FreeBSD 2.1.5 Release Notes
0. What is this release?
FreeBSD 2.1.5R is the follow-on release to 2.1R and focuses primarily
on fixing bugs, closing security holes and conservative enhancements.
For more information on bleeding-edge development, please see
1. What's New since 2.1.0-RELEASE?
Quite a few things have changed since the last major release
of FreeBSD. To make it easier to identify specific changes,
we've broken them into several major categories:
Device Drivers:
Support for the Adaptec AIC7850 on-board SCSI adapter.
Support for Specialix SI and XIO serial cards.
Support for the Stallion EasyIO, EasyConnection 8/32 and
EasyConnection 8/64, as well as the older Onboard and Brumby serial
Support for the Intel EtherExpress Pro/100B PCI ethernet card.
Real PCI Buslogic support (new driver and probing order).
Support for the ARNET (now Digiboard) Sync 570i high-speed serial card.
Better support for the Matrox Meteor frame grabber card.
Support for the Connectix Quickcam (parallel port camera).
Worm driver - it is now possible to burn CDROMs using the Plasmon or
HP 4080i CDR drives (see
wormcontrol(1)). NOTE: If your drive
probes as a CD rather than a WORM, some additional patches may be
required from -current to get it working for you. We decided not to
bring these changes over by default as they make too many changes to
the SCSI subsystem (not necessarily bad changes, but more risky).
Kernel features:
Various VM system enhancements and more than a few bugs fixed.
A concatenated disk driver for simple types of RAID applications.
See the man page for
for more information.
Real PCI bus probing (before ISA) and support for various PCI bridges.
The Linux emulation is now good enough to run the Linux version of
Netscape, with JAVA support (as well as a number of other Linux
Userland code updates:
The system installation tool has been revamped with slightly different
menu behavior and a number of bugs have been fixed. It's hoped that
this installation will be more intuitive for new users than previous
ones (feedback welcomed, of course) as well as more useful in the
post-install scenario (I know, I keep saying this :-).