BETA3 Release Notes

Wilko Bulte wb at
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
> 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
>       bsdtar.
>     - 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.

For Alpha:
	- 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
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