October 29th, 2003, 15:28
I am happy to announce the availability of FreeBSD 4.9-RELEASE, the
latest release of the FreeBSD -STABLE development branch. Since
FreeBSD 4.8-RELEASE in April 2003, we have made conservative updates
to a number of software programs in the base system, dealt with known
security issues, and merged support for large memory i386 machines
with Page Address Extensions (PAE) from 5.1.

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

This release does not include all of the new technologies that were
introduced with FreeBSD 5.1 in June. Most developer resources are
focused on improving the FreeBSD 5.X branch, and this may very well be
the last major release of FreeBSD 4.X. The security officer team will
continue to actively support the 4.X branch according to the normal
policy. Additional 4.9.X releases may be made available when
necessitated by security vulnerabilities or high-impact bugfixes.

We encourage all our users to evaluate FreeBSD 5.1 and the upcoming
5.2. Because PAE support has only been a feature in 4.X for a few
months, it has not received wide-spread testing, and our most
conservative users may wish to stay with FreeBSD 4.8 until they choose
to migrate to 5.X.

For more information about the distinctions between FreeBSD 4.X and
5.X, or for general information about the FreeBSD release engineering
activities, please see :


FreeBSD 4.9-RELEASE supports the i386 and alpha architectures and can
be installed directly over the net using the boot floppies or copied
to a local NFS/FTP server.

Please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media
from one of our supporting vendors. The following companies have
contributed substantially to the development of FreeBSD:

FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
Daemonnews, Inc.

Each CD or DVD set contains the FreeBSD installation and application
package bits for the i386 ("PC") architecture. For a set of distfiles
used to build ports in the ports collection, please see the FreeBSD
Toolkit, a 6 CD set containing extra bits which no longer fit on the 4
CD set, or the DVD distribution.

If you can't afford FreeBSD on media, 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, 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:



Murray Stokely
(For the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team)

October 31st, 2003, 12:31
I want Freebie 5.2 :).

October 31st, 2003, 14:41
Here's the schedule, socomm.

enjoy :P

October 31st, 2003, 16:16
dammit... i gotta wait until Dec 2nd.. :( oh well gives them time to do it right..

October 31st, 2003, 17:03
If 5.2 is not at least one month late I will eat my mouse pad :wink: Don't get my wrong I love the os but at the very least the schedules are a month off. So I would plan on mid january.

October 31st, 2003, 21:19
Mouse pad... ? Those almost seem obsolete no a days with the optical mice now. If you do eat it, make sure you save it and post it up here..!!

November 1st, 2003, 16:25
Yeah I'm using an optical too. But I couldn't think of something remotely edible on my system. Any suggestions?

November 3rd, 2003, 12:12
the dust?

November 3rd, 2003, 19:45
Anybody know if FreeBSD is planning to add non-exec stack or ProPolice/PaX/whatever? I'd love to see it added to the default kernel, make it interesting to see more return to ebp and return-to-libc s' anyways :lol: I don't want people scanning my FreeBSD box getting dangerous thoughts now :o

November 3rd, 2003, 20:10
But I couldn't think of something remotely edible on my system. Any suggestions?

I think watching you eat a hard drive platter would be cool.

January 12th, 2004, 19:29
Vindication. :D