The FreeBSD team has released FreeBSD 9.2-rc4 as anticipated with the final release probably happening sometime at the end of this month.
FreeBSD 9.2 was initially slated for August 31 release as per the schedule announced on June 23 however unwanted bugs and last minute changes after the announcement has forced the team to delay the final release and opt for an intermediary rc4 release. The team released rc3 more than two weeks back and it seems that the release engineering team at FreeBSD is shaping up to be one present at Fedora, which is known for delays in Fedora releases.
Some of the changes and fixes included in FreeBSD 9.2-rc4 are related to file-system bugs, boot loader logo, rtadvd(8) segmentation faults, NFS deadlocks among others. The team hopes that this is the final rc release and that the final release should come sometime in two weeks’ time if all goes well.
“The fourth 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 team in the release announcement.
“This is expected to be the final release candidate for the 9.2-RELEASE cycle”, the team adds.
9.2 is not the only major version that the FreeBSD team is working on at the moment. The team is also working on version 10 of the distribution and according to the schedule page the FreeBSD 10.0 is likely to be released sometime in November.
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. In related FreeBSD 10 news, the team has decided to stops building GCC by default wherever Clang is the default compiler.