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FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE Announcement

Date: Thu, 10 Oct 2002 07:47:54 -0700
From: "Murray Stokely" <>
Subject: FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE is now available

I am happy to announce the availability of FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE, the latest release of the FreeBSD -STABLE development branch. Since FreeBSD 4.6-RELEASE in June 2002, we have updated a number of software programs in the base system, such as GCC and sendmail. Several new drivers have been added for USB devices and disk controllers. We have also incorporated updates for XFree86 and our Linux emulation libraries.

FreeBSD 4.7 also incorporates all of the security and bug fixes from 4.6.2 (released in August 2002), including several ATA-related bugfixes, updates for OpenSSL and OpenSSH, and fixes to address several security advisories.

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

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities (including information about the upcoming FreeBSD 5.0), please see:


FreeBSD 4.7-RELEASE supports the i386 and alpha architectures and can be installed directly over the net using the boot floppies or copied to a local NFS/FTP server. Distributions for the i386 are available now. As of this writing, the final builds for the alpha architecture are in progress and will be made available shortly.

We can't promise that all the mirror sites will carry the larger ISO images, but they will at least be available from:

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, otherwise please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media from one of our supporting vendors. The following companies have contributed substantially to the development of FreeBSD:

FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
Daemon News

Each CD or DVD set contains the FreeBSD installation and application package bits for the i386 ("PC") architecture. For a set of distfiles used to build ports in the ports collection, please see the FreeBSD Toolkit, a 6 CD set containing extra bits which no longer fit on the 4 CD set, or the DVD distribution.

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:


Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 4.7 including The FreeBSD Mall, Compaq, Yahoo!, Sentex Communications, and NTT/Verio.

In addition to myself, the release engineering team for 4.7-RELEASE includes:

Bruce Mah <> Release Engineering, Documentation
Robert Watson <> Release Engineering, Security
John Baldwin <> Release Engineering, alpha Builds
Brian Somers <> Release Engineering
Steve Price <> Package Splits
Will Andrews <> Package Splits
Kris Kennaway <> Package Building

Please join me in thanking them for all the hard work which went into making this release. Many thanks are also due to the FreeBSD committers (, without whom there would be nothing to release, and thousands of FreeBSD users world-wide who have contributed bug fixes, features, and suggestions.


Murray Stokely
(For the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team)

Last modified on: May 15, 2021 by Allan Jude