It is my great pleasure and privilege to announce the availability
of FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE.  This release is the next step in the
development of the 6.X branch, delivering several performance
improvements, many bugfixes, and a few new features.  These include:

~ Addition of a keyboard multiplexer.  This allows USB and PS/2
keyboards to coexist without any special options at boot.
~ Many fixes for filesystem stability.  High load stress tests are
now run successfully on a regular basis as part of the normal
FreeBSD QA process.
~ Automatic configuration for man Bluetooth devices, as well as
automatic support for running WiFi access points.
~ Addition of drivers for new ethernet and SAS and SATA RAID
~ BIND updated to 9.3.2
~ sendmail updated to 8.13.6

NOTE: It was discovered at the last minute that the errata notes
that were packaged with the release are out of date.  For a complete
list of known problems, please see the online errata list, available at:

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


FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE supports the i386, pc98, alpha, sparc64, amd64,
powerpc, and ia64 architectures and can be installed directly over
the net using bootable media or copied to a local NFS/FTP server.
Distributions for all architectures are available now.

Please continue to support the FreeBSD Project by purchasing media
from one of our supporting vendors.  The following companies will be
offering FreeBSD 6.1 based products:

~   FreeBSD Mall, Inc.
~   Daemonnews, Inc.

If you can't afford FreeBSD on media, are impatient, or just want to
use it for evangelism purposes, then by all means download the ISO
images.  We can't promise that all the mirror sites will carry the
larger ISO images, but they will at least be available from the
following sites.  MD5 and SHA256 checksums for the release images
are included at the bottom of this message.


The FreeBSD project encourages the use of BitTorrent for
distributing the release ISO images.  A collection of torrent files
to download the images is available at


At the time of this announcement the following FTP sites have
FreeBSD 6.1-RELEASE available.

FreeBSD is also available via anonymous FTP from mirror sites in the
following countries: Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada,
China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany,
Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Korea,
Lithuania, Amylonia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal,
Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Slovak Republic,
Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Thailand, Ukraine, and the United

Before trying the central FTP site, please check your regional
mirror(s) first by going to:


Any additional mirror sites will be labeled ftp2, ftp3 and so on.

More information about FreeBSD mirror sites can be found at:

For instructions on installing FreeBSD, please see Chapter 2 of The
FreeBSD Handbook.  It provides a complete installation walk-through
for users new to FreeBSD, and can be found online at:


Many companies donated equipment, network access, or man-hours to
finance the release engineering activities for FreeBSD 6.1 including
The FreeBSD Foundation, FreeBSD Systems, Hewlett-Packard, Yahoo!,
Sentex Communications, and Copan Systems.

The release engineering team for 6.1-RELEASE includes:

Scott Long <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>         Release Engineering,
Ken Smith <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>        I386, AMD64, Sparc64 Release
                                        Mirror Site Coordination
Robert Watson <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>     Release Engineering, Security
Doug White <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>         Release Engineering
Maxime Henrion <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>        Release Engineering
Hiroki Sato <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>           Release Engineering,
Murray Stokely <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>     Release Engineering
Marcel Moolenaar <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>   IA64 Release Building
Takahashi Yoshihiro <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>  PC98 Release Building
Wilko Bulte <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>         Alpha Release Building
Kris Kennaway <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>        Package Building
Joe Marcus Clark <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>   Package Building
Kiril Ponomarew <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>     Package Building
Colin Percival <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>   Security Officer

 CD Image Checksums

MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso) = b73e8dc202f64aa56606f6e3399bc83f
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso) = 2d6fc98a4cd11468f62ea0c7332affff
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-amd64-disc2.iso) = 6b48c41b5dc774ae727f3f0a8a91c96f

MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) = 11bb7fb4d2a781238008945f6bf65a4e
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) = cf1ce4ba48d664ce3977108a18ced6b8
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) = bc0f4a32a64e00c7cbfb839e6d5772f3

MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-ia64-bootonly.iso) = 94e83e6ba0281b58bd5af4a1004f8079
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-ia64-disc1.iso) = b3f957ef581f4267fdd2b0400ff492dd
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-ia64-disc2.iso) = e46c08dd1e46c825048ce5105497f900
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-ia64-livefs.iso) = 75f70e7c1f5bc295bc00841b19c00b63

MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-pc98-disc1.iso) = 923e86a2307d1dce7dfb3379a67885f4

MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) =
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-sparc64-disc1.iso) = c206054f9cecf629211f6fc2b068e9ff
MD5 (6.1-RELEASE-sparc64-disc2.iso) = b7b4db45c998f682ba57fef62f2b8fdc

SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-amd64-bootonly.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-amd64-disc1.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-amd64-disc2.iso) =

SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-i386-bootonly.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-i386-disc1.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-i386-disc2.iso) =

SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-ia64-bootonly.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-ia64-disc1.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-ia64-disc2.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-ia64-livefs.iso) =

SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-pc98-disc1.iso) =

SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-sparc64-bootonly.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-sparc64-disc1.iso) =
SHA256 (6.1-RELEASE-sparc64-disc2.iso) =

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