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, Offmyserver.com 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
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.org 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.
About The FreeBSD Project
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, X.org X11 Window System, Python, Mozilla, and over 12,000 software
suites. FreeBSD can be found on the Internet at www.FreeBSD.org.
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