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FreeBSD 2.1.7 Release Notes
0. What is this release?
FreeBSD 2.1.7R is the follow-on release to 2.1.6R and focuses primarily
on fixing bugs and closing security holes, the most notable being the
setlocale() bug (see ftp://freefall.FreeBSD.org/pub/CERT) in 2.1.6R.
For more information on our bleeding-edge development, please see
0. What's New since 2.1.6-RELEASE?
Since the setlocale() security hole forced us to do another release
along the 2.1-STABLE branch, we focused on pulling in a lot of
additional bug fixes and security enhancements as well, taking
also some time to upgrade sysinstall to deal with the MSDOSFS
installation bugs which have hosed so many people & to upgrade
a few selected utilities. Aside from these, there are few functional
changes in 2.1.7R.
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.
Support for the 3COM 3C590 and 3C595 ethernet cards.
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.
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: