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FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE Announcement

Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 08:40:04 -0700
From: Scott Long <>
Subject: [FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 6.0 Released

It is my great pleasure and privilege to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE. This release is the next step in delivering the high performance and enterprise features that have been under development in the FreeBSD 5.x series for that last several years. Some of the many changes since 5.4 include:

  • Significant performance improvements to the filesystem and direct disk access layers of the OS. The filesystem is now multithreaded and can take full advantage of multiple CPU systems.

  • Expanded support for wireless networking adapters and new support for the WPA wireless security protocol.

  • Experimental support for the PowerPC platform.

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

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


FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE supports the i386, pc98, alpha, sparc64, amd64, powerpc, and ia64 architectures and can be installed directly over the net using bootable media or copied to a local NFS/FTP server. Distributions for all architectures are available now.

Please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media from one of our supporting vendors. The following companies will be offering FreeBSD 6.0 based products:

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. We can't promise that all the mirror sites will carry the larger ISO images, but they will at least be available from the following sites. MD5 and SHA256 checksums for the release images are included at the bottom of this message.


The FreeBSD project encourages the use of BitTorrent for distributing the release ISO images. A collection of torrent files to download the images is available at:


At the time of this announcement the following FTP sites have FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE available.

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, Amylonia, 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 6.0 including The FreeBSD Foundation, FreeBSD Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!, Sentex Communications, and SPARTA.

The release engineering team for 6.0-RELEASE includes:

Scott Long <> Release Engineering, I386 and AMD64 Release Building
Ken Smith <> Sparc64 Release Building, Mirror Site Coordination
Robert Watson <> Release Engineering, Security
Doug White <> Release Engineering
Murray Stokely <> Release Engineering
Marcel Moolenaar <> ia64 Release Building
Takahashi Yoshihiro <> pc98 Release Building
Wilko Bulte <> Alpha Release Building
Peter Grehan <> PowerPC Release Building
Kris Kennaway <> Package Building
Joe Marcus Clarke <> Package Building
Colin Percival <> Security Officer

CD Image Checksums

For Alpha:

MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 98499535a511e85ae5afe4542b6fd7f3
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-alpha-disc1.iso) = c8f316202b221035086a08709bc011a6
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-alpha-bootonly.iso) = 2fcc391dc123baaeaba34f4f925a22223f209d63260d9283d6ba77227bb23dbd
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-alpha-disc1.iso) = c71d06359a0dc0c6efb3aa9b40c80df62e359716454aaaf672556638b81b498a

For amd64:

MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso) = 4328c66c900ef6e6ddc1daf9dd8b731f
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso) = a4e427adaa2bfef868e2bc62d57fbf8d
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-amd64-disc2.iso) = 2f46d344681c1a82b146b3ed1df68e61
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso) = afa6eb02845185d1968cce02e752614394f8b9c09fc519ae1b61356c583d6df0
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso) = 449b08c98acc73508219e2a19de0787334fd9237123346b2c7949c3009540170
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-amd64-disc2.iso) = 25c3e3da1f2e0a0ecb8a23dd78f35f969cc17eba6072db6a41edab3ecfc2e2d4

For i386:

MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) = d71afd22be9ea7fe28e026575cbbb878
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) = cfe3c1a2b4991edd6a294ca9b422b9d5
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) = 1003806d98cd60ba4b672f4ca546ced3
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) = 97ee1c1ffc2774c1c2cdc63ed8820fd3aedf7f0b5bb6273b87e40a05e00b2d1f
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) = 0ad601dae704e941beb7d4617bf96b04055849a24835275c716f518eee7a12f1
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) = 1a82de4ff6733ee782da8df80cf66cf47266eefdb9f76cd19bf08063539c1aa0

For ia64:

MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 3246ae501dac0067d4085e216fcf376a
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc1.iso) = e2fbb0e3b19a26e0b2e72bb8c13a57e9
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc2.iso) = 2f5bbe94ec1438ecaa0b08915500d605
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-ia64-livefs.iso) = cb227ea0e1db6873dbcb56249bf45418
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 9e6d502f32b5dc2cfc3d2af69d1512eb0476e6320851b3ecb5918977780c3cda
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc1.iso) = fd9aaee8417a1701ebc72db6cd86d15f23738e743149f8a8cb9f6547ab5f336d
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc2.iso) = 65618e4547ef7f5238a4987622d34e3f05200b4d6d9c0affbca8931b317197d1
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-ia64-livefs.iso) = 3e2e689318f05e9946ad24f443019256e73459bb2000be6b9aaf96c7ec1eaae8

For pc98:

MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-pc98-disc1.iso) = 5ec7737af58ed3a2618523721dc17cec

For powerpc:

MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-powerpc-bootonly.iso) = 09219f4db3d3b94528413901757d2e49
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-powerpc-disc1.iso) = 2ad675f7e4010c51f173e6c636b18b76
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-powerpc-bootonly.iso) = 530db1240a5fc4ae4e91b589630ad74c04eab9113b752c0d101f8dc9d14236ba
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-powerpc-disc1.iso) = a7242065cca689d95c0c3611b1d8fdc38bb1c8b5207bc985289c46bcf75e7e00

For sparc64:

MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = cf6423fe3c344827fc4a0fb179e0e375
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 5ef7031b720f18bad2e216fb373c8da7
MD5 (6.0-RELEASE-sparc64-disc2.iso) = 31045ae89c097003fe06f77d0ee97227
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 17f1849d89bc98107bddc2b86c5b18f33dbc33351e388ea7003efadda6c575b4
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-sparc64-disc1.iso) = a212e35e8d016908ec9bc431c66c393ca7e43823aeb7b3333266420ef1b7380c
SHA256 (6.0-RELEASE-sparc64-disc2.iso) = 66ed27a2cb202b4249e00bad73609bfc4ffea4fcae8f941a30eb4b90bc0e43a9

Last modified on: May 15, 2021 by Allan Jude