FreeBSD 7 ready for production

December 15th, 2007 by Ralf S. Engelschall

Our lovely FreeBSD operating system officially is still at BETA stage during the release engineering for version 7.0, but experience in practice show that it is now really ready to be used in production environments.

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FreeBSD 7.0 provides a large set of new features. Let me just list a few major ones:

  • enterprise-grade ZFS filesystem and virtual storage manager
  • modular X.Org 7.3 windowing system
  • advanced GCC 4.2 compiler suite
  • stable ULE 2.0 scheduler
  • BSM API based Audit security framework
  • Sun Niagara/T1 (sun4v) platform support
  • ARM platform support
  • Linux 2.6 ABI emulation (Linuxulator)
  • Interrupt filtering
  • jemalloc memory allocator
  • new GEOM classes gmultipath, gvirstor, gjournal
  • tmpfs(4) temporary filesystem
  • lagg(4) network link aggregation and trunking
  • Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP)
  • Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol (802.1w)
  • TCP socket buffers auto-sizing
  • TCP/IP segmentation offload (TSO) and Large Receive Offload (LRO) support
  • …and many more…

Give it a try yourself — In my strongly biased opinion, FreeBSD 7 is really one of the best Unix operating systems available today. This BLOG even already is based on an OpenPKG instance, inside a FreeBSD Jail, on a ZFS filesystem and on a FreeBSD 7.0-BETA system…

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