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Linux Top 3: CoreOS 1010.1.0, FreeBSD and PC-BSD 10.3

  • April 10, 2016
  • By Sean Michael Kerner

1) FreeBSD

Yes of course, we *know* that FreeBSD isn't Linux, but aside from using a different kernel (a big aside of course), there are a lot of common areas between modern BSD and Linux.

With FreeBSD 10.3 in fact Linux compatibility is a key area of improvement. According to the FreeBSD 10.3 release notes:


The Linux compatibility layer has been substantially improved and now is capable of running 64-bit applications on amd64 (x86_64), 1:1 threading, VDSO and subset of the epoll(7) family sufficient for the majority of programs.


2) PC-BSD 10.3

FreeBSD is mostly targeted at servers, but when it comes to the desktop, PC-BSD provides a more optimized desktop experience. The new PC-BSD 10.3 update is based on the core FreeBSD 10.3 update, providing numerous bug fixes and incremental updates:


PC-BSD 10.3 notable Changes
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* FreeBSD 10.3-RELEASE base system
* Using FreeBSD boot-loader for install media, will be used for installed system in 11.0 as well
* Updated Qt tool-chain to support Qt 5.5.X
* Life-preserver bug-fixes to remote replication
* Made GRUB an optional package, in prep for 11.0
* Mount Tray will auto-start playback of CD/DVD's upon insert detection
* Numerous bug fixes in the installer for UEFI / GPT setups
* Bug-fixes to cleaning up old 'gmirror' installations
* Firefox 45.0
* Chromium 48.0.2564.116
* Thunderbird 38.6.0
* Lumina 0.8.8



3) CoreOS

CoreOS is a very fast moving Linux distribution that is optimized for container delivery, and has  three main release tracks: Stable, Beta and Alpha. The most recent Alpha release represents the leading edge of development and including the Linux 4.5.0 kernel, Docker 1.10.3 and rkt 1.2.1. Also of note is that DHCPv6 is now enabled in the operating system.

Changes:

  •     DSA support has been removed from OpenSSH
  •     Enabled DHCPv6
  •     Added prefixes to grub TPM events to indicate their provenance
  •     tpm_hostpolicy tool generates a TPM policy file based on host characteristics
  •     Known good TPM PCR values for CoreOS are now shipped alongside the OS






Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at LinuxPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist

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