Topic: FreeBSD 7 has been released

FreeBSD 7 has been officially released. Here's the release announcment:

Ken Smith wrote:

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability
of FreeBSD 7.0-RELEASE.  This is the first release from the 7-STABLE branch
which introduces many new features along with many improvements to
functionality present in the earlier branches.  Some of the highlights:

  - Dramatic improvements in performance and SMP scalability shown by various
    database and other benchmarks, in some cases showing peak performance
    improvements as high as 350% over FreeBSD 6.X under normal loads and
    1500% at high loads.  When compared with the best performing Linux
    kernel (2.6.22 or 2.6.24) performance is 15% better.  Results are from
    benchmarks used to analyze and improve system performance, results with
    your specific work load may vary.  Some of the changes that contribute
    to this improvement are:

        * The 1:1 libthr threading model is now the default.
        * Finer-grained IPC, networking, and scheduler locking.
        * A major focus on optimizing the SMP architecture that was
          put in place during the 5.x and 6.x branches.

    Some benchmarks show linear scaling up to 8 CPUs.  Many workloads see
    a significant performance improvement with multicore systems.
  - The ULE scheduler is vastly improved, providing improved performance
    and interactive response (the 4BSD scheduler is still the default for
    7.0 but ULE may become the default for 7.1).
  - Experimental support for Sun's ZFS filesystem.
  - gjournal can be used to set up journaled filesystems, gvirstor can
    be used as a virtualized storage provider.
  - Read-only support for the XFS filesystem.
  - The unionfs filesystem has been fixed.
  - iSCSI initiator.
  - TSO and LRO support for some network drivers.
  - Experimental SCTP (Stream Control Transmission Protocol) support
    (FreeBSD's being the reference implementation).
  - Much improved wireless (802.11) support.
  - Network link aggregation/trunking (lagg(4)) imported from OpenBSD.
  - JIT compilation to turn BPF into native code, improving packet capture
  - Much improved support for embedded system development for boards
    based on the ARM architecture.
  - jemalloc, a new and highly scalable user-level memory allocator.
  - freebsd-update(8) provides officially supported binary upgrades
    to new releases in addition to security fixes and errata patches.
  - X.Org 7.3, KDE 3.5.8, GNOME 2.20.2.
  - GNU C compiler 4.2.1.
  - BIND 9.4.2.

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

You can get FreeBSD 7 via BitTorrent ( ), or the old fashioned way, via FTP or cvsup. Also, freebsd-update(8) is fully supported too.

Re: FreeBSD 7 has been released

Good news!

One question: has anyone been able to get VMware3 to work on 7-RELEASE (or any of its 7-precursors)?  The last I read is that VMware is broken, and there is little inclination to getting it fixed.  I admit that I need my VM.

Re: FreeBSD 7 has been released


Trust me, I know what I'm doing.

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I don't think much of the performance of qemu/kqemu, at least when I checked it last.  VMware3 is pretty inconvenient too (you have to disable SMP) but its responsiveness is acceptable.  Maybe modern hardware may well help, but I'm not blessed with that.

Re: FreeBSD 7 has been released

Have you tried VirtualBox then?

Re: FreeBSD 7 has been released

It is news to me that it runs on any of the BSDs.  Last I heard the interface works, but the kernel modules have yet to be written.

Re: FreeBSD 7 has been released

They (the VB devs) are looking for FreeBSD developers, so at the moment it is unusable.


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Re: FreeBSD 7 has been released

FreeBSD-7-RELEASE installed onto my ASUS F3Jm laptop : no wifi and integrated webcam. But all hardware seems to be supported. Great news.

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To lift the cloud I cast on the new FreeBSD 7, VMware3 has been fixed to work under 7.0.  See … 04416.html
and the subsequent message for a correction.