The FreeBSD project has announced the availability of FreeBSD 13.0. After an extended development cycle, FreeBSD has arrived with a number of key improvements and features, in particular ARM64 is now a Tier 1 architecture, meaning it will receive additional support:
- Removed the obsolete version of the GNU debugger that was installed to /usr/libexec for use by crashinfo(8). Detailed kernel crash information can be obtained by installing modern GDB from ports or packages.
- Removed the obsolete binutils 2.17 and gcc(1) 4.2.1 from the tree.
- All supported architectures now use the LLVM/clang toolchain.
- The BSD version of grep(1) is now installed by default. The obsolete GNU version that was the previous default has been removed.
- Removed CU-SeeMe support from libalias(3). The qat(4) driver has been added, supporting some of the cryptographic acceleration functions of the Intel QuickAssist (QAT) device.
- The qat(4) driver supports the QAT devices integrated with Atom C2000 and C3000 and Xeon C620 and D-1500 platforms, and the Intel QAT Adapter 8950.
- Several deprecated drivers have been removed.
- Several drivers have been ported to the PowerPC64 architecture.
- The kernel now supports in-kernel framing and encryption of Transport Layer Security (TLS) data on TCP sockets for TLS versions 1.0 through 1.3.