What’s New in FreeBSD 11.0

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FreeBSD 11.0 was officially released on September 28th, 2016.

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This release is a marginal update, mostly consisting of performance increases, new hardware support, and security improvements. There are only a few new features.

Here are some highlights:

  • NFS performance greatly improved
  • NVMe support enabled by default
  • Options for some common system hardening options added in the installer
  • Support for several more ARM chips and single board computers based on them like the Raspberry Pi 2
  • Improved protection for ping from network attacks
  • Support for more wi-fi cards
  • Support for newer RAID cards including 12Gbps controllers
  • Sandboxing enabled by default in OpenSSH
  • About a 3% increase in PPS (packets per second) through the pf firewall
  • The bhyve hypervisor gained initial support for Windows guests