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FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE Announcement

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The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.2-RELEASE. This is the third release of the stable/10 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE and introduces some new features.

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FreeBSD 10.2 RC3 Is Out for Testing, Final Release Arrives on August 31

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One week after the release of the second RC (Release Candidate) version of the upcoming FreeBSD 10.2 computer operating system, Glen Barber announces on August 7 the immediate availability for download and testing of FreeBSD 10.2 RC3.

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NetBSD Pushes Some Minor Improvements For The XGI X.Org Driver

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If you're still relying upon a vintage XGI Volari graphics card or have a XGI integrated GPU on a server motherboard, thanks to the NetBSD folks there are 19 patches for the xf86-video-xgi open-source driver.

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PC-BSD 10.2-RC1 Improves 4K Monitor Support, Updates Packages

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PC-BSD 10.2-RC1 was released this morning and is based off FreeBSD 10.2 while bringing many improvements to its installer, uses iocage for its jail management backend, the disk manager GUI is now available via the installer GUI, there's improved fonts and better support for 4K displays, an enterprise package repository option that's locked to consistent package versions, and various other package updates.

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Linux Foundation's CII Donates $50k+ To OpenBSD

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The Linux Foundation's Core Infrastructure Initiative (CII) has made a donation in the range of $50~100k USD to the OpenBSD project.

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Also: Lumina Desktop 0.8.6 Released for PC-BSD 10.2 and FreeBSD 10.2, Here's What's New

Lumina Desktop 0.8.6 Released!

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Just in time for PC-BSD & FreeBSD 10.2 (coming soon), the Lumina desktop has been updated to version 0.8.6! This version contains a number of updates for non-English users (following up all the new translations which are now available), as well as a number of important bug-fixes, and support for an additional FreeDesktop specification. The PC-BSD “Edge” packages have already been updated to this version and the FreeBSD ports tree will be getting this update very soon as well.

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FreeBSD 10.2 Release Candidate 2 Adds Better Hyper-V Support on Windows Server 2012

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While not a GNU/Linux operating system, FreeBSD is an imperative open-source project, the most acclaimed BSD distribution on the market. Today, we announce the availability for download and testing of the second RC (Release Candidate) version of FreeBSD 10.2.

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FreeBSD 10.2-RC2 Released, Riding On Schedule Nicely

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Glen Barber announced the release of FreeBSD 10.2-RC2 today for those wanting to do some weekend BSD testing.

FreeBSD 10.2-RC2 has changes to pkg, ntpd, nvme, a UEFI loader fix, and an assortment of other bug/regression fixes across the stack.

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DragonFlyBSD Has Full-Acceleration Now Working For Intel Broadwell Graphics

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Francois Tigeot's latest effort on porting the Intel i915 DRM code from the Linux kernel to DragonFlyBSD has paid off in the form of full acceleration for Broadwell "Gen8" HD/Iris Graphics.

Tigeot issued a call for testing a few days back of an update to the i915 DRM code that would position the DragonFlyBSD's code at the stage of the Linux 3.16 kernel. This updated code should fix some issues that previously caused X.Org Server crashes, correct outstanding bugs, improve performance for all GPU generations, and provide much improved support for Broadwell graphics. He noted that the Broadwell GPUs on DragonFlyBSD should now be fully accelerated with this new code.

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Using OpenBSD as a FreeBSD Router

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  • Using OpenBSD as a FreeBSD Router

    In 2004, whilst at Netsight, I started looking at using OpenBSD for routing. We were using big Cisco 5505 switches with Route Switch Modules in to provide routing. The problem was, they soon became quite slow. They were great if you wanted to do very simple routing, and they could do Layer 3 switching in silicon on the linecards. But as soon as you started to do access lists then they had to route the packets on the main CPU. Not only that, but Cisco’s ACL syntax quickly became very cumbersome as you had no way of doing any kind of macros or variables in the language.

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  • JavaScript keeps its spot atop programming language rankings
    U.K.-based technology analyst firm RedMonk just released the latest version of its biannual rankings of programming languages, and once again JavaScript tops the list, followed by Java and PHP. Those are same three languages that topped RedMonk’s list in January. In fact, the entire top 10 remains the same as it was it was six months ago. Perhaps the biggest surprise in Redmonk’s list—compiling the “performance of programming languages relative to one another on GitHub and Stack Overflow”—is that there are so few surprises, at least in the top 10.
  • Plenty of fish in the C, IEEE finds in language popularity contest
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