The FreeBSD team is seemingly bang on target with its scheduled release of FreeBSD 9.2 and sticking to the plan, it has released the rc2. The rc2 brings with it fixes to regressions that were observed while testing 9.2.
FreeBSD 9.2-rc2 includes fixes to boot issue related to some GPT partitioning tools, few panic issues, regression related to PCI disk controllers disappearing during boot, regression in sendmail, ftp path among other fixes.
“The second release candidate builds of the 9.2-RELEASE release cycle are now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64, and sparc64 architectures,” notes the release announcement. The next release is rc3 which is expected sometime by middle of next week – probably on August 22 with the final release expected on August 31.
The FreeBSD team is already working on version 10 of the distribution but, there is no specific date for its launch yet. Considering the past release patterns of the distribution, we would be placing out bets on a 2014 release.
Some of the features of FreeBSD 10 include support for Bhyve hypervisor support, Raspberry Pi, AMD kernel Mode-setting, improved 802.11n networking stack, ZFS TRIM, LLVM’s Clang compiler to be the default compiler, Intel’s “Bull Mountain” RDRAND CPU instruction set among others.