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The FreeBSD Project dedicates this release to the memories of Jean-Marc Zucconi ([email protected]) and John Birrell ([email protected]) who passed away in May and November of 2009 respectively. Jean-Marc and John were both FreeBSD committers since the mid-1990s and made extensive contributions to the operating system. They will be missed.

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability
of FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE.  This release starts off the new 8-STABLE branch
which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.X and introduces many
new features.  Some of the highlights:

    - Xen Dom-U, VirtualBox guest and host, hierarchal jails
    - NFSv3 GSSAPI support, experimental NFSv4 client and server
    - 802.11s D3.03 wireless mesh networking and Virtual Access Point support
    - ZFS no longer in experimental status
    - ground-up rewrite of USB, including USB target support
    - continued SMP scalability improvements in many areas, especially VFS
    - revised network link layer subsystem
    - experimental MIPS architecture support

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the
online release notes and errata list, available at:

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please see: