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posted by hubie on Thursday June 06, @01:17AM   Printer-friendly
from the BSD-Daemon dept.

Fresh to my inbox this morning, was the news:

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 14.1-RELEASE. This is the second release of the stable/14 branch.

FreeBSD 14.1-RELEASE is now available for the amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpc64le, powerpcspe, armv7, aarch64, and riscv64 architectures.

FreeBSD 14.1-RELEASE can be installed from bootable ISO images or over the network. Some architectures also support installing from a USB memory stick.

Some of the highlights:

  - The C library now has SIMD implementations of string and memory operations on amd64 for improved performance.
  - Improvements to the sound subsystem, including device hotplug.
  - Initial native cloud-init (configuration drive) support compatible with OpenStack and many hosters.
  - OpenZFS has been upgraded to version 2.2.4.
  - Clang/LLVM have been upgraded to version 18.1.5.
  - OpenSSH has been upgraded to version 9.7p1.

Personally, I generally prefer to compile from source, so most of my installations are on a -STABLE branch.

I suppose though, it might be a good time to freebsd-update(8) those that are currently running 14.0-RELEASE.

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  • (Score: 4, Informative) by drussell on Thursday June 06, @01:39AM (3 children)

    by drussell (2678) on Thursday June 06, @01:39AM (#1359489) Journal

    Oops, I forgot to include a link to the version 14.1-RELEASE release notes: []

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by janrinok on Thursday June 06, @06:07AM

      by janrinok (52) Subscriber Badge on Thursday June 06, @06:07AM (#1359506) Journal

      Thanks - I have added that link to TFS.

      I am not interested in knowing who people are or where they live. My interest starts and stops at our servers.
    • (Score: 2) by ls671 on Friday June 07, @02:26AM (1 child)

      by ls671 (891) Subscriber Badge on Friday June 07, @02:26AM (#1359641) Homepage

      Seems to still support i386, not that I have any short term use for it but I like that, good!

      Everything I write is lies, including this sentence.
      • (Score: 2) by drussell on Friday June 07, @03:44PM

        by drussell (2678) on Friday June 07, @03:44PM (#1359713) Journal

        FreeBSD 15.0 is not expected to include support for 32-bit platforms other than armv7. The armv6, i386, and powerpc platforms are deprecated and will be removed. 64-bit systems will still be able to run older 32-bit binaries.

        We expect to support armv7 as a Tier 2 architecture in FreeBSD 15.0 and stable/15. However, we also anticipate that armv7 may be removed in FreeBSD 16.0. We will provide an update on the status of armv7 for both 15.x and 16.x at the time of 15.0 release.

        Support for executing 32-bit binaries on 64-bit platforms via the COMPAT_FREEBSD32 option will continue for at least the stable/15 and stable/16 branches. Support for compiling individual 32-bit applications via cc -m32 will also continue for at least the stable/15 branch, which includes suitable headers in /usr/include and libraries in /usr/lib32.

        Ports will not include support for deprecated 32-bit platforms for FreeBSD 15.0 and later releases. These future releases will not include binary packages or support for building packages from ports for deprecated 32-bit platforms.

        The FreeBSD stable/14 and earlier branches will retain existing 32-bit kernel and world support. Ports will retain existing support for building ports and packages for 32-bit systems on stable/14 and earlier branches as long as those branches are supported by the ports system. However, all 32-bit platforms are Tier-2 or Tier-3, and support for individual ports should be expected to degrade as upstreams deprecate 32-bit platforms.

        With the current support schedule, stable/14 will reach end of life (EOL) 5 years after the release of FreeBSD 14.0-RELEASE. The EOL of stable/14 will mark the end of support for deprecated 32-bit platforms, including source releases, pre-built packages, and support for building applications from ports. With the release of 14.0-RELEASE in November 2023, support for deprecated 32-bit platforms will end in November 2028.

        The project may choose to alter this approach when FreeBSD 15.0 is released by extending some level of support for one or more of the deprecated platforms in 15.0 or later. Any alterations will be driven by community feedback and committed efforts to support these platforms. Use FreeBSD 14.0-RELEASE and following minor releases, or the stable/14 branch, to migrate off 32-bit platforms.

        Anyone with an ongoing need for i386 should probably speak up and try to help contribute to the effort to provide such support, otherwise the 14.x branch will probably be the last to support it.

        After that, there's hopefully still always NetBSD. :)

  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 06, @05:28AM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday June 06, @05:28AM (#1359500)

    I wonder if Jon Mini is still involved with that OS development?