FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE Released, Which comes with many Improvements

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE on July 09th 2019.

This is the fourth release of the stable release of FreeBSD 11 branch.

It supports the following 7 architectures.

  • 64-bit PC (amd64)
  • 32-bit PC (i386)
  • POWER Processors
  • powerpc64
  • 64-bit ARM (AArch64)
  • sparc64
  • armv6

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The notable updates are as follow:

The clang, llvm, lld, lldb, and compiler-rt utilities as well as libc++ have been updated to upstream version 8.0.0.

The ELF Tool Chain has been updated to version r3614.

OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.0.2s.

The ZFS filesystem has been updated to implement parallel mounting.

The loader has been updated to extend geli support to all architectures.

The pkg utility has been updated to version 1.10.5.

The KDE desktop environment has been updated to version 5.15.3.

The GNOME desktop environment has been updated to version 3.28.

The kernel will now log the jail ID when logging a process exit.

Several feature additions and updates to userland applications.

Several network driver firmware updates.

Warnings for features deprecated in future releases will now be printed on all FreeBSD versions.

Warnings have been added for IPSec algorithms deprecated in RFC 8221.

Deprecation warnings have been added for weaker algorithms when creating geli providers.

For cloud users, cloud images are available for Amazon EC2 and Google Compute Engine. Google Compute Engine instances can be deployed using the gcloud utility

How to Perform the Upgrade from FreeBSD 11.2-RELEASE to FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE?

The freebsd-update utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases. Systems running 11.2-RELEASE can upgrade as follows:

Run the following command to fetch the packages which is belongs to 11.3-RELEASE.

# freebsd-update fetch
# freebsd-update install

Perform the upgrade from 11.2-RELEASE to FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 11.3-RELEASE
# freebsd-update install

The system must now be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before the non-kernel components are updated.

# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, we need to run the following command again to install the new userland components. This will rebuild all third-party applications.

# freebsd-update install

After updating installed third-party applications, run the following command again so that it can delete the old (no longer used) system libraries.

# freebsd-update install

Finally, reboot into 11.3-RELEASE

# shutdown -r now

FreeBSD 11.3-RELEASE Download Link:

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