BETA3 Release Notes
wb at freebie.xs4all.nl
Sun Sep 5 15:14:22 PDT 2004
On Sun, Sep 05, 2004 at 03:13:05PM -0600, Scott Long wrote..
> The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is proud to announce the
> availability of FreeBSD 5.3-BETA3. This is the third BETA of the 5.3
> release cycle. It is intended for early adopters and those wishing to
> help find and/or fix bugs. The 5.3 release cycle will continue with
> weekly BETA builds while bugs are being fixed and features finalized.
> The schedule is at http://www.freebsd.org/releases/5.3R/schedule.html.
> Be sure to check the "Known issues" below, there are known problems
> still being worked on at this time.
> Fixes and Enhancements made since BETA2:
> - MP-safe network stack is now enabled by default.
> - Add support for loadable modules on amd64.
> - Misc. acpi fixes.
> - Misc. fixes and enhancments (mostly gnutar compatibility) to
> - X server configuration has been removed from sysinstall, it is
> best done post-install.
> - Better ftw() and nftw() implementations imported from OpenBSD.
> - Misc. pf fixes.
> - Fix to maestro sound card driver.
> - Fix to md device driver that allowed mdconfig(8) to exit before
> filenames appeared in /dev.
> - Fixes that allow use of TGA2 adapter in Alpha.
> - Correct a denial-of-service vulnerability in zlib.
> - Misc. fixes to aic7xxx driver.
> - Fixes to schedulers.
> Known issues in this release:
> - There are scattered reports of data corruption on SMP systems
> under high load. This could be due to a known bug in the gvinum
> subsystem, but it could be due to unknown factors. We are
> investigating this and hope to correct it soon.
> - pst(4) is known to cause a system panic during the boot time.
> - The Synaptics Touchpad mouse support is known to have issues with
> responsiveness. It can be disabled with
> 'hint.psm.0.flags="0x200"' in "/boot/device.hints". This will be
> resolved for the release.
> - On sparc64 only, there is a problem using ATA devices in DMA
> mode. The loader has been temporarily set up to disable DMA
> in the ATA device driver. The problem has been identified but
> a fix is still in the works.
> - Kernel and user-level debugging aids (INVARIANTS, WITNESS,
> user-level malloc, etc) are still enabled so do not use this BETA
> as an indication of speed.
- there seems to be a show-stopping bug in the support for Miata
systems (aka Personal Work Station). People owning this hardware
who can aid in figuring out whats wrong are more than welocme.
- marcel@ has changed some code around the support of tga adapters
as console devices. It is well worth testing those.
Wilko Bulte wilko at FreeBSD.org
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