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June 2011

  • 6 June: FreeBSD Foundation and iXsystems announce IPv6-only test images of FreeBSD and PC-BSD.

  • 6 June: New commiter: Julien Laffaye (ports)

May 2011

April 2011

  • 27 April: The January-March, 2011 Status Report is now available with 34 entries.

March 2011

  • 29 March: New committer: Artem Belevich (src)

  • 27 March: The FreeBSD Project is pleased to announce its participation In Google's 2011 Summer of Code program, which funds summer students to participate in open source projects. This will be the FreeBSD Project's seventh year in the program, having mentored over 100 successful students through summer-long coding projects between 2005 and 2010.

    Past successful projects have included improvements to Linux ABI emulation, NFSv4 ACLs, TCP regression testing, FUSE file system support, and countless other projects. Many students go on to become FreeBSD developers, as well as participating in FreeBSD developer events around the world through continuing support from the FreeBSD Foundation.

    Prospective participants are invited to apply; more information is available, including proposal and deadline information, on the FreeBSD Summer Projects page.

  • 18 March: New committer: Sofian Brabez (ports)

  • 13 March: New committer: Pawel Pekala (ports)

  • 10 March: The FreeBSD Ports Management Team is pleased to announce Thomas Abthorpe as a full voting member.

  • 5 March: New committer: Steven G. Kargl (src)

February 2011

  • 24 February: FreeBSD 8.2-RELEASE is now available. Please be sure to check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 8.2. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

  • 24 February: FreeBSD 7.4-RELEASE is now available. Please be sure to check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 7.4. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

  • 18 February: Enhanced commit privileges: Martin Wilke (src, ports, doc)

  • 3 February: The third (and probably last) Release Candidate builds for the FreeBSD-7.4/8.2 release cycles are now available. For 8.2-RC3 the amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc, and sparc64 architectures are available. For 7.4-RC3 the amd64, i386, pc98, and sparc64 architectures are available. ISO images for these architectures can be downloaded from most of the FreeBSD mirror sites. Please see the official announcement for further details about these releases.

January 2011

  • 25 January: The October-December, 2010 Status Report is now available with 37 entries.

  • 23 January: The second Release Candidate build for the FreeBSD-7.4 release cycle is now available. ISO images for Tier-1 architectures can be downloaded from most of the FreeBSD mirror sites. Please see the official announcement for further details about this release.

  • 16 January: The second Release Candidate build for the FreeBSD-8.2 release cycle is now available. ISO images for Tier-1 architectures can be downloaded from most of the FreeBSD mirror sites. Please see the official announcement for further details about this release.

December 2010

  • 27 December: The first Release Candidate builds for the FreeBSD-7.4/8.2 release cycles are now available. ISO images for Tier-1 architectures can be downloaded from most of the FreeBSD mirror sites. Please see the official announcement for further details about these releases.

  • 16 December: The FreeBSD Foundation has published their End-of-Year newsletter which summarizes what they have done in 2010 to help the FreeBSD Project and community.

  • 11 December: The first of the test builds for the FreeBSD-7.4/8.2 release cycles is now available. ISO images for Tier-1 architectures are now available on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites.

  • 7 December: New committer: Florian Smeets (ports)

November 2010

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July 2010

  • 27 July: The FreeBSD Foundation has published their Semi-Annual July 2010 newsletter which summarizes what they have done to help the FreeBSD Project and community.

  • 27 July: New committer: Baptiste Daroussin (ports)

  • 23 July: FreeBSD 8.1-RELEASE is now available. Please be sure to check the Release Notes and Release Errata before installation for any late-breaking news and/or issues with 8.1. More information about FreeBSD releases can be found on the Release Information page.

  • 22 July: The April-June, 2010 Status Report is now available with 47 entries.

  • 21 July: New committer: Andrew Turner (src)

  • 20 July: PC-BSD 8.1 has been released. PC-BSD is a successful desktop operating system based on FreeBSD that focuses on providing an easy to use desktop system for casual computer users. A list of new features/updates since the last version can be found here.

    The new release can be downloaded or purchased on DVD.

  • 17 July: New committer: Tijl Coosemans (src)

  • 15 July: New committer: Joseph S. Atkinson (ports)

  • 14 July: The FreeBSD Project is pleased to announce the completion of the 2010 Core Team election. The FreeBSD Core Team acts as the project's "board of directors" and is responsible for approving new src committers, resolving disputes between developers, appointing sub-committees for specific purposes (security officer, release engineering, port managers, webmaster, etc ...), and making any other administrative or policy decisions as needed. The Core Team has been elected by FreeBSD developers every 2 years since 2000.

    More information about the election (together with a list of the new members of the Core Team) can be found in the official announcement.

  • 2 July: The second (and most likely final) Release Candidate build for the FreeBSD-8.1 release cycle is now available. CD ISO images for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, and sparc64 architectures can be downloaded from most of the FreeBSD mirror sites. Please see the official announcement for further details about this release.

June 2010

May 2010

  • 29 May: The first of the test builds for the FreeBSD-8.1 release cycle is now available. ISO images for Tier-1 architectures are now available on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites.

  • 24 May: The FreeBSD Project again received many high quality applications from students participating in Google's Summer of Code program. This year 18 student proposals to work with the FreeBSD Project were accepted as part of this program. For those with projects that were not accepted this year, we'd like to note that the FreeBSD Project is always willing to help mentor students so they can learn more about operating system development through our normal community mailing lists and development forums.

    Please read the official announcement for more information. The complete list of student projects selected for funding can be found in the FreeBSD Summer of Code wiki. Coding started on May 24, so please join us in welcoming the 18 new students to our community.

  • 19 May: New committer: Jayachandran C. (src)

April 2010

March 2010

February 2010

  • 22 February: PC-BSD 8.0 has been released. PC-BSD is a successful desktop operating system based on FreeBSD that focuses on providing an easy to use desktop system for casual computer users. A list of new features/updates since the last version can be found here.

    The new release can be downloaded or purchased on DVD.

  • 15 February: The first Release Candidate build for the FreeBSD-7.3 release cycle is now available. ISO images for Tier-1 architectures are now available on most of the FreeBSD mirror sites.

  • 12 February: Enhanced commit privileges: Benedict Reuschling (full doc/www)

  • 6 February: New committer: Bernhard Schmidt (src)

  • 2 February: Gábor Kövesdán participated in Google Summer of Code 2008/2009 and for his work he has been given commit access to the source code. His first pieces of work will be bringing in the result of his summer work into the tree.

January 2010

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