I look forward to the new backgrounds and GUI theme
As always, I look forward to the minimal amount of breakage in the new release and zero replacement of the init system
Also, in all fairness, even though I will probably never use an ARM64 or PowerPC chip in my lifetime it is still great seeing FreeBSD support more of this hardware. It kinda just shows that FreeBSD is looking out for the future (if this type of hardware ever does actually hit off).
The introduction, and use of command.com as default. I'm also looking forward to having finally having a /System32/ in /.
targeting a smaller kernel
...as in not necessarily reducing the number of drivers in GENERIC. But making the code for those drivers smaller. I know; probably a pipe dream. But still...
tankist02 You need to choose more wisely. Call it luck but I've never had hardware issues except for one Broadcom network card in almost 15 years of using FreeBSD. My current high end workstation, I chose parts I knew worked with FreeBSD. Off the shelf components but name brand parts easily found and widely used like Gigabyte, nVidia, etc. It was easy. I bought them all from Newegg cause it was cheaper than the local Microcenter store which also carried the same things.
just the same of course all the time you need to have the mind set in solving problems but in freebsd at the time there are minor problems that could be fixed but for some reason the maintainers are not even willing to check anything.
tankist02 For the longest time, when I first started my web dev company, I would pick up Windows computers from people who were "updating" theirs and we'd use them as servers and workstations till we got bigger. We didn't have to buy any hardware for five years I think and continued to use some of that till just five years ago .
Woah, I need to read the FreeBSD Foundation's press releases more frequently.
I thought both of these features both required block pointer rewrite, and that that was something that was basically never going to happen... Or is it a more limited version of BPR that still lacks defragmentation support? Also, is there any way to go from a mirrored pool to a RAID-Z1 (e.g. two to three disk pool)?
I checked out the page that SirDice shared, and sadly I don't see anything that I'm looking for (ie: BCM4331 support), but still excited for the improved hardware support. FreeBSD is such a well organized operating system. It only gets better when it can be used with more stuff.
I thought both of these features both required block pointer rewrite, and that that was something that was basically never going to happen... Or is it a more limited version of BPR that still lacks defragmentation support?
Haven't looked into it since it was first talked about but I believe it's a bit hacky and redirects blocks that were on the removed device to a new location. I still think you're better off avoiding removing devices unless you get really stuck,
UPDATE about the "ZFS Native Encryption" implementation, and it seems it will just be merged on HEAD after the code freeze be lifted. So, if we are lucky it come on 12.1-RELEASE.
Yeah I saw encryption mentioned on the mailing list today, which at the moment is just on GitHub. I'm not really a fan of the timed releases for .0 versions. It ends up with major new versions often containing just incremental changes, rather than reviewing possible major features, such as zfs encryption, and planning to get them in for the release. Apart from general improvements and a few new drivers I don't think there's much to get excited about in 12, and a major feature like zfs encryption may randomly appear in a minor point release.