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FreeBSD 14.1 brings multiple updates and improvements

FreeBSD 14.1 now available (Source: FreeBSD)
FreeBSD 14.1 now available (Source: FreeBSD)
Unleashed yesterday, FreeBSD 14.1 is the second release of the stable/14 branch. Available for multiple architectures, from servers and desktops to embedded platforms, it comes with improvements to the sound subsystem, upgraded versions of OpenZFS, Clang/LLVM, OpenSSH, and more.

With a history that started in 1993, FreeBSD is currently available for a wide range of architectures. The ones specified on the official page are amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpc64le, powerpcspe, armv7, aarch64, and riscv64. The latest release is dated June 4th and comes with a few noticeable highlights, including sound subsystem improvements with support for device hotplug. 

The other changes worth mentioning are the SIMD implementations of string and memory operations on amd64 in the C library for improved performance, OpenStack-compatible initial native cloud-init, as well as updates of the following components to these new versions:

  • OpenZFS 2.2.4
  • Clang/LLVM 18.1.5
  • OpenSSH 9.7p1

The FreeBSD 14 release series will receive support until at least the end of November, 2028. However, the 14.1 point release will be supported for at least three months after the arrival of FreeBSD 14.2. Based on this support model, FreeBSD 14.0 will get support until September 30, 2024. For more support information, feel free to check this page.

While those interested in a FreeBSD-driven laptop might have to install the operating system themselves, Amazon is currently offering the Lenovo Thinkbook 14s with Intel Quad Core i5-8265U, 8/256 GB, and Linux Mint for $799.97.


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Codrut Nistor, 2024-06- 5 (Update: 2024-06- 5)