FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE

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  1. Dark Atheist

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    As posted on the front page FreeBSD have released 7.0

    • Dramatic improvements in performance and SMP scalability shown by various database and other benchmarks, in some cases showing peak performance improvements as high as 350% over FreeBSD 6.X under normal loads and 1500% at high loads. When compared with the best performing Linux kernel (2.6.22 or 2.6.24) performance is 15% better. Results are from benchmarks used to analyze and improve system performance, results with your specific work load may vary. Some of the changes that contribute to this improvement are:
      • The 1:1 libthr threading model is now the default.
      • Finer-grained IPC, networking, and scheduler locking.
      • A major focus on optimizing the SMP architecture that was put in place during the 5.x and 6.x branches.
      Some benchmarks show linear scaling up to 8 CPUs. Many workloads see a significant performance improvement with multicore systems.
    • The ULE scheduler is vastly improved, providing improved performance and interactive response (the 4BSD scheduler is still the default for 7.0 but ULE may become the default for 7.1).
    • Experimental support for Sun's ZFS filesystem.
    • gjournal can be used to set up journaled filesystems, gvirstor can be used as a virtualized storage provider.
    • Read-only support for the XFS filesystem.
    • The unionfs filesystem has been fixed.
    • iSCSI initiator.
    • TSO and LRO support for some network drivers.
    • Experimental SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol) support (FreeBSD's being the reference implementation).
    • Much improved wireless (802.11) support.
    • Network link aggregation/trunking (lagg(4)) imported from OpenBSD.
    • JIT compilation to turn BPF into native code, improving packet capture performance.
    • Much improved support for embedded system development for boards based on the ARM architecture.
    • jemalloc, a new and highly scalable user-level memory allocator.
    • freebsd-update(8) provides officially supported binary upgrades to new releases in addition to security fixes and errata patches.
    • X.Org 7.3, KDE 3.5.8, GNOME 2.20.2.
    • GNU C compiler 4.2.1.
    • BIND 9.4.2.
     
  2. Electronic Punk

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    So this is vastly superior to 6 ?
     
  3. Dark Atheist

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    according to freebsd themselves they reckon so - im updating from RC2 to RELEASE as we type :) - i have been testing out 7.0 for my own personal web/ftp/storage pc and i've not had any major issues to report.

    Also i know X-Istence has been testing it out so you might be best off having a chat with him, hhes vastly more knowledgeable in this area than me :)
     
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  4. Electronic Punk

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    So, one might say - it would put the jam in your jelly roll, as it were.
     
  5. Dark Atheist

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    you might want read my post above i edited it, also im not a ceptic, so your last statement doesn't apply, could you use an English saying please :D - icing on the cake - for example :p
     
  6. Electronic Punk

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    Yeah, I know X wants to upgrade as soon as he can.
     
  7. Dark Atheist

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    i reckon he should let you attempt it :p
     
  8. Electronic Punk

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    Thats down to him - he knows he doesn't need my permission, but a bit of advance warning is lovely; )
     
  9. Dark Atheist

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    well when you see the page - connection to the server was reset or page not found - there's your warning :D

    For all you know he could be doing it as we speak ;)