FreeBSD 11.4 Released: A UNIX-like Free And Stable Operating System

Glen Barber, release engineering lead at FreeBSD, has announced the fifth and final version 11.4 of the FreeBSD 11-STABLE branch. The new FreeBSD 11.4 comes with several changes and updates to userland applications, hardware support, devices, and device drivers.

FreeBSD 11.4: What’s New?

FreeBSD has supported the ZFS filesystem for longer than any operating system. To further enhance its functionality in FreeBSD, v11.4 now includes support for renaming ZFS bookmarks. Additionally, it has improved the latency of synchronous 128KB writes to increase 15 to 20% performance.

Among network, storage, and hardware support, v11.4 has added support for D-Link DWM-222 LTE dongle, JMicron JMB582, JMB585 AHCI controllers, and Intel Cannon Lake PCH.

Furthermore, it has upgraded several utility software to bring new functionality. For instance, the camcontrol utility now includes support for Accessible Max Address Configuration (AMA) and block description, usbconfig utility adds the detach_kernel_driver command.

Also, the jot utility now allows an endless stream of random data within the specified bounds and YPMAXRECORD value increase in yp subsystem for compatibility with Linux.

Here’s a list of other updated utilities, drivers, and packages that FreeBSD 11.4 includes:

  • Desktop environment KDE 5.18.4 and GNOME 3.28
  • freebsd-update utility update introduces two new commands
  • cron utility update adds two new flags in Crontab
  • Netatalk protocol removed from services
  • bzip2 1.0.8, tcsh 6.21.0, less 551, tcpdump 4.9.3, pkg 1.13.2 utility update
  • ng_nat, ena 2.2.0, crypto driver update
  • ubsec driver marked as deprecated

For a full list of new features, you can read the official release notes here.

How To Upgrade Or Install FreeBSD 11.4?

If you’re already using the previous version of the FreeBSD 11-STABLE branch, you can upgrade your system to v11.4 using the freebsd-update utility. If you don’t know how to upgrade FreeBSD, you can follow the official step-by-step guide from here.

FreeBSD 11.4-RELEASE is available for the amd64, i386, powerpc, powerpc64, sparc64, armv6, and aarch64 architectures. If you want a fresh installation from scratch, you can also download the images of FreeBSD 11.4 from here and follow the in-depth installation guide from here.