February 25th, 2004, 09:18
As the subject indicates 5.2.1 has been released and iso's are available for download. I have not recieved the changelog yet. Actually it's not even posted yet. Looks like they are dropping the iso's on the ftp boxes as I type. So as of this post it's on ftp5 and ftp12, I can't get to some of the other ftp boxes so it may be being uploaded now.
You heard it here first.

February 26th, 2004, 08:29
Here is the offical least the beginning of it:

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It is once again my great privilege and pleasure to announce the
availability of FreeBSD 5.2.1-RELEASE. This is a 'point release' and
is indended to address several bugs and vulnerabilities discovered in
the FreeBSD 5.2 release. These include:

- Significantly improved ATA/IDE and SATA handling. Problems with
timeouts, error recovery, and certain master/slave configurations
have been largely addressed.
- The kdeadmin3 package has been updated to fix the password database
corruption issue found with the KUser tool.
- Third-party NSS modules can now support groups with many users.
- Mutlicast and promiscuous modes have been fixed in the 'sk' ethernet
driver, allowing it to operate in a DHCP environment.
- Latest updates to the XFree86 4.3 server to protect against several
published security vulnerabilities.

FreeBSD 5.2.1 also contains a number of other significant stability and
security improvements over FreeBSD 5.2. However, it is still
a 'New Technology' release and might not be suitable for all 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
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:

One interestng thing to note. In the prior 5.x rev's the core team pointed to release 5.3 as the next stable. Now that reference is missing. Maybe a little longer till stable is on the table. So to speak.

February 26th, 2004, 09:42
i was excted when 5.2 first came out... But now i judt dont feel like upgrading again... perhaps when 5.3 comes out..

February 26th, 2004, 14:37
I was reading the /. article about the release when I came across this post (

Has anyone played with the freebsd-update port?

Looks like lots of good things coming with 5.3. It's going to be fun. STABLE should be branched around the 5.3 release time or sooner. I can't wait to run STABLE again.

March 2nd, 2004, 17:22
I tried freebsd-update. Seemed to work fine. Went out and got the update and installed it. Then I reinstalled Debian on that box :(