FreeBSD 9.0 Released

January 14, 2012
FreeBSD engineering team has released FreeBSD ver 9.0. This is the first release from the stable/9 branch, which improves on stable/8 and adds many new features.

New features in FreeBSD 9.0

  • A new installer, bsdinstall(8) has been added and is the installer used by the ISO images provided as part of this release
  • The Fast Filesystem now supports softupdates journaling
  • ZFS updated to version 28
  • Updated ATA/SATA drivers support AHCI, moved into updated CAM framework.
  • Highly Available Storage (HAST) framework.
  • Kernel support for Capsicum Capability Mode, an experimental set of features for sandboxing support.
  • User-level DTrace
  • The TCP/IP stack now supports pluggable congestion control framework and five congestion control algorithm implementations available .
  • NFS subsystem updated, new implementation supports NFSv4 in addition to NFSv3 and NFSv2.
  • High Performance SSH (HPN-SSH).
  • Flattened device tree (FDT), simplifying FreeBSD configuration for embedded platforms.
  • The powerpc architecture now supports Sony Playstation 3.
  • The LLVM compiler infrastructure and clang have been imported.
  • Gnome version 2.32.1, KDE version 4.7.3
Read the full release notes and errata for the details. FreeBSD 9.0-RELEASE ISOs are available via BitTorrent. A collection of torrent files to download the images is available at: