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FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE Announcement

Date: November 25, 2009

The FreeBSD Release Engineering Team is pleased to announce the availability of FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE. This release starts off the new 8-STABLE branch which improves on the functionality of FreeBSD 7.X and introduces many new features. Some of the highlights:

  • Xen Dom-U, VirtualBox guest and host, hierarchical jails.

  • NFSv3 GSSAPI support, experimental NFSv4 client and server.

  • 802.11s D3.03 wireless mesh networking and Virtual Access Point support.

  • ZFS is no longer in experimental status.

  • Ground-up rewrite of USB, including USB target support.

  • Continued SMP scalability improvements in many areas, especially VFS.

  • Revised network link layer subsystem.

  • Experimental MIPS architecture support.

The press release contains more information on this release.

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

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities please see:


The FreeBSD Project dedicates this release to the memories of Jean-Marc Zucconi (jmz@) and John Birrell (jb@) who passed away in May and November of 2009 respectively. Jean-Marc and John were both FreeBSD committers since the mid-1990s and made extensive contributions to the operating system. They will be missed.


FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE is now available for the amd64, i386, ia64, pc98, powerpc, and sparc64 architectures.

FreeBSD 8.0 can be installed from bootable ISO images or over the network. Some architectures (currently amd64 and i386) also support installing from a USB memory stick. The required files can be downloaded via FTP or BitTorrent as described in the sections below. While some of the smaller FTP mirrors may not carry all architectures, they will all generally contain the more common ones such as amd64 and i386.

MD5 and SHA256 hashes for the release ISO and memory stick images are included at the bottom of this message.

The purpose of the images provided as part of the release are as follows:


This contains everything necessary to install the base FreeBSD operating system, a collection of pre-built packages, and the documentation. It also supports booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode. This should be all you need if you can burn and use DVD-sized media.


This contains the base FreeBSD operating system and the documentation packages for CDROM-sized media. There are no other packages.


This contains support for booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode but does not support doing an install from the CD itself. It is meant to help rescue an existing system but could be used to do a network based install if necessary.


This supports booting a machine using the CDROM drive but does not contain the support for installing FreeBSD from the CD itself. You would need to perform a network based install (e.g. from an FTP server) after booting from the CD.


This can be written to an USB memory stick (flash drive) and used to do an install on machines capable of booting off USB drives. It also supports booting into a "livefs" based rescue mode. The documentation packages are provided but no other packages.

As one example of how to use the memstick image, assuming the USB drive appears as /dev/da0 on your machine something like this should work:

# dd if="8".0-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img of=/dev/da0 bs="10240" conv="sync"

Be careful to make sure you get the target (of=) correct.

FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE can also be purchased on CD-ROM or DVD from several vendors. One of the vendors that will be offering FreeBSD 8.0-based products is:


8.0-RELEASE ISOs are available via BitTorrent. A collection of torrent files to download the images is available at:


At the time of this announcement the following FTP sites have FreeBSD 8.0-RELEASE available.

However before trying these sites please check your regional mirror(s) first by going to:

  • ftp://ftp.<yourdomain>

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:

Updates from Source

The procedure for doing a source code based update is described in the FreeBSD Handbook:

The branch tag to use for updating the source is RELENG_8_0.

FreeBSD Update

The freebsd-update(8) utility supports binary upgrades of i386 and amd64 systems running earlier FreeBSD releases. Systems running 7.[012]-RELEASE, 8.0-BETA[1234], or 8.0-RC[123] can upgrade as follows:

# freebsd-update upgrade -r 8.0-RELEASE

During this process, FreeBSD Update may ask the user to help by merging some configuration files or by confirming that the automatically performed merging was done correctly.

# freebsd-update install

The system must be rebooted with the newly installed kernel before continuing.

# shutdown -r now

After rebooting, freebsd-update needs to be run again to install the new userland components:

# freebsd-update install

At this point, users of systems being upgraded from FreeBSD 8.0-BETA2 or earlier will be prompted by freebsd-update to rebuild all third-party applications (e.g., ports installed from the ports tree) due to updates in system libraries. See:

for more details. After updating installed third-party applications (and again, only if freebsd-update printed a message indicating that this was necessary), run freebsd-update again so that it can delete the old (no longer used) system libraries:

# freebsd-update install

Finally, reboot into 8.0-RELEASE:

# shutdown -r now


The FreeBSD Security Team currently plans to support FreeBSD 8.0 until November 30th, 2010. For more information on the Security Team and their support of the various FreeBSD branches see:


Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to support the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 8.0 including The FreeBSD Foundation, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!, NetApp, Internet Systems Consortium, and Sentex Communications.

The release engineering team for 8.0-RELEASE includes:

Ken Smith <> Release Engineering, amd64, i386, sparc64 Release Building, Mirror Site Coordination
Robert Watson <> Release Engineering, Security
Konstantin Belousov <> Release Engineering
Marc Fonvieille <> Release Engineering, Documentation
George Neville-Neil <> Release Engineering
Hiroki Sato <> Release Engineering, Documentation
Bjoern Zeeb <> Release Engineering
Marcel Moolenaar <> ia64, powerpc Release Building
Takahashi Yoshihiro <> PC98 Release Building
Joe Marcus Clarke <> Package Building
Erwin Lansing <> Package Building
Mark Linimon <> Package Building
Pav Lucistnik <> Package Building
Ion-Mihai Tetcu <> Package Building
Martin Wilke <> Package Building
Colin Percival <> Security Officer


FreeBSD is a registered trademark of The FreeBSD Foundation.

ISO Image Checksums

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MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso) = eba84fbd08133cbc8c9ed67be27ee0c8
MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso) = 44c016ae8812a266f710d1845722366d
MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-amd64-livefs.iso) = 8db54cfc97b2afa97fb13dbccace4bfa
MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img) = b4558fa30d13776988d86477e9631887
MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) = aede8888c250b648bf799d508bc9bf9d
MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) = ace0afedfa7c6e0ad12c77b6652b02ab
MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso) = 5336cd827991e4d4cff6d73c4a5ca105
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MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc1.iso) = e982547f376432d09be603b117f4da54
MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc2.iso) = 5bc7616212e6977c4f054a84ef538615
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MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-powerpc-disc2.iso) = 5967750bf681428d59070a133b272bfd
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MD5 (8.0-RELEASE-sparc64-livefs.iso) = 1ff6d6a449975dcc829f328b866f8128
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SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-amd64-dvd1.iso) = 408f7fdf3226d72564f2476fff365e4fd071bd48ddae26cd34755d808ad54b8b
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-amd64-livefs.iso) = ae939a96b3b3691df84227a33de5d5f4a76d469379dca27114c3557ed443a8f3
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-amd64-memstick.img) = b6cd7b0644f636f2099820ad1250940975fa3bfc19f74a0a94f69e75cc2be4c2
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) = 12e32cea29b2f7bf873df43321a1a93d45b48a6fbb37c8e1c7f3003d5ce82e5d
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) = d7ef47a76a20a716c006a635b476ed3515830b8442ded2702ed015f0bde32bcf
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-i386-dvd1.iso) = 8b7bc67599fffc443ebc08efae8a49dd4a0fed7512cfb02b963b9a218e7c286c
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-i386-livefs.iso) = feb8998bf2b9dbd6ae86f24feb9ab3c25983dc62c9f4a27f6a5314c3a4a7b59a
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-i386-memstick.img) = 7e9b9cd2fd7af0fa0715b826a034b83b0f732a544a51cac7539ead5522a08806
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-ia64-bootonly.iso) = c594debd1cb629bf4c906da79c4a6d47b24cf4836d7690f18bc42ee9e31b6b92
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc1.iso) = c7f4bd197ff9996ead66f4c77d077e115d18a2822e006bdfdc86a5824dcef37e
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc2.iso) = bfcd99680bc15e1b66329a0e71eaf6b38b44d1909a3fb43ba5485238e6807dfd
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-ia64-disc3.iso) = 8e8edea7117239af60c07c7e724567ea276fa32d8634f04dd30312e72b35df9a
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-ia64-dvd1.iso) = bd1c9a3e8a6a287ee7bef62b3e15646d76a97dec3108177a7c606706a7ee9952
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-ia64-livefs.iso) = 60a9a7738ad94765cad45dbc4f62913dd728b335d22bb4e5b065c0cae40a99db
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-pc98-bootonly.iso) = 7df38839c8da226bca8ef18b00f0b680074267b8333a393c3431f9b620f0ab9f
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-pc98-disc1.iso) = b41fb185b1e057ee36ae6e080021f309a379c3fdf5d45a0a40461092d31e052a
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-pc98-livefs.iso) = 1313ec3d5a28af8a85c181cd702b2adb91c783db7e2ad2021d311686ce5e0c2d
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-powerpc-bootonly.iso) = 78e18d76c24c9636b87f1946f2020a0a58fc70b80bcb925c27fa497b3c9e5bb4
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-powerpc-disc1.iso) = 80f5c024b61629b77a73fd396917c68b4d0215019a5e5aaf5882cf14144764a2
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-powerpc-disc2.iso) = 28c8e62c10b42fe5fb1e7a2235a6decbddbbfece0535ea42174c7ac937735068
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-powerpc-disc3.iso) = e36db6e05b434a0256e977cab9e3eedb5984b2c45c400a14d7c69bbf4dda9065
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) = 941b5e76a67960045040c268894b8666f5b7a8cbd2e9f98186f2618abb5bf431
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-sparc64-disc1.iso) = 2d0a74cf867fa34c5a073777cf2d8e2469906425c9a54068892bd2d58ac9c3c5
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-sparc64-dvd1.iso) = 482447b382fa50ffdc80e02a0cfd774e0eecf7d009e5b06864e8a4f828536876
SHA256 (8.0-RELEASE-sparc64-livefs.iso) = 7499ca1af16de7b3d431741b1551a4b59f277fda997d57cf2615155992beaef7

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