FreeBSD Unveils Latest FreeBSD Operating System Release

May 13, 2005, 01:00 ET from The FreeBSD Project

    BOULDER, Colo., May 13 /PRNewswire/ -- This week, the FreeBSD Project
 released version 5.4 of the FreeBSD operating system.  This new release offers
 new features, new tools, and numerous improvements in security, hardware and
 networking support for the UNIX-like operating system.
     "Commonly known as an ideal web server platform, FreeBSD is also
 well-suited for high-performance computing applications, network appliances
 and embedded systems -- especially due to its developer-friendly Berkeley
 license," said Matt Olander, engineer.
     The FreeBSD release supports various hardware architectures including
 HP/Compaq Alpha systems, AMD's AMD64, Intel EM64T, Intel IA-64 (Itanium), NEC
 PC-98x1, UltraSPARC, and standard Intel x86 compatible hardware.
     "This release builds on the success of the FreeBSD 5 series and includes
 several new features including significantly improved support for systems with
 more than 4GB of RAM for both 32-bit and 64-bit Intel and AMD systems," said
 Scott Long, member of the FreeBSD Release Engineering team.
     "And many stability and performance improvements were made to the network
 stack, drivers, and services, the power management subsystem, and the Linux
 emulation subsystem," said Long.
     New hardware supported by this release includes GPIB-PCIIA IEEE-488 cards,
 USB Communication Device Class (CDC) ethernet devices, Areca SATA II RAID
 controllers, and the HighPoint's RocketRAID 182x series ATA RAID controller.
     The release also provides new support for natively running many Windows
 64-bit NDIS (network) drivers on the AMD64 platform and improved performance
 and support for the LSI MegaRAID and Adaptec ServeRAID adapters.
     A CPU frequency control framework has been added for adjusting Intel
 SpeedStep for ICH, Intel Enhanced SpeedStep, and ACPI CPU performance states.
     FreeBSD 5.4 enhances its high availability and load balancing support by
 adding Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP) for allowing multiple hosts
 to share IP addresses.
     And the IPv4 IPsec implementation now supports the TCP-MD5 extension for
 enhanced security.
     New tools included with the base install of FreeBSD are netcat, for
 various manual TCP and UDP tasks, and tcpdrop, for dropping TCP sessions.
     The FreeBSD release also includes various software updates including BIND,
 Heimdal Kerberos, OpenSSL, and Sendmail.  And the third-party software
 packages collection has numerous updates including to KDE, GNOME, and the X Window System.
     "FreeBSD continues to set the standards for reliability and general
 usability for a wide variety of corporate, academic, and personal computing
 needs," said Ken Smith, member of the FreeBSD Release Engineering team.
     The FreeBSD 5.4 release is available via online stores and can be
 downloaded for free via the FreeBSD website.
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     The FreeBSD Project provides an up-to-date and scalable modern operating
 system that offers high-performance, security, and advanced networking for
 personal workstations, Internet servers, routers, and firewalls.  The FreeBSD
 packages collection includes popular software like Apache Web Server, Gnome,
 KDE, X11 Window System, Python, Mozilla, and over 12,000 software
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