emechler at techometer.net
Fri Aug 8 09:39:10 PDT 2003
:: Just two quick questions:
:: 1. Would it be possible or difficult to upgrade FreeBSD 4.8 -STABLE to
:: 5.2 -STABLE when it comes out?
Difficult (without completely rebuilding your system and doing a binary
upgrade). Source upgrades, while they will work, will leave a lot of
unnecessary remnants of 4.x on your box.
:: 2. Which is the best for a production environment, -STABLE or -RELEASE
:: Someone told me they think the latter is better because it doesn't
:: require as much downtime for an upgrade.
Both systems require the same amount of time to upgrade, so that's not the
issue. The issue is what sort of changes you want to make to your
production box. If you track -STABLE then you'll get bug fixes, new
features, etc. If you track one of the Security branches, then you'll only
get security fixes with no new features.
Check out the Handbook on information about what -STABLE actually means:
And the definition of all the CVS tags in use today:
Cheers - Erick
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