over FreeBSD 5.1. However, it is still considered a 'New Technology' release
and might not be suitable for all users. Users with more conservative needs
may prefer to continue using FreeBSD 4.X.
The features are:
- Full Tier-1 support for single and multiprocessor AMD Athlon64 and Opteron
- Dynamically linked root partition for a smaller installation footprint
and better integration with the Name Service Switch subsystem.
- New and improved driver support for IDE, SATA, and 802.11a/b/g devices,
and significantly better integration with the ACPI power management subsystem.
- Client support for the Network File System version 4 protocol.
- Experimental first-stage support for multithreaded filtering and forwarding
of IP traffic. This also provides the foundation for a fully multi-threaded
network stack in the next release of FreeBSD.
- In-box support for the latest Gnome 2.4 and KDE 3.1 desktops.