What’s new and improved in FreeBSD 11? – DebYum.

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FreeBSD 11, where BSD stands for Berkeley Software Distribution, is a free Unix-like security oriented operating system. It has its own kernel known as BSD kernel. There are other versions of BSD like NetBSD or OpenBSD or DragonFlyBSD but FreeBSD is one of the most popular ones.

It was first released in 1993 and now the 11th version of FreeBSD is available for download and testing. The part I like most about FreeBSD (other than whole operating system) is its mascot, the Red Demon.

FreeBSD 11 offers performance, security and it is ideal for server deployments. The FreeBSD team develops the whole operating system (base operating system) plus the kernel itself.

FreeBSD is also very easy to install. You can install it through CD-ROM or USB. For USB install, you can use Rufus or unetbootin to make it bootable.

Let’s take a look at the features of latest version of FreeBSD. No 11.

  • OpenSSH DSA key generation has been disabled by default in the latest version of FreeBSD. That means you need to update your OpenSSH keys before upgrading to latest version of OpenBSD.
  • For security reasons, support for SSH Protocol version 1 has been removed in new FreeBSD 11 release.
  • OpenSSH has been updated to 7.2p2.
  • Wireless Improvements in FreeBSD 11. Support for 802.11n has been added in latest FreeBSD.
  • Broader wireless network driver support has been added in Latest release.
  • The svnlite(1) utility has been updated to version 1.9.4.
  • The libblacklist(3) library and applications have been ported from the NetBSD Project.
  • Improvements in Storage Subsystem and also include Upgraded Version of OpenZFS. For more info on OpenZFS project, you can check their main website.
  • Improvements in Virtualization. The Hyper-V™ drivers have been updated with several enhancements.
  • Support for the AArch64 (arm64) architecture has been added.
  • Native graphics support has been added to the bhyve(8) hypervisor.
  • Support for the IPX network transport protocol has been removed, and will not be supported in FreeBSD 11 and later releases.

Download the Latest version of FreeBSD 11.

To download the latest version of FreeBSD 11, you can visit this page.

Download the Latest version of FreeBSD 11


Here you will find Download links compatible with various processor architectures. If you have a 32-bit system then you should download an i386 image and for 64-bit systems, download the amd64 image.


Update to latest version of FreeBSD 11.

If you want to update your FreeBSD 10 to the latest version then you can easily do this by following these steps.

We will use freebsd-update utility for the update and upgrade our system easily.

shell> freebsd-update fetch
shell> freebsd-update install


Next, we will do the kernel upgrade to new version.

shell> freebsd-update upgrade -r 11.0-RELEASE


You will see this message at the end of this process.

To install the downloaded upgrades, run “/usr/sbin/freebsd-update install“.


Run the Command to install the upgrades.

root@debyum:~ # /usr/sbin/freebsd-update install
Installing updates...
Kernel updates have been installed. Please reboot and run
"/usr/sbin/freebsd-update install" again to finish installing updates.


After this, reboot your system.

shell> reboot


After reboot, run the update again.

shell> /usr/sbin/freebsd-update install
Installing updates...

Completing this upgrade requires removing old shared object files.
Please rebuild all installed 3rd party software (e.g., programs
installed from the ports tree) and then run "/usr/sbin/freebsd-update install"
again to finish installing updates.


Run Portmaster Command to check all ports, update as necessary.

shell> portmaster -af


This may take some time depending on your machine and the ports installed. 🙂

Finally, run the freebsd-update install for the last time.

shell> /usr/sbin/freebsd-update install


Check the latest version of FreeBSD.

root@debyum:~ # uname -rms
FreeBSD 11.0-RELEASE-p2 amd64


Now you have upgraded your system to the latest version of FreeBSD.

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Hello there, My name is Rishi Guleria and I work as a Linux system administrator. I have created this blog to share what I have learned so far and to learn new things. Don't forget to leave the feedback. Have a great day. :)

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