FreeBSD 6.1-RC1 Available

Scott Long scottl at
Thu Apr 13 07:51:51 UTC 2006


The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the
availability of FreeBSD 6.1-RC1.  It is meant to be a refinement of the 
6-STABLE, branch with few dramatic changes.  A lot of bugfixes have been 
made, some drivers have been updated, and some areas have been tweaked 
for better performance, etc. but no large changes have been made to the
basic architecture.  This RC is late in coming due to many more bugs
being fixed, as well as a keyboard multiplexer being added.  This is
enabled by default via the 'kbdmux' driver and allows multiple keyboards
of any type to be plugged in and work at once.  In turn, the boot menu
option to handle USB keyboards specially has been removed as it is no
longer needed.  This feature has been tested for several months, but
more testing is always needed.

We encourage people to help with testing so any final bugs can be
identified and worked out.  Availability of ISO images is given below.
If you have an older system you want to update using the normal
CVS/cvsup source based upgrade the branch tag to use is RELENG_6_1. 
Problem reports can be submitted using the send-pr(1) command.

The FreeBSD 5.5 release process is on hold while we put the final
touches on 6.1.  It will resume within 1-2 weeks with a 5.5-RC1

The list of open issues and things still being worked on are on the
todo list:

Known Issues

The NDIS driver is known to not work correctly with the wpa_supplicant
package.  This will be fixed for the release.

A string termination problem can cause geom(8) commands to abort
randomly.  This will be fixed for the release.


The RC1 ISOs and FTP support are available on most of the FreeBSD
Mirror sites.  A list of the mirror sites is available here:

The MD5s are:

MD5 (6.1-RC1-alpha-disc1.iso) = c9ce5255facfc44a30f34f55dd6ee2d6
MD5 (6.1-RC1-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 9277c6cd9c5dd17a9aeaa9394fe1d2f8

MD5 (6.1-RC1-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 93abe294e7678e00b7391f47a01074fe
MD5 (6.1-RC1-amd64-disc1.iso) = c1b718b6752f0e48edb8b822ee9b0dc8
MD5 (6.1-RC1-amd64-disc2.iso) = 4a67ae8ed7a7852e08442205d6a5cd7c

MD5 (6.1-RC1-i386-bootonly.iso) = b56aac9ca1a868daaf5673cd21bf78f5
MD5 (6.1-RC1-i386-disc1.iso) = 12521c3f9d40f637e4cdb40ea398d072
MD5 (6.1-RC1-i386-disc2.iso) = 53615f19889fe85c41e2bcea0b2be525

MD5 (6.1-RC1-ia64-bootonly.iso) = b2f284c8f6c28455ac59cb37ff2f6658
MD5 (6.1-RC1-ia64-disc1.iso) = e1385927a3272674512f8205aef0addc
MD5 (6.1-RC1-ia64-disc2.iso) = 8b212b2f0914f13621996a8ad8397c71
MD5 (6.1-RC1-ia64-livefs.iso) = 75fdb240f273e7f9b2cdefcab43144c2

MD5 (6.1-RC1-pc98-disc1.iso) = 65465e3298efc5122607ea3d0b3e7136

SHA256 (6.1-RC1-alpha-disc1.iso) = 
SHA256 (6.1-RC1-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 

SHA256 (6.1-RC1-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 
SHA256 (6.1-RC1-amd64-disc1.iso) = 
SHA256 (6.1-RC1-amd64-disc2.iso) = 

SHA256 (6.1-RC1-i386-bootonly.iso) = 
SHA256 (6.1-RC1-i386-disc1.iso) = 
SHA256 (6.1-RC1-i386-disc2.iso) = 

SHA256 (6.1-RC1-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 
SHA256 (6.1-RC1-ia64-disc1.iso) = 
SHA256 (6.1-RC1-ia64-disc2.iso) = 
SHA256 (6.1-RC1-ia64-livefs.iso) = 

SHA256 (6.1-RC1-pc98-disc1.iso) = 

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