production box: 4.9, 5.1, 5.2+ ???
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Tue Mar 2 17:38:22 PST 2004
lee slaughter <lee at slaughters.com> writes:
> I hesitate to ask this because it sounds stupid.
> I went down to the tech book store and bought freeBSD on CD's.
> it happened to be 5.1. I, a neophyte, assumed it was "kosher".
> I bought it and installed it on 2 machines and pretty much ok so far.
> Now I've been reading about the STABLE and CURRENT branches
> and cvsup and all other kinds of "keeping up".
> What I want is production boxs with of course bug fix and
> security upgrades, but not needing always the latest app releases.
> I've tried to grok the release engineering and all but I don't get it.
> I'm going to put freeBSD on 2 other machines as well,
> but don't know whether
> to install 4.9, use my 5.1 CD's (and then presumably have to
> go to 5.2 + ??? to keep up?), 5.2 or what. Not to mention the
> 2 already installed.
> I want to keep all 4 machines pretty much in synch.
> thanks for any clarification i can get on:
> 1. which is best "production" version
> 2. what is best essential upkeep mechanism (not so much for apps
> but for bug fixes in OS and security fixes/patches on essential stuff
> like OpenSsh)
> thanks much...........
If 5.1 is already installed and working for you, I'd stick with it.
I would recommend tracking RELENG_5_2, the 5.2 security branch (and
later versions as they come along), but going back to 4.x isn't likely
to make your systems any more stable, given that they're already
I would definitely recommend keeping your systems running the same
version as each other.
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