Post: releases, tech | Feb 6, 2014

Halon 3.2 based on FreeBSD 10 in the pipeline

We’ve been using beta and release candidate versions of FreeBSD 10 for some time, so that we were prepared to ship a major update based on FreeBSD 10, shortly after it’s announced. It has received lot’s of testing, with only a few issues (reported upstream). FreeBSD 10 brings numerous improvements, and we’re very pleased with its stability as well.

Some of the improvements that our customers will notice and enjoy are;

  • LDNS and Unbound as replacement for BIND (as resolver and DNS cache)
  • Hyper-V para-virtualization, bringing gigabit networking, VLANs, accelerated SCSI disk support, and much more.
  • Virtio (KVM) para-virtualization, for greatly improved network and disk performance
  • Support for VMware’s VMXNET3 driver
  • Support for Xen’s PVHVM mode, an hybrid virtualisation mode
  • Improved AES-NI support bringing higher encryption performance
  • Ability to grow mounted filesystems, allowing us to automatically resize the storage disk
  • Using the innovative clang as compiler

In addition to this, we’ve overhauled large portions of our systems (this is a major release, after all), including (but not limited to);

It’ll be available within short, when it has passed its testing phase.