After over 16 years, OSDisc.com has closed. I started OSDisc to spread Linux and help new users get started. But providing DVDs today has little effect on the spread of Linux. I regularly see small distros that provide
tens of thousands of downloads, but few if any DVDs are provided by OSDisc. The vast majority of Linux users are downloading Linux themselves. And that's a great thing to see.
What we've accomplished:
Shipped over 300,000 discs and USB drives
Helped over 110,000 users get started with Linux
Answered over 25,000 tech support tickets
Given back over $200,000 to the open source community
Thank you to everyone for making OSDisc possible for the past 16 years.
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FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for modern server, desktop, and embedded computer platforms. FreeBSD's code base has undergone over thirty years of continuous development, improvement, and optimization. It is developed and maintained by a large team of individuals. FreeBSD provides advanced networking, impressive security features, and world class performance and is used by some of the world's busiest web sites and most pervasive embedded networking and storage devices.
FreeBSD 12.0-RELEASE Announcement
Some of the highlights:
OpenSSL has been updated to version 1.1.1a (LTS).
Unbound has been updated to version 1.8.1, and DANE-TA has been enabled by default.
OpenSSH has been updated to version 7.8p1.
Additonal capsicum(4) support has been added to sshd(8).
Clang, LLVM, LLD, LLDB, compiler-rt and libc++ has been updated to version 6.0.1.
The vt(4) Terminus BSD Console font has been updated to version 4.46.
The bsdinstall(8) utility now supports UEFI+GELI as an installation option.
The VIMAGE kernel configuration option has been enabled by default.
The NUMA option has been enabled by default in the amd64 GENERIC and MINIMAL kernel configurations.
The netdump(4) driver has been added, providing a facility through which kernel crash dumps can be transmitted to a remote host after a system panic.
The vt(4) driver has been updated with performance improvements, drawing text at rates ranging from 2- to 6-times faster.
Various improvements to graphics support for current generation hardware.
Support for capsicum(4) has been enabled on armv6 and armv7 by default.
The UFS/FFS filesystem has been updated to consolidate TRIM/BIO_DELETE commands, reducing read/write requests due to fewer TRIM messages being sent simultaneously.
The NFS version 4.1 server has been updated to include pNFS server support.
The pf(4) packet filter is now usable within a jail(8) using vnet(9).
The bhyve(8) utility has been updated to add NVMe device emulation.
The bhyve(8) utility is now able to be run within a jail(8).