FreeBSD 2.1.5-RELEASE is now available
Jordan K. Hubbard
jkh at time.cdrom.com
Sun Jul 14 06:31:22 PDT 1996
As always, it gives me great pleasure (and no small amount of relief :-)
to announce that FreeBSD 2.1.5-RELEASE is now available on
ftp.freebsd.org and various FTP mirror sites throughout the world. It
can also be ordered on CD from Walnut Creek CDROM, from where it will
be shipping shortly.
FreeBSD 2.1.5 represents the culmination of over a year's worth of
work on the 2.1-STABLE branch of FreeBSD since it began with FreeBSD
2.0.5. In the 7 months since 2.1 was released, many many bug fixes,
updates and careful enhancements have been made, the results of which
you now see here.
The STABLE branch was conceived out of the need to allow FreeBSD to
grow and support long-term development projects (like devfs, NFSv3,
IPX, PCCARD, etc.) while at the same time not jeopardizing the
stability of its existing user base. FreeBSD 2.1.5 represents the
culmination of that effort and, barring any small "slipstream"
releases done to solve significant problems, no further releases along
the 2.1-STABLE branch are anticipated. The concept of "stable" and
"experimental" tracks is not being abandoned, we'll simply be doing
this somewhat differently in the future.
The official sources for FreeBSD are available via anonymous FTP from:
Or via the WEB at:
And on CD-ROM from Walnut Creek CDROM:
Walnut Creek CDROM
4041 Pike Lane, #D
Concord CA, 94520 USA
Phone: +1 510 674-0783
Fax: +1 510 674-0821
Tech Support: +1 510 603-1234
Email: info at cdrom.com
Additionally, FreeBSD is available via anonymous FTP from the
following mirror sites. If you choose to obtain FreeBSD via FTP,
please try to use the site nearest you:
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at au.freebsd.org
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at br.freebsd.org
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at ca.freebsd.org
Problem Contact: jj at sunsite.mff.cuni.cz.
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at ee.freebsd.org
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at fi.freebsd.org
Problem Contact: Remy.Card at ibp.fr.
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at de.freebsd.org
Problem Contact: ftp-admin at HK.Super.NET.
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at ie.freebsd.org
Problem Contact: serg at klara.weizmann.ac.il.
Problem Contact: serg at klara.weizmann.ac.il.
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at jp.freebsd.org
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at kr.freebsd.org
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at nl.freebsd.org
Problem Contact: ftp at SunSITE.icm.edu.pl.
Problem Contact: archie at ua.pt.
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at ru.freebsd.org
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at za.freebsd.org
In case of problems, please contact the hostmaster at se.freebsd.org
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at tw.freebsd.org
Problem Contact: ftpadmin at ftp.nectec.or.th.
In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at freebsd.org
UK In case of problems, please contact hostmaster at uk.freebsd.org
The latest versions of export-restricted code for FreeBSD (2.0C or
later) (eBones and secure) are being made available at the following
locations. If you are outside the U.S. or Canada, please get secure
(DES) and eBones (Kerberos) from one of the following foreign
More information about this release:
FreeBSD 2.1.5 RELEASE
0. What is this release?
FreeBSD 2.1.5R is the follow-on release to 2.1R and focuses primarily
on fixing bugs, closing security holes and conservative enhancements.
For more information on bleeding-edge development, please see
1. What's New since 2.1.0-RELEASE?
Quite a few things have changed since the last major release
of FreeBSD. To make it easier to identify specific changes,
we've broken them into several major categories:
Support for the Adaptec AIC7850 on-board SCSI adapter.
Support for Specialix SI and XIO serial cards.
Support for the Stallion EasyIO, EasyConnection 8/32 and
EasyConnection 8/64, as well as the older Onboard and Brumby serial
Support for the Intel EtherExpress Pro/100B PCI ethernet card.
Support for the 3COM 3C590 and 3C595 ethernet cards.
Real PCI Buslogic support (new driver and probing order).
Support for the ARNET (now Digiboard) Sync 570i high-speed serial card.
Better support for the Matrox Meteor frame grabber card.
Support for the Connectix Quickcam (parallel port camera).
Worm driver - it is now possible to burn CDROMs using the Plasmon or
HP 4080i CDR drives (see `wormcontrol(1)'). NOTE: If your drive
probes as a CD rather than a WORM, some additional patches may be
required from -current to get it working for you. We decided not to
bring these changes over by default as they make too many changes to
the SCSI subsystem (not necessarily bad changes, but more risky).
