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FreeBSD.org on Tuesday offered Release Candidate 5.2 of its open-source Unix project. The group is prepping a final candidate due in January.FreeBSD.org on Tuesday offered Release Candidate 5.2 of its open-source Unix project. The group is prepping a final candidate due in January. A new test version of the FreeBSD open-source Unix operating system was announced on Tuesday by Scott Long of the FreeBSD Release Engineering Team.
As a "release candidate," Version 5.2 RC2 is not recommended for the average FreeBSD user, but was made available for download for more experienced users to test and return bug reports, he said.
This update fixes "a number of glaring bugs," according to Long, including system panics during installation and dynamic library problems in the "fixit" environment. The RC2 downloads are available for i386-, PC98-, DEC Alpha- and SPARC64-based hardware.
The BSD family of Unix-based operating systems had their start in the 1970s at the University of California, Berkeley. Like Linux, it is an open-source project, though its copyright license is considered less restrictive than the GNU General Public License (GPL) used by many other similar projects. In turn, the FreeBSD project split off from general BSD development in 1993.