FreeBSD 4.8 out of the box
\”I am happy to announce the availability of FreeBSD 4.8 release, the latest release of the FreeBSD -Stable development branch,\” Murray Stokely of the FreeBSD Release Engineering team wrote this morning. \”Since the FreeBSD 4.7release in October 2002, we have made conservative updates to a number of software programs in the base system, dealt with known
security issues, and added initial support for Firewire, HyperThreading, and other new hardware technologies.\”
This release does not include all of the new technologies that were introduced with FreeBSD 5.0 in January and the team says this is a \”more conservative platform than FreeBSD 5.0 at this time.\”
FreeBSD 4.8 supports the i386 and alpha architectures and can be installed directly over the net using the boot floppies or copied to a local NFS/FTP server. Distributions for the i386 are available now. Builds for the Alpha architecture are expected to be completed shortly.
For a more comprehensive list of features in this release as well as known problems take a look at http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/4.8R/relnotes.html and http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/4.8R/errata.html.