Linux Distribution: FreeBSD 6.1-BETA2, 5.5-BETA2
The second beta releases of both the stable FreeBSD 6.x and legacy FreeBSD 5.x series are now available for release: FreeBSD is a UN*X-like operating system for the i386, IA-64, PC-98, Alpha/AXP, and UltraSPARC platforms based on U.C. Berkeley's "4.4BSD-L
About FreeBSD 6.1-BETA2, 5.5-BETA2
It is also based indirectly on William Jolitz's port of U.C. Berkeley's "Net/2" to the i386, known as "386BSD", though very little of the 386BSD code remains. FreeBSD is used by companies, Internet Service Providers, researchers, computer professionals, students and home users all over the world in their work, education and recreation.
The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.1-BETA2 and FreeBSD 5.5-BETA2. Both FreeBSD 6.1 and FreeBSD 5.5 are meant to be a refinement of their respective branches 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. The FreeBSD 5.5 Release is being done for people who are unable to make the jump to FreeBSD 6.X at this time."
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 for 6.1
and RELENG_5 for 5.5, though that will change later in the release cycle
when we start doing the Release Candidates. Problem reports can be
submitted using the send-pr(1) command.
The list of open issues and things still being worked on are on the
The DHCP problem that affected the 6.1-BETA1 installer has been fixed.
Several critical fixes were made to the ATA subsystem after the BETA2
builds started, so please check for newer updates before reporting
problems. The Intel 2200/2915 Wireless is known to have a number of
stability problems that are being worked on right now. Work is also in
progress to make ht-plug of USB memory devices more reliable. Updated
packages for all architectures might not be available yet.
The BETA2 ISOs and FTP support are available on most of the FreeBSD
Mirror sites. A list of the mirror sites is available here:
The MD5s are:
MD5 (5.5-BETA2-amd64-bootonly.iso) = a2333f7f2184e2899c7317202843fab6
MD5 (5.5-BETA2-amd64-disc1.iso) = 1c5efbe2276c94890a6e8efb152f55d5
MD5 (5.5-BETA2-amd64-disc2.iso) = bd1e55d73401d6160d2bc1eaef90348c
MD5 (5.5-BETA2-i386-bootonly.iso) = 26fba5024002189a3d0bc8be58a62bc8
MD5 (5.5-BETA2-i386-disc1.iso) = 5fc65d29cd7139dadd20e207b16c81f1
MD5 (5.5-BETA2-i386-disc2.iso) = 24ca73eb276887fa5c90fa670e3b5e64
visit for more details and known issues. Download (i386, MD5): 6.1-BETA2-i386-disc1.iso (571MB), 6.1-BETA2-i386-disc2.iso (648MB).
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