The third Beta version of FreeBSD 9.3, an operating system for x86, ARM, IA-64, PowerPC, PC-98, and UltraSPARC architectures, is now out and ready for download.
The FreeBSD developers are moving very fast and they’ve released yet another development version just days after the previous one.
“The third BETA build of the 9.3-RELEASE release cycle is now available on the FTP servers for the amd64, i386, ia64, powerpc, powerpc64 and sparc64 architectures. This is expected to be the final -BETA build of the 9.3-RELEASE cycle,” reads the official announcement.
According to the changelog, a new ttys flag, onifconsole, has been added, which activates ttyu0 if the device is an active kernel console, the NFSv4 server now allows users to create a hard link to a symbolic link, as was allowed in NFSv3, OpenSSL has been updated to 0.9.8za, and a deadlock caused by incorrect reference counts has been fixed in the USB driver.
Also, the arc4random library has been updated to match that in FreeBSD-CURRENT, the amount of data collected by hwpmc has been increased, and new pmcstat flag, “-l” has been added.
Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.