I think your forgot the SSD performance improvements, right ?
Netflix has spnsored a couple of improvements in storage ...
If you were one of the sharp-eyed users who downloaded FreeBSD 11.0 from the project's FTP servers before official release, it's time to upgrade again. The release version has landed and it's not the same as the bootleg. As Glen Barber posted at the end of September, “the final 11.0-RELEASE will be rebuilt and republished on …
So I look all over and they just don't like torrents. FTP is good enough for anybody! Everybody who counts has great connections to suck down 2+GB 'overnight' with no troubles! Wah? Why the hate?
BTW: oh look, power cut off to home just now for a few seconds (twice) so 'net connection is strangely not continuous. _They_ have ideal lives - the rest of us are benighted blighters... How do they encourage newcomers?
OBTW: ElReg doesn't like href="ftp://..." so here's that link to images
You're mistaking hate for indifference.
If you have such a lousy 'net connection, why aren't you using a download manager? It'll make life much more bearable. And use a local mirror. https://www.freebsd.org/doc/en_US.ISO8859-1/books/handbook/mirrors-ftp.html
You'll find this a more productive solution than complaining on the Internet.
Take another look at that link.
Do you see a Disk1 image? That's a CD image. You can download and install from that.
Do you see an even smaller boot only image? You can download that but that means you pull down binary tarballs at install time. The tarballs are quite small, however.
The install gives you a command-line system. If you want GUIs you'll have to install xorg and, if the default window manager (TWM I think) isn't sufficient, you'll have to install the manager of your choice. Again this requires pulling down tarballs of the binaries.
"Do you see an even smaller boot only image? You can download that but that means you pull down binary tarballs at install time. The tarballs are quite small, however."
this is the option I prefer, for a number of reasons. The biggest reason: It's because I don't want to download anything I'm not actually going to install.
it will probably be a while before I put FBSD 11 on my main desktop [time to upgrade everything and need for everything "now" and not "when I finally get it working again" are the 2 main reasons].
However, I need to see if my RPi patches were implemented [bug 211979]. It makes it possible to use an 'ATX Raspi' board to safely power the RPi down when you do 'poweroff'. It detects the shutdown when a 'formerly output' pin suddenly becomes an input. The problem is that in linux, this happens as expected [GPIO resets]. In FBSD, they leave them all 'as-is'. but for the RPi I added a simple kernel driver [on someone else's suggestion] that resets the GPIO pins by hooking the shutdown event at the right point. it's pretty simple, yeah. upside, it COULD become a 'port'. downside, it SHOULD be built into the existing drivers, but apparently "something else" using ARM core needs it the way it is now... so THAT hack is taking precedence for some reason.
Anyway, aside from THAT, with my patch in place RPi using FBSD 11 RC-1 worked pretty well [with some other minor nitty things]. So it looks like I'll need to download the image, now, and see what happens. When I have a spare moment, anyway...
Otherwise - YAY. It looks like it should be a welcome release. It is supposed to have 64-bit linux support available, which would make it possible to do ALL of my dev work on FBSD instead of having to have a 64-bit Linux VM to run certain things [say "android dev" which oddly requires 64-bit linux binaries, go figure...]. Then, time (and maybe money) to get it onto a workstation so i can use it. Here's hoping! And it should have mate, so I'll need to see what changes THAT makes over my "classic" gnome 2 desktop I've grown to really really like and do NOT want it pooched up by "new, shiny" thankyouverymuch. It's a 'working/get-work-done machine' not a "play with new toy" machine.
(FBSD "main working desktop" user for over a decade, only updated when I have a week's time and a spare machine, solid otherwise)
...and FreeNAS 10 isn't even out yet. BSD10 has only recently made it into FreeNAS 9, so how long it will be before FN10 gets BSD11 is anyone's guess.
I already use FreeNAS and want to get some additional things running on the machines. Rather than learning jails, I have held off for bhyve to work properly...
...is there an alternative these days?
I used FreeNas for quite a few years, although I switched to OMV a few months back.
Mainly down to poorly managed updates, both OS level, but mostly down to the plug-ins. Where typically the core component in a plugin was massively out of date with current releases. When updates were available, and installed, it would typically break the existing Jail. Resulting in lots of command line hacking to get the Jail working again, or wiping and starting again with that specific plugin, which was often easier. (Why have an update option, if it doesn't work!).
Although the GUI didn't help either, with the same button titles in two different places on the main screen (top and left), but that did different things when pressed! It's as if someone took a look at the best-practice approaches to GUI design, and then did the exact opposite!
I use FreeBSD for my workstation, and keep it patched etc, and yet somehow managed to resist the temptation to pre-emptively download the latest version before it was announced as being available.
Grab something before it's announced as being ready and then act all surprised when it's not actually ready? Patience, grasshopper!
As for above comments about downloading, if you are downloading something that takes more than a few minutes then use something that can cope with slowdowns, hiccups, glitches etc especially if you already know that your line is iffy unless you just want another chance to act all surprised again.
"I use FreeBSD for my workstation, and keep it patched etc, and yet somehow managed to resist the temptation to pre-emptively download the latest version before it was announced as being available."
I've been using 11RC3 for a new GIS workstation. It works fine.
It was a choice between that and Debian Jessie in order to get drivers for a recentish motherboard. A BSD RC vs systemd? No contest.
Yesterday brought in a shower of updates which I assume bring the RC up-to-date with the final release.
and I'll put in a plug for GhostBSD, which is basically a "live CD" version of FreeBSD. The short answer is (as of a couple of weeks ago) "they're working on it" so I expect to see an 11-based GhostBSD at some point in the near future.
[it makes installing FBSD kinda like installing a Linux distro]
If given the proper push, using a Desktop version of *BSD should not be a problem. I also like FreeBSD above Linux (I'm using Gentoo Linux) for many reason. The largest reason is that FreeBSD is far more stable then Gentoo Linux or any binary Linux distro that I've tested over the years.
The bugs and the general lack of stability in Linux distros is starting to annoy me. The problem I'm dealing with that the moment is lack of Desktop support in FreeBSD (or most of the BSD out on the market) and lack of multimedia support for the moment.
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