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    Default FInally, FreeBSD 8.0 Released

    Phoronix: FInally, FreeBSD 8.0 Released

    The much-anticipated FreeBSD 8.0 release is finally available, albeit it's arriving more than a month late. FreeBSD 8.0 replaces GCC with Clang/LLVM as the default compiler, improvements to the Jails subsystem, a new USB stack, the ULE 3.0 scheduler that's optimized for SMP environments, Sun's D-Trace support for kernel traces, NFSv4 support, network improvements, improved ZFS file-system support, and much more. FreeBSD 8.0 is available from their (FTP server), while we still have been waiting on an official release announcement...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=NzczNg

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    They have NOT switched to LLVM/Clang. It's still very experimental and not officially supported in any way, and not included by default (although available in the ports tree).

    Code:
    [root@chaos ~]# cc --version
    cc (GCC) 4.2.1 20070719  [FreeBSD]
    Copyright (C) 2007 Free Software Foundation, Inc.
    This is free software; see the source for copying conditions.  There is NO
    warranty; not even for MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE.
    
    [root@chaos ~]# clang
    -su: clang: command not found

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    The usual phoronix "journalism".

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    a new usb stack
    They finally stoped using Linux emulation code or it's just its new emulation stack?

    the ULE 3.0
    It seems not only Gnome is affected by marketing. Good to know it wasn't optimized for SMP systems before.

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    hey guys, what's your problem with this article, and with freebsd ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bulletxt View Post
    hey guys, what's your problem with this article, and with freebsd ?
    I don't see anyone complaining about FreeBSD at all, just the article.

    Personally don't see much benefit in Phoronix jumping the gun on this one, either. Is it really too much to wait for the official release announcement from FreeBSD?

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    Nice, so I guess PC-BSD 8.0 is not so far away, can't wait to check it out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kraftman View Post
    They finally stoped using Linux emulation code or it's just its new emulation stack?
    FreeBSD did not used Linux emulation to provide USB support before this new version ...

    FreeBSD used its own USB stack, but it was outdated, so it was better to create something better with better design the to update the current one.

    Also, FreeBSD DOES NOT EMULATE Linux, it only provides BINARY COMPATIBILITY, an ABI/API of Linux (like WINE for Windows), its even faster then NATIVE LINUX, its the reason why MATRIX [1] movie was rendered on FreeBSD cluster with applications running in Linux Binary Compatibility, it was just faster.

    [1] http://www.freebsd.org/news/press-rel-1.html

    Quote Originally Posted by kraftman View Post
    It seems not only Gnome is affected by marketing. Good to know it wasn't optimized for SMP systems before.
    Its an improovement, not a new feature, SMP is even better [2] [3] now then before.

    [2] http://jeffr-tech.livejournal.com/22432.html
    [3] http://jeffr-tech.livejournal.com/21310.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermaden View Post
    FreeBSD did not used Linux emulation to provide USB support before this new version ...

    FreeBSD used its own USB stack, but it was outdated, so it was better to create something better with better design the to update the current one.
    They were/are using Linux emulation layer for some reasons.

    Also, FreeBSD DOES NOT EMULATE Linux, it only provides BINARY COMPATIBILITY, an ABI/API of Linux (like WINE for Windows), its even faster then NATIVE LINUX, its the reason why MATRIX [1] movie was rendered on FreeBSD cluster with applications running in Linux Binary Compatibility, it was just faster.
    You've got to be kidding. I don't buy their propaganda like some infamous benchmarks. LOTR[2], Shrek and some other films were rendered using Linux. Linux is not mentioned in link you gave, so you base on what saying they chose Freebsd over Linux, because Freebsd was faster? About this emulation (ok, compatibility) being faster it's mentioned in Freebsd documentation and there's something like: some people report Q3 is faster using emulation... Such crap.

    Another example is the very popular Shrek movie made at the DreamWorks studios, and the renderfarm used has a 1,000+ processors, 80% Linux and 20% IRIX.
    Disney, DreamWorks, Pixar use Linux over Freebsd, so it must be faster.

    Oh, are you sure about Matrix:

    http://www.linuxjournal.com/article/9951
    http://news.softpedia.com/news/Holly...ux-45571.shtml

    s an improovement, not a new feature, SMP is even better [2] [3] now then before.
    Marketing bull - version.
    Last edited by kraftman; 11-24-2009 at 04:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vermaden View Post
    Also, FreeBSD DOES NOT EMULATE Linux, it only provides BINARY COMPATIBILITY, an ABI/API of Linux (like WINE for Windows), its even faster then NATIVE LINUX, its the reason why MATRIX [1] movie was rendered on FreeBSD cluster with applications running in Linux Binary Compatibility, it was just faster.
    HAHAHAHA tell this to the Hollywood guys who prefer over 95% of their systems (both desktops and servers) to run Linux. If there was better sound support and sound software in Linux they would replace the few mac and windows boxes with Linux as well.
    Now about the link you posted, it just said the Silicon Graphics infrastructure was slow and thus they replaced it with x86 that run FreeBSD. They don't say why they made this decision. Probably Dell's offering was the most economical and fastest to be delivered and thus they just used them. After all they were just 32 machines. Nothing exceptional. They rendered some effects and that was all. They didn't made the whole movie with these ones and ofcourse they don't say that they prefered FreeBSD instead of Linux, especially beacuse the binary compatibilit was faster...
    But ofcourse they know nothing, someone should tell them how fast FreeBSD is. It has been proven after all during all these years and benchmarks...

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