Various VM system enhancements and more than a few bugs fixed.
A concatenated disk driver for simple types of RAID applications.
See the man page for ccd(4) for more information.
Real PCI bus probing (before ISA) and support for various PCI bridges.
The Linux emulation is now good enough to run the Linux version of
Netscape, with JAVA support (as well as a number of other Linux
Userland code updates:
The system installation tool has been revamped with slightly different
menu behavior and a number of bugs have been fixed. It's hoped that
this installation will be more intuitive for new users than previous
ones (feedback welcomed, of course) as well as more useful in the
post-install scenario (I know, I keep saying this :-).
Many improvements to the NIS code.
The ncftp program is no longer part of the default system - it has been
replaced by a library (/usr/src/lib/libftpio) and a more powerful program
which uses it called ``fetch'' (/usr/src/usr.bin/fetch). You may find
ncftp as part of the ports collection (in /usr/ports/net/ncftp) if you
still wish to use it, though fetch is slightly more capable in that
it can fetch from both FTP and HTTP servers (ftp://... or http://... URLs).
See the man page for more details.
2. Technical overview
FreeBSD is a freely available, full source 4.4 BSD Lite based release
for Intel i386/i486/Pentium (or compatible) based PC's. It is based
primarily on software from U.C. Berkeley's CSRG group, with some
enhancements from NetBSD, 386BSD, and the Free Software Foundation.
Since our release of FreeBSD 2.0 over a year ago, the performance,
feature set and stability of FreeBSD has improved dramatically. The
largest change is a revamped VM system with a merged VM/file buffer
cache that not only increases performance but reduces FreeBSD's memory
footprint, making a 5MB configuration a more acceptable minimum.
Other enhancements include full NIS client and server support,
transaction TCP support, dial-on-demand PPP, an improved SCSI
subsystem, early ISDN support, support for FDDI and Fast Ethernet
(100Mbit) adapters, improved support for the Adaptec 2940 (WIDE and
narrow) and 3940 SCSI adaptors along with many hundreds of bug fixes.
We've taken the comments and suggestions of many of our users to
heart and have attempted to provide what we hope is a more sane and
easily understood installation process. Your feedback on this
(constantly evolving) process is especially welcome!
In addition to the base distributions, FreeBSD offers a new ported
software collection with over 450 commonly sought-after programs. The
list of ports ranges from http (WWW) servers, to games, languages,
editors and almost everything in between. The entire ports collection
requires only 10MB of storage, all ports being expressed as "deltas"
to their original sources. This makes it much easier for us to update
ports and greatly reduces the disk space demands made by the ports
collection. To compile a port, you simply change to the directory of
the program you wish to install, type make and let the system do the
rest. The full original distribution for each port you build is
retrieved dynamically off of CDROM or a local ftp site, so you need
only enough disk space to build the ports you want. (Almost) every
port is also provided as a pre-compiled "package" which can be
installed with a simple command (pkg_add). See also the new Packages
option in the Configuration menu for an especially convenient interface
to the package collection.
A number of additional documents which you may find helpful in the
process of installing and using FreeBSD may now also be found in the
/usr/share/doc directory. You may view the manuals with any HTML
capable browser by saying:
To read the handbook:
To read the FAQ:
You can also visit the master (and most frequently updated) copies at
The export version of FreeBSD does not contain DES code which would
inhibit its being exported outside the United States. There is an
add-on package to the core distribution which contains the programs
and libraries that normally use DES. A freely exportable (from
outside the U.S.) distribution of DES for our non-U.S. users also
exists at ftp://ftp.internat.freebsd.org/pub/FreeBSD.
If password security for FreeBSD is all you need and you have no
requirement for copying encrypted passwords from different hosts
(Suns, DEC machines, etc) into FreeBSD password entries, then
FreeBSD's MD5 based security may be all you require! We feel that our
default security model is more than a match for DES, and without any
messy export issues to deal with. If you're outside (or even inside)
the U.S., give it a try! This snapshot also includes support for
mixed password files - either DES or MD5 passwords will be accepted,
making it easier to transition from one scheme to the other.
3. Supported Configurations
FreeBSD currently runs on a wide variety of ISA, VLB, EISA and PCI bus
based PC's, ranging from 386sx to Pentium Pro class machines (though
the 386sx is not recommended). Support for generic IDE or ESDI drive
configurations, various SCSI controller, network and serial cards is
What follows is a list of all disk controllers and ethernet cards
currently known to work with FreeBSD. Other configurations may also
work, but we have simply not received any confirmation of this.
3.1. Disk Controllers
WD1003 (any generic MFM/RLL)
WD1007 (any generic IDE/ESDI)
Adaptec 152x series ISA SCSI controllers
Adaptec 154x series ISA SCSI controllers
Adaptec 174x series EISA SCSI controller in standard and enhanced mode.
Adaptec 274X/284X/2940/3940 (Narrow/Wide/Twin) series ISA/EISA/PCI SCSI
Adaptec AIC-6260 and AIC-6360 based boards, which includes
Adaptec AIC7850 on-board SCSI controllers.
the AHA-152x and SoundBlaster SCSI cards.
** Note: You cannot boot from the SoundBlaster cards as they have no
on-board BIOS, such being necessary for mapping the boot device into the
system BIOS I/O vectors. They're perfectly usable for external tapes,
CDROMs, etc, however. The same goes for any other AIC-6x60 based card
without a boot ROM. Some systems DO have a boot ROM, which is generally
indicated by some sort of message when the system is first powered up
or reset, and in such cases you *will* also be able to boot from them.
Check your system/board documentation for more details.
[Note that Buslogic was formerly known as "Bustec"]
Buslogic 545S & 545c
Buslogic 445S/445c VLB SCSI controller
Buslogic 742A, 747S, 747c EISA SCSI controller.
Buslogic 946c PCI SCSI controller
Buslogic 956c PCI SCSI controller
NCR 53C810 and 53C825 PCI SCSI controller.
NCR5380/NCR53400 ("ProAudio Spectrum") SCSI controller.
DTC 3290 EISA SCSI controller in 1542 emulation mode.
UltraStor 14F, 24F and 34F SCSI controllers.
Seagate ST01/02 SCSI controllers.
Future Domain 8xx/950 series SCSI controllers.
WD7000 SCSI controller.
With all supported SCSI controllers, full support is provided for
SCSI-I & SCSI-II peripherals, including Disks, tape drives (including
DAT) and CD ROM drives.
The following CD-ROM type systems are supported at this time:
(cd) SCSI interface (also includes ProAudio Spectrum and
(mcd) Mitsumi proprietary interface (all models)
(matcd) Matsushita/Panasonic (Creative SoundBlaster) proprietary
interface (562/563 models)
(scd) Sony proprietary interface (all models)
(wcd) ATAPI IDE interface (experimental and should be considered ALPHA
3.2. Ethernet cards
Allied-Telesis AT1700 and RE2000 cards
SMC Elite 16 WD8013 ethernet interface, and most other WD8003E,
WD8003EBT, WD8003W, WD8013W, WD8003S, WD8003SBT and WD8013EBT
based clones. SMC Elite Ultra is also supported.
DEC EtherWORKS III NICs (DE203, DE204, and DE205)
DEC EtherWORKS II NICs (DE200, DE201, DE202, and DE422)
DEC DC21040, DC21041, or DC21140 based NICs (SMC???? DE???)
DEC FDDI (DEFPA/DEFEA) NICs
Intel EtherExpress (not recommended due to driver instability)
Intel EtherExpress Pro/100B PCI Fast Ethernet
Isolan AT 4141-0 (16 bit)
Isolink 4110 (8 bit)
Novell NE1000, NE2000, and NE2100 ethernet interface.
3Com 3C501 cards
3Com 3C503 Etherlink II
3Com 3c505 Etherlink/+
3Com 3C507 Etherlink 16/TP
3Com 3C509, 3C579, 3C589 (PCMCIA), 3C590 & 3C595 (PCI) Etherlink III
Toshiba ethernet cards
PCMCIA ethernet cards from IBM and National Semiconductor are also
Note that NO token ring cards are supported at this time as we're
still waiting for someone to donate a driver for one of them. Any
AST 4 port serial card using shared IRQ.
ARNET 8 port serial card using shared IRQ.
ARNET (now Digiboard) Sync 570/i high-speed serial.
BOCA ATIO66 6 port serial card using shared IRQ.
Cyclades Cyclom-y Serial Board.
STB 4 port card using shared IRQ.
SDL Communications Riscom/8 Serial Board.
Adlib, SoundBlaster, SoundBlaster Pro, ProAudioSpectrum, Gravis UltraSound
and Roland MPU-401 sound cards.
