De leden van het FreeBSD Release Engineering Team hebben de eerste release candidate van FreeBSD 6.1 uitgebracht. Het besturingssysteem heeft een lange geschiedenis achter de rug van FreeBSD 1.0 uit december 1993 die in de loop van de jaren uit gegroeid is tot wat het nu is. Voor meer gedetailleerde informatie over het hoe en wat van FreeBSD verwijzen we jullie door naar het Nederlandstalige Handboek. De aankondiging van deze eerste release candidate ziet er als volgt uit:
The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.1-RC1. It is meant to be a refinement of the 6-STABLE, branch with few dramatic changes. A lot of bugfixes have been made, some drivers have been updated, and some areas have been tweaked for better performance, etc. but no large changes have been made to the basic architecture. This RC is late in coming due to many more bugs being fixed, as well as a keyboard multiplexer being added. This is enabled by default via the 'kbdmux' driver and allows multiple keyboards of any type to be plugged in and work at once. In turn, the boot menu option to handle USB keyboards specially has been removed as it is no longer needed. This feature has been tested for several months, but more testing is always needed.
We encourage people to help with testing so any final bugs can be identified and worked out. Availability of ISO images is given below. If you have an older system you want to update using the normal CVS/cvsup source based upgrade the branch tag to use is RELENG_6_1. Problem reports can be submitted using the send-pr(1) command.
The FreeBSD 5.5 release process is on hold while we put the final touches on 6.1. It will resume within 1-2 weeks with a 5.5-RC1release.
The list of open issues and things still being worked on are on the todo list.
- The NDIS driver is known to not work correctly with the wpa_supplicant package. This will be fixed for the release.
- A string termination problem can cause geom(8) commands to abort randomly. This will be fixed for the release.