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FreeBSD News Flash! (1998)

December 1998

  • 28-Dec-98 Unless circumstances dictate otherwise, FreeBSD 3.0 will depart the -CURRENT branch late in the day on 15 January 1999. The 3.1 release will follow 30 days later, on 15 February 1999. Developers should consider this as ADVANCE NOTICE of these events.

  • 13-Dec-98 Walnut Creek CDROM has opened the FreeBSD Mall, a site devoted to the commercial aspects of FreeBSD, including add-ons, hardware, and commercial tech-support. To advertise or sell your products or services at the FreeBSD Mall, contact BSDi.

November 1998

  • 30-Nov-98 FreeBSD 2.2.8 has been released. Please see the Release Information page for more details. Also be sure to check the release errata after installation for any late-breaking issues with 2.2.8 that you might need to be aware of.

  • 26-Nov-98 FreeBSD Rocks is an initiative designed to provide the FreeBSD community with the latest FreeBSD news, software and resources. All areas include search facilities, making keyword searching of historical posts a breeze. The pages are updated daily and everyone is invited to sign up an post an article. If it happened today, you'll see it on FreeBSDRocks.

October 1998

  • 15-Oct-98 FreeBSD 3.0 has been released. See the Release Information page for details. Also be sure to check the release errata after installation for any late-breaking issues with 3.0 that you might need to be aware of.

September 1998

  • 15-Sep-98 September 15th is the scheduled date for entering BETA with the 3.0-CURRENT tree. As all of you already (should) know, 3.0 is scheduled for release on October 15th so this gives us a nice 30 day BETA period. During this time, I don't expect anyone to drop in significant new work or otherwise perturb the 3.0-CURRENT tree in such a way that violates the general idea of a BETA (you're supposed to test what you have, not move the goalposts every couple of days :).

  • 13-Sep-98 After more than a year of development, the Common Access Method SCSI layer for FreeBSD will be integrated into 3.0-CURRENT on Sunday, September 13th. The CAM development team is currently busy ensuring that the integration process goes as smoothly as possible, so please understand that we may be slow to respond to questions about CAM during that time.

  • 09-Sep-98 Perl5 is now imported into the 3.0-CURRENT source tree.

  • 05-Sep-98 The BSD CD Giveaway List. If somebody has a CD to give away (recipient pays for shipping) or to lend locally, they can put their email address on the list. Hardware and literature can also be given away. We encourage people to donate CDs to local libraries and put them on the list as well.

  • 01-Sep-98 First issue of Daemon News arrives day earlier. This ezine is by the BSD community for the BSD community. See

August 1998

  • 31-Aug-98 FreeBSD -CURRENT branch (the future 3.0-RELEASE) has switched to ELF from a.out format. People involved did a great job; transition went smooth. Check the mail archive for more information on the transition to ELF.

  • 23-Aug-98 Suidcontrol-0.1 utility has been released. The suidcontrol is an experimental utility for managing suid/sgid policy under FreeBSD. You can get more information at

  • 09-Aug-98 FreeBSD Security How-To has been published. This work is currently in beta and can be found at

July 1998

May 1998

  • 30-May-98 FreeBSD and Apache are used in this very useful article on implementing a web farm using round-robin DNS in

  • 23-May-98 The second issue of the FreeBSD Newsletter is now available in Adobe PDF format (also by FTP). A help file is available to assist you in selecting and using a PDF viewer. Article submissions, advertisements, and letters to the editor should be sent to

  • 01-May-98 The FreeBSD Project set up Anonymous CVS for the FreeBSD CVS tree. Among other things, it allows users of FreeBSD to perform, with no special privileges, read-only CVS operations against one of the FreeBSD project's official anoncvs servers.

April 1998

  • 16-Apr-98 The new 4 CD set of FreeBSD 2.2.6 is now in stock and should start shipping to subscription and back-order customers tomorrow. More information on the CD contents are available from

  • 11-Apr-98 The new FreeBSD project FreeBSD Mozilla Group is created. The FreeBSD Mozilla Group supports and improves the free available Netscape web browser, otherwise known as Mozilla.

March 1998

  • 25-Mar-98 FreeBSD 2.2.6 has been released. See the Release Information page for details. Also be sure to check the release errata after installation for any late-breaking issues with 2.2.6 that you should know about.

January 1998

  • 08-Jan-98 Improved support for Plug-n-Play cards has now been integrated into both 3.0-CURRENT and 2.2-STABLE branches now. This is available in source form via the CVSup utility or in binary release snapshots from

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