FreeBSD currently does NOT support IBM's microchannel (MCA) bus.
4. Obtaining FreeBSD
You may obtain FreeBSD in a variety of ways:
You can ftp FreeBSD and any or all of its optional packages from
`ftp.freebsd.org' - the official FreeBSD release site.
For other locations that mirror the FreeBSD software see the file
MIRROR.SITES. Please ftp the distribution from the site closest (in
networking terms) to you. Additional mirror sites are always welcome!
Contact admin at freebsd.org for more details if you'd like to become an
official mirror site.
If you do not have access to the internet and electronic mail is your
only recourse, then you may still fetch the files by sending mail to
`ftpmail at decwrl.dec.com' - putting the keyword "help" in your message
to get more information on how to fetch files using this mechanism.
Please do note, however, that this will end up sending many *tens of
megabytes* through the mail and should only be employed as an absolute
FreeBSD 2.1-RELEASE and these 2.2 SNAPSHOT CDs may be ordered on CDROM from:
Walnut Creek CDROM
4041 Pike Lane, Suite D
Concord CA 94520
1-800-786-9907, +1-510-674-0783, +1-510-674-0821 (fax)
Or via the internet from orders at cdrom.com or http://www.cdrom.com.
Their current catalog can be obtained via ftp as:
Cost per -RELEASE CD is $39.95 or $24.95 with a FreeBSD subscription.
FreeBSD 2.2-SNAP CDs are $29.95 or $14.95 with a FreeBSD-SNAP subscription
(-RELEASE and -SNAP subscriptions are entirely seperate). With a
subscription, you will automatically receive updates as they are released.
Your credit card will be billed when each disk is shipped and you may cancel
your subscription at any time without further obligation.
Walnut Creek CDROM also sells a full line of FreeBSD related
merchandise such as T-shirts ($14.95, available in "child", Large and
XL sizes), coffee mugs ($9.95), tattoos ($0.25 each) and posters
Shipping (per order not per disc) is $5 in the US, Canada or Mexico
and $9.00 overseas. They accept Visa, Mastercard, Discover, American
Express or checks in U.S. Dollars and ship COD within the United
States. California residents please add 8.25% sales tax.
Should you be dissatisfied for any reason, the CD comes with an
unconditional return policy.
Reporting problems, making suggestions, submitting code
Your suggestions, bug reports and contributions of code are always
valued - please do not hesitate to report any problems you may find
(preferably with a fix attached, if you can!).
The preferred method to submit bug reports from a machine with
internet mail connectivity is to use the send-pr command. Bug reports
will be dutifully filed by our faithful bugfiler program and you can
be sure that we'll do our best to respond to all reported bugs as soon
as possible. Bugs filed in this way are also visible on our WEB site
in the support section and are therefore valuable both as bug reports
and as "signposts" for other users concerning potential problems to
watch out for.
If, for some reason, you are unable to use the send-pr command to
submit a bug report, you can try to send it to:
bugs at FreeBSD.org
Otherwise, for any questions or suggestions, please send mail to:
questions at FreeBSD.org
Additionally, being a volunteer effort, we are always happy to have
extra hands willing to help - there are already far more desired
enhancements than we'll ever be able to manage by ourselves! To
contact us on technical matters, or with offers of help, please send
hackers at FreeBSD.org
Please note that these mailing lists can experience *significant*
amounts of traffic and if you have slow or expensive mail access and
are only interested in keeping up with significant FreeBSD events, you
may find it preferable to subscribe instead to:
announce at FreeBSD.org
All but the freebsd-bugs groups can be freely joined by anyone wishing
to do so. Send mail to MajorDomo at FreeBSD.org and include the keyword
`help' on a line by itself somewhere in the body of the message. This
will give you more information on joining the various lists, accessing
archives, etc. There are a number of mailing lists targeted at
special interest groups not mentioned here, so send mail to majordomo
and ask about them!
FreeBSD represents the cumulative work of many dozens, if not
hundreds, of individuals from around the world who have worked very
hard to bring you this release. It would be very difficult, if not
impossible, to enumerate everyone who's contributed to FreeBSD, but
nonetheless we shall try (in alphabetical order, of course). If you've
contributed something substantive to us and your name is not mentioned
here, please be assured that its omission is entirely accidental.
Please contact hackers at FreeBSD.org for any desired updates to the
lists that follow:
The Computer Systems Research Group (CSRG), U.C. Berkeley.
