Latest Stable FreeBSD version and its Dell 2950 Compatiblity

Jerry McAllister jerrymc at
Wed Jan 23 09:12:34 PST 2008

On Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 10:11:04AM +0530, navneet Upadhyay wrote:

> Hi,
>         I need to know which is the latest stable FreeBSD release(6.2 ?) and
> does it goes well with Dell 2950 ?

I am presuming you are using the word 'stable' in a generic sense and
not the official STABLE version sense - eg you want the version that
is considered to be in place and reliable for use.   If FreeBSD
terminology, that is the RELEASE version.   STABLE is used to reply
to a sort of beta version that is reliable but still somewhat fluid
in development.   The term CURRENT is used for snapshots of the version
that is being modified at the moment and which might not be reliable
(but often is).

So, you want FreeBSD 6.3 which just became a RELEASE version a few days
ago.    The 6.3 RELEASE is the latest and is a good place to start 

If you want 7.0 features, then just wait a few days and it will also 
become RELEASE.    The 7.0 branch is destined to become the new main 
branch quite soon and all work will be done on it (and, of course, head
which is now 8.0, etc)  

One nice new feature available in 7.0 is ZFS.   But, that is something
people are just learning to use.   If you look at the release notes for
each branch, you will get brief descriptions of the changes and have
an idea if those features are urgent for you.

It is expected that no new major changes will be made to the 6.xx branch 
though bug fixes may cause another RELEASE (6.4) to be made before it 
is completely at end-of-life.


> Thanks
>  Navneet
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