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FreeBSD 8.1 Provides Evolutionary Open Source Software Upgrade

Jul 26, 2010, 03:07 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Sean Michael Kerner)

"Putting out new releases of OS software isn't always about adding major new features -- sometimes it's just about making existing features usable and stable. In the case of the open source software FreeBSD, that's certainly the case with the newly hatched 8.1 release.

"FreeBSD 8.1 is the latest version of the popular BSD server operating system, an update that provides some incremental improvements over the 8.0 release, which debuted in 2009. The FreeBSD 8.1 release might also spur users of older versions of FreeBSD to migrate to the new platform.

""FreeBSD 8.1 isn't introducing many new features in FreeBSD 8.x," FreeBSD developer Josh Paetzel told InternetNews.com. "A dot zero release provides a starting point for migrating existing production systems to a new branch, and as production systems are moved to the new branch problems are discovered, bugs unveiled, and fixes start to happen."

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