FreeBSD Developments

I wanted to quickly highlight two FreeBSD developments.

First, FreeBSD 6.2 RC2 is available. Assuming nothing serious happens, expect FreeBSD 6.2 RELEASE in about two weeks. This post explains the various .iso images. This post explains real weaknesses in the FreeBSD installation documentation, from the standpoint of a person not familiar with FreeBSD.

Second, Dru Lavigne explained how the new modular works:

xorg 7.x is modular. In practical terms, this means that every driver, font, and application has its own port/package. To spell it out more clearly: my full installation of xorg 6.9 comprised 11 packages; a complete install of xorg 7.2 comprised just over 300.

I think it will be cool to only have to install a dozen or so ports in order to run X, instead of 300+. (Right now the equivalent is installing everything and then using only a small portion of the code.)

On a related FreeBSD note, I just subscribed to the RSS feed from Planet BSD. I can't believe what I've been missing.


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