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December 1997

  • 26-Dec-97 A convenient front-end tool for installing and configuring the CVSup utility is now available. To use it, simply login or su to root and run: pkg_add

  • 2-Dec-97 The "FOOF" bug has now been fixed in our 3.0-current and 2.2-stable branches and can either be incorporated by using the CVSup utility, as described below for the LAND attack fix, or by applying these patches.

  • 1-Dec-97 The "LAND attack" bug in TCP/IP has now been fixed in all relevant branches and can be incorporated by using the CVSup utility to track the latest 2.2 or 3.0 sources.

  • 1-Dec-97 Team FreeBSD is a group of FreeBSD users and supporters contributing CPU idle time in an effort to crack RSA's 64-bit encryption code. For more information, visit Team FreeBSD's WWW site.

November 1997

  • 21-Nov-97 Pentium bug -- We are aware of the "F00F" Pentium halting bug and are working with Intel on a fix. When we have a fix ready for public consumption it will be announced here, on the mailing list and to the Usenet newsgroup comp.unix.bsd.freebsd.announce. Your patience is appreciated.

  • 09-Nov-97 FreeBSD 2.2.5-RELEASE CDROMS are now in stock and shipping to customers worldwide. More information is available at

October 1997

  • 22-Oct-97 FreeBSD 2.2.5 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 2.2.5 that you should know about.

September 1997

  • 01-Sep-97 FreeBSD performed well in an Internet Week review of WWW server platforms.

August 1997

  • 11-Aug-97 Researchers in Duke University's Trapeze Project have developed a high-speed Myrinet driver for FreeBSD. More information about the driver, Trapeze Project, and its parent project, the Collaborative Cluster Computing Iniative, including the code for the Myrinet driver, are available from the CCCI's WWW page.

  • 03-Aug-97 Netscape Communications has released a beta version of Netscape Communicator v4.0 for FreeBSD. It can be obtained via FTP from or its mirrors.

July 1997

June 1997

  • 17-Jun-97 FreeBSD 2.2.2-RELEASE CD-ROM discs are now in stock; subscription customers should receive them shortly.

May 1997

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March 1997

February 1997

  • 20-Feb-1997 FreeBSD 2.1.7-RELEASE is now available. Read the README.TXT file or the Release Notes for more information.

  • 10-Feb-1997 FreeBSD 3.0-970209-SNAP has been released. Read the README.TXT file for more information about this release.

  • 06-Feb-1997 A serious security problem affecting FreeBSD 2.1.6 and earlier systems was found. The problem has been corrected within the -stable, -current, and RELENG_2_2 source trees. As an additional precaution, FreeBSD 2.1.6 is no longer available from the FTP distribution sites. You can read more about the problem and solution from the FreeBSD-SA-97:01.setlocale security announcement.

  • 06-Feb-1997 The final pre-release version of FreeBSD 2.2-GAMMA, is now available. The README.TXT file has more information.

  • 02-Feb-1997 A snap-of-the-day server has been set up for the most current snapshot release of FreeBSD 2.2. Read the README.TXT file for more information.

January 1997

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