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FreeBSD 2.0.5 RELEASE Announcement

Date: Sat, 10 Jun 1995 13:01:12 -0700
From: "Jordan K. Hubbard" <>
Subject: Announcing FreeBSD 2.0.5 RELEASE!

It is my usual pleasure (and, to a small degree, relief! :) to announce the release of FreeBSD 2.0.5R - the final release in the 2.0.5 series.

This release provides both what I hope will be an exciting glimpse of some of the new technologies and directions we have planned for 2.1R and a stable and much easier-to-install alternative to 2.0R.

Highlights of this release are:

  • Multi-lingual documentation files.
  • Completely menu driven installation.
  • More installation media types.
  • Support for a much larger range of PC hardware.
  • Easy mounting of DOS partitions and CD devices mounted automatically.
  • "Canned" installation types for easy installs.
  • Easy post-configuration menu

And many other new features and bug fixes.

The ports and packages collection has also been bundled with 2.0.5R to prevent synchronization errors. While this does result in a larger overall distribution, it at least ensures more consistent results when installing ports and packages.

More information on the release may be found in the RELNOTES and README files, so I'll simply leave you all to see for yourself!

The usual locations:

As well as the usual mirrors, once they pick it up.

It is also available on CD from Walnut Creek CDROM, the project's principle sponsors. Please see the release notes for ordering information.

Any feedback should be sent to I will be leaving the country shortly (about 3 hours :) and will try to read my email as often as possible, but for quicker replies please send to the mailing list.

Thank you!


Date: Mon, 12 Jun 1995 00:33:07 -0700
From: Gary Palmer <>
To: announce@FreeBSD.ORGD
Subject: 2.0.5-RELEASE update

Yes, you have guessed it. As a result of the recent feedback we have had about the original 2.0.5-RELEASE, we have gone poking and found a couple of bugs on the original boot.flp image. There is now a /pub/FreeBSD/2.0.5-RELEASE/UPDATES directory on and with a version of boot.flp which will fix the following problems:

  • The kernel was too big to boot on 4Mb machines.
  • It was possible to specify the filesystem mount points in such a way that the program would mount the filesystem before the parent filesystem was mounted (e.g. it would mount /usr/local and then /usr)

As the CDROM has not gone to replication yet, this updated floppy image will be appearing on the CDROM.

Sorry to all those who had problems with the first boot floppy set - I will personally nail Jordan to his chair and nail the chair to the floor in front of his computer the next time we roll a release!


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