[FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 4.8 Now Available

Murray Stokely murray at freebsdmall.com
Thu Apr 3 21:43:10 PST 2003

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I am happy to announce the availability of FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE, the
latest release of the FreeBSD -STABLE development branch. Since
FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE in October 2002, we have made conservative updates
to a number of software programs in the base system, dealt with known
security issues, and added initial support for Firewire,
HyperThreading, and other new hardware technologies.

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the
release notes and errata list, available here:


This release does not include all of the new technologies that were
introduced with FreeBSD 5.0 in January.  FreeBSD 4.X releases offer a
more conservative platform than FreeBSD 5.0 at this time.  For more
information about the distinctions between FreeBSD 4.X and 5.0, or for
general information about the FreeBSD release engineering activities,
please see :


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FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE supports the i386 and alpha architectures and can
be installed directly over the net using the boot floppies or copied
to a local NFS/FTP server. Distributions for the i386 are available
now. As of this writing, the final builds for the alpha architecture
are in progress and will be made available shortly.

Please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media
from one of our supporting vendors.  The following companies have
contributed substantially to the development of FreeBSD:

  FreeBSD Mall, Inc.        http://www.freebsdmall.com/
  Daemonnews, Inc.          http://www.bsdmall.com/freebsd1.html

Each CD or DVD set contains the FreeBSD installation and application
package bits for the i386 ("PC") architecture. For a set of distfiles
used to build ports in the ports collection, please see the FreeBSD
Toolkit, a 6 CD set containing extra bits which no longer fit on the 4
CD set, or the DVD distribution.

If you can't afford FreeBSD on media, or just want to use it for
evangelism purposes, then by all means download the ISO images. We
can't promise that all the mirror sites will carry the larger ISO
images, but they will at least be available from:


FreeBSD is also available via anonymous FTP from mirror sites in the
following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada,
China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, the
Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi
Arabia, South Africa, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden,
Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Before trying the central FTP 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:


For instructions on installing FreeBSD, please see Chapter 2 of The
FreeBSD Handbook. It provides a complete installation walk-through for
users new to FreeBSD, and can be found online at:


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Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to
finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 4.8 including
The FreeBSD Mall, Compaq, Yahoo!, Sentex Communications, and

In addition to myself, the release engineering team for 4.8-RELEASE

 Scott Long <scottl at FreeBSD.org>	  Release Engineering
 Bruce A. Mah <bmah at FreeBSD.org>          Release Engineering, Documentation
 Robert Watson <rwatson at FreeBSD.org>      Release Engineering, Security
 Wilko Bulte <wilko at FreeBSD.org>          Release Engineering, Alpha arch
 David O'Brien <obrien at FreeBSD.org>       Release Engineering, Alpha arch
 John Baldwin <jhb at FreeBSD.org>           Release Engineering
 Ruslan Ermilov <ru at FreeBSD.org>          Release Engineering
 Kris Kennaway <kris at FreeBSD.org>         Package Building
 Will Andrews <will at FreeBSD.org>          Package Building, KDE
 Jacques A. Vidrine <nectar at FreeBSD.org>  Security Officer
 Joe Marcus Clarke <marcus at FreeBSD.org>   GNOME Integration
 Julian Elischer <julian at FreeBSD.org>     Release Testing

Please join me in thanking them for all the hard work which went into
making this release. Many thanks are also due to the FreeBSD
committers (committers at FreeBSD.org), without whom there would be
nothing to release, and thousands of FreeBSD users world-wide who have
contributed bug fixes, features, and suggestions.


Murray Stokely
(For the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team)


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