FreeBSD release 8.1-RC1 is now live, get a copy via download

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FreeBSD has released a new version, 8.1 is now live in the download section of the main website.

FreeBSD 8.1-RC1 Available…
Ken Smith kensmith at
Fri Jun 18 03:06:25 UTC 2010

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The first Release Candidate for the FreeBSD 8.1 release cycle is now
available for amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, and sparc64 architectures.
Files suitable for creating installation media or doing FTP based
installs through the network should be available on most of the
FreeBSD mirror sites. Checksums for the images are at the bottom
of this message.

For the amd64 and i386 architectures the DVD images have a preliminary
set of packages in the ISO files. Unfortunately due to some limitations
of the FTP mirroring system we are limited to images no larger than 2Gb
so the packages available on the installation media is limited (almost
down to just gnome/kde). We will work to remove that limitation but
that won't happen before 8.1 is to become available.

The target schedule for the release is available here:

and the wiki page tracking the current status is here:

If you find problems you can report them through the normal Gnats
based PR system or here on this mailing list.

If you are updating an already running machine the CVS branch
tag is RELENG_8_1, or if you prefer SVN use “releng/8.1″.

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64
systems running earlier FreeBSD releases. Systems running 8.0-RELEASE
or 8.1-BETA1 can upgrade as follows:

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 8.1-RC1

During this process, FreeBSD Update may ask the user to help by merging
some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically
performed merging was done correctly.

# freebsd-update install

The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before

# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new
userland components, and the system needs to be rebooted again:

# freebsd-update install
# shutdown -r now

Users of earlier FreeBSD releases (FreeBSD 7.x) can also use
freebsd-update to upgrade to FreeBSD 8.1-RC1, but will be prompted to
rebuild all third-party applications (e.g., anything installed from the
ports tree) after the second invocation of “freebsd-update install”, in
order to handle differences in the system libraries between FreeBSD 7.x
and FreeBSD 8.x.

DateSeptember 18, 2010