FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE Announcement
The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE. This is the second release of the stable/10 branch, which improves on the stability of FreeBSD 10.0-RELEASE and introduces some new features.
Some of the highlights:
- The new console driver, vt(4), has been added.
- Support for FreeBSD/i386 guests has been added to bhyve(4).
- The bhyve(4) hypervisor now supports booting from a zfs(8) filesystem.
- Support for SMP was added to the armv6 kernels and enabled by default in the configuration files for all platforms that contain multi-core CPUs.
- Initial support for UEFI boot has been added for the FreeBSD/amd64 architecture.
- Support has been added to cache geli(8) passphrases during system boot.
- Support for the UDP-Lite protocol (RFC 3828) has been added to the IPv4 and IPv6 stacks.
- The new filesystem automount facility, autofs(5), has been merged from FreeBSD-CURRENT.
- The sshd(8) rc.d(8) startup script now generates ED25519 sshd(8) host keys if keys do not already exist when ssh_keygen_alg() is invoked.
- OpenSSH has been updated to version 6.6p1.
- The nc(1) utility has been updated to match the version in OpenBSD 5.5.
- Sendmail has been updated to 8.14.9.
- The unbound(8) caching resolver and ldns have been updated to version 1.4.22.
- OpenPAM has been updated to Ourouparia (20140912).
- OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.1j.
- The pkg(8) package management utility has been updated to version 1.3.8.
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:
FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE is now available for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64, and armv6 architectures.
FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE can be installed from bootable ISO images or over the network. Some architectures also support installing from a USB memory stick. The required files can be downloaded via FTP as described in the section below. While some of the smaller FTP mirrors may not carry all architectures, they will all generally contain the more common ones such as amd64 and i386.
SHA256 and MD5 hashes for the release ISO and memory stick images are included in the PGP-signed version of this announcement, available at:
Additional UEFI-capable images are available for the amd64 (x86_64) architecture.
The purpose of the images provided as part of the release are as follows:
- This contains everything necessary to install the base FreeBSD operating system, the documentation, and a small set of pre-built packages aimed at getting a graphical workstation up and running. It also supports booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode. This should be all you need if you can burn and use DVD-sized media.
- This contains the base FreeBSD operating system. It also supports booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode. There are no pre-built packages.
- This supports booting a machine using the CDROM drive but does not contain the installation distribution sets for installing FreeBSD from the CD itself. You would need to perform a network based install (e.g., from an FTP server) after booting from the CD.
- This can be written to an USB memory stick (flash drive) and used to do an install on machines capable of booting off USB drives. It also supports booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode. There are no pre-built packages.
As one example of how to use the memstick image, assuming the USB drive appears as /dev/da0 on your machine something like this should work:
# dd if=FreeBSD-10.1-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img \Be careful to make sure you get the target (of=) correct.
of=/dev/da0 bs=10240 conv=sync
- This can be written to an USB memory stick (flash drive) and used to boot a machine, but does not contain the installation distribution sets on the medium itself, similar to the bootonly image. It also supports booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode. There are no pre-built packages.
As one example of how to use the mini-memstick image, assuming the USB drive appears as /dev/da0 on your machine something like this should work:
# dd if=FreeBSD-10.1-RELEASE-amd64-mini-memstick.img \Be careful to make sure you get the target (of=) correct.
of=/dev/da0 bs=10240 conv=sync
FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE can also be purchased on CD-ROM or DVD from several vendors. One of the vendors that will be offering FreeBSD 10.1-based products is:
Pre-installed virtual machine images are also available for the amd64 (x86_64) and i386 (x86_32) architectures in QCOW2
, and VMDK
disk image formats, as well as raw (unformatted) images.
FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE may be downloaded via ftp from the following site:
However before trying this site, please check your regional mirror(s) first by going to:
Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.
More information about FreeBSD mirror sites can be found at:
FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE virtual machine images may be downloaded via ftp from:
For instructions on installing FreeBSD or updating an existing machine to 10.1-RELEASE please see:
FreeBSD 10.1-RELEASE will be supported until January 1, 2017. The End-of-Life dates can be found at:
Other Projects Based on FreeBSD
There are many "third party" Projects based on FreeBSD. The Projects range from re-packaging FreeBSD into a more "novice friendly" distribution to making FreeBSD available on Amazon's EC2 infrastructure. For more information about these Third Party Projects see:
Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to support the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 10.1 including The FreeBSD Foundation, Yahoo!, NetApp, Internet Systems Consortium, ByteMark Hosting, Sentex Communications, New York Internet, Juniper Networks, NLNet Labs, iXsystems, and Yandex.
The release engineering team for 10.1-RELEASE includes:
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