De leden van FreeBSD Release Engineering Team hebben FreeBSD 5.4 stable uitgebracht. Het besturingssysteem heeft een lange geschiedenis van FreeBSD 1.0 uit december 1993 die in de loop van de jaren uit gegroeid is tot wat het nu is. Voor het binnenhalen van deze laatste release kan je ftp en BitTorrent gebruiken. De aankondiging ziet er als volgt uit:
The Release Engineering Team is happy to announce the availability of FreeBSD 5.4-RELEASE, the latest release of the FreeBSD Stable development branch. Since FreeBSD 5.3-RELEASE in November 2004 we have made many improvements in functionality, stability, performance, and device driver support for some hardware, as well as dealt with known security issues and made many bugfixes.
For a complete list of new features, known problems, and late-breaking news, please see the release notes and errata list.
The FreeBSD 5.4 Release is dedicated to the memory of Cameron Grant. Cameron was an active FreeBSD Developer and principal architect of the sound driver subsystem despite his physical handicap. His is a superb example of human spirit dominating over adversity. Cameron was an inspiration to those who met him; he will be fondly remembered and sorely missed.
The FreeBSD Developers deserve the most thanks. Without their efforts FreeBSD would not exist.
Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 5.4 including The FreeBSD Mall, Hewlett Packard, Yahoo!, Sentex Communications, Sandvine, Inc., FreeBSD Systems, Inc, and NTT/Verio.