FreeBSD has serious problems with focus, longevity, and lifecycle

Freddie Cash fjwcash at
Tue Jan 17 16:48:35 UTC 2012

On Tue, Jan 17, 2012 at 7:32 AM, Igor Mozolevsky <igor at> wrote:
> Actually, I don't think it's cash that's the problem. I think it is
> more to do with the lack of common goal: the way that releases are
> perceived, at least by me, are that a bunch of people "play" in
> current then at some point someone decides to take a "cut" of the
> current branch and call it a release then work toward making that
> "release" passable as stable. To illustrate that, I cannot find
> anywhere on the .org website what core@ see the desirable features of
> 10.0 to be, or what the committers are working toward.

That would be because, with the multi-year debacle that 5.0-RELEASE
became while they worked on the "features list for 5.0" (primarily
SMPng), the FreeBSD Project has moved away from features-based
releases and to time-based releases (although the exact timelines are
not carved in stone).

You won't find a list of features for the next release of FreeBSD.
You'll just find a list of things that people are working on that may
or may not be ready in time for the next release.

The development is much closer to Ubuntu (release whatever is ready
every 6 months) than to Debian (release everything when it's ready,
even if it takes 2, 3, 4+ years to make it ready, while the current
release grows stale).

Freddie Cash
fjwcash at

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