Software Update: FreeBSD 10.0

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Members of the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team have released version 10 of FreeBSD. FreeBSD was created in 1993 and is developed as a whole, unlike, say, Linux, whose kernel is maintained by one group of developers and certain applications by others. Because of this, FreeBSD is generally considered more stable and robust than several other operating systems. Downloads for the different processor architectures are available via ftp and bittorrent† The extended release notes can be found on this page are found, these are briefly the most important changes:

Some of the highlights:

  • GCC is no longer installed by default on architectures where clang(1) is the default compiler.
  • Unbound has been imported to the base system as the local caching DNS resolver.
  • BIND has been removed from the base system.
  • make(1) has been replaced with bmake(1), obtained from the NetBSD Project.
  • pkg(7) is now the default package management utility.
  • pkg_add(1), pkg_delete(1), and related tools have been removed.
  • Major enhancements in virtualization, including the addition of bhyve(8), virtio(4), and native paravirtualized drivers providing support for FreeBSD as a guest operating system on Microsoft Hyper-V.
  • TRIM support for Solid State Drives has been added to ZFS.
  • Support for the high-performance LZ4 compression algorithm has been added to ZFS.

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the online release notes and errata list, available at:

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please see:

Version number 10.0
Release status Alpha
Operating systems BSD
Website FreeBSD
License type Conditions (GNU/BSD/etc.)
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