FreeBSD Foundation Announces FreeBSD 5.1
BOULDER, Colo., June 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The FreeBSD Foundation
announced today the availability of FreeBSD 5.1, the latest version
of the FreeBSD Project's powerful operating system.
This release is the product of three years of development on FreeBSD
version 5 and includes many improved and widely-sought features:
- Experimental threading libraries provide 1:1 and M:N kernel
support for multithreaded applications, accelerating performance
and allowing applications to take full advantage of multiple CPUs.
- Expanded hardware support includes USB 2.0, IBM/Adaptec ServeRAID
controllers, USB Ethernet adapters, and Promise and Intel Serial
- Enhanced "jail" management, allowing one server to provide many
different "virtual machines" with reduced administrator workload.
- Support for Physical Address Extensions, allowing the use of up
to 64GB of RAM on supported x86 platforms.
- Experimental support for AMD's Opteron 64-bit platform.
Building on the success of FreeBSD 5.0, FreeBSD 5.1 provides
additional infrastructure improvements set out for the 5.x series.
FreeBSD 5.1 ships with the latest applications and tools, and is
ready for immediate deployment as a desktop or server system for
those users who are interested in the latest FreeBSD technology.
For users tracking the mature 4.x release branch, FreeBSD 4.8 and
the forthcoming FreeBSD 4.9 will continue to provide the absolute
highest stability and performance.
FreeBSD is distributed under the Berkeley Software Distribtuion
License and is available for no cost on the Internet from the
FreeBSD Project page at
It is also available as a shrink-wrap product through many retail
vendors listed at http://www.FreeBSD.org/vendors.html.
About the FreeBSD Project
The FreeBSD Project provides a full 4.4BSD-Lite2 based operating
system for the x86, Itanium, Alpha and UltraSPARC platforms.
The FreeBSD Project includes several thousand developers from
dozens of countries around the world who funnel their work through
a team of several hundred core developers.
For more information, please visit FreeBSD on the Web at