Announcement: FreeBSD 7.2 release

The FreeBSD 7.2 release is out!

Ken Smith has posted the official email announcement of 7.2-RELEASE earlier today:

This is the third minor release in the 7.X branch of FreeBSD development, and it includes many bug fixes, improvements, and a few nice new features:

  • Support for fully transparent use of superpages for application memory
  • The kernel virtual address space has been bumped to 6 GB on amd64 systems. This improves performance for large kmem consumers, i.e. the zfs(8) adaptive replacement cache (arc)
  • Support for multiple IPv4 and IPv6 addresses for jails
  • The integrated csup(1) source update utility now support CVSmode, making it possible to ftech full CVS mirrors of remote CVS repositories
  • GNOME has been updated to version 2.26 and KDE to version 4.2.2
  • The sparc64 build now supports UltraSPARC-III processors

Many other updates to userland tools have been backported from the CURRENT branch. For a full list of the improvements and bug fixes see the 7.2 release notes

The full release notes and last minute errata are available online at:

The 7.2 release marks another important milestone in the 7.X release series. It is the continuation of the excellent 7.1 release. We hope that the improvements of the 7.2 release, especially the jail and superpage support, will make it an even more attractive platform for our userbase.

Happy upgrading and enjoy the latest FreeBSD 7.X release!