Linux News Today: MidnightBSD 0.8 Switches the System Compiler from GCC 4.2 to LLVM/Clang 3.3
MidnightBSD developer Lucas Holt has proudly announced the release of the MidnightBSD 0.8 operating system. Based on the latest BSD and FreeBSD technologies, this update brings you the most recent software updates and under-the-hood improvements.
MidnightBSD 0.8 is here eleven months after the release of MidnightBSD 0.7, and five months after the MidnightBSD 0.7.6 maintenance update. It’s a major milestone that switches the system compilers from GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 4.2 to LLVM/Clang 3.3, uses the libdispatch library in the package manager, and fixes bugs for the mports framework.
“MidnightBSD 0.8 includes several enhancements to the system. We switched system compilers from GCC 4.2 to llvm/clang 3.3 with plans to update to newer versions,” says Lucas Holt in the release announcement. “We’re making use of libdispatch in our package manager. Several longstanding bugs with the mports framework have been fixed.”
Of course, many of the core components have been updated to their latest versions at the moment of the release. Among these, we can mention the libarchive and OpenSSL libraries, OpenSSH open source SSH1 and SSH2 implementation, and SQLite 3.11.1 database engine. The Xfce 4.12 and GNOME 3.16.2 desktop environments are present as well in the MidnightBSD 0.8 release.
There are over 2,600 packages available in the software repositories of MightnighBSD for both 64-bit (amd64) and 32-bit (i386) hardware architectures, and if you want to know what exactly has been fixed in the new major release, please check out the official release notes. In the meantime, you can download the MidnightBSD 0.8 ISO images right now via our website.