Bill Jolitz, for his initial work with 386BSD.
The FreeBSD Core Team
(in alphabetical order by last name):
Satoshi Asami <asami at FreeBSD.org>
Andrey A. Chernov <ache at FreeBSD.org>
John Dyson <dyson at FreeBSD.org>
Bruce Evans <bde at FreeBSD.org>
Justin Gibbs <gibbs at FreeBSD.org>
David Greenman <davidg at FreeBSD.org>
Jordan K. Hubbard <jkh at FreeBSD.org>
Poul-Henning Kamp <phk at FreeBSD.org>
Rich Murphey <rich at FreeBSD.org>
Gary Palmer <gpalmer at FreeBSD.org>
Søren Schmidt <sos at FreeBSD.org>
Peter Wemm <peter at FreeBSD.org>
Garrett A. Wollman <wollman at FreeBSD.org>
Jörg Wunsch <joerg at FreeBSD.org>
The FreeBSD Development Team, excluding core team members
(in alphabetical order by last name):
Ugen J.S. Antsilevich <ugen at FreeBSD.org>
Torsten Blum <torstenb at FreeBSD.org>
Gary Clark II <gclarkii at FreeBSD.org>
Adam David <adam at FreeBSD.org>
Peter Dufault <dufault at FreeBSD.org>
Frank Durda IV <uhclem at FreeBSD.org>
Julian Elischer <julian at FreeBSD.org>
Sean Eric Fagan <sef at FreeBSD.org>
Stefan Esser <se at FreeBSD.org>
Bill Fenner <fenner at FreeBSD.org>
John Fieber <jfieber at FreeBSD.org>
Marc G. Fournier <scrappy at FreeBSD.org>
Lars Fredriksen <lars at freeBSD.org>
Thomas Gellekum <tg at FreeBSD.org>
Thomas Graichen <graichen at FreeBSD.org>
Rod Grimes <rgrimes at FreeBSD.org>
John Hay <jhay at FreeBSD.org>
Eric L. Hernes <erich at FreeBSD.org>
Jeffrey Hsu <hsu at FreeBSD.org>
Gary Jennejohn <gj at FreeBSD.org>
Andreas Klemm <andreas at FreeBSD.org>
L Jonas Olsson <ljo at FreeBSD.org>
Scott Mace <smace at FreeBSD.org>
Atsushi Murai <amurai at FreeBSD.org>
Mark Murray <markm at FreeBSD.org>
Alex Nash <alex at FreeBSD.org>
Sujal Patel <smpatel at FreeBSD.org>
Bill Paul <wpaul at FreeBSD.org>
Joshua Peck Macdonald <jmacd at FreeBSD.org>
John Polstra <jdp at FreeBSD.org>
Mike Pritchard <mpp at FreeBSD.org>
Doug Rabson <dfr at FreeBSD.org>
James Raynard <jraynard at FreeBSD.org>
Geoff Rehmet <csgr at FreeBSD.org>
Martin Renters <martin at FreeBSD.org>
Paul Richards <paul at FreeBSD.org>
Ollivier Robert <roberto at FreeBSD.org>
Dima Ruban <dima at FreeBSD.org>
Wolfram Schneider <wosch at FreeBSD.org>
Andreas Schulz <ats at FreeBSD.org>
Karl Strickland <karl at FreeBSD.org>
Paul Traina <pst at FreeBSD.org>
Guido van Rooij <guido at FreeBSD.org>
Steven Wallace <swallace at FreeBSD.org>
Nate Williams <nate at FreeBSD.org>
Jean-Marc Zucconi <jmz at FreeBSD.org>
Additional FreeBSD helpers and beta testers:
Coranth Gryphon Dave Rivers
Kaleb S. Keithley Michael Smith
Terry Lambert David Dawes
Special mention to:
Walnut Creek CDROM, without whose help (and continuing support)
this release would never have been possible.
Dermot McDonnell for his donation of a Toshiba XM3401B CDROM
Chuck Robey for his donation of a floppy tape streamer for
Larry Altneu and Wilko Bulte for providing us with Wangtek
and Archive QIC-02 tape drives for testing and driver hacking.
CalWeb Internet Services for the loan of a P6/200 machine for
speedy package building.
Everyone at Montana State University for their initial support.
And to the many thousands of FreeBSD users and testers all over the
world, without whom this release simply would not have been possible.
We sincerely hope you enjoy this release of FreeBSD!
The FreeBSD Core Team
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