Where is FreeBSD going?
Garance A Drosihn
drosih at rpi.edu
Wed Jan 7 14:23:39 PST 2004
At 12:42 PM +0100 1/7/04, Dag-Erling Smørgrav wrote:
>Paul Robinson <paul at iconoplex.co.uk> writes:
> > If 5.3, when it arrives, is genuinely production ready, trust
> > me, the drinks are on me - I will do my absolute best to get
> > to the next BSDcon and get everybody drunk on an expense
> > account. If it isn't, well, I'll just have to whisper
> > "I told you so" quietly somewhere.
>I am currently working for an ISP whose infrastructure is
>based 75% on FreeBSD 5.1. ...
>I am about to start in a new job... I asked them what it
>was like to develop on -CURRENT compared to -STABLE. Their
>answer: "a relief".
I would add that I've been running almost exclusively on 5.x
for over a year now (except for one machine which I have not
rebooted in over a year...). There have been some *very*
painful transitions at various times, but once I get past
the transitions the system has been quite stable. (fwiw,
in my case, I am only running on desktop systems).
So, once we stop making major API/ABI changes and the branch
is truly stable (with a 6.x branch for new cutting-edge
developments), I personally am quite confident that 5.x will
be a stable, production-quality system. And there are a
number of features in 5.x that I think are tremendous
advantages -- especially for boxes in a production setting.
My guess is you're going to have a large bar tab at the next
BSDcon... Certainly I hope so!
Garance Alistair Drosehn = gad at gilead.netel.rpi.edu
Senior Systems Programmer or gad at freebsd.org
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute or drosih at rpi.edu
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