solution with the added ztd compression support. Work is also underway with the GhostBSD development team to see if this new methodology is a good fit for that project, and can be integrated.FuryBSD 2020-Q3 The world’s first OpenZFS based live image

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About a month ago the GhostBSD team published a new release. The GhostBSD operating system is based on FreeBSD and focuses on desktop use. It has a graphical installer, some convenient desktop utilities for handling tasks such as installing updates, and ships with the MATE desktop. There is also a community edition of GhostBSD which runs the Xfce desktop instead of MATE. Both editions run on 64-bit (x86_64) machines exclusively.

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FreeBSD 12.2 Beta and Benchmarking NetBSD

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    FreeBSD 12.2 is geared for bringing bug fixes and expanded hardware support to current FreeBSD 12 users. This weekend marks the availability of the first beta release on the road to FreeBSD 12.2.

    There are the FreeBSD 12.2-BETA1 images available for testing while the change-log remains in progress.

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MidnightBSD 1.2.8

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There was a security issue in dhclient. We've created new ISOs for 1.2.8 for those installing from scratch.

If you are on 1.2.7, you can simply update the source from git for stable/1.2 branch and rebuild dhclient.

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Audiocasts/Shows: BSD Now, the Linux Link Tech Show, Self-Hosted and Ubuntu Podcast

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OpenZFS Support Merged Into Mainline FreeBSD and OpenZFS 2.0-RC1 Released

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  • OpenZFS Support Merged Into Mainline FreeBSD

    Following ongoing work for over a year on moving to OpenZFS for FreeBSD's ZFS file-system support, FreeBSD HEAD overnight has imported the OpenZFS code-base.

    Earlier this year OpenZFS saw the FreeBSD support added. In the months since OpenZFS has continued seeing BSD improvements as well as other improvements on its own like Zstd compression for OpenZFS.

    The milestone now being crossed is the OpenZFS file-system code is imported into FreeBSD HEAD.

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    The first release candidate of the forthcoming OpenZFS 2.0 is now available for testing on both Linux and BSD systems.

    OpenZFS 2.0 is a huge feature release for this well maintained, portable open-source ZFS file-system implementation. OpenZFS 2.0 brings unified support for both Linux and now FreeBSD too. FreeBSD just mainlined the OpenZFS code and has been working for many months now on transitioning over to this more maintained and active ZFS file-system code-base.

MidnightBSD 1.2.7

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MidnightBSD 1.2.7 is available via the FTP/HTTP and mirrors as well as github. It includes several bug fixes and security updates over the last ISO release and is recommended for new installations. Users who don't want to updatee the whole OS, should consider at least updating libmport as there are many package management fixes...

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