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…

3 Responses to “FreeBSD 7 ready for production”

  1. Aris says:

    I’ve always been a fan of FreeBSD and this does indeed sound good. Unfortunately I never come across BSD in the “real world”. Linux seems to have all the momentum, and the backing of industry. Perhaps BSD7 will change this, or at least give it a strong niche somewhere.

  2. Ralf S. Engelschall says:

    Now that FreeBSD 7.0 was finally released, there is a nice presentation containing performance benchmarks. Seeems like my favorite RDBMS combinations (FreeBSD + PostgreSQL) is performing very well…

  3. Shawn says:

    I beg to differ; eight months later, and I still have problems with FBSD 7 (through -CURRENT) playing with my i8042 with the practical upshot of no way to install without a serial console.. and me without both a PCI-Express capable 16550 and a VT220..

    I hate to sound bitter, but the whole project has been haphazard since Jordan left.

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