FreeBSD 12.1 Beta 2 to be Rolled Out

There're changes and updates compared to the previous beta, released earlier
01 October 2019   532

The second beta release of FreeBSD 12.1 is published. FreeBSD 12.1-BETA2 is available for amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, powerpcspe, sparc64 and armv6, armv7 and aarch64 architectures. Additionally prepared images for virtualization systems (QCOW2, VHD, VMDK, raw) and Amazon EC2 cloud environments. The release of FreeBSD 12.1 is scheduled for November 4. An overview of the innovations can be found in the announcement of the first beta release.

Compared to the first beta version, errors in fusefs, strip, mpr, mps, ping6, jme, bhyve uart have been fixed. Added assembly modes WITH_PIE and WITH_BIND_NOW. The freebsd-update utility implements new commands 'updatesready' and 'showconfig'. In camcontrol, the 'devtype' command has been adjusted to work with SATL devices.

Linux 5.5 Kernel to be Released

The new version release took 2 months and it has adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers and 44% of chages relates to device drivers
27 January 2020   207

After two months of development, Linus Torvalds introduced the Linux 5.5 kernel release. Among the most notable changes: the ability to assign alternative names to network interfaces, the integration of cryptographic functions from the Zinc library, the ability to mirror more than 2 disks in Btrfs RAID1, the mechanism for monitoring the status of Live patches, the kunit unit testing framework, the increased performance of the mac80211 wireless stack, the ability to access to the root partition via the SMB protocol, type verification in BPF.

The new version adopted 15505 patches from 1982 developers, the patch size is 44 MB (the changes affected 11781 files, 609208 lines of code were added, 292520 lines were deleted). About 44% of all the changes presented in 5.5 are related to device drivers, about 18% of changes are related to updating the code specific to hardware architectures, 12% are connected to the network stack, 4% to file systems and 3% to internal kernel subsystems.

As always, new version brought the significant number of changes and improvements, you can check them at the official mainling at the LWM.