Question about FreeBSD 5.3
m.seaman at infracaninophile.co.uk
Tue Dec 21 01:56:20 PST 2004
Marcio Cardenuto Mallavazzi wrote:
> I have a doubt about FreeBSD 5.3. What is it: a Stable or a Release
> I'm sorry if this is a Dumb Question, but I guess it's a Stable Version.
> Specially because it's a Production Release.
Actually, there are both -RELEASE and -STABLE versions numbered 5.3 at
5.3-RELEASE-p2 is the latest patchlevel on the RELENG_5_3 /Release/
branch. It's the recommended version version for new installs and
should be suitable for most server tasks.
5.3-STABLE is a moving target from the RELENG_4 development branch.
It should run stably and it can be used usefully as a desktop system
or whatever, but tracking -STABLE is not recommended for *absolutely has
to be up 24x7* type applications, because new functionality and support
for new hardware will be introduced, which can result in problems
occasionally. (In practice this very rarely happens: which is a great
tribute to the degree of care taken by FreeBSD developers).
Dr Matthew J Seaman MA, D.Phil. 8 Dane Court Manor
PGP: http://www.infracaninophile.co.uk/pgpkey Tilmanstone
Tel: +44 1304 617253 Kent, CT14 0JL UK
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