FreeBSD has serious problems with focus, longevity, and lifecycle

Mark Felder feld at
Tue Jan 17 15:39:35 UTC 2012

Why is everyone so afraid of running -STABLE? Plenty of stuff gets MFC'd.  
Yeah, I agree -- running -RELEASE is difficult. Hell, it's frustrating to  
us that VMWare only supports -RELEASE and it took until ESX 5 to  
officially support 8.2!

More releases / snapshots of -STABLE helps people on physical servers, but  
anyone who runs VMs on Xen or VMWare won't get any support for those  
versions because they didn't go through the QA process yet. FreeBSD is  
increasingly becoming a third world citizen thanks to virtualization  
efforts being focused on Linux, so I feel that more frequent releases  
won't help as many people as you think.

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