FreeBSD 7.2 is out

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 7.2.

This is the third release from the 7-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.1 and introduces some new features. Some of the highlights:

  • support for fully transparent use of superpages for application memory
  • support for multiple IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for jails
  • csup(1) now supports CVSMode to fetch a complete CVS repository
  • Gnome updated to 2.26, KDE updated to 4.2.2
  • sparc64 now supports UltraSparc-III processors.

The jail subsystem has been updated. Changes include:

  • Multiple addresses of both IPv4 and IPv6 per jail has been supported. It is even possible to have jails without an IP address at all, which basically gives one a chrooted environment with restricted process view and no networking.
  • SCTP with IPv6 in jails has been implemented.
  • Specific CPU binding by using cpuset(1) has been implemented. Note that the current implementation allows the superuser inside of the jail to change the CPU bindings specified. This behavior will be fixed in the next release.
  • A jail can start with a specific route FIB now.
  • A show jails subcommand in ddb has been added.
  • Compatibility support which permits 32-bit jail binaries to be used on 64-bit systems to manage jails has been added.
  • Note that both version numbers of jail and prison in the jail have been updated for the new features.

FreeBSD 7.2 is available for download here.

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