FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE

Date: Fri, 04 Nov 2005 08:40:04 -0700
From: Scott Long <scottl@FreeBSD.org>
To: freebsd-announce@FreeBSD.org
Subject: [FreeBSD-Announce] FreeBSD 6.0 Released

It is my great pleasure and privilege to announce the availability of FreeBSD 6.0-RELEASE. This release is the next step in delivering the high performance and enterprise features that have been under development in the FreeBSD 5.x series for that last several years. Some of the many changes since 5.4 include:

  • Significant performance improvements to the filesystem and direct disk access layers of the OS. The filesystem is now multithreaded and can take full advantage of multiple CPU systems.

  • Expanded support for wireless networking adapters and new support for the WPA wireless security protocol.

  • Experimental support for the PowerPC platform.

For a complete list of new features and known problems, please see the release notes and errata list, available at:

http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/6.0R/relnotes.html
http://www.FreeBSD.org/releases/6.0R/errata.html

For more information about FreeBSD release engineering activities, please see:

http://www.FreeBSD.org/releng

Windows Vista to support Symbolic Links

WindowsVista-sA feature Unix/Linux users have enjoyed for quite some time will make its way into Windows Vista when it ships next year. Ward Ralston, the developer who wrote the code explains on the TechNet blog about this new feature and how it differs from a shortcut.

 „In Vista/Longhorn server, the file system (NTFS) will start supporting a new filesystem object (examples of existing filesystem objects are files, folders etc.). This new object is a symbolic link. Think of a symbolic link as a pointer to another file system object (it can be a file, folder, shortcut or another symbolic link). So then you ask how is that different from a short-cut (the .lnk file)? Well, a shortcut will only work when used from within the Windows shell, it is a construct of the shell, and other apps don’t understand short-cuts. To other apps, short-cuts look just like a file. With symbolic links, this concept is taken and is implemented within the file system. Apps when they open a symbolic link will now open the target by default (i.e. what the link points to), unless they explicitly ask for the symbolic link itself to be opened. Note symbolic links are an NTFS feature.“

View: General information on Symbolic Links (Unix based)
News source: Windows Server Division Weblog