It is my great pleasure and privilege to announce the availability of
FreeBSD 2.2.9-RELEASE. This release is the culmination of SEVENTY-SEVEN
months of tireless work by the FreeBSD developers, users, their children,
and their pets. Significant features in this release:
- - XFree86 3.3.3, the industry leader in support for cutting edge PCI
graphics adapters and 2D acceleration.
- - The 8GB barrier in IDE drive sizes has finally been broken. The wd(4)
driver now supports unimaginable sizes of 137GB on a single drive!
- - Support for all of the latest high-speed FAST-WIDE (20MB/s) SCSI-2
- - The Linux emulator is now able to run Quake2 out-of-the-box.
A full description of the release can be found here:
FreeBSD 2.2.9-RELEASE supports the i386 architecture and can be installed
directly over the net using bootable media or copied to a local NFS/FTP
Please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media
from one of our supporting vendors. The following companies will be
offering FreeBSD 2.2.9 based products:
If you can't afford FreeBSD on media, are impatient, or just want to
use it for evangelism purposes, then by all means download the ISO
images. We can't promise that all the mirror sites will carry the
larger ISO images, but they will at least be available from the
At the time of this announcement the following FTP sites have FreeBSD
FreeBSD is also available via anonymous FTP from mirror sites in the
following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada,
China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Lithuania,
the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Romania,
Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain,
Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
Before trying the central FTP site, please check your regional
mirror(s) first by going to:
Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.
More information about FreeBSD mirror sites can be found at:
For instructions on installing FreeBSD, please see Chapter 2 of The
FreeBSD Handbook. It provides a complete installation walk-through
for users new to FreeBSD, and can be found online at:
The release engineering team for 2.2.9-RELEASE includes:
Scott Long <sco...@FreeBSD.org> Release Engineering
Ruslan Ermilov <r...@FreeBSD.org> I386, creative director
Sniffy The Wonder Cat Warrm lap, typing assistance
Max The Dancing Cat Early morning wakeups, QA
Sammy The Tiny Cat Face licks, QA
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