This FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE is the next step in delivering the high performance and enterprise features that have been under development in the FreeBSD 5.x series for that last several years.
Some of the many changes since 5.4 include:
•Significant performance improvements to the filesystem and direct disk access layers of the OS. The filesystem is now multithreaded and can take full advantage of multiple CPU systems.
•Expanded support for wireless networking adapters and new support for the WPA wireless security protocol.
•Experimental support for the PowerPC platform.
•Support for 80386 processors (the I386_CPU kernel configuration option) has been removed. Users running this class of CPU should use FreeBSD 5.X or earlier.
•Improved hardware support like multimedia and network interface support .
•Additional features for network protocols such as the Common Address Redundancy Protocol (CARP) has been implemented. CARP comes from OpenBSD and allows multiple hosts to share an IP address, providing high availability and load balancing.
•Driver updates for disks and storage support .
•Recomputing the summary information for “dirty” UFS and UFS2 file systems is no longer done at mount time, but is now done by background fsck(8). This change improves the startup speed when mounting large file systems after a crash.
•KDE 3.4.2, GNOME 2.10.2, Xorg 6.8.2.
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