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FreeBSD 5.2-RELEASE Announcement

Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2004 13:25:30 -0700 (MST)
From: Scott Long <>
Subject: [FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 5.2 Released!

It is once again my great privilege and pleasure to announce the availability of FreeBSD 5.2-RELEASE. Building upon the success of FreeBSD 5.1, this release includes:

  • Full Tier-1 support for single and multiprocessor AMD Athlon64 and Opteron systems.
  • Dynamically linked root partition for a smaller installation footprint and better integration with the Name Service Switch subsystem.
  • New and improved driver support for IDE, SATA, and 802.11a/b/g devices, and significantly better integration with the ACPI power management subsystem.
  • Client support for the Network File System version 4 protocol.
  • Experimental first-stage support for multithreaded filtering and forwarding of IP traffic. This also provides the foundation for a fully multi-threaded network stack in the next release of FreeBSD.
  • In-box support for the latest Gnome 2.4 and KDE 3.1 desktops.

FreeBSD 5.2 also contains a number of significant stability and performance improvements over FreeBSD 5.1. However, it is still considered a 'New Technology' release and might not be suitable for all users. Users with more conservative needs may prefer to continue using FreeBSD 4.X. Information on the various trade-offs involved, as well as some notes on future plans for both FreeBSD 4.X and 5.X, can be found in the Early Adopter's Guide, available here:

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the release notes and errata list, available here:

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please see:


FreeBSD 5.2-RELEASE supports the i386, pc98, alpha, sparc64, amd64, and ia64 architectures and can be installed directly over the net using the boot floppies or copied to a local NFS/FTP server. Distributions for all architectures are available now.

Please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media from one of our supporting vendors. The following companies will be offering FreeBSD 5.2 based products:

FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
Daemonnews, Inc.

If you can't afford FreeBSD on media, are impatient, or just want to use it for evangelism purposes, then by all means download the ISO images. We can't promise that all the mirror sites will carry the larger ISO images, but they will at least be available from:

FreeBSD is also available via anonymous FTP from mirror sites in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania, Amylonia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.

Before trying the central FTP site, please check your regional mirror(s) first by going to:


Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.

More information about FreeBSD mirror sites can be found at:

For instructions on installing FreeBSD, please see Chapter 2 of The FreeBSD Handbook. It provides a complete installation walk-through for users new to FreeBSD, and can be found online at:


Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 5.2 including The FreeBSD Mall, Compaq, Yahoo!, Sentex Communications, and NTT/Verio.

The release engineering team for 5.2-RELEASE includes:

Scott Long <> Release Engineering, IA32 and Alpha Release Building
Bruce A. Mah <> Release Engineering, Documentation
Robert Watson <> Release Engineering, Security
John Baldwin <> Release Engineering
Murray Stokely <> Release Engineering
Ken Smith <> Sparc64 Release Building, Mirror Site Coordinator
Marcel Moolenaar <> IA64 Release Building
David O'Brien <> AMD64 Release Building
Takahashi Yoshihiro <> PC98 Release Building
Kris Kennaway <> Package Building
Joe Marcus Clarke <> Package Building
Jacques A. Vidrine <> Security Officer

CD Image Checksums

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